The Patriot Way

Union County High School, Volume 1, Issue 3

Where Did October Go!!!

The month of October has come and gone! This has been a month that has seen 80 degree weather as well as a first snowfall. Of course inside the walls of UCHS things are always moving at a red hot pace! We have had so many great things happening this month that I did not think I would get it all in this Newsletter. We finished our School Improvement Plan, thanks to some very dedicated teachers. We had kids honor staff members and surprise staff members with gifts! We have a group of students who learned the proper way of raising and lowering the American Flag and we now fly the flag on our two flagpoles every school day. Our two Bison award winners are amazing teachers and this program has continued allowing teachers to learn from each other. We had a group of students attend the Anthony Munoz Leadership Conference, students inducted into FCCLA, and an anti Bullying convocation. All of these things going on and we still continue to have amazing things going on in the classrooms! Looking back it has been a great month and I am ready to get another great month underway! Thank you to all of our teachers, students, and community stakeholders for working so hard to continue to make this the best place to be!


Warren Cook


Union County High School



W express our mantra, "Leave It Better Than UC It" every day to the students at UCHS. This is something that is taking off with the students. We have seen more and more respect being given to the building, the athletic facilities, and to each other. This has really had an impact on the environment and the culture in a very positive way!
After events it is the norm now for students to clean up the student section in the bleachers. I have seen this go on at all athletic events!! This even went on after the convocation in the auditorium!
The cafeteria is left clean every day. On many occasions I have seen kids cleaning up tables that were not even theirs! Were trying to get to the point where we can say no trash is ever left after lunch!

our students love our teachers!!

On Friday 10/21 students waited in the parking lot for Mrs. Barnhizer to get to school. When she pulled in and got out of her car they surprised her with her favorite drink from Starbucks!! What a great thing for these kids to do to someone who gives so much to them every day!

Students honor our office staff

On Friday 10/21 our student body wanted to recognize the hard work that our office staff puts in every day!! The ladies were all presented a framed certificate, a cup from Kahila Coffee, and a Kahila Coffee gift card!

Mrs. West - We'd be sick without you! YOU make everything better! Thank you for putting yourself on the front line.

Mrs. Maddock - The fixer of everything! Always making our days run smooth!

Mrs. Webb - Wears many hats and with a smile!


Rachel Hamilton - Shout out to Mrs. Barnhizer for being a helpful and guiding mentor!

Jill Webb - Shout out to Tony and Robin for dealing with difficult and sensitive situations in a professional and compassionate manner day in and day out. They are both a blessing to our students and staff.

Shannon Hill - Shout out to my A-Lunch Buddies who are fun and supportive every day!

Susan Graham - Shout out to Charlotte Hale for helping me write my first IEP! There is so much behind the scenes that has to happen for an IEP to be written correctly!! She is a a pro!

Susan Graham - Shout out to Megan Worcester for a HUGE mathematical victory with Deivy, one of the ESL students! You are a ROCKSTAR! We are so lucky to have you helping these kiddos get the education they deserve!

Susan Graham - Shout out to Daniel Taylor for his work with the Model Leg group! The students are raving about how much fun it was and how much they learned! With so many irons in the fire between school and home, your energy is amazing!

Megan Worcester - Shout out to Kady Carmack for giving up her study hall and work time in Biology to come double duty in my room for 2 periods this week. She flipped back and forth working on homework and projects and being my loud speaker and teacher's helper when I lost my voice on Tuesday.

Karla Barnhizer - Shout out to Rachel Hamilton for the passion she brings to content.

Karla Barnhizer - Shout out to Shannon Hill for ALWAYS providing emotional support! She is relentlessly devoted to our students and staff.

Karla Barnhizer - Shout out to Dorothy Campbell for her mission to make certain every student knows someone cares.

Karla Barnhizer - Shout out to Nick Shank for enthusiasm for science--courses that connect with everything!

Karla Barnhizer - Shout out to Karen Kahl for her compassion for all students. I watch her as she checks in with students.

Warren Cook - Shout out to Mike Reister for his dedication and drive to make UCHS a great place! What you do for this school does not go unnoticed! I could not think of a better partner to navigate through the school year with!

Shannon Hill - Shout out to Mr. Cook for taking the time to check in with teachers!

Mandi Reed - Shout out to Jennifer Brannon for making an awesome spreadsheet for our group to use to tally our assessment types at our meeting.

Robin Durham - Shout out to Nick Shank for always seeing and commenting on the positive of situations that are not ideal or disruptive to your daily schedule...and always being so flexible!!

Charlotte Hale - Shout out to Tony Duritsch for taking the time to set up the second Plato business class for those students who need it.

Charlotte Hale - Shout out to Robin Durham for making sure the PSAT is set up for students with accommodations.

Charlotte Hale - Shout out to Bekki Geis for covering classes when we need a teacher in IEP meetings.

Shannon Hill - Shout out to student Ryan Alexander who exhibited excellent manners and professional etiquette when seeking assistance for his class and the substitute teacher.

Nick Shank - Shout out to all those teachers that have allowed me to observe in their classes these last two weeks. I didn't get into all the rooms I wanted to, but I saw some amazing things going on! I'll highlight a few from what I say - in the order I observed them.

Miss Adams - I've never seen a math teacher do so many interactive projects, and they are SO creative!

Mrs. Campbell - I may have observed your study hall, but you definitely do a great job keeping a relaxing, calm atmosphere where students can work.

Mrs. Allbright - You do an inspiring job at trying to motivate your students in a class where many of them are lacking.

Mrs. Meier - Your ability to pull prior knowledge out of your students and build on what they already know is amazing!

Mrs. Barnhizer - Even giving a quiz, you show the kids love and dedication, and it always shows.

Mrs. Hill - The way you refer to vocabulary and have them apply it to their reading is marvelous. I've already used your candy reward for answering questions.

Mrs. Reed - Your project ideas are always incredibly unique and creative, and seeing what the kids are making in your classes is inspiring!

I wish I could give all of you the bison. This is NOT an easy choice!!!

Ashley Reister - Shout out to Jennifer Brannon for taking time out of her prep to help me import content into Canvas!

Ashley Reister - Shout out to Pat Tafelski for answering all my Plato questions!

Ashley Reister - Shout out to Jill Webb for always being so nice and helpful.

Charlotte Hale - Shout out to Darlene Mahaney for excellent work and compassion working one on one with special needs students.

Charlotte Hale - Shout out to Susan Graham for picking up IEP writing so quickly and handling case conferences like a pro.

Robin Durham - Shout out to Shannon Hill, Megan Worcester, Tony Duritsch, Charlotte Hale, Karen Kahl, Monica Hoffman, Darlene Mahaney, and Paula Norton for administering the PSAT. I know it is not convenient to have your typical schedule be interrupted!

Karen Kahl - Shout out to Shannon Hill for organizing a successful blood drive and getting students to participate.

Karen Kahl - Shout out to Ashley Reister and the Yearbook class for making "Kiss the Pig" a fun and worthwhile event!

Karen Kahl - Shout out to Darlene Mahaney for the patience and kindness I see her give students.

Debbie Allbright - Shout out to Nick Shank for making my play posters

Debbie Allbright - Shout out to Shannon, Ryan, Nick, and Megan, Best lunch group ever!

Debbie Allbright - Shout out to Dorothy Campbell who is always positive no matter what is happening in class

Debbie Allbright - Shout out to Mandi Reed for making the parenting and teaching thing work with a great attitude when life is crazy.

Nick Shank - Shout out to Debbie Allbright for dressing up, playing her character for Rock History Class.

Nick Shank - Shout out to Georgetta Hartman for always being willing to figure things out and how to cope with a lack of subs. She covered a class herself on Friday which shows she is willing to go above and beyond to be sure we get the time off we need,

Nick Shank - Shout out to our entire faculty, there are so many wonderful people in this building, and your all a privilege to work with. Love you all!

Mandi Reed - Shout out to my students for there maturity in handling an emergency in my class.

Mandi Reed - Shout out to Rhonda for helping during the situation and sticking close to the student to reassure them and provide comfort!

Dorothy Campbell - Shout out to Megan Worcester for helping with my 7th period on Wednesday! I'm so thankful for you and ALL that you do!

Rachel Hamilton - Shout out to Karla Barnhizer and Ashley Reister for contributing their wonderful ideas for journalism class!

Kasey Brubaker - Shout out to UCHS admin for providing El Reparo for dinner during conferences.

Kasey Brubaker - Shout out to Mr. Shank for being a great resource and letting me bounce ideas off of him/ check my lab results.

Jordan Ashbrook - Shout out to all the teachers that helped cover my classes while I was out!

Eli McCoy - Shout out to Shannon Hill for checking up on me and helping me with everything. Her support has meant a lot all year.

Karla Barnhizer - Shout out to SSGT Tyler Powell of the Marine Corps for American Flag Etiquette training for Daulton Back, Jack Whipple, and Nathaniel Tolford. Staff Sergeant Powell has family connections to UCHS--Community supports us!

Karla Barnhizer - Shout out to Daulton, Jack, and Nathaniel for raising and lowering our campus American Flags each morning and afternoon.

Karla Barnhizer - Shout out to Tony Duritsch for empowering our students with a VOICE for making UCHS a better place for everyone! Their stories are "unwritten" and we have the opportunity to impact them in powerful, positive ways.

Karla Barnhizer - Shout out to Rachel Hamilton for never giving up!

Karla Barnhizer - Shout out to Daniel Taylor for hosting a Cake EXPLOSION of sweet connections to Federalism. YUMMY learning...

Warren Cook - Shout out to all of the UCHS Family!!! I am blessed beyond measure to have the privilege of working for you!

Nick Shank - Shout out to Debbie Allbright for an excellent concert, and great quick action when things went unexpectedly for a moment.

Nick Shank - Shout out to Warren Cook for always being willing to listen to us and making sure we have a positive school climate.

Nick Shank - Shout out to Jennifer Brannon for being so patient with me when I take forever to get Nathan's points in the grade book.

Nick Shank - Shout out to Austin Marshall for giving our students another club to attend.

Nick Shank - Shout out to Shannon Hill for keeping a rough group engaged, productive, and ...dare I say it...LEARNING!

Ashley Reister - Shout out to Jordan Ashbrook for covering my class due to a medical issue! #UCFamily

Ashley Reister - Shout out to Jennifer Brannon and her students for making blankets for all our local veterans! #UCCommunity


School Improvement Team

Do you ever wonder what goes into our School Improvement Plan? I first met with this group last summer before I was officially on the job to set goals for our SIP. There have been many hours put in by this group and the dedication to UCHS and making it a great place is unmeasurable! I just wanted Karla, Shannon, Ryan, Jordan, and Libby to get a special shout out and a HUGE Thank You for all of the time and energy you put into the School Improvement Plan!!
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Mr. Shank held this prestigious award for 2 weeks. He visited many classrooms and observed what other teachers do. He decided to honor Debbie Allbright as a member of the Bison Award Winners Club! He nominated her because of the dedication she puts into UCHS and how she really participates with the kids in her Rock History Class. Debbie is definitely deserving of this award!! Thanks for all you do!!!
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next bison award winner

Shannon Hill was chosen as the next Bison Award winner by Debbie Allbright! Debbie picked Shannon because of her creativity in her teaching style and her ability to always be positive and with ALL of her students. Shannon always has a smile on her face and you can tell she loves what she does! Congratulation Shannon and THANK YOU!!!
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Every day I have the pleasure of greeting the kids as they come into the building. I am absolutely energized by these kids and I could not start my day any better. The kids walk in with smiles on their faces and tell me that they are going to have a great day.
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Thank you to SSGT Tyler Powell of the Marine Corps for American Flag Etiquette training for Daulton Back, Jack Whipple, and Nathaniel Tolford. Staff Sergeant Powell has family connections to UCHS--Community supports us! This is something that fills me with pride and we now have dedicated kids who raise and lower our flags every day!


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What a great experience for this group of kids to get spend the day with students from all over the Tri State area listening to motivational speakers and learning new leadership challenges!

"What a great time with our student class officers at the Anthony Munoz Youth Leadership Seminar in Mason, Ohio. The day started with being greeted by the great staff and a few Chick-Fil-A Cows. We ventured into the Auditorium for a morning concert and our morning Speakers (Anthony Munoz, Amy Thompson, Kick Lee, Chris Cox) 9:00-10:20.

Our group got to break for a free Chick-Fil-A lunch and networking from 10:20-11:20.

Our Breakout sessions from 11:20-12:20 consisted of the following steps to develop a program at our school.

After collaborating with local schools and developing a plan for a leadership program to start at our school, we returned to the auditorium for another concert, a few student speakers and our last adult presenter, Allison Mecca. I was inspired to empower our young leaders to succeed and to promote inclusion for our students and community."

Tony Duritsch, School Counselor

student quotes about the conference

Libby Page - “Be the hero of your own story”

Bailey Boatright - “I think everyone should go, all the speakers were awesome and the environment is so upbeat and welcoming! I learned so much!”

Jared Grissom - "It was very fun and a cool experience especially for me as a freshman I would definitely go again if given the chance. Also thanks to all the teachers and administrators who took time out of their day to help with the awesome experience."

Autumn Cantrell - I believe the Anthony Munoz Leadership event really opened our minds, and inspired us, as students to better our school and community around us. That our generation is in control of future outcomes. We are the change.

Carson Garrett - “The Anthony Munoz Leadership Conference was a wonderful learning experience, we got to meet students from other schools and talk about what we could do to improve our school and community.”

Mackenzie Carter -”I think the Anthony Munoz Leadership Conference was an amazing chance to open our minds as leaders. So we could grow our leadership skills and bring them back to our school, to help make it a better place to learn.”

Eric Burdine - “I really like the Anthony Munoz leadership conference because they showed me how I can be a leader not only at school but in the community as well.”

Hayden Boatright - “It was a really great experience. It was really inspiring and it showed me that there are still people that care and want to do good for others, and not just themselves.”

Delaney Allen - "After this experience, I came back to school confident that I knew how to be a leader for my peers."


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Friday afternoon on 10/14 Staff Sergeant Walls presented an anti bully convocation to the entire student body. This was a very informative presentation that was full of great messages for the kids! Thank you Cierra Blakley for setting this up for our school!


18 new members were inducted into FCCLA on Tuesday evening October 18th. Congratulations to these new members and Thank You Jennifer Brannon for you dedication to this organization and these kids!!

kiss the pig!

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Yearbook ran the fundraiser "Kiss The Pig". Buckets were passed around for a couple weeks for people to donate money to see if Mr. Reister or Mr. Cook would be kissing a pig at halftime of the football game. It came down to the wire but a final donation from Lance Whitsell/A&W Whitetails made it a tie so both had to kiss the pig!!!! Thank you to everyone who donated. Yearbook raised almost $800!!


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Principles of Entrepreneurship Class

Mrs. Reister has another great way to start the day! She has kids rate what they are at this time according to the pictures' on the smartboard!! Amazing what you can learn from kids with a simple task like this!

Basic Skills Development Class

Where do I start with a teacher like Susan Graham! Susan is one of the most kind and compassionate human being I have ever met! So passionate about these kids and them excelling in their learning! We are soooo lucky to have her on staff this year! Friday she was teaching Math and it required some deep thinking and problem solving skills! Not only are these kids excelling in this room they are knocking it out of the park! Just like their leader!!!!


Mr. Creek teaching 1 of his 4 preps for the week. How he keeps up with his schedule I don't know!! The kids are learning about the Articles of Confederation. I loved how Mr. Creek was able to keep the students engaged by comparing and contrasting today's lesson with how things are done currently.

Drawing Class

I am always amazed at the Art program Mrs. Reed has here at UCHS!! Art comes in so many forms and who would have thought that painters tape could be used as art!! The kids love this creative project!!

Thank You to Mrs. Brannon and her Nutrition class for never forgetting about me when you bake !!!


Mrs. Redd (Ms. Krom) teaching all the different types of welds! These kids obviously enjoy this class very much and they take it very seriously. I always hear kids talking about going into welding when they graduate. Helps that we have such a great teacher!!!


I always love creative review games! Mr. McCoy playing Jeopardy with his kids to review for an exam. I even got to help judge the final answer. Kids were very engaged and had a great time with this! They were also very knowledgeable in the subject!!


Mrs. Graham teaching the proper way to put together a short story. I was really amazed by this project! The kids were all given a different writing prompt and had a few minutes to read the prompt and expand on the story. Then they rotated seats and expanded on the next story. All the while Mrs. Graham was explaining what part of the story they should be at. They rotate several times until the story is complete. I can't wait to go back next week and see how it all comes out!!

to our incredible community stakeholders

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