Cyber Cafe proves popular at Union City High School

Cyber Cafe proves popular at Union City High School

The menu has some additions at Union City High School. In addition to enjoying the healthy foods served at breakfast and lunch, students can indulge in treats from the Cyber Café as well.
Director of Schools Gary Houston told school board members Monday night the innovative program has proven extremely popular with UCHS students who utilize the commons area housing the Cyber Café not only for meals but also for some study periods. He thanked technology coordinator Susan Parr, Magnet School coordinator Cindy Kuberski, classroom/curriculum coordinator Vicki Wilkinson and UCHS librarian/media specialist Suzanne Powers for their efforts in getting the program up and running for students.
Houston’s announcement was part of a brief regularly scheduled monthly meeting with a light agenda at the Union City Municipal Building courtroom.
After approving the consent agenda, which included minutes of the Nov. 13 session, the agenda as outlined for members, several housekeeping bills and some budget amendments, the board heard a personnel report from Houston. He noted that Union City Elementary School first-grade teacher Amanda Jimerson has requested family medical leave and will be replaced by Cristina Grimm.
In the director’s report, Houston noted the success of the recent Professional Development day program for teachers featuring Dr. Pat Cooper. Cooper used his own experience as superintendent of schools in Mississippi and his career-long interest in promoting the total health of students to encourage teachers to focus on health issues in their own classrooms. Cooper was invited to address the teachers by Union City Coordinated School Health Director Kristen Miles. That evening, Mrs. Miles and her counterpart in the Obion County School System, Heather Kendall, were responsible for organizing a community session with interested parents, educators and health professionals who wished to hear what Cooper had to say.
He also noted the Union City Middle School Christmas band concert, which was held Sunday afternoon, and praised UCMS band directors Jason Deem and Nolin Cloyd for their efforts. He said he is always amazed at the musical ability the students are able to demonstrate after only a few weeks of instruction.
The board was provided a list of upcoming school closings, including pre-kindergarten dismissal for the Christmas holidays at 9:45 a.m. Dec. 18, kindergarten dismissal that same day at 10 and dismissal for students in grades 1-12 at 10:30. The staggered dismissals are necessary to facilitate the flow of traffic and allow parents with children in different grades to pick them up as efficiently as possible.
Houston said teachers will return to their classrooms for a Professional Development Day Jan 2 and students will return Jan. 3.
The board learned that the city of Union City will be donating space on their billboards, located on the east and west boundaries of the city, for school use. Plans call for a focus on school health in January. The recently mailed school system news letter, which is sent free of charge to all Union City postal patrons, also discusses the issue in some detail.
Board chairman Janice Faulk complimented Houston and the staff on the newsletter and said it was an excellent way to provide information about the school system to the public.
Board member Curtis McLendon noted that he believes the administration and teachers in the Union City School System are doing an outstanding job to keep the schools functioning well and said he appreciates the effort being made.
All board members were present for Monday’s meeting. The board will meet again Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. in the courtroom.
Published in The Messenger 12.12.07

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