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Kirt Hartzler Named Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Kirt Hartzler, superintendent of Union Public Schools, has been named the 2016 OASA District 5 Superintendent of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA).

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Union Teachers Applauded

By EMILY RAMSEY

This is the Union Boundary’s final installment of Union Public Schools’ 2015-16 Teachers of the Year. Congratulations to all of Union’s outstanding educators!

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Darnaby Nationally Recognized

On May 13, Darnaby Elementary School was honored as a National Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Showcase School.

Thanks to a grant from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Darnaby helped to pilot the PLTW program in 2013, and it is now a national model. With the addition of Darnaby’s “Launch” program (grades K-5), Union became the first district in the state to offer the award-winning PLTW curriculum in grades K-12.

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Darnaby Nationally Recognized

On May 13, Darnaby Elementary School was honored as a National Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Showcase School.

Thanks to a grant from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Darnaby helped to pilot the PLTW program in 2013, and it is now a national model. With the addition of Darnaby’s “Launch” program (grades K-5), Union became the first district in the state to offer the award-winning PLTW curriculum in grades K-12.

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Union Graduates

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: Union graduates of special recognition, including valedictorians, salutatorians and National Merit finalists, pose with School Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler before their commencement ceremony on May 11. Congratulations to all 2016 Union High School graduates!

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Union Teachers Spotlight

By EMILY RAMSEY

This is the Union Boundary’s third installment of Union Public Schools’ 2015-16 Teachers of the Year, with our spotlight this month on teachers Amanda Charvat, Jillian Plum, Hilary Morsey, Liz Beeman, BJ McBride and Ashley Lewis.

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Ellen Gives Again

MCAULIFFE DONATION: In May, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres welcomed McAuliffe Elementary media specialist Kirby Mackenzie back onto her show via Skype to talk about the current state of education in Oklahoma and how McAuliffe is coping. DeGeneres then surprised Mackenzie with another $25,000 check for the school, after the initial donation that DeGeneres gave in 2014. DeGeneres also surprised Mackenzie with a home remodel for her and her husband, who are fostering two McAuliffe students.

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District Teacher of the Year Named

Rosa Parks Elementary first grade teacher Laura Latta was named the 2015-2016 Union Public Schools District Teacher of the Year during a reception in March, where all of the district’s school site Teachers of the Year were also recognized.

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Union Teachers of the Year Spotlight

By EMILY RAMSEY

This is the Union Boundary’s second installment of Union Public Schools’ 2015-16 Teachers of the Year, with our spotlight this month on teachers Jordan Roark, Pam Cox, Brenda Robinson and Amanda Cole.

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