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Union Boasts Seven Merit Semifinalists

Seven seniors from Union High School have been named 2013 National Merit Semifinalists:

• Matthew S. Blanchard, son of Rex and Mary Blanchard, Broken Arrow
• Jordan A. Burdick, daughter of Kevin and Melanie Burdick, Tulsa
• Steven P. Dahnke, son of Paul and Vickie Dahnke, Tulsa
• Farhan Javed, son of Muhammad and Salma Javed, Tulsa
• Samuel Pangestu, son of Bun and Mary Phang, Tulsa
• Hardik Sheth, son of Ketan and Rita Sheth, Tulsa
• Stefan Varickappallil, son of Jacob and Sheeba Jose, Broken Arrow

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Union Education Foundation Welcomes Trustees

Union Schools Education Foundation (USEF) announces its new members of the Board of Trustees for 2013-14. The new trustees join other community and business leaders from across the Union district who volunteer their time to advance the mission and vision of the foundation.

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Local Teenager Wins Money for College

Spencer Pearce, a Broken Arrow-area teenager, now has more incentive to start thinking about college. In September, Pearce was awarded an Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan (OCSP) worth $2,500.

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Students Compete For Scholarships

Rogers State University Public TV is proud to send “I Want Answers” into its third season. Sixteen high schools throughout Green Country, including Bixby, will compete for scholarships and prizes. Teams are composed of four competitors and each game is made up of three rounds.

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Eisenhower Gets National Award

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 286 schools as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools, including Tulsa Public Schools’ Eisenhower International School.

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First Hometown Huddle

FOUNDATION PARTY: From left, Mayor Dewey Bartlett, Hometown Huddle Event Chair Sally Mulready, State Representative Glen Mulready and Executive Director for Jenks Public Schools Foundation Marlo Duffy enjoy the festivities at the first annual Hometown Huddle, presented by the foundation. The community event occurred before the Jenks-Owasso game on Sept. 20 and was a carnival-style block party with food, music, games, youth performances and pony rides.

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Fieldhouse Almost Complete

FACILITY COMING ALONG: Construction on the new Frank Herald Fieldhouse continues on the Jenks High School campus. The building is expected to be completed by the end of October. Both the school board and the family of Frank Herald approved the naming of the new facility. Herald was a principal and superintendent with Jenks and his wife a teacher in the district. The old fieldhouse will become an indoor practice facility, with its second floor to be removed, allowing for baseball, football and other sports to practice indoors when needed. The old fieldhouse will also hold community events and pep rallies.

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Career Thinking

PATHWAYS FAIR: The Back to School Career Pathways Fair was held recently at Nathan Hale Junior High School in Tulsa to bring businesses, service providers and post-secondary institutions together in support of students and their families. With students at the Mill Creek Companies booth are, at left, Melissa Venable, principal of Hale Junior High, and Jillian Ihloff with Ihloff Salon. At right are Stephanie Cameron of APSCO and Jeff Dunn of Mill Creek.

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Congressman Visits Students

STRIVING FOR SUCCESS: Congressman Jim Bridenstine listens to Bianca Gray, a senior at Street School, speak about her life before coming to the school. Gray enrolled because she knew she needed to turn her life around. She will graduate in January and plans to attend Tulsa Community College. Street School, 1135 S. Yale Ave., is a dropout prevention and intervention program; the amount of students on its waiting list continues to grow each year.

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October: Bullying Prevention Month


To say that bullying is a problem would, arguably, be a major understatement.
Bullying is a worldwide epidemic that can’t be escaped even in local, small communities. For that reason, Stomp Out Bullying was created in 2005, and, to kick off National Bullying Prevention Awareness month in October, Oct. 7 will mark the fifth annual Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention.

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OSUIT Donates Cars

GRATITUDE TO VETERANS: Veteran Marquise Debouse, second from left, stands in front of the refurbished car, a 2004 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo, that he received from an OSU Institute of Technology (OSUIT) automotive class and the nonprofit organization Cars 4 Heroes.

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PTA Unifies School


Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) have held a presence in schools since most individuals can remember. Far from solely affecting schools, PTA bring far-reaching benefits to families and communities, which falls right in line with the National PTA mission of engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

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Industry Partnership Brings New Student Opportunities


Students enrolled in Tulsa Tech’s Advanced Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining Program have a unique opportunity to gain employment with one of the nation’s leading oilfield service companies, thanks to an innovative partnership with the Baker Hughes Corporation.

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Owasso Superintendent Receives Second District Award

Owasso Public Schools Superintendent Clark Ogilvie was recently named the 2013 District 5 Superintendent of the Year. Ogilvie, who began his education career in the classroom, has worked at five school districts, all within District 5: Sand Springs, Tulsa, Union, Berryhill and Owasso Public Schools.

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A Day at the Parent Child Center of Tulsa


Tulsa is home to a number of nonprofit social service organizations that hold the mission to improve the lives of Tulsa residents, including at-risk individuals. One such organization is the Parent Child Center (PCC) of Tulsa, which served more than 26,000 Tulsa families in 2012. The nonprofit was created by the 1990 merging of At Risk Parent Child Program, which began in 1974 at Hillcrest Medical Center, and Child Abuse Prevention Services, which was originally named Parents Anonymous when it was created by St. Francis Hospital in 1972.

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