UCPS employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine
Union County Public Schools (UCPS) would like to thank our partners, Atrium Health and the Union County Health Department for hosting a massive vaccine clinic for educators, school personnel, and daycare staff on Feb. 26 and 27. More than 2,000 UCPS employees participated in the event. Thank you to our school nurses for staffing the vaccine clinic.

Check out this UCPS video of the vaccine clinic event!
Board of Education fills District 1 seat
At the March 2 meeting, the Union County Board of Education appointed Rev. John J. Kirkpatrick, IV to the District 1 seat.
The Union County Democratic Party nominated Kirkpatrick for the position and the Board of Education accepted the recommendation. He will fill the seat left vacant by Ms. Candice Sturdivant, who resigned from the Board of Education in February.
With his wife and family by his side, Kirkpatrick was sworn in by Clerk of Superior Court J.R. Rowell and will serve until 2022.
A native of Union County, Kirkpatrick is the pastor of Rehoboth Church of Monroe. He is also the Union County mentor and community service director for Transforming Youth Movement and the executive director of the Village Development Center.
In addition, he has worked for Communities in Schools and served as an executive director in Richmond County and a site coordinator in Charlotte.
Kirkpatrick has also worked as a teacher assistant at Wingate Elementary, and a substitute and tutor at Walter Bickett Elementary.
Football is back!
Football season is underway in UCPS! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the UCPS football season was moved to spring 2021.

Under the Governor’s executive order, schools are limited to 30 percent capacity for sporting events.

To see a complete schedule of UCPS varsity and junior varsity football, click here!
Books and Brackets starts this week
For the fifth year, Union County Public Schools will hold a reading challenge to celebrate literacy in our elementary schools.

Books and Brackets, which is patterned after March Madness, allows all 30 elementary schools to compete in a reading challenge. For five weeks, third, fourth, and fifth graders will record the number of minutes read while at home and at school. Each week, schools with the most minutes read will advance to the Sweet 16, Elite 8, and Final 4 rounds. The winning school will be announced at a special virtual celebration on March 31.

To see which schools advance to the next round, join us on Thursdays in March on Facebook for live announcements.
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Dual Language Immersion Program application period is open until March 31
UCPS is accepting applications for the Dual Language Immersion Program until March 31.

UCPS has language immersion programs in 20 schools. Two languages are offered—Spanish and Mandarin—in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Students enter the programs through a lottery conducted during the kindergarten registration process. Preferences for the lottery are based on the student's home address and home school assignment. 

To apply, click here.
UCPS Spelling Bee champion Alexia Vega-Franceschi wins title for third year in a row
Alexia Vega-Franceschi, a fifth grader at Sandy Ridge Elementary is the Union County Public Schools Spelling Bee champion for the third time in a row. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, this year’s competition was held virtually on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.

“We’re very proud of her,” said Tracey Kerstetter, Principal at Sandy Ridge Elementary. “I can’t wait to see her move forward, she’s got the talent.

Participating in the annual Spelling Bee competition runs in the Vega family, Alexia’s older sister Eva was a previous spelling bee champion for the district...Learn More!
UCPS is hiring teachers!
Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to attend a variety of information sessions and explore job opportunities within UCPS.

UCPS Human Resources team members and school administrators will host a variety of virtual information sessions in March and April. Staff will be available to answer questions about vacancies, the application process, licensure requirements, and more.
The sessions are organized by content area to help applicants learn more about the subject area they plan to teach.

To view the schedule for the virtual sessions, visit www.ucps.k12.nc.us and click on I Want To view job vacancies or follow us @UCPS_NCJobs.
In case you missed it
Celebrating Black History Month
UCPS is honored to recognize the momentous contributions of African-Americans during last month's Black History Month celebrations. 

Students from across the district learned about and celebrated heroic and iconic African-American men and women through art displays, classroom door decorations, research, and history lessons...Learn More!
Wayfind Program continues to create pathway to college for students
The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped key partnerships from helping students in Union County Public Schools (UCPS). The Wayfind Program is moving forward with preparing middle and high school students for college and providing mentors to help throughout the journey.

Through this first-of-its-kind partnership in UCPS, we are pleased to announce that 40 new scholars from East Union Middle and the Health Sciences Academy at Monroe Middle were inducted...Learn More!
Mark Your Calendar
  • March 4 – Remote Learning Day
  • March 5 – Teacher Work Day (No school for students)
  • March 31 – Dual Language Immersion Application Deadline
  • April 6 – School Choice Lottery opens in Scribbles