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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.
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.
A “Union Lifer,” Lauren Stauffer has more than 16 years of experience in education, serving as a teacher at Union Public Schools since 2007. She was also a Site Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014. She has taught biomedical science, human body systems and other biology-related fields; is involved with the Project lead The Way curriculum; and she has supervised teachers in science instruction. She also has coached basketball and softball and served as the 9th and 10th Grade leadership advisor. Before Stauffer came to Union, she also taught school in school districts in Rockwall and Houston, Texas. She returned to Union because it is her hometown.
Stauffer is completing a master’s degree in education leadership studies from Oklahoma State University and has a bachelor’s degree in physiology from OSU.