From The Principal

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Happy New Year Chieftains! 

We are officially in 2019.  I hope everyone has had fun celebrating the end of 2018. We’ve had plenty of successes at Utica High to be proud of including athletic victories, thousands of dollars raised for charities, incredible performances and much more!  But, for educators, the turn of year is a push forward as we get on to the best of what the high school year has to offer!  And, we look ahead to a semester that’s coming to an end in just a couple of weeks with exams on January 23 – 25.  

We have a lot going on at Utica High.  As you know, Utica High has implemented two new initiatives to support safety and security here in the building. The student buy-in has been great, though some students have needed reminders to have their IDs on their person at all times.  For the most part, students have done a wonderful job remembering to have their ID and lanyard around their neck every day.  Students who do not have an ID and lanyard will not be disciplined, but will pay a $5 replacement cost to have a new ID printed.  We will continue to work with the Shelby Township Police Department (STPD) in bringing in the K-9 units to Utica High. The experience was a success will be utilized to promote a safe and secure learning environment for our students in the future. Please note that future K-9 visits will not be announced. 

The rest of Semester 1 will play out quickly, with less than two weeks before exams!  One of those weeks is shortened by Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, January 21.  Utica will continue its tradition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.  Students wishing to sign up for the Day of Service can at the following link:

We return from MLK Day into Exam week.  The half-day exam schedule follows the following week with: 

Wednesday Jan. 23: 1st and 2nd Hour Exams
Thursday Jan. 24: 3rd and 4th Hour Exams
Friday Jan 25: 5th and 6th Hour Exams

Students must pass two of three segments to receiving a passing Semester 1 grade.  Specifically, the Student Handbook says, “Beginning in 9th grade, any combination of two failing marks within the semester will result in a failing grade regardless of the mathematical average.”  That is important, as the inverse is not stated.  You must pass and pass high enough to earn the passing grade.  As such, it’s incredibly important that students make the most out of these last few weeks.  Over the next two weeks, we hope students take advantage of our Chieftain Writing Center and our Math-Science Tutoring, both during lunch hours!

This January, with the conclusion of the semester, Utica High and other UCS schools will continue offering parents two easy ways to electronically access your student’s semester grades through a secure system. These options, via PowerSchool or through a SchoolMessenger communication, have been used in the past and provide an opportunity for cost savings while still ensuring effective communication between school and home. We no longer automatically print and mail report cards to parents. Printed report cards will be available by requesting one from our school office.

As we start 2019 we begin to race toward some big events.  We have Midwinter and Spring Breaks to look forward to in the coming months. The Tuesday after Spring Break begins our testing week and starts with the Junior SAT and is followed by the Workkeys (11th grade) and PSAT10 (10th) on Wednesday.  A schedule with that adjustment will be released in March.  From there, it’s a short ride to the year’s end and Commencement at Oakland University’s Orena on Sunday, June 9.  As we end Semester 1 and race toward the start of Semester 2, it’s important to hang onto our hats.  It moves fast! 

I hope that 2018 brought your families great memories, and that that 2019 brings even more hope and happiness.  


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.