"Preparing All Students to Succeed"

August 30, 2015

2015-2016 Bell Schedules

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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.

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Piedmont Middle science class to raise hundreds of rainbow trout  photo

Piedmont Middle science class to raise hundreds of rainbow trout

They won’t be able to pet them or walk them on a leash, but science students at Piedmont Middle School will have an entire school year to raise hundreds of rainbow trout from eggs to “fingerlings” that will be released in the spring. Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program designed for teachers who want to incorporate more environmental education into their curriculum. The program was born about 20 years ago and is now in classrooms across the United States. Piedmont Middle School eighth-grade science teacher Victoria Tuck will receive about 300 eggs in September, provided by the Erwin National Fish Hatchery in Erwin, Tenn. This will hopefully result in at least 100 rainbow trout, which will live in a 55-gallon tank located in the classroom. Pictured at left, Piedmont Middle School eighth-grade science teacher Victoria Tuck pours water into the fish tank in her classroom. 

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Smiles, tears, anxiety – all part of the first day of school photo

Smiles, tears, anxiety – all part of the first day of school

Union County Public Schools welcomed approximately 42,000 students to the 2015-16 school year. “I visited many schools today and I saw students engaged in learning and they were enthusiastic,” said UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis. “I’m looking forward to another successful school year.” The first day of school brings out a multitude of emotions. For Victoria Robertson, a second-grade teacher at Wesley Chapel Elementary, the day held excitement about meeting her new students and confidence born from being in her second year as a Visiting International Faculty educator from Glasgow, Scotland. For Donnie Niedzialek, an Academically, Intellectually and Gifted sixth-grade math teacher at Cuthbertson Middle School, the day was bitter sweet because he’s retiring after the school year. As with many parents, Johanna and Scot Cloward, there was anxiety as they brought their 5-year-old daughter, Jocelyn, for her first day of school at Wesley Chapel Elementary. “It’s scary dropping off your daughter and she’s so small,” Scot said. For Jocelyn, however, the day couldn’t have gotten much better. “I don’t know what’s going to happen today, but I’m excited. I know I’m going to color.” Pictured at left, Victoria Robertson, a second-grade teacher at Wesley Chapel Elementary, assists one of her students on the first day of school.

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