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Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year and to Union Elementary School District #62. Thank you for making Union ESD your partner in the education of your child.

This year is the first year of our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan and we couldn’t be more optimistic about the plan and the caring employees we have hired to ensure all Union’s children are inspired with hope and empowered to courageously pursue their goals and dreams.

Over the next five years, we will be working with you, our community stakeholders to ensure that we achieve the following goals.

  1. Student Academic Success: All students will demonstrate academic growth and achievement.
  2. Student Well-Being: All students are provided a comprehensive education and school climate that supports their learning and social-emotional growth.
  3. High Quality Caring Staff: We support, develop, retain and recruit highly effective teachers, leaders, and support staff that commit to meeting the needs of all our learners.
  4. Stewardship of Resources: We secure and effectively manage resources to meet the needs of 21st century learners and employees.

We will know we have been successful when:

  • Our students are achieving at or above the state on Arizona’s statewide assessment
  • Our schools are highly performing in the top 5 percent in Tolleson High School District boundaries
  • Our students successfully transition to high school
  • Our staff and student retention rate is 90% or higher
  • All students can identify a caring adult in school who can help them succeed
  • We have eliminated the achievement gap between all student subgroups

We have identified strategies to help us achieve these goals and each school and department will put into place an annual plan for how they will implement those strategies. School and district-wide teams will review our progress regularly so that we can adjust to better improve results for our students. 

How can you help?

First, help your child  get to school on-time, each and every day.  Attendance matters and habits are formed as early as Kindergarten.  We only have 180 days of to help them learn their grade level standards, so each day really matters.  Please schedule vacations during break, appointments during early releases, and help your child understand the importance of attendance. Secondly, keep in touch with your child's teacher. Ask how your child is progressing and how you can help.  Third, engage in your school events, attend parent-teacher conferences, literacy & math nights. Most importantly, continue being an active partner in your child’s learning and helping your child create goals for their future self.  Talk with your child about what they want for their future. Discuss what they want for their family, hobbies, community service, and career. The conversations and habits you set now will last a lifetime and set a vision of their future that will inspire them for years to come.

I encourage you to review our plan, engage in the activities at your school, department, or at the district-wide level. Thank you for choosing Union Elementary School District as your educational partner and for helping us make Union Elementary School District, Arizona’s best district to live, learn and work.   

Warm regards,
Ms. Kristine K. Morris

Union Elementary School District 
[email protected]


Posted by kmorris  On Aug 06, 2019 at 8:28 AM
April 2019   

The Union Elementary School District community is a great place to live, learn and work. In our most recent 2018-2019 parent satisfaction survey, 85% of our parents rated the Union ESD as above average, with a letter grade of A or B. Over 90% of parents felt their own school was an A or B and over 90% of parents agreed that Union ESD creates safe and healthy environments for their children. Thank you families for the privilege of working with your children.


We are proud of our schools and pleased to share with you this video highlighting Union Elementary School District.



If you have made Union to be your district of choice, thank you!  If you are considering Union for your child’s education, we are accepting enrollments now, please visit the enrollment section of our website, or your neighborhood school to register.


If you are talented, caring, and dedicated adult, who wants to work in a great district with amazing students, families, and ongoing support, visit our employment website.  Take a few minutes to see what Union is all about, and apply today!


Planning for next year already? The 2019-2020 calendar can be found on our website for your information.  We hope you will plan summer break/vacations to ensure that your child is ready for the first day of school, August 05, 2019.  Meet the teacher night will be on Thursday August 1, 2019.


Thank you for helping Union ESD Inspire Hope and Empower All Children to Courageously Pursue their Goals and Dreams.




Kristine Morris

Posted by Guest  On Apr 09, 2019 at 3:21 PM

When I started this year as your new Superintendent, I shared that I would be spending my first months, Listening, Learning, Communicating, Planning and Collaborating with stakeholders throughout the community.  I have done just that.  I have spoken individually to over 100 stakeholders; visited every campus and classroom; attended professional development, leadership meetings, and family events; met with students, family members, and members of our community.  While each person had his or her personal experience and opinions, a consistent pattern emerged from what I heard and learned. 

Across the various stakeholder groups there was a strong belief that:

1)      Union Elementary School District is on the right track
2)     The district provides many supports and collaborates to help others succeed
3)     Positive Behavior Intervention and Support is helping improve student behaviors
4)     Leadership is strong and supportive
5)     Curriculum maps are a good tool and refinements keep making them stronger
6)     We value the small community with welcome feel

 What I hear we need to continue to improve upon was:

1)      We need increased academic expectations for all of our students
2)     Retain high quality staff
3)    We need new/refreshed materials for Science, SS, Writing, Math, Literacy
4)     Professional development is great; AND we still need time to prepare and plan
5)     Provide more support for handling behaviorally challenging students
6)     Retain our students
7)    Improve Communication

 What I did not hear was:

•      Concern about overall direction

•      Understanding of our shared mission, vision, goals, strategic plan

•      Celebrations about students making growth or high achievement

 So what’s happening to move us forward?   


•      Schools aligned their School Integrated Action Plans (IAP) to District-wide goals.

•      Monitoring student progress and IAP implementation at quarterly benchmarks

•      Continuing PBIS implementation with focus on Tier 2 and 3 interventions.

•      Examining Special Education service model and designing plan to increase student achievement


•      In January, begin 2020-2025 strategic planning process with stakeholders to bring District into alignment with shared vision, mission, goals with focus on students and student needs

•      Use strategic planning process to put students into the center of conversations and design the system to get the outcomes our students need and community desires

•      Build out robust communication strategy

•      Seek additional competitive grant funds to supplement programs and supports

 In Closing…

Thank you for the important part you play in the Union community, for your dedication, and for helping us create the conditions to help our students learn each day, so that ultimately our students will succeed both academically and behaviorally. Achievement today for an exceptional tomorrow!  

I look forward to engaging with you further in the creation of our 2025 vision for students and encourage your participation. Should you have any input or questions about what I have shared, please feel free to reach out to me. Have a wonderful Holiday Season, Merry Christmas, and a Joyous New Year.

Warm Regards,

Ms. Morris



Posted by Administrator  On Mar 08, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Dear Union Elementary School District Parents and Guardians,

I hope you and your family had a restful and recharging Fall Break!

At parent-teacher conferences, you learned more about your child’s first quarter academic and behavioral strengths and areas for improvement. I am confident that you left with an understanding of how the teachers will be supporting your child’s learning and what you can do at home to help your child progress. If you were unable to attend a parent-teacher conference, please reach out to your child’s teacher.  They will set up a time to talk to you about grades and progress. Even though parent-teacher conferences happen only occasionally, your on-going communication with the teacher will help ensure your child makes the progress that will help them reach their goals in life.

With all of the energy and excitement surrounding parent-teacher conferences for the first quarter of the school year, you may have missed that the State Board of Education issued its 2017-18 school report cards. The A-F letter grade system, measures year-to-year student academic growth; proficiency on English language arts, math and science; proficiency and academic growth of English language learners and special education students; and chronic absenteeism. I am pleased to share that our schools demonstrated growth in a number of these areas including; student academic growth; English language proficiency; and performance of our special needs students. I am thrilled to report that Hurley Ranch demonstrated so much growth that they were able to improve from a D to a C!  Currently our schools are performing at state average with letter grades of C. 

Just as your child’s success takes the cooperation of the teacher and family, our school and district improvement happens through community engagement and support. Your investment of time, resources, and history of support of bonds and overrides has helped us maintain reasonable class sizes, attract and compensate quality employees, provide full-day kindergarten, and provide well-rounded education through arts, music, PE, and STEM. With your continued engagement, our hardworking students, and our amazing staff, we will continue to improve our performance and celebrate a day in the near future where all our schools receive all ‘A’s. 

This fall will be busy, with many opportunities to be a part of the Union community, I encourage you to check your school calendar and plan to attend some of the upcoming events like; Trunk or Treat; soccer matches; PTA meetings; and school performances. In addition to the quality instruction we provide for children, these are the special things we do that help make Union unique. We provide opportunities to come together, build relationships, and show that education is indeed the foundation of a strong community and future.

Please remember to vote on November 6, 2018. Information about Union’s upcoming M&O Override continuation can be found here.

We know you have choices for where your child receives their education and thank you for choosing Union.


Ms. Kristine Morris
Superintendent (623) 478-5004  
[email protected]   



Posted by Administrator  On Mar 08, 2019 at 11:29 AM

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

Calling all future Kindergarten Students! 

Will your child be five years old by September 1, 2019?  If so, please mark your calendar to attend one of Union Elementary School District’s Kindergarten Roundup events. Both Dos Rios and Union Elementary will be conducting campus tours, providing kindergarten readiness and screening information, and registering Kindergarten students for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.  Administration, teachers, student services, transportation, and food service will be on site to answer your questions.  Please plan to attend one of your school’s upcoming events. For more information about what to bring to register your child, please visit the Admissions section of our website. 

February 19th, 5-7pm


March 19th, 5-7pm


If you need further information about Kindergarten registration, please feel free to contact Dos Rios at:  623-474-4000 or Union Elementary at: 623-475-5000.


Not only is it time to register incoming Kindergarten students.  We are also asking each Union family their plans for school attendance next year.  If your child already attends a Union Elementary School, they should have received a commitment letter, please return that letter to your child’s teacher indicating your child’s return. This will help us plan for a successful start to the school year. We look forward to another great year!


Finally, we are also accepting registration for new students for the 2019-2020 school year. Union Elementary is looking forward to helping your child reach his or her goals and dreams. Please visit our Enrollment section of the website or visit your school office today. Thank you for choosing Union, your local public school district!



Ms. Morris




Posted by Administrator  On Mar 08, 2019 at 11:29 AM

Congratulations are in order for our returning Governing Board members, Mr. Delson Sunn, Mrs. Stacy Marchelli, and Mrs. Nubia Briceno for being re-elected! Thank you for your leadership, engagement, and stewardship of our District. 

A huge thank you to the Union ESD community for supporting the M&O Override Continuation!  Thank you to the Board for helping us deliver quality education by calling for the election. Your leadership in seeking the fiscal resources our students need is the foundation of their success. Thank you to the Union PAC, spearheaded by Norma Pacheco, who was responsible for getting the word out in our community. Thank you to the Union team, and community members who volunteered their personal time to canvas and spread the word about the importance of the election.  It is the collaborative efforts of the Union community that made this happen for kids.

Our community invests in Union ESD because of the good stewardship of the Board, the professionalism of our staff, and the quality of education we provide. From the audits of our finances, to compliance monitoring of our programs, external professionals consistently speak to the competence and warmth of our team. Our community invests and chooses Union because of the connections we build and opportunities we provide our families, from Trunk-or-Treat, Thanksgiving lunches and holiday meal support, to Touchstone supports, we are a hub for our families. Ultimately, our community invests in Union ESD because we are committed to ensuring that every student is growing academically and behaviorally. Achievement today leads to an exceptional tomorrow!

We know you have choices for where your child receives their education and thank you for choosing Union.


Ms. Kristine Morris
Superintendent (623) 478-5004  
[email protected]    



Posted by Administrator  On Mar 08, 2019 at 11:28 AM

Union Elementary School District is a great place to learn and work. Why?

Because we are here to “Inspire hope and empower all children to courageously pursue their goals.”

This new vision will guide the work of our Five-year Strategic Planning team. Over the next 6 weeks, we will bring together stakeholders who will help shape the five-year plan that will guide us 2020-2025.  The Strategic Planning Team will use the following identified District priorities to create the 2020-2025 strategic plan.

1) A caring adult in every role.

2) Providing the social and emotional support that students need to learn and thrive.

3) Delivering relevant and rigorous curriculum and instruction.

4) Ensuring equitable access and opportunity for all children to achieve.

If you are interested in helping us with this important work, please reach out to Cara Hill, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Governing Board, [email protected].  Please let us know why you want to be a part of the team and how you will contribute positively to the work.


Kindergarten Round-Up Continues...

If your child turns five years old by September 1, 2019 please plan to attend the March 19th, Kindergarten Roundup. Both Dos Rios and Union Elementary will be conducting campus tours, providing kindergarten readiness and screening information, and registering Kindergarten students for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.  Administration, teachers, student services, transportation, and food service will be on site to answer your questions. For more information about what to bring to register your child, please visit the Admissions section of our website.  See you at Kindergarten Round-up, March 19th, 5-7pm.

If you need further information about Kindergarten registration, please feel free to contact Dos Rios at:  623-474-4000 or Union Elementary at: 623-475-5000.


Enrolling Now for 2019-2010...

We are currently enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please visit your campus, the Admissions section of our website, and/or apply for open enrollment today.

Have a safe and happy Spring Break. School Resumes on March 18, 2019. Thank you again for being a part of the Union community. 

Ms. Kristine Morris

Posted by Administrator  On Mar 08, 2019 at 11:26 AM

I am so excited to join the Union Elementary team as your new Superintendent!

During my first several weeks, I have witnessed the values that attracted me to Union alive and well in each of the individuals working and collaborating to ensure a strong start to the school year. Union is a great place to work and learn. I look forward to getting to know you this year.

The Governing Board and I are committed to: high academic achievement for each student; attracting and retaining high quality staff; and maintaining learning environments that are safe and welcoming. Our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) initiative will provide students with shared expectations to help them develop important life skills to succeed in life. We are thrilled that you are a part of this important work!

Over the next 90 days, I will be spending time listening to and meeting with stakeholders throughout our community. Through those conversations I will be learning the hopes and dreams of our students, families, and staff; what we can do to surpass our existing goals; how we will continue to grow and improve over the next 5 years; and lastly, how we will make Union the premiere District of choice for our community.

The following goals will guide my work over the next couple of months:


  • Celebrate Success: Identify what is great about our work and our District.  Communicate and celebrate results.

·                     Connect: Build trust and confidence through open, honest communication. Positively engaging all stakeholders

·                     Achieve: Analyze patterns in student achievement data; evaluate programs and alignment of district priorities to budget.

To accomplish these goals I will:






Spend time with students, teachers, parents, staff, administrators, partners, Governing Board, business, and community based organizations to hear greatest accomplishments and challenges they face.  Visit schools, conduct meetings, one-on-one visits, attend neighborhood association meetings.

Analyze and study data. Read and review current policies, budget priorities, and existing initiatives and programs. Receive issue and policy briefings from employees and partner organizations. Spend time with principals and staff to observe initiatives in action.

Share Union’s stories of success with constituents and stakeholders. Tell my leadership story, beliefs and values. Amplify the profile of Union via media, social media, and word of mouth.

Review existing plans, budgets, attendance and enrollment patterns, prepare for strategic plan revisions and upcoming budget development.

Develop and enhance strong, supportive, working relationships with Board, employees, families, community, state and local leaders. Identify partnership opportunities with those who have aligned goals.

These first months will guide how we will work together to achieve our shared goals in the years to come. You, the District, and the community will feel energized about our direction and empowered to work collaboratively to grow and improve. It is important that I understand your Union experience. I encourage you to actively engage in the process, let me know your celebrations, hopes, ideas, dreams, successes, and yes, even your challenges. Union is a school district filled with outstanding employees committed to improving learning and achievement for all children. Together, through our conversations, shared beliefs, evaluation of data, effective planning, and exemplary instruction, we will grow the Union Legacy; changing more and more lives, and building a thriving community along the way. I look forward to the journey ahead and what we will accomplish together. 

Warm Regards,
Ms. Kristine Morris
Superintendent(623) 478-5004  

[email protected]    


Bienvenidos al año escolar 2018-2019.

¡Estoy muy entusiasmada de unirme al equipo del Distrito Unión como su nueva Superintendente!

Durante mis primeras semanas, he sido testigo de los valores que me atrajeron a Unión que se encuentran presente en cada una de las personas trabajando y colaborando para asegurar un fuerte inicio del año escolar. Unión es un gran lugar para trabajar y aprender. Espero llegar a conocerlos este año.

La Junta de gobierno y yo estamos comprometidos para alto logro académico para cada estudiante; atraer y retener personal de alta calidad; y mantener un ambiente de aprendizaje que sea seguro y acogedor. Nuestra intervención de comportamiento positivo y soporte (PBIS) ofrecerá a los estudiantes con expectativas para ayudarles a desarrollar habilidades importantes para triunfar en la vida. ¡Estamos encantados de que usted sea parte de este labor importante!

Durante los próximos 90 días, pasare tiempo escuchando y reuniéndome con todos los interesados a lo largo de nuestra comunidad. A través de las conversaciones aprenderé cuales son los anhelos y los sueños de nuestros estudiantes, familias y personal; lo que podemos hacer para superar nuestras metas existentes; Cómo vamos a seguir creciendo y mejorando en los próximos 5 años; y por último, haremos que el distrito Unión sea la mejor opción para nuestra comunidad.

Las siguientes metas guiará mi trabajo en los próximos meses:

·     Celebrar el éxito: Identificar lo mejor de nuestro trabajo y nuestro distrito. Comunicar y celebrar los resultados.

·     Conectar: Establecer confianza a través de la comunicación abierta y honesta. Positivamente a todas las partes interesadas.

·     Logros: Analizar patrones en la información de los estudiante, evaluar programas y prioridades del distrito para el presupuesto.

Para lograr estos objetivos yo:






Pasar tiempo con estudiantes, profesores, padres, personal, administradores, socios, Junta de gobierno, negocios y organizaciones comunitaria para escuchar grandes logros y obstáculos que enfrentan. Visitar escuelas, llevar a cabo reuniones, asistir a reuniones de la Asociación del vecindario.

Analizar y estudiar datos. Leer y revisar las políticas actuales, las prioridades presupuestarias y las iniciativas y programas. Recibir asuntos de información política y cuestión de empleados y organizaciones. Pasar tiempo con los directores y el personal para observar iniciativas.

Compartir historias de éxito del Union con los mandantes y las partes interesadas. Compartir mi historia de liderazgo, creencias y valores. Ampliar el perfil de Unión vía medios de comunicación, medios sociales y de recomendación verbal.

Revisar los planes existentes, presupuestos, patrones de asistencia y matrícula, preparar para el próximo presupuesto desarrollo y revisiones del plan estratégico.

Desarrollar y mejorar, el apoyo y relaciones con la Junta Directiva, empleados, familias, comunidad, estado y los líderes locales. Identificar oportunidades de asociación con los que se han alineado objetivos.

 Estos primeros meses guiarán cómo vamos a trabajar juntos para lograr nuestros objetivos en los próximos años. Usted, como parte del distrito y la comunidad se sentirán capacitados para trabajar juntos en colaboración para crecer y mejorar. Es importante que yo entienda su experiencia en el distrito de Union. Los animo a participar en el proceso activamente, favor de dejarme saber sus, ideas, sueños, éxitos y sí, incluso sus retos. Unión es un distrito lleno de empleados destacados comprometidos para mejorar el aprendizaje y logro para todos los niños. Juntos, a través de nuestras conversaciones, creencias compartidas, evaluación de recopilación de datos, planificación efectiva e instrucción ejemplar, creceremos el legado del distrito de Unión; cambiando vidas más y más y construir una comunidad próspera. Espero iniciar este viaje con ustedes y ver lo que podemos lograr juntos. 

Cordial Saludos,


Sra. Kristine Morris
(623) 478-5004  
[email protected]    


Posted by Administrator  On Mar 08, 2019 at 11:16 AM

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

We understand that you have a choice of where to send your child to school, and we know that Union Elementary School District is for you! We are proud of our history of providing a great public education, right in your own neighborhood. For over 80 years, we have delivered a well rounded and comprehensive education for all children who enroll.

The 2018-2019 school year begins Thursday, August 2, 2018. Please visit your school, our website or call 623-478-5005 for more information. Enroll today and attend Meet the Teacher Night on July 31st!

If you have any questions about the district or your school, please call me at 623-478-5005. I am confident that your Union neighborhood school is the best place for your child to learn and grow.

Here's to a great 2018-2019 school year!

Warm regards,
Ms. Kristine K. Morris

Union Elementary School District
[email protected]

Estimados padres, tutores y miembros de la comunidad:

¡Sabemos que tiene la opción de enviar a su hijo a la escuela y sabemos que el Distrito Escolar Primario de Union es para usted! Estamos orgullosos de nuestra historia de proporcionar una excelente educación pública, directamente en su propio vecindario. Durante más de 80 años, hemos impartido una educación integral y completa para todos los niños que se inscriben.

El año escolar 2018-2019 comienza el jueves, 2 de agosto de 2018. Visite su escuela, nuestro sitio web o llame al 623-478-5005 para obtener más información. ¡Inscríbase hoy y asista a la Noche de Conocer al Maestro el 31 de julio!

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el distrito o su escuela, llámeme al 623-478-5005. Estoy seguro de que su escuela del vecindario de Union es el mejor lugar para que su hijo aprenda y crezca.

¡Este es un gran año escolar 2018-2019!

Un cordial saludo,

Ms. Kristine K. Morris
Distrito de escuelas primarias de Union
[email protected]

Posted by Administrator  On Mar 08, 2019 at 11:10 AM

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Kristine Morris will begin her tenure as our next Superintendent on July 1, 2018. Mrs. Morris brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked at both the district and county levels. Her passion and depth of knowledge will be a great addition and assist the district in continuing its focus on improving outcomes for our students.

Have a question for her? She can be reached at

[email protected]

Posted by Administrator  On Mar 08, 2019 at 11:05 AM
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