Welcome to the Union 8th Grade Center!
The Union 8th Grade Center is designed to help students make the transition between middle school and high school from both an academic and social perspective. Union offers a unique design as only the eighth grade class resides in our facility. Our state-of-the-art media center acts as the origin for literacy and learning as students embark upon their high school journey.
The 8th Grade Center faculty is committed to providing a safe and secure environment focused on learning which encourages academic excellence for all students. We recognize the importance of the eighth grade in developing responsible individuals and realize that the success of each student is dependent upon a cooperative effort of the student, parents, teachers and administrators.
Union 8th Grade Center
6501 S. Garnett
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012-9541
Office Hours: 8:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
School Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9:05 a.m. – 3:50 p.m. / Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Main Phone: 918-357-4325
The 8th 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.
The 8th Grade Center was dedicated in 1980 and underwent a major renovation which was completed in 2006. The improvements include the new media center, security features, an expanded cafeteria, additional classrooms and offices and improved parking. A new soccer complex adjacent to the 8th Grade Center also complements the campus.
RAO or Redskin Academic Overtime
Redskin Academic Overtime (RAO) is a specific time period (3rd hour) that has been set aside Monday through Thursday during the school day for students. During this time period students may be assigned to attend Intervention or Academic Engagement (AE). Students not assigned to Intervention or AE will remain in their RAO classroom for study hall or P.O.W.E.R. Click here to learn more.
RAO time may also be used for announcements, school wide assemblies, or character building activities from the Union Character Counts program.
Union PRIDE is a program designed to reward students who exhibit positive character. At the end of each semester, students who meet the following criteria will be provided with PRIDE opportunities.
The requirements are:
Homework and Computer Clubs
The Homework and Computer Clubs are free tutoring services offered to all students who need help in any subject area. These clubs meet after school.
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.
The Carrera Program
New to the 8th Grade Center this year - but not the students who are participating - is the Carrera Program. The program started in 2011 with 200 sixth graders and has followed those students as they moved through sixth, seventh and now the eighth grade. Parents have shown strong support for the program designed to help more than 200 Union sixth graders reach their academic and life potential.
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.
Drug-Free Youth (D-FY)
The Drug-Free Youth (D-FY) organization involves students in grades 7-12 who have made a commitment to be drug-free. To join, each student must take an initial drug test, then submit to random testing. This student organization is especially active and focuses on influencing others, especially younger students. In the spring, fifth graders from the district participate in a D-FY assembly.
School Resource Officers (SRO)
The SRO program involves area law enforcement officers who provide positive role models for our students. Officers work directly with students, parents, teachers and staff in assisting with education, prevention and intervention projects.
Student Assistance Programs
The goal of the Union Student Assistance Program is to assist in developing a safe, disciplined and drug-free environment. Several objectives have been established to help achieve that goal, including working with families, partnering with the community and developing student leadership.
Marla Robinson is a graduate of Lawton Eisenhower High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Education from Oklahoma State University and her master’s degree in School Administration from Northeastern State University.
Prior to coming to Union, Robinson was an English and yearbook teacher in Muskogee Public Schools for eight years. She joined Union in 2001 and has worked as a teacher, curriculum specialist, and administrator for the district. She was named principal of the 8th Grade Center in 2007.
Clint Culver has been an administrator for 16 years, serving as the 8th Grade Center assistant principal for the last 10 years. Before entering the educational field, Culver served in the Naval Special Warfare “Navy Seal, Team One.” Before coming to Union, Culver taught health and physical education and worked as a school counselor.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University and his master’s degree from National University in California.
Elizabeth Harwood is a graduate of Union High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in special education from Northeastern State University and earned her master’s degree in educational administration, curriculum, and supervision from the University of Oklahoma.
Harwood joined the Union team in 2011 after spending the previous five years in Jenks Public Schools where she taught middle school Science, pre-algebra, and special education.