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A Message From Mr. Ellis:

Photo of Mr. Ellis and a bearded student.

All Star Families:

April is here, and with it comes the beginning of the M-Step Assessment Window. The M-Step assessment will measure an individual student’s knowledge on grade level curriculum in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. This assessment will only be administered to students who are in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. The following is the breakdown of the grade levels, the assessments and the testing window for each. Testing must be completed in the windows provided for each grade level.
1. April 8th through May 3rd:
a. 5th Grade Assessments:
i. Mathematics (computer adaptive)
ii. Language Arts (computer adaptive)
iii. Social Studies
iv. Science
2. April 29th through May 25th:
b. 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 6th Grade Assessments:
i. Mathematics (computer adaptive)
ii. Language Arts (computer adaptive)

There is a specific testing schedule that will be in place for each teacher. All of the classroom teachers will be able to provide you with specific dates and times for testing days. Please help make sure that the testing period for your child is as “enjoyable” as possible. A good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast can help tremendously as students take the assessment.

I would like to thank the entire Beacon Tree Elementary community for taking part in our “March is Reading Month”! It was great to see moms, dads, relatives, and special guests come to Beacon Tree Elementary to read to classrooms! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to be a part of the lives of our students! Thank you to all families who read with their children this month. Whether it was The One and Only Ivan, or a variety of books, the staff and I appreciate your involvement! Reading is very important in the growth of a child, so please continue this practice each, and every month with your children!

A HUGE thank you to Mrs. King and Mrs. Smith for all of their hard work in creating a wonderful environment for students to enjoy throughout the month. Also, thank you to Mrs. Uitos, Mrs. Tobey and Mrs. Sapienza for their help. I hope that you were able to come into the building and see all of their hard work! They did an outstanding job! Thank You, thank you, thank you!!!!!

I hope that each of our All Star families have a great April!

Lego Robotics:

We are still looking to see if anyone is interested in starting a Lego Robotics Program here at Beacon Tree.  I have placed a link below with information to help get a program started.  If you have questions about the program, please feel free to contact me so that I can answer any questions you may have.

Lego Robotics Information: Click HERE


All The Best, 

Mr. Ellis

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All children have the right to a rigorous, high-quality education which meets their individual needs. Beacon Tree Elementary as part of Utica Community Schools will respect, encourage and empower each and every student to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful, contributing members of a diverse community and global society.


The Beacon Tree staff, in partnership with parents and the community, will guide, support, and encourage all students to reach their maximum potential as lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

Throughout the school year, Beacon Tree Elementary has some fun activities scheduled!  Please check our "Upcoming Events" section for actual dates and times for these activities!  Also, keep an eye out on the "From Mr. Ellis" section for updates and important information in and around Beacon Tree Elementary!

Utica Community Schools is Michigan's second largest school district.   

Student achievement in the district outpaces all county, state and national averages. The district's graduation rate is 12 points higher than the state average and students and staff are regularly honored for excellence.

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