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Reading Essential Skills

  • Apply knowledge of various Greek and Latin roots.
  • Use context to determine word meanings including figurative language and technical vocabulary.
  • Support ideas, make inferences, and draw conclusions.
  • Analyze the recurrence of archetypal characters.
  • Recognize and discuss themes in literature.
  • Write analytically about literature.
  • Identify and interpret figurative language, and use it in writing.
  • Evaluate works of British literature.
  • Conduct research using a variety of sources, and organize researched information.
  • Follow the writing process: pre-writing, writing, revising, and editing.
  • Analyze and write for purpose, audience, and occasion using different writing modes(narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive).
  • Practice standard English including proper spelling, punctuation, pronoun    use, sentence structure, and commonly confused words.

Union SchoolsReading Strategies

  • Be a role model.  Let your child see you reading.
  • Subscribe to the local newspaper or purchase the Sunday edition. The sports section is a good place to look for similes, metaphors, and active language.
  • Make sure that your child has a library card, dictionary, and thesaurus, and encourage their use.
  • Ask your son or daughter about books assigned for reading in English class. Ask     what the book means (i.e., its point, lesson or theme).
  • Before applying in person, ask your child to write a letter to the manager of a business inquiring about a job.
  • Research universities and vocational schools that your child is interested in.  Examine a variety of sources.
  • Ask your child to write for university information instead of sending for it online.
  • Ask your child to practice writing a required admission essay. Topics are available online. Some may be found in a university’s catalog.
  • 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, The Notebook, The  Manchurian Candidate).

Math Strategies

  • Encourage your son/daughter to take a math course in his/her senior year. There  are a variety of classes offered at the high school to meet the needs of students.
  • To avoid remedial math courses in college, have your son/daughter work hard to learn math concepts.
  • Set a time and provide a quiet location to complete math work at home.
  • Make use of tutoring opportunities that may be available at the High School. Check the site for availability and schedules.
  • Play family games that involve math and logic.
  • Have your son/daughter develop a budget and learn to pay bills.
  • Encourage your son/daughter to take math courses in the first year of college while concepts are still fresh in the mind.
  • Help your son/daughter have a positive attitude about math, and help him/her to understand that learning math takes time and effort. Such a challenge is healthy for    the mind and builds critical thinking skills.

College Entrance Exam Test-Taking Strategies

  • Enroll in Union’s Test Prep Classes for the ACT and SAT.  Super Saturday and 8-Night Courses are available.
  • Visit the ACT website www.actstudent.orgto take advantage of the free on-line practice tests that are available.
  • Go to the ACT website www.act.org/path/parent/college to  see the college planning checklist specifically designed for students in their junior year. This guide gives specific tips about test prep as well as college admissions and financial aid applications.
  • Visit the student section of www.colleageboard.org to find information about planning for college and sign up for the SAT’s “Question of the Day” to be emailed to you each day.
  • Visit the Union High School College and Career office for scholarship opportunities and admissions information.

Principal Staff

Gart MorrisGart Morris has been in education since 1993. He earned his Bachelor of Education in Instrumental Music degree from the University of Arkansas and his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University.

Morris taught instrumental music for nine years in Oklahoma with his performing groups earning multiple superior ratings.  In 2001, he was nominated by his peers and inducted into Phi Beta Mu, an honorary Bandmasters fraternity.  Morris began his administration career as an assistant principal in Liberal, Kan. He came to Union Schools in 2003, serving as assistant principal at Union Intermediate High School and then Union High School before being named class principal in 2011. In 2012, Morris was part of the administrative team that oversaw the opening of the new Union Collegiate Academy.

Briane Grass 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 2012, she served as an administrative intern at the High School. In 2013, Grass was named assistant principal at the High School, serving the class of 2015. As one of the senior class assistant principals, she looks forward to watching the kids walk across the stage at graduation next May!

 

Josh RobinsonJoshua Robinson is a 2000 graduate of Union High School. He graduated with distinction from the University of Oklahoma in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in education and has been certified to teach secondary biology and life science. During college, Robinson served as student teacher and teacher’s assistant for schools in Norman.

Robinson began his education career with Union in 2005 and has been teaching science at the 8th Grade Center. He was named administrative intern for Union Intermediate High School in the summer of 2010 and assistant principal in 2011 and assistant principal at the High School in 2012.