Featured Federal Programs Stories

  • Pre-K Teacher Named Teacher of the Year for BHESA

    Congratulations to Ms. Jennifer West for being selected as Teacher of the Year for Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts! Ms. West teaches in our Title I Pre-K program.

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  • Hispanic College Night at Forest Hills High School

    On the evening of Thursday, October 25th over 45 Spanish-speaking students and their parents gathered at the Forest Hills High’s Media Center to learn more about higher learning, and all it entails.

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  • Mystery Reader

    Marshville Elementary Pre-K students had a special guest as their Mystery Reader! Board of Education Chair, Mrs. Melissa Merrell visited Mrs. Amy Paschal’s Pre-K classroom recently. She read stories and visited with the class.

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  • Biblioburro at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts

    First graders in Marci Micciantuono’s class learned about the culture, education, language, food, arts and sports in Colombia from our assistant principal, Yubely Zolke, during her exciting presentation to all first graders!

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  • Beyond the Curve: Youth complete 4-H career development program

    Most youth graduate high school without a clue about their future plans. Even with college offers lined up they aren’t exposed to important life lessons and skills that allow them to make important decisions that will affect their futures. As a way to address this issue, Union County 4-H developed a career development program called Beyond the Curve. The goal was to expose teens with resources and information and bridge the gap on important skills they were missing.

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  • UCAEOP Office Professionals Summer Summit 2017

    The UCPS Office Professionals Summer Summit hosted by UCAEOP was held on July 12, 2017 in Monroe, NC. The agenda included presentations on Communications, Website Editing, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Power School, and Google Docs.

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  • Benton Heights Elementary Completes “Parenting with a Purpose” Series

    18 parents completed the “Parenting with a Purpose Series” on May 25th. The series of workshops over four consecutive weeks is a collaborative effort put together by the Union County Department of Human Services, Division of Public Health and The Latino Outreach Services of Union County Public Schools. The workshops take parents through a variety of topics relevant to students and their families both at home and school. The workshops are part of the Union County Public Schools Latino Outreach initiatives.

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  • Duke Energy visits 21st CCLC

    Duke Energy visited each 21st Century Community Learning Centers site in March and taught us some amazing facts about renewable energy. They explained to us the benefits and taught us how a solar panel farm works.

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  • Learning with LEGOS!

    In the Technology Lego club at Union Elementary we are using the We Do 2.0 program to build models of a space rover. This program motivates students to use scientific and engineering and math skills to solve real life problems. Working with a partner, the students create a model using a smart hub that allows it to be connected to their computer by Bluetooth.

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  • 21st CCLC Students Learn the Importance of Nutrition

    Students at East Elementary are studying health and nutrition in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Afterschool Program. They are learning about healthy eating and that everything you eat and drink matters. The right combination can help you be healthier now and in the future. The students are learning to focus on eating a variety of food and the right amount. They are learning to choose foods with less fat, sodium and added sugar.

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  • Snakes Alive!

    21st CCLC students enjoyed the Snakes Alive! program presented by Ron Cromer. Snakes Alive! is a science program created to provide insight into the lives, habits, and characteristics of reptiles, especially snakes! The event featured an orientation power point and a unique hands-on experience with approximately two dozen, native harmless reptiles including snakes and lizards, all specially tamed for petting!

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  • Idiom Day at Porter Ridge

    Do you know what day was celebrated on October 28, 2016 at Porter Ridge Elementary School? Here are some clues: We were “bursting with joy” because we had all our “ducks in a row” as we walked through the school and we were thankful it wasn’t raining “cats and dogs”. You get a “gold star” if you said IDIOM DAY! Idioms can be confusing for anyone, but especially for those learning English as their Second Language.

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  • ESL Teachers working with MTSS Strategies

    ESL Teachers worked together to examine the MTSS tiers and how ESL fits into the equation. We discussed strategies for each tier and shared out as a group. Using our text, Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers, we talked about providing support and differentiation at Tier 1 benefits all, not just English Language Learners.

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  • Latino Outreach Informs Parents and Students about College Application

    Students and parents attended the 2016 Monroe High School College Night on Wednesday, September 28th in the Monroe High School Media Center. The event provided important up to date information about college application, financial aid, scholarships and information about upcoming activities. This event is part of the ongoing collaborative efforts coordinated by both, Mr. Gustavo Arevalo, UCPS Latino Outreach coordinator, and Monroe High School to better serve the community.

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  • Enjoying the Summer with Safety Basics

    This year as a part of the Parenting with a Purpose classes, Sardis Elementary hosted an educational workshop on August 18th where parents and students had the opportunity to learn how to prevent injuries

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  • Fire Safety Family Training

    For the first time, as a part of the Parenting With a Purpose Program, Union County Public Schools Latino Outreach Services and Union County Division of Public Health partnered with the Monroe Fire Department on Wednesday, July 27th to have a fire extinguisher training workshop for parents and students. At the new Fire Station # 4, the parents participated in a class learning the basic security measures to handle a fire emergency. Afterwards, an activity gave the participants an opportunity for hands-on experience handling a fire extinguisher to put out a fire. The parents, as a result, now have a new found confidence if there is ever a need to utilize this piece of safety equipment.

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  • Growing Success for ELs

    A multidisciplinary team from UCPS attended the Growing Success for ELs Conference held in Greensboro July 26-28. Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld presented a fantastic keynote then led three days of intensive sessions devoted to Co-Teaching.

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  • Lights, Camera, Action!

    Rock Rest 21st CCLC students threw themselves into the art of acting in their end of year production of The Jungle Book. The photo above captures the students’ intensity in the moments before the play begins.

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  • Babysitting Class at full capacity two years in a row

    UCPS through the Latino Outreach Services and Carolina HealthCare System is partnering together for the second year in a row to offer a free babysitting training class.

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  • Rocky River ESL Makes Reading Fun!

    Maria Doering and her ESL kindergarten classes at Rocky River Elementary have been working on beginning reading strategies using interesting and interactive stories.

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  • Title I Parent Involvement Survey

    As we continuously seek to improve Union County Public Schools, we want to know how you feel the schools and the district are doing to meet your needs. As the parent/guardian of a child attending a Title I school you are an important part of the Title I team. Your input is vital in the planning and implementation of the parental involvement program and activities in our district.

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  • Pre-K Goes on Stage!

    Miss West's Pre-k class has been busy preparing for their big field trip to Wingate University! On Tuesday, they visited the Batte Center to see a fabulous performance of "The Tortoise and the Hare!"

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  • Learning in ESL Takes Flight!

    In preparation for spring, the second grade ESL students at Shiloh Elementary School read a non-fiction book about birds. After reading the book and learning new science vocabulary, the students wrote information about their favorite birds. While researching information about the birds, they began to wonder about bird food and bird feeders. After looking at different types of bird feeders, the students decided to make a bird feeder out of water bottles so they would also be recycling. The students are excited to see which types of birds eat from their feeders over spring break.

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  • Making Connections at Wingate

    Fifth grade students in 21st CCLC at Wingate Elementary read Misty of Chincoteague led by Ms. Maggie Murray. In Book Club students have the opportunity to experience new worlds, including the magical world on Assateague Island where Misty was born to a wild and free horse called the Phantom.

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  • Union Elementary School Parent Resource Center

    Did you know that UCPS has a Parent Resource Center located at Union Elementary School? Families are able to stop by the center and find materials that will help their child in school.

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  • UCPS Title I and ESL Departments Share Latest Parent Involvement Research to Highlight “Ways Busy Parents Can Help Their Children Succeed in School”

    There is no question that today’s parents want their children to succeed. Most parents say they would like to play a more active role in their child’s education – if they had more time! But family life is so hectic these days that for many parents it may seem impossible to get involved with their children’s education. The UCPS Title I and ESL departments provided parents with proven ideas from national experts that they can use to help their children.

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  • 2016-2017 Pre-Kindergarten Registration

    Title I Pre-Kindergarten Applications for the 2016-2017 school year will be available February 29th - March 24th. Students must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2016.

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  • Monroe Middle 21st CCLC Students Learn Patience and Tactical Thinking

    Although the game of chess had its origins in India before the 7th century, this game of mental prowess is alive and well in the 21st Century Community Learning Center, STEM Live! at Monroe Middle School.

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  • Wingate Girls Set and Achieve Goals

    Wingate Elementary girls know the joy of setting a goal and the power of achieving that goal. On a brisk morning in early December, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) girls sport happy faces after completing the Waxhaw Ginger Snap 5K. They have trained since September for this day. At this moment of celebration, they are joined by proud parents and 21st CCLC staff.

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  • Author Inspires Students

    Stephen Vaughn, author of How to Catch a Star and creator of Xcel 2 Fitness, demonstrates to students at Union Elementary how important it is to surround themselves with a supportive team, constantly moving them toward their personal goals. Union Elementary 21st Century Community Learning Center students read How to Catch a Star and eagerly listening for pointers. Xcel 2 Fitness and How to Catch a Star are part of one program that encourages elementary students to be the best they can be—and shows them concrete ways to become just that.

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  • Students Think Like Scientists

    During December Intersession at East Elementary, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) students, Yareth Castro in foreground, and Sandra Aguilar behind her, participate in a force and motion project they designed and planned themselves. The type of activity is named for the cartoonist, Rube Goldberg, who sometimes drew over-engineered machines to perform simple tasks. Yareth and Sandra’s goal was to get a marble into a cup. Simple—but wait, their plan had to include a complicated engineering design to channel the force of motion through falling dominos and down a make shift channel of tape and rulers—on to drop the marble into the cup.

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  • STEM Live! Field Trip to Stonecrest Farm

    Our first 21st Century Community Learning Center field trip of the year was a hit! The folks at Stonecrest Farm gave our kids a real treat. For most of our kids it was their first time seeing a horse up close and personal. Miss Chris and all of her helpers allowed the kids to brush, pet, and walk the horses. Students made friends with a Shetland pony, a miniature and quarter horse. They learned about the Hinny and were fascinated that many of the horses on Miss Chris’ farm were rescued from hunger and mistreatment.

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  • Xcel 2 Fitness Big Event

    Caden Redick, Darrell Guinn, Cody Sutton, and Dalton Medlin (counter clockwise from left to right then front) work together to beat their own record in completing an obstacle course at an Xcel 2 Fitness Big Event. These boys are part of 21st Century Community Learning Center at Union Elementary. They worked for six weeks to develop stamina, teamwork, and strategies to tackle that obstacle course—but they were challenged to find even greater things within.

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  • 21st CCLC Students See The Invisible Loom Large!

    Students from East Elementary pose before the urban backdrop of Charlotte as they take a break from exploring what Discovery Place has to offer! East Elementary students joined a total of about 100 21st CCLC students as they trekked through a rainforest, searched for frogs in natural habitats, tried out a bed of nails, and tested every energy and motion hands-on experiment available.

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