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The Union Spirit program  - which is part of the Athletics Department - exists to promote school spirit at Union sporting and community events. The success of Union spirit squads has led to unparalleled growth and demand for additional activities. The Union Spirit program encompasses Grades 8-12. Almost three-fourths of those squads hold some type of state, regional or national title.

Mission

The mission of the Union Athletic Department is to help our student-athletes reach their highest academic and athletic potential; to inspire champions today and prepare leaders for tomorrow.

Spirit Program (8-12th)

Union spirit squads are truly among the best in Oklahoma and in the United States. Varsity Pom and the Highsteppers, Union’s Varsity Dance Team, continue their tradition of excellence, racking up state and national accolades as well. They are outstanding performers and are an integral part of all football, basketball and wrestling events.  In addition, spirit squads perfrom at pep rallys, kick-offs and other school events.  Most importantly, they instill pride, character and teamwork in their members and offer students many valuable opportunities to develop skills that will stay with them for a lifetime to come.

The Union Spirit program provides positive, challenging programs in which dedication to excellence and promotion of school spirit is emphasized. Through a consistent, disciplined and leveled approach, parents, coaches and administrators work together to ensure each squad member receives the following benefits of the program:

  • Competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms
  • Knowledge and application of movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills
  • Maintenance of a health-enhancing level of physical fitness
  • Knowledge and application of positive personal and social behavior in physical activity settings
  • Knowledge and application of respecting differences among people in physical activity settings
  • Knowledge and application of physical activity and the enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and social interaction that comes from physical activity

In addition being a competitive member of a Union Spirit Squad will provide an:

  • Increased level of physical fitness and performance skills in a safe environment
  • Ability to work as a contributing member of a team, sharing the team's common goal and purpose
  • Ability to respect themselves, peers and adult authority figures
  • A clear understanding and demonstration of the rules of good sportsmanship
  • Increased academic performance level

Students are required to tryout to be a member of a secondary spirit squad. Spirit clinics will be held each spring and are supervised by an assistant athletic director and the coaches from each discipline. All candidates must attend everyday of spirit clinics to tryout.  Tryouts take place in the spring for the following year. 

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Squad Make-Up

Union Spirit Squads may be made up of the following grade levels:

  • Pom / Cheer

    • Varsity – 12th, 11th, 10th and 9th grades

    • JV – 11th and 10th grades

    • Ninth – 9th grade

    • Eighth – 8th grade

  • Highstepper

    • Highsteppers (Varsity) – 12th, 11th, 10th and 9th grades

    • JV Highsteppers (JV) – 11th, 10th and 9th grades

    • 8th Grade Highsteppers

 

Summer Camp

All secondary squad memebers must attend summer camp. Summer camp is mandatory. After the new squads are chosen in the spring, mandatory practices prior to summer camp will occur to prepare for the competition held at camp.

Practices

  • Squads may begin practicing at the coach’s discretion following Aug. 1 of the given school year.

  • Practice times for the 8th Grade squads is after school. Specific practice times and locations are determined solely by the coaches.

  • Varsity, JV and 9th Grade squads are given one hour during the school day to practice. Additional practices before and after school will be scheduled as well. 

Competitions

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

  • Varsity squad participants should plan to attend a State competition and an additonal 3-4 competitions per year including Regional and National level competitions.
  • Junior-Varsity squad participants should plan to attend State competition and an additonal 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 additonal 2-3 in-state competitions
  • 8th grade squad participants should plan to attend State competition and an additonal 2-3 in-state competitions.
  • All competitions will be chosen by the coaches and approed by the director of atheltics.
  • All competition times, locations and dates will be announced at a later date.

UNION HIGH FIGHT SONG

Union Redskins, hats off to thee
To our colors true will ever be,
Firm and strong united are we.
Rah, rah, rah, rah
Rah, rah, rah, rah
Loyal to Union High.

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Union Youth Football Association - Spirit

UYFA consists of spirit squads 1-7.

For Information contact: Union Youth Football Association
(Member of Indian Nations Football Conference)
UYFA website: www.uyfa.org
UYFA Spirit website: www.uyfaspirit.webs.com
 
Spirit Leader 
LaRae Ludwig
Email: [email protected]
Cell: 918-671-4756

Contact

Emily Barkley

Emily Barkley
Director of Athletics / 

Athletics Office
6836 S. Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74133
Phone 918-357-7410
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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

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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