School NewsDistrict News

Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Food Program Returns at Utica Community Schools
Free meals available this summer at select sites
Sharing the Love of Reading!
All Star Student Adding Some Adventure To Our Library!
Registration is now open for 2021-22 kindergarten
Enrollment is now open for fall kindergarten
UCS teacher conquers Ironman Triathlon
"Anything is possible!"
Maritsa Skowronek: Eppler’s superhero and film star
Eppler 9th grader featured in documentary about children with autism
Four UCS students earn academic honors from College Board
Students earn honors for academic challenges

A Message From Mr. Ellis:

Headshot of Mr. Ellis

Dear All Star Parents/Guardians:

It has been so nice to welcome everyone back to Beacon Tree Elementary!  It has been so nice to see all the smiling faces fill our hallways and classrooms once again!  It is great to be a part of the sights and sounds of your children!  They truly bring the building to life!

We are going to be holding on Open House on Thursday, September 15th at 7:00pm.  This opportunity will provide you with a chance to interact with your classroom teacher, Board Office personnel, and myself as we share information about the school year.  We will be meeting in the gym/cafeteria at 7:00pm before we transition to classrooms for presentations.  We will be running 2 classroom sessions so that if you have multiple teachers, you will have time to visit each room.  Please remember, if you are not able to connect with everyone you wish, please contact them, and set up another time so that you can get your questions answered.

Picture Day is coming!  On Wednesday, September 21st, we will be having our picture day!  There will be more information about the day coming home soon!  You will be able to find specific events in the “Upcoming Events” listed below this column.

In my previous message, I put a link out to a SMORE for all kinds of information to begin the school year.  I am going to leave the link in this message just in case families still need access.  There is a lot of information that will help you get the year started off well.


School Supply Information:

School supply lists are available by clicking HERE.  Please know that this is only a suggested listing and not a required listing.  You do not have to acquire any or all items from the list.

Just a Few Helpful Items:

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 several items to choose from!!  Sizes range from toddler through adult.  There are multiple 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!!

We are off and running with the 2022-2023 school year!  We look forward to a great partnership with our All Star community!

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.

Utica Community Schools is celebrated for student achievement that consistently surpasses county, state and national benchmarks. Accelerate UCS! has been built with current and future student needs at each grade level in mind, taking into consideration what is working well and what may require change. For more information, please see this link.

UCS Vision

Utica Community Schools, in partnership with our community, will empower students to positively transform their future and the world.

UCS Mission

Utica Community Schools ignites a passion for learning in all students. We strengthen our community by welcoming all learners, honoring culture, and inspiring remarkable growth and achievement. We accomplish this by:

• Ensuring students are at the heart of all decisions

• Collaborating with all stakeholders

• Providing a safe and supportive environment

• Encouraging mindsets that are open to innovation

• Reimagining what school can be

• Promoting high expectations throughout Utica Community Schools

• Committing to multiple pathways toward excellence and achievement for all