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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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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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