As we are nearing the end of the first semester, December 22, I am pleased to announce, that Grant County Schools have managed to keep students in school and learning without having to call off for any remote learning days. Covid has continued to exist everywhere around us, affecting our families and everyday live.
As we start the Christmas and New Year Break, UEC will be following a schedule change when we return. Beginning January 4th, UEC will start school at 7:45 am instead of 7:30 am. This means that students will be able to enter the building at 7:45 am. What does this mean to parents? The UEC buses will run 15 minutes later than usual. For example, if your child usually gets on the bus at 7:10 am, it will now be 7:25 am. Dismissal time will remain the same at 3:16 pm. The time change will allow staff an extra 15 minutes to get prepared for the day. Students will still follow the same daily schedule.
After school tutoring will start again after the first week of January. Students that need the extra help, will bring a permission form home to be returned to the school. After school tutoring must be requested by the teacher and/or the parent.
Christmas Break starts December 22 with an early release at 12:30 pm. I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy family time and stay safe!
Dates to Remember - Mark your calendar
December 22 - Early Release 12:30 pm
Last Day of the Semester
December 23 thru January 2 – Christmas and New Year’s Break
January 3 – No Students, Teacher Planning Day
January 7 – Report Cards Home
January 17 – No School – MLK Holiday
January 19 – GCS Math Field Day
January 26 – Early Release 12:30 pm Professional Meetings
January 28 – UEC Science Fair
Youtube - Parents: There can be some inappropriate things on there, but they’re only seen by your child if he/she looks them up.
FASFA is open. Your senior will need some information from you to complete this federal financial aid application. Have your tax record ready along with social security numbers. The FASFA and the Promise Scholarship will need completed soon. For assistance, please call Mrs. Kifer at UEC. Seniors will have the opportunity to start this process at school.
Juniors and Seniors planning on attending college or technical school after high school need to see Ms. Kifer for scholarship opportunities. There are several scholarships offered to students, but please watch the deadlines or due date.
Juniors will be taking the SAT on March 23, 2022, with a makeup date on April 23, 2022. More information will be sent home soon.
Community in Schools
I can’t believe we have almost completed a semester! I am enjoying my work here at UEC and happy that students and families are utilizing my services as the Communities In Schools person.
UEC started a food drive on November 8, and we were planning on ending it November 18, but decided to extend it to December 17, so that students could bring in more donations and families in need would have extra supplies throughout Christmas Break. The classroom who won the opportunity to face the faculty and staff in a game of kickball are the third and fourth grades! There will be pictures in the next newsletter!
We have been decorating and getting into the Christmas Spirit!! Each Communities In Schools site coordinator was asked to have students help make an ornament that will be displayed on the tree at the WV State Capitol so some of the students and I made an ornament that I mailed on December 1. Students have helped decorate the school and I created a photo backdrop for students and staff to take Christmas pictures using different props. We are having a Christmas door decorating contest, and I love seeing all the creative ideas that students and staff come up with! The winner of the door decorating contest is Pre-K. We are celebrating Christmas Spirit and Anti-Bullying Awareness week December 13 – 17 with a different theme each day. The students always seem to enjoy dressing up, and I love the spirit that they exhibit!
Once again, I want to express my appreciation for those who volunteer, help and donate! We are a strong community, and I am so proud of that. I am here for you and your children so please reach out to me if you or your family need anything at all! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Kristi R. Evans, CIS Site Coordinator
School Supply Winners
Pre-K - Mason Whetzel
Kindergarten - Tanner Martin
1/2 - Karson Lambka
3 - Asa Tracey
4 - Aiden Hanlin
5 - Khloe Cosner
6/7 - Ashley McGowan
8 - Brandon Moreland
9 - Mason DeWitt
10 - Braxton Crites
11 - Clarissa Chapman
12 - Bridgette Knapp