Mr. Pangborn's Creative Corner
Hello once again Havel hawk families. This marking period we have continued with our art class Teams meetings. These live meetings have been a great way to stay connected with students and see their creative growth. In the beginning of class, we always do a quick review, then we have some time for sharing art. We then usually work on an art lesson all together for the remainder of class. We are continuing to work on the Elements of Art. Please remember student art lessons can be found in their grade level art tile in Schoology. This marking period we focused on shape, color, form, and texture. Here are some brief descriptions of lessons we learned about.
In grades K-3 We saw some lessons based on books like Mouse Paint, and Mouse shapes. We also worked on a lesson about rainbow chicks, and geometric cityscapes. In addition, we created cactus art, and pizza textures. Furthermore, we drew bears in funny sweaters, Kandinsky color circles, and beautiful snowy owls. We created shape robots and gave them names and jobs to do. We also learned about symmetrical digital art from the Weavesilk website.
In Grades 4-6 we made rainbow boxes, warm and cool color sunsets, and circle trees. We also focused on aluminum foil textures, contrasting color buildings, and shapes collages. Online color mixing, hot cocoa art, and advanced snowy owls were also on our agenda. Weavesilk and virtual paper snowflakes were a popular digital option. Students had fun making these designs into their Teams meeting background. Finally, students created color wheel eyes, saw how paint is made, and created wonderful winter landscapes and villages.
3rd-6th Grade Spotlight On Math
5th Grade- Our fifth-grade rock stars just completed their unit on multiplying and dividing fractions. After learning the basic concepts of multiplying fractions, the students were able to utilize their knowledge of common factors to simplify before they multiplied. Our Havel Hawks quickly learned it was easier to solve problems that were simplified first. The last part of our unit had the students explore dividing fractions. Using the Keep, Change, Flip method, the students were dividing fractions like champs. The fifth graders will be moving forward to explore multiplication patterns and multiplying decimals. As we continue through our curriculum, memorization of the basic multiplication facts is becoming more important.
4th Grade- Fourth graders are working hard on long division. We have practiced using a few different methods to divide. Students have been using the method they are most comfortable with to continue practicing. We have learned about using a just under quotient (knowing when we have to bump our quotient up by one) and we have use division to complete word problems. We used what we know about rounding to check if our calculations make sense. We will be finishing our unit with interpretation of remainders and our final assessment is planned for early next week. It’s always great to continue practicing multiplication facts until they know them with automaticity and accuracy. Khan Academy is a great website to use for help. There are some great video lessons available for free to help reinforce concepts. Also, if there is concern about your student’s progress in math, take advantage of the free tutoring offered by NHS and college students. Math is more like a marathon than a sprint....with continued practice of concepts students will begin to make progress. Keep working hard my fourth grade friends!
3rd Grade- Our Third graders are finishing up a unit on place value, adding vertically with regrouping, making proof drawings and continuing problem solving with multiplication and division.
3rd Grade Virtual Academy Curriculum Update
Our virtual classroom is busy learning. We are currently working on the reading strategies summarizing and main idea and key details. In addition the students are learning about the various tenses of verbs. We are beginning to work on a new informational writing piece, in which the students will choose an animal and research it. We will work on writing an informational piece using this information that includes text features. Our scientists are wrapping up our study of electricity and magnetism and we will be building an electromagnet soon. In social studies are students are acting as economists and studying about Michigan's economy. We are having a great time learning in our virtual classroom!
This Week Reminder
Wintery Weather, Snowy Roads, Reporting To School
MISD Maturation Program
The Macomb Intermediate School District will be presenting a maturation program for fourth and fifth grade girls and their mothers/guardians, at which time they will answer growth and development questions. This virtual event will take place on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Help Desk Support For Parents and Students
Starting Tuesday, January 19, 2021 the UCS Helpdesk will offer two ways for parents and students to contact them directly for technical support:
- Telephone: 586-797-1055 from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Email: email@example.com
While the first resource for addressing issues is the school, please refer parents and students to these methods if they have a technical support issue that you are not able to address. Staff members are asked to not use these contact methods, but to continue contacting the UCS Helpdesk as they have in the past.
Save The Date- Picture Day
Students will receive their school picture while social distancing from Kaiser photographers
Masks will be worn by all staff at all times and all safety protocols will be adhered to
Wednesday, February 24th will be picture day for our Virtual Academy Students
Virtual Academy families will be required to make an appointment and reserve their timeslot for their student. More information will be sent directly to our VA families soon!
If at all possible, pictures should be preordered online at:
Kindergarten Registration Night- Save The Date
· Virtual Open House for New Kindergarten Families
Thursday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.
- Opportunity to learn more about our kindergarten program
- Expectations and Curriculum
- Learn more about our school and staff
- Parents and students will be invited into school at a later date for personal meet and greet, following CDC and other health-related guidelines.
· Registration is now open through pupil accounting. All parents will enroll using this system and will be asked to upload the required documents:
- Child's birth certificate
- Michigan driver's license, Michigan ID or appropriate employment picture ID
- Lease agreement, closing papers or property tax bill
- Immunization records detailing the day, month and year your child was vaccinated against measles, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B and other serious illnesses
· Parents can register at this link: www.uticak12.org/kindergarten
-- Step One – Families apply for on-line registration using the above link. This process verifies that family lives in the Utica Community Schools and can complete the registration. If they do not, the district will provide Schools of Choice information to them. Please encourage families to apply regardless of residency.
-- Step Two – Following the receipt of confirmation from pupil accounting, families will create on-line student account.
-- Once the enrollment is complete, schools will be notified and asked to contact the family to welcome them.
For families living outside of the UCS district:
o In addition to completing the on-line application for enrollment, they will also need to complete a Schools of Choice application.
o At the point they complete the on-line application, they will receive information on the process for also enrolling through Schools of Choice.
o Once that application has been approved and they have completed the registration process, their enrollment will be shared with schools.
Winter Gear Needed!
Breakfast and Lunch
Elementary students in the AM and PM programs will be provided a grab and go breakfast and lunch at the end of their school day. Please refrigerate these meals once they come home. If you do not want your child to participate in this free meal program, please go to this link to disenroll. Unless otherwise noted in this opt-out form, food service will provide this service for your student.
Please provide all information regarding student travel/vacation to school office personnel. Parents may email or phone the office to report daily absences or upcoming travel. Daily absence reporting can be made 24/7 on our available absence line.
attendance line: (586) 797-5299
phone: (586) 797-5200
School Office Hours
The school office is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
Appointments may be scheduled between the hours of 8:30-11:00 AM and 12:30-3:15 PM. While much business may be completed over the phone during business hours, please reach out if you need a lunch-time appointment and we will work to flex our schedule for you. When calling ahead for your appointment, we will review our COVID-19 screening and safety precautions with you over the phone in preparation for your visit. Our office is happy to assist you when you call, and can be reached at 586-797-5200.
UCS Is Hiring
UCS IS NOW HIRING!
In anticipation of the need for certain positions upon a return to in-person instruction, Utica Community Schools Human Resources Department continues to actively recruit for the following personnel:
Utica Community Schools bus drivers get our students to and from school safely every day and are among the first and last members of our team to interact with students each day. UCS bus driver starting wage is $17.50 per hour with increases for experience and includes a competitive benefit package. Interested qualified candidates should complete an application at our website: uticak12.org under the employment tab. The district will train persons who are interested in obtaining a CDL license for the purpose of UCS employment. Call 586-797-7113 for more information.
Utica Community Schools paraprofessionals (teacher assistants) support varied students populations ranging from children with special needs to limited English speakers. This rewarding work generally follows the school schedule and calendar. UCS paraprofessionals starting wage is approximately $13.00 per hour with increases for experience. Interested qualified candidates should complete an application at our website: uticak12.org under the employment tab. The district provides training as applicable. Call 586-797-1130 for more information.
Utica Community Schools employs an internal team of heat and vent technicians, plumbers, electricians, mechanics and other skilled trades to maintain our facilities and bus fleet. Some industrial or commercial experience is generally preferred. Interested qualified candidates should complete an application at our website: uticak12.org under the employment tab. Call 586-797-7130 for more information.
Opportunities for Employment Through Third Party:
Substitute teachers provide a vital role in the education of students as they provide continuity during teacher absence and bring their own experiences into the classrooms. For this year, UCS is offering up to five guaranteed days per week at $125.00 per day for qualifying individuals. Interested candidates should sign up with edustaff.org, the districts third party service provider and once approved, notify the Human Resources Department, or any UCS principal, of availability. Retired former UCS teachers should call Human Resources directly at 586-797-1140. The district provides training as applicable.
Temporary School SupportUtica Community Schools is seeking persons to assist in a variety of ways within our schools upon the return of in-person instruction. These will be temporary assignments that range from assisting in the office to assisting teachers and other staff in and around the school. The positions are paid at $13.00 per hour with part time schedules available. Individuals should first have recommendation of principal prior to pursuing this employment through third party employer, at edustaff.org.