The 14th annual Union Schools Education Foundation Dinner and Auction Celebration will be Saturday, November 3, at the Wyndham Hotel (41st Street & Hwy 169). Silent auction and registration begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7:30. The theme this year is “Peace, Love and Union”, with the dress code being funky casual. Please RSVP by October 22. See inside.
Union grounds crew members - Donald Slater, Jason Outlaw and Ranita Davis - work together to plant pansies at the Education Service Center. Union appreciates the work they and other grounds crew to make all the school grounds look great and even pop with color.
The Union High School Renegade Regiment is St. Louis-bound, heading for the Bands of America Super-Regional Competition this weekend. The group is scheduled to perform in preliminaries at 4:45 p.m. on Friday at the Edward Jones Dome. Following a half-time performance at the Union Varsity Football home game on Thursday evening, the Regiment will depart UHS via a charter bus at 5 a.m. Friday . Union competes perennially at the St. Louis Regional, and is the current defending silver medalist among nearly 60 competitors at the event.
One of the leading programs in not just the nation but the world is Union’s own Union Alternative School. Visitors from around the country and as far away as England have visited the school t gain insights on the program which has graduated well more than 1,000 students.
Last week, Laurie Lamb, the statewide director of alternative education for the state of Arkansas and the president of the National Alternative Education Association, toured the school. Also touring was Denise Riley, Union’s former OTAC Field Coordinator, who is now on the board of the NAEA.
“They were here to learn about all aspects of our school,” Principal Richard Storm said, and they stopped several times to visit with students and teachers as he showed them around. With public education facing an uncertain future, and in particular, specialty programs like alternative education, Storm said, “I think now is a crucial time for us to do all that we can to make people aware of the success that we are having at Union Alternative School."
Lamb lauded the staff at Union Alternative and hoped to feature the school on their national website as a successful model for other schools.
The Union Football Coach's Show is now on YouTube - see below. This show features highlights from the Union-Sand Springs game. Union won 59-7. In the fall, during football season, The Union Football Coach’s Show is a weekly playback of the Union Redskins’ varsity football team.
There will be no school Wednesday - Friday, October 17-19, to allow for parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday, and Fall Break on Thursday and Friday. The Rosa Parks Early Childhood Center, however, will be open.
The Union Enrollment Center will soon have a new home thanks to the Board of Education’s purchase of what had been the 61st Street branch of Arvest Bank. The building, at 6011 S. 89th E. Avenue, is across and a couple of blocks east of the Union Education Service Center on 61st Street, the Enrollment Center’s current location.
“The building is expected to be an optimal site for the Enrollment Center since it is centrally located, has adequate parking, and is easily accessible to the public,” said Superintendent Dr. Cathy Burden.
The agreement allowed Union to purchase the property below market value and for Arvest to maintain an ATM at the site as well as receive advertising benefits through its association with the district. An example of that partnership is reflected in Arvest’s new debit Visa Card which sports a Union logo and the phrase, “Go Redskins!”
Announcements will be made about when the Enrollment Center will move, once modifications to the building are complete.