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USDA Guidelines

USDA has established new guidelines that schools are to follow to ensure healthier meals for students. Meals are required to meet science-based, federal nutrition standards limiting fat and portion size and requiring that schools offer the right balance of fruits, vegetables, milk, grains and proteins with every meal. 

Students have a choice of five components or items to include in their meals: 

  1. meat,
  2. fruit,
  3. vegetable,
  4. breads/grains, and
  5. milk.

Students will need to have at least three items on their trays and may choose up to ive items, but one of these items must be a fruit or vegetable. The "all you care to eat" fruit and vegetable bars are available for students to add to their meals, but there will also be more variety of fruits and especially vegetables on the serving lines to hopefully entice the students to take at least one so they can pass the cashier without having to go back and get one. Other changes include:

  • Saturated fats must be less than 10% of the calories
  • No trans fat is allowed
  • Milk offered must be 1 percent or less fat for white milk and zero percent fat for flavored milk
  • Half of the grains must be whole grain-rich
  • Fruit must be offered daily
  • Vegetable subgroups must be offered weekly- leafy greens, legumes, red/orange, starchy, and others
  • Cafeterias must offer larger servings of vegetables and fruit with every school lunch, and children must take at least one serving.
  • Calories will be controlled to 550-650 calories per lunch meal for elementary, 600-700 for 6-8th Grade, and 750-850 for High School students
  • Sodium levels will be gradually reduced
  • Water must be offered as a beverage for any student that does not want milk

Farm to School program

Because the new regulations require much more fruits and vegetables, Child Nutrition is excited about the opportunity to participate in the Farm to School program to meet these regulations.

Union Schools have partnered with Peachcrest Farms in Stratford, Oklahoma, to provide as many local, seasonal vegetables and fruits as possible.  Menus will highlight watermelon, cantaloupe, spring mix, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, kale, swiss chard, spinach, sweet potatoes, lettuces, and herbs grown right here in Oklahoma, and they are organic, too! 

We also make fresh pizzas from scratch using pizza dough made from Oklahoma grown wheat. Buying local produce allows us to provide the freshest, most nutritious, best tasting fruits and vegetables, and also stimulates the Oklahoma economy by providing a market for Oklahoma farmers to sell their products.

Child Nutrition is committed to purchasing quality products that are the best tasting and nutritious, student-approved foods available.  We buy name brand, high quality foods such as Chobani Greek yogurt, Dole, Pilgrim’s Pride chicken, Made In Oklahoma Advance Meats, Land o’ Lakes dairy products, Pepperidge Farms goldfish bread and many others.

We are working together to ensure healthier students!

Union Public Schools

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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