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Students Create Winning App

By EMILY RAMSEY

For the second consecutive year, the Union seventh grade Go Girl Engineering Club has been named Best in State in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge and has advanced to national competition.

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Union Welcomes New Communications Officer

Chris Payne has been named Associate Chief Communications Officer for Union Public Schools.

Payne, who previously served as Director of Communications for Tulsa Public Schools, will replace Chief Communications Officer Gretchen Haas-Bethell, when she retires June 30.

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January Seniors of the Month

Spencer Farquhar and Sarah Parrack are Union High School’s January Seniors of the Month.

Spencer Farquhar, who has attended Union his entire life, is the son of Mark and Kim Farquhar of Broken Arrow. He is active in football. He plans to attend Tulsa Community College and continue his education at a university, perhaps studying to be a doctor.

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Highsteppers Tradition

STATE CHAMPIONS AGAIN: Congratulations to the Union Varsity Highsteppers, who celebrated their 33rd state title last year when the team was named 2016 Oklahoma 6A Kick State Champions at the Oklahoma State Dance Team Directors Association Dance Team Championship. The event was held in December and hosted by Oklahoma City University.

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Student Skills Benefit Families

BIKES FOR KIDS: Union High School manufacturing and automotive students participated in the third annual Bikes for Kids holiday project in December, where they repaired or refurbished donated bicycles. The bicycles were then given to a local family in need for the holiday season. Pictured are, from left, seniors Will Ramsey, Alex Benton and Edwin Rodarte.

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Union Bond Vote: Feb. 14

On Feb. 14, Union Public Schools patrons will vote on a proposed $26-million bond issue.

Below is the cost breakdown:
• $11 million: Phase II, Elementary 14, 12000 E. 31st St. This will cover the costs to construct the first half of the building and enable Briarglen Elementary’s 500 students, grades K-5, to move into the school for the 2017-2018 school year;
• $5.1 million: Maintenance and Operations: professional services and needed building equipment and projects;
• $4.6 million: Districtwide textbooks, media books, STEM tools, technology, software licenses and subscriptions;
• $1.2 million: Contingency and bond fees and expenses;
• $1 million: Darnaby Elementary HVAC system replacement, Phase I;
• $900,000: District roof replacement project;
• $750,000: High School chiller replacement/HVAC equipment;
• $500,000: Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center building: payment toward purchase of the building;
• $490,000: Site Allocations: capital expenditures, technology equipment, software; school site projects;
• $400,000: Athletic, fine arts and spirit uniforms, instruments, equipment and technology.

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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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IMPACTFUL TEACHER:

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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