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Voters to Consider $26-Million Bond


A $26-million bond package will be on the ballot on Feb. 14 for Union Public Schools patrons.

The package would not increase taxes above traditional levels.

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December Senior Spotlight

Cheyenne Blackwood and Josh Spears are Union High School’s December Seniors of the Month.

Cheyenne Blackwood, who has attended Union since pre-kindergarten, is the granddaughter of Randy and Cyndi Blackwood of Broken Arrow. She is president of the Union College and Career Crew and works in an industry partnership with Miss Helen’s Private School. She has received honors for two years in math and an award for “Most Hardworking” in her industry partnership. She plans to study business, communications, marketing and art after high school.

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Seventh grade pre-engineering teacher Tiffany Bolding displays the check she received from KOTV the News on 6 and Bob Hurley Auto Family after being named an “Impactful Teacher” on Dec. 15. From left are 6 In The Morning anchor Rich Lenz, Bolding, News On 6 meteorologist Alan Crone, and Bob Hurley Jr., owner of Bob Hurley Auto Family.

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Happy Retirement

A FOND FAREWELL: Union Finance Director Debbie Jacoby, center, stands with Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler and former school Superintendent Dr. Cathy Burden. The school district held a retirement reception Dec. 5 for Jacoby who is retiring after 22 years with Union Public Schools.

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University of Tulsa President Dr. Gerard Clancy poses with TU mascot Goldie and Union High School students who received surprise early acceptance notices into TU.

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Union Names Teachers of the Year

Union Public Schools has announced its 2016-2017 School Site Teachers of the Year. Teachers were selected by their peers.

A formal reception at the Union Performing Arts Center will be held in February to announce the District Teacher of the Year.

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Students of the Month Spotlight

Faith Nichols, who has attended Union since pre-kindergarten, is the daughter of Ky and Theresa Nichols of Broken Arrow. She is active in Student Leadership and serves as Student Council President. She is also active in tennis and the Youth Philanthropy Initiative, is liaison officer for the Rotary Club, and is a member of the High School Legacy Committee. She was on the Academic/Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and was named “Most Creative” on Student Council leadership. She plans to study business marketing and political science at the University of Tulsa.

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Teacher Fellowship Applications Open

Applications are now available for Oklahoma fifth- and eighth-grade public and private school teachers interested in receiving a fellowship to attend the 2017 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in the restored capital city of 18th-century Virginia. The session for Oklahoma fifth-grade teachers will be held June 8-14, 2017. The session for eighth-grade social studies teachers will be held June 15-21, 2017.

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34th Annual Renegade Review Marching Band Championship Held in October

REGIONAL COMPETITION: The Renegade Regiment performs in October at the 34th Annual Renegade Review Marching Band Championship, held at the High School. The event featured marching bands from area high schools as well as regional and surrounding states. The Pride of Owasso marching band placed first with Jenks High School’s Trojan Pride placing third and the Pride of Bixby placing fourth.

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