UPES Updates

"Growing Tomorrow's LEADERS Today"- February 7, 2021

Attendance Matters: Every Minute Counts!

Research shows that missing school regularly--especially in the primary and elementary grades hurts both your child and their classmates. When students miss school, they miss out on learning and have to catch up when they return due to subject matters building on the previous lesson or lessons. Hence, it does not take long for these students to fall behind.


As a result of missing school regularly, students often have lower levels of achievement. Not only does it negatively impact your child, but their classmates are negatively as well due to the teacher having to spend time repeating lessons and paying extra attention to the students who are consistently absent. This is definitely NOT a "Win-Win" for anyone! As parents when you allow your child to consistently miss school, you are subliminally sending the message that "Education is not a priority" to your child.


Whatever matters to you, matters to them. By nature our children want to please and seek our approval and/or praise for their actions. Therefore, please help us in developing a culture of excellence and setting high expectations for all of our students with their attendance and work ethic. This includes attending school daily, arriving on time, actively participating in class, completing assignments on time, asking for clarity or assistance, completing homework, and last but not least, practicing their reading and math skills & strategies at home for 20-30 minutes daily. Working together to ensure our students are in attendance, on time, ready to learn and engaged, creates a strong plan for student success, and it definitely aligns with our motto "Growing Tomorrow's LEADERS, Today. Let's "RISE UP" Falcon Parent Leaders and make GREAT things happen for ALL of our students!!


In your service,

Principal Mullins

What is the Alabama Literacy Act?

The Alabama Literacy Act was approved in 2019 and established to improve the overall reading proficiency of public school students in grades kindergarten through third. It includes strategies and interventions specific to the science of reading for grades K-3. The Alabama Department of Education along with guidance from the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) department suggests building a strong foundation in the five components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics and word study, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension to support your child's literacy learning.

Families are essential in setting high expectations for learning and encouraging their child's academic achievement, growth and success! Your active participation and collaboration with your child's teacher(s) and administrator(s), along with reading support at home will be critical to their success in meeting benchmarks and standards.

Congratulations to our AMAZING Reader Leaders!!

Dr. Dawson's kindergarten students are showing us they can "virtually" do anything we can do!!

Pre-K Registration Open January 15 - March 5, 2021

The Tuscaloosa City Schools will begin accepting applications for the Alabama First Class Pre-K Program on January 15, 2021- March 5, 2021 at 3 p.m. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2021
  • Live within the zone of the school for which they are applying .
A random selection process will take place on March 12 at 9 a.m. Parents will be informed of a selection during the week of March 15. The application process is online only. To apply, visit https://alprek.asapconnected.com. For more information, call 205-342-0516.

Meal Pick-Up at UPES in the carpool line- Friday, February 12th (11:00-1:00)

Remember SAFE schools BEGIN AT HOME!

Please help us by including the following in your before-school routine:

  • Screening your child for symptoms prior to their arrival at school.
  • Providing a water for your child's use as water fountains will be unavailable.
  • Providing a clean and appropriately sized face-covering for your child to wear throughout the day. All individuals whether students, staff or guests must wear face coverings while in TCS facilities.
  • PLEASE DO NOT send your child to school sick .
If your child becomes symptomatic or they receive a positive COVID diagnosis, please alert your child's teacher, Nurse Lisa, Mrs. Eppes our secretary or an administration immediately. Please see the TCS COVID tracker for real-time data.
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Arrival & Dismissal Reminders

Arrival- begins at 7:30

  • Car riders can exit their car and use the side walk to enter the building to maintain a steady flow of traffic.
  • Temperatures are being checked in the front lobby.
  • Any student who arrives on campus after 8:00 a.m. must be signed in by a parent.
  • Parents are required to wear a mask to enter the building and/or sign in tardy students.

Dismissal- begins at 2:30 for Pre-K students

  • Only walking parents are allowed to walk up to get a child, and those students have been identified as "walkers".
  • Please plan accordingly for after-school appointments to prevent the need to walk-up or be in a hurry during carpool.
  • Hang tag are required and are issued with your child's name.
  • If you send someone to pick up your child(ren), please inform them of our dismissal procedures and what lane to enter for your child(ren).
  • If a hang tag is not present, a pictured I.D must present before a child is dismissed.
  • Please refrain from distractions or using cellphones in the carpool lane to ensure the safety of everyone.
  • Traffic flows and stops together; no cars are allowed to pass or switch lanes during dismissal.
  • ALL students must be picked up by 3:00 p.m.

Please know the safety of your child is our first priority, and the process works quickly, if we all do our part.