Newsletter - Macomb Intermediate School District

Utica High School
April 2015
Principal’s Message
Career Facilitator
College Connection
News @ U
Senior News
Calendar of Events
Student Council
Athletic Director
Band Boosters
Dates to Remember
See “About the Cover”
on page 24
From the Principal’s Desk
The rhyme goes, April showers bring May
flowers. Let’s hope so! I think we are all
ready for the “Winter Mix” to be over! As we
move into Spring Break, and toward the year’s
end, it’s time to take stock of a lot of good
that’s happened this year. The Chieftains have had no
shortage of incredible and well deserved successes during
the 2014-15 school year.
dents qualify for Nationals in Orlando Florida, our HOSA
Team will travel to State Finals in Grand Rapids later this
month, and our newly constituted club, Beyond the U, will
travel Chicago in May to learn more about taking citizenship beyond the U and beyond Michigan and our national
boundaries! Our spring athletics seasons are ramping up
as winter closes out with a number of Class A representatives from Boys and Girls Basketball. Last week, we had
the honor of three of our students signing commitments to
First and foremost, Utica High School English teacher and Universities where they will play baseball and football
AVID Lead Teacher Mrs. Kelly Bronski was named High next year. It’s an exciting time of year for Utica High, and
School Teacher of the Year for Utica Schools, and UCS
it’s quickly moving toward the culminating point of the
Outstanding Teacher of the Year. This exceptional honor year, our Graduation.
brought with it some equally exceptional awards. Mrs.
Bronski received a new tablet computer, gift cards donat- So, hang on tight! The last couple months fly by! Parents,
ed by local businesses, and a one-year lease on a new car get involved! As we wind down the year, our Senior All
from Suburban Ford. It’s often said that teaching is a call- Night Party and Senior Picnic committees are always
ing or a passion. I heard Mrs. Bronski say that very thing looking for volunteers to make those last few events that
to one of her students at the celebration. Though educamuch more meaningful. Get to those last events whether
tion is a passion, it is a passion that is supported by hours it’s a baseball game or Utica High School’s first studentof work outside of the school day, on holidays and 12
written play, Lovely Lovely Valentine, by senior Jacob
months out of the year. Passion alone under plays the inFeeman, which opens April 23 – 25, there are no shortage
credible work our teaching and learning staff put in! It is
of ways to make the end of the 2014-15 school year one
a skill perfected over time, and ought to be celebrated at
that celebrates our incredible teachers and students!
every opportunity! I am honored to call Mrs. Bronski,
and all the teachers she represents at UHS, colleagues
and mentors, as I learn as much from them every day as
do your students! Please take a moment, and reach out
to a teacher who has made a difference in your life or the
life of your child, and thank them, as those thanks go
Tom Lietz
further than you can imagine!
The great work of the teachers at UHS has certainly paid
off as we begin the “Awards Season” at UHS. This
month, at the April 27th Board Meeting, the Board of Education will honor 81 of our Seniors with All-Academic
Honors for maintaining a 3.67 GPA during the first 7 semesters of their schooling. We will honor 20 Valedictorians at Commencement who have maintained a 4.0 GPA or
higher and two salutatorians. This month, at the Macomb
County All-Academic Banquet, UHS will have 5 of the 50
students in Macomb County, and 26 of those 50 will be
fellow Utica Schools graduates! Representing Utica High
School as MAC All-Academic Scholars will be Katelyn
Elder, Austin Le, Trevor Marks, Mario Russo and Alex
Will. Both Alex and Trevor have also achieved the apex
of high school recognition being recognized as National
Merit Finalists, placing them amongst the top 1% of all
students in the nation. Utica has a great deal to be proud
of, and it does not end with Academics.
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Our athletes and clubs have been busy as well! Utica’s
Student Council went to their State Conference where it
was given the Award of Excellence for its work in student
leadership. Senior Marissa Cavataio was a finalist for
Student Leader of the Year. We had multiple DECA stu-
Dear Utica High School Junior Parents and Guardians,
On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, one day after we return from Spring Break, your Junior Students
will begin their M-Step testing. The M-Step, as explained in the March Newsletter, is Michigan's replacement of the MEAP Assessment that was a part of the Junior Year MME schedule. This is the assessment by which the state of Michigan determines whether students are
below, at or above standard on content expectations. The M-Step is a not only a new test, but
is being delivered over a new platform. Test will be completely online, a big difference from
the "paper and pencil" tests of the past. It allows for multiple-answers, student interaction
with the documents (e.g. highlighting and underlining) and has all tools built into the process
(including calculators and speech to text for some of the readings).
The test will be delivered in two cycles. The first cycle, Group A, Tuesday and Wednesday,
April 14-15 will include our English Language Learners (EL students), our HOSA State Finalists (who will be out of the building on Thursday and Friday) and our regular education
students A – Kin and our students attending HOSA States. These students will test in ELA
and Social Studies on Tuesday April 14 and Mathematics and Science on Wednesday, April
15. The second cycle, Group B, will test on Thursday, April 16 and Friday April 17. Group B
will include our Special Education students and our Regular Education students Kir - Z.
These students will test on ELA and Social Studies on Thursday, April 16 and Math and Science on Friday, April 17.
MST and CSI Students will test at the IRC during their time there. They will not test at
Utica High School. UAIS students will test at Heritage. Students with excused absences
on their assigned testing time will not shift to the other test, but will test on Tuesday and
Wednesday, April 21st and 22nd during 1st – 4th hours.
School will continue on its normal schedule for all students. On these testing days, school
will start at the regular time, all students will go to class unless testing. Students who are
testing will go to their designated testing room which will be posted in school. M-Step testing
will occur during 1st through 4th hours, and all juniors testing will eat lunch after testing is
completed and students are released.
Students should bring the following to the test:
· Pencils / Pens (for scratch paper)
· Headphones/ear buds (for text-to-speech sections of the test). Headphones can be provided if a student doesn't have their own.
· Bottle of water or snack for the break.
Students will not be permitted to bring the following into the testing room:
· Paper of any type (it will be provided)
· Cell phones
· Calculators
Here is a visual of the testing cycle. Students will receive a break between tests. The
test is untimed.
Tues. Apr. 14
Wed. Apr. 15
Thurs. Apr. 16
Fri. Apr. 17
ELA & Soc. Stud.
Math & Science
StuGroupB, SE
ELA & Soc. Stud.
StuGroupB, SE
Math & Science
5th Hour
Reg. Classes
Reg. Classes
Reg. Classes
Reg. Classes
6th Hour
Reg. Classes
Reg. Classes
Reg. Classes
1st – 4th Hours
7:30 – 11:30 am
Lunch 11:30 – 12
Reg. Classes
During the days your student is not testing, classes will occur as regularly scheduled. In
fact, with the exception of some "quiet testing" signs, and an understanding with Junior
teachers that homework will be non-existent during these four testing days, classes
should be largely unaffected allowing preparation for AP Exams, certification tests, etc.,
to continue unhindered by the testing process.
We strongly encourage you and your student to visit the M-Step Testing preparation site
set up by Utica Community Schools. It can be found on the Utica Learning Interchange
all the way at the bottom by clicking M-Step Resources or by selecting this link. This
link will give your student access to practice questions and a host of other useful information (both for students and parents), and is worth visiting and spending some time on
prior to the test.
If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me. We are confident that our juniors are well prepared for this assessment. However, as it is new, we know that preparation and familiarity will be key to student success. Please visit the link above with your
student, have them look at the various ELA and Mathematics sample questions available, and encourage them take the test very seriously.
Best regards,
Tom Lietz
Please be advised that students
are NOT allowed to use electronic
All parents are welcome to attend our monthly
communication devices (ECD’s) in
Sounding Board meetings to receive information
the classrooms and lunchrooms
regarding student activities and educational
during the school day unless
programs offered at UHS. These meetings are held
invited to do so by their teacher.
on the second Monday of each month. Please mark
your calendar and join us! The meetings are
The school is not responsible for any ECD’s that
approximately one hour. We welcome new
are lost or stolen. We are asking that students
members! M eetings are at
not bring ECD’s to school.
9:30 a.m. unless otherwise indicated.
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.
For the 2014-2015 school year the meeting dates
are as follows:
April 13th CANCELLED
May 11th, 11:30 a.m. Luncheon
June 8th
If any ECD is confiscated, your student will be
assigned a Saturday School.
Early Dismissal: 586-797-2471
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.
Utica Administration
Tom Lietz, principal
Peter Paulon, associate principal
Jeremy Kranzo, associate principal
“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.
Chief Connection
A-G Dr. Krolczyk
Check our web page for updates on counseling information.
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. Forms are processed on a daily basis and each counselor will contact the
student when time is available. If a parent would like to see a counselor, please call the counseling office or email the
counselor to request an appointment.
Counselors are finishing student scheduling for the 2015-16 school year. All Social Studies 10 &
11 classes attended scheduling presentations in the auditorium the week of March 16th. Students can meet with their counselors now that schedules are put in and make changes if needed.
All students should be reminded that their chosen high school programs should be designed not
only for high school graduation purposes but also, more importantly, to prepare them for their
future. Students and parents should be reminded that students are expected to remain in
full-year classes the entire year.
Parents and students (class of 2015-2016) need to be aware of the requirements for graduation.
During the scheduling process all students were made aware of these requirements.
The requirements include:
4 credits of English
4 credits of Math (which must include Geometry, Algebra I and Algebra II) and a Senior Math
class or related math class
3 credits of Science (which must include Biology I and Chem. or Physics)
3 credits of Social Studies (which must include Government, Economics, U.S. History and
World History)
½ credit of Health
Chief Connection
Counseling News
Check our web page for updates on counseling information.
Utica High School counseling department phone: 586-797-2290
Counseling Admin. Assistant Mrs. Wiegand phone: 586-797-2360
½ credit Physical Education
1 credit of Visual, Performing, or Applied Arts
6 Elective credits (should include 2 credits of World Language)
22 Total Credits
**In addition, students must also take ACT, WorkKeys all parts of the M-STEP Test!
Some students may have difficulty meeting the requirements UCS and the state of Michigan
have put into place to graduate. These students may want to go above and beyond in certain
core academic areas or may have difficulty meeting the requirements presented in their IEP.
Both circumstances should be discussed with your child’s counselor. Local school districts are
able to implement certain procedures and policies with a PC. All PC requests must go through
an approval process. Please understand that PC’s will not be put into place until the spring
of your child’s junior year (extenuating circumstances may apply). UCS intends for all students
to maximize and diversify their education by meeting the specific requirements of the Michigan
Merit Curriculum. More information can be found on under the Instruction
tab, Secondary Education.
If you are anticipating Dual Enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year, please see your counselor. Dual Enrollment applications are due the first week of June. Course selections must be approved by a UCS designee and minimum requirements for Dual Enrollment must be met. These
requirements are described on the application. Your counselor is available to answer additional
questions on Dual Enrollment.
Students should be aware that the ACT test is required for admission into a 4-year college or
university. It should be noted that all juniors were required to take the ACT test on March 3,
2015, as part of the M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress). There was no
fee for this March test. Results for the March ACT will be mailed home to students within 4-6
weeks. Students wishing to take the next ACT test on June 13, 2015, will need to register and pay
for this exam on their own at . The deadline is May 8, 2015.
Chief Connection
Counseling News
Check our web page for updates on counseling information.
Utica High School counseling department phone: 586-797-2290
Counseling Admin. Assistant Mrs. Wiegand phone: 586-797-2360
Students should also be aware that ACT and SAT test-prep work-shops are available at other
various locations. Students are advised to visit the counseling website or see their counselor for
dates, times and locations. Test-prep software and test-prep materials are available through
ACT/SAT. For more information visit their websites at and . Additional free test-prep sites can be found at the Michigan Virtual
University website, the Learning Express Library website ( ) and at .
M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) formerly known as MME
(Michigan Merit Exam)
The M-STEP test will be given to all juniors during the week of April 14th. The M-STEP is
comprised of several assessments.
These include:
The ACT, including the Writing component
WorkKeys Applied Mathematics, Locating Information & Reading for Information
The M-STEP assessments: Science, English Language Arts, Social Studies and Mathematics.
These test are all done online during the regular school day.
AP exam registration was completed on March 21st. All students who plan to take AP exams in
May should have registered on-line, and paid their fees to Mrs. Prentice in the book store. AP
Pre-gridding will take place in students AP Classes. AP testing will be Monday, May 5, 2015,
through Thursday, May 15, 2015. Any questions regarding AP exams should be directed to Dr.
Krolczyk in the counseling office.
Contact Dr. Krolczyk with any questions pertaining to AP Testing. All tests have been ordered.
Requests for refunds on tests ordered, and not taken, must go through Dr. Krolczyk in the
counseling office. All refund requests are due by May 18th and checks are mailed in June. A
schedule of room assignments will be emailed to all students/parents closer to the test date(s).
The test schedule is listed on the next page.
Chief Connection
Counseling News
Check our web page for updates on counseling information.
Utica High School counseling department phone: 586-797-2290
Counseling Admin. Assistant Mrs. Wiegand phone: 586-797-2360
Week 1
Morning 8 a.m.
Environmental Science
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Afternoon 12 noon
English Literature and Composition
Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Computer Science A
Spanish Language and Culture
German Language and Culture
United States History
Week 2
Morning 8 a.m.
Physics 2: Algebra-Based
Afternoon 12 noon
European History
Physics C: Mechanics
Afternoon 2pm: Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
United States Government and Politics
French Language and Culture
English Language and Composition
Seniors interested in scholarships are strongly encouraged to visit our district counseling website
link, . Many scholarships have spring deadlines. Scholarships are also listed in
the UHS “Weekly Calendar,” which can be found on the UHS website .
(Free Application for Federal & State Aid) forms are available online at . Parents can access this site through our counseling website link, “Financial Aid.” Parents should be
reminded that FAFSA forms should be submitted as soon as possible.
Chief Connection
Counseling News
Check our web page for updates on counseling information.
Utica High School counseling department phone: 586-797-2290
Counseling Admin. Assistant Mrs. Wiegand phone: 586-797-2360
Seniors who have applied (or are planning to apply) to Macomb Community College for the fall
of 2015 should be reminded to take the Assessment (COMPASS) Test at Macomb. Information
about the assessment test can be found at MCC website ( ). Following the
placement test, students should complete the “New Student Orientation” which can be found
online. Once you have completed orientation, you will need to attend a “Course Planning Session” (meet with an advisor/counselor). For information on dates, times and location, you are
advised to visit MCC’s website.
Henry Ford II High School will be hosting a College Fair April 16, 2015, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. It
will provide students and parents the opportunity to meet more than 60 college and postsecondary educational representatives to discuss admitting policies, suggested high school
course choices, financial aid/scholarships, program offerings and tuition costs.
Potential college student athletes must comply with NCAA Requirements. There are academic
guidelines that must be followed in order to qualify to participate in sports at the postsecondary level. Seniors and juniors planning on playing a sport at the college level (Division I
or II) are required to register with the NCAA. Students can register online at . In
addition, ACT scores, as well as transcripts, must be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse. It is advised that you see your counselor or visit for information and procedures.
The 2014-15 school year is quickly coming to an end. Counselors continue to encourage students to perform at their academic best throughout the year. Failure in classes required for graduation may necessitate credit make-up in a summer school program. Counselors will be notifying parents and advising students in regard to this matter at the end of the school year.
Students who know they need summer school classes should notify their counselors so
that they can get the summer school information as soon as it is available.
Chief Connection
Counseling News
Check our web page for updates on counseling information.
Utica High School counseling department phone: 586-797-2290
Counseling Admin. Assistant Mrs. Wiegand phone: 586-797-2360
2014—2015 ACT Test Dates
Test Date
Registration Deadline
(Late Fee Required)
April 18, 2015
March 13, 2015
March 14—27, 2015
June 13, 2015
May 8, 2015
May 9—22, 2015
Utica Community Schools is pleased to introduce Family Connection linked with Naviance™– a comprehensive website that your child can use to make plans about colleges and careers.
Family Connection allows your child to:
 Research colleges
 Research and apply for scholarships
 Research careers
 Prepare for the ACT test
 Set academic and career goals for the future
 Build a resume
Tenth and eleventh grade students will receive their login and password information in the month of January. Please discuss this exciting new opportunity with your child. Look for additional information regarding this district initiative.
Monday, April 13, 2015
8:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
Connect with current Purdue engineering students, faculty, staff and practicing engineers
Explore various areas of engineering
Have your questions answered from First Year Engineering; Admissions and Financial Aid
Take part in tours of the engineering campus and residence halls
For further details including the day’s agenda and online registration visit:
Or contact Dawn Mikels at 765-494-3889 or [email protected]
Chief Connection
Counseling News
Check our web page for updates on counseling information.
Utica High School counseling department phone: 586-797-2290
The Common Application
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3. Pay the amount stated.
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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.
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Here's what happens next
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Next Marking Period Report.
Chief Connection
Notes from the
High School is mandatory and usually free.
Your time is structured by others.
You need permission to participate in extracurricular activities.
College is voluntary and expensive.
You manage your own time.
You must decide whether to participate in co-curricular
You can count on parents and teachers to remind you of
your responsibilities and to guide you in setting priorities.
You must balance your responsibilities and set priorities.
You will face moral and ethical decisions you have never
faced before.
Each day you proceed from one class directly to another,
spending 6 hours each day--30 hours a week--in class.
You often have hours between classes; class times vary
throughout the day and evening and you spend only 12 to
16 hours each week in class.
Most of your classes are arranged for you.
You arrange your own schedule in consultation with your
adviser. Schedules tend to look lighter than they really are.
You are not responsible for knowing what it takes to gradu- Graduation requirements are complex, and differ from year
to year. You are expected to know those that apply to you.
Guiding principle: You will usually be told what to do and
corrected if your behavior is out of line
Guiding principle: You are expected to take responsibility
for what you do and don't do, as well as for the consequences of your decisions.
Taken from Southern Methodist website
The school year is 36 weeks long; some classes extend over The academic year is divided into two separate 15-week
both semesters and some don't.
semesters, plus a week after each semester for exams.
Classes generally have no more that 35 students.
Classes may number 100 students or more.
You may study outside class as little as 0 to 2 hours a week, You need to study at least 2 to 3 hours outside of class for
and that may be mostly last-minute test preparation.
each hour in class.
You seldom need to read anything more than once, and
sometimes listening in class is enough.
You need to review class notes and text material regularly.
You are expected to read short assignments that are then
discussed, and often re-taught, in class.
You are assigned substantial amounts of reading and
writing which may not be directly addressed in class.
Guiding principle: You will usually be told in class what you Guiding principle: It's up to you to read and understand the
need to learn from assigned readings.
assigned material; lectures and assignments proceed from
the assumption that you've already done so.
Chief Connection
College Connection
everything you need to know to prepare for life after high school
(Questions to ask College Representatives, 
How would you characterize the majority of students?
What kinds of facilities does the student center have? Is it a
magnet for student activities? Are there other campus
How would you rate the fitness center?
From what economic background are the majority of
Is there a doctor, nurse, psychologist or career counselor on
campus? What is the waiting period for appointments?
Are there clubs, activities, or housing that are minority
Is the office of special services adequate to the demand?
What do students like most about the college? Like least?
How good is the campus security?
Has the student government made any real contributions to
the school? How do you get into student government?
What have the student experiences been at the library?
What political, social, or academic issues concerned
students last year? How did the administration react? What
was the resolution?
Social Life and Campus Activities:
Is the library well equipped with technological needs?
Community off Campus
What is there to do in town? How would I get there?
Do many students find employment opportunities off
What do students do for fun?
What is the role of fraternities and sororities on campus? If
I didn’t want to join, could I have a satisfactory social life?
What are the dominant social groups on campus? Do the
groups get along with one another? Have there been any
Academics and Faculty
What is distinctive about education here?
What is the most popular major on campus? Why?
How would you characterize the academic pressure and
What role do team sports play in the social life of the
college? What happens on football or basketball weekends?
Are there research possibilities with the faculty? In what
Is there a good balance of academics, social life, and
extracurricular activities?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the advising
What were the social or cultural highlights last year?
What is the role of the campus newspaper?
Is there an alcohol problem and, if so, how is the college
handling it? What is the incident of binge drinking? Do
students feel safe on campus?
What is the quality of the student and faculty relationships?
Is the faculty interested in and accessible to students after
Are curriculum changes in the works? How will that affect
my college years?
Are any departments being cut back or discontinued within
the next couple of years?
Are any new programs scheduled for the next four years?
Campus Facilities
Is there something I should know about housing that will
help me with my choice?
What are the types of food plans? All you can eat?
Vegetarian? Kosher?
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July 5—August 8, 2015
Human Health Day on Saturday, April 18, 9:00—12:00. For
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some 700 students for five weeks of academic study, athletics,
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College for Creative Studies
Visit CCS and choose your own method of exploring what
college has to offer you. Take a campus tour, meet with faculty one-on-one, visit with your admissions counselor, attend a Washington University in St. Louis
financial aid session to learn how affordable CCS can be and Experience Washington University the summer after your
more. Thursday, May 28th, 3:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
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For more information and application materials, visit: SumAquinas College to join them for AQ Days. Go and discover
what Aquinas is all about! Get the scoop on everything from
It’s Never too Early to Think About Summer Opportunities!!
Fashion Institute of design and
Is hosting their 3-days of Fashion this summer. Handon workshops include Fashion Draping, Learning Fashion Sketching, Drawing Shoe designs and discovering
the art of trend spotting. Space is limited. Students are
responsible for airfare and hotel accommodations.
Learn more by texting FIDMSummer to 57682.
Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Programs
Carnegie Mellon Summer Pre-College Programs
June 27—August 8, 2015
Advanced Placement/Early Admission
Fine Arts: Architecture/Art Design/Drama/Music
National High School Game Academy
Duke University
Sophomores and juniors, consider spending your summer at The Duke Summer College for High School Students!
With a dynamic curriculum designed for your passions
and talents, you learn from the highly-trained, highlyintriguing faculty of Duke University and earn college
credit. Register on the Duke University website.
Denison University
drawing, fashion and more. Information is available in
the Career Center.
University of Michigan School of Art
and Design Summer Program
Central Michigan Leadership Camp or [email protected]
or 989-774-6601
Otis College of Art and Design or 310-665-6864
July 6—July 31
U of M Summer Engineering
Exploration 2015
Loyola University Chicago PreCollegiate Summer Scholars 2015 or
[email protected] or 773-508-7772
Macomb Community College Career
Academies Summer 2015 or 586-498-4008
Do you consider yourself a writer? You may want to
check out the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop.
This week-long residential summer program in creative
writing accepts 36 energetic, talented students from a
variety of backgrounds. The eight-day program costs
$1,300, but financial support is available for those who
need it. Application deadline is March 2. For more info,
check out the poster outside of the Career Center or call
College Visits 2015 Summer Tours
George Washington University school or 617-353-1378.
Offers students an extraordinary opportunity for an
enriching academic summer experience. Courses range
from 6-week online classes to opportunities in the Arts,
Economics, Law & Government, Writing & Communications and Medicine, and more. To learn more or to
register, check out .
College for Creative Studies
Has their new Summer Precollege information out for
students ages 13-19. Classes include animation, life
The Brown University Leadership
Institute or
Boston University Summer Term High
School Programs
Pratt Institute Pre-College Summer
Immerse yourself in Art, Design, Architecture, Creative
Writing or Cultural Studies [email protected]
Oakland University Summer Camps
Engineering, Computer Science, STEM, Nursing and
Health Sciences and Career Exploration http://
Career Academies at Macomb • Summer 2015
Academies specifically for high school students. This is a great opportunity to explore and gain hands-on experience in different careers. These four
-to-five-day academies may help you choose the career path that is right for you! A fantastic lunch is included for full-day academies.
Requirements are:
• Students must be at least 14 years of age (unless otherwise indicated)
• Register no later than one week before academy start date
• Must have reliable transportation
I.T. Gaming
This academy is about learning how to create games, not play games. Students must be 15 years or older, have a solid math background, and
must have taken a computer course. This year’s theme is “Making the Classics,” which will allow students to learn how to put a modern spin on
some of the all-time great video games. Students will learn the skills required for a career in the I.T. gaming field.
Registration: 32071 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fee: $85
M–Th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8/17–20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9AM–3PM
Center Campus, A123
Media and Communication Arts
Looking for a career in Creative Imaging and Illustration, Interactive/Web Page Design, Photographic Technologies, Design & Layout, Video Production, or 3D Animation? This may be the academy for you. The Media and Communication Arts (MACA) program offers a graphic arts curriculum,
second to none, with state-of-the-art equipment, including the latest Nikon SLR Digital Camera, and the most current versions of a large variety of
graphic arts software applications. Students will experience Macintosh G5 Towers or 27” iMac computers featuring Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and Autodesk MAYA. Explore the graphic and media arts industry. Be creative or just have fun with digital cameras and
Registration No: 32044 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fee: $85
M–Th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6/15–18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9AM–3PM
South Campus, R127
From a box of everyday parts that becomes a racing robot, Macomb’s team of instructors will take you through the entire process of constructing,
debugging, and racing a robot in this week long academy! Students will build and keep a microprocessor to program at home, receive hands-on
experience with hand and power tools, develop team building skills, make friends, as well as gain exposure to lectures and demonstrations on topics related to building a robot.
Registration No: 32067 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fee: $85
M–Fri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6/15–19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9AM–3PM
South Campus, S137
Perform cutting-edge scientific techniques, clone a gene, and analyze DNA. Learn ways to diagnose diseases and techniques used in a crime scene
investigation. Biotechnology is a career area that is growing at a tremendous rate, and provides several job opportunities. If you are a person who
is interested in the sciences and all of their applications, this is the academy for you. This exciting program will be conducted by college faculty with
extensive background in this field and can teach you about other growing biotechnology fields.
Registration No: 32068 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fee: $75
M–Th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7/6–9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:30AM–12:30PM
Center Campus, E119
Hybrid Electric Vehicles
This academy is a perfect hands-on learning experience for students interested in cars and electronics! This interactive workshop explains the principles of battery/electric and other alternative vehicles. Other topics include reasons to use electric vehicles, EV safety, battery technologies and
motor types. Each student will build a battery, a DC motor kit and a fuel cell vehicle.
Registration No: 32072 . . . . . . . . . Fee: No Charge
M–Th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6/22–25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9AM–3PM
South Campus, M108
Veterinary Technician
Animal lovers—here is your chance to learn firsthand how to take proper care of animals from professional licensed veterinary technicians.
Through Macomb’s innovative one-week program, you can become familiar with many animal-related careers such as veterinarian, veterinary
technician, veterinary assistant, groomer, animal care attendant, and many more.
Registration No: 32073 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fee: $85
M–Th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6/22–25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9AM–2PM
Center Campus, E114
Earn as you Learn–Experience Apprenticeships
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an apprentice? This interactive workshop explains what an apprentice does and explores
apprenticeships in building construction, machining, mechatronics, and welding. Students will learn what the industry is looking for in the
engineering and advanced technology fields and participate in hands-on activities. Apprenticeships are an exciting way to earn as you learn.
Registration No: 32082 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fee: $85
M–Th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6/22–25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9AM–3PM
South Campus, R112
Computer Programming
Want to learn computer programming and have fun at the same time? This academy will teach you the fundamentals of variables, control
statements, functions, arrays, and loops. This is a 100% hands-on, instructor-guided course. Never programmed a computer before? No problem! This course is designed for students who have ZERO experience in computer programming but have always wanted to learn!. Students
must be at least 15 years old. No math experience is required. Students will learn skills necessary to begin a career in computer programming. Light breakfast along with lunch included.
Registration No: 32081 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fee: $85
M–Th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6/22–25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9AM–3PM
Center Campus, A130
Law Enforcement, Fire & EMT
Thinking of a career in public service as a Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, or Paramedic? Learn from
professionals in these disciplines and experience what it’s really like, with challenging hands-on sessions that include subject control, K-9,
SWAT, rescue, forcible entry, emergency medical response, and much more. Students will participate in law enforcement and fire preemployment physical agility test requirements, and take the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (M.C.O.L.E.S.) agility test.
Must be 16 years old for this academy.
Admission Criteria:
• Successful applicants will be notified by mail of their acceptance into the program. Cost includes all supplies and related materials.
• Registration will close at 4pm on May 24, 2015. Should you have questions, contact Tom Lindeman at 586.498.4021 ([email protected] or Gary Venet at 586.498.4050 ([email protected])
Credit: Students who complete this academy will receive two general elective credit hours from Macomb Community College.
Registration No: 32069 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fee: $85
M-Fri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6/15–19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8AM–4PM
East Campus, Emergency Services Training Center
Culinary/Pastry Arts
Spice it up. Students have the opportunity to cook side-by-side with professional chefs. Through the award-winning program at Macomb,
students will learn about different types of food service establishments and learn what types of jobs are available. Both hot food kitchen and
bakeries will be the focus of this week long learning experience.
Registration No: 32045 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fee: $85
M-Th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6/22–25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9AM-3PM
Center Campus, Cultural Center, K-Bldg.
Registration for New Non-Credit Students
●Go to and click on “Future Students”
●Select “Register for Continuing Ed Classes” at the top of page
●Select “Non-Credit/Continuing Education Students” button
●Select “Search & Register for Continuing Education Classes”
●Enter the Registration Number in the 5-Digit Registration Number box and click Submit
●Check the “Select Class” box, click Submit
●Enter the Personal Identification Information in order to complete your registration and payment.
* When registering for your first class at Macomb Community College a Social Security number is required.
Registration for Returning Non-Credit Students
●Go to and click on My Macomb
●Enter User ID (Macomb Student ID Number) and Password
●Under Web Advisor tab select blue “Non-Credit/Continuing Education Students” button
●Under Registration select “Search & Register for Continuing Education Classes”
●Enter the Registration Number in the 5-Digit Registration Number box and click Submit
●Check the “Select Class” box, click submit and enter payment information to complete registration
The school year is coming to an end. Summer is a time for fun with friends, but also an excellent opportunity
for college-bound teens to decide on a college major and future career path.
Oakland University's Career Exploration Summer Camps are a unique pre-college experience for motivated
and ambitious high school teens. Campers will be immersed in the fastest-growing career fields like healthcare,
engineering, criminal justice, business, graphic design and more through:
skill-building activities
hands-on team exercises
action-packed field trips
dynamic discussions with OU faculty and staff
Campers will learn about current and emerging careers, projected employment by field and required abilities for
each profession - and find out what can be done while still in high school to prepare for the future. Colleges look for
applicants who not only have good grades but those who have participated in different activities before graduation.
Attending one of our career camps is a great way to build a resume and gain a competitive edge.
Visit to get detailed camp descriptions, download the financial assistance application (for
those who qualify), check out video and photo highlights from past camps and join our mailing list to receive up-todate announcements.
Camp cost includes field trip transportation, lunch and snacks – and camp T-shirt.
June 22 - 26, 2015
OU's Anton/Frankel Center
July 20 - 24, 2015
OU's Anton/Frankel Center
July 13 - 16, 2015 and Aug. 3 - 6, 2015
OU's Human Health Building*
Aug. 10 - 14, 2015
St. Clair County Community College
July 27-31, 2015
OU's Anton/Frankel Center
August 17- 21, 2015
St. Clair County Community College
Watch a video highlight of last year's Career Exploration Camp!
*Transportation for this camp is available from OU's Anton/Frankel Center. Drop off is 8:15 a.m. and pick up
is 3:45 p.m.
OU Anton/Frankel Center
20 S. Main Street
Mt. Clemens
OU Main Campus
2200 N. Squirrel Road
St. Clair County Community College
323 Erie Street
Port Huron
Follow OU in Macomb County on our social media channels Facebook Twitter Flickr
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
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.
School Age Child Care registration packets can be downloaded at 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)
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.
are -
Spring Break
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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UCS 2015
More than 50 colleges will be in
attendance at the
UCS Annual College Fair
Thursday, April 16, 2015
6:30—8:00 p.m.
Henry Ford High School
Open for students grades 8—12
Spring into the
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40% off all winter apparel
20% off all spring apparel and tee-shirts
20% off all promotional items
Stop in and shop from 7:20 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.!
New Annie's frozen yogurt in Chocolate, Vanilla or twist during all
lunches. Don’t forget to order your SENIOR SHIRT!!!
Phone: 797-2411
Dana Boice—Director, School Store.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7 p.m.
Join us at Barnes & Noble on Hall Rd & Hayes
Me Before You
By Jojo Moyes
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun
tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou
doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what
keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he
knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to
burst into his world in a riot of color. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for
all time
In back from left to right: Ms. Fox, Noah Roth, Aaron Robinson, Mitch Phlypo, Vita Simmons and Ms. Grant.
Front center: George Camaj.
Five Utica High School students participated in the Macomb County Science Olympiad Regional Competition on
Saturday March 21st. Despite the fact that the team had one-third the usual amount of students, they metaled in
three events: Dynamic Planet- 5th place – Noah Roth and Aaron Robinson, Green Generation – 3rd place- Vita Simmons and Mission Possible – 5th place – Noah Roth and Aaron Robinson. In addition an honorable mention for
Mitchel Phlypo who placed 7th in Bungee Drop and Vita Simmons and Aaron Robinson whom placed 7 th in GeoLogic Mapping. The students had a great time and are already looking forward to next year’s competition. Also a
special thanks to the students’ parents and this year’s science student teachers Ms. Grant and Ms. Fox for their help
with the team.
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National Honor Society News
The NHS meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:45 a.m. in the Auditorium.
The next scheduled meeting is on May 12, 2015. The Executive Board meets the first Tuesday
of each month in room 234 at 6:45 a.m. Our next meeting is scheduled for May 5, 2015.
Senior Medallions will be distributed during our May meeting. In order to receive their
medallions, seniors must have completed all of their National Honor Society requirements. All
seniors who have completed the 25 service hours, 10 hours of tutoring and fundraising by March
27 will have their names inscribed on the back. Junior service hours are due on Monday June 1
At our May, meeting we will also be electing our officers and executive board members
for next year. Nominations were taken at our April meeting.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Kammann at 586-797-2334.
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
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
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:
OCFriends.htm to see what the military personnel have requested.
Please continue to
collect items for
Ronald McDonald House:
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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About the Cover
It’s not every day that high school students get the chance to take classes from ivy league
professors, but that’s exactly what members of Utica High School’s Arrow newspaper and
Warrior yearbook staffs were able to do, as delegates at Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Spring Convention.
Students traveled to Columbia University from March 18-20, where they attended sessions
from Columbia University professors and professional journalists, photographers and designers from around the country.
“My favorite session was learning about how to pursue a career in journalism,” Warrior editorin-chief Alissa Szandzik said. “We learned about the steps we should take, and what options
are available to us.”
Arrow business manager Ben Byrne attended sessions about advertising.
“We always struggle with selling ads for the paper,” Byrne said, “so I was excited to learn new
ideas to share with the staff. In particular, we’re going to create business plans to increase
our sales.”
The internet, and social media in particular, were the focus of many sessions, whether they
involved posting, linking to larger stories or design.
“We learned the importance of incorporating as much social media as we can into our publications,” Arrow editor-in-chief Chelsea Koger said. “Social media is such a big part of our lives
now, and utilizing it is a good way to get our students involved and reading our stories.”
On the final day of the convention, the Arrow newspaper was recognized as one of the top 31
high school newspapers in the country when they were presented with a Silver Crown Award
from CSPA’s director, Edmund J. Sullivan.
“Winning the Crown was the biggest honor ever,” Koger said. “It shows just how hard we
work and how deep our dedication is. I am so proud of my staff, and it’s going to be so hard
to leave when I graduate.”
The students stayed in Times Square during their visit, and had the opportunity to ride the
Staten Island Ferry past the Statue of Liberty, see a Broadway musical, and visit the 9/11 Museum.
“As soon as I entered the 9/11 Museum,” Arrow editor Joe Imbrunone said. “I realized pretty
quickly what it was like for the people in New York on that day. It was very real, and I know
it’s an experience I’ll never forget.”
The students also woke early enough to visit the set of the Today Show, and were seen several times on television by friends and family watching at home.
“I loved being able to see how news rooms work behind the scenes,” Szandzik said, “and how
much work actually goes into one taping.”
Members of UHS publications said they enjoyed their experiences at Columbia University.
“We were ecstatic to walk up and accept our Crown Award,” Byrne said, “but learning from
professionals at Columbia enhanced my skills; I feel like I’m ready to take journalism to the
next level.”
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Utica High School
Presents the drama
“Lovely Lovely Valentine”
Written and directed by Utica’s one and only senior Jacob Feeman,
Lovely Lovely Valentine is the story of Jordan DeWitt, a first-time actor, and
someone who has made some bad decisions. In an attempt to reinvent himself, he
joins a local community theatre group called “Playing Through Life.” There, he
meets the enigmatic Mona Valentine, a girl who is even more damaged than him,
and a girl who believes that he is not good enough for her, or anyone. Told in
three Acts, the play examines the relationship between Jordan and Mona, and the
effects that life, their families, and their own philosophies have on them as they
“play through life.”
The Utica High Theatre Department Presents the very first performance of
Lovely Lovely Valentine. The show will take place at Utica High School on April 23,
24, 25 @ 7:00 PM. Box office opens at 6:00PM – House opens ½ hour before
curtain. Avoid the line and order your tickets online! Tickets will be available at starting April 6th, and will be sold at the door if seats are still
For more information, contact Director of Theatre Joel Kaczmarczyk
@ 586-797-2267 or [email protected]
Adults: $8.00 Students: $7.00 12 and under: $5.00
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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 2014 - 2015 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!
Parents can go to 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.
Parents who think they might qualify for
Free and Reduced Lunch can go to the
main office or, for your convenience, can
go to and fill out the
application online. Notification of benefits
is faster using the online service.
If you have already signed up on, your username
and password will not change. Visit the
district website at, 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.
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!
April 1, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Parent - Senior MANDATORY Meeting
April 2, 2015
Deadline Senior Speech Contest
April 3, 2015
No School - Good Friday
April 6 - April 10, 2015
No School - Spring Break
April 13, 2015
Classes Resume
April 16, 2015
1:15 p.m.
Senior Speech Contest
May 7, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Senior Honor's Night (invitation only) - Auditorium
May 11 - 14, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Prom Tickets Available for Purchase—Cafeteria
May 18 - 21, 2015
Senior Week
May 22 - May 25, 2015
No School - Memorial Day Weekend
May 28, 2015
7:20 a.m.—10:22 a.m.
Senior Final Exams—4th, 5th, and 6th
May 29, 2015
7:20 a.m.—10:22 a.m.
Senior Final Exams—1st, 2nd and 3rd
May 29, 2015
10:30 a.m.
Senior Picnic
June 3, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Baccalaureate, Spiritual Program
June 4, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Senior Prom - Palazzo Grande
June 6, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Graduation Ceremony—Palace of Auburn Hills
April 3, 2015
April 6 - April 10, 2015
April 13, 2015 CANCELLED
April 13, 2015
April 24, 2015
May 4 – May 15, 2015
May 11, 2015
May 22 - May 25, 2015
May 26, 2015
May 29, 2015
June 2, 2015
June 8, 2015
June 10, 2015
June 11, 2015
June 12, 2015
No School—Good Friday
No School—Spring Break
Sounding Board Meeting—Main Office
Classes Resume
College Day
AP Testing
Sounding Board Meeting—Luncheon
No School—Memorial Day Weekend
Classes Resume
College Day
Department Recognition Awards Breakfast
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
9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
7:45 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:22 a.m.
10:22 a.m.
10:22 a.m.
2015 Senior All Night Party
The Class of 2015 Senior All-Night Party will be held on
Saturday, June 6th, 2015.
WE NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS!!! Please consider helping to
make our Seniors’ Party successful! Any help is greatly
appreciated! Check out our contact information below or show up
at a meeting.
“Proud Home of a 2015 Utica High School Graduate” Yard Signs are now
available! Price is $20.00 each. Yard signs will be available for purchase
throughout the school year, at Parent-Teacher Conferences and at the
Senior Mandatory meeting or by contacting Andrea Ireland @ 586-9333419 or [email protected]
Planning meetings will be [email protected] Utica High School in Room 155 @ 7 o’clock pm on the
following dates:
Tuesday, March 3rd
Monday, March 30th (NEW DATE)
Monday, April 13th
Tuesday, May 5th
Wednesday, May 20th
Monday, June 1st
The 2015 Senior All Night Party Facebook Page: UHS Class of 2015 Senior All Night Party
Email: [email protected]
It’s not too late to get your tickets! Tickets are available for $70.00 per student through
April 15, 2015. Permission slips are available through our Facebook Page, at the
school office, or by contacting Sandy Beattie @ [email protected] or 586-322-2371.
Chief Connection
Notes from Student Council...Kimberly Hodsdon
On March 28th twenty four Student Council members headed up to Traverse City for the Michigan Association of
Student Councils and Honor Societies State Leadership Conference. It was an inspirational, motivational, and
educational three-days for 1,500 student leaders from all over Michigan. Utica High School senior, and Student
Council President, Marissa Cavataio was selected as one of only four finalists for the Student of the Year Award! She
has dedicated herself to her school and community and we are incredibly proud of all her accomplishments. Marissa
will be attending Central Michigan University in the fall where she is the recipient of the leadership scholarship. Senior
and Student Council member, Jordyn Katterson, was honored with the Unsung Hero Award for Utica High School
because of her dedication without any expectation of recognition. Utica High School also received the Award of
Excellence – a prestigious award given only to 22 Michigan high schools this year. It was an incredible honor and we
are looking forward to attending next year’s conference!
1st Place
Ms. Grieco
Marissa Cavataio,
Student of the Year Finalist
Ashley Spagnuolo & Jacqueline Berg
Receiving the Award of Excellence
Jordyn Katterson,
UHS Unsung Hero
3rd Place
Mr. Machak
Awards Banquet
Opening, Ceremony
Front: Kim Wierzbicki, Shannon
Habba, Amy Misze, Jake Peplinski,
Bridget Spagnuolo, Paige Spinale
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Athletic Boosters website:
Utica High Athletic Booster Club Meetings
Monday, April 13th, 7:00 p.m., ECC Room
Monday, May 4th, 7:00 p.m., ECC Room
Wednesday, May 27th in the main gym, 6:00 p.m. Cost is $20.00
April’s Home Athletic Events:
Girls’ Varsity Soccer:
Romeo, 6:30 p.m.
Stevenson, 6:30 p.m.
Dakota, 6:30 p.m.
Girls’ JV Soccer:
Romeo, 5:00 p.m.
Stevenson, 5:00 p.m.
Dakota, 5:00 p.m.
Boys’ Varsity Baseball:
South Lake, 4:30 p.m.
Jackson High, 4:30 p.m.
Romeo, 11:00 a.m. (doubleheader)
St. Clair, 4:30 p.m.
Marysville, 4:30 p.m.
Marysville, 4:30 p.m.
Anchor Bay, 4:30 p.m.
Anchor Bay, 4:30 p.m.
Boys’ JV Baseball:
St. Clair, 4:30 p.m.
St. Clair, 4:30 p.m.
Marysville, 4:30 p.m.
Anchor Bay, 4:30 p.m.
Girls’ Tennis:
Warren Mott, 4:30 p.m.
East Detroit, 4:30 p.m.
Cousino, 4:30 p.m.
Centerline, 4:30 p.m.
Girls’ Varsity Softball:
Dakota, 4:30 p.m.
Marine City, 10:00 a.m.
L’Anse Creuse North, 4:30 p.m.
Oxford, 4:30 p.m. (doubleheader)
Chippewa Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Girls’ JV Softball:
Romeo, 4:00 p.m. (doubleheader)
Lake Shore, 4:30 p.m.
Stevenson, 4:30 p.m.
Lakeview, 4:30 p.m.
Boy’s & Girl’s Track:
Port Huron, 4:00 p.m.
Marine City, 4:00 p.m.
Henry Ford, 5:30 p.m.
Cousino, 4:30 p.m.
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.
Should you have any questions regarding athletics, please contact Jim Vigus at [email protected]
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Band Notes
Flats :
BAND AND ORCHESTRA BOOSTER NEWS ~ Where involvement is the key.
Karen Haithcock – UHS Band & Orchestra Publicity Officer
Congratulations to Utica High
School Bands!
UHS Bands Earn First Division Ratings
Both the Symphonic Band as well as the Wind Ensemble Band earned 1st division ratings overall at the Michigan School Band &
Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District XVI Band Festival held at Dakota High School on March 12, 2015. For Festival, each
band performed three pieces for adjudication followed by a sight reading. Bands are rated on a scale from 1 to 5 with 1 (or
“Superior”) being the highest rating possible. In keeping with Utica’s tradition of excellence, students put forth a lot of hard
work and effort and are proud of their musical accomplishments. Way to go Chieftains!
The Symphonic Band will now begin working on even more challenging pieces of music as they prepare for the spring concert
which will be held at Utica High School on May 13.
The Wind Ensemble will be participating in the State Band Festival on Friday, May 1. Time and location have yet to be determined, but will be shared in Wind Ensemble Class (fourth hour) once available.
Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to juniors, Ian Briggs (snare) and Spencer Haithcock (trumpet) who are this year’s recipients from UHS of the
Louis Gonda Memorial Scholarship fund along with freshmen, Alex Roy (snare), Mary Keta (clarinet) and Kaylyn Max (flute).
Gonda Scholarships enhance a student’s education in music and can be used for summer music camps, marching band camps, or
private lessons. Proceeds from the annual UCS Band-A-Rama support the Louis Gonda Memorial Scholarship fund.
Band Booster Scholarships will be awarded to Ryan Herc (clarinet), Juliet Gryn (piccolo), Natalie Kowalczyk (flute), Melisa Machusko (flute) and Charlene Dukes (clarinet).
MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Festival
A hearty round of applause for Utica’s musicians who advanced to the State Solo & Ensemble held on March 21 at Chippewa
Valley High School.
Jose Arizmendi ~ Bb Clarinet Solo
Juliet Gryn ~ Piccolo Solo
Gracie Medlin & Lauren Hill ~ Flute Duet
Justine Ezell ~ Oboe Solo
Spencer Haithcock ~ Trumpet Solo
Melissa Machusko ~ Flute Solo
Ashley Kerr ~ Flute Solo & Piccolo Solo
Ashley Kerr & Melissa Machusko ~ Flute Duet
Ian Briggs ~ Snare Percussion Solo
Evan Danielson & Ashlie Hawe ~ Marimba Duet
Natalia Kowalczyk ~ Flute Solo
Charlene Dukes ~ Bb Clarinet Solo
Ryan Herc ~ Bb Clarinet Solo
Trevor Macks ~ Bb Clarinet Solo
The students listed above qualified for the state level by obtaining a first division rating at the district level in January. In addition to their performance
piece, soloists at the state level had to play five scales and perform a sight reading. At both the district as well as the state events participants play in front of a
judge, and are given a rating based on their individual performance.
Extra special congratulations goes to senior, Ashley Kerr, for her exceptional
achievements at State Solo & Ensemble Festival bringing home a 98 in piccolo
and a perfect score of 100 in flute! Bravo! Ashley performed “Concertino” by
Cecile Chaminade on flute. To achieve a perfect score is not very common.
This is why I personally say she is my “bff” (best flute friend).
Senior Ashley Kerr
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UHS Band Boosters Cont.
Honors Band
At the February Booster’s meeting, Mr. Sauer announced this year’s participants in Honor Band. Ashley Kerr, Melissa Machusko,
Juliet Gryn, Ryan Herc, Ian Briggs and Jose Arizmendi were selected for the 11 th and 12th grade Band. Natalia Kowalczyk and Charlene Dukes were chosen for the 9th and 10th grade Band.
Register your Kroger Plus Card and every time you shop and swipe your Kroger Plus Card at purchase the Band Boosters earn a rebate! It is easy to create an account and enroll via Kroger’s secure website at Scroll
down to find MICHIGAN. If you are a new member, click ‘enroll’. If you are a returning member, select re-enroll. There are step-by
-step enrollment instructions on the Kroger website. Our organization is listed under “Utica High School Band and Orchestra Boosters” and our organization number is 82739.
Note: YOU MUST UPDATE YOUR KROGER ACCOUNT ONCE A YEAR (the end of April). That means even if you have previously enrolled to support the band you will need to re-enroll in April. The re-enrollment process is required by Kroger because that
is how they keep their data base up to date with current information.
Restaurant Night
Be sure to keep an eye on the band’s web site for the latest and greatest! As soon as monthly restaurant nights are announced the
information is posted on the web site along with any flyers and instructions if necessary.
Hello Sunshine! Happy Spring!
The band is selling sunglasses for $10. These sunglasses do not say band on them. They say UTICA
CHIEFTAINS so everyone in the school can get a pair. Classic Wayfarer style provides instant
style with minimal effort. From rocker to movie star to (your name here), it’s easy to see why everyone loves to wear Wayfarers. Order yours today at
Bowling for the Band
Thank you to everyone who turned out to support the band at the Bowling for the Band fundraiser. A good time was had by all! All
the gift basket/auction item donations were great too and much appreciated. A very special thank you goes to Kathy Groves for coordinating this event. Kathy has been a huge help to the band boosters this year. I know the booster board has really appreciated her
willingness to volunteer where needed. Thank you! :)
Upcoming Events
April 20:
April 21:
April 27:
May 4:
May 1:
May 6:
May 7 - 9:
May 6:
May 13:
May 19:
June 6:
July 28 – 30:
August 2 – 7:`
Mandatory Band Meeting
Band Booster Meeting at 7 pm
Drumline Clinic (tentative)
Drumline Tryouts (tentative)
Wind Ensemble to State Band & Orchestra Festival (location TBD)
Band Banquet
Diegels Greenhouse Flower Sale
Banquet at Enchantment Banquet Hall (21 Mile & Hayes)
Spring Band Concert at Utica High School
Band Booster Meeting at 7 pm
Commencement at the Palace of Auburn Hills (10 th & 11th graders to perform)
Mini Band Camp
Band Camp at Central Michigan University
Mark Your Calendars
Please note there is a MANDATORY MEETING for anyone who wants to be in the 2015 Marching Band on
Monday, April 20th at 7 pm. Parents meet in the auditorium. Students in the band room with instrument.
In addition to this newsletter, other ways to stay connected with band happenings include:
Facebook: Utica High School Band
Twitter: Follow @UticaBands
Remind 101:
Email: [email protected]
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UHS Band Boosters Cont.
UHS Band Boosters
“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]
(Approximate size is 48" x 66")
The afghan can be personalized by embroidery of your first name and year of graduation - $5
YES! I wish to order a UHS afghan. Enclosed is payment
of $40 per afghan. Please make checks payable to:
UHS Band Boosters.
E-Mail address_______________________________
PERSONALIZATION: If personalization is desired, please
list first name and year of graduation. Personalization is
an additional $5 per afghan.
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
Utica Community Schools
11303 Greendale
Sterling Hts., MI 48312
Utica High School
47255 Shelby Road
Utica, MI 48317
Main Office:
Attendance Office:
All Day
Late Arrival
Early Dismissal
Counseling Office: 586-797-2290
Fax Number:
Non-Profit Organization
US Postage Paid
Sterling Heights, MI
Permit No. 24
Mr. Tom Lietz, Principal,
Email: [email protected] g
Utica High Home Page:
UCS District website:
April 2
April 3
April 6—April 10
April 13
April 13
April 16
April 16
April 24
Last Day to Sign Up Senior Speech Contest—Main Office
No School
Spring Break
Classes Resume
Sounding Board Meeting—Main Office, 9:30 a.m. CANCELLED
Senior Speech Contest—Main Office, 1:15 p.m.
College Fair—Henry Ford II, 6:30 p.m.
College Day
May 7
May 11
May 22—May 25
May 26
May 29
Senior Honor’s Night (invitation only)—Auditorium 7:00 p.m.
Sounding Board Meeting—Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
No School—Memorial Day Weekend
Classes Resume
College Day
June 2
June 3
June 4
June 6
June 8
Department Recognition Awards Breakfast—Cafeteria
Baccalaureate—Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
Senior Prom—Palazzo Grande, 6:30 p.m.—11:00 p.m.
Commencement Ceremony—Palace of Auburn Hills, 7:00 p.m.
Sounding Board Meeting—Main Office, 9:30 a.m.
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.