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Ellen Ochoa Elementary named after first Hispanic female astronaut
The Board of Education on March 20, 2017, approved the name of Union’s newest school as Ellen Ochoa Elementary in honor of the first Hispanic female astronaut and the current director of the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. The new school is located at 12000 E. 31st Street.
The naming committee, which includes staff, students and parents, made the recommendation.
Born on May 10, 1958, in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Ellen Ochoa received her master of science and doctorate degrees at Stanford University. She was selected by NASA in 1990, and in 1991 became the world's first Hispanic female astronaut. A mission specialist and flight engineer, Ochoa is a veteran of four space flights, logging more than 950 hours in space.
Her technical assignments have included flight software and computer hardware development and robotics development, testing, and training. She has served as Assistant for Space Station to the Chief of the Astronaut Office, lead spacecraft communicator in Mission Control, and Acting Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office. She currently serves as Director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, and she will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 19, 2017.
Ochoa graduated from Grossmont High School in La Mesa, California, in 1975 (Valedictorian), and received a bachelor of science degree in physics from San Diego State University in 1980 (Valedictorian). She then went on to attend Stanford University, where she received a master of science degree (1981) and a doctorate (1985), both in electrical engineering.
Ochoa's numerous awards include NASA's Exceptional Service Medal (1997), Outstanding Leadership Medal (1995), and Space Flight Medals (2002, 1999, 1994, 1993). Besides being an astronaut, researcher, and engineer, Ochoa is a classical flutist. She lives in Texas with her husband, Coe Fulmer Miles, and their two children.
Voters approve 2017 bond issue
A "hearty" THANK YOU to Union parents and supporters for SUCCESSFULLY PASSING the district's latest bond issue. Just over 80 percent voted YES for the $26-million bond that will enable the district to complete Phase II of construction on Elementary School #14. It will also provide tools for the district's world-class STEM initiatives, as well as help with building renovations, roof repair, and new classroom construction for fine arts and student activities.
Rita Long to serve as Elementary 14 principal
Rita Long, who is principal at McAuliffe Elementary School, has been selected as the principal of Elementary No. 14, which will open next fall.
Long will work closely with Support Services and Teaching and Learning in order to devise a transition plan for moving students from Briarglen to Elementary 14 for the start of the 2017-18 school year, Hartzler said.
"One of the first assignments for Ms. Long will be forming a district committee for the purpose of naming Elementary 14. We are excited for both of them as they will bring valuable knowledge and experience to both positions," Hartzler said.
Groundbreaking held Tuesday, July 12, 2014
Union Public Schools officially broke ground on the site of its 14th elementary school with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, at 12000 E. 31st Street (east of S. Garnett Rd.). Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler, members of the Board of Education, and students who have been involved in the planning stages for the new school will speak. continue reading
Voters approve 2016 bond issue
In February 2016, voters approved two propositions in the district's $27 Million school bond election. Passing both propositions with nearly 81percent approval, Union was able to begin construction on its 14th elementary school, purchase school buses, and address a number of capital needs throughout district.
"We are grateful and humbled by the outcome," said Union Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler. "It is a testament to our patrons' consistent support and confidence in Union's teachers and staff, as we work together to reach our goal of graduating all students college and career ready."
A major portion of the funds in Proposition I will go toward building an elementary school on the south side of 31st Street between Garnett and 129th East Ave. (the site of the former Green Country Event Center/Garnett Church of Christ). In the previous year, voters approved funds for pre-construction work, including a well-planned design which incorporates indoor and outdoor spaces to complement best teaching and learning practices as well as energy efficiency.
Union Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler said the new elementary will enable students across the district to attend school closer to their homes. The school is expected to open in the fall of 2017.
Ellen Ochoa Elementary News
Ochoa Elementary planning meeting Thursday
Briarglen families are invited to share your ideas and dreams for Ellen Ochoa Elementary at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20. Ochoa staff and PTA will be on hand for a casual discussion about our new school. Have an idea for activities you would like to see happen or maybe an interest in getting more involved? Join us in the Briarglen gym! continue reading
Food forest planted at Ellen Ochoa Elementary
Parents, children and Union staff turned out Saturday to plant the food forest that will be on the campus of Union's newest school, Ellen Ochoa Elementary, which opens this fall. They mineralized the soil, planted trees and ground cover, and installed trellis systems. The food forest is made possible by a grant provided by the Tulsa County Health Department and from a Plan4Health grant.
Volunteers to plant food forest at new elementary school site
About 50 parent, teachers and community volunteers will be mineralizing the soil, planting trees and ground cover, and installing trellis systems for a food forest at Union's newest school, Ellen Ochoa Elementary, 12000 E. 31st Street, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 15. The food forest is made possible by a grant provided by the Tulsa County Health Department and from a Plan4Health grant. continue reading
School closed tomorrow, Friday, April 14
Reminder: There is no school this Friday, April 14, which has been set aside for parent/teacher conferences. continue reading
Ellen Ochoa Elementary to feature new health clinic
Union Public Schools is doing more than educating students; Monday night, the school announced that a health care clinic will be at its newest elementary school. Video inside.
2017 UYFA Spirit Showing planned April 20
Union Athletics will offer the 2017 UYFA Spirit Showing Pom, Highstepper & Cheer on April 20 to introduce parents and girls who will be in 1st-7th grade in the fall of 2017 to all the wonderful spirit sport opportunities on the youth level. continue reading
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Early enrollment information for PreK, K, 3-year-olds
Get a head start on your child’s education for next year this year! Early enrollment info for students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten as well as three-year-old students has been posted. We have information on early enrollment dates, locations, immunizations, records you need to bring and more! continue reading
Board Report - March 20
A brief summary of the March Board of Education meeting has been posted which includes information on the name for Union's new elementary school - Ellen Ochoa Elementary - as well as the swearing in of newly-elected Board of Education member Lisa Ford, and much more. continue reading
Parent forum on state budget crisis set March 30
The community is invited to a parent forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, to discuss the state budget crisis. Gene Perry from Oklahoma Policy Institute will speak about what is contributing to the state’s chronic and growing budget gap; what effects the shortfalls and cuts are having on Oklahoma schools; and what options we have to close the budget gap and put education funding on more solid footing. continue reading