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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
CareerQuest gives students hands-on experiences in future jobs
12/10/2019
More than 400 students take part in MICareerQuest
Collaborative work results in three-year agreement with UCS paraprofessional union
12/09/2019
Contract approved unanimously by Board of Education
Annual event promotes student voice in UCS
12/06/2019
High school students share thoughts at event with district leaders

A Message From Mr. Ellis:

Photo of Mr. Ellis and a bearded student.

Beacon Tree Families,

All Star Families,

As we move to the final month of the 2019 calendar year, it is easy to reflect upon all of the wonderful things that both staff and students have accomplished here at Beacon Tree Elementary.  It is fantastic to see the growth of all of our students both socially and academically!  It is such a pleasure to have students come to me and share their accomplishments on any given day.  I have been able to meet with students to hear them read a book, or share stories they have written.  It is so rewarding to share these experiences with your children.  I am so proud of the work they are putting in on a daily basis!

I would like to thank you for attending our conferences during the month of November.  During the conference window, my staff held 789 conferences, with an attendance rate of 99%.  I appreciate each of you for having conferences with your teachers and the dialogue you had pertaining to your children.  If for any reason you did not get a chance to speak with your child’s teacher, or you still have questions that need answered, please contact them and set up an appointment. 

Beacon Tree Elementary students are once again giving back to the community during this holiday season.  Our student council will be leading the way in providing multiple opportunities to help others.  The following charitable programs will be offered during the month of December: 

  1. Shelby Lions Christmas Basket Program (canned goods and boxed goods) December 2nd – December 6th
  2. Hat and Mitten Tree (hats, mittens and gloves) December 2nd – December 6th
  3. Maddie’s Toy Drive/Rainbow Connection Toy Drive (new, unwrapped toys) December 2nd – December 6th

If you feel inclined to participate, donations may be brought to the office and distributed to the appropriate charitable program.

Even though the grass remains green and the temperatures hover in and out of the 30’s and 40’s, our usual Michigan winter will arrive at some point.  Please make sure that your children come prepared for the frigid weather with appropriate winter attire.  We will be having outdoor recess as long as the temperature is above 10 degrees (with wind chill) and the play pad is safe.  Please have children come with hats, gloves, winter coats, etc. to keep warm during the winter months.

If you believe that your child may be missing some articles of clothing, please make sure you check our Lost and Found.  You never know what you may find on that table!

On behalf of the Beacon Tree Elementary Staff, we wish you a wonderful holiday!  We hope that you create many lasting memories with you family and friends.

All The Best, 

Mr. Ellis


The December Newsletter is available at this link.


PowerSchool Parent Portal Information is available at this
link.

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.