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A Message From Mr. Ellis:

Photo of Mr. Ellis and a bearded student.

Beacon Tree Families,

All Star Families,

We are now two months into the school year and there is a lot to be proud of with our All Stars!  It is great to see and hear your children engaged with learning in our classrooms!  All of my teaching staff have presented their goals for the year to me and I am excited to see the results.  Each teacher spoke very highly of their classes and the potential they saw in their students.

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Halloween festivities!  The parade was a HUGE success, and I loved having all of those Dinosaurs help me lead the parade this year.  I can't wait to see photos of all of the fun!

As a reminder, conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 13th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm and on Thursday November 14th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm and 5:00pm – 8:00pm.  All of the conferences have been scheduled and teachers are excited to meet/see each of you!  If for some reason you did not get a confirmation on your conference day and time, please reach out to your child’s teacher for guidance.  This conversation time is very important for all parties involved; student, teacher, and parent.  We are very proud to say that we have been averaging over 98% participation rates for the past couple of years.  I appreciate each of our All Star families taking an active role in the education of our students!

Please continue to utilize the Beacon Tree website for updates and information about what is going on in and around Beacon Tree Elementary.  The Calendar will automatically update with events occurring here at school.  I will update the “From Mr. Ellis” box as well with items of importance and fun.  We are going to be adding a paper version of the calendar to the newsletter to provide parents a “refrigerator” option rather than a digital one.  Both will have the same information, just a different way to provide it to you.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to our BTV, for organizing a very successful Fun Run!  They put together a great event that was fun and enjoyable for all of our students.  I was able to run with all of our participants and had a blast!  I paid for it the following morning, but it was well worth it!  We raised approximately $30,000 for our students!  Even though we did not achieve our building goal of $35,000, I am very proud of what we were able to raise for our All Stars!  Thank you very much to everyone who donated to this cause!  You have provided the opportunity for our BTV to support our staff and your children in a positive way.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

As November continues, winter will let us know it’s here!  Please keep in mind the temperatures that come with these upcoming months.  We will be having outdoor recess if the playground is clear and temperatures are above 10 degrees (with the windchill).  Even if it is snowing, please know we may still be heading out for recess.  Appropriate clothing is expected for all of our All Stars!  Thank you for your support with this!  I hope that everyone has an enjoyable month, and that your Thanksgiving time with family is relaxing and memorable!

All The Best, 

Mr. Ellis

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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.