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Athletic achievements 2017-2018

More than 1,500 students (grades 7-12) were involved in Union’s 23 competitive athletics and spirit programs, and participation was more than 2,800 in K-12 in the district’s 150 non-competitive teams and spirit squads. 
Union High School was named a Safe Sports School 1st Team for a three-year period by the National Athletics Trainers Association. 

Junior kicker Noah Rauschenberg set a school record by kicking 10 extra points in the Redskins’ 70-0 win at Moore. 

Seniors Mo Garcia and Kailee McCrary were selected as Wendy’s Heisman Recipients. 

Union athletic trainer Dan Newman was awarded the 2018 Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award. Gatorade partners with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) to recognize 10 trainers from across the country who provide outstanding athlete care and have a profound impact on students, colleagues, and their community. 

2017-2018 was the fifth time in Union’s history to have an undefeated football season, and the ninth time in eleven years in the state championship game. The football team academically held a 3.0 GPA. 

Senior Josie Uerling won the state 200-yard freestyle swimming championship as well as third place in the 400- and 500-yard freestyle events. This was Union’s first state swimming title in five years. 

Union’s baseball team entered the state tournament as an underdog, but dished out a 3-2 upset against Westmoore to take the 6A state championship, its first since 2010 and the seventh in school history. 

Senior Ruben Carrasco was named to the Tulsa World All-World soccer team after scoring a school-record 27 goals, the most in Oklahoma. 

Senior Raymond Farrell was named to the Tulsa World All-World baseball team. 

Shawn Newkirk was the Tulsa World All-World baseball coach of the year.

Recognized as Oklahoma Coaches Association (OCA) Region 7 Coaches of the Year were Steve Patterson (track), David Lynn (swimming), Tyler Ashley (tennis), and Jana Patterson, Assistant Coach of the Year. • Baseball coach Shawn Newkirk and swim coach David Lynn were nominated for All-State Coach of the Year. 

Scott Young was selected OCA Region 7 Representative for the OCA Board of Directors. 

Twenty-three student athletes - four sophomores, five juniors, and 14 seniors comprised the Athletic Leadership Council. They mentored at the 6-7th Grade Center during lunch hours. 

Union athletes continued Redskin Aid work by working at a stop at the Route 66 Marathon, volunteering at Grove, and attending an OKDHS Adoption Party
 

District Announcement

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.

Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.

May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.  Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.  During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.  May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Administrative Changes Announced

Scott Pennington named director of new Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning Department;   Clayton Hucke named interim 7th Grade Principal

Dear Union Parents and Guardians: 

I am excited to announce that Mr. Scott Pennington, principal at the Union 6th & 7th Grade Center, has been asked to lead a new department within Teaching and Learning entitled Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning. As you know, we are in the second year of our five-year district strategic plan. One of the elements of this plan is Union’s Learning Model that focuses on literacy, cognitive capacity, engagement, and social and emotional learning.

As we continuously evaluate our data, and hear from teachers and our site leaders, there continues to be a dominant narrative that more must be done to address the social and emotional development of our students. Collectively speaking, our teachers continue to do amazing work in providing dynamic learning experiences for our students. It is now time for us to articulate a tiered approach to addressing unwanted student behaviors and student trauma – at all grade levels – while also fostering greater hope and confidence in our students’ lives. The idea is that we will be more proactive in our efforts, providing counseling and guidance to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. I firmly believe this will make a positive difference in our students’ lives and in the learning culture of our buildings.

Mr. Pennington’s work as a special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal make him uniquely qualified to lead in this new position. In addition to this change, I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Clay Hucke, assistant principal at Union High School, has been asked to serve as an interim principal at the Sixth & Seventh Grade Center. Mr. Hucke has done an outstanding job at the high school and he looks forward to serving the students, staff, and parents at this site.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Pennington and Mr. Hucke. These moves will become effective January 1, 2020.

Respectfully,

Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Union Public Schools

Board of Education Considers Policy Changes

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions, which may be viewed here. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to [email protected].

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to board@unionps.org.

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