Education for Success
Union School District’s mission is to enrich the community through learning.
Union Schools provide a strong, district-wide curriculum that is standards-based. The District’s literacy goal is to have every child reading on grade level by grade three. This goal is supported by a carefully designed program that incorporates extensive training, coaching, observations, and collaborative team efforts. The District participates fully in California’s class size reduction program for grades K-3.
The language arts program offers a literature-centered curriculum focused on reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The well-rounded mathematics program helps students acquire necessary concepts and skills at all levels. The District is also committed to enriching students’ educational experience through the arts. Art Vistas and Clay programs at the elementary schools, choral and How I instrumental music programs at all sites, full-time music instructors are at each middle school, and drama productions at many sites, enrich the instructional program.
Special Services and Programs
Union School District offers a comprehensive K-8 instructional program, with a broad range of special services and categorical programs designed to meet the needs of all students. Services and programs include:
- Resource Specialist Program
- Safe Schools and Drug Education
- Tobacco Education
- Adaptive Physical Education
- Primary Intervention Programs
- Speech and Language
- Psychological Assessment and Counseling
- Guidance Counseling
- Computer Literacy
- English Language Development
Technology development has been a high priority for many years. Funding has been dedicated to new equipment and teacher training. Every teacher in kindergarten through eighth grade has been provided with a multimedia workstation. Computer labs at each school enable students to create multimedia and video projects, and there is Internet access at all school sites. Students must have an Acceptable Use Policy on file, signed by both a parent and the student, to use technology at school.
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Striving for Excellence
All of Union School District’s eight schools have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools. Noddin Elementary School has received national recognition as a Blue Ribbon School. Students in Union District consistently meet or exceed state and local standards on standardized tests and locally developed assessments. Typically, over 70 percent of our students meet or exceed the state’s standard for grade-level performance on the STAR test. In addition, more than 75 percent of the students meet established grade-level outcomes in reading on locally developed literacy assessments.
Bullying - BP 5131.2
The Board of Trustees recognizes the harmful effects of bullying on student learning and school attendance and desires to provide a safe school environment that protects students from physical and emotional harm. District employees shall establish student safety as a high priority and shall not tolerate the bullying of any student. No individual or group shall, through physical, written, verbal, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, retaliate, cyberbully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any student or school personnel. California Department of Education Bullying Module
Active Home and School Clubs and School Site Councils at each site support strong community connections. Educational Partnerships with local businesses further enrich the programs and experiences for students, while offering opportunities for rewarding involvement for business and community members. In 1999 the community passed a $92 million bond election for school modernization with an 80 percent vote.
Annual Notice of Physical Education
Union School District strives to provide the highest quality educational experience for our students. Included in that is a high-quality physical education (P.E.) program in our elementary schools. California Education Code governs how much PE is taught in each classroom. As per California Education Code 51210(g), first through sixth-grade teachers are required to teach 200 minutes of physical education over 10 instructional days. It is at the discretion of the classroom teacher as to how and when these minutes are distributed over this time frame. We are providing this notice to inform parents/guardians that, if they have questions regarding P.E. minutes, they should first contact their child’s teacher or principal. If they are not satisfied with the school’s response, they may contact the Director of Educational Services. If there is an interest in filing a formal complaint with the district regarding P.E. minutes of instruction, parents are to use the District’s Uniform Complaint Procedures. Forms are available at each school, the District Office and on the www.unionsd.org website. We in Union School District encourage a well-rounded educational experience, and physical education is a strong component of that experience.