Union Center Elementary

Learn...to Achieve!

February 11th, 2021

Parents and guardians, please check below for updates on all things happening at Union Center Elementary!

WHS Softball Fish Fry!!


Are you ready to enjoy some delicious fish on a cold winter's night AND support the Wheeler High School Softball team!?


If so, please click HERE for more information!

Wheeler Winter Baseball Camp!!


Believe it or not, baseball season is coming soon!


If you are interested in the 2021 Wheeler Winter Baseball Camp, please click HERE for more information!

Dr. Seuss Week at UCE!!


The first full week of March, Union Center will be celebrating Dr. Seuss Week!


Please click HERE for more information!

NO SCHOOL on February 12th or 15th! (REMINDER)


(REMINDER) There will be no school tomorrow Friday, February 12th or Monday, February 15th: The UCE Building will be closed for the four day weekend, as well!


As a result of these days off, the VIRTUAL LEARNER DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP will be Thursday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 16th.

IREAD-3 Date Set for 3rd Grade Students!


The IREAD-3 State Assessment is set for Tuesday, March 9th for all 3rd Grade Students!


All 3rd grade students in Indiana are required to take this test: For our Virtual Learners, more information will be sent by Principal Fuller in the coming weeks, as the assessment will need to be done in the UCE Building!


For more information on the IREAD-3 Assessment, please click HERE.

UCE Building Update #5


Please click the video below to see all of the wonderful progress being made to the Union Center Building Addition!


For previous videos on the building project, please click HERE!

UCE Building Update #5

Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Football, Cheerleading...OH MY! (REMINDER)


(UPDATED) If your child is interested in participating in Wheeler Little League, please click HERE for more information!


If your child is interested in participating in Union Township Softball, please click HERE for more information!


If your child is interested in participating in Union Township Soccer, registration is happening NOW! Please click HERE to register your child!


(UPDATED) If your child is interested in participating in Wheeler Football or Cheer, please click HERE for more information!

Proper Winter Attire at Recess (UPDATED)


(UPDATED) Per the UTSC Handbook, students will NOT be going outside when the temperature is below 10 degrees, which includes the wind chill. For more information, please visit the Elementary Handbook HERE.


Just a friendly reminder that students must have the proper attire in order to go outside for recess: This can include snow pants, boots, gloves, hat, etc., depending on the age of the child.


Since students will still need to rotate areas while outside, it's imperative that students be prepared with the proper attire in order to stay warm and safe while outside :)

February Lunch Menu


Please click HERE for the February lunch menu for UCE!

Protocols and Guidelines (RECURRING)


Just a reminder, the safety guidelines and protocols that have been in place at UCE since August will remain as we return to school in 2021! This means that students will still:


  • Wear facemasks throughout the day
  • Be seated in their pods while at lunch
  • Participate in recess with only the students in their classroom
  • Have assigned seats when riding the bus
  • Be required to hand sanitize and/or wash their hands throughout the day


We will continue to work diligently to keep UCE a safe and happy place for our students to learn!

Free Tutoring Opportunities (Recurring)


The Youth Services Coordinator for the Porter County Public Library is offering free online tutoring from 2:00-11:00 PM!


For more information regarding this free service, please click HERE.

Special Birthday Treats (RECURRING)

Does your child have a birthday coming up? If so, our kitchen is here to help provide a little something extra!


Since we cannot bring in shared, outside food into the building, our UCE Kitchen has decided to provide a little birthday surprise to our kiddos!


If you are interested in having milk and cookies delivered to your child for their birthday, please contact Mrs. Kim Camplan, our Kitchen Manager, for prices and details at kcamplan@union.k12.in.us

Job Opportunities (RECURRING)

Want to work at Union Township Schools? If so, please take a look at the below postings or click the UTSC Corporation website HERE:




COVID-19 Student Guidance (Recurring)

  • The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has released some wonderful tips to parents about how to begin having the conversation with your child regarding wearing a mask. Please click HERE for more information.

  • For a look at the difference between Quarantine and Isolation, please take a look at the attachment HERE.

Click Here to Register for the KidStop Program

Please click HERE to register for the before and after school program, KidStop.
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Virtual Learner Supply Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 4-6pm

587 West 300 North

Valparaiso, IN

Glass vestibule at UCE will be open from 4:00-6:00 PM for Virtual Learners!

NO SCHOOL- SNOW Make-Up Day

Friday, Feb. 12th, 8:30am-3:30pm

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN


There will be no school Friday, February 12th.

No School- Snow Make-Up Day

Monday, Feb. 15th, 8:30am-3:30pm

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN


There will be no school Monday, February 15th.

Virtual Learner Supply Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 4-6pm

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN

Glass vestibule at UCE will be open from 4:00-6:00 PM for Virtual Learners!

Virtual Learner Supply Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Friday, Feb. 19th, 4-6pm

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN

Glass vestibule at UCE will be open from 4:00-6:00 PM for Virtual Learners!

Virtual Learner Supply Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Monday, Feb. 22nd, 4-6pm

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN

Glass vestibule at UCE will be open from 4:00-6:00 PM for Virtual Learners!

Virtual Learner Supply Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Friday, Feb. 26th, 4-6pm

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN

Glass vestibule at UCE will be open from 4:00-6:00 PM for Virtual Learners!

IREAD-3 Assessment

Tuesday, March 9th, 9-10:30am

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN


3rd Grade Students will be taking the IREAD-3 State Assessment!


For more information, please click HERE!

Let the Fun Begin!

Benjamin Learning to Walk

Principal Fuller's Thoughts


I LOVE this video! It was the first time that Benjamin walked across his bedroom to get his favorite books :)


Those 16 steps were such an accomplishment for that little boy!


However, what you won't see are the hours of footage I have of Benjamin falling on his butt.


No matter how many times he fell, Benjamin always picked himself up and started over.


This little boy was so resilient, it didn't matter how many times he fell.


Resilient people approach life differently...they approach life with a plan and a determination to make that plan happen...NO...MATTER...WHAT.


Resilient people see their problems as only temporary and very much solvable.


The interesting thing is that resiliency is directly tied to...yup, you guessed it, HAPPINESS!


Having a resilient mindset has a physical change to your prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain you think with!


You can literally manifest your own happiness just be thinking differently.


Babies are great!


Babies are tough!


Babies are resilient!


A lot of that is because they don't know any better. They don't overthink their problems, they just keep trying to stand up.


Sometimes in life, it pays off to think like a baby...stay focused, stay determined, STAY RESILIENT!