Union Catholic Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, delivered a very inspiring, informative, and enlightening State of the School Address on Thursday morning, which featured powerful video clips from administrators, faculty members and students, who provided highlights from this school year.
The entire broadcast, produced and edited by Union Catholic junior Zachary Reichgut, can be viewed by going here
Here’s a list of many of the highlights and topics from the presentation, which included several photos and was shown over UCTV and viewed by every student and staff member in the school. The event was also live streamed:
- The enrollment is very strong with 780 total students
- Over 650 applications have been received for the Class of 2023
- UC’s diverse student body represents 76 towns and 10 counties across New Jersey
- 3-D printing has been incorporated at UC for those inclined to design and creat in that medium
- Science classes have skyped with scientists around the world to better understand the type of work that takes place in laboratories.
- UC students benefited from the opportunity to explore STEM careers in the Biotech industry at the Young Women in Bio Event hosted at Celgene Corporation in Summit, NJ.
- In alliance with Fairleigh Dickinson University and Saint Thomas Aquinas College, UC offers students the opportunity to earn dual credit in 13 AP courses as well as in senior Honors English. Students earn high school credit, while also earning transferable credit to the college of their choice. Our students have the opportunity to complete a year of college at UC by earning as many as 12-15 credits.
- UC students are able to select from over 200 online courses of interest through our relationship with The Virtual High School Collaborative.
- UC offers over 50 different clubs
- UC students served as Extraordinary Ministers at school liturgies, and planned Days of Recollection as Peer Ministers
- UC’s social justice initiative continues to flourish as students prepared 35 Thanksgiving . food baskets, filled 50 backpacks with school supplies.
- UC hosted the first-ever Shining Stars Network Christmas Show that showcased special needs individuals and their high school “buddies.” UC’s student-run CRAYON Club partnered with Shining Stars to produce a memorable night of musical fun.
- UC began a new Success Leadership Program that connects specially selected upperclassmen, Success Leaders, with UC Freshman Foundation students. Success Leaders provide mentoring on topics such as time management, test preparation, stress minimization and self-advocacy.
- Students for Human Dignity spread Christmas cheer during a day of service at St. Joseph Social Services in Elizabeth, distributing grocery items and Christmas to approximately 300 families.
- The new Village English Literacy Club is collecting books to send to villages in China to promote reading in the English language.
- The Glamour Gals are visiting area nursing homes and rehabilitation centers to pamper residents with manicures
- The CRAYON Club has hosted several fun activities for special needs teens, including a sports day in the courtyard; movie night with snacks and games; and a holiday party.
- The Student Movement Against Cancer worked the December blood drive and supported the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation’s Wish Grantor program.
- The Fall Legacy Breakfast, hosted by the Alumni Relations Office, celebrated the 36 UC families.
- Over 250 people attended the Grandparents Breakfast before the Thanksgiving Liturgy.
- The UC Performing Arts Company’s Cabaret Night combined the awesome talents of today’s UCPAC with those of performers and stage crew members from past UC productions.
- The College Alumni Panel, consisting of recent UC graduates, shared informative perspectives on college with the senior class.
- UC’s Parent Council hosted an outstanding Pub Night in November and is working hard to make the March 22 Tricky Tray the best yet.
- So far this school year, varsity sports teams have a combined record of 72 wins, 55 losses, and earned state sectional titles along with multiple county and conference championships.
- Girls Volleyball – Conference, Union County and State Sectional Champions.
- Gymnastics – 4 team members qualified for State Sectionals
- Cross Country-Girls – NJ Catholic Track Conference Champs and Watchung Division Champs at the Union County Conference Championships
- Boys Basketball – Paterson Charter School Christmas Tournament champs.
- Winter Track – Boys and Girls: Union County Relay Champions
- UC’s Livestream continues to be a great asset as it streams and archives all home athletic events as well as concerts, awards presentations and graduation.
- Several students achieved perfect test scores on the math portion of the SAT and the writing, English and reading sections of the ACT.
- UC students participated in Union County’s Student Training Enrichment Program where activities focus on leadership, personal growth and civic engagement.
- UC’s Momentum yearbook staff received a first place award from the American Scholastic Press Association for its 2018 yearbook entitled "Different Rhythms, One Beat.''
“It is an exciting time to be a member of the UC Community,’’ said Sister Percylee. "As you read in UC Magazine, our campus pulses with activity before, during and after school hours. Students learn, athletes compete, actors rehearse, musicians practice, speakers orate, clubs plan, artists create, alumni contribute, parents volunteer ,and teachers collaborate. Wow! The plans we have in place to advance and strengthen UC will become a reality with your help. I am counting on you. May God bless you always.’’