Beck Weekly Update

Parent Info for May 6, 2022

USPBL March Is Reading Month - Time to Reserve Your Seats!

During the month of March, Beck Centennial partnered with Jimmy John's Field to reward students for their reading as part of our March is Reading Month marathon. Those students who participated received their certficates the week of April 11. In order to redeem the certificates for tickets to a game, go to the USPBL website at:

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Thank You for Teacher Appreciation Week!

A big thank you to all who contributed to this year's Teacher Appreciation Week! Our Beck Family Volunteers outdid themselves this year coordinating special treats, gifts and surprises for the Beck staff every day this week! The theme this year was Hollywood VIPs! And the red carpet was indeed rolled out!

The Beck community is so generous! A big huge thank you to everyone who made this week special for our hardworking Beck teachers and support staff!

Thank You to Our Community Business Donors:

  • Savvy Sliders
  • Sign Bandits
  • First Watch
  • Sweetwaters Cafe
  • Unwind Winery

Big Thanks for Our Parent Donors:

  • Danielle Belmont - coordinator for donations!
  • The Mason Family
  • Connie Sifton
  • Laymon Family
  • Bugli Family
  • Gojcaj Family
  • Yike Family

And all of the families who donated goods, treats and gift certificates for the raffle! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your thoughtfulness and generosity!

UCS Celebrate 28th Annual Career Focus Luncheon

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Present and Future UCS Director of Transportation share ideas!

6th Graders Participate in Long Standing UCS Tradition - Career Focus Luncheon

Business leaders from our community joined UCS 6th graders from around the district on Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 4, at the Palazzo Grande for a real business lunch. This event is sponsored by the UCS Foundation in partnership with the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce, as well as many local corporate sponsors. This is a long standing tradition and this year marks the 28th year of the event. Every UCS 6th grader is invited to attend. Even with a venue the size of Palazzo Grande, it takes 2 days for all 1,400 UCS 6th graders to participate.

The purpose of the event is to introduce students entering young adulthood to a variety of career options. This allows students to hear real stories about individual career journeys, and give them a better idea of the skills they will need to succed in life and after high school graduation. Our own Beck Family Volunteers sponsored a table. Mrs. Laura Brown represented the BFV and shared her experiences and her journey that led her to her career.

In addition to a delicious lunch, students and sponsors heard words of wisdom from our community leaders. UCS Superintendent, Mr. Robert Monroe, encouraged students to start their work toward career goals now, and UCS Foundation President Mr. Sherman Abdo, talked about the educational opportunities. The event also features a keynote speaker, who this year was Jeanna Trotman, weekend sports anchor on 7 Action News on WXYZ. Mrs. Trotman is also a UCS alum, graduating from Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights before earning a Communications degree from Lake Superior State University, and a Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University.

To prepare for the event, students prepare their own career aspirations to share with their table sponsor. Over the years, the students have created resumes, prepared business cards, set their timelines, researched careers, and put together their plan for achieving their career goals. This year, students put their career presentations together on a PowerPoint and shared them at their tables. It is a memorable event, unique to Utica Community Schools, and one that encourages our 6th grade students to start planning for their career path right now!

M-STEP Testing Begins

M-STEP Testing Continues Next Week - May 9-13 Grades 4-5-6

The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, a 21st Century computer-based assessment designed to gauge how well students are mastering state standards. These standards, developed for educators by educators, broadly outline what students should know and be able to do in order to be prepared to enter the workplace, career education training, and college. M-STEP results, when combined with classroom work, report cards, local district assessments and other tools, offer a comprehensive view of student progress and achievement.

If your child is participating in the MSTEP testing please make sure to help them do their best by encouraging them to get a good nights' sleep, eat a healthy breakfast and charge up their laptops!

Background Check for School Volunteers!

Things are finally starting to get back to normal and as we do, we will be welcoming back parent volunteers to help with events (Field Day - June 3), go on Field Trips, or work in the classroom. In order to allow parents into Utica School buildings, parents must have a background check. Attached is a copy, that you can print off, fill out and send back in, - or - call our office and let our staff know to send one home with your child. Once returned, it takes about 2 weeks to be completed. So if your child's classroom has a field trip planned or you would like to come help out on Field Day, please get this filled out and turned in!

Field Day is Coming!

Our annual Field Day is back on for this year! Mr. Chapp is busy planning all kinds of fun events for Beck students. Mark your calendar for Thursday, June 2 (rain date Fri., June 3 - because we know how tricky Michigan weather has been this year!).

Mr. Chapp will need lots of parent volunteers to make this event a success! If you have time this day to come up and help out, please make sure to get your Volunteer Background Check form in and approved! Last day to accept Background Checks will be Friday, May 20 (in order to get them back on time!).

Watch for more information coming soon from Mr. Chapp on all the events planned and how you can help out!

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Morning Drop Offs

Please remember to pull your car all the way forward when dropping students off in the morning. Cars should NOT STOP along the south sidewalk. Cars that stop along the sidewalk at the south driveway are causing a hazard to cars driving into the parking lot and turning in off Hayes Road.

Students should ONLY get out of cars along the front sidewalk area. Just like at pick up, pull as far forward as the car in front of you, unload your passengers, then pull into passing lane to continue on.

Students should be able to walk to their classroom doors from wherever they're droppd off - especially now that weather is getting nicer.

Reminders About Student Dress Code

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M-STEP Testing for grades 4-5-6 - Math Week of May 5/2

English Lang Arts Week of 5/9

M-STEP Testing for Grade 3 Math - Week of 5/16

Flower Sale Order Pick Up - May 19

First Day School Supply Kits Now Available to Order!

Looking forward to next school year? Our BFV has again renewed the option to order your child's school supplies - and benefit our school! First Day takes our Beck teacher requests for school supplies and creates custom made kits, with all name brand items, for each grade level. When you order, you can rest assured your child's school supplies will be waiting for them on their desk on the first day of school! And you won't have to endure the scavenger hunt through bins at Walmart or Target! Instead, enjoy time with your child in those last days in August! Our BFV earn funds for every kit sold - so it's a double win! Click on the link below to get more information or to order the kits!


All breakfasts and lunches are at no cost for 2021-2022 school year through a federal funding program!

You can find menus, allergen and nutrition on the link:

Optional Breakfast service begins at 8:15 a.m. each morning. Students will enter through the outside cafeteria door (along front parking lot).