Welcome 6th and 7th grade students and parents!
Our school configuration is rather unique serving more than 2,200 students. We have divided both the 6th and 7th grades into teams to help the students feel more "at home" and less unsettled by the size of the building.
The teams consist of a core group of teachers and 140 students. There are seven teams in each grade. The teaming concept has really been beneficial to the students and has enabled us to utilize a lot of inter-disciplinary instruction within each team. We do have an active student council for each grade. Our students are also very active with several cheer, drill and pom squads.
6th/7th Grade Center
10100 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133-1507
Office Hours: 7:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
6th Grade - Monday-Thursday: 7:50 a.m. – 3:05 p.m. / Friday: 8:15 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.
7th Grade - Monday-Thursday: 9:05 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Main Phone: 918-357-4326
7th Grade Principal Steve Pittman
Assistant Principal Jennifer Beer
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Assistant Principal Alicia Fuentes
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7th Grade Christy Spears 918-357-8073 Rice, Princeton, Oxford, Stanford
7th Grade Heather Allen 918-357-8172 Dartmouth, Duke, Purdue and Harvard
6th Grade Katherine Morgan 918-357-8181 Gold, Blue, Yellow, Purple
6th Grade Christy Farmer 918-357-8081 Orange, Green, Red, Silver
The 6th/7th Grade Center is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. High standards for quality education are assured by membership in NCA. This accreditation is based on the center’s commitment to excellence and quality programs.
Life as a 6th Grade Student
Your child's day will be divided into seven periods, five of which will be spent with a "team" of teachers. Each team will be designated by a color name and will offer the same curriculum choices.
Each team will consist of a team leader and four other core teachers: one each for math, geography, and science, and two teachers per team who will instruct students in language arts--reading, writing and spelling. This language arts "block" will actually entail a two-period class that will enable teachers to provide more in-depth and concentrated development of these important academic skills. We also offer advanced classes in all core curriculum areas in 6th and 7th grades.
Wing counselors will also be available to assist students on each team. Your child's four core classes will be located in the same area of the building as their locker, making the large building seem much smaller. When students do change classes, they will usually only travel across the hall, except when they attend electives. The strategy is to make your child a part of a school within a school and to give each student as much space as possible.
The other two periods will be spent outside the interdisciplinary team for courses such as physical education, keyboarding, art, vocal music, orchestra, and band. These classes will meet on a daily basis. Since these courses require specialized rooms, it will be necessary to walk to different parts of the building.
Since the district does not sponsor athletics at this level, our students still find an outlet for sports activities through the organized intramural programs.
Life as a 7th Grade Student
The past year that your student has spent at the 6th/7th Grade Center will certainly make the transition to 7th grade less dramatic. Our goal is to make this year stimulating and challenging academically, but also to provide a safe, comfortable environment for social and emotional growth.
Your seventh grade student's day will be divided into six periods. Four of those will be spent with a team of teachers from which your child will receive instruction in Mathematics, English, History and Science. Your child's instructional team will consist of a team leader and three other core teachers. Two counselors and a grade-level principal are also available to assist each team. The team will plan educational activities and experiences for your child providing an interdisciplinary approach to learning. The 7th grade classrooms and building floor plan are identical to the sixth grade. This plan should further simplify our students' transition to this grade level.
The other two periods will be spent outside the interdisciplinary team for courses such as physical education, art, vocal music, orchestra, band, Spanish, technology education, family living, expressive language arts, skills for adolescence and time management/study skills. These classes will meet on a daily basis.
Wrestling, cross country, track, golf and tennis are school-sponsored athletic activities available to 7th grade students. However, these activities are not offered at this building and some may meet after the regular school day. They also require students to try out for participation. Students at the 7th grade may, of course, still participate in the district's organized intramural programs.
Parents showed strong support for a new program designed to help more than 200 Union sixth graders during a parent forum on November 8, 2011, and learned more about a program in which their children had been selected to be part of a new program aimed at helping them reach their academic and life potential. Learn more.
First known as a pregnancy prevention initiative, this intensive prevention program was developed in 1984 by Dr. Michael Carrera to educate children at an appropriate age about the consequences of sexual activity. It expanded to provide a full array of services, from tutors to mental health counselors and health care.
Community Schools - List of Programs
The 6th/7th Grade Center became a Community School during the 2011-2012 school year. Community Schools is a concept sweeping the nation and is focused around extending the resources students have available at school and in their community, including after school programming. Although this is just one area of Community Schools, it has the ability to change your child’s year and introduce him or her to new skills or hobbies outside of the classroom.
In the meantime, feel free to contact Katie David, Parent & Community Liaison (918) 357-819, about any ideas you may have to further engage your children.
The Community Schools concept is organized and supported through the Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative community-wide partnership and delivered at participating neighborhood elementary schools in the Union and Tulsa public school districts as part of an initiative of Tulsa's Metropolitan Human Services Commission, with coordination and support provided by the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa
School History and Features
The Union 7th Grade Center was completed in 1993 on 61st Street near Highway 169 at the original Union School site. The second phase of the building, the Union 6th Grade Center, was completed in the fall of 1994. All of Union's 6th and 7th grade students attend this school.
The school site also features an eight-lane, 30-meter swimming pool with a seating capacity of 400. The pool is utilized for physical education classes, after-school activities and competitions and practices for all secondary students participating in swimming.
A well-equipped media center, a drama room with mini-stage, a spacious cafeteria, two gymnasiums and abundant rooms for art and music add to the versatility of the center. In addition, a multi-purpose room on the second floor is used for classroom projects, special speakers and other activities.
In an effort to encourage the development of moral character in students, Union Public Schools has incorporated the Character Counts! program into its educational curriculum. Developed by the Josephson Institute of Ethics, the Character Counts! program is based on six core values, or "Pillars of Character": respect, responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness, caring and citizenship.
Tamra Bird was named 6th Grade class principal in the spring of 2013. She previously served as principal at Moore from 2012 to 2013, principal at Briarglen from 2008 to 2012 and assistant principal at Briarglen from 2006 to 2008.
Bird earned her bachelor’s degree in Special Education at Northeastern University in May of 1996. She is passionate about supporting teachers, students and families using unique strategies and engaging resources within the school and community. Bird launched her teaching career at Angus Valley Elementary in Sand Springs in the fall of 1996 and after one year joined Union Public Schools. She taught Special Education at the 6th/7th Grade Center as well as Darnaby Elementary. After 10 years in the classroom, she completed a master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Steve Pittman is a graduate of Muskogee High School and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from Oklahoma State University. He was awarded the Master of Education degree from Northeastern State University and was named outstanding student in the program in 1997.
He taught biology at Union Intermediate High School for six years prior to becoming an Assistant Principal at the Union 6th/7th Grade Center in 2002. He served as Assistant Principal at the Intermediate High School in 2003-2004 before being named Principal at the Union 8th Grade Center, a position he held for two years. In 2006, he became the building Principal at the 6th/7th Grade Center. In the spring of 2013, he was named 7th Grade Principal as the District placed on emphasis on class principals. Pittman has served as an adjunct instructor of education at Northeastern State University and as an adjunct instructor of biology at Tulsa Community College.
is a graduate of Guymon High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business education and holds a master’s degree in educational administration both from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
Beer joined Union in the summer of 2007. Prior to coming to Union, Beer taught computer courses for 14 years to middle and high school students as well as adults. Her hobbies include reading, going to the lake, and spending time with her fmaily. She has two children, who are both in college.
Alicia Fuentes was named administrative intern for the 6th/7th Grade Center in 2012 and assistant principal in 2013. She was previously a fifth grade teacher at Roy Clark Elementary. She had also taught second grade at Clark for three years as well as fourth grade at Clark. A native of Louisiana, she also taught fourth and fifth grade elementary students in New Orleans.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of New Orleans and her master’s in education with an emphasis in reading from Northeastern State University.
Gidget Pettit is a native of the great state of Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University where she played volleyball. She has a master’s degree in school administration from Oklahoma State University at Tulsa. Pettit has been in education for 16 years. She enjoys movies and watching her children play sports.
Scott Pennington was named administrative intern for the 6th Grade Center in the spring of 2013. He had previously served as a seventh grade history and geography teacher since 2007 for Union. From 1996 to 2007, he served as a special education teacher for Union.
Before he joined Union, Pennington was co-director of the DDA Camp/Bridges Summer Camp for special needs children.
He received his bachelor’s degree in special education and his master’s degree in school administration, both from Northeastern State University.