Union Public Schools appreciates each and every one of its employees, and sponsors programs that recognize employee excellence from bus drivers to secretaries to Child Nutrition cooks to paraprofessionals.
Each month, two employees will be named Employees of the Month, and each year, the district will recognize an Employee of the Year through a committee of peers representing all the support employees across the district.
Honorees are chosen by a committee based on nominations submitted by colleagues or administrators from around the district. Nomination forms are available here:, using the link at the top of this page.
Selection is based on:
Nomination forms should be submitted by the third Friday of each month.
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.
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.
Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Union Public Schools
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].
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