From The Principal

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Dear Chieftain Families,

May has arrived! As our last full month of school commences, we look ahead to warmer weather, wonderful celebration and a whirlwind of excitement as we get through the last month and a half of school!  The Quarter 4 (Q4) progress report period is nearing quickly, the window closing on Friday, May 14.  The second half of this quarter moves even faster!  Senior exams are on May 30th and 31st and underclassmen exams just a few weeks later.  We want to make sure our Chieftains are finishing strong and making sure their positioned to end the year with the best grades possible!

We’ve wrapped up standardized testing and begin our AP testing window on Monday, May 6.  We have an incredibly large testing group, increasing for our third consecutive year.  We have 407 (+17%) students taking 705 (+19%) exams this year.  They will be taking exams in the sciences, arts, languages, mathematics and social studies.  About a quarter of our students testing will be taking two or more exams this cycle, and many more have taken exams previous to this year. This demonstrates the confidence these students have in the instruction at Utica High School and a commitment to maximizing their opportunities to leverage Utica High to get ahead in post-secondary study!  I could not be more proud!

This is always the season of senior celebration, and it has begun in earnest with our Evening of Excellence recognizing eight Utica High Seniors who won Superintendent Scholarships and the Macomb All-Academic Banquet.  I joined the county in recognizing three of our seniors as Macomb All Academic Scholars in April. They were three of only 50 Class A students recognized of nearly 7000 students across the county.  In addition, we had one student, Emily Lecea, who was recognized as a member of the Macomb All-Academic Dream Team, placing her in the top 20 in the county. Later this month, we will celebrate our 21 UHS Seniors being recognized as AVID Graduates. Those students will be honored for their commitment to the AVID principles of determination and the college pathways they’re now on, many with scholarships behind them. 

Of course, May brings with it more celebrations with prom and of course graduation to follow.  We inaugurate the O’rena as a graduation site next month on Sunday, June 9 at 3:30 pm.  Though graduation meetings have already happened, we have scheduled a school-day meeting on Tuesday, May 14 at 8am to provide an opportunity for parents unable to attend in April.  This meeting is mandatory for students to walk at commencement. This Friday, May 2, is the deadline for the request for additional tickets!  Please make sure that form, available on the website, is submitted in a timely fashion.  The mandatory Graduation Practice is on Monday, June 3, 2019 beginning promptly at 10:15 and will end 11:30. Students must arrive and be lined up prior to that so we’re requiring students arrive by 9:45 am at the loading dock of the O’rena as was highlighted at the Senior Meetings.  Students need to leave early enough to arrive on time, park and walk to the designated location. 

Spring also means examination time is approaching. Our seniors have a unique examination period from our sophomores and juniors. Exams will be as such:

  • Senior Exams
    • Thursday, May 30: 4th, 5th and 6th Hours
    • Friday, May 31: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Hours
  • Sophomore and Junior Exams
    • Wednesday, June 12: 1st, 2nd Hours
    • Thursday, June 13: 3rd, 4th Hours
    • Friday, June 14: 5th, 6th Hours

A few other date reminders that are coming up fast! 

  • Teacher Appreciation Week: May 6-10 (sign up at
  • Final Sounding Board Meeting: Monday, May 13, 2019 @ 8:30 am.
  • Mandatory Senior Meeting Make-up: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 8am.
  • Senior Honors Night: Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 7 pm in the Auditorium Parents will receive a mailed invite to this event by the end of next week
  • Senior Picnic: Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 10:30 am

There is nothing Chieftains cannot achieve when set to that task.   We must and will finish strong!  From sports to academic associations, our students performed on and off the field, court or alley. On the courts, fields, tracks, the range and the diamond, our spring sports are off to a wonderful start! Our UCS Thunderchickens and Crevolution Robotics performed exceptionally well at Worlds.  The Thunderchickens can certainly feel great bringing home the title of World Champions for their effort!  DECA Students finished nationals with two teams making it to the finals and our School Based Enterprise team finishing in the top 10 in the nation!  Our Arrow Newspaper took over 70 individual awards and either Gold or Spartan Awards for their three student works, the Arrow Online, The Arrow Print and the Warrior Yearbook.   Our scholarship winning theatre troupe closed We Will Rock You the musical this past weekend and if you missed it, you missed something special! We are academics, we are athletes, we are charitable citizens of our community; we are Chieftains. 

I am incredibly proud to be the Principal of Utica High School and brag daily about this wonderful community of learners. I look forward to an end of the school year that is every bit as positive and memorable as its beginning!  It’s not far away!  Memorial Day break will be here before we know it and we will be racing toward exams; so, buckle up everyone!

Go Chieftains!


Tom Lietz

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:

ACT WorkKeys:

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