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Oklahoma School Report Cards

Dear Union Parents, Staff, and Community,

After a two-year hiatus, the Oklahoma State Department of Education on Feb. 28, 2019, released school report cards using a new methodology. Now they have released the next round of report cards from the 2018-19 school year.  Previously, Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister had admitted that the past A-F school grades were not a true representation of the effectiveness of Oklahoma schools. 

The new system features grades for multiple school performance indicators and highlights student achievement gaps as well as measurements for academic achievement in statewide tests, English language proficiency, and chronic absenteeism. There are also measurements detailing academic growth for elementary and middle schools in addition to graduation rates and post-secondary opportunities for high schools.

While we acknowledge that Oklahoma has made some improvements with the latest version of its school report cards, they still struggle to mitigate the effect of factors like poverty and English learner progress in the assignment of letter grades. Unlike a grade that a student receives in class, these grades are not a true reflection of the effort and expertise of teachers in their work with students. But the report cards do provide us with data and feedback to use in assessing student progress, instructional processes and support systems. We always welcome opportunities to improve and grow in service to our students. 

In the interest of transparency, we are posting a link to the latest school report cards. Learning is a complex process involving many variables. Therefore, a simple letter grade is not representative of the heroic work being performed in our schools by our teachers and staff.  
Regardless of the grades assigned, we remain committed to the success of your child. While we are proud of Union’s 90% five-year average graduation rate, there is still work to do in our never-ending pursuit of our district’s mission of “100% Graduation, College and Career Ready.”
Respectfully,
Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

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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