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Beacon Tree student learn how to use internet safe and effectivelys
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A Message From Mr. Ellis:

Photo of Mr. Ellis and a bearded student.

All Star Families:

Rain, rain, go away, pick any other month than May!  I cannot believe that we have had so much precipitation this spring!  The weather outside may not be ideal, but there is a lot of sunshine and success going on here at Beacon Tree Elementary!

M-Step testing has been moving forward very smoothly so far.  Our 5th grade students have completed their assessments, and the 3rd, 4th, and 6th graders are well underway with theirs.  Please make sure that you check with your classroom teachers for specific testing dates.  Each teacher has the schedule, and we want to make sure that all of our All Stars are ready to put forth their best efforts on test dates.  We are very proud of the determination and resilience that your children show during the testing window.  This is just one of the many reasons that our students stand above the others, they are truly “All Stars”.

May also will bring the final assessment window for NWEA.  Students have already been assessed twice this year to monitor growth, and later this month they will be assessed one final time.  We are looking to see some wonderful growth from all of our students when the assessment window closes in early June.  Again, please check with your classroom teachers for scheduled dates and times for the NWEA assessing.

Please know that classroom placements for the 2019 – 2020 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.  As in years past, please refrain from letters of request.  Our highly qualified staff takes pride in the placing of students and do their best to select the appropriate learning environment.  The staff and I appreciate your cooperation with this endeavor.

I have also placed a link to our Beacon Tree Facebook page because the Suburban Collection published a wonderful video on Mrs. Z and her special day when she was recognized as the UCS Teacher of the Year!  The Suburban Collection truly captured the day, and all of the emotions that went on during the celebration.  If you would like to view the video, please click the link below.

Teacher of the Year Link

Earlier this month, our 6th grade students went to the Palazzo Grande for the annual Career Focus Luncheon!  This event is put on by the Foundation For Educational Excellence and provides all of the 6th grade students in the district the opportunity to speak with business owners, community leaders, and other dignitaries to learn about various careers that are available to the students.  In turn, our All Stars prepared PowerPoint presentations that outlined their goals and aspirations that they were able to share with their special guest.  Overall, the event was a great success, and the 6th graders had a great time.  To top it all off, we had 3 very special young ladies who performed the National Anthem and lead the Pledge of Allegiance for all in attendance.  The girls sang in front of more than 1,000 guests and did an outstanding job!  Congratulations to Sydney Gower,  Angelina Kempf, and Aimee Pilat for doing such a great job and representing Beacon Tree Elementary with grace and elegance!  To view their performance, please click the link below!

National Anthem Link

Finally… Thank you to everyone who participated in our Science and Art Fair! It was fantastic to see such a wonderful turnout for this evening.  This year was extra special because we were featured on Shelby TV!  You can see the report by clicking the link below!  You can fast forward to approximately the 14 minute, 55 second mark to see the coverage!


Our hallways, gym and cafeteria were once again filled with lots of wonderful projects and experiments!  I am so proud of all of the students who took part in the event!  I learned a lot of new and fun information from the students, and hope they continue their exploration of the arts and sciences!  Thank you to all of our parents for coming back up to the school to enjoy the projects and art work.  I would like to say thank you to Mrs. Dobis, and Mrs. Cusumano for their efforts in organizing the evening, and guiding your children to new and exciting things in the Arts and Sciences!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful month!

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 May Newsletter is available at this link.

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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.

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