Darnaby is located in the southwest section of the
Some of the finest students in the nation started out in our classrooms with the support of a caring community and actively involved parents.
Darnaby has been selected as one of 44 schools in the United States to pilot the newest science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program for kindergarten through fifth grades for 2013-2014. See Project Lead the Way.
James R. Darnaby Elementary
7625 E. 87th St. S.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133-4818
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
School Hours - Monday-Thursday: 7:50 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. / Friday: 8:15 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Main Phone: 918-357-4333
Fax: 918-357- 8799
Principal Chris Reynolds
Darnaby Elementary officially opened in January 1980, after its 376 students were temporarily housed in a wing of Tulsa Public School's Byrd Junior High. James Darnaby was a businessman who had served on the Union Board of Education for 10 years, starting in 1969.
Darnaby Elementary 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 our commitment to excellence and quality programs.
Parent Teacher Connection
Darnaby has an active PTA, which works closely with the principal and its teachers to enhance not just the educational experience for students but their entire school experience. One of the highlights during the school year is the annual Jog-A-Thon when families and staff join students in a fun, family-friendly exercise to raise funds for classroom projects.
Darnaby loves volunteers and there are many ways for volunteers to lend their support for our future generations. Opportunities may include sharing your special talents or your career knowledge, reading to classes, individual tutoring, library, vision and hearing screenings, picture day, science lab, gardening in the Serendipity Center, Darnaby Publishing Center, Jog-a-thon, carnival, Reflections, Junior Great Books and much, much more.
One of the biggest events for the entire Union School District is the result of the hard work conducted by the Darnaby PTA, which coordinates an annual arts and crafts fair.
Students play an active role in the arts thanks to PTA involvement as well. It is not unusual to see as many as 200 or more entries as students routinely take home awards of merit and excellence.
Character Counts is a district-wide program from kindergarten through high school for students and staff. It gives us a common language and encourages outstanding character traits. A new character trait is introduced each month. The six traits that are emphasized are Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Trustworthiness, Fairness and Citizenship.
Extended Day Program
The Extended Day Program (EDP) provides safe, alternative educational child care, enhancing the child’s extended day. Recognizing the busy lifestyles of today’s family, the district attempts to work in partnership with home and parents by providing before and after school supervision at the school site.
Extracurricular Activities, Programs, Services
• Rangers and Co. - a show-stopping choir for 4th and 5th grade
• Student Council - to provide decision-making/leadership opportunities
• Safety Patrol - to provide safety and leadership opportunities
• Special Olympics - participate in local, district and state level
• Darnaby Publishing Co. - assists students in publishing their own books
• Reflections - to encourage participation in and the love of fine arts
• YouthArts! - to celebrate the fine arts in the Union district
• Serendipity Center - enclosed garden area for outside classroom use
• Recycling Program - emphasis on ecology
• Reading Buddies - older children team up to read with younger children
• Red Ribbon Week - helps keep Darnaby drug-free and drug-aware
• Junior Great Books - guided lunchtime reading program
• Computer Lab - for basic skills, skill reinforcement, keyboarding
• Science Lab - fully equipped for demonstrations/experiments
• Darnaby Carnival - PTA-sponsored cooperative fund raiser
• Canned Food Drive - shared with needy families/organizations
• Darnaby Spirit Day - each Friday students and staff show their pride by spirit shirts or school colors, red and black
Chris Reynolds attended Union Public Schools kindergarten through 12th grade. He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in school administration from Northeastern State University.
Reynolds began his career at Union in 2008 as the assistant principal of Boevers Elementary. In May of 2010, Reynolds was named the assistant principal of Clark Elementary, one of only three schools in the nation to be recognized in Washington, D.C., as a recepient of the National Community Schools Award. In May of 2011, Reynolds was named principal of Darnaby Elementary.
Prior to coming to Union, Reynolds began his teaching career with Tulsa Public Schools. He taught second grade and fourth grade at Carnegie Elementary and sixth grade at Nimitz Middle School. In 2007, he received an award as Oklahoma’s PTA Teacher of the Year, the Pat Henry Award.
Reynolds is married to a fellow educator and together, they have three wonderful children. He is an outdoor enthusiast and loves spending time with his family, friends, and Labrador retrievers.