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  • Shivalee Patel wins National Youth Leadership Council Competition

    Congratulations to Shivalee Patel for winning the National Youth Leadership Council Competition sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation. One high school student per state is selected each year to serve on the Council as a representative of their state's electric co-ops. She is the first delegate from Union Power to win the competition and will receive a $2000 scholarship.

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  • Science teacher Hannah Griffin featured in Appalachian Today

    Science teacher Hannah Griffin was recently featured by Appalachian State in an article entitled "App State Alumna Teaches Next Generation of Students How to Learn Through Inquiry". In the article, she explains how she makes Earth and Environmental Science a hands-on experience for her students using methods and techniques she learned in her studies at App State.

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  • 'Start With Hello Week' fosters culture of inclusion

    Students at Piedmont participated in "Start With Hello Week," which is part of the Sandy Hook Promise designed to create a culture of inclusion that values each individual at Piedmont. Student Government drew positive messages on the sidewalks around campus as a powerful action to encourage students to reach out to others who may feel left out or lonely. In addition, school counselors sponsored "conversation starters" in the cafeteria daily.

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  • Board of Education names members of Citizens Advisory Committee for Diversity

    The Board of Education voted to approve members for the Citizens Advisory Committee for Diversity at its Sept. 1 meeting. Of the 64 applicants, 32 were selected to serve. The committee includes a parent or community member from each cluster, faith leaders, employees, and students. The committee will serve as a forum to address conversations about diversity and promote a school community that embraces acceptance, denounces, and takes action against prejudice and discrimination.

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  • All UCPS students eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended a waiver that will allow all Union County Public Schools students to receive breakfast and lunch free of charge until Dec. 31, 2020.

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  • Hudson Shank Recognized as John H. Crowder Service Award Recipient

    The late John H. Crowder spent more than 30 years serving the children of Union County. As a living tribute to him and his legacy, the Union County Board of Education awards the John H. Crowder Service Award every month to an outstanding high school student who is making a difference in their school and community. On September 1, the Board of Education recognized senior, Hudson Shank as the September 2020 recipient of the John H. Crowder Service Award. During the summer, Hudson Shank helped rising ninth graders and new students transition to the school. He and a few other students created a video tour of the school so incoming students could get a visual idea of the campus’ layout.

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  • Piedmont welcomes new ROTC instructors

    Piedmont would like to welcome MSgt Catrina Colvin and Major Chad Richardson as new Air Force ROTC instructor. MSgt Colvin is arriving to Piedmont having served as the Senior Logistics Manager and Military Training Instructor. Major Chad Richardson is arriving to Piedmont having served as the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor the previous three years at Blue Ridge High School in Greer, SC.

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  • UCPS announces new meal option for 2020-2021

    Educators understand that students need healthy meals to be successful in school. Although Union County Public Schools will offer a hybrid of in-person and virtual learning this year, meals will still be offered to all students, whether they are enrolled in Plan B or Plan D.

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  • Preparing for Reopening of School

    Piedmont teachers and administration are busy preparing for the unprecedented reopening of school on Monday, August 17. Students have selected to attend in one of two ways: Plan B, where students will attend one day per week according to their last name; or Plan D, where students will take all classes in a virtual environment. As the community prepares for this new model of instruction, it is the goal of Piedmont to provide as much information to help students and parents in the coming days.

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  • Dan Edwards Joins Administrative Staff

    Mr. Dan Edwards has joined the administrative staff at Piedmont as an assistant principal. Mr. Edwards has been with Union County Public Schools since 1996, where he started his career as a Biology teacher at Parkwood High School. He transitioned into administration in 2000 and has worked at different schools and levels as an assistant principal. In addition, Edwards is a member of the North Carolina National Guard and recently returned from a deployment to the Middle East with the 30th ABCT "Old Hickory." Mr. Edwards will the 10th and 11th grade administrator at Piedmont, and he is looking forward to working in the Piedmont community where he currently resides.

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  • UCPS provides additional information about in-person, remote learning and virtual academy plans

    To help families make an informed decision, staff has provided details about the instructional models. In addition, parents are strongly encouraged to complete a transportation and return to school survey by July 22.

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  • UCPS announces reopening plans for 2020-2021 school year

    Superintendent Dr. Houlihan and district leaders discussed plans for reopening schools at the July 14 special called Board of Education meeting.

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  • Four Students are Winners in the 2020 John Stossel Essay Contest

    Congratulations to four students who were winners in the 2020 John Stossel Essay Contest. Callie Austin was a semi-finalist and will receive $100; Lauren Cox, Madison Holt, and Laikyn Tyson all received Honorable Mention and will receive $50. According to English teacher Stacey Vickers, having four winners from one school is very rare so this is a phenomenal accomplishment for her students. The contest required students to write an essay about Income Inequality in America. They used John Stossel’s video on Income Inequality, as well as other resources they researched independently, to write a 500-1000 word essay for the competition.

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  • New Online Instruction & Grading Criteria Announced

    After several weeks of online review activities, UCPS will begin delivering new instruction on April 20 that will run through at least May 15. At the high school level, teachers will post 180 minutes of new content each week. The schedule for activities will be: Monday - 1st/2nd block (90 minutes); Tuesday - 3rd/4th block (90 minutes); Wednesday - 1st/2nd block (90 minutes); Thursday - 3rd/4th block (90 minutes); and Friday - Online teacher office hours. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has also released the grading criteria for students due to the COVID 19 school closure.

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  • Evan Martino named Distinguished Student Leader

    Congratulations to Evan Martino who has been selected as a Distinguished Student Leader by the National Student Council and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The Distinguished Student Leaders program was created to encourage students to reach their full potential as leaders by demonstrating an understanding of the many concepts and ideals of leadership. Evan is a four year member of Piedmont High Student Government where he has served as a school officer and Western District Chairman on the North Carolina Association of Student Council (NCASC) Executive Board.

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  • Harris Recipient of Education Award

    Congratulations to Annette Harris, who has been awarded the 2020 Marvin R. Pittman Champions for Education Award. Through this award, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction recognizes individuals who have championed the work of education by continually supporting the students and colleagues with whom they work. Mrs. Harris will be honored at a luncheon for the winners on April 7 as part of the Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders (CCES) Conference in Greensboro.

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  • Sports Marketing Class Creates Cinnaholic Flavors

    Mr. Beighle's Sports Marketing students recently participated in a real-world business experience by creating a marketing campaign for a new flavor of gourmet cinnamon roll. In conjunction with Cinnaholic in Indian Trail, students developed possible flavors of cinnamon rolls that would be featured at their location. Students then voted on their favorite, and the winning flavors were the "Kobe Roll", "Brownies Best Friend", "Whoopie Roll", and "Donkey Kong." The marketing students analyzed what ingredient combination, flavor design, and flavor name would be favorable with students at Piedmont and then developed their promotion accordingly. The four winning flavors will be on sale at the Indian Trail Cinnaholic location until March 4th.

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  • Medford Top 10 Finalist for UCPS Teacher of the Year

    On January 27, UCPS Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan, Cabinet staff, and Board of Education members revealed the names of the 10 UCPS Teacher of the Year finalists and paid a visit to Piedmont High School to inform Mrs. Tiffany Medford that she was one of the finalists. The winner will be announced at the annual Teacher of the Year banquet on April 28. After receiving her degree from Western Carolina University, Mrs. Medford has been a studio arts teacher since 2001. In her classroom, Mrs. Medford helps students build networking opportunities, share their work, and learn new skills. She hopes her lessons will help students uncover hidden talents that will encourage them to seek new opportunities and potential hobbies in the future.

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  • Ava Yandle is Charlotte Observer's Athlete of the Week

    Congratulations to swimmer Ava Yandle, who was voted the Charlotte Observer Athlete of the Week. Ava received more than 11,000 votes and is well deserving of this recognition. Yandle won the Southern Carolinas Conference Championship in the 200 Individual Medley (IM) and the 100 butterfly at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center on January 8. In addition, Yandle set a school record in the 200 IM and now holds school records in eight different events.

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  • Panther Global Trivia Team Competes

    The Panther Global Trivia Team competed against more than 17 area high schools on November 21 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City Hotel in the Academic WorldQuest Competition. WorldQuest was created by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and has grown into a nationwide international knowledge competition played by world councils around the country. This fast-paced game is played in 8 rounds of 10 questions each round, with typically 30-seconds for each question. Each team collaborates to answer the questions and submits their answer sheet at the end of each round. The team was advised this year by Mr. Brian Pitoniak and Ms. Vicki Braswell. All students had a great time of fellowship, competing with some of the best schools in the region.

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