Message from the Principal
Vickie Hoffman
Principal

Jim Swain
Assistant Principal

Welcome to the North Union Elementary School website. North Union strives to provide for a highly effective, engaging, and differentiated education to every single student. We believe in teaching students the academic content that they will need to be successful on state assessments, however, that is just one small piece of the teaching and learning puzzle.

North Union Elementary students are expected to continue to show growth socially and emotionally as well as demonstrating growth in their academic lives. As students progress through the grade levels they are expected to take on more and more of the responsibility for their learning. We believe that this sets the foundation for our students to go on and become excellent middle, high school, and college students, and eventually productive, responsible citizens in what has become a globalized world economy. The world that our students are growing up in is fundamentally different than what we knew as children. Because of the rapid evolution of the technology that our students know and depend on, we are beginning to know a world that truly has no borders. It is for this world that we strive to prepare our students.

Many of the jobs and careers that our children will hold as adults have not even been thought of, much less invented. A world like that will require us to teach students how to be great analytical thinkers. This generation will need to collaborate with each other on a level that was unimaginable just a few years ago. Our students will need to be able to analyze situations and be able to answer questions such as "What do I do, when I don’t know what to do?"

It is with this in mind that we set out to begin building that type of student through highly effective targeted instruction. This is something that we take very seriously, and is a task that cannot be done alone. You have probably heard the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." This is as true now as it has ever been. Parent and community involvement in our schools is vital to our success. Please stop in regularly. Contact your child’s teacher. See if there are ways that you can get involved in his or her classroom or the school as a whole. We welcome you, and we need you. Everyone benefits from the involvement of parents and community members.

Finally, we are often asked, "What can I do that will be of the greatest benefit to my child?" The answer to that is: Sit down together, and read with your children every single night. Many great things will come from those experiences.

We look forward to working with you and your child or children.

If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either your child’s teachers or you can reach us through email at vhoffman@nu-district.org or jswain@nu-district.org and on the telephone at (740) 943-3113.
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