From The Principal

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Hello Chieftain families, 

November and fall are upon us as we wrap up the First Quarter (Q1) this Friday.  Students have learned a lot and our UHS successes have been many.  As we end October and stride into November, I’m hoping your students have hit their groove.  For sophomores getting used to the big building, for juniors, the workload of the most challenging year, and for our Seniors, committing to that transition to post-secondary study or work, and knowing that senioritis is not a part of that transition.  We do break that stride for a day with next Tuesday’s Election Day off.  School will not be in session as we are a polling place.  

As the marking period ends this Friday, first marking period (Q1) grades will be sent home electronically at the end of the day on Friday, November 9, 2018.  To receive the report cards, parents will need to have a secure PowerSchool account. Parents who do not have access to a PowerSchool account will need to register for one prior to Tuesday, November 5th. The report cards will then be automatically emailed to the address that is used to register the PowerSchool account. If you already have a PowerSchool account, you do not need to take any further action. The report card will be automatically sent to you. The Utica office staff continues to be available to support you with PowerSchool as needed. Please note: If you have a child in elementary school, those report cards will be issued at the end of the day on Friday, November 16, 2018 after scheduled parent-teacher conferences.

Our Chieftain athletes have had an incredible fall!  I’ve lauded their efforts in our Chieftain Weekly Emails and continue to boast of the quality and character of our athletes and athletic programs.  The students continue to impress on and off the field.  Though some have ended, some are heading into playoffs this week and we expect they’ll give their all!  And, of those athletes, 182 of them maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher putting them on the MAC all academic list.  That’s impressive! 

It wasn’t just athletics, but our band as well. The Utica Chieftains Marching Band finished with a First Division rating for the fourth year in a row, which is incredible.  As we race into the first full week of November, we’ll have our first performance from our Utica Thespians as they put on the Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon the from November 8-10.  Ticket information can be found on the Utica High Website.  As our mission also talks about the creative and the compassionate young thinkers we hope to develop at Utica High, our find arts contributions are amongst our most important.

As we said, there will be no school on Tuesday, November 6th for Election Day. Additionally, there is no school Wednesday, November 21st through November 23rd for the Thanksgiving Holiday. This year must be flying by, as the Holiday Season is already upon us! This is an important time of year, a time to be forward thinking about those things that are most important to us, a time to remember to be grateful for the time we are given.  As this season ramps up there will be many opportunities to support the Utica High School community and our broader community as students develop their service projects, raise money, adopt families, and help to create solutions for our Utica family in need.  It’s a wonderful time of year to be Principal as your young ones fill me with hope!  

In that vein of thought, I hope you are all able to spend some quality time with your families over this season.  I hope you’re able to, as I will, give thanks and reach out to the community. I am truly thankful to be a Chieftain and work and with these wonderful students, this incredible staff and our amazing community.  Thanksgiving will always be my favorite holiday as we get to celebrate the gifts we already have, not the ones we hope to get.  

On behalf of my administrative team, the office staff, and of course, our amazing Utica High teachers, I want to wish our entire community a very Happy Thanksgiving.   

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.