Union Center Elementary

Learn...to Achieve!

February 5th, 2021

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

UCE Science Bowl Places Top 10 in the State!


The 2021 Science Bowl was held virtually this year, and Union Center placed 9th IN THE STATE for their division!


This includes schools from Valparaiso, Elkhart, Logansport, Terre Haute, and Highland!


Congratulations to our UCE Science Bowl Students and their Coach Ms. D'Elia!

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


(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 :)

NO SCHOOL on February 12th or 15th


There will be no school on Friday, February 12th or Monday February 15th: The UCE Building will be closed for the four day weekend.


Both of these days are considered MAKE-UP SNOW DAYS, so fingers crossed we have no called off days next week :)


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

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

Friday, Feb. 5th, 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. 8th, 4-6pm

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN

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

UTSC School Board Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 7-8pm

599 West 300 North

Valparaiso, IN


The UTSC School Board Meeting will be held in the Middle School Commons at 7:00 PM.

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 to Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 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!

Principal Fuller's Thoughts


Sometimes making decisions can be difficult.


Deciding on what to eat for dinner, deciding on whether to work-out after a long day, deciding to turn off the TV and pick up that book...


...decisions can be even more difficult when you know other people will be affected by them.


As leaders in our jobs, our families, our personal lives, and our faith, when we make decisions, the outcomes of those decisions are often felt by many.


We are taught that there are ‘Six Steps to Making Decisions’: Identify the Problem, Gather Information, Identify Alternatives, Weigh the Evidence, Choose Alternatives, MAKE A DECISION, and Review.


I think it’s a really smart template, but of those six steps, the hardest one comes at the end: MAKE A DECISION.


Sometimes, we can even take too long to make a decision for one reason or another. We might be gathering all of the information, the day gets away from us, or it could be that you know the decision will undoubtedly make at least one, if not more, people unhappy.


In trying to make the ‘perfect’ decision (no such thing), we can create more anxiety for the people around us.


The most important part of the decision making process is simple: MAKE A DECISION.


Steve Jobs said it best: You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.


It’s naive to believe that any one person has ALL the answers. When we come to the realization that no person can see into the future to tell how a decision will be received, you can prevent yourself from making decisions that do not come from a positive, caring place.


Whether it is eating at Chili’s or Stack’s on a Friday night or making that phone call you’ve been putting off for weeks...MAKE A DECISION!


If you don’t, your wife may make it for you and it’ll be chicken and broccoli again ;)