The Motto of Unity K-8 School is-
"Respect Yourself, Respect Others, Respect your School"
The mascot is the PANTHER.
I know the Students of UES are taught respect and I know that every student that I have met (which is all of them) is a thoughtful, eager and prepared young scholar.
Unity students are very well prepared for academic achievement in High School and beyond. I have seen these students in classes at local High Schools and before I knew that they had come from Unity- I could pick them out by their "prepared for classes and participation" attitudes. I believe this "prepared attitude" comes from the students close educational experience provided by Unity's staff and community- along the schools creed (Respect Yourself, Respect Each Other,Respect your School). Unity's Staff, Administration and Students are second to none, 100% Student Centered- 100% Professional. Each student is educated with the Skills, Abilities and Talents that will make them successful in everything they may choose to do in their futures.
Their are a small vocal group of people in our community that are mad that the majority of voters chose to build a new school- rather than bus our students elsewhere. I am so proud that the majority of voters saw the value of continuing the tradition of strong and effective local education in Unity. The new UES building is a wonderful thing- and a asset to our local community. The new UES and the great staff along with 21st century technology available at the new school are a drawing feature toward increasing the numbers of young families moving to our area. It's all good !
This is the worst school we have ever seen. The principal is a poor leader and the school board is even worse. They should have never built a school that is now roughly 18 months late and twice the original budget. Why should we trust them with our children's education if they cannot even run a building project.
The proof is in the pudding... Year after year I see Unity students in the top 10 of their class during their senior year. They become members of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, members of Leadership of America, HOSA members, NH State Scholars, and so on... The educators and administration at UES truly care about the children, work hard and go above and beyond. Children who leave Unity school and move on to an area High School have been set up for success and that is proven time and time again. And I expect the new school, coming soon, will catapult this fine education system.
I have watched students at the school being used as 'political instruments' and turned against their parents, in order for the principal to try and push though his agenda of building a $6 million dollar school in a town of only 1100 taxpayers. Also, everyone should know that Unity School has the Highest Special Needs Coding in the entire state of New Hampshire. A whopping 30% of our students have been coded. That is 35 students out of a school population of only 117 students!
Unity Elementary school is a great community based school, with good educators that care about the students, they go out of their way to help the children with their educational needs as well as supporting the families if needed. They treat every family as part of the community, no matter who they are. The small community schools are better equipped to help the students in need of more attention compared to a school with 500 + students where the teachers don't even have time to learn all the students names. At UES every staff member on bus duty greets the students coming into the building by saying 'Good Morning, and the student's name', most schools don't have the opportunity to greet the students, let alone know every student's name.
We have 3 children at Unity. We have had nothing but problems with the school. We feel the children are not getting the education they should be. The teachers are doing the best they can with the supplies they have.