From The Principal


Dear Chieftain Families,

Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year.  To our incoming sophomore families, welcome to Utica High, the home of the Chieftains.  Summer has been incredibly busy with major construction at Utica High.  When school opens on September 5, we will have our three remaining bathrooms completely renovated as well as have two unisex bathrooms available to students.  Aside from that, we’ve added drop ceilings to over a dozen classes, replaced carpeting, and have upgraded a number of lights making our classrooms brighter while being much more energy efficient.  However, that means that Utica High School is closed except for the main office until we get to our Chieftain Days registration.  

Fall sports begin on Monday, August 7, and September 5th will be here before we know it.  A list of fall tryout dates can be found on our website under the "How do I" tab or here. If you have any questions on tryouts, you can contact Mr. Vigus. You can also visit our Athletic Booster website at

Student back-to-school registration packets will be sent tomorrow and will have more detail on Chieftain Days, our registration process.  The Utica High website will have packets available in our calendar for you to download next week as well.   Our Chieftain Days are currently schedule to be on Tuesday, August 22 – Thursday, August 24.  

We begin the 2017-18 school year with a new calendar and bell schedule.  The bell schedule change is a minor three minute change that allows us to be in compliance with changing state instructional time requirements.  Our start time of 7:20 am remains the same.  The new dismissal time will be at 2:14 pm.  Open House dates have yet to be finalized, but we will send that information out with our September Newsletter.  

Our UHS vision and mission are the lifeblood of our school ecosystem.  They are the guiding principles upon which we operate as a community.  Parents guided their writing and are a critical component to their success. It is inclusive, demanding, and recognizes the evolution of education over the past 20 years since Utica’s mission was last updated.  Learning is a partnership, learning is academic and social-emotional, learning is shared and individual, and learning relies first and foremost on the relationship between the student and teacher and the engagement that fosters.  

As we embrace change in education, we have also embraced changes in communication and information we will continue to rely on our Webpage as well as use Twitter and Facebook to communicate with our community. The website is  Please bookmark it and these other pages to make sure you’re taking advantage of all of our mediums of communication: 

UHS Athletic Boosters:
UHS Band Boosters:

You can find these and all links on our website.  You will also find school and district calendar items there as well as regular updates.  Our student-led websites are also incredibly valuable including the Utica Tribe, the Arrow (Newspaper) and other Utica High pages on Twitter and Facebook!  I often share stories and pictures from those other pages during the year.  

That’s a lot of information, and there will be more coming!  As it is early August, we wanted to give you a chance to get ahead of the curve! Tryouts for sports begin in earnest next week, and our first games are a few weeks away!  It is an exciting time of year, and we look forward to the kids being back at the end of the month! 

Tom Lietz

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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.