To assist in creating a safe and drug-free learning environment for Union students, staff and patrons, beginning in January 2013, Union will conduct safety sweeps using Canine Contraband Detection Services, commonly referred to as drug dogs.
The Board of Education approved an agreement with Providence Working Canines last October to conduct 20 unannounced safety sweeps at Union secondary school sites. These sweeps assist us in ensuring a safe and drug-free learning environment for students and staff and will provide assistance in finding and recognizing illegal materials and substances during school or school activities.
On Wednesday, December 19, 2012, students at the High School watched a video explaining the program. See video below.
School will be closed December 24 through January 4, 2013. Classes will resume January 7. All school offices, including the Education Service Center, will be closed through New Year's Day and will resume regular hours Wednesday, January 2. The Early Childhood Center will resume regular hours Wednesday, January 2, as well. Have a safe and happy winter break!
Beth Turner’s fifth grade class at Cedar Ridge made snowflakes for the students of Sandy Hook. Turner saw on the news that Newtown PTA is requesting snowflakes to create a winter wonderland in their new school once they return from Christmas break. Miss Turner’s class discussed that there is a school full of students who needs a little happiness and cheer. Then they created unique snowflakes to mail to Connecticut.
This is Chuck Perry, Director of Secondary Education at Union Public Schools, and I would like to inform you about the new Canine Contraband Detection program we are starting at the high school in January. This program will assist us in creating a safer and drug-free learning environment for students, staff, and patrons. Dogs will be utilized for conducting safety sweeps and will focus on parking lots, locker banks, classrooms, restrooms, and common areas. The sweeps will be used to identify firearms, drugs, and alcohol and deter these items from being brought onto our campus. The dogs do not sniff people and will respond to detection by passively sitting next to the determined location. All investigations will be conducted by building administrators in the same manner as always and will follow all legal guidelines. By attempting to eradicate all contraband from Union High School, Union’s goal of 100% College and Career Ready will continue to be the focus for our students and staff.
The Y at Union will be closed the dates December 24 - Janurary 1, 2013, in conjunction with winter break for Union Public Schools. The Y at Union will re-open at 5 a.m. on January 2.
Please feel free to utilize the Dickenson Family YMCA, 85th and Garnett, or the South Neighborhood YMCA, 101st and Yale. All YMCA facilities are closed on Christmas Day and close at 3 p.m. on December 24 and December 31. All YMCAs (except the Y at Union) are open January 1, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut, we know that many Union parents may have questions regarding safety and security. We have placed a letter outlining our school safety measures on the district website here.
In addition, the Union HELPline is a confidential and anonymous way to report a safety or security concern. The phone number is 918-461-HELP. The line is monitored year-round 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will elicit an immediate response from school personnel. Please make sure your child knows to tell an adult of any situation that presents a safety or security risk. Reinforce that teachers, counselors, and school administrators are available to assist a student at any time. We appreciate your support and involvement as we work to make our schools the best and safest possible learning environment.
Union Education Service Center employees Jetsy Trosper and Chrissy Crites got into the spirit of the holidays. Union Public Schools would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
School will be closed December 24 through January 4, 2013. Classes will resume January 7. All school offices including the Education Service Center will be closed Monday, December 24, through Tuesday, January 1. The Early Childhood Center will resume regular hours Wednesday, January 2.
Channel 2 is hosting a live broadcast this Thursday, December 20, from 8 to 8:30 p.m. regarding bullying awareness and prevention. Russ McCaskey invited the Anti-Bullying Collaboration in Tulsa to participate during this live broadcast by answering viewer phone calls about bullying. OKPTA is a member of the Anti-Bullying Collaboration.
Tickets for Cats!, Union’s All-School Musical have arrived. The Fine Arts Department will have a one-day December Pre-Sale for those who might like to give CATS tickets as gifts during the holiday season.
Tickets will be on sale at the UMAC ticket office on Thursday, December 20. from 3 to 8 p.m. See prices inside.