The Union Football Coach's Show is now on YouTube - see below. This show features highlights from the Union-Enid game. Union won 63-7. In the fall, during football season, The Union Football Coach’s Show is a weekly playback of the Union Redskins’ varsity football team.
On Thursday, October 11, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., the Union High School Safe Team will be hosting Child Care in the gymnasium for our parents who are attending conferences who have young children. Additionally, Bethany Free Will Church will be providing and serving dinner to the families that attend conferences. Please contact your child's teacher directly to schedule a conference.... more
Webmaster's Note: These are Superintendent Dr. Cathy Burden's remarks at the October 8 Tulsa news conference area superintendents conducted after the State Board's decision to postpone release of the A-F grades for schools.
There are many issues that impact the integrity of a simple A-F grading scale but today we agreed to focus on the most egregious one - the calculation of average. The State Department personnel had made an arbitrary decision, not grounded in rules or law, that overstated the state's average score thereby lowering school grades. This was recognized by educators across the state as giving an inaccurate measure of a school's performance.
The State Board members were wise to listen to the concerns of more than 300 districts and parents who came out in force to voice their distrust in the new system.
I want to compliment the State Board members who today voted unanimously to do the right thing. They charged the State Department to recalculate the grades based on a true average so they could determine the impact. This action is a very positive step. It validates the concerns expressed by school personnel and parents and will hopefully set a new standard for the State Department to involve educators in the early stages of future reform efforts.
Union faculty members recognized in literacy expert's book 'Good to Great Teaching'
Media specialist Jan Gross works with third-graders during class in the media center at Union's Cedar Ridge Elementary School. Three Union faculty members were featured nationally in a book by a literacy expert for their teaching. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World
In what some educators call a move counter to the intent of the state Board of Education's vote Monday to delay the release of new A-F school grades, state officials have told all Oklahoma school districts they may release them publicly. ... Tulsa-area superintendents were stunned by the action.
"The state Department of Education signaling the 'OK' to release preliminary and inaccurate grades is nothing short of an end run around the state board," Jenks Superintendent Kirby Lehman said. The release of the grades was to be embargoed until the state Board of Education had certified them and voted to release them to the public.
"Nearly 300 school district administrators of the state's roughly 520 districts had "made their case to the state Board of Education effectively enough that the board wisely asked the state department to recalculate the grades based on a true average," Union Superintendent Dr. Cathy Burden said.
"Until we receive grades calculated on a formula that is legitimate, why would the SDE (state Department of Education) or districts want to confuse parents with preliminary grades?" she asked.
"Without having been certified by the board, releasing the grades to the public would do nothing to help inform parents," Burden said.
Tulsa World: The state Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday to delay until its Oct. 25 meeting a vote on releasing the first report cards under the new grading system. That was a good move by the board, and it shows that members are not rushing blindly to adopt a flawed process. ...
So 300 local superintendents are wrong and Janet Barresi is right? It strains credulity. Most superintendents are not opposed to the A through F grading system. But they want a process that is transparent and fair. So far the process implemented by Barresi and her department has been neither.
Nearly every one of the dozen Tulsa-area legislative candidates who spoke at an education forum Tuesday advocated increased funding for public schools. Sponsored by the 49th is Not OK organization and Tulsa Area Parent Legislative Action Committee, the forum was held at Rogers Early College Junior High and High School.
The 30th Annual Renegade Review Marching Band Championship is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, featuring more than 20 high school marching bands from a multi-state area. For an entire day, competing participants will converge on the campus of Union High School, enjoying facilities such as Tuttle Stadium and the newly renovated exteriors of the main building and parking lots.
The 2012 Renegade Review event will include an alumni celebration in honor of its 30 years. Thanks to the phenomena of social networking, thousands of Union High School Band alumni nationwide have been invited to attend a weekend reunion. Participants will enjoy the Union H.S. Varsity Football Game at Sand Springs on Friday night, and on Saturday, a catered meal, a tour of the campus & the newly-opened Union Collegiate Academy, and assisting in the presentation of contest medallions to competing finalist bands during the awards ceremony. The weekend festivities will conclude Sunday, socializing at a brunch meal.
For grades six through nine: Parent Teacher Conferences will be on Thursday, October 11, and Tuesday, October 16, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. If you have not already scheduled a time to meet with your child’s teachers, please call your student's school. ... more