Principal John Chargois
Reading Essential Skills
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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.
- 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).
- 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.
John Chargois has worked for Union for 25 years. He was named a High School Class Principal in 2011. Previously, Chargois served as principal of the Union Intermediate High School.
A graduate of both the University of Tulsa and Northeastern State University, he has served the district in various capacities including earth science teacher, varsity football and tennis coach, ROPES Course Facilitator and assistant principal at various sites with the district.
He enjoys preparing students for future opportunities by providing them with a learning environment that allows them to reach their academic and social goals. He is committed to ensuring the district reaches its goal of 100% graduation and 100 percent college and career-ready. Away from school, he enjoys reading, golfing, mentoring youth and listening to various types of music.
Bob Buck started his career at Union Public Schools in 1981. He was named assistant principal at Union High School in 2015. He had previously taught Algebra I and geometry as well as coached basketball and baseball at Cascia Hall Preparatory School. His career continued at the former Union Junior High teaching Algebra I as well as coaching basketball and football. After two years teaching at Tulsa Public Schools Street School, he returned to Union as a math teacher at Union Alternative School for the last 20 years.
Buck received his bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Northeastern State University in 1979, and received his master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern Nazarene University in 2012.
Jennifer Jackson was named Administrative Intern for the High School in the summer of 2016. She comes to Union from Broken Arrow Public Schools where she had served as a department head for BAPS’s sixth and seventh grade science program and Pre-Advanced Placement science curriculum. Jackson has also served a teacher for Tulsa Public Schools, Clinton High School, and schools in the Wichita, Kan., area.
Jackson has a master’s degree in school administration from Northeastern State University and a bachelor’s degree in science for biological and physical sciences from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She also has an alternative certification in education from Wichita State University.
Amy McCready received her Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. She received her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Sports Management from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., and her Administrative Certification from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. McCready is currently writing and researching the dissertation portion of an Educational Leadership Doctoral Degree at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa.
Before coming to Union in 2006, McCready was at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas, for 13 years, where she taught math 9th thru 12th grades. She also worked as an Assistant Principal at Blue Valley Northwest from 2005-2006. McCready came to Union to serve as director over Union’s spirit programs and was named an assistant principal at Intermediate High School in 2009. She became assistant principal at the Union Alternative School in 2011.
While in Kansas, McCready served as the Blue Valley Northwest Math Curriculum Chair for five years where the math staff under her leadership earned and was awarded the State Standard of Excellence in Kansas.
Prior to coming to Union, McCready was recognized as the 1999 October Teacher of the Month, 2000 TeenInk Honorable Mention Educator of the Year and 2004 Top Dawg in Teaching. She also served as the Husky Invitational Wrestling Tournament Director for 12 years, and for three years she served as the Jim Draper Basketball Classic Tournament Director. McCready’s interests include spending time with her husband, Matt McCready, who is Union’s Director of Fine Arts, and with friends and family. She also enjoys playing trumpet, piano, reading, and traveling.