High School Campus Remodeling project – The 5-year bond on which this project is based passed in February of 2018. The bond contains $42,475,000 for District Fine Arts, Athletics, Classroom, and Stadium Renovation and Construction including FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment) for the High School campus. Since May of 2018 architects, engineers, and Union staff have been working on the plans. The project scope is outlined at the link.
Ellen Ochoa Elementary - See Virtual Tour Below
The Phase 2 and 3 Virtual Tour shows the west exterior elevations as well as the interior of the west wing and the gym. The west wing has over 27 classrooms, plus 2 art rooms, 2 maker spaces, a second media center area, multiple collaboration spaces, a learning stair, an indoor slide, two outdoor classrooms, additional offices, and storage rooms.
Community Health Clinic - This new project is a partnership Community Health Connection (CHC), Union Public Schools (UPS) and the City of Tulsa. The clinic is under construction on the Ellen Ochoa Community School campus with funding from the City of Tulsa’s Vision 2025 bond funds.
Union Innovation Lab – The Union Innovation Lab is the place to be for STEM activities at Union Public Schools. In addition to four classrooms used by teachers, the lab at 6235 S. Mingo Road has a virtual/digital gaming room, a computer classroom, a room for Tulsa Tech, a room for Ubotics, soft seating and more.
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
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.
Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Union Public Schools