SCOTCH PLAINS—Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains opened it doors to the 2008-2009 academic year the week of Sept. 1, welcoming over 800 students. Students, faculty and staff were greeted by the many new and exciting building enhancements and academics programs completed over the summer.
Union Catholic unveiled its new state-of-the-art physics lab. The lab provides a modern space that allows for an improved learning environment for students and teachers. It is equipped with spacious lab tables to accommodate student laptops, new storage space and flooring. The room also features smart board technology, which enhances teacher and student interaction. This lab is part of the ongoing renovations of the science wing which began last year with the renovation of the chemistry lab.
Physical plant projects completed over the summer also include: refurbishment of a boys bathroom, a girls bathroom, and the addition of a handicapped accessible bathroom near the gym entrance; the installation of new shades in all the classrooms; new ceiling and lighting in the cafeteria hallway; renovation of the balcony of the gymnasium; the addition of new equipment to the weight room; and the opening of a new Campus Ministry Center.
With the success of the freshman writing program so evident in Union Catholic students’ SAT and ACT scores, Union Catholic has implemented a similar program in mathematics. Beginning this year, sophomore students will participate in a program called Math Essentials, through which sophomores will receive two periods per week of math skill instruction, in addition to their regularly scheduled math classes.
The Math Essentials curriculum will focus on developing, strengthening and maintaining crucial skills for math success at all levels, including computation, critical thinking, problem-solving, and math applications. The course will be structured to provide ongoing practice and real-life skill application. By continuing to strengthen basic algebraic skills throughout their sophomore year, students will be best prepared to handle the higher-order thinking skills and math applications that are necessary for PSAT and SAT success.
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