Welcome to Grove Elementary School where our students – the Grove Eagles – are ‘Growing to Greatness.’
Located just southeast of the 6th/7th Grade Center, motorists can see Grove children playing on school grounds as they drive along U.S. 169.
Robert B. Grove Elementary
10202 E. 62nd St.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133-1529
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
School Hours - Monday-Thursday: 8:25 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. / Friday: 8:50 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Main Phone: 918-357-4334
Principal Kim Berns
Robert B. Grove Elementary opened in 1975. Grove began his long career at Union in 1945 as a science teacher and basketball coach. He became Union High School's principal in 1946 and served as superintendent from 1960-1975.
Grove Elementary holds full accreditation from North Central Association and the State of Oklahoma and school-wide Title I status.
Our staff is very highly qualified with one National Board Certified Staff member. We have three staff members with a master’s degree in English Language Learning. Many others also have advanced degrees.
Grove offers a variety of programs as part of the curriculum. We have classes from pre-school through fifth grade and we offer – as do all Union schools – full-day traditional. kindergarten classes. Looping is offered for first and second grades as well as in grades three and four. Our fifth grade is contained for reading, language and spelling, and departmentalized for math, social studies and science.
Our entire school and staff participate in a school-wide Character Counts program. Students and staff lead activities based on the program's six pillars of character -- trustworthiness, fairness, caring, citizenship, respect, responsibility -- and incorporate the program into the curriculum.
Our school provides a gifted/talented program with a full-time enrichment specialist. All students in grades 3-5 participate in a Mental Olympiad conducted annually. One of our special events is the always-popular "egg drop" made possible with the help of the Tulsa Fire
An Extended Day Program is offered from before and after school for our parents who need this service. Camp Catch is also offered by the YMCA four days a week after school. This program encourages good health and fitness.
Grove provides an excellent art, physical education and music program for all students.
Fourth and fifth grade students may participate in our Eagleaire Singing Group or participate in a weekly Chess Club. Other programs include Native American Education; and Learning for Life, an anti-drug and alcohol abuse program.
Also available are a computer lab, library, and science lab for "hands-on" experiments. Grove students also participate in a Student Council. Each fall the students campaign for offices and monthly meetings are held with room representatives from grades 3-5. The Student Council sponsors activities during the year and runs the school store on Friday mornings.
Grove also has tutoring programs that are offered at no cost before school. The classes are taught by certified reading teachers.
Parent Teacher Association
Parents are our most important partners in the education process. They are involved in various PTA committees or volunteer to work in the classroom or teacher workroom. Parents are also employed as lunch duty assistants.
Grove has many parent involvement evenings - such as Alphabet Soup Night, U Have the Write Idea, Science Fair Night, and Art Museum Night - to name a few.
Grove participates in the Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative (TACSI) and Schools Uniting Neighborhoods for Student Success (SUNS). The community school’s philosophy supports school personnel, parents, neighbors and community partners working together so our children can participate in a strong instructional program by living and learning in safe and supportive environments.
Core components of a community school are:
Kim Berns grew up in southeast Kansas and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. After moving to Oklahoma, she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Langston University and later a master’s degree in educational leadership from Oklahoma State University.
Berns began her teaching career at Roy Clark Elementary in 1993 teaching fourth grade. She began as assistant principal of Grove Elementary in 2005, returned to Roy Clark Elementary for 2007-2008 and then back to Grove Elementary for 2008-2009. In 2009, she was named principal of Grove.
Berns and her husband Dave have two children, David and Grace. They also have two dogs named Rocky and Smokey. She enjoys reading, camping, traveling and spending time with her family.
Traci Gardner was named administrative intern for Grove Elementary in the spring of 2013. She had previously served as a teacher and instructional coach at Clark Elementary School. She has been with Union since 2008. She also has served as an adjunct professor for Northeastern State University.
Prior to her tenure at Union, Gardner worked for school districts in Enid, Clovis, N.M., West Des Moines, Iowa, and Altoona, Iowa.
She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Drake University in Des Moines and her master’s of education in reading from NSU.