School Updates

  • Weekly Athletics: Purchase tickets for home events here:

    Tues (12/5)
    Basketball - Home - Union Academy - 5:00/6:00/7:30
    Indoor Track - Away - Forest Hills 3:45, Dismiss - 2:15

    Weds (12/6)
    Basketball Away - AL Brown- 4:30/ 6:00/7:30 PM, Dismiss - 2:15

    Thurs (12/7)
    Wrestling - Away - Porter Ridge- 6:00
    Swim - Away - MAC - 12:00, Dismiss - 9:40 AM

    Saturday (12/9)
    Wrestling - Away - Piedmont - 9:00 AM

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  • Class of 2024 Senior Pictures: You must be photographed by CADY to be in the yearbook. Get photos for grad announcements, senior yearbook ads, and flawless Insta posts.

    1. Go to to book your senior shoot through CADY
    2. Click on Schedule Now and then start typing in Central Academy to choose our school.
    3. You will have to select a second scene. Timeless is one that is part of a basic sitting fee. Scroll down and hit continue.
    4. If you only want a basic session, then scroll to the bottom of the page and select Simple Session for $29.00.
    5. Confirm your choice, scroll down and click on Continue.
    6. You can add extras if you wish, but if you're not interested, just move past this page. Uncheck retouching unless you are interested in paying for that.
    7. Your location will be the Cady Studios on Crownpoint Executive Drive.   
    8. For families that will be using their own photographer for senior pictures, there will be a yearbook only shoot at the school on December 12th.  Students should check their email for a sign up link to make an appointment.
    9. You will receive a portfolio of pictures in the mail and you can choose to buy some or just return the whole portfolio using the postage-paid label included in your mailing.
    10. For the yearbook picture, we will accept one of the formal photos from CADY that's either in a tux, drape, or casual outfit that's black or black and white with the formal background. 
    11. If you have questions, please contact Cady at (704) 859-0737 or email Ms. Christensen at      
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  • Want to save a life? AWESOME! Your chance is here. HOSA and the Red Cross need you to sign up to donate blood on December 5th. If you are able to donate, you will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, and be entered into a larger prize drawing. You can also earn a volunteer hour for some clubs as a bonus. Scan a QR code, pick up a parental consent form if you are 16 or 17, and make a difference! HOSA members will be available to answer questions during lunches.

    Blood drive flyer

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  • If you are enrolled in AP Environmental Science next semester, Ms. Kopchick is sending out emails with important information for you. You will be meeting in room 620, Tuesday, December 5th, during Cougar Time. This meeting is to address assignments due on the first day of class.

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  • Attention Seniors! Time is running out to get your picture taken for the yearbook! The last day to be photographed is December 18th. Check your email for information from Ms. Christensen if you have not already gotten your picture taken or scheduled an appointment with CADY. We want all seniors included in the book! Also, remember to pick your senior pose for the yearbook after you get your picture taken.

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  • CATA Yearbook: Yearbooks are now on sale! Order online today! The cost is currently $75 and will increase to $85 on 1/1/2024. Flyers went home with all students on the first day of school and information about senior tributes went home with seniors. More information about senior tributes and senior pictures will be shared during senior night on 9/5. We still have a limited number of 2023 yearbooks available! Bring $75 in exact cash or a check made out to CATA to Ms. Christensen and she will process your order. 

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  • ESports: This past fall, CATA esports saw 40 students compete across 10 teams. 5 of them made it into the playoffs, and two of them are ranked in the top 10 for the season. We compete for regional and national titles, as well as scholarships. Do you play Rocket League, Overwatch, Smash Bros, Mario Kart, or Splatoon and want to be a part of a top ranking organization regionally? Do you like to play video games and wish there was a club where you could learn how to be one of the best and compete with your friends at school? If so, then esports might be for you! Reach out to Mr. Bryan if interested. Tryouts will be held in January. The season runs from 2/19 through 4/8.

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  • Union County Schools is changing their online payment provider from OSP to SchoolCash Online. SchoolCash Online is a secure way to pay for school activities, field trips, spirit wear, etc. using Visa, Mastercard, eCheck and Apple Pay (coming soon). We encourage all parents to register now, so you’ll be ready to receive email notifications when fees are added to your student’s account and make online payments as schools begin to add school items to the online catalog. Register here.

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  • Central Academy Spirit Wear: The Central Academy Spirit Wear online store is now open! Spread the word! Wear your CATA t-shirts, sweatshirts, masks, and more with PRIDE all around town! Items are available for children and adults. Check out all of the available options and make purchases by visiting the following website: orders are considered pre-orders and will be made available for pickup during band camp or student orientation. If you have any questions, contact the CATA Band Spirit Wear Team at A percentage of all purchases go back to our awesome Band of Blue so they can continue to provide our school and community with quality entertainment and programs. 

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  • 2023-2024 Student Parking Pass Application
    Parking on the CATA Campus is considered a privilege for students. Each student who drives to school must purchase his/her own parking tag, and may not share a tag with another student. CATA and UCPS will assume no responsibility for damage to private vehicles driven and parked on campus. Student drivers must have appropriate auto insurance. All student drivers must be properly licensed.
    Parking passes will be made available on 8/9 and 8/10 for SENIORS ONLY. Passes are $50.00 each (non-refundable). Starting on 8/11, juniors will be eligible to purchase parking passes. Finally, on 8/14, Sophomore students will be allowed to purchase parking passes. Information about the senior painting party will be sent out separately to seniors only. The process for purchasing parking passes will be done through a Google form for the 23-24 school year.
    A link to the Google form will be on the CATA website beginning on Wednesday, 8/9 at 8:00 AM. Parking passes MAY NOT be purchased by any student who has outstanding fees or balances. Students must have a valid driver's license and not a permit. After completion of the application, CATA will review the submission. If the application is approved, the student will then receive a link to pay for the pass via their student UCPS email. Please allow CATA 48 hours to process applications.
    Parking spot priority is to be assigned based on grade level, starting with 12th grade first, then 11th grade, and 10th grade. Students will be assigned in the order they fill out the form.
    You will need to sign into a Google account to be able to access the form. Click here to fill out the form.
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  • Peachjar: 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.

    Peachjar Flyers

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  • Daily Announcements request form

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  • Register to Volunteer in UCPS Schools: The district has a volunteer registration process. If you'd like to volunteer in any of the UCPS schools you must complete the volunteer registration form located at This even applies to people who had registered in previous years. 

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  • Current Juniors Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement: Important message for current 11th grade students regarding the Meningitis C vaccination requirement. The first dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MCV) was given prior to the start of 7th grade as a school required vaccine.  North Carolina Immunization Law requires the second dose of MCV for all students entering 12th grade. For complete details and explanations, please review the website for NC general statutes 130A-157.If your child does not currently have evidence of the second MCV vaccine, please contact your child’s health care provider to obtain it.  Following administration of the vaccine, please submit a copy of the record to the School Nurse. This documentation must be obtained within 30 days of the start of the 2024-25 school year to meet this school enrollment requirement. Thank you for your timely attention to this matter. If you have any questions, our School Nurse will certainly be available to you as a resource.  Please contact her at 704-296-3088.

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