Welcome to the online home of Union Elementary School District # 62. We are here to make sure every child receives the best education possible. Your child’s education is our #1 priority. Our teachers are excellent, and they have the expertise needed to challenge your child while making sure that each student has the necessary tools and materials to reach his or her academic goals.
Feel free to browse around and see what Union Elementary School District #62 has to offer. We are sure you will like what you see.
1) Congratulations to Mr. Sunn and Mrs. Briceno for continuing to serve on the Union Elementary School District Governing Board. We appreciate your service to the district.
We have one vacant Governing Board seat. The Governing Board and I will work on developing a time line according to the requirements of the Maricopa County Education Service Agency. We will post announcements regarding the vacant board position and how to apply on the district and school websites, and school messenger.
2) On Tuesday, November 4, the Union Elementary School District community gave the district a vote of approval passing the Maintenance and Operations Budget Override. We thank them very much for their continued support providing our students with a sound academic program that includes art, music, and physical education. Passing this initiative, will allow the district to continue budgeting 10% more dollars to its maintenance and operations budget which will add an estimated $930,000 for the next five years to the district budget.
3) This school year, you may have noticed the district’s student population is becoming very large at each school. The increase in student enrollment has utilized all classrooms and has left limited classroom availability for future student growth, which we anticipate to continue to grow. In order to prepare for this projected growth, the district is developing a committee of staff and community members to discuss and study the possibility of reopening the Union Elementary School. The committee will make their recommendations to the governing board by March 1, 2015. If you are interested in being considered to serve on this committee, the application will be available on our district website on Monday, November 17.
4) Another area of importance to discuss is the district’s technology programs available to teachers and students. It is very important that our students have exposure to the same technology as their peers in other schools. It is necessary to develop a technology plan that provides the necessary technology tools and provides a rigorous technology experiences for students. We will establish a technology committee of staff members and community members to develop a 3-5 year strategic plan identifying hardware, software, costs, and scheduled implementation plan for operation with students. If you are interested in being considered for this committee, the application will be available on November 17 as well.
To see the full list, please visit our Superintendent Top Happenings page.
Public Notice - Governing Board Vacancy
The Union Elementary School District is seeking applicants to fill one vacant governing board member seat. Nomination procedures and processes for appointment of school governing board members are outlined in the Maricopa County School District Governing Board Vacancies Nomination Procedures and Processes. Applications are due January 9, 2015.
For more information about how to be considered for a nomination, please view our Governing Board Vacancy Public Notice.
Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner
The Tolleson Service Committee cordially invites you to a community Thanksgiving day dinner on Thursday, November 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Tolleson Union High School cafenasium. Everyone is welcome at this free event. Please see our flyer for more information.
Union District Schools Receive Grants
Hurley Ranch and Dos Rios elementary schools were awarded $1M in funding for after-school programs. Check out this West Valley View article for more information.
Teacher Professional Development
On Wednesday, October 22 teachers participated in a half day professional development day. Teachers in grades K - 8 met with Mrs. Charity Nightingale, literacy coach, to establish the artifacts required quarterly to demonstrate student performance of the writing process and the four genres of writing. Each teacher made a portfolio that has these for components: pre-write, rough draft with revisions and editing marks, and a published copy. Teachers also met in grade level district wide teams to review the instructional practices that went well, needs work, and further support required. The feedback from teachers will be utilized to monitor and adjust the development program in the Union school district.
Hurley Ranch Soaring Stars Program
The Hurley Ranch Soaring Stars afterschool program is running smoothly and serving 271 students. Students enjoy activities like:
These afterschool learning programs are funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant awarded to Hurley Ranch seven years ago. This federally funded program supports afterschool enrichment activities that complement our student’s regular school day programs.
Penny War Challenge
Over the past two weeks, students have collected coins and put them in their classroom jar in hopes of winning the Penny War Challenge sponsored by the Dos Rios PTA. On Friday, October 10, MidFirst Bank came for an assembly and students had the opportunity to have their classroom coins counted by the MidFirst Mobile Coin Counter.
Fiscal Year 2015 Proposed Budget is Now Available
In accordance with our district's policy of full disclosure, we invite you to view the following information.