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Students celebrate the sweet taste of academic success
PI brings the school together to celebrate everything math
UCS Junior High student earns national arts award
Photo earns entry into national competition after earning top regional honor
Prestigious merit scholarships draw UCS students to career in art
Students receive $72,000 scholarships for Center for Creative Studies

From The Principal

 Lietz PictureDear Chieftain Families,

Well, winter is certainly giving us a run for our money this year, and I am happy to have February behind us! My fingers are crossed for some great weather going forward, but this is Michigan and we take the excep-tionally beautiful with the rest! Thank you for rolling with mother nature’s punches this year! Aside from the hopeful change of the season, we’re also approaching the midway point of 3rd marking period. This first check-in of the second semester is accompanied by our Spring Conferences which are one night, Thursday, March 7 from 4 – 7pm in our Main Gym, Cafeteria and Media Center. If you cannot make conferences, please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s teacher for questions about progress.

Reflecting on Semester 1, we had a very successful start to the year. As we finalize grades, 96% of grades submitted for S1, (7578 of 7911) were passing grades. That is continued improvement over three years, as we have increased from 89% (2016), to 94% (2017) and 95% last year. Of those grades, 77% were in the A/B range and another 12% in the C range. That passing rate continues to increase as more and more students are entering AP Courses, Honors courses, and other college prep curriculum (e.g. medical health sciences, computer science, etc.). That 1% growth may not seem significant, but when you get into the mid-90’s, ever percent held and gained is an important battle won! We also see a win at the other end with a nearly 50% reduction in our failing students; fewer than 3%.

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The mission of Utica High School is to develop successful learners with the support of our community of educators, students, and parents. Our diverse student body will have an equitable, rigorous, and comprehensive education in a safe and supportive environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation, and excellence in learning. We aim to cultivate individual learners with active and creative minds, and a sense of understanding and compassion for others.

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Student achievement in the district outpaces all county, state and national averages. The district's graduation rate is 13 points higher than the state average and students are staff are regularly honored for excellence.

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