Hawk Weekly

March 2nd-6th

Curriculum Updates

Kindergarten- Our progressing kindergarten students are beaming with pride and self confidence as they continually master academic goals across the curriculum. The use of 'tapping' sounds together has led the path to reading beginning sight words. Their eyes light up, and sheer delight radiates from their faces when they blend sounds to read a new word aloud! By making rhyming words the children are beginning to identify word families and make some of their own. Title, author, illustrator, characters, and setting have been defined and used in our daily vocabulary. Writing Without Tears has helped develop incredible penmanship for most letters. Incorporating capitalization, spaces between words, periods, question marks, and exclamation marks are being used (with help) when writing across the curriculum. One-hundreds Day celebrations provided culminating activities for different ways to make 100. The children explored with place value, ten frames, bundles, counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's, graphing, building with 100 cups, art projects, $100 projects, and wearing fun hats and necklaces. Math has included: shapes with sides and vertices, greater and less than, number sequencing, adding and subtracting to ten with various methods, and drawing pictures to solve simple story problems. Black History Month has been filled with learning about important people from our past and present, everyone is different but the same, making a difference, and future dreams. Along with our busy days filled with academic learning, we always find time to play and laugh together!

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.

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Lunch Menu Change

Due to the snow days Monday's lunch will be walking taco.

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/.

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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 (nicole.reynolds@uticak12.org).

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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

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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.

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