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.
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 fine arts area was expanded in 2013 for more music classrooms and in 2014, the front entrance was remodeled for new office space, additional classrooms and a new outdoor entrance area.
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.
Clayton Hucke was named principal at the 6th/7th Grade Center in December 2019. He had been serving as an assistant principal at Union High School 2014, and previously for one years as an administrative intern in 2013. He came to Union from Owasso Public Schools where he was a high school Spanish and economics teacher. However, he has also worked for the Union Adult Education program since 2009 as an English as a Second Language teacher, teaching two English classes a week with adult students. Prior to his stint in Owasso, he briefly served as a high school English teacher in Temuco, Chile.
Hucke received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and economics from Oklahoma State University and his master’s degree in school administration from Northeastern State University.
Tammy Ward was named a class principal at the 6th/7th Grade Center in 2018/ She previously served as an administrative intern at the 6th/7th Grade Center in the summer of 2014. She was named Assistant Principal in 2015 and moved to the 8th Grade Center in 2017. Ward returned to Union from Skiatook Public Schools where she was a National Board Certified teacher and eighth grade language arts instructor since 2012. However, Ward previously worked at Union from 2004 until 2012 as a sixth/seventh grade language arts teacher.
Ward has worked extensively with Union’s Carrera Program, weekly child study teams, professional development teams, writing committees and more during her time at Union.
Ward received her bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University and is pursuing her master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern Nazarene University.
Bob Buck started his career at Union Public Schools in 1981. He was named assistant principal at Union High School in 2015, until 2022 when he moved over to the 6th/7ty Grade Center in the same position. He had previously taught Algebra I and geometry as well as coached basketball and baseball at Cascia Hall Preparatory School. His career continued at the former Union Junior High teaching Algebra I as well as coaching basketball and football. After two years teaching at Tulsa Public Schools Street School, he returned to Union as a math teacher at Union Alternative School for the last 20 years.
Buck received his bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Northeastern State University in 1979, and received his master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern Nazarene University in 2012.
Kaitlyn Bueno was named assistant principal Intern at the Union 6th/7th Grade Center in July of 2019. Her career in education started at Union in 2011. During her time at Union she has taught Language Arts and Art at the 6th/7th Grade Center. In 2018 she was named 6th Grade Teacher of the Year.
Bueno received her bachelor’s degree in English education from Northeastern State University and her master’s degree in education administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Crystal Soltow was named assistant principal at the 6th/7th Grade Center in June of 2018. She joined Union in 2012 as a science teacher at the 8th Grade Center. During her time at Union, she has completed the Union Leadership Cadre, been a site Teacher of the Year, and been a presenter during professional development sessions.
Prior to coming to Union, Soltow taught math and science at Tulsa Public Schools and science and social studies at Monte Cassino Schools. Soltow has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Tulsa and a master’s degree in school administration from Northeastern State University.
Armilea “Mila” Trujillo was named an assistant principal at the Union 6th/7th Grade Center in June 2016 and assistant principal in 2017. She has been with Union six years, previously serving as a language arts specialist and English Learner lead at Briarglen from 2012-2016. She received her master's degree in administration from Lamar University and her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from New Mexico Highlands University.
In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband Ernie and three daughters BriAnna, Aaliyah, and Alexis. Her roots started in Farmington, N.M., but she is very proud to be a member of the Union family.