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A Message From Mr. Ellis:

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Dear All Star Parents/Guardians:

March is here, and that can only mean one thing...

March always is a fun month because we are able to read a book together as a school and have a little bit of fun with it as well!  Throughout the month, students will be reading "The Chocolate Touch" by Patrick Skene Catling.  To accompany this, Mrs. DiBrango has created a digital playground of all things chocolate for students to interact with to support the book!  

Things are looking pretty "sweet" in our main hallway as well!  Now that we are able to have volunteers back in the building, our main hallway has been transformed to a "sweet" experience!  A HUGE thank you needs to go out to the following parents for all of their hard work...

Courtney King, Amanda Smith, Erin Makl, Kristen Pytel, Erica Eovaldi, Andrea Galovski, Katie Bischoff, Ketty Kildani, and Alison Lisseman

These phenomenal parents worked tirelessly to create a magical experience for all of our All Stars to enjoy.  Last week they were able to transform our main hallway into a world of chocolate and candy!
Photo of Candy Storefront

Photo of extension of the storefront

Phot of students reading in front of the candy wall

Photo of students reading in beanbag chairs

Photo of Office Decorations

Photo of Office Sweets Signs

Photo of Large Chocolate Bar in the office
Thank you again for creating a wonderful environment for our All Stars to enjoy the month of March!!!  I appreciate all of your hard work!

All of the students in grades 3-6 will be taking the M-Step state assessment late April/early May.  All students will be assessed in the Language Arts and Mathematics during this window.  Our 5th grade students will also be tested in the areas of Science and Social Studies as well.  These assessments will be taken within the students classrooms utilizing their laptop computers.  A schedule will be forthcoming.


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!  

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.