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Student Council supports Cassie Hines Cancer Foundation
Council donates $2,900 to foundation named after UCS graduate
UCS students promote digital citizenship
Beacon Tree students learn how to use internet safe and effectively
Students promote digital citizenship
Beacon Tree student learn how to use internet safe and effectivelys
College Fair, Career Expo set for March
Expo set for March 21; Career Fair set for March 28
UCS senior begins medical career with two full college scholarship offers
Senior Kerolos Aziz gets full tuition offers from Michigan, Wayne State
Harvey alum helps new generation of Eagles
Former Harvey student gives back to his community

A Message From Mr. Ellis:

Photo of Mr. Ellis and a bearded student.

All Star Families:

As we begin the second half of the school year, we have much to be proud of.  Students continue to be immersed in classroom activities and instruction throughout the building.  Student engagement is extremely high and there is little time lost due to various transitions throughout the day.

February marks the beginning of the third card marking period for all of our students.  They have already received their 2nd quarter report cards and I am hopeful that you were able to sit down and talk with your children about school, grades, and effort.  A positive attitude with the right emphasis on effort and learning as the objective, versus any specific grade, makes a successful student.  It’s not always the naturally gifted child who gets all “A’s” and goes on to do great things.  Often, it’s the student who understands that continuous learning and sustained effort are keys to lifelong success.  Through hard work and effort, students begin to not only realize their potential, but gain respect for the grades that they earn.

I am anxious to see the growth of our students as we wrap up our second round of NWEA testing in the upcoming days.  Early reports show tremendous growth in some of our classrooms.  Students have been reporting to me their new “score” and how they have improved from the beginning of the school year.  It is a wonderful feeling to hear students taking a lead role in their education.

UCS parents will shortly receive a survey link to provide feedback on a district review of later start times and their impact on sleep and achievement. The e-mail will come from Utica Community Schools and will contain the message “Utica Community Schools Wants Your Feedback” with a return email of More information is on our district website at:

We would like to thank our community once again for its support of the 2018 bond issue. Over the next five years, bond issue projects will impact Beacon Tree Elementary, our feeder schools and every school in the district.

To provide updates to the community, the district has created an informational page that reports the status of the projects. The site is located at If at any time you have a question regarding the projects and our school, feel free to contact me either through e-mail ( or school office (586)797-7300.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable month!


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!

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

The February 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