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Highsteppers

The Union Highsteppers dance team provides half-time entertainment by dancing at home football and basketball games as well as selected away games. The Highsteppers perform routines on the sidelines for football as well as cheers with the cheerleaders as appropriate throughout the game. They also participate in pep rallies, spirit lines, competitions and many community activities.

Requirements

Requirements to become a Union Highstepper are as follows:

The following are the required skills for a Union Highstepper team member. The requirements for each level do not necessarily need to be mastered if the candidate can demonstrate the technique and potential to master the element in the near future with training.

8th Grade Highsteppers: Right and left double pirouettes, right and left leaps, right splits.

JV Highsteppers: Right triple pirouette, left double pirouette, right and left splits, leaps in second, saute fan, right chaine leap, turns in second (straight leg fouettes), intermediate/advanced kick combinations.

Varsity Highsteppers: Right and left splits, leaps in second, saute fan, fouette turn combinations, right and left triple pirouettes, right and left calypso leaps, right and left inside pirouettes, advanced kick combinations, stylized jazz combinations.

Competitions are encouraged and expected for our dance squads. The following is an approximation for the squads:

  • Varsity squad participants should plan to attend a State competition and an additional 3-4 competitions per year including Regional and National level competitions.
  • Junior-Varsity squad participants should plan to attend State competition and an additional 3-4 competitions per year including Regional and National level competitions. Any competitions out-of-state but will be within an approved driving distance of 5 hours or 300 miles from the Tulsa area.
  • 9th grade squad participants should plan to attend a State competition and an additional 2-3 in-state competitions
  • 8th grade squad participants should plan to attend State competition and an additional 2-3 in-state competitions.
  • All competitions will be chosen by the coaches and approved by the director of athletics.
  • All competition times, locations and dates will be announced at a later date.

 

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

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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