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Union Wellness

A Healthy Environment Is Great for Learning and Working!

Developing an optimal learning environment for students begins with a focus on faculty and staff quality.  Union Public Schools is an organization that values excellence and strives to provide benefits and a working environment for all employees to recruit, hire and retain the best staff possible.  Like us on Facebook!

A healthy and productive workforce invested in wellness provides good role models for students and contributes to organizational efficiency.  Since our district offers a self-insured PPO plan for employee health insurance, lower health care costs directly contribute to the resources available for the district’s main mission – the education of our students. That is why Union Public Schools has developed partnerships to support the health and wellness of our employees.

Get Healthy with The Y at Union

The Y at Union

Union Public Schools has partnered with the YMCA of Greater Tulsa to manage the Wellness Center at the UMAC, bringing with it fun-filled, health-enhancing opportunities for you and the whole family! See The Y at Union web page.

Besides expert instruction on the UMAC’s top-notch equipment, the climbing wall, and temperature-controlled indoor walking track, the Y at Union is offering free onsite classes, workshops, activities, and programs. As an added bonus, full- and part-time Union employees may upgrade their Y at Union membership to the Metro Y membership at a specially discounted rate*!

The Clinic

In continuing our emphasis on staff health and wellness, Union is very proud of our partnership with OU Physicians Tulsa providing The Clinic for Union’s more than 2,000 employees and their covered dependents.

Need help stopping smoking?

Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline - 800-784-8669 http://www.okhelpline.com/
Spanish: 800-793-1552
Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 877-777-6534

Helpline Hours - 7 days a week - 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

1800QUITNOWThe Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline can help you reach your goal to quit tobacco. It’s a free service for all Oklahomans. When you make the free call, you’ll talk with a trained Quit Coach who has helped hundreds of people quit. Together, you’ll create a quit plan just for you.

Studies show smokers who use a helpline are four times more likely to quit than if they try to quit on their own.

Friendly Quit Coaches also offer support if tough times arise and you’re tempted to slip.

  • Tools to Succeed
    • Free info on quitting tobacco
    • One-on-one telephone coaching
    • Referrals to local programs in your community
  • You'll learn how to:

    • Plan your quit to improve your chance of success

    • Cope with cravings

    • Find things you can do with your hands

    • Change behavior patterns that remind you to smoke or chew

 See also American Lung Association 

District Wellness Policy

Union Public Schools recognizes the relationship between academic achievement and student health and wellness.  Union has developed a District Wellness Policy that guides the health and wellness activities, foods, and nutrition and physical education provided by the District for students and staff.  We have a District Wellness Council that is responsible for reviewing, updating and evaluating the implementation of the Wellness Policy.  If you would like to participate in this Council, please contact Lisa Griffin at 918-357-6132.  View the assessment of implementation of the District Wellness Policy at each school site. 

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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

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Union Public Schools
8506 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
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