Celebrating Una Elementary

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Celebrating Una Elementary
Posted on 11/16/2021
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Today we are happy to celebrate Una Elementary School, which has an interesting and exciting history as well as an academic tradition of excellence.  

Una strives to provide every student the opportunity to excel in multiple ways. One core aspect of student success is the way the school practices Every Student Known: 

  • Every student hears their name announced on their birthday by the principal and receives a “birthday pencil.” This occurs even when the birthday falls during the summer or on the weekend or a holiday. 
  • Interpreters are on site daily to assist with communication. 
  • Students have daily morning meetings with social and emotional learning (SEL) practices embedded. Students at Una are taught SEL skills using the Move this World interactive online program. Move this World strengthens the five core competencies of SEL: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.  
  • Every student has his/her own personal Navigator. 
  • All students can be recognized via Eagles Club. 
  • All students can participate in the morning broadcast, WUNA. 
  • All students display their profiles on Every Student Known bulletin boards in the front of the library. 

Una Principal Amelia Dukes believes that “education can turn dreams into reality.” The faculty and staff strive to undergird, encourage, and support academic success for Una Eagles every day. Una teacher in class

Historically, there have been four Una Schools, according to some of the early citizens of the Una community. The first school was a one-room building located on Gardner Road, now Reynolds Road. It was called Murrell School. 

A second school, the New Hominy School, was built on Smith Springs Road. During this time, the Harwood family owned the Smith Grocery Store and hosted a visitor from Texas, Miss Una Jones. They liked her name so well, they changed the community’s name from Rosedale to Una. In May 1917, a cyclone destroyed the second Una School building. 

The third Una School was a five-room framed building on Old Murfreesboro Road, about half a mile from the second school. This building included a two-year high school, along with other grades, until 1932. Later, an annex was added, connected to the school building by a walkway.   

Work began on the fourth Una School in 1940 on Murfreesboro Road, where the school still stands to this day. This large eight-room building had a full basement for a cafeteria. Six classrooms and a cafetorium were added in 1952, and six more classrooms completed the school in 1964. The annex from the third building was used as a classroom.
In 1987, a new building was constructed on the same site. The annex was made into a museum and is now its “White House” computer lab. The school gymnasium was added in 2007 and the final addition was completed in 2009, adding a two-story wing.

Una Fun Facts

  • The original one-room schoolhouse still sits on the current property. 
  • President George W. Bush visited Una Elementary School as a candidate in 1999. 
  • Astronaut Barry Wilmore attended Una in grades K-3. Mr. Wilmore served on the Space Shuttle Atlantis and piloted it in 2009.  
  • Jordan Bone, a former Una student, currently plays in the NBA G League for the Delaware Blue Coats after being selected in the NBA Draft in 2019. 
  • The school’s mascot is the Eagle.
  • The school colors are blue and yellow.

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