Welcome to the Union 9th Grade Center!
The 9th Grade Center builds a solid academic and social foundation on which Union students structure their goals and accomplishments in order to become productive and responsible citizens.
9th Grade Center
7616 S. Garnett
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012-8705
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
School Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8:25 a.m. - 3:10 p.m. / Friday: 8:50 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Main Phone: (918) 357-4324
Fax: (918) 357-7696
Student Safety HelpLine - 918-461-HELP (4357)
Deanna Hadden – A-K - 918-357- 7623
Jan McKethan – L-Z - 918-357-7782
Jenifer Queen – Focus Counselor 918-357- 6178
Judith Dickson – College & Career 918-357-7606
Debbie Greever – Native American 918-357-7718
Union 9th Grade Center is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. High standards for quality education are assured by membership in NCA. This accreditation is based on 9th Grade Center's commitment to excellence and quality programs.
Union Public Schools believes it is important that all students either attend and finish college and/or choose a career they find rewarding for the rest of their lives. To help students meet their aspirations, Union has restructured its secondary school administrative organization (grades 6 – 12..) Pleae visit the College and Career section for additional information.
Social and Physical Development
The 9th Grade Center is concerned with the social and physical development of each individual. Group interaction and utilization of community resources will further encourage each student’s social and physical maturity.
Administrators, counselors and teachers share a relationship of cooperation with a sharing of experiences, knowledge and enthusiasm in a professional atmosphere.
The teacher is to provide the structured environment and inspiration which are conducive to student growth. He or she also shares in the efforts of the school to plan, structure and implement activities which contribute positively to various phases of moral, intellectual, social and physical growth.
Students will be learning new concepts and continuing the practice of basic skills; at the same time they will be involved in the process of learning how to learn. Emphasis will be placed on communication and math-science skills. The students will also be given opportunities to explore new areas of knowledge and interests in all curricula.
All students will be encouraged to explore, to discover and to appreciate their world and their own ability to change or contribute to it. Academic content and the well-being of the child are of equal importance.
The school works in close cooperation with home, community and civic organizations to complement the activities of each for the complete development of the student.
Any student that just completed the 9th or 10th grades needing the 8th grade reading proficiency and proof of enrollment form for their driver’s permit, transcripts, or other academic information, will now need to contact the Registrar’s office at the High School by calling 918-357-7204 or 918-357-7205, or going by the High School, 6636 S. Mingo Road. Please provide 24-hour notice for such requests.
The following common expectations will be used for every class.
Programs - For more secondary programs, visit Teaching and Learning/Secondary Grades
Credit Recovery - Credit Recovery courses are offered to those students who have failed a class (.5 credit) and are for academic make-up only.
Summer School - Union summer school is offered as a virtual program allowing students to recover credits for courses they have failed.
Homework Helpers – Homework Helper is a tutoring program giving students an additional opportunity to complete required assignments at school.
SAFEteam—A group of students who meet on a monthly basis to discuss important issues among their peers such as bullying, teen pregnancy prevention, cyber safety, and responsible actions.
Principal’s Student Advisory Committee – A committee of students who have volunteered to meet with the building principal to discuss issues important to the 9th Grade Center.
Teacher of the Month – Teacher of the Month is a recognition program for teachers who have been nominated by their students.
Student of the Month – Student of the Month is a recognition program for students who have been nominated by their teachers.
The EDGE program - The EDGE program prepares incoming ninth graders for the challenges of high school classes.
The 9th Grade Center also provides many extracurricular activities and organizations for students. These organizations include everything from academic teams to athletics and spirit teams. See Student Organizations for a list of student clubs.
In addition to many noteworthy offerings such as the Debate Team, the 9th Grade Center - along with the High School - also boasts a nationally recognized program of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
The National Honor Society and Student Council are always actively seeking various community service projects and offer an abundance of manpower and enthusiasm.
9th Grade Center History and Features
The 9th Grade Center building was built in 1989, and was designated the Union Junior High at the time of opening, then housing the district's eighth and ninth grades. With a change in Union's secondary school education delivery configuration in 1993, the building was renamed Union Intermediate High School, and served ninth and 10th grade students. The Intermediate instructed 2,300 students daily at the time, and added eight new classrooms in 2007. Union reconfigured classes in 2011, and the building became a 9th Grade Center in the fall of 2012 after sophomores moved to the High School campus.
The 9th Grade Center is a beautiful building and campus which is in constant demand as a site to host special activities for the Union community. Huge craft shows and large athletic tournaments are the norm throughout the year.
The school site features a modern baseball/softball complex, two gymnasiums, a drama theater, a renovated media center, special driver’s education classrooms and other amenities.
The Challenge Adventure Ropes Course, located on the Intermediate High campus, is recognized as one of the most well-equipped courses in the state. It is booked a year in advance as many Tulsa area businesses and schools use it regularly.
John Federline graduated from Union High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Oklahoma State University. He earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University. His career in education began at Bixby High School where he spent 12 years as a teacher and a coach. He came to Union as an assistant principal at the Intermediate High School in 2005 and moved to the High School in 2007. In 2011, he was named as the principal of Union’s Ninth Grade Center. In his free time, Federline enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and playing golf.
Estella Evans joined Union in 2009 as an administrative intern at the 6th/7th Grade center. She was named assistant principal of the 9th Grade Center in 2011.
Evans came to Union with more than 15 years of experience in public schools at both elementary and middle school level. Evans has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Oral Roberts University and a master’s degree in Teaching and Learning Leadership from Oklahoma State University. Evans is pursuing a doctorate in curriculum and social foundations and has participated in principal’s academy and other curriculum-related committees during her tenure as an educator.
J. Matt Little was named administrative intern for the 9th Grade Center in the summer of 2012. He previously served as a marine biology teacher at the former Union Intermediate High School. He is also a former football, basketball and golf coach. Fascinated with water, he has also served a ranger with the Corps of Engineers at Kaw Lake, a biologist for the University of Nebraska and ran the Ephemeral Pond Ecology Lab at Oklahoma State University.
A native of Yukon, he attend attended Yukon Public Schools and received a bachelor’s degree in fisheries ecology from Oklahoma State University and received his master’s degree in education educational administration and curriculum from the University of Oklahoma in 2011.
Union Student Safety HelpLine
A safe and secure school environment is essential to the learning process. An important ingredient in achieving safe and secure schools remains alert eyes and ears. Safety is achieved when an atmosphere exists in which students are comfortable talking with adults about their concerns.
One such tool available for students is the Union Student Safety Help Line that is accessible twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week to anyone who wants to report a concern. The caller may leave a message so his or her call can be returned, or they may choose not to be contacted. You can also call COPES if this is a mental health emergency.
Union Student Safety HelpLine