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  • Congressman Dan Bishop Speaks to Civics Students

    Congressman Dan Bishop spoke to Civics students at Piedmont and shared his experiences in politics and offered advice for students on how to better understand current political events in our country. Bishop noted that students are living in unprecedented times and are having to react to ever-changing circumstances mostly caused by Covid. He further stressed the importance of reading, seeking different viewpoints on issues, and volunteering to learn more about the election process and how the government works. Students participated in a Q & A session after the presentation where they sought his feedback on issues such as the economy, the election, Covid recovery, and the differences between the major political parties.

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  • Leo Club Honors Local Veterans

    The Piedmont Leo Club assisted the Unionville Lions Club on Veterans Day by addressing cards and personally delivering gift boxes and gift certificates to local area veterans. This service activity allowed members to thank local veterans for their service to our country and honor their sacrifices for our continued freedom. The Leo Club is focused on service, and their next activity will be helping with the Unionville Lions Club Annual Turkey Shoot on Thanksgiving Day.

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  • Amanda Starnes is Teacher of the Year

    Congratulations to science teacher Amanda Starnes, who has been selected as Piedmont's 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Starnes was voted by the staff as a finalist and then was selected based on a classroom observation and an interview by a selection committee. Starnes has been teaching at Piedmont High School for 11 years after graduating from UNC-Charlotte with a degree in Biology Secondary Education. In addition, Starnes is National Board Certified and is presently working on a Master's Degree in Science Education. Mrs. Starnes is married with two sons and enjoys camping at the beach and reading in her free time.

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  • AFJROTC raises money for Operation Decisive Victory

    Cadets in the Air Force Junior ROTC raised over $4100 for Operation Decisive Victory, a local veteran's organization, by marching 14 miles as part of the AFJROTC Bataan Memorial March. The memorial march is conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health, and, in many cases, their very lives. This was the first year NC-955 participated in the fundraiser as cadets marched over the course of two days to earn the AFJRTOC Bataan Ribbon. The AFJROTC is under the leadership of Major Chadrick Richardson and MSgt Catrina Colvin.

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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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