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6th Grade Profile

School Configuration

Our school is in a period of transition. Currently, our school configuration is rather unique serving more than 2,200 students – of both seventh and sixth grades. We have divided both the sixth and seventh grades into teams to help the students feel more "at home" and less unsettled by the size of the building.

In February 2023, voters approved a bond measure that will allow Union to separate both grades,

The teams consist of a core group of teachers and 140 students. There are seven teams in each grade. The teaming concept has really been beneficial to the students and has enabled us to utilize a lot of inter-disciplinary instruction within each team. We do have an active student council for each grade. Our students are also very active with several cheer, drill and pom squads.

School History and Features

The Union 7th Grade Center was completed in 1993 on 61st Street near Highway 169 at the original Union School site. The second phase of the building, the Union 6th Grade Center, was completed in the fall of 1994. All of Union's 6th and 7th grade students attend this school.

The fine arts area was expanded in 2013 for more music classrooms and in 2014, the front entrance was remodeled for new office space, additional classrooms and a new outdoor entrance area.

The school site also features an eight-lane, 30-meter swimming pool with a seating capacity of 400. The pool is utilized for physical education classes, after-school activities and competitions and practices for all secondary students participating in swimming.

A well-equipped media center, a drama room with mini-stage, a spacious cafeteria, two gymnasiums and abundant rooms for art and music add to the versatility of the center. In addition, a multi-purpose room on the second floor is used for classroom projects, special speakers and other activities.

6th Graders Sit in bleachers at the school

Welcome to the 6th Grade Center!

6th Grade Teacher points to information for student at desk

Sixth graders receive personal attention to help them be successful.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

We are excited to welcome your student to the Union 6th Grade Center. In this section, you will find answers to frequently asked questions about our site. Please know this information may changes as we update policy and procedures.

Bond Progress – Reconfiguration

Reconfiguration to smooth the transition from elementary school

Union Public Schools – thanks to overwhelming voter approval in February 23 – pledges to do a better job of bridging the gap between elementary and middle school for our sixth grade students and provide separate campuses for both sixth grade and seventh grade students. Union hopes to create a smaller, more elementary-like environment for sixth graders, and a springboard for seventh graders that positions them for success in the eighth grade. Structural changes are needed to accommodate two widely different experiences.” 

Among the proposed changes as part of the new 5-year bond include: 

  • New school configuration, with sixth grade on one side of the building and seventh grade on the other. We anticipate changes to bus and vehicular traffic flow around the school. 
  • Smaller clusters of classroom spaces with common learning areas for teams. “We need space where teams of 120 – 150 kids can get together and collaborate with nearby restrooms,” said Federline. The changes will also ease crowding and require less travel by students, while providing additional pathways and reducing congestion. “With the smaller learning environment feel, we are going to change the culture and kids won’t feel so disrupted.” Team spaces will have designated color schemes to make communities feel more self-contained. 
  • Smaller and additional bathrooms will be placed closer to classrooms, with sinks and paper towels located outside in the hallways. This provides for improved monitoring. 
  • Improved cafeteria serving area with two eating spaces: To make lunch more efficient for 2,200 students, a centralized kitchen will be placed between smaller eating spaces. This will allow 450 kids to spread out and eat lunch at the same time, but it will be quieter and more comfortable. 
  • Addition of a gym on the building’s southwest side. This will not only provide seventh graders with a separate gym, but it will be a hardened facility designed to shelter students and staff in the event of inclement weather. 
  • The spirit and winter guard programs will have two new practice areas and locker rooms with the addition of this gym. 
  • Renovation of the HVAC system, replacing an old geothermal system that no longer works. 
  • The media center, along with the beautiful fine arts facility on the building’s west side, will continue to be a shared space utilized by both grades. 

 

Meet Our Administrative Team

Principal Tammy Ward

Tammy Ward

Tammy Ward has been an educator for 19 years and has been a teacher, assistant principal and Principal at Union's 6th and 7th grade center. She is the mom of triplets and avid lover of sunshine, books, and coffee.

Assistant Principal Kaitlyn Bueno

Kaitlyn Bueno

Kaitlyn Bueno is also a long-time resident at Union 6th/7th grade center serving as a language arts teacher, art teacher, and assistant principal. Bueno will serve as assistant principal for teams Amherst and Georgetown. She was selected as Site Teacher of the Year in 2018. You will find that Bueno is a talented artist and has a fierce love for all things "Star Wars."

Assistant Principal Garrett Hess

Garrett Hess

Garrett Hess is in his 10th year in Education. Hess comes to us from Ellen Ochoa Elementary and will be a sixth grade assistant principal for Teams Oberlin, Carleton and Columbia. In his free time, Garrett enjoys hanging out with his wife and two children. He also enjoys playing guitar, piano and golf.

Assistant Principal Megan Karlish

Megan Karlish

Previous to becoming an administrator, Megan Karlish was a seventh grade Language Arts teacher at the school. Karlish has long been a student favorite. This year, she will support teams Cornell, MIT, and Emory. In addition to being an assistant principal, she spends her evenings and weekends chasing her twin toddlers. Interesting fact about Karlish is that she’s lived in several states.

6th Grade Principals stand behind a balloon shaped like a 6

Pictured is the sixth grade administrative team: (left to right) Megan Karlish, Tammy Ward, Kaitlyn Bueno, and Garrett Hess.

6th Grade In Photos

Union 6th graders and teacher sit in class
Students walk by the Central Park at Union entrance in Tullsa
Union 6th Graders work on assignments
Bus at the 6th Grade Center
Union employee takes picture of sixth grader for his ID
6th graders walk to seats in the gym
6th graders walk the hall between classes
6th grade teacher encourages more pep with hand to ear at pep assembly