The Communications Department assists Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler and helps with district management and employees in interpreting public attitudes; identifies and helps shape district policies and procedures in the public interest; and helps to provide ways to inform and involve Union’s various audiences in an effort to gain understanding and support for Union Public Schools and the services it provides.
The Communications Department provides a system for fostering open, two-way communications and good relationships between the district and its various internal audiences (students, certified employees, support employees, Board of Education members, administrators, etc.) and external audiences (parents, taxpayers, community organizations, lawmakers, businesses, etc.).
The Communications Department oversees a number of printed and electronic-based products, including this website, designed to inform patrons about Union Public Schools. The department also oversees the Alumni Center at the High School.
More than 40 publications are printed and include everything from handbooks, course offerings and report cards, to brochures, programs and annual reports.
Audio/video productions include bond-related videos, staff recognition videos and news coverage of the district.
The Communications Department created a successful 2018 5-year multi-media bond election information campaign. Voters in the Union Public School District overwhelmingly passed both two propositions in the district's $128.6-million, five-year series bond, enabling completion of the Ellen Ochoa Elementary School, improvements to athletics and fine arts facilities at Union Tuttle Stadium and continued expansion of Union’s districtwide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiative.
Productions by Communications include:
The Communications Department oversees all of the district’s communications programs. Those programs include serving as Union’s liaison with the media to facilitate accurate, timely and fair news coverage; supervising the creation of written and electronic publications including newsletters, brochures, videos and the web site; planning and executing information campaigns for a variety of issues including bond elections and new curriculum programs; planning and executing special events and projects; providing information, referral and follow-up to ensure prompt and courteous responses for people seeking facts and registering complaints; conducting formal and informal public relations training for staff and school-related groups; regularly evaluating communications strategies and advising the administration on communications issues; serving as the district’s liaison to the Union Schools Education Foundation; and facilitating information as part of the district’s crisis communications team.
Information distributed through students or staff must be approved by the executive director of Communications.
Flyer Distribution System
Union Public Schools offers an electronic flyer communication tool called “Peachjar.” To view school-approved Digital flyers, simply click the Peachjar button on your school’s website homepage. For more information, see our Peachjar page.
Parents tell us Union’s automated phone messaging system is a great way to announce weather-related school closings, upcoming events, and important information.
For your convenience, we have also added a district phone message replay line where you can access recent messages sent to you by the district and/or the school your student(s) attend(s). The Union Connect-ED Message Line is 918-357-6210. The system searches the database by the phone number of the telephone you use to call the message line and gives you the choice of the last nine messages sent to that phone. Visit our Phone and Text Page for more information.
Communications oversees designs of all major publications, and coordinates district printing. Designs include, but are not limited to, student handbooks, boundary maps, report cards and more, complex four-color projects.
Requests for use of the district’s registered names and logos should be directed to the manager of the UWear Store.
News, Photography and Web
Communications manages online content for Union Public Schools, including a website, emails, automated phone calls and various social media outlets. Communications also gathers information and photos for news distribution on print and electronic media, as well as local and national media.
Communications creates videos that highlight the many exciting successes that surround Union Public Schools. Videos may be news- or featured-related and shared internally for various events or on our YouTube Channel.
Hannah Hudspeth Joins Communications as New Graphic Designer
Hannah Hudspeth has been hired as the new graphic designer for Communications at Union Public Schools. A 2013 graduate of Union High School, Hudspeth comes back to Union after working as a freelance Designer.
Hudspeth brings a wealth of experience in graphic design, photography and marketing, working on a variety of projects, as well as doing graphic design and social media marketing for Tulsa Community College, where she managed TCC’s media platforms and created print and digital graphics for the community college. Hudspeth also served as a digital media adjunct professor for TCC for a brief time.
In addition, Hudspeth’s services have been utilized by the Oklahoma Distilling Company, TPSi Tulsa Print Shop Inc., Third Floor design and Rogue Marketing. Hudspeth is skilled in several areas, including illustration, photography and video production.
She graduated from the University of Tulsa with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a minor in art history and photography. She also received certification in advertising. Her work has been featured in several exhibits, including the Tulsa Performing Arts Anniversary Exhibition in 2017.
“Being a Union lifer really helps me understand what Union Public Schools is all about and I think having that experience as a student here and growing up with this school has really gave me a step up to helping portray Union’s brand throughout my work,” Hudspeth said, who started her Union journey at Cedar Ridge Elementary.
“My entire family has been involved with Union since I can remember,” Hudspeth said, “from being on the pom squad for many years, attending almost every football game, and being in Leadership at the High School. I was well integrated into the student life at Union.”
“My favorite memory of attending Union was definitely all the late nights setting up for the first day of school pep rally,” she said. “It was always so fun being able to help decorate, pick out the theme, and make signs with my closest friends to celebrate the new school year. I remember always looking forward to that activity., she remembers, admitting “It does feel a little weird coming back to Union just seven years after graduation. But, I have been treated with open arms and such great support it has reminded me of what it’s like to be a part of this school again.”
Hudspeth spends some of her free time, honing her skills by designing personal graphics for her own online shop. “I spend time taking film photos, trying new restaurants (I LOVE trying interesting, new food.) and hanging out with my cat, Luna. I’m a sucker for a good horror movie and bad reality tv.”
Check out her online shop here: www.hhgraphics.co