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All Star Parents:

It is hard to believe that 2017 is on it's last leg, and 2018 is right around the corner.  All of our All Stars have been working very hard, and it is great to see how much your children have grown!

Thank you to everyone who attended parent teacher conferences in November.  there were a total of 788 conferences held, with an attendance rate of over 99%!  Thank you for taking an active role in your child's education.  I am hoping that your conference with your teacher was beneficial and that it help shape the education future for your child.

When we return from the break, your children will be taking the second round of NWEA assessments.  The testing window for the winter is as follows:
  *January 3rd through January  24th: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade Reading
  *January 3rd through February 2nd: 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Reading as well as Kindergarten - 6th Grade math and science

These assessments are administered 3 times during the school year and the results show academic growth, as well as helping staff identify a learning path for everyone.  The assessment is also utilized in the identification of other initiatives/opportunities here at Beacon Tree Elementary and beyond. 
For example:

1. Kindergarten through 3rd grade: Identification of an IRP (Individualized Reading Plan)
2. 3rd through 6th Grades: One of the qualifiers for ATG (Academically Talented and Gifted Program)
3. 5th Grade: One of the qualifiers for Advanced Math 100 (Can place students on the advanced math track beginning in 6th grade)
4. 6th Grade: One of the qualifiers for advanced math opportunities at Junior High School such as Math 8 and/or Algebra 1.

This assessment is very important and we want all of our All Stars to do their best, and show what they know!  If you have any questions about the NWEA assessment, please do not hesitate to contact your teacher or the office so that we can assist you!

Thank you to our student council who organized and facilitated a very successful Community Outreach Drive!  The staff and I appreciate everyone who donated either toys, canned goods, or hats and mittens!  our donations will serve a great cause for families in need.

Another initiative that we held building-wide this season was our Wonder Wall, which can be seen outside of our Media Center.  To coincide with the movie release of Wonder, we decided that it would be a great idea to #choosekindness and bring awareness to this throughout the building.  It is great to read the messages that the children wrote promoting acceptance and kindness!

Wonder Wall     Example

This initiative was very successful and brought forth a positive message for everyone!  I am proud to know that we at Beacon Tree support #choosekindness!


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!

Spirit Wear Wow!  Check out this fine young man sporting some Beacon Tree swag!

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!

I wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!  I hope that you get a chance to relax and enjoy time with family and friends!

All The Best,
Mr. Ellis

The December Newsletter is available at this link.

PowerSchool Parent Portal Information is available at this link.


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