From The Principal


Happy New Year Chieftain Families, 

Welcome to 2018.  I apologize for this being late, and we’ll have our Newsletter out shortly!  

Though this time of year is oft when people look back on the past year’s successes and struggles, this is when we, as educators, look forward to the great things that came with the turning of the seasons.  Though in the heart of winter, we begin thinking about proms, graduations, and the rest.  But, before we get there, we have to finish Semester 1! 

We have a lot going on at Utica High.  Chieftain athletic successes have kicked off the 2018 Winter Sports season.  Girls and boys basketball, boys and girls bowling, boys swim and dive, competitive cheer, dance and wrestling are all off to great starts! We’ve had big wins and frustrating losses, but a lot of great Chieftain.  

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 15.  The exam schedule follows the following week with: 

Wednesday Jan. 24: 1st and 2nd Hour Exams
Thursday Jan. 25: 3rd and 4th Hour Exams
Friday Jan 26: 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!

As we close the year we have a great deal to be proud of at Utica High as we close the year!  Over the last month, thanks to students, parents, our National Hispanic Honors Society, we donated over $4000 in gifts to Toys for Tots. Our Key Club collected 4000 boxes upon boxes of canned goods for the Kiwanis food drive. We had dozens of classrooms adopt families and our staff and Athletic Boosters supported Hamilin for the Holidays which between Thanksgiving and Christmas helped over 80 families in UCS have incredible holidays!  Our SSP (Sophomore-Senior Partnership) continued its tradition of donating to Children of Macomb County through the Children’s Giving Tree.  I’m confident there are dozens more charitable activities, but these give you a feel for the charitable drive that exists in Utica High School.  We have a lot to be proud of as Chieftains! 

As we start 2018 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 DTE Music Theatre on Saturday, 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 2017 brought your families great memories, and that that 2018 brings you and your family even more hope and happiness.  


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.