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A Message From Mr. Ellis:

Photo of Mr. Ellis and a bearded student.

11/6/2020

Dear All Star Parents/Guardians:

I want to follow up with you regarding Mr. Monroe’s letter and our plans at Beacon Tree Elementary. While we recognize that there may be disappointment over a return to full remote learning for our students, our entire district remains committed to the health and safety of our students, staff and families.

Beacon Tree Elementary students currently attending in-person classes will return to remote learning beginning on Thursday, November 12.  As previously scheduled, there will be no afternoon class work that day due to conferences. This will be similar to the remote learning that was in place in September.

We are hopeful that trends related to the spread of COVID-19 will reverse, and we will once again be able to return students back to school for in-person learning. Your child’s teacher will provide you a schedule prior to November 12.

As we transition to remote learning, our School Age Child Care program will provide care for district families. For currently enrolled SACC families, please follow this survey link which will help us to determine your needs. All other district families in need of care can go to our website at: http://ucscommunityeducation.org/school_age_child_care . They can complete the Pre-Registration link (near the bottom of the page) and families will be contacted as space becomes available.

In addition to making the current adjustment to the schedule, we are also making plans for the remainder of the school year.  These plans include preparing schedules for the second semester, which begins January 4.

As we create schedules and allocate staff, we need to know how many students will be enrolled in in-person/remote instruction or in the UCS Virtual Academy for the second semester.  

In person/remote learning option will allow your student to transition to in-person learning when health and safety factors permit us to return to our classrooms. Parents who make this choice are committing to having their students attend school under any of the following situations:

  • Fully in-person at any time
  • Hybrid model (half days)
  • Fully remote

The UCS Virtual Academy is the district’s fully on-line option. Your student would remain in a virtual learning environment through the remainder of this school year.

Regardless of which option you choose, your student will be taught by qualified Utica Community Schools teachers with curriculum that will be parallel across the various learning environments.

Please take some time to discuss which option best works for your family.  We are also here to assist should you have any questions. Again, your choice will remain in effect until the end of the school year.

As we engage the planning process, we are asking that you inform us of your choice by 11:59 p.m. on November 15.   You can make your choice by clicking on this link. A Frequently Asked Question page regarding these choices is also available at this link. Again, your choice will remain in effect until the end of the school year. If you do not make a selection, you will be choosing your current learning plan.

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions.

 

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.