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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.
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.
Timber Satterwhite was named assistant principal intern at Union High School in the summer of 2021. She was named assistant principal in 2022.
Satterwhite comes to Union from Salem, Oregon, where she was an instructional mentor and teacher for Salem Kelzer Public Schools since 2016. However, she had worked at Union as a biology and Pre-AP (Advanced Placement) teacher at the High School for the 2015-2016 school year. Prior to this, Satterwhite taught at Mid-Del Public Schools from 2009 until 2014.
Satterwhite received bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Oklahoma, in 2008, and her master’s degree in secondary education from OU in 2012.