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Student Council supports Cassie Hines Cancer Foundation
06/13/2018
Council donates $2,900 to foundation named after UCS graduate
UCS students promote digital citizenship
10/27/2017
Beacon Tree students learn how to use internet safe and effectively
Students promote digital citizenship
10/27/2017
Beacon Tree student learn how to use internet safe and effectivelys
UHS named Marching Band of the Year
10/22/2019
WDIV awards Marching Chieftain top honor
10/21/2019
Messmore students hit the ground running every Monday
Morgan students start their day on the right foot
10/17/2019
Two mile hike marks national walk to school day

A Message From Mr. Ellis:

Photo of Mr. Ellis and a bearded student.

Beacon Tree Families,

The school year is off to a great start, and all our All Stars have settled in nicely.  Classrooms are fully functioning and are pressing ahead full steam.  Your children are immersed into the curriculum and are learning new things every day!

Teachers are in the middle of administering the NWEA assessment (as well as other classroom assessments) at this time so that they can best serve the needs of individual students.  You will be able to learn more about these assessments during our Parent – Teacher Conferences in November.  This year, our conferences will be held on:

  1. Wednesday, November 13th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  2. Thursday, November 14th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm and 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Recently our All Star teachers received some professional development with our math series.  We have been exploring some of the tools that will allow us to individualize math assignments to meet the specific needs a child may have to help move them along the learning continuum.  I am excited to dive deeper into this during the school year and offer time to staff to prefect this feature to help all of our All Stars achieve! 

Thank you to all of our families who attended Open House this year!  It seems like it was eons ago when we were together, but it was nice to see many returning families and to meet some new families too.  Thank you for taking the time to come in and learn about what your child will be doing this year.  It is always nice to see so many families who take pride in how their children are doing here at Beacon Tree Elementary. 

Halloween is right around the corner, and children are already talking about what they are going to dress as.  We will again be having a Halloween parade for all to enjoy.  I am hoping to have the parade outside, but this is Michigan and we cannot predict the weather this far out.  As the month progresses, please keep an eye and ear out for more details from your teachers as the day comes closer.  Just like past years, please make sure that when you are selecting a costume with your child that you keep in mind that certain costumes may not be appropriate for school.  Obviously, we do not want children to be scared of others, but should you have any questions about a costume or any accessories for a costume, please contact either the classroom teacher or my office for assistance.  We will also be continuing to keep our building Peanut Safe as we plan for parties.  Your teacher will have further details on this matter as we get closer to Halloween. 

I hope that everyone has an enjoyable October, and I hope to see you during our parade!

All The Best, 
Mr. Ellis


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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.