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College Test Prep

An important part of the college admission application is the college entrance exam score – either the ACT or the SAT. Most colleges do not prefer one test over the other, although some of the more selective schools may have a preference. When taking these exams, students can select the colleges they would like to receive their scores automatically. Counselors, teachers and parents are a good resource in helping students choose the test that will best demonstrate achievement. Either way, students should remember that entrance exam scores are only one piece of information a college considers. Class rank, grade point average, academic rigor, school/community activities, and work experience (if applicable) will also be factored in the decision.

At Union High School, all sophomores take the PSAT. This test not only allows them to become familiar with college entrance exams and the testing process, but it also is used during the junior year to identifying candidates for the National Merit Scholarship Program. During spring of their junior year, all students will take the SAT during school hours. 
Both the ACT and SAT are offered several times throughout the year at Union High School and other surrounding schools. See national test dates.

See more information about the ACT and SAT.

Test Prep

Because ACT and SAT scores influence college admission and scholarship award decisions, it is important for students to prepare for these exams. Familiarizing themselves with the test details, taking the time to do full-length practice exams, using online or printed preparation guides, and practicing vocabulary will help students to do their very best. Visit the College/Career Center for assistance in finding test prep resources.

In addition to self-guided preparation, students can take advantage of the numerous test preparation opportunities provided here at Union High School. Students should watch the scrolling announcement and social media for more information about evening and weekend prep classes. 

Test Prep Classes - Registration Form / Out of District Registration Form / Chad Gargill ACT Prep Workshop / Chad Cargill ACT Prep Workshop – Non-Union Students     

Register for the ACT 

Register for the SAT

When should a student take the ACT?

Typically, we recommend that students take the ACT after they have completed Algebra II. 
Sophomores who have completed Algebra II or are interested in the Tulsa Community College concurrent program, should take the April test. This allows students to assess their performance and possibly qualify for TCC classes.

Juniors should take the ACT after completing Algebra II, unless they plan to enroll in TCC concurrent enrollment classes. To enroll in fall TCC classes, the ACT must be taken by April. To enroll in spring TCC classes, the ACT must be completed by the September test date.  If juniors have no interest in TCC classes, then they should take the ACT in April or June to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.

Seniors should take the ACT in the fall, preferably the September or October test.  Students test to achieve a qualifying score for college admission, but also to contend for scholarships.  In most cases, colleges will consider only the highest ACT score.  Some colleges continue to accept ACT scores for scholarships all the way into June.

SAT vs. ACT graphic

District Announcement

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.

Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.

May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.  Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.  During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.  May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Administrative Changes Announced

Scott Pennington named director of new Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning Department;   Clayton Hucke named interim 7th Grade Principal

Dear Union Parents and Guardians: 

I am excited to announce that Mr. Scott Pennington, principal at the Union 6th & 7th Grade Center, has been asked to lead a new department within Teaching and Learning entitled Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning. As you know, we are in the second year of our five-year district strategic plan. One of the elements of this plan is Union’s Learning Model that focuses on literacy, cognitive capacity, engagement, and social and emotional learning.

As we continuously evaluate our data, and hear from teachers and our site leaders, there continues to be a dominant narrative that more must be done to address the social and emotional development of our students. Collectively speaking, our teachers continue to do amazing work in providing dynamic learning experiences for our students. It is now time for us to articulate a tiered approach to addressing unwanted student behaviors and student trauma – at all grade levels – while also fostering greater hope and confidence in our students’ lives. The idea is that we will be more proactive in our efforts, providing counseling and guidance to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. I firmly believe this will make a positive difference in our students’ lives and in the learning culture of our buildings.

Mr. Pennington’s work as a special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal make him uniquely qualified to lead in this new position. In addition to this change, I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Clay Hucke, assistant principal at Union High School, has been asked to serve as an interim principal at the Sixth & Seventh Grade Center. Mr. Hucke has done an outstanding job at the high school and he looks forward to serving the students, staff, and parents at this site.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Pennington and Mr. Hucke. These moves will become effective January 1, 2020.

Respectfully,

Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Union Public Schools

Board of Education Considers Policy Changes

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions, which may be viewed here. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to [email protected].

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to board@unionps.org.

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