Feature Stories

  • A message from Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan about school safety

    Team UCPS is mourning the loss of lives in the Robb Elementary tragedy. Our hearts are hurting, as we have to yet again, think about another school shooting. Keeping our students and staff safe is our highest priority.

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  • Rocky River Elementary teacher named 2022 Teacher of the Year

    The last two years in education have been challenging on a local and national scale. Teachers have shown patience, adaptability and a love for their profession and students, despite the challenges. One of those teachers is Cheryl Konopka, this year's Union County Public Schools (UCPS) 2022 Teacher of the Year.

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  • U Matter in UCPS: Mental health resources

    May is National Mental Health Month. Students and families can access many resources through UCPS' Student Support Office and their schools. Depending on the need, who is involved and the provided support may differ. Here are some helpful resources and information.

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  • Benton Heights Elementary and Sun Valley Middle earn Leader in Me Lighthouse status

    Union County Public Schools is celebrating the accomplishments of two schools that have been named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. Benton Heights Elementary and Sun Valley Middle now join more than 600 schools around the world as Lighthouse schools.

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  • Energizing minds with new tools

    Western Union Elementary is now Union County Public Schools' only school with a solar panel. It is also one of 10 schools in North Carolina to receive it. Principal Kristi Williford and a team of teachers have been on a mission to complete this project to provide added environmental education for their students

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  • Behavioral Health Collaborative earns Region of Excellence Award

    Union County's Behavioral Health Collaborative, a partnership between Union County Social Services and Union County Public Schools, has earned a Region of Excellence Award from Centralina Regional Council for COVID-19 Resiliency.

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  • Finding her voice through a Talker

    Mesoma "Mimi" Richard, a fifth-grader, has attended Poplin Elementary since kindergarten. She is well-known and well-liked by staff and students. This year is the most notable for everyone because it is the first time Mimi has had a voice. An iPad and an app have changed the way she interacts and communicates with others.

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  • Signing on the dotted line

    When seniors think about their options after graduation, many consider technical and trade school, the workforce, college or joining the military. On May 4, 10 Union County Public Schools seniors participated in Military Signing Day at Sun Valley High School, an annual tradition in which seniors from various UCPS schools are celebrated.

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  • Superintendent's Art Showcase displays student talent

    On May 10, Union County Public Schools hosted a reception for the Superintendent's Student Art Showcase. It's a long-standing district tradition that honors the artistic abilities of UCPS students. Schools from across the district submit artwork. Eighty-two pieces were submitted this year.

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  • Class of 2022: A business and a revelation

    Union County Public Schools is extremely proud of the Class of 2022. Beginning today, we will highlight several graduates through feature stories. The first one focuses on a Union County Early College graduate who was innovative during the pandemic and used her creativity to earn extra money.

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  • Parkwood High teacher is UCPS’s first CTE Teacher of the Year

    Carolyn Hoobler, a family and consumer science teacher at Parkwood High School, is the first recipient of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) award. A timely surprise since it is Teacher Appreciation Week.

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  • UCPS May Influencers motivate students to succeed

    Union County Public Schools honored its latest influencers at the May 3 Board of Education meeting. The Influencers program celebrates the passion, dedication and exemplary work ethic of UCPS employees who go the extra mile every day.

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