SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic’s community has been active and vibrant this summer, with activity both on and off its campus. UC is extremely excited about major events on the horizon as the 2017-18 school year rapidly approaches. 

Over the summer, Union Catholic students and faculty were busy with educational travel abroad. A group of 31 students and six chaperones took a trip to Paris and Barcelona, and a smaller group traveled to Iceland.

The trip to Paris began with a stop at the Eiffel Tower, and the group toured the Arc de Triomphe, the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral, and took a cruise along the Seine River for a different view of the city. In Barcelona, they took a guided tour which included graceful Gothic churches.

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The Iceland trip featured a stay in the capital of Reykjavik, which runs on geothermal power and is home to the National and Saga museums. The group also went on a glacier climb, visited caves, volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs and lava fields, and saw continental shelves colliding.

In addition to educational enrichment travels, teachers were engaged in formal Professional Development.

Samantha Scutieri attended the ISTE conference in San Antonio, Texas, and participated in the Creating Modern Knowledge ‘‘non-conference’’ in Manchester, NH; Marla James attended the AP European History Institute at John Cabot University in Rome; and the AP Government & Politics Institute in Lewes, DE.

Ed Thornton and Brian Kopnicki participated in a Strength and Conditioning Certification Course at Columbia University. Cheryl Rossi enrolled in an online course, Integrating Technology into the Classroom, and Kathleen Webber gave a presentation at an educational workshop at Monmouth University.

Also this summer, enrichment courses for math and technology, a Forensics Camp, a Performing Arts Workshop, and camps for track and field, basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, softball, and cheerleading were all held at Union Catholic.

There were also several facility upgrades at Union Catholic over the summer.

Sidewalks were replaced in the front of the school and by the gym and the front driveway and parking lot next to the gym were repaved. LED security lighting was installed around the perimeter of the school, the sound system in the auditorium was upgraded, the auditorium and several other areas around the campus received a fresh coat of paint. An additional water filtration system was installed, thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Environmental Club, and a new John Deere Gator utility vehicle was acquired.

Several big events are coming up at Union Catholic this fall, including Back to School Night on Thursday, Sept. 21, the Hall of Fame Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 30, Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 4, and the fall play, Peter and the Starcatcher, which will be presented by UC’s Performing Arts Company on Oct. 20-22.

At the Hall of Fame Ceremony, which will take place at the Shackamaxon Country Club, 10 illustrious members of the Union Catholic community will be inducted. They are: Peter Tierney ‘66, Dennis Boyle ‘66, Major General Martin M. Mazick ‘68, Monica Vermeulen ‘69, Cheryl Cop Hart '89, Laura Iden Gibbons, '98, Maryann Farrell, Sister Mary Raymond, RSM., and Vito and Patricia Gagliardi.

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