1st Grade- We've had a busy month in first grade! We have been celebrating Black History Month, the 101st day of school, and Valentine's Day. We also wrapped up Unit 4 in math and have started Unit 7- measurement, time, geometry, and fractions. In reading we have been working on inferring and visualizing stories as well as learning new genres such as folktales, and drama. Throughout writing, we are working on writing four great sentences including a topic sentence, two details, and an ending sentence. We are looking forward to March is Reading Month and Spring arriving!
Second Grade- Second grade is busy! In math, we are working on double digit subtraction and regrouping. We are also focusing on the concepts of time, money and graphing. In reading, we continue to look at the text features of different genres and authors purpose. Much focus is being placed on grammar. Finally, in social studies, in honor of Black History Month, we have an extensive unit on many different influential leaders. The students are doing close and critical reads about these important leaders. At the end of the unit, students will choose his/her favorite leader to present facts regarding their person.
Third Grade- The third graders continue to become more sophisticated readers and writers. They recently finished their research projects for Black History Month in which each student shared information about a different influential person in history. In science, the students got to apply their knowledge of magnets and electricity to create electromagnets. Lastly, their journey through the history of Michigan continues as they have been learning about the first Michiganians and their way of life.
Fourth Grade- our students made a collaborative poster project for Black History Month in 4th grade! It was so enjoyable to hear the students try to guess who they had as a part of the puzzle and when the final project was put together their “ah-ha” moments were priceless!
Fifth Grade- Our fifth grade math students completed their unit on multiplication and division of fractions. The students used models and play-dough to deepen their understanding of the unit. Our fifth graders are now enhancing their multiplication skills in the fourth unit of Math Expressions. The students are learning how to use mental math strategies to answer multiplication problems with powers of 10. The students are beginning to explore decimal multiplication and division through a variety of strategies.In social studies we are beginning a new unit on the causes of the American Revolution. We will study the reasons the colonists wanted to break from English rule, the prominent figures of the time and the major battles that led to their eventual success and creation of the United States of America. Our fifth grade scientists are doing an amazing job with discussion circles, driving question boards, accountable talk, and visual thinking routines throughout our Science units. Currently we are reviewing Alternative Energy and then we will venture into States of Matter. We continue to work on Close Reading skills, Claim Evidence Reason and our team performance skills while doing hands on Experiments.
Sixth Grade- In science we will begin our new unit on Thermal Energy. We will study and test which components of a cup will keep water colder longer. In 6th grade math, it's an exciting time right now. We just started piloting a new math series titled Big Ideas Math. The students are learning pre-algebra concepts that consists of algebraic expressions and solving for the variable. We are learning new vocabulary terms like coefficient, variable, constant and terms and applying our new knowledge to examples in class. Students will also be learning about inverse operations for the four different kinds of equations. The kids are excited about learning these new concepts! In advanced math, the students are learning about percentages, sales tax, tips, and commission. We are using real-world scenarios calculating how much someone would need to pay at a restaurant or buying an item at a store. To conclude this unit, the students will be doing their Target 100 project in which the kids will find items from a Target sales ad, apply a coupon, apply a % off, and add sales tax. The challenge is to spend $100 exactly and you can't go over! This should be an exciting project for all the advanced math students! In social studies the children are learning about large populations around the world. We have been discussing the effects of rapidly growing populations and how to support them by getting additional resources and creating jobs. We will be starting to learn about population density and how it effects transportation, housing, land usage and disease control.
Lunch Menu Change
Make it Count for Students: Participate in 2020 Census
Utica Community Schools is joining area communities in helping to share information about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census.
Participating in the census survey will have a positive impact on the resources that the communities receive from the federal government, and local programs for students is no exception. The census data is used to determine federal funding levels by determining the number of residents and the needs of the community.
The census also provides funding to address key community needs for road improvements, housing, block grants and student college loans.
Census materials are scheduled to be mailed in mid-March with information on how to complete the questionnaire online, by phone or mail. More information is available at http://census.gov/.
Fact sheets regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
We want to share with you a series of important links that have been created related to student and family health. Both the Center for Disease Control and the Michigan Department of Health have created fact sheets regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The information is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html - Center for Disease Control and https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71550_5104_97675---,00.html - Michigan Department of Public Health. As always, we encourage students to practice healthy habits such as proper hand washing and coughing or sneezing into a sleeve or tissue, as well as staying home when sick, to prevent germs from spreading.
March Is Reading Month
We are excited for March Is Reading Month! We will be kicking it off with 'Hats Off To Reading' on Friday, February 28th. Students may wear a school appropriate hat of their choice for $1. That day they will be bringing home a READO (bingo) board. During the month of March, please help your child work on their board to get a bingo. Once they have gotten one, they will need to turn their board into their teacher. Every student that turns in his/her sheet by March 31st will earn a FREE ticket to a game at Jimmy John's Field. Please have your child read his/her copy (or you can read it to them) of Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker as we will be having weekly trivia questions from the book. If you should have any questions please feel free to contact Mrs. Reynolds (email@example.com).
Kindergarten Open House For 2020-2021 School Year
Children are eligible for kindergarten if they turn five years old on or before September 1, 2020.
To register, parents must supply:
- An original birth certificate or certified copy, with raised seal, issued by the clerk of the county where your child was born or the health department of the state of birth;
- Your child's health immunization record; including vision and hearing screenings. Be sure to schedule immunization updates early as these appointments are often limited;
- Photo I.D. (Driver's license or work photo I.D.)
- Proof of residency, such as property tax bill, closing papers or lease agreement. Please know that we are not able to accept utility bills.
Kindergarten parents register at their home schools. We will be holding a kindergarten Open House on March 11, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Art Show- March 17th 5:00-7:00
Dates To Know
4th- Group Pictures for Yearbook
5th- Snack Cart
6th- School Store
10th- No School- Teacher PD & HVL Panda Express Restaurant Day (see flyer below)
11th- 1st grade field trip to DNR Outdoor Adventure
11th- Kindergarten Open House
12th- Snack Cart
13th- Vision screening for 1st, 3rd, 5th grade students , 6th Grade Bemis Visit & Almost To Bemis Lunch
17th- Art Show 5:00-7:00
18th- Reading Month Assembly
19th- Snack Cart
Utica Community Schools Career and Technical Education Department is sponsoring:
Career Expo 2020
When: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Where: Eisenhower High School
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Students in grades seven through twelve, parents and staff are invited to this free event. More than 100 career representatives will provide information on job opportunities, education and training, on-the-job experiences and wages. The Expo serves as an opportunity for students to explore career possibilities. Students will also have a chance to meet with CTE teachers to learn how high school classes can align with their career objective. If you have questions, would like additional information or have persons interested in participating, please contact our Career Consultant, Dyann Pugliese, ext. 6809 or Dyann.Pugliese@uticak12.org.
20th- School Store
23rd- Rink Night
26th- Snack Cart
30th- College Shirt Day
31st- Drumming Concert 6:30
1st- 6th grade SMART MOVES celebration ceremony 1:30
3rd- 1/2 day of school 12:04 dismissal
6th-10th- No School- Spring Break
College Fair 2020
When: Thursday, April 23, 2020
Where: Henry Ford II High School
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Students in grades nine through twelve, parents and staff are invited to this free event. More than 70 colleges, universities and trade schools will provide information regarding post-secondary options.