Class Principal Tony Tempest
Reading Essential Skills
- Expand vocabulary in reading, writing, and speaking.
- Recall and organize information.
- Use knowledge of literary devices (allegory, figurative language, imagery, point of view, and symbolism).
- Analyze details.
- Analyze poet’s use of imagery and personification.
- Give credit for information.
- Demonstrate correct use of verb forms and tenses.
- Demonstrate a correct use of sentence structure.
- Demonstrate a correct use of parallel structure.
- Spell studied words correctly.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of literary elements.
- Be a role model. Let your child see you reading.
- Subscribe to the local newspaper or purchase the Sunday edition, and work the crosswords and crypt-a-quotes.
- Make sure that your child has a library card, dictionary, and thesaurus, and encourage their use.
- Before applying in person, ask your child to write a letter to the manager of a business inquiring about a job.
- Give your child a confusing piece of correspondence you have received. Decipher it together.
- Encourage your child to find the hidden catch in junk mail offers.
- Choose a book which has been made into a movie. After both you and your child have read the book, see the movie together and talk about the similarities and differences (The Bourne Identity, A Walk to Remember, The Manchurian Candidate).
- Visit www.collegeboard.org and sign up for the SAT’s “Question of the Day” to be e-mailed to you each day.
Geometry Essential Skills
- Use the angle relationships formed by parallel lines cut by a transversal to solve problems.
- Identify relationships between pairs of angles (adjacent, complementary, and vertical).
- Use the relationships of congruency and similarity to determine unknown values (e.g., angles, side lengths, perimeter, circumference,area).
- Use logical reasoning skills (inductive and deductive) to construct and judge the validity of arguments.
- Find the distance between two points; the mid-point of a segment; and calculate the slopes of parallel, perpendicular, horizontal, and vertical lines.
- Compute length, perimeter, or circumference, area, volume, and/or surface area of geometric figures in a variety of contexts.
- Find angle measures and arc measures related to circles.
- Find angle measures and segmentlengths using the relationships among radii, chords, secants, and tangents of a circle.
- Use transformations (reflection, rotation, and translation) within coordinate geometry (e.g., reflect points across the y-axis).
- Use the properties of angles, righttriangles, and similar polygons to solve problems.
- Set a time each day and a quiet location for math work to be completed at home.
- Ask to see your child’s math grade on a weekly basis.
- Make use of tutoring opportunities that may be available at the Intermediate High School. Check with the site for availability and sched- ules.
- Create a written collection of the definitions, formulas, theorems, and postulates that are used in class, and have your child explain a few of them to you each week.
- Play a geometric game together like Tangoes (tangrams) or Tetris.
- Play a logic game like Clue or Rummikub with your child.
- Work logic, Suduko, or?Kenken puzzles.
- Watch a mystery with your child, and discuss why the evidence proves or disproves guilt.
- Calculate the area of a slice of pizza.
- Look closely at man-made and natural objects to find geometric shapes.For example, buildings, bridges, ships, windows, and towers are all examples of geometric structures. The earth is a large sphere, as are the other planets in the solar system; and fish scales are examples of tessellations.
Tony Tempest was named Class Principal in 2013. He served previously as administrative intern at Union High School, and assumed his duties January 2011.
A 1994 graduate of Union High School, Tempest received his bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in administration from Northeastern State University. He is certified in physical education, earth/physical science and biology.
Tempest taught at Union Intermediate High School from 1998-2003 before leaving for stops at Stillwater and Owasso Public Schools. He returned to Union High school in 2007.
Briane Grass graduated from Cascia Hall Preparatory School and earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Oklahoma State University. She has taught AP Psychology, US History, Oklahoma History, and Geography in Owasso and Tulsa schools. She earned a master’s degree in counseling in 2007, and continued post graduate classes to earn her administrative certification. Grass previously was a counselor at Union Intermediate High School for five years. In 2013, Grass was named assistant principal at the High School.
Clayton Hucke was named an administrative intern at Union High School in the spring of 2013 and an assistant principal in 2014. He comes to Union from Owasso Public Schools where he was a high school Spanish and economics teacher. However, he has also worked for the Union Adult Education program since 2009 as an English as a Second Language teacher, teaching two English classes a week with adult students. Prior to his stint in Owasso, he briefly served as a high school English teacher in Temuco, Chile.
Hucke received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and economics from Oklahoma State University and his master’s degree in school administration from Northeastern State University.