From The Principal

tlietz

Dear Chieftain Families, 

As we race into April we wind down to the end of Quarter 3 (Friday, April 13) and we ready to leave for our Spring Break.  It has been a great quarter with some exciting events and activities.  Utica High Crowned it’s second Mr. Chieftain last month, Max Hartwell, our Utica Student Council was honored at State Finals with Award of Excellence and Star School designation, UHS McKenzie DeLaere (Photography) was recognized as National Gold Key Scholastic Art Medalist and will have her photo, featured on page 6, and displayed at Carnegie Hall. Our HOSA and DECA teams had incredible state Finals with multiple students advancing to Nationals, our winter sports ended with more MAC All Academic Players than any time in recent memory and we had state finalists in girls bowling, wrestling, and swim.  As I said, we have a lot to be proud of as Chieftains.  My most recent notification was about our Arrow Newspaper who not only won nomination to the Columbia Silver Crown (top 50 student newspapers in the nation) but will be inducted into the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association Hall of Fame later this month. 

As we head into April, testing is what’s on our minds.  We will we return from Spring Break to the SAT, WorkKeys, PSAT and MSTEP, the suite of tests that make up the Michigan Merit Exam (MME).  We will have a different schedule this year to manage as well.  Tuesday, April 10 is the SAT Day which serves both as our state evaluation of progress as well as college entrance. This is the most important test your student will take in high school.  And they’ve been well prepared for it!  As I emailed a few weeks ago, Seniors and Sophomores will report on Tuesday.  Buses will pick our juniors up and transport them home after school.  At the same time, buses will be dropping off those sophomores and seniors that ride them between 12:20 and 12:30.  There will be no lunch served this day.  On Wednesday, Sophomores (PSAT10) and Juniors (WorkKeys) will be testing from arrival until 11am.  There will be lunch served for those students, but seniors arriving for 5th and 6th hour at noon should have already eaten lunch. 

 

Here is the schedule:

· Monday, April 9: Normal School Day, all students are expected to attend

· Tuesday, April 10, 2018: 11th GRADE TESTING
7:10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Standard Testing Time)

o 11th grade students will report their home school at 7:10 a.m. and will be dismissed after testing.  Breakfast will be provided to all juniors testing in the cafeteria.

o 10th and 12th grade students will report to school at 12:00 p.m.

o Afternoon classes, 12:30 p.m. – 2:14 p.m., will be held for 10th and 12th grade students.

o All MST/CSI classes and Shared Time Programs are cancelled.

o Lunch WILL NOT be served to students on this day.

· Wednesday, April 11, 2018: 10th and 11th GRADE TESTING
7:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Standard Testing Time)

Regular school day for 10th and 11th grade students.

Afternoon classes, 12:15 p.m. – 2:14 p.m., will be held for all 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. 

All MST/CSI classes and Shared Time Programs are cancelled.

Lunch will not be served to 12th grade students on this day.

· Thursday, April 13 and Friday, April 14: Normal Day

The following week (April 16-20) we will conclude testing with MSTEP testing (Science and Social Studies) for our Juniors.  We will pull out students from their AM or PM classes by Alphabet on Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday April 18th

We take these tests and testing days quite seriously, and hope that you’ll encourage your students to use their time over the holiday to use tools like the SAT Question of the Day app and Khan Academy to practice before the test days.  We have had over 100 students take advantage of our SAT Prep sessions, and we expect even more to use the break to practice.  Encourage your student to do the full timed practice test on Khan at the beginning of the break.  Doing that once will expose them to the pressures of the testing day in advance, while also giving them feedback and adjusting their personal practice necessary. The app learns and suggests work for the students.  And it’s free! That practice will be a difference maker.  Watch this video to see just how much!

For our seniors, this last quarter is an exciting one.  Graduation on June 9th at DTE is literally right around the corner.  On Thursday, April 12th, Mrs. Solomon and I will be running informational session in the ECC during lunch for students interested in Senior Speech contest for graduation.  Later that night, we will have our Mandatory Senior Meetings in the Auditorium.  A parent MUST attend one of two meetings either 6pm or 7:30pm that night.  We will distribute critical graduation information as well as tickets to DTE that night.  On page  31 there is a list of Senior Dates.  Senior Honors Night, Cap and Gown Collection and Prom all sneak up!  It will be here before we know it. 

This is a fun time of year, but also a serious one.  Colleges reserve the right to delay, deny or condition acceptance based on the 8th semester of course work. Transcripts are not finalized until those last grades are entered, and a dramatic shift in a student’s GPA can wreak havoc.  In short, seniors cannot take an extended vacation. 

We’re looking forward to an incredible spring and a great end of the school year.  Parents, as the weather gets warmer, please have conversations with your young adults about positive decision making and all that comes with it.  This should be a time of year to celebrate, not to look back on in regret.

Best regards,

 

 

Tom Lietz
Principal

Orange Utica U

Utica High School Vision Statement: 
Empowering students to reach their full potential as members of a global community. 

Utica High School Mission Statement:  
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.

 

For the spring of 2018, eleventh graders will take the Michigan Merit Examination (MME).  The MME consists of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) as the state administered college assessment and the ACT WorkKeys for College and Career readiness.  Additionally, the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) assesses for science and social studies.  The tenth grade students will be given the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) 10 assessment for College and Career Readiness.

To ensure all tenth and eleventh grade students have every opportunity to be successful on their particular assessment(s), the following testing schedule will be implemented for Tuesday, April 10, 2018 and Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018: 11th GRADE TESTING
7:20 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Standard Testing Time)

11th grade students will report their home school at 7:10 a.m. and will be dismissed after testing.
10th and 12th grade students will report to school at 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon classes, 12:35 p.m. – 2:14 p.m., will be held for 10th and 12th grade students.
All MST/CSI classes are cancelled.
All shared-time programs are cancelled.
Lunch WILL NOT be served to students on this day.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018: 10th and 11th GRADE TESTING
7:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Standard Testing Time)
Regular school day for 10th and 11th grade students.
12th grade students will report to school at 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon classes, 12:15 p.m. – 2:14 p.m., will be held for all 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.
All MST/CSI classes are cancelled.
All shared-time programs are cancelled.
Lunch will not be served to 12th grade students on this day. 

This schedule is an additional measure to provide our students every opportunity for success.  Additionally, it ensures that every student’s time in school is time well spent.  For more information regarding these assessments, refer to the following links:

SAT and PSAT 10: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/state-partnerships/michigan

ACT WorkKeys: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/workkeys-for-workforce-developers.html

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,