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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 Center for scholarship opportunities and admissions information.
John Chargois has worked for Union for more than 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.
Kevin “Beau” Brannon was named assistant principal at Union High School in 2022, coming from the Freshman Academy where he had served as assistant principal since 2018. HHe has been with Union for 10 years. He spent his first six years teaching math and coaching football. He is a 2008 graduate of Muldrow High School where he was an All-State selection at wide receiver before spending a year playing at the University of Tulsa.
He finished his bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith in 2012, completed his master’s degree in educational leadership at Arkansas State University in 2016, and completed the superintendent certification program at Northeastern State University in 2020.
Brannon spent his first year at Alma Public Schools in Alma, Arkansas, in 2012 before spending three years at Keys High School in Keys. In the spring of 2016, he joined Union Public Schools, and worked with the “QB’s and RB’s” while teaching Geometry at the High School before making the transition into administration. Brannon and his beautiful wife Caitlyn have been married since May 2013 and have two children, Baker and Collins.
Crystal Pounds was named assistant principal in 2021.
Pounds comes to Union from Danbury, Texas where she served as director of curriculum, instruction and assessment and as principal at Danbury Independent School District. She has also worked as an educator at two other Texas school district, working in the field of education since 2007.
Pounds, however, is familiar with the area, having attended Bixby High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Northeastern State University in 2007, and her master’s degree in education from the University of Texas at Arlington.