From The Principal

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Good afternoon Chieftain families,

It is a busy time of year.  I hope as the weekend weather begins to warm up, you’re all able to safely get outside and enjoy some more seasonably warm weather.  Thank you to those of you who send lovely letters to staff and CC’d me on those.  It was wonderful to read about the great work our teachers are doing at Utica High and I’m grateful to get that feedback.  Our students continue to work hard via our online program.  And the next few weeks will bring a lot of excitement as we work toward the end of the school year. 

Over the last week our students have begun to take nearly 890 AP exams.  I am proud of our students for continuing to pursue these exams during this time away from the building and their teachers.  As we head toward the end of the year, the word exam has come up a great deal. A reminder that there will not be any exams this year and seniors will conclude their year on May 29th and underclassmen on Thursday, June 11th.   

As we move toward the end of the year, we’ll be sending information out next week about Senior Drop-off and pick-up of materials.  We will outline a process next week for senior families to drop-off books, athletic gear and other school materials and to pick-up items from their lockers, which will remove for them and have packed up.  We will have more details next week on this process.  For our underclassmen, we have more time to get your books and equipment back.  We will also be announcing a process for computer returns as we get into the next few weeks as well! 

Our food distribution schedule will be readjusted for the Memorial Day holiday. Food distribution will occur as scheduled on Friday, May 22, with five meals being distributed.  The normal schedule will resume on Wednesday May 27, 2020. Thanks to the hard work of our food service staff and volunteers, Utica Community Schools has provided more than 420,000 meals to students. For more information, please visit

As always, I hope this finds you very well, safe and healthy.  I look forward to the time when I get to see your students and you again. 


Tom Lietz



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.