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7th 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.

Union 7th Grader opens door of tiny Union mailbox

Welcome to the 7th Grade Center!

Union 7th Graders sit behind front desk at the school

Seventh graders help greet visitors to the school.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

We are excited to welcome your student to the Union 7th 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. 

 

Principals

Principal

Crystal Pounds

Crystal Pounds

Crystal Pounds was named principal of the 7th Grade Center in the summer of 2023. She previously served as assistant principal at the High School since the summer of 2021.

Pounds comes to Union from Danbury, Texas where she served as director of curriculum, instruction and assessment and as principal at Danbury Independent School District. She has also worked as an educator at two other Texas school district, working in the field of education since 2007.

Pounds, however, is familiar with area, having attended Bixby High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Northeastern State University in 2007, and her master’s degree in education from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Assistant Principal

Jim Douthat

Jim Douthat

Jim Douthat was named an assistant principal at the 7th Grade Center in the summer of 2023.

He previously served as an adviser in the College and Career Center at the High School. He has many years of education experience, including a stint as a teacher at Broken Arrow.

Assistant Principal

Crystal Soltow

Crystal Soltow

Crystal Soltow was named administrative intern at the 6th/7th Grade Center in June of 2018. She was named assistant principal in 2019. She joined Union in 2012 as a science teacher at the 8th Grade Center.  During her time at Union, she has completed the Union Leadership Cadre, been a site Teacher of the Year, and been a presenter during professional development sessions.

Prior to coming to Union, Soltow taught math and science at Tulsa Public Schools and science and social studies at Monte Cassino Schools.  Soltow has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Tulsa and a master’s degree in school administration from Northeastern State University. 

Assistant Principal

Mila Trujillo

Mila Trujillo

Armilea “Mila” Trujillo was named assistant principal at the Union 6th/7th Grade Center in 2017, after serving as an administrative intern since June 2016.

She previously served with Union seven years, previously serving as a language arts specialist and English Learner lead at Briarglen from 2012-2016. She received her master's degree in administration from Lamar University and her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from New Mexico Highlands University. 

In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband Ernie and three daughters BriAnna, Aaliyah, and Alexis.  Her roots started in Farmington, N.M., but she is very proud to be a Union Redhawk.

7th Grade In Photos

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7th Grade student gets help from teacher at her desk.
2 7th grade students in the cafeteria during schedule pickup
Teacher and student at 7th Grade lunch
Mom and son by music lockers at the 7th Grade Center
Adult and students in front of the 7th Grade Center
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7th graders writing at their desks
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7th grade media specialist
Group of 7th graders at lunchroom
7rth grade media specialist with 2 students