SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, delivered an inspiring State of the School Address on Thursday featuring a powerful, informative, and enlightening presentation of video clips from administrators, faculty and students.
The entire broadcast of the can be viewed by going here
Among the highlights:
- Enrollment is strong with 806 total students and a current freshman class of 212
- Over 750 applications have been received for the Class of 2022
- In 2017, UC celebrated its 20th anniversary of the laptop program
- English 4 Honor students took advantage of the dual enrollment program with St. Thomas College and earned college credit while fulfilling UC English course requirements.
- The Performing Arts Company and CRAYON Club teamed up to entertain children with special needs
- Engineering students combined what we learned in design, programming and circuitry to create Ugly Sweatshirts during the Christmas season.
- Thanks to UC’s partnership with Fairleigh Dickinson University, students participated in FDU’s Waking Up with Wall Street class.
- AP Government students had the opportunity to visit the NJ State House.
- Journalism students attended the Garden State Scholastic Press Association workshop.
- The Scripture Poster project in Graphic Design gave students the opportunity to design a poster illustrating a Bible scripture that really spoke to them.
- The fall sports teams earned five conference championships, and the girls cross-country team won the Non-Public A State Championships
- The girls indoor track and field team won its 5th straight Union County Relay title and fourth straight State Non-Public A Relay Championship.Students for Human Dignity learned about the refugee crisis at Archdiocesan Social Justice Day in Newark
- Students and faculty participated in the March For Life in Washington, D.C.
- Students contributed to clothing & gift drives and stuffed stockings at Christmas for people in need.
- The Glamour Gals visited nursing homes to give manicures to residents
- Students were altar servers and ushers at the St. Patrick’s Day Investiture Mass.
- UC’s High 5 Tag Day in September raised 5,000 to support schools in Florida and Texas impacted by hurricanes.
- Peer mentoring and Children’s Grief Awareness programs continued to help UC students cope with loss.
- Parent ambassadors shared their UC experiences with prospective families.
- Alumni supported student-led activities such as the SMAC pasta & cereal drive and Thanksgiving food baskets.
- Alumni celebrated milestone reunions, attended the Christmas Breakfast & Liturgy, and participated in Cabaret Night and College Awareness Day.
- Parents, alumni and friends enjoyed each other’s company at Pub Night and the 750 Club Tailgate.
- The UC Community joined together to remember over 200 loved ones at the Tree of Lights service
- The Student Movement Against Cancer collaborated with the Science Club and Future Health Professionals to educate the UC Community
- Now in its 5th year, Livestream programming broadcasts all on-campus events including sports through all 3 sports seasons, concerts, awards ceremonies and graduation.
- The Forensics team membership doubled over the last year as students recognize the value of develop crucial life skills in communication and debate.
- The Asian Club is working on publishing the third annual parent newsletter to be delivered overseas this spring.
- Donors are responsible for the purchase of a Gator utility vehicle for use by the athletic trainer, the replacement of water fountains with water filtration systems, and the new Union Catholic athletic and student activities website.
In closing, Sister Percylee outlined what’s next for UC -
- A first-ever 50th graduation anniversary gift campaign from the Class of ‘68
- Continued theater renovations - seating, flooring and air conditioning.
- Ongoing expansion of the STEM program
- Completion of the athletic complex, including: scoreboard, storage shed, restrooms and viewing area
- Completion of library/learning area remodeling - more flexible furnishings and collaborative learning space
- Further expansion of the scholarship program
- Continued growth of UC’s technology infrastructure to support 21st Century learning
- In keeping with UC’s master plan, construction of a student center at the heart of our school, and including air conditioning for the entire school, and
- Growth of an endowment fund to ensure a successful future for Union Catholic
“Working together, we are fulfilling UC’s commitment to preparing our students for success, in the real, spiritual and virtual world,’’ said Sister Percylee.
Senior Janessa Mendoza, Union Catholic’s Student Council President, was impressed with Sister Percylee’s Address and the way it was presented.
“I like how the students were incorporated and how they spoke about the highlights of the school,’’said Mendoza, who spoke during the presentation. “I liked the voice overs and the transition of the pictures. I felt it was very creative. It was very eye-opening and intriguing to see how much has been accomplished already in just half the school year. All the conference championships, projects and social justice and all the participation by the students is so great to see.’’