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2011-2012 school year gets off to good start for all UCPS schools

Students get off the bus at Weddington Middle School, ready for classes on the first day of school Thursday, (Aug. 25, 2011). Below, students at Central Academy of Technology and Arts walk to class on the first day of school. Bottom photo: Hillary Steele, a teacher at Marvin Ridge High School, talks with students on the first day of school.

In spite of heavy fog that clouded the landscapes around Union County, the 2011-2012 school year got off to a smooth start Thursday, (Aug. 25, 2011).

According to UCPS Assistant Superintendent Dr. Denise Patterson and UCPS Safety Director Jarrod McCraw, there were no problems reported at either the schools or with the UCPS school buses.

The most important news of the day was, “All students arrived at school safely,” Patterson said.

There are a total of 53 UCPS schools, but not all operate on the same calendar.

Students who attend school on the traditional calendar began today, while Union County Early College students began classes Aug. 3, 2011.

Year-round students returned to school July 25, 2011. The start of year-round school also got off to a good start, school officials said.

UCPS enrollment numbers are projected to reach more than 40,000 this year, but the official enrollment figures will not be taken until the 20th day of school.

This is only a slight increase over last year’s enrollment (for the 2010-2011 school year) of 39,900.

Fox News reporter Jon Wilson spent the morning at Indian Trail Elementary School as students arrived at school.

Click here to view his coverage of the first day of school at Indian Trail Elementary School.

The video below features highlights from the following schools: Fairview, New Salem, Poplin, Sardis, Marvin and Waxhaw Elementary; Piedmont, Porter Ridge and Weddington Middle; and Piedmont, Central Academy and Marvin Ridge High.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Video by: Don Mace. UCPS Web Communications Coordinator
Photos in the video by Deb Bledsoe, Don Mace and Arthur Rogers - Visual Communications Coordinator
Posted: Aug 25, 2011 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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