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Nominations for 2017 Crystal Apple Awards Now Open

photo: Crystal Apple awardNominations for the 2017 Crystal Apple “Excellence in Education” Awards are now open. These awards recognize outstanding individuals in the education field who are dedicated to the success of students.

Those eligible are employees in any of the InterMountain Education Service District's (IMESD) 18 component school districts in Morrow, Umatilla and Union counties. Crystal Apple Awards can be given to principals, assistant principals, teachers, paraeducators, office staff, maintenance staff and other district staff.

Information and the nomination form are available here. Nominations are due April 1, 2017.

Nominations are also being accepted for the Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award, which recognizes one outstanding administrator (Superintendent, Principal, Vice Principal) each year.

Information and the nomination form for the Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award are available here. Nominations are due April 1, 2017.


The Second editions of the 2016-17 USD Newsletters are out!

 Read the newsletters here!

Immunizations Available at Union School-Based Health Center for Students of Union County

image: immunization text and reading glassesThe Union School-Based Health Center in Union is offering immunizations to any school-age students in Union County, including Cove School District students.

The School Exclusion date of February 15, 2017, is coming up fast and if your student hasn’t received the immunizations required by Oregon law (or you have not submitted a medical/non-medical exemption), your student will not be allowed to attend school starting February 15, 2017.

Immunizations are administered at the Union SBHC on:

  • Tuesdays (9:30 a.m. -1:45 p.m.)
  • Wednesdays (9:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.)
  • Thursdays (9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.).

Please make an appointment for your student by calling the Union SBHC at 541-562-9418 so that we can make sure our quantity of vaccines meets the significant demand.

The Union School-Based Health Center is located on the campus of Union Schools next to the SE Miller Building (the elementary school for grades K-3).

Parents/guardians: please bring your insurance card or insurance information with you.

If your child is under age 15, you will need to fill out the short SBHC Treatment Consent in order for your child to receive immunizations here.

Students age 15 and older may fill out the SBHC Treatment Consent for themselves.

Please feel free to call Union County’s local Public Health Department (at Center for Human Development) at 541-962-8801 if you have any questions.

Spring Picture Day is Coming!

image: picture day is coming soonWhere: Union Elementary School
When: Wednesday, February 22
Picture Day ID: ID056794Y0


Senior Photos Needed!

Image: Yearbook graphicSenior pictures for the yearbook are due to Mrs. G by April 4.

Photos should include a baby picture or two.

Students Invited to Technology Expo in March

Do you know a student interested in technology? Students in 8th through 12th grades across eastern Oregon are invited to the IMESD's annual STEP Technology Expo on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. This FREE event is from 8 AM to 4:30 PM at EOU. Transportation will be provided to students from their school district (details are currently being determined).

The Expo is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in hands-on technology fun and learn more about school-to-career opportunities in the technology field.

Students must register themselves to attend the Expo by visiting http://step.imesd.org. For more information, they can ask at their school front office or ask their school STEP representative. Posters and flyers should be available at their schools. Students can also follow STEP on Twitter and Instagram - @EOstepITup and #stepexpo17.

Information for Parents about School Delays/ Closures

With the arrival of winter weather, we would like to remind parents/families about our district policy. If school is delayed or closed, the information is posted by 6:00 AM on:

  • District Website
  • Automated calling system
  • Regional media outlets (newspaper online, radio, Portland & Tri-Cities tv stations)

If no notice is posted, school is running on regular schedule.

The location with the most accurate information to confirm a delay/closure is on the district website. On occasion, media inaccurately reports school delay/closure information.

If schools must close early, notification is given using the same method. If you have questions about the delay/closure policy, please call the District Office or your child’s school.

Thank you.

Graduation Time Change

Photo: Graduation CapPlease mark your calendars...

The June 3rd Graduation Commencement time has been changed from 10 AM to 9 AM. 

Debit and Credit Cards

We can now take debit and credit cards for "pay to plays", ASB, lunch account deposits and misc. school fees. For more details ask Traci Antoine in the High School or Deb Titus in the elementary.

Union School District Releases Results of Testing for Lead in Water

This summer, the Union School District tested drinking water sites at all of its schools for the potential presence of lead. Results from (Box R water Analysis Laboratory) indicate that all sites were below the acceptable EPA limit.

The Union district joined school districts across eastern Oregon who are testing their drinking water this summer. Currently, there are no state or federal requirements for schools to test drinking water for lead, and it has not been a practice in the past. In mid May, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) created a plan regarding lead in school water. The plan requests all school districts that get drinking water from public water systems test for lead in school buildings; requires districts to use certified drinking water testing labs to process the water samples; asks ODE and OHA to develop a method for schools to report results to OHA; and for OHA to provide drinking water expertise to schools for support as they test.

Many schools receive their water from community or city water systems. These public water systems regularly test the water and many already treat the water to help reduce corrosion of plumbing. However, lead that is present in pipes and fixtures in building plumbing can enter the water at the tap and expose those who drink it - that is why sampling and testing for lead at each tap is important.

“The Union School District is pleased to report that water at our schools does not contain harmful lead levels. We will continue to monitor this and keep communicating to parents and our community,” said Carter Wells, superintendent.

A copy of all the district’s water testing results can be viewed at the District Office, 541-562-6115, 540 South Main. For questions or more information about the district water testing, contact: Carter Wells, 541-562-5166, carter.wells@unionsd5.org.

Some state funds may be available in fall 2016 to reimburse school districts who test their drinking water this summer.

For more information about the plan to support school districts, please visit the Oregon Health Authority at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/news/.