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English Learners Curriculum

It is Union's mission to provide English Learners (ELs) and Immigrant students a high quality program, designed to assist students in learning English and to meet challenging state academic content and student academic standards. English Learners is a Title III program. 

All English Learners will participate in a quality instructional program that supports academic and social development. Emphasis will be placed on providing students with the greatest possible access to core curriculum and afford students access to appropriate English language instruction that will ensure progress from limited English proficiency to fluent English proficiency.

Pre-Kindergarten - 5th Grade / 6th - 12th Grade /

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Pre-Kindergarten - 5th Grades

At the elementary level, Union utilizes the research-based Structured English Immersion model to meet the instructional needs of ELL students.  In this model, the regular classroom teacher provides instructional strategies and differentiation to meet the language and literacy needs of the student.  Instructional specialists, ELL leads and/or instructional paraprofessionals provide linguistic and academic support to LEP students in the general education classroom by using an inclusion model.  Students may leave the mainstream classroom or receive English language development instruction during intervention periods for up to an hour per day.  Such pullout sessions provide intensive language acquisition instruction and are delivered in a setting with a low student/teacher ratio by an instructional specialist, ELL lead or classroom teacher.  The goal of the immersion process is to assimilate the student into the instructional environment such that the student progresses in both language acquisition and mastery of core curriculum.  All students are considered for intervention in core curriculum.  ELL students are considered for intervention in language development and core curriculum. 

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6th-12th Grade

At the secondary level, Union utilizes the research-based Sheltered English Instruction model to meet the instructional needs of ELL students.  In this model, students are placed in the sheltered instructional setting according to their demonstrated language proficiency level.  Students may be placed in a self-contained newcomer class, a sheltered core class with an academic language acquisition (ALA) elective or mainstream classes with an ALA elective. 

Students remain in an ALA class until they have demonstrated fluency on the ACCESS test.  There are a few exceptions made for students that are receiving additional literacy support by another course due to special circumstances like an IEP.  Students who have demonstrated fluency on the ACCESS test are monitored as they attend mainstream classes.  In cases where students are not succeeding, they may be placed in an ALA class or another class to provide additional support.

District Resources

Resources for Parents and Teachers

Learning Websites for Students

Coronavirus Updates

Free Drive-Thru Meals for Children

Union Schools is offering FREE drive-thru meal pick-ups at three locations. Details

Last Day of School is May 22

Friday, May 22 will be the last day of school for the 2019-20 year. Additional time will be added to the school day for students in grades 6-8 beginning Monday, March 23, and continue through the end of the school year.

“Due to two days of school that were cancelled due to inclement weather, the district calendar had to be adjusted to meet the minimum state requirement of 1,080 hours of instruction,” Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler said. “We wanted to adjust the calendar so students don’t have to come back after Memorial Day.

Modifications to the school schedule will be made as follows:

  1. Add one day at the end of the year, with Friday, May 22, being the last day of school;
  2. Elementary schools:  No change to the schedule. They have enough school hours to meet the required 1,080 hours.
  3. 6th & 7th Grade Center:  4 minutes added to the end of the school day effective Monday, March 23 (the day after spring break). 
  4. 8th Grade Center:  2 minutes added to the end of each day after March 23.
  5. Union High School Freshman Academy:  No change to current times.
  6. Union High School:  Friday, April 10 will be a “virtual day,” with students working on assignments from home.  

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Union Public Schools
8506 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
Phone: 918-357-4321

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