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Principal Reflects on Years at Jarman


In recognition of Jarman Elementary’s 25th anniversary, Patti Pitcock, former principal who spent 37 years with the school district, reflects on Jarman’s early years:

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Lisa Ford Eager to Represent Union in B.A.


In February, Tulsa native and Broken Arrow resident Lisa Ford unseated incumbent Patrick Coyle to become Union Public Schools’ Zone 2 board of education member.

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Seniors Crowned Mr., Miss Union

Union High School seniors Peter Wetherbee and Te’a Williams were named Mr. and Miss Union – the highest honor a student may receive at Union High School. Wetherbee is the son of Angela Davis and Brian Wetherbee, and Williams is the daughter of Natosha Williams and Tyrone Stewart.

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High-Performing Union Juniors

TOP PERCENTILE: Juniors Lucy Duran Camacho, left, and Kimberly Garcia have been named in the top 2.5 percent on the PSAT/NMSQT among all Hispanic and Latino test-takers in the region and have been invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. To be eligible for the program, students must have ancestors from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, or Venezuela.

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Literacy Specialist Awarded

DISTRICT RECOGNITION: In February, Susan Henderson, digital literacy specialist at Roy Clark Elementary School, was named the 2016-2017 Union Public Schools Teacher of the Year. With her are Union Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler and Dr. Kathy Dodd, right, associate superintendent of teaching and learning. Henderson came to the Union school district in 2009. Henderson uses a makerspace in the media center that allows students to experiment with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) concepts and grow their creativity. “I firmly believe that the library needs to be so much more than just checking out books. My goal is to lead others to see that the library needs to have a space to collaborate with others to use technology to create, invent, tinker, as well as a place to access great books.”

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District Teacher Named

Susan Henderson, digital literacy specialist at Roy Clark Elementary School, is Union Public Schools’ 2016-2017 District Teacher of the Year.

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Students Create Winning App


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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