From The Principal

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Good afternoon Chieftain Families,

I am grateful to welcome back our returning Chieftains to the 2019-20 campaign! I’m excited to begin my sixth year at Utica High. To our class of 2022, welcome to Utica High!  We’re excited to have you and your students as a part of our learning community. This is the first of many Friday emails you will receive from me!  I do my best to communicate through Email each Friday at 3:30 pm during the regular school year!  We use email for communication a lot!  I will also utilize social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to disseminate information as well! You do not have to have your own account to view these, they are all public!

I have a lot of information to cover in this Email.  So, forgive the length! 

Chieftain Days registration is coming up quickly. They will be on Tuesday, August 20 (seniors), Wednesday August 21 (juniors), and on Thursday, August 22 (sophomores) from 8 – 10:30 in the cafeteria.  Information about Chieftain Days was sent in a mailing that you should’ve receive earlier this week.  If you didn’t, there is no need to worry.  Everything is available online at our website, under the “How Do I?” tab at the top and then under 2019-20 Registration.  There are general files that include my welcome back letter, picture ordering information, yearbook information, etc., and then specific files for each grade including a grade-level check-list and other supplementary documents for each grade.

The grade-Level check-list was in the mailing and is on the website and is your key to a successful registration. It shares with you all the critical pieces of information you need to have with you to make sure Chieftain Days are as efficient as possible!  All students MUST take a picture at registration or during the quick photo shoot on the morning of the first day of school. This will generate your Student ID card which will be required of all students and staff to be on Utica High School’s campus.  If you wish to order your pictures, you can pick up an order form from school or go to Lifetouch and enter Picture Day ID: LM719012Y0 to find your student. 

Registration is also an opportunity select form a menu of items for pre-sale or purchase.  Our seniors will have an information table for the Senior All Night Party and you will have the ability to ask questions or for parents to volunteer at that time! All of our students will have the opportunity to purchase athletic passes, yearbooks and newspapers, and more.  Finally, our National Award-Winning school store, the Chief Connection, will be open and selling UHS merchandise during all three of our Chieftain Days!  With the big Homecoming on the 27th of September coming up quickly, it’s a great time to get some Utica High gear!

At Utica High School we value student participation in school activities.  Our school boasts award-winning DECA and HOSA teams, a state-recognized Theatre Department, a competitive young debate and forensics team, and many other clubs and activities.  We want students to be involved at Utica High. Athletics is another important avenue for involvement.  Information on tryouts can be found here.  Whatever your student gets involved in, make sure they’re involved in something!  For our Sophomore students, we will talk about our SSP (Senior Sophomore Partnership) that will help you transition successfully into Utica High.  That program is available to all sophomores at Utica High during our regular lunch hours. 

Our Open House date has been set as Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30 pm.  This will be your chance to come in and meet your student’s teachers, receive class information and ask questions.  We’ll have more information as we get closer!  That and other important Utica High events will be added to our calendar on the website!

We look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks! 


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.