As a public school district, we serve three major purposes within our community. We must ensure the learning of our students through quality instruction. We must hire, retain, and train the highest caliber staff that shares passion for student learning, and strives to get better each day. Finally, we must take care of the safety, health, and well-being of our students. Through all of this work, we need and welcome the support of our fantastic North Union Community, and our hope is that this report will serve as a resource so our community can better understand the work of the district.
We must ensure the learning of our students through quality instruction. We begin this work with the Ohio’s Learning Standards. These are non-negotiable standards that “identify what students should know and be able to do.” http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Learning-in-Ohio/OLS-Graphic-Sections/Learning-Standards Beyond awareness and alignment of these standards as a part of best practices within our classrooms, we ensure communication, application, and assessment of each standard within each and every classroom. Our practice is centered around the Ohio’s Educator Standards. https://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/Educator-Equity/Ohio-s-Educator-Standards Quality teaching results in quality learning. The indicators for success in the standards of teaching outline best practices for educators that serve as a compass for the good work that we do.
We must hire, retain, and train the highest caliber staff that shares passion for student learning, and strives to get better each day. We work hard from the building level to the district level to attract the best applicants, work through an interview process that brings forward the top applicants for each position. Open position information and the application process begins on our website. http://www.n-union.k12.oh.us/Employment.aspx Our staff and teachers are provided with state of the art professional development that is ongoing and driven by our strategic plan which is also available on our website on the “Strategic Plan” link. http://www.n-union.k12.oh.us/northunionlocalschooldistrict_home.aspx Our professional development plan, called NUniversity is a comprehensive plan that offers events throughout the year for each of our professionals that targets professional growth through district goals, professional interest, and data informed needs. http://www.n-union.k12.oh.us/NUniversity.aspx
Finally, we must take care of the safety, health, and well-being of our students. Our student expectations are outlined in our Student/Parent Handbook that is updated and board approved each year as it is aligned with board established policy. The handbook is available as a link on the right hand side under the “Parents” tab of our main website. http://www.n-union.k12.oh.us/forparents.aspx We have a full time healthcare provider in our district, School Social Worker at our high school, four total School Counselors, and a full-time School Resource Officer in partnership with the Union County Sheriff’s Office. We are in partnership with many community agencies across the state, county, townships, and villages in our district.
An integral part of public education is the opportunity to impact well-rounded students that are prepared for life. The learning of the standards is very important, yet another vital component is learning of lifelong, professional and personal skills. The code of conduct sets foundational expectations for life. For example, the dress code addresses appearance expectations that may be found in the professional world. Harassment and Bullying policies set a structure for the positive treatment of others. Attendance rules are in place to set guidelines for students to be a part of something bigger than themselves each and every day, to contribute, to collaborate, to socialize, to learn.
We are proud of the staff, students, and community within the North Union Local School District. We strive to learn and live to educate each and every child in our district. We publish Quarterly Learning Reports to share our progress and work. Thank you for your time, support and consideration in the interest of learning of all students.
Richard J. Baird, Superintendent