"Preparing All Students to Succeed"

July 6, 2015

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Welcome to the sixth episode of UCPS Now, a show that highlights Union County Public Schools staff, students and schools.

Union County Public Schools is proud of the Class of 2015. Nearly 3,000 graduates will leave UCPS to enter college, the workforce or the military. Take a moment to see highlights from our graduation ceremonies and hear from a few graduates.

UCPS Now is produced by the Union County Public Schools Communications Office. We hope you enjoy our show.

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Shiloh Baptist gifts East Elementary a reading garden  photo

Shiloh Baptist gifts East Elementary a reading garden

About 15 teenagers and youth leaders from Shiloh Baptist Church have left a legacy that will be enjoyed by students at East Elementary for years to come. The group worked Monday (June 29) and Tuesday (June 30) to build a reading garden at the school, located in a fenced-in area at the school. “East Elementary students read deeper to soar higher, because we’re the eagles,” said school principal Denny Ferguson. “The outdoor learning garden will support that by allowing our students a safe outside area that’s comfortable, that will allow students a different environment to dig into reading. In order for students to read better, they have to read more. We know that by providing a great, healthy outdoor learning environment we know that will allow our students to read more.” Todd Daniels, the minister of youth and young families at Shiloh Baptist Church, said that the church’s program, Heart from Monroe, has adopted East Elementary and its students.

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CATA student returns home after year in Germany  photo

CATA student returns home after year in Germany

Cameron Dion will begin her senior year at Central Academy of Technology and Arts with a new skill – speaking fluent German. She spent the past year as a foreign-exchange student living with a host family in Papenburg, Germany. One of only 50 high school students in the Southeast and one of only 250 across the United States, Cameron was chosen through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange. Papenburg is about the size of Waxhaw, she said. Like most Germans, everywhere Cameron went, she rode her bicycle or took a city bus. There were no school buses. Cameron returned home June 21. She is pictured with other foreign exchange students from around the world, all studying a year in Germany. 

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