UCPS Kindergarten Registration and School Choice are open!
Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year kicked off on Feb. 3 and the UCPS School Choice application period began on Feb. 7!

If you have a rising kindergartner, UCPS is here to guide you through the registration process. Click the link below to visit the UCPS Kindergarten Registration webpage for additional information about what is needed to enroll your student in kindergarten, a list of frequently asked questions, a calendar for open house and tour dates at your student's school and more.

Are you interested in signing your student up for Union County Early College, Central Academy of Technology and Arts, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Pathway Program or any of our 17 schools of choice? Click the link below to visit the UCPS School Choice webpage to view frequently asked questions and learn more about deadlines, an overview of the application process and more.
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Parents, don't forget to check out our Facebook Live session about Academic Resources
On Feb. 10, UCPS Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan hosted a Facebook Live session about Academic Resources.

Click the link below to watch the session and learn more about available digital resources for all grade levels, high school registration, free college prep workshops and more!
Pre-K registration is open!
Union County offers several high-quality programs to prepare students for success in kindergarten and beyond.

If you are in need of a pre-k option for your child, check out our pre-k chart to identify the program that best fits your child's needs.
Looking for a summer camp for your rising 7th, 8th or 9th grader?
This summer, Wake Forest University will host weeklong summer camps to provide rising 7th to 9th grade students with an opportunity to explore a variety of STEM-related topics while living on the college's campus. 

Topics that will be covered during the summer camp include STEM, forensics, neuroscience, genetics, epidemiology, sustainability and more!
It's National School Bus Driver Appreciation Week!
It's National School Bus Driver Appreciation Week and we've been celebrating our bus drivers all week long!

From morning pickup to afternoon dropoff, we thank all of our dedicated bus drivers for their commitment to our students.

Thank you, bus drivers, for all that you do. You are an integral part of #TeamUCPS and play a critical role in our school system's success.
Here's how your student can prepare for the ACT
All UCPS juniors will take the ACT for free during the school day on Feb. 25.

The Albert test preparation software is available to help them prepare for the exam. To access the software, students can click on the Albert icon on their student startup page. There, they can take a full-length, self-paced practice ACT exam.
Career Readiness Corner
Did you know February is Career and Technical Education Month?

From Caterpillar, Inc. visiting Porter Ridge Middle to share information about career opportunities to the MIT Women's Initiative discussing STEM careers with middle and high students throughout the district, UCPS is celebrating all the ways our Career Readiness department helps thousands of students gain technical and high-level problem solving skills needed in today's job market.

Want to learn more about Career Readiness programs and courses offered throughout the district?

First, follow our Career Readiness department on Twitter at @UCPSCareerReady.

Then, click on the link below to visit our Career Readiness website and learn more about our 20+ academies in culinary arts, aerospace engineering, veterinary assisting, welding and more.
In Case You Missed It
School Spotlight:
Benton Heights Elementary
At Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts (BHESA), 20 state-of-the-art Yamaha digital grand pianos – complete with headphones, pedals and benches – nearly fill the expansive music room.

The BHESA keyboard lab is the only class of its kind in UCPS. It was originally a dream shared by BHESA music teacher Zachary Jones and BHESA Arts Coordinator Frank Casstevens. Thanks to a $15,000 grant provided by Bennack-Polan Foundation, the keyboard lab became a reality for hundreds of BHESA students this school year.
UCPS Influencers
Drumroll, please...Benton Heights Elementary Arts Coordinator Frank Casstevens and Bus Driver Paul Warner are the UCPS Influencers for February 2020!

Keep scrolling to read excerpts of the submissions and click on the links below to read the full nomination on the UCPS Influencers website.

Two new UCPS Influencers will be selected each month, so don't forget to visit ucpsinfluencers.com to nominate a UCPS employee today!
Frank Casstevens
"I became an educator because of people like Frank Casstevens, who made the choice to come to school every single day with a smile and a positive attitude.

I became an educator so that I could have that same positive attitude with students and have an influence over their lives the way that Frank Casstevens has had over mine..."  
Paul Warner
"Mr. Warner is devoted to all of the students he drives to and from school every day. He views each child as one of his own.

It’s impossible to mention all the extras Mr. Warner does during his day but I think this letter from a student says it all..."
Mark Your Calendar
School Choice Application Period
Friday, Feb. 7 - Tuesday, March 31

Teacher Workday: UCEC and Traditional Schools
Monday, Feb. 17

6 - 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 9
Union County Public Library (Monroe)
316 E. Windsor Street, Monroe

6 p.m., Thursday, March 19
SPCC Tyson Family Center for Technology
3509 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe