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What our partners say about Career Connect

“Over the years, we have had challenges finding the qualified talent we need. We see partnering with Union’s Career Connect as a way to grow our own talent, to be engaged, and to help students understand the career pathways available in manufacturing.”
– Stephanie Cameron, Community Affairs Director, APSCO Manufacturing

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“I want to emphasize . . . it is fun! We really enjoy working with these kids. Union Public Schools is committed to this program – there is absolutely no doubt about it. They are the only school district I know of where I can literally tell you what their #1 priority is: ‘100% graduation, college and career ready.’ Everyone in their organization gets it, and they are
committed to it.” – Todd Pfeifer, COO/Vice President, Ebsco Spring Company

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“If I had to rate this experience on a scale of 1-10, it would be a 10. These students have been polite. They have been overwhelmingly nice. You put a wrench in their hand and watch them go! We have emphasized safety, and every one of these students has had no problem abiding by the rules. It’s really been a win-win situation for both of us.” – Gary Burr, Mechanical Shop Supervisor, City of Tulsa Maintenance

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“When you give the students an opportunity, they will impress you. We still have employees from the Union Career Connect program that came in as interns. I think the potential of these kids, once you get to know them and give them a chance, will blow you away.” – Stephanie Cameron, Community Affairs Director, APSCO Manufacturing

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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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