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Picture Day!
09/17/2021
Picture day is Wednesday, September 22
Registration is now open for 2021-22 kindergarten
01/27/2021
Enrollment is now open for fall kindergarten
Making Beautiful (remote) music
10/29/2020
Check out the new look in our music classroom
UCS students learn essential college skills while earning credit at Macomb Community College
10/27/2021
Students get a glimpse of what it takes to succeed in a college setting.
Former UCS academic, athletic standout stays on winning track
10/26/2021
Grad finishes earns top finish among more than 12,000 runners
Favorite teachers recognized by Henry Ford II senior football players
10/22/2021
Football jerseys of HFII seniors presented to favorite teachers from throughout their UCS career.

A Message From Mr. Ellis:

Headshot of Mr. Ellis

Dear All Star Parents/Guardians:

Our fantastic BTV has initiated a fundraiser titled "Out of this World" where any donation made will go directly towards our All Star student body!  To date, our ALL Star Community has come through!!!  We have had 138 families who have donated, and have already accumulated over $5,000 so far!!!  Our beautifully created "Out of this World" wall (thank you Mrs. Dobis) is filling up with stars, rocket ships, planets, etc.  It is such a sight to see!  I cannot thank you enough for donating to this cause.  I am extremely happy that 100% of the donations will support our Beacon Tree students!

We started here:

Photo of students in front of the Out of This World wall

Now we are here:

Photo of students posting their names on a donation wall

The BTV is taking donations through their Membership Toolkit account or by check.  If you send in a check, please make it payable to Beacon Tree Volunteers.  Checks can be turned into the office in an envelop labeled "Out of This World" with your child's name and teacher name.

Electronic Donations can be made HERE   

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:
Changes to Quarantine Process

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.

Thank you!

I wish everyone a great October!

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

Vision

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.

Mission

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.