School NewsDistrict News

Picture Day!
Picture day is Wednesday, September 22
Registration is now open for 2021-22 kindergarten
Enrollment is now open for fall kindergarten
Making Beautiful (remote) music
Check out the new look in our music classroom
UCS Kindergartners help with wedding proposal for Duncan Elementary teacher
Duncan Elementary Kindergartners helped UCS alum propose to his high school sweetheart.
UCS Wellness makes (sound)waves with new podcast series
Second UCS podcast now available
UCS senior plays in the 2022 All-America Football Game
Henry Ford II High School represented at the 2022 Under Armour All-America game.

A Message From Mr. Ellis:

Headshot of Mr. Ellis

Dear All Star Parents/Guardians:

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope that each of our All Star families had a restful and relaxing holiday season with family and friends.  Now that we are back, teachers have hit the ground running!  Students are back at it with the curriculum and are in the process of NWEA testing.  This is the second round of testing to monitor the gains each student has made.  If you are interested in the results, please reach out to your child's teacher for more information.

Later this month will mark our Winter Parent/Teacher Conferences.  The district conference window will be from Tuesday, January 25th through Friday, February 4th.  We will be announcing our conference date shortly.  Conferences will again be virtual, and will run between the hours of 5:00pm and 8:000pm.  This series of conferences is not required for all families.  Classroom teachers will have more information as the evening draws closer.  Conferences will again be virtual and run through the SchoolSoft online manager.

Prior to our holiday break, our lost and found was cleared out.  We had a plethora of items that had been there for months without their owner.  We are noticing that the Lost and Found is beginning to see more items, and I want to get out in front of this before it fills up again.  It greatly helps when we can find a student's name on a tag so that we can return items to students.  The weather is due to take a dive and snow is most likely on the way.  I want all of our All Stars to be prepared.  Thank you!

As we head into the colder months of the calendar, please remember to check the weather to ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor recess.  We will be going outside on days that the temperature is above 10 degrees (with the windchill).  Hats, gloves, and scarves are perfect for this time of year!!  If you are already asking your child where their hat or coat may be, please see our "lost and found" collection in the main lobby.  We have quite a collection currently, and we know that these items did not get there on their own.  We would love all of the wearables to be returned to their rightful owners.

The BTV will continue to utilize their Membership Toolkit account throughout the school year.    Please utilize the link below to access the Membership Toolkit for upcoming BTV activities.

BTV's Membership Toolkit link is HERE   

Great news All Star Families, SPIRITWEAR is here!!!  That's right, students can now walk the hallways showing off their "ALL STAR SWAG!" for everyone to see!  You can view all of the spiritwear at the following link:

You will find many t-shirts, sweatshirts, polos, pants, bags, and more!!  Sizes range from toddler through adult.  There are 12 different design options so you'll be sure to find something you will like.  You can do fun things like adding your child's name or even having red or silver glitter!!

Free shipping is still available for all orders over $50.00! Get yourself some "ALL STAR SWAG" so we can spread that Beacon Tree pride!  Holidays are coming, what a great time to get some cool swag!!  What is better than the "swag" you ask...  well, Beacon Tree Elementary will earn 20% on all purchases!! Wow, all of our All Stars benefit from a little "swag"!!!  
I would like to thank families who continue to make sure that children that are not feeling well stay home.  We all know that COVID-19 has affected families this year.  This could be positive cases or quarantined cases.  Either one is a challenge for our families.  By keeping children who are sick home helps lower the chances of others getting ill.  Continue to utilize the Self Screener to make the call to either come to school, or remain at home to rest.  Thank you all for your assistance with this!  

Quarantine Update:
As Mr. Monroe's September 30 letter indicated, there has been a series of adjustments in required quarantine guidelines.  These adjustments from the Macomb County Health Department are for students who may have been identified as a close contact.  The changes are the result of discussions between our district leadership and the health department and are based on concerns shared by our parents.

Our goal remains to keep our students in-person throughout the year.  The new guidelines provide an avenue that families can take to return quarantined students to classrooms earlier if they meet certain conditions, such as a vaccination, a distance of more than three feet from the contact or testing daily over seven days through either a clinic or using an at-home kit.  If you choose to pursue the at-home or clinic tests, our school will provide you a form to record the results.

In the event your child is a close contact, we will notify you via phone call, email and a text message. (If you do not receive regular updates from our school, please call the office to verify we have accurate information for you).

For more information, you may visit our district's website regarding the required quarantine process and our school's layered mitigation strategies.  If you have any questions regarding the process or the learning plan for your child if a quarantine is necessary, please speak to your child's teacher or call our office directly.

All The Best,
Mr. Ellis
Proud Principal
Beacon Tree Elementary


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!

UCS Vision

All children have the right to a rigorous, high-quality education which meets their individual needs. UCS 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.

UCS Mission

We are committed to exemplary teaching and learning in order for our students to be prepared for success in the 21st Century.
We will achieve this commitment by engaging the entire community to focus on each child's achievement, with the expectation that every student will pursue some type of post-high school educational endeavor.

Core Values

  • Every child can learn and achieve.
  • Parents and guardians are partners in the learning process.
  • Being “smart” can be achieved through persistence, hard work and effective effort.
  • Excellence is expected and celebrated.
  • Data is used to guide our decision-making.
  • All employees will exemplify ethical behavior; exhibit a strong work ethic; and continue to develop their leadership, performance and service skills.
  • Technology supports and enhances instruction, business operations, research and communications.
  • The Board of Education, district educators/staff, parents, community members and business leaders must collaborate and work as a team to enhance educational opportunities for student success.