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Ochoa Elementary Opens

READY FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR: Ochoa Elementary Principal Rita Long stands inside the new school at 12000 E. 31st St. The community school emphasizes parental involvement, physical and mental health, and community and neighborhood development. Ochoa Elementary was named in honor of Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic female astronaut and current director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

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Union's Ochoa Elementary Readies For School Year

On Aug. 22, Ellen Ochoa Elementary, 12000 E. 31st St., will open its doors to 500 students as Union Public Schools’ newest school. The school replaces Briarglen Elementary, Union’s very first elementary, which closed in June.

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Four Union Students Named Academic All-Staters

Four Union Public Schools students were among the 100 Oklahoma students recognized in June by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence (OFE) as Academic All-State winners at the foundation’s 31st Academic Awards Banquet, held in Tulsa. Each student was asked to invite to the banquet a teacher guest who played a significant role in his/her academic career.

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Union Director Recognized

Penelope Kay, Union Public Schools’ director of special services, was honored in June as the 2017 Director of the Year by the Oklahoma Directors of Special Services (ODSS).

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Union Seniors Earn Scholarships

Seven Union High School seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship winners: Abigail Cornett, Wade Witcher, Bella Zhan, Timothy McMullen, Daniel Royer, Stephanie Royer and Colton Benningfield. These students will receive between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at a higher education institution.

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Union Grad Named Scholarship Winner

Reid Rector, a 2017 honor graduate of Union High School, has been named the winner of this year’s First Achievement Award scholarship by the First National Bank & Trust Co. of Broken Arrow.

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District Continues Legacy of Financial Excellence

It was announced in May that for the 24th consecutive year, Union Public Schools earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International.

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District Focused on Graduation

Union Public Schools continues its efforts to achieve 100-percent student graduation, reporting a 90-percent graduation rate for the 2015-2016 school year.
“We often hear from other school districts and from community members, asking ‘what is our secret sauce?’” says Dr. Kathy Dodd, Union associate superintendent of teaching and learning.

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Union Recognizes Outstanding 2016-2017 Seniors

Faith Nichols and Peter Wetherbee are Union High School’s 2016-2017 Seniors of the Year.

Nichols, who has attended Union since pre-kindergarten, is the daughter of Ky and Theresa Nichols of Broken Arrow. She served as Student Council President and liaison officer for the Rotary Club and participated in Student Leadership, the Youth Philanthropy Initiative and the High School Legacy Committee. Her honors include the Academic/Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, “Most Creative” on Student Council leadership and Top 10 Miss Union Royalty. Nichols is a 2017 salutatorian, ranking in the upper two percent of her class as determined by weighted grade point average. She also won the University of Tulsa Presidential Scholarship, which is the most prestigious academic merit award given by the university. She plans to study business marketing and political science at TU.

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