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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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  • Students Visit Historic Williamsburg

    Honors U.S. History students experienced living history first-hand by visiting sites such as Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown Virginia this past week. 36 students toured Jamestown National and State Parks where they toured a recreated Indian village, boarded replicas of the original ships that brought English settlers to the New World and saw what life was like at James Fort. In Colonial Williamsburg the group witnessed the dramatic first meeting of George and Martha Washington, met with Thomas Jefferson, participated in a trial of one of Blackbeard’s pirates, visited the Governor’s Palace, dined at a colonial tavern and danced at the Capitol Building.

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  • Dear Brutus Wins Theater Awards

    The Theatre Department was honored at the 2019 NCTC High School Play Festival held at Rocky River High School. The theatre program presented Dear Brutus at the Festival, and brought home the following awards: Excellence in Creation of Suspense, Festival Spirit Award, and Excellence in Set Design.

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  • Daniel Clontz Wins Coffee House Naming Contest

    Congratulations to Daniel Clontz, who was the winner of the "Name the Cafe/Logo Contest" for the new cafe located in SignPosts Ministries in Monroe. Daniel's winning entry, "The Coffee Nut Cafe", will provide an opportunity for UCPS students with intellectual disabilities to work. OCS and TTA programs from Forest Hills and Monroe High Schools will be part of the students who will receive work experience as they serve coffee and assorted pastries on Mondays and Wednesdays each week.

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  • Piedmont Welcomes Student Support Counselor

    Piedmont welcomes Erica Henderson to the Counseling Office staff as the new Student Support Counselor. Henderson has been with Union County Public Schools as a School Psychologist for the past 16 years, serving Fairview Elementary, Piedmont Middle, and Piedmont High. She will be working with students, staff, and families to help meet social, emotional, and behavioral needs. Henderson attended Appalachian State, where she earned a B.S. in Psychology, Master’s in Psychology, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Psychology.

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  • Miss Piedmont Pageant Court Crowned

    The Miss Piedmont Pageant was held on Saturday, October 26, where Maddie Crotts was crowned Miss Piedmont. Her court consisted of Miss Senior: Carlie Griffin; Miss Congeniality: Jordan Lindeman; Miss Junior: Reagan Griffin; Miss Sophomore: Riley York, and Miss Freshman: Shelby Stegall. Congratulations to all the young ladies who competed in the pageant!

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  • Student Government Attends SASC Annual Conference

    Piedmont High Student Government members Luke Noonan and Landri Bigham, along with adviser Annette Harris, recently attended the SASC Annual convention in Louisiana. UCPS also had members of Forest Hills HS, Sun Valley HS, and Marvin Ridge Middle attend. Noonan and Bigham are a part of the Student Government Executive Team, and Noonan is also President-Elect of the North Carolina Association of Student Councils. Noonan and Bigham presented skill shop sessions on service leadership, participated in leadership development, and networked with like-minded students from across the 15-state SASC.

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  • New Members Inducted into the National Honor Society

    New members of the National Honor Society were inducted during a ceremony held on October 31. Each of the inductees had met the 4.0 GPA requirement, were recommended by staff, and had submitted documentation that they meet the qualifications for the four pillars of the National Honor Society: Scholarship, Character, Leadership, and Service.

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  • Homecoming 2019 Recap

    The theme of 2019 Homecoming was Piedmont's Got Game, and it did not disappoint. Students enjoyed dressing in game-related spirit wear throughout the week featuring Career Day, Nerd Day, and Class Color Wars. Congrats to the Juniors who won the Color War! During the pep rally on Friday, Hunter Adcock was crowned the 2019 Homecoming King, while Brittany Thompson was crowned Homecoming Queen during half-time festivities at the football game. To cap off the week, a semi-formal dance was co-sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club and Student Government where a great time was had by all who attended!

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  • Prepping for Annual Fall BBQ

    The annual Piedmont Fall BBQ will be held on Friday, October 18 from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm. Students and staff have been busy making sauce and slaw, publicizing the event, and cleaning the pits. Tickets for this year's BBQ are $8 and can be purchased from any student or on the day of the BBQ. Pick-up orders should be made using the Love Mill Road entrance to the school (by the stadium), and BBQ lovers will have the choice of either three (3) BBQ sandwiches or a BBQ plate.

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  • Tiffany Medford is Piedmont's Teacher of the Year

    Congratulations to Tiffany Medford, who was selected as Piedmont's 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year. Jan Blumer, Exceptional Children's Teacher, and Sara Hanna, English Teacher, were the top three finalists for Teacher of the Year, who were observed by a committee and interviewed as part of the process of Teacher of the Year. Four years ago, Medford joined the team at Piedmont High School as a Studio Arts teacher, with a focus on Pottery and Photography. Mrs. Medford serves as the Fine Arts Department Chair and an advisor for the National Art Honor Society, a club that aspires to encourage student leadership and community service through love of art.

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