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All Star Parents:

Well, May is here, and it looks like it has also brought us some nice weather!  Hopefully this trend remains consistent as we come closer to the end of the school year.

Both the M-Step and NWEA testing are underway as our students get a chance to show us what they have learned this school year.  Please make sure that you talk to your child's teacher about these exams and when they are taking place.  Currently our 3rd, 4th, and 6th graders are taking the M-Step, while our youngest learners are just beginning the NWEA assessment.

Please know that classroom placements for the 2018 - 2019 school year begin to take place during the later portion of the month.  Please know that the teachers take into consideration a multitude of different information when it comes to placing students.  Laike last you, please refrain from letters of request.  our highly qualified staff takes pride in placing of students, and do their best to select the appropriate learning environment.  The staff and I appreciate your cooperation with this endeavor.

Today we completed our very first BTV sponsored FUN RUN!  All of our All Stars had a great day today, even when it downpoured!  I could not believe that it went from sunny to a torrential downpour and then back to sunny again in a matter of a half hour or so.  Either way, the parents adjusted and we actually had our kindergarteners run inside so that they could still enjoy the time, before moving back outside to finish the run off with our 1st and 2nd grade students.  All-in-all, it was a very successful day.  A HUGE thank you goes out to our BTV for organizing this event and making it run as smoothly as it did.  I also want to thank everyone who donated to the FUN RUN as well.  This is the first time that 100% of the donation go back to the school.  It is the goal of the BTV to only have one fundraiser each year to support all of the great opportunities that are offered for all of our All Stars.  Your support is greatly appreciated!  From the staff and I, THANK YOU!

Please do not forget that the Newsletter is available each month with the link below! 


Don't Forget, if you are interested in some spirit wear, please utilize the link below to access the site!    Please remember that the Spirit Wear Shop is open year round, and you can visit it at any time!  We love seeing our community in some Beacon Tree Spirit Wear!

Just like last year, please keep an eye on this column and the calendar of events listed right below in the Upcoming Events section of the site.  If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to call!

All The Best,
Mr. Ellis

The May Newsletter is available at this link

PowerSchool Parent Portal Information is available at this


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.

For more information on Utica Community Schools, please visit this link