Chief Connection Utica High School November 2014

Chief
Connection
Utica High School
November 2014
http://uhs.uticak12.org
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Principal’s Message
Counseling
Career Facilitator
College Connection
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Calendar of Events
Student Council
Athletic Director
Band Boosters
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From the Principal’s Desk
Dear Utica High School families,
November is upon us and so reminds us
of the coming Holiday Season and the
thanks we give for our good fortunes,
whatever those might be. Over the course of the past
three months, as I’ve acquainted myself with Utica
High School, I’ve learned a great deal about my good
fortune to be a part of this wonderful community.
Last week, while walking through the Detroit Zoo
with my wife and two children, dressed in their
Halloween costumes for Zoo Boo, I was greeted by
a “Hi Mr. Lietz!” from one of our seniors who was
volunteering. She was there as a part of her Senior
Project. I knew about the senior project, but it was
wonderful to experience it and see the excitement of
the young lady participating. She is one of nearly
400 seniors who will be completing service to graduate as a Utica Chieftain! Just days before, I spoke to
102 sophomores “tapped” to become a part of the
Utica High School chapter of the National Honor
Society. I was honored with the privilege to speak to
these young people about the four pillars of NHS:
leadership, scholarship, Character and Service. Each
of these students has committed to serving the greater
community to demonstrate leadership and hone character. That’s an incredibly worthwhile task, whether
an NHS student or not. All of this as our Student
Council just finished its “UHS Stand Up 2 Cancer
Week” where over $4000 was raised from the student
body to benefit that charitable organization and its
quest to eradicate cancer.
thanks for that which is most important to them.
Then, they went around again, and talked about something that they were going to do to help someone else
be thankful that year. That was an awesome thing.
As your family gathers around the table for Thanksgiving in a few weeks, I hope you will take the time to
remember that which you are thankful for, and take a
moment to commit to something that will give another
a reason to give thanks next year! If you’re able,
reach out through your church, your mosque, community center, or other charitable organizations to make
sure all of our community has a reason to be thankful
this season. If we want our students to give back to
their community and to be altruistic, we must model
that behavior and encourage that commitment.
General Colin Powell once stated, “Leadership is
solving problems.” I’ve always enjoyed that quote as
it suggests that the best leaders lead through service. Our community values are strengthened by our
commitment to bettering that community. As we enter November, and we approach Thanksgiving, I wish
you and your family my warmest regards and a happy,
healthy and generous Thanksgiving!
Sincerely,
Tom Lietz
Principal
According to a 2011 survey by DoSomething.org,
“72 percent of admissions officers prefer that students
be consistently involved with one issue over a variety
of causes,” putting an emphasis on consistent involvement and “why you tackled the issue and how you did
it” (M. Saltpeter, USNWR, Nov. 11, 2011). In short,
schools value service, but value it more if it’s for
something that a student has shown a consistent passion toward and if that student is willing to get their
‘hands dirty’ and do something more than just fund
raise. They want to see commitment in three dimensions, not just two.
About 10 years ago, while traveling over the holiday,
I stayed with a family that practiced a tradition at
Thanksgiving that I have continued with my own family. Before they begin Thanksgiving supper, they give
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UTICA HIGH SCHOOL
SOUNDING BOARD MEETINGS
ELECTRONIC
COMMUNICATION DEVICES
All parents are welcome to attend our
monthly Sounding Board meetings to
receive information regarding student
activities and educational programs offered at UHS.
These meetings are held on the second Monday of
each month. Please mark your calendar and join
us! The meetings are approximately one hour.
We welcome new members! Meetings are at
9:30 a.m. unless otherwise indicated.
Please be advised that students
are NOT allowed to use electronic
communication devices (ECD’s) in
the classrooms and lunchrooms
during the school day.
The school is not responsible for any ECD’s that
are lost or stolen. We are asking that students
not bring ECD’s to school.
For the 2014-2015 school year the meeting dates
are as follows:
November 10th
December 8th
January 12th
February 9th, 7:00 p.m.
March 9th
April 13th
May 11th, 11:30 a.m. Luncheon
June 8th
Any ECD’s that are used or are in sight during
the school day will be confiscated and may be
picked up after school from the appropriate
associate principal.
If any ECD is confiscated, your student will be
assigned a Saturday School.
ATTENDANCE
PHONE NUMBERS
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Late Arrival: 586-797-2472
All-Day Absences: 586-797-2473
Please spell your child’s first and last name, grade, your
contact information and the reason for the absence.
If your student attends a shared time class at another
high school you must call that school also. Please include
your child’s teacher and the hour they attend.
“It is the mission of Utica High School to promote a sharing of
responsibilities by the home, school, student and community in
the learning process. This collaboration will enable students to
master critical thinking and problem-solving skills.”
Chief Connection is the official newsletter of Utica High
School. It is published monthly by the principal.
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Counseling
A-G Dr. Krolczyk
Check our web page for updates on counseling information. www.uticahigh.org
Utica High School counseling department phone: 586-797-2290
Counseling Admin. Assistant Mrs. Wiegand phone: 586-797-2360
Phone: 586-797-2361 Email: [email protected]
H-Pag (AVID) Dr. Perry Phone: 586-797-2369 Email: [email protected]
Pah-Z Mrs. Carabelli Phone: 586-797-2364 Email: [email protected]
Counselor Appointments
Students wishing to make an appointment to see their counselor should complete a “Request for Appointment” form,
which can be found in the counseling office. If a parent would like to see a counselor, please call the counseling office
or email the counselor to request an appointment.
Senior Meetings
SAT – The SAT is a college-entrance exam required by some
out-of-state colleges or universities. Students wishing
Counselors will visit the senior English classrooms to discuss
to take the SAT test should register at www.collegeboard.com.
transcripts, graduation requirements, post-high school plans,
the college application process, ACT, and financial aid /
scholarships. Students will fill out a short questionnaire indicating what their future plans will be.
ACT/SAT Test-Prep
Students should be aware that ACT and SAT test prep workshops are available at various locations, and through local tutorCollege Applications
We encourage seniors to apply to colleges on-line, preferably by ing companies. Test-prep software and test-prep materials are
available through ACT/SAT. For more information, visit their
Thanksgiving.
websites at www.act.org and www.collegeboard.com. A new
NOTE: PARCHMENT is available for students to request electronic transcripts be sent to the colleges they are additional free site which includes a large full-length ACT practice test can be found at: www.learningexpresslibrary.com.
applying to. Go to www.parchment.com to register. Stu(Students can sign in as a new user and click on “College Endents are advised to visit the UHS counseling website for
trance Exams”) For additional information on each of these
“Steps for Applying to College.” Students with questions or
tests, visit our high school website.
concerns about the application process are also advised to set
up an appointment to see their counselor.
Testing
PSAT- The PSAT was administered to all sophomores on
Wednesday, October 15th. Juniors wishing to compete for the
National Merit Scholarship also took the PSAT on October
15th. Practice ACT- A decommissioned ACT was administered to all juniors not taking the PSAT on October 15th. Test
results will be delivered to the junior English classes in early
November. Juniors who took the PSAT on October 15th had
the opportunity to take the practice ACT on October 22nd.
ACT - The ACT test is a college-entrance exam required for all
Michigan four-year institutions. Students who plan to re-take
the ACT are encouraged to register for the test online at
www.actstudent.org. The next ACT test can be taken on December 13h, with a registration deadline of November 7th.
Tutoring Options
Members of the National Honor Society volunteer to tutor
students who need help in a variety of academic areas. The list
of those students can be obtained in the counseling office. The
counseling staff also has a list of private tutors and/or agencies
that can be hired. For more information, please contact your
student’s counselor.
Scholarships/Financial Aid Information
Scholarship information may be obtained by visiting the Utica
High’s website at http://uhs.uticak12.org.
College costs are soaring each year, while unemployment rises
and families are strapped for cash. As a result, students are
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Counseling News
Continued
Check our web page for updates on counseling information. www.uticahigh.org
Utica High School counseling department phone: 586-797-2290
Counseling Admin. Assistant Mrs. Wiegand phone: 586-797-2360
Beginning January 1, 2015, you may complete
your FAFSA application on-line at
www.fafsa.gov. A worksheet is available to
fill out before doing it on-line at http://
www.fafsa.ed.gov/fotw1112/pdf/
fafsaws12c.pdf . Or if you would prefer to do
the paper copy, you may download it at
www.studentaid.ed.gov/PDFfafsa, complete it,
and mail it. Or you may request a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243.
Remember, Financial Aid is on a first-come firstserve basis. Apply before March 1, 2015, in
order to qualify for the maximum amount of
state aid.
For more information or help in filling out the
FAFSA, call 1-800-433-3243 or go to
www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/
completefafsa.
lege education. This has made many parents and students
turn to scholarships to fund their education. Unfortunately,
these scholarships are not easy to find. Scholly was created
to make finding and applying for these scholarships a lot
easier. You can download this app from either the Apple
App Store or through Google Play!
Key Scholarship Resources
Fast web Free Scholarship Matching Service
www.fastweb.com
Financial Aid’s Scholarship Section
www.finaid.org/scholarship
Federal Student Financial Aid: www.fafsa.ed.gov
Search for Scholarships on the Web: www.finaid.org/
websearch
Use the resources available for funding
your child’s education!
Student Scholarships and Grants (SSG) is a state agency that
assists in determining eligibility and deliver funds for stateadministered financial aid programs on behalf of students.
Visit their website and download the handbook titled
FAFSA Free Application for
“Affording College in Michigan – Guidebook for Students
Federal Student Aid Workand Families.” This 20 page book is a wonderful resource
shops
for all families. www.michigan.gov/ssg
Target Audience: High school seniors
Financial Aid Information For Seniors and and individuals planning to attend college
Fall 2015.
Parents
Dates: Select days throughout the fall– next event November 4, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
FREE Financial Aid Workshop
Location: Anton/Frankel Center, 20 South Main St., Mount
Sponsored by Utica and Eisenhower
Clemens, MI 48043 or at OU’s main campus in Rochester.
Description: FAFSA Workshops are designed for high
High School Counselors
th
school seniors and transfer students who would like assisWednesday, November 5 , at 6:30 p.m.
tance filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Eisenhower Performing Arts Center
(FAFSA). By selecting an appointment time, students and
Our speaker, Carrie Gilchrist, Senior Financial Aid their parent(s) will have the opportunity to fill out their FAFSA with professional assistance from Oakland University
Advisor at Oakland University, will provide inforStudent Financial Services staff. Students and their parents
mation on how to do financial aid for college.
will need to bring some supporting materials, including FAFSA PIN number, each for student and parent. For a checklist
All college-bound seniors should apply for financial aid of what to bring, visit oakland.edu FAFSAworkshopcheckfor college. The FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Stu- list. Just like a Financial Aid Night held at local high
dent Aid, is the only tool used by colleges and universities schools, this session provides general information able to be
to determine the amount of money that can be offered to used no matter what college or university students plan to
you for financial aid.
attend. Topics include the elements of financial aid, the Free ApStart now; apply for a PIN number for both stu- plication for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), private resources availdent and parent. This will allow the form to be able, and more! Reservations are required.
RSVP: oakland.edu/visit or call (248) 370‐3910
“signed” electronically at www.pin.ed.gov.
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Counseling News
Continued
Check our web page for updates on counseling information. www.uticahigh.org
Utica High School counseling department phone: 586-797-2290
Counseling Admin. Assistant Mrs. Wiegand phone: 586-797-2360
College Goal Sunday
Receive FREE on-site professional assistance filling out
the FAFSA form.
When: Sunday, February 8, 2015, between 2-4 p.m. @ Macomb
Intermediate School District, Educational Resource Center
44001 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038. For
more information visit www.micollegegoal.org or call 1800-832-2464.
CARE
CARE is an agency that promotes the empowerment
of individuals and families through relationships with
schools, businesses, public services and other community
based organizations. Solution-focused programs and
activities are designed to strengthen individuals in their
role as employees, students and as family
members. CARE’s skilled and credentialed staff works
with community members to prevent and respond to real
life issues including the misuse of alcohol, tobacco and
other drugs. CARE’s client population includes adults,
students, employees and employers, parents, people with
disabilities, foster children and their parents, and those
experiencing problems with the law. CARE’s WorkLife
Solutions provides proactive tools for employers and
employees that ensure a productive work/life
balance by addressing issues that impact both personal
and organizational development. CARE offers real
solutions for real life. CARE offers a wide variety of
educational activities focused on building solid
relationships with others so that children and adults can
learn ways to solve their own unique challenges. For
more information, go to: www.careofmacomb.com.
Macomb County Crisis Center
The Macomb County Crisis Center is dedicated to helping
people help themselves with any problem, anytime. The
Crisis Center keeps current information on a variety of
services in Macomb County. Callers who are not comfortable speaking English may ask for their own language.
Callers will then be placed on hold and connected with an
interpreter. All services provided by the Crisis Center are
free of charge. The Crisis Center is confidential, private,
and you do not have to give your name. Specially trained
counselors are available 24 hours a day/seven days a
week. (586) 307-9100 24/7
Youth Exchange Scholarships for US
High School Student
The US Department of State announces scholarships
for American high school students to study abroad.
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study
(YES) Abroad Program offers scholarships to American
high school students to spend a semester or academic year
in Bosnia, Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia,
Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Thailand, and Turkey.
This post 9/11 program focuses on increasing understanding between people in the US and countries with
significant Muslim populations. The application deadline is January 7, 2015. Visit the YES Program’s website
at http://yesprograms.org for more information.
2014—2015 ACT Test Dates
Test Date
Registration Deadline
(Late Fee Required)
December 13, 2014
November 7, 2014
November 8—21, 2014
February 7, 2015
January 9, 2015
January 10—16, 2015
April 18, 2015
March 13, 2015
March 14—27, 2015
June 13, 2015
May 8, 2015
May 9—22, 2015
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Counseling News
Continued
Check our web page for updates on counseling information. www.uticahigh.org
Utica High School counseling department phone: 586-797-2290
Counseling Admin. Assistant Mrs. Wiegand phone: 586-797-2360
Order your high school transcript
1. Log in to Parchment.com. Or, if you haven’t registered yet, click Sign up and follow the onscreen
instructions to register.
2. Click Transcripts.
3. You now need to find the high school that has your transcript.
o If you haven’t added any high schools yet, enter your high school’s information and click
Search.
o If your high school is already listed because you added it previously, click Deliver Latest Transcript and skip to step 9 below.
o If you want to add another high school, click Add another school. Enter the high school’s information and click Search.
4. Select your high school and click Save & Continue.
o If your school does not appear, check your school’s website to see if it has a Parchment link on
it. Otherwise, you will need to contact them directly to request your transcript.
o If your school does appear but when you click on it, it says it's not live, please contact your
school directly to request your transcript.
5. You will be brought to the Enter your Enrollment Information page. Fill in the fields.
o Fields with a * (asterisk) are mandatory.
o Select whether you'd like to waive your FERPA rights.
o If you opted in to College Discovery during the registration process, you can select whether
you'd like your transcript to be shared with other colleges.
6. Click Save & Continue.
7. On the Sign the Transcript Request Form page:
o Use your mouse or stylus to sign your name in the box.
o Check the box to confirm that you are authorized to order the transcript, and then type your
name.
o For minors, a parent must sign, type their name and check the box that certifies that they are
authorized to sign.
 Check the last box if you want a copy of the transcript stored in your Parchment account. If you
check this box, it means that you will receive an unofficial copy of your transcript into your
Parchment account where it will be stored.
8. Click Save & Continue.
9. Select your destination:
Academic Destinations
Fill in the fields and type in the Institution Name.
1. Click Search.
2. Check the box next to the school.
3. Click Save & Continue, or Save & Add Another to send your transcript to multiple destinations.
4. Confirm your order and pay any applicable fees.
The NCAA
Enter your NCAA ID.
1. Click Save & Continue or Save & Add Another to send your transcript to multiple destinations.
2. Confirm your order and pay any applicable fees.
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Counseling News
Check our web page for updates on counseling information. www.uticahigh.org
Utica High School counseling department phone: 586-797-2290
Counseling Admin. Assistant Mrs. Wiegand phone: 586-797-2360
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The Common Application
Enter your Common App ID.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Check that the information is correct.
Click Save & Continue or Save & Add Another for additional destinations.
Pay the amount stated.
Your transcript will be sent directly to the Common App Online system where it will be matched to
your school forms by your counselor, and submitted on your behalf.
Go to the Common App help topic for full instructions on requesting transcripts to be sent to the Common App.
Myself
1. Select your preferred delivery method:

Electronic Delivery - your email address will populate, but you can change it by clicking edit
this email address.
Paper Transcript - your address will populate, but you can change it by clicking edit this address. You can select Send via Overnight Delivery.
2. Click Save & Continue or Add Additional Destinations to send your transcript to multiple destinations.
3. Pay any applicable fees.
Other Destinations
Use this option if you need to send your transcript to an individual, employer, military address, etc.
Fill in the Destination Information section. Fields with a * (asterisk) are mandatory.
1. Select the Delivery Method:
 Electronic Delivery (Enter an email address)
 Paper Transcript. If you select Paper Transcript, select where you would like your transcript
sent to. You can also select Send via Overnight Delivery.
2. Click Save & Continue or Save & Add Another to send your transcript to multiple destinations.
3. Confirm your order and pay any applicable fees.
Here's what happens next
Your school will receive your transcript request. They will need to approve the request and upload your transcript (if it's available electronically), and then we will deliver your transcript to your destination. Or your school will
prepare it themselves if it's not available
electronically. You can track your order online.
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In order to complete the account set-up, you’ll need to link students to your account. To accomplish
this you’ll need to provide the parent access ID and access password that is unique to each student
and appears on the access letter provided by your child’s school. The picture below shows the parent
access id and password that will need to be entered next to the student’s name. The Access ID is case
sensitive.
Parent/guardian ID here.
Parent/guardian password here.
If you’ve used the parent portal prior to the 2012-2013 school year, your parent/guardian ID
and password now become the access ID and password and can only be used to link students
to your account. You can no longer use the parent/guardian ID and password to log on to the parent portal. You must complete this process even if you have only one student account.
Once the account is set-up, you will be able to log in to the portal once and view information for
multiple children linked to your account.
There is no change to how the students access the parent portal. Students do not need to setup a single sign-on account and only need to provide the student ID and password (provided in
the parent portal access letter).
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PowerSchool e-mail system
The PowerSchool e-mail system allows us to regularly send important school notices directly to you.
To register for these updates, please log on to your PowerSchool account and sign up under the “E-Mail
Notifications” tab.
Our goal is to have 100 percent of our parents enrolled in this system so that we can keep you better informed
and reduce the use of paper in our school. Your help with this effort is greatly appreciated!
1. Log into PowerSchool.
2. Click on the Email Notification tab.
Result: The Email Notifications screen
displays.
4. Click in the boxes to the left of the
information you want to receive.
5. Select how often you want the
notification. Daily is not recommended.
6. Click in the box to the right of Send now.
7. Enter the email address you want the
notifications sent to. Enter up to three
e-mail addresses separated by commas.
Note: Please enter your email address even if
you do not wish to have notifications sent at
this time. Teachers can use this information
to contact you, if necessary.
8. Click on Submit.
IMPORTANT
 The display of assignment due dates and the frequency of posted grades may vary across teachers. All
teachers will post grades for progress reports and report cards. Individual teachers may update grades on a
more frequent basis.
 If you have a concern regarding your child’s grades we ask you to follow the steps below:
a. Speak with your child.
b. Have your child talk to their teacher.
c. Refer to the teacher’s grading policy.
d. Contact the teacher via email or phone.
e. Contact the school administration via email or phone.
 Attendance concerns may be addressed by contacting your child's Associate Principal
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Counseling News
Continued
Check our web page for updates on counseling information. www.uticahigh.org
Utica High School counseling department phone: 586-797-2290
Counseling Admin. Assistant Mrs. Wiegand phone: 586-797-2360
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Notes from the
CAREER FACILITATOR...Patrice Wynn
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CAREER & COLLEGE-READY?
Technological advances and global competition have transformed the nature of work.
Tomorrow’s jobs will require more knowledge, better skills, and more flexible workers
than ever before. Tomorrow’s workers must be prepared to change jobs and careers
several times, continually updating their knowledge and skills. To prepare today's
students for tomorrow, Utica Community Schools is committed to helping students
achieve in challenging subjects.
As increased demands are made of the 21st- century workforce, students graduating from high school should be
prepared for college AND careers. College and career readiness means that a high school graduate has the
knowledge and skills in English and mathematics required to earn a self-sustaining wage or to succeed in
postsecondary opportunities without remediation. Post-secondary remediation is often necessary for students who
do not meet the level of knowledge and critical thinking expected from a high school graduate. This expectation
means that they:
 Use technology and tools strategically in learning and communicating
 Use argument and reasoning to do research, construct arguments, and critique the reasoning of others
 Communicate and collaborate effectively with a variety of audiences
 Solve problems, construct explanations and design solutions
These characteristics of career & college-ready students are visible within the academic standards of the Michigan
Department of Education, including the arts and the Career and Technical Education Career Ready Practices. The
link below provides those standards. (www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/ccs_standards_417951_7.pdf)
Students are provided with opportunities throughout their K-12 education to use technology
and tools; engage in argument, reasoning, and problem solving; and to communicate and
collaborate in preparation of being Career and College Ready. The Michigan Career &
College-Ready Portal (www.michiganccr.org) is designed to offer resources and tools that
can assist in helping students be Career & College-Ready upon high school graduation.
Career & College Readiness “is at a critical crossroads, attracting a lot of important research and attention from
education professionals in search of effective solutions”. (Pearson) This research indicates that:
 9 out of 10 jobs require education beyond high school – community college, university, technical/vocational
program, and apprenticeships.
 33% of Michigan’s high school graduates enrolled in the state’s public colleges (including research, state
colleges, universities and two-year colleges) require remediation/learning support upon entry. These
students are unprepared for the rigor, time-management, or education required to enter post-secondary
education.
The Michigan Department of Education has a website that provides parents with a guide for their student’s planning
and preparation. Parents can access this guide at www.michiganccr.org/Parents/Resources.aspx
In addition, the following link to an article by the Detroit Free Press, gives compelling information on the
workforce we are preparing our students for. http://www.freep.com/longform/news/nation/2014/09/30/jobeconomy-middle-skill-growth-wage-blue-collar/14797413/
Sources: Michigan Department of Education, US. Department of Education and PearsonHigherEd.com
Written and compiled by Dyann Pugliese, Career Development Facilitator, Eisenhower High School.
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College Connection
everything you need to know to prepare for life after high school
Top Ten Things Colleges Look for in a High
School Student
unusual talent or experience, or anything else that makes
the student unique. Overall, colleges are seeking students
who will be active contributing members of the student
body.
1. A high school curriculum that challenges the student.
Academically successful students should include several
Honors and Advanced Placement classes.
Extracurricular Activities—Life Outside the
Classroom
2. Grades that represent strong effort and an upward trend.
Grades should show an upward trend over the years.
However, slightly lower grades in a rigorous program are
preferred to all A’s in less challenging coursework.
Sure, life in school is pretty interesting. You’ve got
algebraic equations, Bunsen burners, verb conjugations... but
chances are, you’ve got commitments outside of school, too.
Maybe you have a part time job, play in a band, are on a sports
team, or do volunteer work.
3. Solid scores on standardized tests (SAT, ACT). These
should be consistent with high school performance.
Colleges Care
4. Passionate involvement in a few activities, demonstrating
leadership and initiative. Depth, not breadth, of
experience is most important.
The good news is that colleges pay attention to your
life both inside and outside the classroom. Yes, your
academics probably come first, but your activities reveal a great
deal about you, such as:
5. Community service showing evidence of being a
“contributor.” Activities should demonstrate concern for
other people and a global view.
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6. Work or out-of-school experiences (including summer
activities) that illustrate responsibility, dedication, and
development of areas of interest. A job or other
meaningful use of free time can demonstrate maturity.
How you’ve made a meaningful contribution to something
What your non-academic interests are
Whether you can maintain a long-term commitment
Whether you can manage your time and priorities
What diversity you’d bring to the student body
7. A well-written essay that provides insight into the student’s
unique personality, values and goals. The application essay Maintaining a Balance
should be thoughtful and highly personal. It should
Keep in mind, colleges are not interested in seeing you
demonstrate careful and well-constructed writing.
“do it all.”
8. Letters of recommendation from teachers and guidance
“We're looking for a commitment to and a passion for
counselors that give evidence of integrity, special skill and an activity outside of the academic setting—we're looking for
positive character traits. Students should request
depth rather than breadth,” explains Nanci Tessier, a college
recommendations from teachers who respect their work in admissions director.
an academic discipline.
Colleges don't have a checklist of requirements when it
9. Supplementary recommendations by adults who have had comes to extracurricular—they want to see your individuality—
significant direct contact with the student. Letters from
and your consistent commitment.
coaches or supervisors in long-term work or volunteer
Haven't Gotten Involved Yet?
activities are valuable; however, recommendations from
casual acquaintances or family friends, even if they’re well
Lots of school, community, and religious organizations
known, are rarely given much weight.
give you chances to explore your interests and talents. If you
haven't felt drawn into something yet, there's no shortage of
10. Anything special that makes the student stand out from the
opportunities for you to explore.
rest of the applicants! Include honors, awards, evidence of
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School Activities
It's pretty easy to find out about activities available at school. Once you start exploring, sometimes
the challenge is figuring out how much to do. Here are some quick tips:
 Most importantly, when you find something you like to do, stick with it.
 If you're interested and have extra time, try to excel in more than one area. For example, write for the
paper and volunteer. But make sure you're giving your all to each activity, and, most importantly, to
your school work.
 Don't worry about being president, or captain. The key is whether you've done something significant,
center stage or behind the scenes.
Work Experience
Work experience—paid or volunteer, year-round or summer—can help you identify career
interests and goals, It's pretty easy to find out about activities available at school. Once you start exploring,
sometimes the challenge is figuring out how much to do.
COLLEGE VISITATIONS & INFORMATION
Ohio State Buckeyes!
Attend an Open House at
Western Michigan
University
100% Green! Ohio State no longer
prints application materials. Interested
students should apply online at apply.osu.edu. Admission deadline is
February 1, 2015. December 1, 2015 is the priority
deadline to be considered for the full range of
scholarships. National Buckeye Scholarship: Admitted nonresident with ACT composite scores of 28+ or
combined SAT CR and Math scores of 1260+ may be
eligible for an annual $12,000 award.
U of M Dearborn
Go Blue Fridays
Join U of M Dearborn for campus tours,
a special presentation and lunch. This
is a great opportunity to find out about
degree programs, scholarships, financial aid, and the
admission process.
Program: 9:45 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Dates available November 14, 2014
Visit: umd.umich.edu/visit
Financial Aid Workshop
November 15, 2014
You must register by calling (313) 593-5100. Space is
limited for each session.
Session 1:
9:00—11:30 a.m.
Session 2:
1:00—3:30 p.m.
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The Haworth College of Business is
among an elite group of less than 5% of
business schools worldwide that are
accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and is among a select 2% of business schools worldwide that have specialized accreditation for accountancy. Western Michigan also offers hundreds of other top
majors. Campus Visitations from 8:30 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
on November 14th and December 5th RSVP by
phone (269) 387-2000 or register @ http://wmich.edu/
admissions/openhouse/ Onsite admissions available
on all tours!
Northern Michigan
University
Is hosting a WILDCAT WEEKEND
Saturday, November 8, 2014 and Saturday, March 21, 20154. Go see why
9,400 students have made NMU their
college choice. While on campus you
will have the chance to tour campus, interact with faculty and staff, chat with an admissions counselor, and
experience beautiful Marquette. Go to www.nmu.edu/
weekend or call 1-800-682-9797. Find out if you qualify
for one of the most prestigious scholarships (high
school senior with 24+ on ACT and 3.5) Check it out at
nmu.edu/
Bowling Green Preview Days
2014-2015
Saturday, December 6th
Future students and their families are invited to this special program from 9:00 a.m.
to noon. The morning includes campus tours, academic and student services displays, opportunities to talk
with faculty, staff and students, an information session
for multicultural students, residence hall tours, scholarship and financial aid information. To make a reservation for Preview Day, go to www.bgsu.edu.
Preview Day for Sophomores and Juniors!
In April 2015: visit www.bgsu.edu or call (419) 3727800 for more information and to make a reservation.

Discover OU
November 21, 2014 & February 13, 2015, from
9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
 Engineering and Computer Science Day
Saturday, January 31, 9:00—2:30
 Business Day
Saturday, March 7, 9:00 –12:00
 Human Health Day
Saturday, April 18, 9:00—12:00
For more information: www.oakland.edu/
futurestudents or call (248) 370‐360 or email: [email protected]
University of Toledo
Effective January 1, 2015 students
deadlines:
who meet the minimum academic
 December 1st: Application and credential deadline requirements of a 2.75 cumulative

for full-fee scholarship competition
January 15th: Application and credential deadline
for freshman scholarship consideration
high school GPA or a 21
ACT/990 SAT will be eligible to
receive a minimum Out-Of-State
Award of $5,000. These students could earn up to the
remainder of the value of the Out-Of-State surcharge
based on their financial need as determined by the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Boston University: earn a
four-year, full tuition
scholarship to bu!
Deadline: December 1, 2014
The Boston University Trustee Scholars Program has
attracted students with outstanding academic ability
and the potential to inspire fellow students to excel.
Nominations, essays and applications MUST be submitted by December 1, 2014. All applications and
nomination materials are available online at bu.edu/
admissions/trustee. presidentialscholars !!
If an academically qualified student (2.75 cumulative
high school GPA or a 21 ACT/990 SAT) submits an
enrollment deposit prior to December 31, 2014 at
11:59 pm the student will be eligible to receive the Out
-Of-State Award valued at the full amount of the Out
-Of-State surcharge.
If an academically qualified student (2.75 cumulative
high school GPA or a 21 ACT/990 SAT) submits an
enrollment deposit after January 1, 2015 at 12:00 am
MSU’s Science Learning Community – the student will receive a minimum Out-Of-State
Award of $5,000 and up to the remainder of the value
Lyman Briggs - has Fall visit days on
November 7th, November 21st and De- of the Out-Of-State surcharge based on their financial
cember 5th. For more info or to register, need as determined by the FAFSA.
go to www.lbc.msu.edu/visit .
The university website has been updated to reflect the
Thinking about MSU? Interested in political, legal, so- award criteria outlined below: http://
cial and economic issues? Then check out the James
www.utoledo.edu/admission/freshman/scholarships/
Madison College Fall Visit Day on November 10th.
out-of-state.html
For more info or to register go to www.jmc.msu.edu/
visit. Space is limited.
Macomb Community College
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Oakland University
This 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. event gives students the opExplore Your Options at Oakland
portunity to learn about the diverse academic degree
University
and certificate programs available, financial aid and
 Are You Ready for College?
scholarship options, campus life and more. Enjoy
Saturday, December 6, 2014,
raffles, giveaways and food. Register online today at
9:00—11:30 a.m. at OU’s Mt. Clemens location.
www.macomb.edu/discovermacomb
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SMALL COLLEGES OF MICHIGAN
Students weigh their options with smaller colleges/
universities and larger ones every year. Costs associated with attending a smaller school often turn students
away before they even inquire. Listed below are some
of the many smaller schools in Michigan along with
information students need to assist in the decision
making process. Please see your counselor or contact
the school directly if you need more information. You
will find that more often than not, the amount of
scholarship and private aid provided by these schools
makes them as affordable, if not more affordable, than
the larger public universities. Additionally, 4-year graduation rates from Michigan small colleges are double
that of public universities.
Hillsdale Admissions Receptions for students and
parents: Hillsdle.edu/admissions/events
Albion College
Albion College has a strong Methodist affiliation, however, religion is not taught through the school. Albion
enrolls 1,500 students. The average GPA is 3.5 and the
average ACT score is a 25 (superscore) for newly admitted students. The student to faculty ratio is 13:1.
Early Decision deadline is December 1st and students
enrolled in advanced course work are rewarded in admissions and financially. Students begin working on
career placement their freshman year. There is a vibrant Greek life, friendly competition and a lot of
school spirit!
Calvin College
Albion’s Division III athletic programs are a huge
Spread over 400 acres in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Cal- part of campus life. There are 120+ clubs, sports and
vin College is a liberal arts, Christian college with more organizations. Students are all very involved and busy.
than 100 majors and strong ties to internships and
Albion houses a huge equestrian facility with a state of
studying abroad. 4,000 students, 3.6 average GPA, aver- the art barn, 15 Albion owned horses that compete in
age ACT 26 (does not superscore).
NCAA competition; plus students are able to board
their own horses there as well.
Scholarships are considered for students with a 3.2
GPA and 22 ACT and above. $35 Application fee is
Aquinas College
waived if you apply before December 1st. Participate in November 7th Open House
a ‘Fridays at Calvin’ for information! It is an all-day, no November 14th Science, Nursing & Math Day
cost program that gives you a 360° look at Calvin life. December 5th Leadership Day
It is a great way to see if Calvin is for you! Register at January 31st Athletics Day
www.calvin.edu/visit or call 800-688-0122.
Aquinas College is a Catholic school located in Grand
Rapids, Michigan. 50% of the school’s population is
Madonna University
Catholic and has a predominate Christian-based popuLocated in Livonia, Michigan, Madonna University is a lation. Although Aquinas was founded as a teaching
Liberal Arts College with a 11:1 faculty to student ratio. school, it is a liberal arts college with 61 majors. The
Discover Madonna by attending informative presenta- largest schools on Aquinas’ campus are Sciences, Social
tions on the admissions and financial aid process, aca- Science, Business Administration, Sports Management,
demic programs, and career resources. Free lunch and and Sustainable Business. Aquinas has a nursing protour provided. Madonna offers more than 100 under- gram that is in collaboration with University of Detroit
graduate majors and more than 25 graduate degrees,
Mercy. 60 freshman students are admitted directly
including a doctorate in nursing practice. http://
into the nursing program every year. Aquinas has a
www.madonna.edu
total enrollment of 2,300 students with a student to
faculty ratio of 1:16. Aquinas practices rolling admisHillsdale College
sions and there is a 2-4 week turnaround on all applicaFounded in 1844, as a classic liberal arts school, Hills- tions. Scholarship competition deadline is January 1st.
dale wants their students to be wrestling with founda- AQ days and open houses for students and families
tional questions such as “What does it mean to be hu- through December.
man?” Rigorous college for students who want to be Visit http://www.aquinas.edu for more information.
challenged. 1,400 students, 3.77 GPA, Average ACT 29.
10:1 student to faculty ratio. 30 majors including 9 pre- Andrews University
professional programs (Pre-law students had the high- Founded in 1874, Andrews University is located in
est LSAT scores in Michigan!) 100+ student-led clubs Berrien Springs, Michigan. Berrien Springs is 15
and organizations. Hillsdale does not use FAFSA to
minutes from St. Joseph and 1-1/2 hours from Chicadetermine financial need. Instead they use a profile
go. Andrews University is a faith-based (Baptist) camspecific to Hillsdale.
pus on 1,600 rural acres. The total enrollment is 3,600.
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There is a large national draw to Andrews as it has
affiliate schools in 20 different countries. There are
six schools within Andrews. They are the Arts and
Sciences, Business Administration, Architecture,
Technology, Health Science, and Seminary. There are
130 undergraduate programs and 60 majors/70 minors. Andrews University is well known for their
education program, nursing program, lab technician
program and their school of business. With rolling
admissions, Andrews admits students with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA and 20 ACT (average 3.2 GPA, 24
ACT). 100% of undergraduates receive financial aid
based on grades and test scores (before applying for
FAFSA)! Preview weekends are available and information can be found at:
http://www.andrews.edu/future
Adrian College
ment, Finance, Hotel Restaurant/Resort Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. Northwood has a competitive Division II athletic program
and an abundant Greek Life. All 4-year programs at
Northwood provide students with internship opportunities and high job placement upon graduation.
Minimum GPA 2.7 and ACT 17 for admission
(Average 3.2 and 22 ACT). Personal statement is a
crucial part of the application! Visit Northwood today! www.northwood.edu or call 800-457-7878.
Lawrence Technological University
Located in Southfield, Michigan. Lawrence Tech has
top-notch technology-infused academic programs,
vibrant campus life, athletics, and proven career
placement. It is a private, fully accredited school on
102 acres with 4,500 students. Lawrence Tech is the
largest architecture school in Michigan and among
the top 10 in the nation. There are more than 100
programs in the Colleges of Architecture and Design,
Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management.
Lawrence Tech is proud of their 12:1 student/faculty
ratio and day, evening, weekend and online courses
and programs. More than 600 students reside in their
three housing centers. Lawrence Tech’s campus offers 60 student organizations plus 11 fraternities and
sororities. The average ACT for the freshman class is
a 23.8 and the average GPA is a 3.21. Visit campus
and experience Lawrence Tech by visiting
www.ltu.edu or calling 248-204-3160.
Located on 132 acres in Adrian, Michigan. Adrian
College was honored as a College of Distinction for
the 2011-2012 school year and ranked in US News
Report as a 2012 Best Regional College in the Midwest. Additionally, Adrian was within the top five
schools in the region for students who have the least
debt upon graduating. Adrian’s total enrollment is
1,688 and the student to faculty ratio is 1:19. It is a
liberal arts college with more than 40 academic programs. Adrian is proud to offer a 4+1 (combined
Bachelor/Masters program) in Athletic Training,
Criminal Justice, Accounting, Chemistry, and Sports
Management. Division III sports, 75 clubs and organizations and an abundant Greek Life make Adrian
College a great campus to live and learn. Visit cam- Blue Devil Days at Lawrence Tech
pus on Acquaintance Days or any day! Visit http:// Saturday, November 7, 2014
www.adrian.edu/ for more information.
Tour the campus and university housing. Meet faculty and students and find out about scholarships and
financial aid! Register at www.bluedevildays.ltu.edu
Northwood University
Located in Midland, Michigan, Northwood University is 15 miles from Lake Huron, 135 miles north of
Detroit and not far from Saginaw and Bay City. In a College for Creative Studies
forest setting on 434 acres, Northwood is a Business Visit CCS and choose your own method of exploring
school with an enrollment of 1,700 (450 freshman). what college has to offer you. Take a campus tour,
An a additional Northwood campus is located in
meet with faculty one-on-one, visit with your admisWest Palm Beach. A Northwood education is differ- sions counselor, attend a financial aid session to learn
ent than other small schools in Michigan because
how affordable CCS can be and more. Choose one
students start the business program their freshman
or attend all!!
year. From day one, Northwood students are immersed in their major and surrounded by students
Saturday, November 22nd, 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
that have the same interests and aspirations. North- Saturday, February 28th, 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
wood offers an accelerated BBA/MBA program
Saturday, March 28th, 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
along with majors in Accounting, Advertising/
Thursday, May 28th, 3:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
Marketing, Aftermarket Management, Economics,
Entertainment, Sport and Promotion Management,
To receive event information, agenda times, a camEntrepreneurship, Fashion Marketing and Managepus map and directions, or to RSVP, go to
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www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/info, call (313)
664-7427 or email [email protected]
sive one-month Spring Term, an ideal time for
learning experiences not typically available during the more traditional terms, such as researching medicinal plants in the Amazon or renewable energy in Europe.
Alma College
Open House Saturday, November 8th
 Andrews University is tied for 5th campus ethThe day includes a campus tour, the chance to meet
nic diversity according to U.S. News and World
students and faculty members, lunch and tickets to
Reports’ 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colthe home football game versus Albion College. Just
leges” Andrews University’s teaching program
register on the Alma website for this event.
has been ranked #1 in the State of Michigan for
the past four years.
 On average, Aquinas College students graduate
with $9,000 less debt than their public university
peers.
 Hillsdale College maintains the highest GPA of
Calling ALL MUSICIANS: Detroit Institute of Music
Education is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, November 5th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
This event includes classroom tours, a meet and
greet with instructors and current students, and
live performances throughout the college! Check
it out!
any NCAA Division II Liberal Arts college in
the nation.
 Hope College offers more than 1,800 intern-
ships in Michigan, Chicago, Philadelphia, New
York City and Washington DC and 200 study
abroad opportunities in 60 countries.
 All Kalamazoo College students engage in a
Senior Individualized Project, an in-depth research or creative project done in the senior
year.
Small Colleges of Michigan
Did you Know?
 Madonna University has the state’s only bache-
lor degree in Sign Language Studies.
 At Adrian College, 35% of students participate
on a varsity or club sports team and 55% of
 At Spring Arbor University, studying abroad is
students play intramural sports, everything from
required for graduation and is built into tuition.
Lacrosse to Equestrian. Adrian College has
been named a “Least Debt Load College” two  Marygrove College students with financial need
and a cumulative GPA of 2.8 may qualify to
years in a row by U.S. News and World Rereceive up to 100% of their tuition cost in fiports.
nancial aid without any loans.
 Alma College Students participate in an inten-
UCS FINANCIAL AID EVENING
Paying for College
November 5, 2014 6:30 p.m.
at Eisenhower High School, Performing Arts Center
All College bound seniors should apply for Financial aid regardless of whether you believe you are eligible for assistance. This
presentation will provide you with the necessary information to
get this done in time!
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School Age Child Care Program
SACC is available at every UCS Elementary Building
In School Age Child Care we strive to provide the best care for your child in a safe, friendly and comfortable
environment.
We offer multiple opportunities for children to participate in activities that are
developmentally appropriate and allow for social, physical, and intellectual stimulation. It is our goal to
consistently grow in all areas to provide your child with positive experience before and after school.
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School Age Child Care registration packets can be downloaded at www.communityeducation.com or are
available from your SACC Director. Packets must be completed and returned to the SACC Director.
Registration Fee: $40 child or $55 per family (non-refundable). To register for SACC, please call the School Age
Child Care Office (586) 797-6980. Cash or checks must be brought to: Community Education Center @ Walsh,
SACC Office, 38901 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48312 (Payment will not be accepted at individual site)
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SACC IS A PREPAY PROGRAM. The cost of SACC is $4.00 per hour, there is a minimum charge of one
hour per morning and/or afternoon session.
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Winter and Spring Break
Winter Break – February 16 – February 20, 2015
Spring Break – April 6 – April 10, 2015
SACC will be available from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday at the
Community Education Center @ Walsh, 38901 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Special activities will be held during winter and spring breaks
COST: $150 for the week, per child
Regardless of days and hours used. Fee must be paid at time of registration.
Program is for students who are currently registered in the UCS SACC Program.
(Fee includes 2 snacks per day; please provide a sack lunch with drink for your child)
Summer CAMP (School Age Child Care)
Summer Camp is designed to meet the needs of working parents by offering planned and supervised Day Camp experiences
by a qualified staff. The program is available to any current UCS elementary school student. Out of District families are
welcome. Child care will be available Monday – Friday, 7:00 am until 6:00 pm. Each child will be provided two snacks per
day. Day Camp experiences will include, on-site speakers/presentations, sports, crafts, and science, gym and playground
activities. Weekly Field Trips are planned (additional fees required). Fees are based on half-day / full-day rates.
For Information on School Age Child Care program please call: (586) 797-6980
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Chief Connection
BOOK CLUB
NEWS @ U * NEWS @ U * NEWS AT U * NEWS AT U * NEWS @ U * NEWS @ U
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7 p.m.
Join us at Barnes & Noble on Hall Rd & Hayes
The Noticer
by Andy Andrews
Like all humans, the good folks of Orange Beach have their share of problems—
marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as many other obstacles. Fortunately, when things look the darkest, a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up. Jones is a unique soul, he explains that he has
been given a gift of noticing things that others miss. “Your time on this earth is a gift to be used
wisely,” he says. “Don’t squander your words or your thoughts. Consider even the simplest
action you take, for your lives matter beyond measure…and they matter forever.” Jones speaks
to that part in everyone that is yearning to understand why things happen and what we can do
about it.
Military Moms of Michigan
This is an organization that supports the military overseas who
have ties to Michigan. We are collecting soup labels and coupons for
them.
We are collecting labels from the Campbell’s corporation. All
labels will be sent to the Veterans’ Administration Hospital for
Children in Grand Rapids. The hospital can turn these labels in for
cash to purchase equipment and educational games and toys for the
hospital.
The coupons, both current and expired, are distributed to
military bases around the world where they can be used in the base
stores. The manufacturers will honor them for up to six months after
the expiration date.
MMOMs are looking for donations of all types to mail to the
Marines overseas. Please visit the website: www.jocokyroots.com/
OCFriends.htm to see what the military personnel have requested.
Please continue to
collect items for
Ronald McDonald House:
Metal can tops and box
tops can be dropped off to
Dr. Dabrowski, in
Room 229.
Coupons, soup labels and donations can be
delivered to room 234.
Remember that Utica High
School recycles! There is a
paper dumpster located just
outside the front office!
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Chief Connection
About the Cover
In the auditorium, junior Callum Clow adds the finishing touches to the barn backdrop for The Wizard of Oz. "It took around four days, or about eight hours, to complete the barn, but the entire backdrop took about two weeks," Clow said. "When everything's complete, the entire set will look
amazing with a realistic feel. It'll resemble Oz." The Fine Arts Department will present the show on
Nov. 20th-22nd at 7:00 p.m., as well as a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Nov. 22nd. Tickets are $10 for
adults, $8 for students and $5 for children 12 and under.
Chief Connection
All new apparel including brands from Under Armour,
Jansport , Nike and Gear. Plus all new umbrellas, car stickers,
coffee travel mugs, lanyards, and picture frames.
Hours are Monday-Friday 10:20-12:00 p.m. or by appointment
at 797-2356, check or cash only. Gift cards available.
We will be open for Parent Teacher Conferences.
Phone: 797-2411
Dana Boice—Director, School Store
Fully stocked with new Under Armour, Nike, Jansport and Gear clothing and
accessories.
National Honor Society News
The Florence Burk Chapter of the National Honor Society held its tapping
ceremony on October 24th in the cafeteria during first and second hours. We
tapped 107 members during their first hour class and invited them to breakfast.
Please see our members on page 27. Congratulations to all the new members!
The formal Initiation ceremony will be held on December 11, 2014, at 7:00
p.m. in the Arthur Harper Auditorium at Utica High School. All parents are
invited to attend.
The NHS meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:45 a.m. in the
ECC room. The next scheduled meeting is on November 11, 2014. The Executive
Board meets the first Tuesday of each month in room 234 at 6:45 a.m. Our next
meeting is scheduled for November 6, 2014. All fundraiser money was due to Ms.
Kammann by October 31st.
Continue to check the NHS website, www.uticanhs.weebly.com, for updates
and information. All service opportunities and tutoring requests are posted.
Additional information and updates are also available there.
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NEWS @ U * NEWS @ U * NEWS AT U * NEWS AT U * NEWS @ U * NEWS @ U
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
2014 - 2015
Abbatoy, Thea
*Ackerman, Andraya
Balaj, Bryan
Baranski, Megan
Berg, Jacqueline
*Bhatt, Ishani
Branthoover, Emily
Castillo-Trigillio, Jasmine
Cavataio, Marissa
Chmiel, Alyah
Chmiel, Parker
*Clarkson, Kelly
Cortes, Emily
*Demo, Dylan
Doran, Nicole
Dukes, Preston
Elder, Katelyn
*Evanoff, Christina
*Abdulghani, Luna
*Agosta, Jenna
*Barch, Meaghan
*Barczewski, Robin
*Baron, Morgan
*Baum, Sara
*Baumann, Saxton
*Beutler, Samuel
*Borders, Monica
*Briggs, Ian
*Caporuscio, Juliana
*Clink, Kellyn
*Cruz, Marinel
*Cummings, Jessica
*Danielson, Evan
*Davis, Mary
*DiLorenzo, Lillian
*Duff, Gina
*Easterbrook, Ryann
*Ebeling, Caden
*Fairless, Joshua
*Foldessy, Madison
*Gad, Yasmin
*Gielniak, Julia
SENIORS
Ezell, Justine
Macks, Trevor
Fair, Taylor
Mansour, Laurita
Feeman, Jacob
Mauser, Ashley
Franklin, Tyler
Maze, Hannah
Franzen, Caroline
Medin, Grace
Merandi, Samantha
*Harms, Anna
Hijazi, Mahmoud (Moe)
Merrill, Christopher
Metcalf, Jenna
*Hoover, Kayla
Jackard, Kara
Misovski, Stefen
Jacobs, Chaicee
Molina, Cynda
Kaschalk, Christopher
Nakkina, Sowmyaw
Kerr, Ashley
*Nguyen, Andrew
Korber, Samantha
*Nguyen, Austin
Lafever, Alyssa
Nikonowicz, David
Ledbetter, Brienna
Paine, Patience
Lewis, Anna
Patano, Arienne
Lodge, Jordynn
Phylpo, Sara
Lombardo, Gino
*Picari, Lucy
*Gjini, Peter
*Glass, Alexandra
*Goettsch, Jonathan
*Gudobba, Cameron
*Guertin, Hayley
*Guitar, Annalise
*Habba, Shannon
*Haley, Christopher
*Halliwill, Brianne
*Hann, Lena
*Hawe, Ashlie
*Hayes, Sara
*Herc, Ryan
*Hill, Lauren
*Koneval, Brenden
*Kotlarz, Magdalena
*Kraemer, Jack
*Krajenke, Katie
*Lehr, Tara
*Lewis, Grace
*Liskey, Sabina
*Lupinski, Tristan
*Machusko, Melissa
*Markusic, Jacob
*New Members
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JUNIORS
*McCollum, Megan
*Megly, Maher
*Michol, Ashley
*Miller, Alexia
*Miller, Jason
*Miller, Nicole
*Minto, Paige
*Misze, Amy
*Montreuil, Andre'
*Nelson, Danielle
*O'Rourke, Caroline
*Oberts, Jillian
*Oleskie, Miranda
*Opatich, Sydney
*Peek, Megan
*Peplinski, Jacob
*Ptak, Karolina
*Reyes, Magnus
*Rovinson, Aaron
*Sarti, Mario
*Schemmel, Erika
*Seetharaman, Keshav
*Shaw, Alan
*Simbeni, Sophia
*Simopoulos, Sophia
Pointdexter, Kollin
Russo, Mario
*Seib, Christopher
Senn, Skylar
Smellie, Jacob
Sorenson, Merideth
Spagnuolo, Ashley
Spuz, Lauren
Stout, Jacob
Szandzik, Alyssa
Szatkowski, Steven
VanDrunen, Alicia
Vitanovski, Marina
Wasikewski, Andrzej
Weisman, Amanda
Widman, Bailey
*Yono, Zachary
Zentz, Elijah
*Sifco, Valerie
*Smith, Rachael
*Spagnuolo, Bridget
*Spinale, Paige
*Stewart, Emily
*Stockman, Stephen
*Strange, Ceion
*Suchoski, Natalie
*Swiatkowski, Sara
*Thomas, Ryan
*Thompson, Alivia
*Torongeau, Samantha
*Traore, Iman
*Tremper, Katelyn
*Vasquez, Julia
*Waddell, Ashley
*Walker, Haley
*Walters, Lukas
*Watkins, Summer
*Wierzbicki, Kimberly
*Willcock, Carina
*Wundrach, Dean
*Yousif, Yousif
*Zudor, Jennifer
NEWS @ U * NEWS @ U * NEWS AT U * NEWS AT U * NEWS @ U * NEWS @ U
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NEWS @ U * NEWS @ U * NEWS AT U * NEWS AT U * NEWS @ U * NEWS @ U
UCS school lunch rooms are serving up important menu changes as a result of new federal regulations.
The changes will create healthier menu items for our students by requiring larger portions of fruits and vegetables. In addition, our
lunches will feature more whole grains, along with lower sodium content.
The new federal law also mandates that every school district adjust its meal prices to ensure the overall rate is comparable with
federal reimbursement rates. As a result, the new requirements mandate an increase in lunch prices for all Utica Community Schools.
Student lunch prices for the 2013 - 2014 school year will be $ 2.50 for elementary, $2.75 for junior high and $ 2.80 for high
school. Breakfast served at Utica High School from 6:50am to 7:15am will remain at $1.40.
Food Service staff members are ready to continue their partnership with parents to make sure our students are well-nourished and
ready to learn.
Start the day right – come join us for breakfast!
A nutritious breakfast is available for students when they arrive at school each morning. The cost is $1.40, milk included. For
students with an approved free or reduced price application on file, the price is 30 cents or free. A variety of food choices are
offered. Milk alone is .45 cents. We look forward to serving our students the most important meal of the day!
DEPOSITING LUNCH MONEY INTO
YOUR CHILD'S ACCOUNT:
Parents can go to
www.sendmoneytoschool.com to pre-pay
for their student's lunch meals, and never
worry about lost money again! Click on
"create a new account." The district offers
special discounts if you pay in advance.
FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH
APPLICATIONS:
Parents who think they might qualify for
Free and Reduced Lunch can go to the
main office or, for your convenience, can
go to www.lunchapp.com and fill out the
application online. Notification of benefits
is faster using the online service.
If you have already signed up on
www.lunchdeposit.com, your username
and password will not change. Visit the
district website at www.uticak12.org, or
contact the Food Service Department at
586-797-1185 for questions.
Please keep in mind that if your student
qualifies for free and reduced lunch, he or
she will also qualify for reduced costs on
specific national exams.
Parking at Utica High School
Please keep a watchful eye for students crossing the streets and making
their way into the building from the student parking lots. Also, use
caution as students use the cross-walk on Shelby Road.
Please DO NOT park on Shelby Road, either before or after school. The
Shelby Township Police will issue tickets to those parked on Shelby Road.
Also, unless you have a permit from the State of Michigan licensing
bureau, DO NOT park in spots reserved for the physically challenged.
They are monitored daily by the Shelby Township police.
Remember, the speed limit in all parking lots is 10 mph. Feel free to wait
for your student at the end of the school day in the Wiley Elementary
parking lot.
Parents:
For access to your student’s grades, absences,
etc., please don’t forget to pick up your student’s
Power School log-on.
See Ms. Killius in the counseling office, and have your ID
available in order to receive it.
Reporting an absence?
Please call the Attendance Office
Early Dismissal: 586-797-2471
Late Arrival: 586-797-2472
All Day: 586.797.2473
Attention Parents: New e-mail system to keep parents informed!
We are pleased to announce a new e-mail system that will allow us to regularly send important school
notices and newsletters from the Board Office directly to you.
To register for these updates, please log on to your PowerSchool account and sign up under the “E-Mail
Notifications” tab. Our goal is to have 100 percent of our parents enrolled in this system so that we can keep
you better informed and reduce the use of paper in our school. Your help with this effort is greatly appreciated!
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Invites You To
Friday Night Madness
November 21, 2014
6:00 PM
GIRLS & BOYS
Freshman/JV/VARSITY
*team contests
*team scrimmages
*fan prizes
*fan contests
Donation of:
$3 students
$5 adults
All proceeds benefit ALS
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CHIEFTAIN SENIOR NEWS
November 4, 2014
November 12, 2014
November 13, 2014
November 13, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
10:22 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
No School - Professional Development
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Early Dismissal
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Nov. 26 - Nov 28, 2014
December 1, 2014
Dec. 24, 2014 - Jan 2, 2015
January 5, 2015
January 19, 2015
Feb. 16 - Feb. 20, 2015
February 23, 2015
March 16, 2015
March 31, 2015
7:00 p.m.
April 1, 2015
7:00 p.m.
April 2, 2015
April 3, 2015
April 6 - April 10, 2015
April 13, 2015
April 16, 2015
1:15 p.m.
No School - Thanksgiving Break
Classes Resume
Winter Break Begins
Classes Resume
No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
No School - Mid-Winter Break
Classes Resume
Sign Up Senior Speech Contest - Main Office
Parent - Senior MANDATORY Meeting
Parent - Senior MANDATORY Meeting
Deadline Senior Speech Contest
No School - Good Friday
No School - Spring Break
Classes Resume
Senior Speech Contest
May 7, 2015
May 22 - May 25, 2015
June 4, 2015
June 6, 2015
Senior Honor's Night (invitation only) - Auditorium
No School - Memorial Day Weekend
Senior Prom - Palazzo Grande
Graduation Ceremony—Palace of Auburn Hills
7:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
2015 Senior All-Night Party
The Class of 2015 Senior All-Night Party will be held on
Saturday, June 6th, 2015.
Our next planning meeting will be held on Thursday, November 6th,
in Room 155 at 7:00 p.m.
Parents: We need your help!! Please plan on attending and
bringing your ideas!
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CHIEFTAIN NEWS
November 4, 2014
November 10, 2014
November 12, 2014
November 13, 2014
November 13, 2014
November 20, 2014
November 21, 2014
November 22, 2014
Nov. 26 - Nov 28, 2014
December 1, 2014
December 8, 2014
Dec. 24, 2014 - Jan 2, 2015
January 5, 2015
January 12, 2015
January 14, 2015
January 15, 2015
January 16, 2015
January 19, 2015
February 9, 2015
Feb. 16 - Feb. 20, 2015
February 23, 2015
March 9, 2015
March 10, 2015
April 3, 2015
April 6 - April 10, 2015
April 13, 2015
April 13, 2015
May 7, 2015
May 11, 2015
May 22 - May 25, 2015
June 2, 2015
June 6, 2015
June 8, 2015
June 10, 2015
June 11, 2015
June 12, 2015
9:30 a.m.
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
10:22 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:22 a.m.
10:22 a.m.
10:22 a.m.
7:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
7:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m.
7:45 a.m.
7:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:22 a.m.
10:22 a.m.
10:22 a.m.
No School—Professional Development
Sounding Board Meeting—Main Office
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Early Dismissal
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Musical—The Wizard of Oz
Musical—The Wizard of Oz
Musical—the Wizard of Oz
No School—Thanksgiving Break
Classes Resume
Sounding Board Meeting—Main Office
Winter Break Begins
Classes Resume
Sounding Board Meeting—Main Office
Exams 1st & 2nd Hour, Early Dismissal
Exams 3rd & 4th Hour, Early Dismissal
Exams 5th & 6th Hour, Early Dismissal
No School—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Sounding Board Meeting—Main Office
No School—Mid-Winter Break
Classes Resume
Sounding Board Meeting—Main Office
ACT Testing
No School—Good Friday
No School—Spring Break
Sounding Board Meeting—Main Office
Classes Resume
Senior Honor's Night—Auditorium (invitation only)
Sounding Board Meeting—Luncheon
No School—Memorial Day Weekend
Department Recognition Awards Breakfast
Graduation Ceremony—Palace of Auburn Hills
Sounding Board Meeting—Main Office
Exams 1st & 2nd Hour, Early Dismissal
Exams 3rd & 4th Hour, Early Dismissal
Exams 5th & 6th Hour, Early Dismissal—Last Day
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Notes from Student Council...Kimberly Hodsdon
Awareness Week 2014
The week of October 20-24, Student Council hosted the first annual Cancer Awareness Week. Each day
was dedicated to a different cancer that had personal relevance to staff and students in the building. Everyone was encouraged to wear the color that symbolized the cancer each day. Facts, statistics, and a video
were also shard each day. Fourth hour classes competed against each other to see who could raise the most
money for the national charity, Stand Up To Cancer. There was also a competition to see which fourth
hour could have the highest percentage of students wearing the colors of the cancers. In addition, student
council sold Awareness Week T-Shirts to advertise and celebrate the week. All proceeds raised by the tshirt sales were also donated to Stand Up To Cancer. There are still t-shirts available if parents or family
members would like one. Long sleeve shirts are $15 and short sleeve shirts are $10. Please contact Mrs.
Hodsdon at [email protected] if you would like one!
Here are the results of the week:
Daily prizes for the most money raised that day: (If a class won one of the top three prizes, than a runnerup won the daily prize)
Monday - Melanoma Cancer - Mrs. Konnie's fourth hour
Tuesday - Hodgkin Lymphoma - Mr. A. Davis' fourth hour
Wednesday - Lung Cancer - Mrs. Rice's fourth hour
Thursday - Brain Cancer - Mr. Rojeski's fourth hour
Friday - Breast Cancer - Dr. Dabrowski's fourth hour
Spirit Wear Winner - Mr. See's fourth hour with 100% participation
TOP 3 DONATION WINNERS:
1st Place - Mr. LaPratt's fourth hour - with an average donation of $19.85 per student
2nd Place - Mrs. Hilliard's fourth hour - with an average donation of $11.02 per student
3rd Place - Mrs. Grieco's fourth hour - with an average donation of $10.00 per student
TOTAL DONATIONS COLLECTED BY UHS: $4,031.87
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED AWARENESS WEEK!!! IT IS TRULY INCREDIBLE
WHAT WE CAN DO WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER TO STAND UP TO CANCER!
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FROM THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR...Jim Vigus
Athletic Boosters website: www.uhsathleticboosters.net
Utica High Athletic Booster Club Meetings:
November 3rd, 7:00 p.m., ECC Room.
December 1st, 7:00 p.m., ECC Room.
There are no home athletic events for the month of November.
Start dates for Winter Sports:
November 3rd
November 10th
November 17th
November 24th
Ice Hockey
Girls’ Basketball and Competitive Cheer
Boys’ Basketball, Wrestling, Boys’ and Girls’ Bowling
Boys’ Swimming
A physical dated April 15, 2014 or later must be on file to try out for a winter sport.
Varsity Winter Coaches:
Boys Basketball – Gerry Kraemer
Girls Basketball – Tom McDonald
Wrestling – Clint Davis
Boys Swimming – Joe Michol
Varsity Dance – Danielle Gleason
Ice Hockey – Matt Burke
Bowling – Ron Young
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]@gmail.com
[email protected]
[email protected]
Please email the coaches above if you have a question regarding a winter sport. You may also contact me,
Jim Vigus, at [email protected] or 586-797-2278.
Displaying Good Sportsmanship
The Athletic Association has set rules as to how players are to behave during a competition. There are also rules and guidelines outlined as to how spectators should conduct themselves. Of course, spectators are present to motivate and cheer the team to victory. However, spectators/fans are not allowed
to make taunting or offensive statements directed towards the players, game officials or the opponent’s spectators. Utica High School has consistently
received praise and accolades from local, state and national organizations for displaying good sportsmanship (representatives from many athletic organizations attend our games). It is important that we stay focused on “cheering our team to victory” during a competition. In recent reports regarding
sportsmanship at UHS, officials have called our students “classy kids,” and made the following comments: “UHS athletes compete at a high level,” and
“Coaches, players and fans are all a class act.” Our expectation is that you continue the tradition of displaying good sportsmanship at athletic events.
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Sharps
Band Notes
Flats :
BAND AND ORCHESTRA BOOSTER NEWS ~ Where involvement is the key.
Karen Haithcock – UHS Band & Orchestra Publicity Officer
November brings colder temperatures, fallen leaves, and turkeys. Thanks to “Movember” raising awareness on men’s health issues it also now brings mustaches. Hopefully it does not bring turkeys with mustaches.
November also means the end of marching band season. While members of the marching band are pleased to gain back some
hours in their schedules no longer filled by practices they are also kind of sad about not being around all of their band friends. It
is especially hard not to see as much of the freshmen everyone got to know so well and the IB students who are now busy back
over at their schools. Utica’s Marching Band is a very close group with a family type feel and everyone is grateful for the time
they get to spend together. With over a month since the last football game the band will be really excited to be marching together
again in the Macomb County Santa Parade in Mt. Clemens on the day after Thanksgiving. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, remember… “Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness.” ~ author unknown
MACOMB COUNTY SANTA PARADE
The Macomb County Santa Parade marches down Main Street in Mount Clemens starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November
28th. The parade route runs on Main Street from Church Street north to Clinton Street. The parade ushers in the holiday season
the day after Thanksgiving with the arrival of Santa! There will be lots of fun and festive sights and sounds for all to enjoy. Including your very own Utica Chieftains Marching Band! You won’t want to miss their final 2014 marching appearance. Even
Santa has them on his good list.
RAFFLE THE BAND
Band members are selling Raffle the Band tickets for a little while longer! $5/Ticket or 5 for $20 - Drawing will be held on
November 14
Winner will receive a personal performance by the Utica High School Marching Band following the Mt. Clemens Holiday Parade
on Friday, November 28th. Location needs to be within reasonable distance of the band’s return route from Mt. Clemens to Utica.
I had a friend post pictures recently of a wild turkey in her back yard. Can you imagine what that turkey will do if this friend of
mine enters the raffle and wins the marching band playing in her yard? Oh wait, the band does this the day after Thanksgiving.
Never mind.
Be sure to get your tickets from a band member before it’s too late!
NEW MUSIC RELEASES NOVEMBER 2014
November 4:
November 10:
November 11:
November 17:
November 18:
November 24:
November 28:
Calvin Harris/Bob Dylan
FooFighters
Nick Jonas/Ne-Yo/ Pink Floyd “Then Endless River” (vinyl)
One Direction/Depeche Mode/Rolling Stones “From the Vault” (LA Forum 1975)
Nickelback/Tyga/David Bowie/Paul McCartney Tribute
David Guetta/Nicki Minaj
Eminem & Guest Artists
THE ANNUAL CITRUS SALE HAS BEGUN!
Buy now through November 12th. A community favorite!
Help support the instrumental music program at Utica High School by participating in our annual fruit sale! We have partnered
with Florida Indian River Groves to provide you with the freshest fruit available. Navel oranges, grapefruits, tangelos and combo
packs are available. Juicy, sweet and bursting with flavor! Don’t forget your friends, family, and coworkers. Everyone loves
fresh fruit from Florida!
You can place orders through any band member or ORDER ONLINE at FruitOrder.com. Click on the Order Now! Button and
enter in the UHS organization number 794645. By using the website you may purchase your fruit using a credit card or debit
card and it will be delivered to Utica High School. Or, for an additional fee, you can have it shipped to friends and family at other
locations. Karrie Jackard is coordinating this event for the band. If you have any questions please give her a call at (586) 2423677. Pick up at Utica High School is tentatively scheduled for Friday, December 5 th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
If you would like to support the band, but do not want fruit please type “donate fruit” in the comment section located at the end of
the order page and we will be happy to deliver your order to a local food bank.
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BAND STORE
With the holidays quickly approaching you can buy EXCLUSIVE Chieftain pride merchandise at the band store. It is easy to shop
online at http://www.uticabands.org/store . Some of the merchandise is designed for band members, but there are a lot of items that
anyone at Utica High School will enjoy having. We’ve got stuff people like including the NEW coolest shades in town!
These Wayfarer style orange/black sunglasses sporting the Utica Chieftains logo are only $10!
Hurry and get yours before they sell out!
Another item anyone from Utica would love to have is our distinguished Utica Chieftains Afghan.
The blanket is woven in black and orange on a natural color background. It displays various aspects of Utica High School including sports, fine arts and academic activities. The cost for an
afghan is $40. For an extra $5 you can even have the afghan embroidered with student name and
class. If having embroidered, please note that November 20 th is the last day to order in time for Christmas delivery. The afghan is a
nice keepsake that will be cherished for years to come.
While you’re at the band store you might as well pick up a Utica High Chieftains stadium seat. Just because football season is over
doesn’t mean you’re time as a Utica fan is finished. There’s plenty of exciting winter sports ahead with chances to use a new stadium
seas at basketball, swimming, gymnastics, wrestling, bowling, hockey and cheer events all season long. GO CHIEFS seems to come
out a little louder and stronger when you’ve got a comfortable stadium seat.
NOVEMBER RESTAURANT NIGHT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 PANERA
We encourage all Utica High families to come on out and support the band on November 19 at Panera Bread (14121 Hall Road) from
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. That’s the Panera on the north side of M-59 in between Schoenherr and Hayes.
A printed flyer or an electronic version of the flyer on a mobile phone or tablet must be presented when ordering. One printed flyer or
electronic flyer per device per person. The donation given will be based on the amount of sales associated with the flyers. The flyers
cannot be passed out onsite the night of the event. You must do this ahead of time. The flyer can be found on the band’s web site at
http://www.uticabands.org/announcements/novemberrestaurantfundraiser-panerabread.
UPCOMING EVENTS
11/14:
Raffle the Band Drawing Winner Announced
11/12:
Last day to order for Citrus Sale
11/19:
Restaurant Night at Panera (M59/Hayes)
11/20 - 22:
The fall musical, Wizard of Oz
11/28:
Mt. Clemens Holiday Parade & Raffle the Band WINNER’s Performance
12/5
Citrus Delivery at Utica High (tentative)
12/10:
Winter Concert
1/31:
MSBOA District XVI High School Solo & Ensemble (optional)
2/11:
Pre-festival concert at Utica High School
March:
Bowling for the Band (Kathy Groves)
3/12 - 14 (TBD): MSBOA District XVI High School Band Festival
3/21:
MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble (optional)
May:
Diegels Greenhouse Flower Sale (Cyndi Feeman)
5/13:
Spring Band Concert at Utica High School
6/6:
Commencement at the Palace of Auburn Hills (10 th & 11th graders to perform)
MEET YOUR COLOR GUARD
A zesty splash of color from flags and the dramatic tossing of rifles combined with elements of dance provided by the color guard
enhance the marching band by adding layers of visual depth to accentuate the music. Utica’s team makes it look easy and effortless.
However, under the direction of Captain, Samantha Korber and their coaches Rachel Pharis and Ashton Ciamitaro the team puts in
lengthy hours of practice and rehearsal to achieve this level of perfection. On average, spending anywhere from six to ten hours a
week working together in the summer and fall and that’s not even including their individual work outs. Dance alone has its own set
of obstacles to achieve. To dance while spinning a flag, outside in the wind or rain, or tossing and catching a rifle in tempo with over
100 musicians surrounding you adds a whole new element of challenges.
It is not easy to learn all the different kinds of spins and techniques. Different spins create different illusions to match with tempos.
Even though it becomes easier after a couple months even seasoned veterans are challenged when they mess up and have to get back
in time. The members of the color guard are an extremely dedicated group who put in long hours of practice and who are continually
pushing themselves to master new skills. For example, the strength needed for rifle toss as well as the grace for dance make color
guard a lot hard work, but also the girls have a lot of fun and say it is definitely worth it. They love the beauty of the sport and the
creative element involved. They love to perform and to show people what they’ve worked so hard to learn.
Think you have what it takes to be in color guard? As Samantha Korber points out, “It’s so much fun, it pushes you in ways you
have never been pushed, but when you are out there performing it’s the most amazing feeling.” If interested, look for color guard
meetings in the spring, usually in April.
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In the meantime, congratulations to the members of the color guard on a job well done. Not a game or event went by this fall when
fans were not captivated by their stunning performances. PLUS these girls took the lead in their fundraising efforts on Tag Day
raising more donations than any other team. In a survey taken by the color guard their answers reveal that while the girls do believe
unicorns exist (and as one pointed out are hiding) they are torn however in their answers when asked pirates vs. princesses. That
they are willing to discuss shows a playful side that is refreshing from such hard workers. It shows they don’t take themselves too
seriously and are able to find joy in life. It is this element of joy that comes across in their performances and why they are so entertaining. Having these thoughtful, kind, dependable, fun and zany girls as part of the marching band family has been a real pleasure.
Pictured back row left to right:
Justis Montgomery, Meagan Tan, Clare Decker, Patience Paine
Front row left to right:
Meghan Miller, Samantha Korber, Lily DiLorenzo
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TOUR
Utica High Band students went on an elementary school tour on October 13. The band visited Flickinger, Wiley, West Utica and
Monfort Elementary Schools. The elementary school kids were super excited to get to see and hear the marching band play for
them. It left many of them excited to be in band. The visits were equally as rewarding for Utica High Band students as many returned to their former elementary schools and got to share their passion for music to inspire and motivate future band members
within the community.
KEEP IN TOUCH
NEXT BAND BOOSTER MEETING: Tuesday, November 18th, at 7 p.m. in the Band Room ~ PLEASE JOIN US! Parents,
ever wonder what is going on in band? This is the place to find out! A wealth of information is shared at each meeting and gives
the opportunity for you to ask questions; offer suggestions; doodle on the meeting agenda; say things official sounding like “motion
to adjourn” and last but not least, there is always good company and usually food. At the October meeting, for example, we ate the
rest of the Cheesecake samples. Free & delicious! If you don’t attend you’ll never know what you might miss. Please note: due to
the holidays there is no meeting in December. Meetings resume in January and are typically held on the third Tuesday of each
month.
REMIND 101:
The Band Boosters would like to get more band families to sign up for Remind 101. If you are a band family and not signed up
please do so at https://www.remind.com/join/boost-band.
BAND WEBSITE:
www.uticabands.org shares announcements and information on events, fundraisers, and contact information for the band. As well
as providing access to the band’s calendar, documents such as meeting minutes, forms and volunteer information. The web site
links to the band’s social media sites of twitter and Facebook as well as sign up genius. Using Pay Pal you can not only order merchandise online from the store, but you can also make a donation to support the instrumental music program at Utica High School.
New this month, check out the exciting video of our drum line. It’s a really cool clip shot as part of the new DVD the band will be
launching for sale later this year.
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On behalf of the 2014 Utica High School Marching Band,
`thank you to all of our fans for supporting us through this
marching band season. The season was filled with a lot of
hard work, but also a lot of fun times and laughter.
Together challenges were overcome and strong bonds of
friendship formed.
“WE ARE YOUNG” is a wrap!
UHS Band Boosters
present
UTICA HIGH SCHOOL AFGHANS
“The Perfect Gift for the Holidays, Birthdays & Graduation”
For additional information, or to submit an order by mail (with payment), please contact:
Robert or Jackie Gambrell
UHS Band Boosters
11459 North Woods Dr.
Shelby Twp. MI 48317
(586) 803-3806
[email protected]
COST OF AFGHAN - $40
(Approximate size is 48" x 66")
The afghan can be personalized by embroidery of your first name and year of graduation - $5
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ORDER FORM
YES! I wish to order a UHS afghan. Enclosed is payment
of $40 per afghan. Please make checks payable to:
UHS Band Boosters.
Name_______________________________________
Phone#_____________________________________
E-Mail address_______________________________
PERSONALIZATION: If personalization is desired, please
list first name and year of graduation. Personalization is
an additional $5 per afghan.
Name_______________________________________
Graduation Year______________________________
TOTAL $ Enclosed____________________________
Delivery time: 2-4 weeks. You will be contacted when
your afghan is ready. For more information, please contact
Robert or Jackie Gambrell
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Utica Community Schools
11303 Greendale
Sterling Hts., MI 48312
CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED
Utica High School
47255 Shelby Road
Utica, MI 48317
Main Office:
586-797-2200
Attendance Office:
All Day
586-797-2473
Late Arrival
586-797-2472
Early Dismissal
586-797-2471
Counseling Office: 586-797-2290
Fax Number:
586-797-2201
Non-Profit Organization
US Postage Paid
Sterling Heights, MI
Permit No. 24
Mr. Tom Lietz, Principal,
Email: [email protected]
Utica High Home Page:
http://uhs.uticak12.org
UCS District website:
www.uticak12.org
DATES TO REMEMBER
November 4
November 10
November 12
November 13
November 13
November 20
November 21
November 22
November 26—28
No School—Professional Development
Sounding Board Meeting—Main Office, 9:30 a.m.
Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Early Dismissal, 10:22 a.m.
Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., & 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Wizard of Oz Musical, 7:00 p.m.
The Wizard of Oz Musical, 7:00 p.m.
The Wizard of Oz Musical, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
No School—Thanksgiving Break
December 1
December 8
December 24
Classes Resume
Sounding Board Meeting—Main Office, 9:30 a.m.
Winter Break Begins
January 5
January 12
January 14
January 15
January 16
January 19
Classes Resume
Sounding Board Meeting—Main Office, 9:30 a.m.
Exams 1st & 2nd Hour—Early Dismissal 10:22 a.m.
Exams 3rd & 4th Hour—Early Dismissal 10:22 a.m.
Exams 5th & 6th Hour—Early Dismissal 10:22 a.m.
No School—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Nondiscrimination in Education
In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age
Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act and the Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, it
is the policy of Utica Community Schools that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, disability, height, weight, or
marital status be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination during any instructional opportunities, programs, services, job
placement assistance, employment or in policies governing student conduct and attendance. Any person suspecting a discriminatory practice should contact the Executive
Director of Human Resources at Utica Community Schools, 11303 Greendale, Sterling Heights, MI 48312 or call (586) 797-1000.
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