Through various academies, pathways, and courses, students have access to a number of rigorous programs that will prepare them for college and/or the workforce. UCPS has developed a webpage to guide families and inform them about virtual information sessions, key dates and links to important resources.
Congratulations to 7th grade ELA teacher Nicole Darko, who has been selected as Porter Ridge MS 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Darko is a seventeen-year veteran with distinct experience in various educational positions, both nationally and internationally. She has been a classroom teacher, director of curriculum and instruction and a dean of instruction. Mrs. Darko lived and worked in Ghana, West Africa for five years before returning to the States to continue her work with middle schoolers. She joined the Porter Ridge Pirate family last year when she decided to return to the classroom. Mrs. Darko is an author, three-time Teacher of the Year winner and a TPT Teach for Justice Grant recipient.
With the holidays quickly approaching, if you are in need of food and gifts for children 18 and under, you may apply to the Union County Christmas Bureau. You can apply between 9/29 and 11/20 Mon-Fri, 9-3:30 by calling 704-296-4828. All applications are being taken virtually due to the current pandemic. Please see the attached flyer for information.
At its Sept. 22 Special Called meeting, the Union County Board of Education met to discuss Plan A, Plan B and Plan D.
Union County Public Schools values the feedback of our students, parents and staff. In an effort to continue high quality, rigorous learning experiences and social-emotional support for students, the school district has partnered with Panorama Education to administer a survey to 3rd – 12th graders. The survey window is February 24 – March 10 and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The link will be sent via Canvas and students will need their Student ID for access. Panorama safeguards student privacy and all responses will be kept confidential.
The survey results will be used to improve support and resources at the school and district level.
Click HERE to review survey questions.
During the testing window of February 22 - April 23, 2021, all limited English language proficient students
in Union County Public Schools (UCPS) will be assessed with the WIDA ACCESS test. This assessment
is a language proficiency test composed of four language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and
The information from the ACCESS test is valuable in making instructional and other academic planning
decisions for students. The outcome from the assessment results in an individual student English
Learner Plan. Schools use the individual EL Plans to plan appropriate instructional strategies for each
student. The ACCESS scores also help educators in identifying students who may benefit from continued
ESL services, testing accommodations, and/or multi-tiered support systems. UCPS will follow federal,
state, and local regulations/policies that are applicable when administering the language proficiency test.
The best way to prepare a child for this test is to make sure they have a good night’s sleep and eat a
good breakfast on the morning/s of the assessment.
For Virtual Academy families (Students in Plan D), we are offering on-site testing Thursdays and Fridays.
Your child’s school will contact you to make arrangements for testing and/or if you need bus
Please contact your student’s school and ask to speak to the child’s ESL teacher or the school’s testing
coordinator with any questions you may have.
Thank you for your support of Union County Public Schools.
The UCPS ESL Dept.
Peachjar Digital Flyers
We have launched a new electronic flyer communication tool called Peachjar. To view school-approved digital flyers, simply click the Peachjar button on our website.