We are the Class of 2021!
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.
Marla Robinson was named High School Class Principal in 2017, after having served two years as Director of Student Life. She is a graduate of Lawton Eisenhower High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Education from Oklahoma State University and her master’s degree in School Administration from Northeastern State University.
Prior to coming to Union, Robinson was an English and yearbook teacher in Muskogee Public Schools for eight years. She joined Union in 2001 and has worked as a teacher, curriculum specialist, and administrator for the district. She was named principal of the 8th Grade Center in 2007, a position she held until 2015.
James Cooper was named assistant principal at the High School in 2018 in the summer of 2018.
Cooper comes to Union with 14 years of experience in education. Cooper came to Union from Perry High School in Pittsburgh Public Schools in Pennsylvania, where he served as principal for two years. He previously served as assistant principal for four years at Lake Worth High School in Lake Worth Florida and as a district administrator for four years for the School District of Palm Beach County.
Prior to beginning a career in education, Cooper was in the private sector for several years, with a focus on business management. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration and Bachelors in Finance and Management Information Systems from the University of Tulsa. Cooper graduated from Union High School.
Joshua 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.