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Beloved Teacher, Entertainer is Remembered

Richard Martin Hader passed away early on Nov. 1 at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa with family and close friends at his side.

Known to Union students as “Mr. Hader – the math teacher,” to friends and family as “Rick,” and to millions of sport fans across North America as the nerd “Myron Noodleman,” Hader led a unique life that he created and excelled at.

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Foundation Names Director

Shea Ludwig has been named the new director for the Union Schools Education Foundation (USEF). Ludwig, a former Darnaby Elementary PTA president and the current 6th & 7th Grade Center PTA co-president, has most recently served as marketing manager for Chris Zinn Group at McGraw Real Estate.

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Union Spotlights November Seniors of the Month

Tyler Cox and Josie Uerling have been named November Seniors of the Month for Union High School.

Cox is the son of Donnie and Gayla Cox of Broken Arrow.

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Bikes for Kids Gives, Teaches Skills

In November, Union High School juniors and seniors from the Union Career Connect program repaired 68 bicycles as part of the annual Bikes for Kids event, which was initiated by Career Connect counselor Amanda Howell.

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Union Dedicates Ochoa Elementary

By EMILY RAMSEY

On Oct. 23, Union Public Schools dedicated Ellen Ochoa Elementary School, 12000 E. 31st St. The dedication included a visit from Ellen Ochoa, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

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Union Teachers of the Year

Union Public Schools’ 2017-2018 Site Teachers of the Year have been announced.
They are:

• Andersen Elementary – Kara Minton, art
• Boevers Elementary – Lydia Leslie, fifth grade
• Cedar Ridge Elementary – Cindy Forbis, first grade
• Clark Elementary – Teresa Besses, counselor
• Darnaby Elementary – Kelly Buck, counselor
• Grove Elementary – Paola Puleo, third grade
• Jarman Elementary – Becca Bearden, third grade
• Jefferson Elementary – Lisa Harper, reading specialist
• McAuliffe Elementary – Kassie Alexander, physical education   
• Moore Elementary – Beth Grounds, multi-age first/second grade
• Ellen Ochoa Elementary – Taya Oelze, kindergarten
• Peters Elementary – Andree Lira, fifth grade
• Rosa Parks Elementary – Katie Cealka, art
• Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center – Jillian King      
• 6th Grade Center – Melodie Cole, language arts 
• 7th Grade Center – Justin Vannest, math
• 8th Grade Center – Paula Ontko, special education
• 9th Grade Center – Travis Webb, business
• High School – Philippa Kelly, social studies
• Alternative School – Zondra Clunn, English  

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Seniors of the Month

Union High School has named its Seniors of the Month for September. They are Grant Hizer, son of Gary Hizer and Lisa and Joe Guertin of Broken Arrow; and Katherine Himaya, daughter of Alex and Meredith Himaya of Broken Arrow.

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Merit Semifinalists

Eight Union High School seniors have been named 2017 National Merit Semifinalists:

• Grant Hizer, son of Lisa Guertin of Broken Arrow;
• Killian Kane, son of Kelly and Jennifer Kane of Tulsa;
• Alexander Labbane, son of Mondher and Cheryl Labbane of Broken Arrow;
• Joseph Liu, son of Ti-Chung and Kelly Liu of Tulsa;
• Ferdinand Mudjialim, son of Andy Mudjialim and Tan Fang Fang of Broken Arrow;
• Tony Nguyen, son of Henry and Tammy Nguyen of Tulsa;
• Hannah Rondthaler, daughter of Timothy Rondthaler and Joanne Call of Tulsa; and
• Josephine Uerling, daughter of Steve and Alicia Uerling of Broken Arrow.

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Ochoa Elementary Opens

READY FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR: Ochoa Elementary Principal Rita Long stands inside the new school at 12000 E. 31st St. The community school emphasizes parental involvement, physical and mental health, and community and neighborhood development. Ochoa Elementary was named in honor of Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic female astronaut and current director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

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