School Updates

  • Ms. Allen's Kiddos had a Blast Building their Place Value Skills  

    Ms. Allen's kiddos had a blast building their place value skills using manipulatives in school! We talked about important vocabulary, including “tens” and “ones.” They learned how, even by using different strategies, the result would be the same. Those strategies included using manipulatives, ten frames, and drawing pictures. Students collaborated with one another, and shared the strategies that worked best for them!
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  • Thompson’s Kindergarten Class Turns Their Fall Wall into a Fall Walk.

    This fall, Mrs. Thompson’s kindergarten class has been collecting items for their class' interactive fall wall pictured below. They turned their fall wall into a fall walk to culminate their “5 Senses” unit. They were all key contributors as they gathered acorns, leaves, and twigs to make their fall “people” when they returned to class. Each student problem-solved how to turn their fall gatherings and pumpkin seeds (donated by class parents) into a fall person. Some pumpkin seeds were tasted, too! To effectively communicate to viewers their art, each student labeled her/his work with the 5 senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. Pictured with their masterpieces are future UCPS graduates.

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  • Mrs. Downs' class has been learning about the Early Asian Civilizations

    The class finished the Early Asian Civilization unit with several culminating activities.  Students collaborated to create the Great Wall of China and communicated various facts they learned about the wall with each other.  We also wrote “I love school” using Chinese characters.  Lastly, they brainstormed and wrote several facts about the Early Asian Civilization.  The students enjoyed learning about Diwali, The Chinese New Year, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the key factors for a civilization's success.   

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  • Become a Read with U Volunteer  

    Become a Read with U volunteer and share the love of reading with a first- or second-grade student. UCPS is recruiting volunteers to read with students in person for 30 minutes each week. Your time, commitment, and support will help students develop a love for reading and become more confident.

    Find out more information on the UCPS Website

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  • Peachjar Digital Flyers: We have an electronic flyer communication tool called Peachjar. View school-approved digital flyers.

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  • Shutterfly Supports WUES: Western Union Elementary is thrilled to announce a new fundraising opportunity with Lifetouch and Shutterfly, who have joined forces to capture, preserve and share your memorable moments.

    With their help, we’ve created a custom online storefront where you can shop the extensive Shutterfly collection of photo books, gifts, premium stationery, keepsakes, home décor and so much more—and for every purchase made, Shutterfly will donate 8% to our organization.

    It’s easy to support WUES:

    1. Visit our Shutterfly Storefront --
    2. Click through to start your holiday shopping!
    3. Purchase thoughtful gifts and keepsakes for friends, family and yourself.
    4. That’s it! For every purchase made, 8% of the proceeds will go toward helping our organization.

    It’s that easy. Plus, you can even use applicable Shutterfly discount codes to save on your entire order.

    Please feel free to share this great news with your friends, family and co-workers—the more orders we receive through our Storefront, the more our school earns!

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  • Students are learning to effectively collaborate to complete wind challenges.  

    This week in Energy Lab, all grade levels have been researching and experimenting with wind. We have been learning where wind comes from and the effects it has on weather, people, and landforms.  Students portray elements of Portrait of a Graduate by learning to be, resilient problem solvers, effective communicators and key contributors by completing wind challenges. They are making a duck boat to transport a duck across a tub of water by using a fan to simulate the force of the wind. Other students are learning about harnessing the wind through literature, such as the book, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind.  They are working in teams to engineer wind-powered cars. The cars must include 2 axles, a mast, and a sail.  Cars must not only move when exposed to wind, they must travel in a straight line.  Third-grade students learned a lot about productive struggle when tasked with building a maze with three obstacles that they must move a marble through by using a straw to blow wind through in order to move the marble through the maze successfully. They learned about using balanced and unbalanced forces in order to move or not move items. Kindergartners have been going on wind walks in our outdoor classroom and using their five senses to discover wind. They built wind chimes in order to see and hear the wind. 



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  • Saving Fred in a STEM Activity

    Students in Mrs. Thomas’ class worked with partners to save Fred.  In this STEM project, Fred is a worm and needs a life preserver to be safe at sea.  The life preserver has been trapped under his boat (clear cup) and students can not touch Fred or the boat.  They were given supplies (paper clips, gummi, worm, peach ring, plastic cup) and had to work as skilled collaborators to save Fred. Being a skilled collaborator is a key component in our UCPS Portrait of a Graduate model.  Students did an amazing job of working respectfully and productively in their teams.

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