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Potential severe weather causes schedule changes for Oct. 2 & 3

Local and national weather reports indicate that storm systems will bring major amounts of rain to our area this weekend. This could result in street flooding and power outages. With safety as a top priority, Union County Public Schools is canceling all band and athletic activities and events for Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3. All regional band competitions have been canceled and athletic events have been rescheduled.

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Global Educator Award 2015

Sonia Ávila, a first-grade teacher from Colombia, has been recognized as a 2015 VIF Global Educator Award winner. Ávila currently teaches as a Spanish dual language immersion resident at Sun Valley Elementary School in Monroe, N.C., and is finishing her fourth year as an educator.

Ávila spends much of her time developing authentic educational projects that equip students with tools to build global competence and critical thinking skills. She feels that connecting curriculum concepts with cultural aspects of her home country is vital to her global instructional strategy.

“I like to help students compare their own cultural traditions with others,” Ávila said. “This could be by listening to music, playing international games, reading global literature, comparing landscapes, participating as pen pals and more.”

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