Our school configuration is rather unique serving more than 2,200 students. We have divided both the 6th and 7th grades into teams to help the students feel more "at home" and less unsettled by the size of the building.
The teams consist of a core group of teachers and 140 students. There are seven teams in each grade. The teaming concept has really been beneficial to the students and has enabled us to utilize a lot of inter-disciplinary instruction within each team. We do have an active student council for each grade. Our students are also very active with several cheer, drill and pom squads.
School History and Features
The Union 7th Grade Center was completed in 1993 on 61st Street near Highway 169 at the original Union School site. The second phase of the building, the Union 6th Grade Center, was completed in the fall of 1994. All of Union's 6th and 7th grade students attend this school.
The fine arts area was expanded in 2013 for more music classrooms and in 2014, the front entrance was remodeled for new office space, additional classrooms and a new outdoor entrance area.
The school site also features an eight-lane, 30-meter swimming pool with a seating capacity of 400. The pool is utilized for physical education classes, after-school activities and competitions and practices for all secondary students participating in swimming.
A well-equipped media center, a drama room with mini-stage, a spacious cafeteria, two gymnasiums and abundant rooms for art and music add to the versatility of the center. In addition, a multi-purpose room on the second floor is used for classroom projects, special speakers and other activities.
Scott Pennington was named a class principal for the 6th/7th Grade Center in the spring of 2015. He was named administrative intern for the 6th Grade Center in the spring of 2013 and assistant principal in 2014. He had previously served as a seventh grade history and geography teacher since 2007 for Union. From 1996 to 2007, he served as a special education teacher for Union.
Before he joined Union, Pennington was co-director of the DDA Camp/Bridges Summer Camp for special needs children.
He received his bachelor’s degree in special education and his master’s degree in school administration, both from Northeastern State University.
Tammy Ward was named a class principal at the 6th/7th Grade Center in 2018/ She previously served as an administrative intern at the 6th/7th Grade Center in the summer of 2014. She was named Assistant Principal in 2015 and moved to the 8th Grade Center in 2017. Ward returned to Union from Skiatook Public Schools where she was a National Board Certified teacher and eighth grade language arts instructor since 2012. However, Ward previously worked at Union from 2004 until 2012 as a sixth/seventh grade language arts teacher.
Ward has worked extensively with Union’s Carrera Program, weekly child study teams, professional development teams, writing committees and more during her time at Union.
Ward received her bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University and is pursuing her master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern Nazarene University.
Meghan Bender was named assistant principal at the 6th/7th grade Center in 2018. She graduated from Union Public Schools and earned a bachelor’s of secondary education from Oklahoma State University. She has taught seventh grade science and sophomore biology in Tulsa and Owasso schools as well as coached tennis.
She is currently working on her master’s degree through Southern Nazarene University. Previously, Bender was a seventh grade science teacher/team lead at the Union 7th Grade Center for three years. In 2015, Bender was named administrative intern at the High School.
Crystal Soltow was named administrative intern at the 6th/7th Grade Center in June of 2018. She joined Union in 2012 as a science teacher at the 8th Grade Center. During her time at Union, she has completed the Union Leadership Cadre, been a site Teacher of the Year, and been a presenter during professional development sessions.
Prior to coming to Union, Soltow taught math and science at Tulsa Public Schools and science and social studies at Monte Cassino Schools. Soltow has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Tulsa and a master’s degree in school administration from Northeastern State University.
Greg Kelly joined the 6th/7th Grade Center as an administrative intern in July of 2017. He has been with Union since 2007 as a teacher and is proud to say he is a lifelong Redskin as a graduate himself. During his previous years with Union he has taught both on level and Pre- Advanced Placement classes in American history, American government, Oklahoma history and coached volleyball. Additionally, he has taught in Texas and Tulsa Public Schools. Kelly received his bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University in west Texas and his master’s in curriculum and instruction from Arkansas State University.
In his spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time with his wife, Lisa, and his children Wade and Allyson, playing golf, watching movies and reading.
Armilea “Mila” Trujillo was named an administrative intern at the Union 6th/7th Grade Center in June 2016 and assistant principal in 2017. She has been with Union six years, previously serving as a language arts specialist and English Learner lead at Briarglen from 2012-2016. She received her master's degree in administration from Lamar University and her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from New Mexico Highlands University.
In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband Ernie and three daughters BriAnna, Aaliyah, and Alexis. Her roots started in Farmington, N.M., but she is very proud to be a Union Redskin.