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Personal/Social Support

Talk to your counselorSchool Counselors provide emotional and social support to all students, specifically in areas of:

  • Goal Setting
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  •  Peer Mediation
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Coping Strategies
     

School counselors do not provide therapy or long-term counseling in schools. However, they are prepared to recognize and respond to mental health needs and to assist students and families seeking resources. Students in need of therapy or long-term counseling may be referred to outside agencies. Family & Children’s Services and CREOKS may be available to provide services on site to students who qualify.

Suicide

If you or someone you know are feeling depressed, hopeless or are having suicidal thoughts it is important to share those feelings with a counselor, administrator or other adult immediately. Reports can be made in person or by using Safe Schools Alert. 

COPES (918-744-4800) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) are also available 24 hours a day in the event that you or a friend need assistance during a time that school is not in session. If someone’s life is in imminent danger, please call 911.

Warning signs of depression/suicidal ideation:
 
•    Withdrawing from friends and family
•    Loss of interest in activities
•    Sudden mood swings
•    Loss of energy
•    Eating/Sleeping too much or too little
•    Change in academic/work performance
•    Change in hygiene/appearance 
•    Statements such as, “Nobody cares about me” or “I can’t take it anymore.”
•    Aggressive behavior 
•    Use of drugs/alcohol

Teen Pregnancy/Parenthood

Counselors are here to support students who have or are expecting a child. Sharing this information will enable counselors to assist students academically in addition to providing community resources, such as the (link to) Parents as Teachers Program.

Intervention/Prevention Programs

Anger Management and Substance Abuse programs are held once a week in an effort to prevent and/or intervene when students are not making healthy choices. Sessions last an hour and a half and students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Classes are optional, however, successful completion of these programs may result in a reduced suspension. 

Confidentiality

All students have the right to privacy and confidentiality when speaking with their school counselor. However, confidentiality may be broken if safety is a concern for the student. Exceptions to confidentiality are as follows:
•    Student is a danger to self or others
•    Student has been harmed or is in fear of being harmed
•    Court ordered disclosure 

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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