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Varsity Highsteppers Spirit Seniors Spotlight

Jessica Chapman is a Union Lifer who has been dancing since 6th grade, when she joined the Union Youth Football Association Spirit Highsteppers dance team. Jessica is a coach for the UYFA Spirit Highsteppers 7th grade squad; she is also a member of UHYPE Crew and enjoys photography. Her awards include being a part of the State Championship Highstepper team, earning the Oklahoma State Dance Team Director’s Association (OSDTDA) 6A Junior Varsity State Jazz award in 9th grade and the OSDTDA Academic Recognition, earning two State Championships for 6A Varsity kick division in 9th and 11th grade and receiving Regionals Grand Champion, Super Sweepstakes and Best in Class Awards during her Junior Varsity and Varsity years on Highsteppers. Jessica plans to attend Oklahoma Baptist University to study marketing and graphic design.

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Highsteppers Hold Fundraiser

Union Highsteppers worked at a yard sale fundraiser held at the High School on a Saturday in June to raise funds for its award-winning program.

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Union District Update

Beginning July 1, all employees will receive a 1.5 percent raise, which was recently approved by the Board of Education. “We are able to offer district employees a 1.5 percent raise through cost-cutting measures such as eliminating positions through natural attrition,” says Chief Financial Officer Debbie Jacoby.

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Union Departments Receive Awards by the Dozen

The Union Public Schools Communications Department has received nine Awards of Excellence and two Awards of Merit from the Oklahoma School Public Relations Association (OKSPRA) for work created in 2014.

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Union Grows Workforce Development

On May 8, Mayor Dewey Bartlett spoke at a reception at the Union Collegiate Academy to recognize students who are successfully completing workforce development programs while still in high school.

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Union Cheer Spotlight

Madison Hargis has been a Varsity Cheerleader since her 10th-grade year and has been cheering for Union since first grade.

Madison is a member of Union’s State, National, and Grand National Championship Cheer Squad. She attends Life Church in Broken Arrow.

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The Addams Family Comes to Union


Union High School’s Repertory Theater is preparing for its upcoming performance of “The Addams Family Musical,” a story that Union’s Theater Director Troy Powell says conveys a broader message than some people might expect from the well-known TV show.

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Music Teacher, Students Honored

Union seventh grade music teacher Abby Bruce has been named Young Oklahoma Bandmaster of the Year and will be inducted into the Phi Beta Mu International Band Directors Fraternity. She was presented the award on Jan. 24, at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association State Convention.

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Teachers of the Year Announced

Union Public Schools has announced its 2014-2015 school site Teachers of the Year. They are:

Andersen Elementary – Faith Hamilton, first grade
Boevers Elementary – Diana Bayona, kindergarten
Briarglen Elementary – Melissa Saffell, first grade
Cedar Ridge Elementary – Beth Turner, fifth grade
Clark Elementary – Charity Covey, reading specialist
Darnaby Elementary – Kristen Robinson, third grade
Grove Elementary – Sarah Rhodes, fourth grade
Jarman Elementary – Geri Stites, music
Jefferson Elementary – Mandy Lewis, first grade
McAuliffe Elementary – Caroline Quinonez, reading specialist
Moore Elementary – Jen Marple, art
Peters Elementary – Linda Cunningham, fourth grade
Rosa Parks Elementary – Janna Hamilton, kindergarten
Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center – Nicole Hill, pre-kindergarten
6th Grade – Amanda Kennedy, language arts
7th Grade – Meghan Bender, science
8th Grade – Tamarah Danzy, science
Union Alternative School – Ami Reynolds, English
9th Grade Center – Millie Gamble, algebra
High School – Courtney McCartney, English.

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