Greetings Parents and Families of Unity Elementary,

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! I am officially returning as full time Principal at Unity Elementary!  I will spend some time at Jefferson helping Mr. Conkle, but my primary focus will be Unity.   It is my privilege and honor to be back with the students and parents of Unity Elementary.  I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning and growing with our students and working with our professional staff and you, our parents and community members. 

We will miss the following people: 6th grade teacher-Mrs. Marna Sawyers and Physical Education teacher-Chris Babb. I would like you to welcome our new 6th grade teacher Jeremy Pirtle and our new Physical Education teacher Trebor Hill. Our faculty and staff, along with our new teachers, will have an even better school year at Unity Elementary!!!

My main goal is to ensure that every student is provided the highest quality of education possible in a safe and supportive learning environment.  Working together as a team with our staff and parents, I am committed to helping each student achieve their very best.  Every student is valued and worthy of our best effort.  Every decision I make will be in each student’s best interest. I maintain an open door policy in which I welcome everyone to call or drop by and visit any time.

Attached is a copy of our school wide discipline policy.  I have very high expectations of our students.  Please read over the policy so that you are aware of how the discipline will be handled.

I hope each of you have been enjoying these past few weeks of summer, and now looking forward to a great school year.  The year will be busy, exciting, and hopefully very rewarding for each student.   We want you to join us in making this the very best experience for your children.  Being informed will help.  You are invited to attend our Back to School/Open House Night on, Tuesday August 25, beginning at 6:00 PM.  We will start with a general session and followed by a time to meet and talk with your children’s teachers.  Throughout the year our school website, periodic calendars, and newsletters, etc. will attempt to provide you with the most current information. 

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 12, 2014, starting at 8:00 AM.  Breakfast will be served starting at 7:45 till 8:00. At 8:00 students will need to report to the gym for morning announcements. Students will be dismissed at 2:00 on this day. The first full day of school for the students will be Friday, August 14.

If you would like to contact me, my e-mail address is bdurham@massac.org.  You can also reach me by phone @ Unity Elementary, (618)-564-2582


I am looking forward to working with you and your child as we work toward an academically successful school year.



Brooke Durham

Unity Elementary School Principal


August 4- Registration 10:00-1:00

August 6- Registration 5:00-7:00

August 11- Teacher Institute

August 12- First day for students- 2:00 Dismissal

August 13- Teacher Institute

August 14- First full day for students

August 25- Open House beginning at 6:00 with the PTO meeting 

September 7- Labor Day



Be Responsible (August/September)
   Encourage Excellence (October)
           Show a Positive Attitude (November)
Prepare Yourself (December)
  Exercise Self Control (January)
                 Cooperate with Others(February/March)
                     Tolerate Individual Differences (April/May)

Always treat others the way you want to be treated