STUDENT SERVICES NEWS

AT UNION CHAPEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Mission Statement

The Mission of Student Support Services is to assist students in learning ways to achieve their educational and developmental potential by providing a range of strategies and specialized support. The Student Support Team also collaborates with administrators, teachers, other staff members, parents, and community members utilizing a problem-solving process aimed at increasing academic achievement for our students as well as teaching critical social and emotional competencies necessary for academic and life success. The Student Support Team develops and implements a variety of resources during individual sessions, in small group settings, in classroom settings, and through community outreach.

Support Team Members are as follows: Mr. Antonio Wilkins ( Principal), Ms. Christina McMillan (Assistant Principal), Ms. Michelle Lowry ( School Counselor), Ms. Amy Morgan ( School Social Worker), Ms. Rebecca Jacobs ( School Nurse), and Ms. Sharon Locklear ( Youth Development Specialist)

November Events

November Events and Activities

November 7 - Spirit Night at Golden Corral

November 8 - Lumbee Basket Weaver ( 2nd and 3rd Grade)

November 11- Veterans Day - Holiday (No School)

November 13 - School Assembly with Lumbee Ambassadors and Mark Deese

November 14 - PTO at 5:30 p.m.

November 19 - Speaker - Representative Charles Graham ( 4th - 6th Grade)

November 20 - 3rd Grade STEM Activity

November 21 - Fall Festival at 5:30

November 28 - 29 - Thanksgiving Holiday ( No School)

Thanksgiving Holiday - A Time for Gratitude

Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has. It is a recognition of value and an affirmation of goodness. Gratitude is showing appreciation for what we receive and what we have, whether tangible or intangible. By expressing gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals. Expressing gratitude is strongly associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, remember good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Expressing gratitude is a simple way to feel better. Try showing gratitude and counting your blessings on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the year !!!

Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)

"PBIS" stands for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports. It is a nationally recognized and research based process that supports a positive learning environment in our school setting. Our students are ROARING as they are striving to be:

R- Responsible

O- Organized

A- Attentive

R- Respectful


PBIS is a framework and/or approach for assisting school staff in developing and implementing behavioral interventions into the curriculum. The staff incorporates this program into our school setting by defining, teaching, and acknowledging behavioral expectations to the students. By reinforcing positive behaviors, our goal is that teachers are able to spend more time teaching, as class disruptions, office referrals and suspensions are reduced.

PBIS supports the success of all students. The PBIS Committee utilizes student behavior data to optimize the students' social competence and academic achievement through the PBIS Rewards Program.

We will be implementing nine- week incentive activities for students who have earned the required number of Tiger Paws and the PBIS School Store is now open for business

MTSS is a framework that many schools use to provide targeted support to struggling students. It focuses on the “whole child.” MTSS supports academic growth and achievement, but it also supports many other areas. This includes behavior, social and emotional needs, and absenteeism.


The multi-tiered supports are a huge part of MTSS. These tiers of support increase in intensity from one level to the next. For example, some kids receiving small-group interventions may need to “move up” to one-on-one help.


The MTSS Model can help general education students receive interventions sooner. It can also help identify students who may need special education intervention.


The MTSS Model is a proactive approach. The administrators, teachers, counselor, social worker, youth development specialist, school nurse, psychologists and other specialists work as a team as we assess students and plan interventions. We develop and implement integrated plans that address the students’ academic, behavioral, social and emotional needs.


The MTSS Committee meets monthly in PLC’S with teachers by grade levels to provide targeted support to students, teachers, and parents.

The monthly schedule for November is as follows:

November 20th - Kindergarten - 9:40 a.m.

1st Grade - 11: 15 a.m.

4th Grade - 1:25 p.m.

November 26th- 6th Grade - 8:45 a.m.

3rd Grade - 10:25 a.m.

2nd Grade - 12:35 p.m.

5th Grade - 2:15 p.m.