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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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Union Educators Awarded STEM Grants at Flight Night

Organizers of Tulsa Flight Night, the annual nonprofit gala focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, in September, presented five $2,500 prizes to area educators, allocated for STEM-related professional development or classroom support.

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Jarman: 25 Years

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Union students and community members enjoy Jarman Elementary’s Family Fun Night. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Jarman Elementary, and on Sept. 1, the school celebrates with the community during its annual Family Fun Night. The event includes food, games and music. “Family Fun Night is an event the PTA does annually for the Jarman families as a way to give back,” says PTA President Kimberly Young.

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GO LIGHT THE WORLD:

Union students performed on Aug. 17 at “Go Light the World,” a theatrical back-to-school kick-off celebration for the school district’s more than 2,000 employees. The event included music and student and faculty performances.

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UNION ROTC AT THE READY:

Members of the Union High School Air Force Junior ROTC program have been busy in service to their country in August. They attended the Purple Heart Recognition Day at the Military History Museum in Broken Arrow and also replaced American flags that had burned in a storage chest at the American Legion. The flags were used to place on veteran’s graves throughout Green Country on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, etc. In coordination with Rep. Bridenstine’s office, the Union AFJROTC donated and replaced these flags in a ceremony.

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David Tackett Named USEF Executive Director

The Union Schools Education Foundation (USEF) has named J. David Tackett, Sr., to serve as the organization’s executive director.

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