Union Center Elementary

Learn...to Achieve!

February 19th, 2021

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

WHS Softball Fish Fry Tonight!!


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!

Union Township Spirit Wear!


If you are interested in purchasing spirit wear through, please click HERE for more information!


A portion of the proceed will go to Union Township Middle School!


Not all clothing is middle school specific, you can purchase generic Union Township and sport shirts!

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!

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.

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

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!

Virtual Learner Supply Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Monday, March 1st, 4-6pm

587 West 300 North

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, March 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!

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!

Benjamin Being Silly!

Benjamin Being Silly

Principal Fuller's Thoughts


Earlier this week, I was walking through one of our classrooms when I noticed a crumpled up piece of paper on the floor.


I asked the student if it was trash and if so, could I throw it away for her.


Since I never had the opportunity to life my fantasy life as a basketball player for the Indiana Hoosiers, I stepped back and pretended to shoot the paper wad in the trash...


…of course it missed...badly.


A couple of the boys let our their 'Ohhhh' and 'I bet I could beat Mr. Fuller at basketball' remarks at me (which were well deserved); however, the young girl whose paper I airmailed looked at me and said...


...it's ok Mr. Fuller, nobodies perfect.


Nobody...is...perfect.


It's so true.


We all make mistakes...every day...sometimes more than one.


Oftentimes, our innate desire to BE perfect is more harmful than, well, not actually being perfect.


Voltaire once said: Perfect is the enemy of good.


Trying to make or be perfect can actually prevent us from being happy.


Perfection is like trying to find a unicorn on Highway 30...not going to happen.


A drive and desire to do things as best we can is WONDERFUL, but thinking that our kids, our spouse, our job, our life, and who WE are needs to be perfect will only do one thing...make you feel like a failure.


Every day at UCE we strive our very best to have the best school environment for our kids...but it's never perfect. Just today, our internet froze, lagged, and then stopped.


Again, not perfect.


I love the quote by Voltaire because it reminds me to not let my idea of perfection interfere with what's really good.


Otherwise, you could spend your entire life striving for something that may never happen.


Now quick, if you hurry, I think I spotted that unicorn by Speedway ;)