Happy New Year! I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday break with family and friends. I welcome everyone back to what I know will be an amazing 2019!! Our schools began the year again with SmartStart: team-building, engaging and fun activities to bring students and staff back into the rhythm of the school year.
Alta Vista and Carlton students stretched their creative muscles, creating works of art and cardboard arcade games. At Oster, students explored stop-motion filmmaking. At Lietz, students explored various cultures through food and other traditions. Several classes at Union Middle School participated in Digital Breakout challenges in various subjects. Students at Dartmouth Middle did various activities to promote social emotional growth with a Project Cornerstone kickoff including filmmaking and puzzles. At Guadalupe, students worked on several Lego challenges, including designing mazes and creating ziplines. Students at Noddin also practiced their coding skills and created harmonicas. Thank you to our talented teachers for facilitating these engaging activities for our students and getting 2019 started in a fun and exciting way!!
Union School District is also excited to present several parent learning opportunities in January, including popular sessions from myDigitalTat2 that cover parenting strategies in the digital and social media age. We are also offering these sessions as a livestream on YouTube for any parents who cannot attend in person. For event and livestream information, please visit our Parents Learn portal at http://bit.ly/USDParentsLearn. These sessions are valuable opportunities for parents and educators, and we encourage parents of students across all grades to attend.
We are so lucky to have active and engaged educators, parents and community members involved in our schools. Parents and industry leaders have partnered with our schools to give our students valuable, real-world experiences. Middle school students recently learned valuable entrepreneurial and engineering skills at NextFlex, and parents from different industries shared their expertise with families at our elementary STEAM nights. We are lucky to have a diverse and engaged community involved in our schools.
If you attended Union School District and would like to share an experience, please share it with us at bit.ly/USDalumni. We wish you and your families a wonderful start to the new year!
Upcoming Dates in January