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Union Public Schools

Academics are a priority at Union Public Schools. Union offers programs for students as young as 3 to adults. Union wants everyone to succeed with their goals.

Mission

Our mission is to graduate 100 percent of our students, college and/or career ready. 

Accreditation

Union is accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and AdvancED. Its accreditation process, involving parents, teachers and administrators at each site, is considered a model for other school districts.

District Focus

In order to fulfill our mission of graduating 100 percent of our students college and career ready, Union focuses on four main areas: Early Childhood Education, Community Schools, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and the Union Collegiate Academy Experience.

1. Early Childhood Education

Union Public Schools believes in the importance of early childhood education.  Its mission is simple: to enhance the development of very young children and promote healthy family functioning.

Union’s Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center, a unique partnership with CAP Tulsa, provides educational services from certified teachers in a beautiful and exciting learning environment for three-year-olds and their families who meet federal poverty guidelines.

Union Public Schools2. Community Schools

Union has expanded its Community Schools numbers and philosophy through partnerships with area businesses, foundations, colleges & universities, churches, and a vast array of community organizations, groups, and agencies.

Union’s community schools concept continues to serve as a model to other districts nationwide.

Increased academic success has been achieved through community partnerships created to provide extra supports such as early care, health and social services, out-of-school activities, family/community engagement, neighborhood development, and lifelong learning. 

Other program offerings include programs such as running clubs, cooking demonstrations, chess tournaments, Baby Book clubs designed to help young parents encourage reading to infants, reading initiatives and more.

3. STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. From science labs at every elementary and middle school, to state-of-the-art Biotech and Alternative Energy labs at the High School’s Union Collegiate Academy, the district offers a wide range of STEM opportunities. 

Educators from all over Oklahoma continue to visit Union to learn how it has implemented the Project Lead The Way curriculum at all of its elementary school sites. Darnaby Elementary is nationally recognized for its PLTW curriculum and how it incorporates STEM. 

Each year, representatives from several area schools toured the district to learn more about STEM offerings and its Project Lead The Way curriculum. The High School’s robotics team, Ubotics, continues to be a powerhouse in competition as students across the district enjoy robotics classes as early as elementary age.

The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance and its partners introduced Tulsa STEM Cafe for local high school students and STEM professionals. The informal learning environment connects students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math with local professionals and reiterates the need for alternative educational programs that will prepare the youth for college and career outside of the classroom.

For more highlights, see our Annual Report section.

4. College & Career Readiness

Remarkable strides continue toward achieving Union’s ambitious mission of graduating 100 percent of its students.  Among the 3,480 Union High students represented by the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016, all but 11 met the high-stakes testing requirements for graduation!

For six years and counting, Union Public Schools has been recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education For seven consecutive years, Union Public Schools has been recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as the Oklahoma’s Promise 2018 State 6A Champion for having 154 seniors from the class of 2018 qualify for the Oklahoma’s Promise Scholarship.

Early College High School is a joint effort between Union and Tulsa Community College that provides eligible students the opportunity to earn up to 60 college credits concurrently while attending Union High School. Students who complete the program will receive both an associate degree and a high school diploma upon graduation. 

Union also offers concurrent college at the Union Collegiate Academy (UCA) for only $12.75 through a partnership with TCC.  In 2016, this partnership brought to 13,404 the total hours of college credit students earned, with an estimated savings to Union families of more than $6,000,000 since the program began in 2010.

Twenty-one Advanced Placement (AP) courses were provided, and 499 students took a total of 859 AP exams.  Three hundred sixty, or 72.14% earned a score of 3 or higher.

Union Career Connect was designed to align to the district’s goal of “100% graduation, college and career ready.”  The “learn to earn” model placed students in industry-based experiences that could evolve into paid internships and full-time employment.  The program has grown from 27 since it started in the fall of 2014 to 74 in May 2017. 

Union Public Schools

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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Union Public Schools
8506 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
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