Keystone Program

Parents Monthly Issue - October 2012

October 2012 update

 Greetings Keystone Parents,

Fall Break is quickly approaching and so are the mid-semester grades! Mid-semester grades will be posted on October 8, and we will mail a mid-semester update to your home address on October 10. Grades generally reflect only test averages; typically, homework and quiz grades are not included at this point in the semester. PEWS (Physical Education) classes and accelerated classes (8 week classes) are not required to report mid-semester grades. We have approximately eight more weeks of classes left in the semester to improve these grades after the mid-semester progress reports are posted. In some courses, students have had only one exam or one paper in which to earn a grade. The Hundley Center, Keystone tutors, Walk-In Writing Lab, Smarthinking and IQ tutors are free services available for students wishing to improve grades. Many students have already taken advantage of these services.

Included in the mid-semester update letter will be chapel attendance credit for your student. All students are required to attend 14 chapels each academic semester. During the weekly meetings, we have discussed the importance of participating and completing Union’s chapel requirements. This will be a good opportunity to assess your student’s participation.

Be sure to ask about your student’s ENG 111 grades! Professor Bailey, along with the Writing Lab professors, has been working hard with the students this semester, strengthening their writing skills. Students enrolled in Gateway UNI 195 have been working through reading our text: Ordering Your Private World by Gordon McDonald. We have been so pleased with their positive responses to this book.

As a follow up to the Purposeful Reading course facilitated by Drs. Singleton and Atkins earlier this semester, students will be meeting with them in small groups for a mid-semester update and evaluation of their progress.

While Fall Break is an opportunity for rest and a break from classes, it is also a wonderful time for students to catch up on any assignments that they may have fallen behind on, to work on upcoming projects, and to work ahead on studying for upcoming exams. We encourage our students to take advantage of the time!

Shortly following Fall Break, we will begin discussing classes for January and Spring 2013 semesters. Students will not actually register until later in November, but we will begin those discussions in a few short weeks.

In addition to all the studying and hard work that the students have been pursuing, they’ve also taken some time to pour into the Jackson community. A few weeks ago, several of our students joined with Union staff members to volunteer at the Dream Center of Jackson. The students spent time playing with the children, while Union staff members served pizza and shared hope with the residents. To learn more about the Dream Center, visit their website

We’re looking forward to finishing out the semester with your students and seeing what the Lord has in store for them! Our prayer is that your student will be renewed after the Fall Break and ready for a strong finish! Please let us know if you have any concerns or questions.


The Keystone staff

Union University

For more information on Keystone
Contact the Office of Academic Support
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, Tennessee 38305