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Science

The goal of science curriculum at Union Public Schools is for students to engage in inquiry-based experiences and explore concepts by using collaboration, argumentation, and evidence-based analysis. 

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Curriculum Resources and Course Offerings

  • K-5: Discovery Education Science Techbook http://www.discoveryeducation.com/
  • 6-8: Pearson Interactive Science http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PSZtSj
  • Biology: Miller & Levine Biology (Pearson)
  • Physical Science: Physical Science Concepts In Action (Pearson)
  • Chemistry: Pearson Basic Chemistry (Pearson)
  • Pre-AP Chemistry: Pearson Basic Chemistry (Pearson)
  • AP Chemistry: Tro Chemistry A Molecular Approach (Pearson)
  • Physics: Physics Principles & Problems (McGraw)
  • Pre-AP Physics: Pearson Physics (Pearson)
  • AP Physics: Giancoli Physics Principles With Applications (Pearson)
  • Environmental Science: Environmental Science Your World, Your Turn (Pearson)
  • AP Environmental Science: Living In The Environment (Cengage)
  • Zoology: Integrated Principles of Zoology (McGraw)
  • Marine Biology: Introduction To Marine Biology (Cengage)
  • Principles of Biomedical Science (Project Lead The Way)
  • Human Body Systems (Project Lead The Way)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology: Marieb & Hoehn Human Anatomy & Physiology (Pearson)
  • AP Biology: Campbell Biology In Focus (Pearson)
  • Biotechnology: Introduction to Biotechnology (Cengage)
  • Genetics: Concepts of Genetics (Pearson)

Secondary Online Resources

State Resources

Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (OAS-S)  http://www.ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/OAS_Science_Standards_3-2-15.pdf

The new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (OAS-Science) were adopted unanimously by the Oklahoma State Board of Education in March of 2014 and signed into rule in June of 2014. However, the state assessments given at grades 5, 8, and Biology 1 for high school will continue to be aligned to the PASS science standards in the 2014-2105 and 2015-2016 school years. 

Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS)  http://ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/C3%20PASS%20sci.pdf

The Oklahoma State Testing Program assesses the Science Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) with a 5th and 8th grade criterion-referenced test and a Biology I End-of-Instruction test. All of these state level assessments are based on the standards in this document.

Pre-Kindergarten PASS  http://ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/C3%20Pass%20prek.pdf

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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