UCS Elementary Virtual Academy

Week of May 2, 2022

UCS Mission

We are committed to exemplary teaching and learning in order for our students to be prepared for success in the 21st Century.

We will achieve this commitment by engaging the entire community to focus on each child's achievement, with the expectation that every student will pursue some type of post-high school educational endeavor.

Virtual Academy Expectations

Students are expected to turn the camera on whenever they are participating in a TEAMS meeting. The camera should be angled so that the complete student's face is within the screen at all times. This includes while in a class, small group, individual or specialist meeting.


Make sure to check out the home school communication for updates on school activities that are coming up. Virtual Academy students are welcome to participate in school activities offered at their home school.

Dates to Remember


1 - Last day to register for VA for 22/23 school year

4 - 6th grade Career Focus

5 - Community Spotlight: 6:30 - 8:00 pm - Eisenhower High School

6 - Favorite color day

Coming UP

May 10 - Always Changing - 5th grade

May 13th: Favorite Sports team

May 16th - 26th- NWEA Testing Window

May 20th: Crazy Hair Day

May 26th (Thursday) Backwards Day

May 27th - 30th- No School- Memorial Weekend

May 31st - VA kindergarten field trip to Upland Hills

June 3rd: Stuffed animal day

June 6th - 6 grade end of year park celebration - 1:00 - 3:00

June 8th - Mrs. Murray's VA Kindergarten end of year park celebration

June 9th - 1/2 day of school- 11:45 dismissal

June 10th - Last Day Of School- 11:45 Dismissal


It is IMPERITIVE that if your child will be out of school that the home school is contacted to report the absence. Any absence that is not reported to the HOME SCHOOL is considered unexcused!


If you have an interest in your child being part of the Utica Community Schools Virtual Academy for the 2022-23 school year. Please use the link below to apply for the program. Please complete the application by May 1st. As applications are received, they will be reviewed. Upon acceptance you will then receive information regarding next steps in the process.

UCS Virtual Academy: Application for Admission (tfaforms.com)

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Mrs. Breininger's taking part in Virtual Fieldtrips - So much to learn!!


All students enrolled in Michigan schools in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) assessment. The M-STEP will measure your student's growth and progress on the Michigan Academic Standards. Those standards are available at this web site: www.Michigan.gov/academicstandards

Virtual Academy students have begun testing. If your child has not started/completed the M-Step assessments for his/her grade, please contact Heather Blum or Beth Miller so arrangements can be made for administration of these assessments.

UCS also references these assessments for placement into advanced glasses and other programs.

Summer Enrichment Classes

The 2022 UCS summer camps and enrichment programs opened for registration on Monday, April 25, 2022. Please click this link for more information and to register:


2022 School Age Child Care Summer Camp Registration Dates

The 2022 SACC summer camp theme is “Traveling through the Nifty 50” and will run from Monday, June 20, 2022 to Friday, August 12, 2022. Please note that camp will not be held on July 4, 2022. Registration opened on April 25, 2022; please click here for more information and to register: https://ucscommunityeducation.ce.eleyo.com/
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Kindergarten Readiness

Get ready for kindergarten! This academic enrichment program is a unique combination of learning and fun that gives students extra practice in core curriculum areas. Please note that Session I and Session II are different programs. Children must be five years old on or before September 1, 2022 or attending kindergarten during the 2022-2023 school year. Registration opened on April 25, 2022; click here for more information and to register: https://ucscommunityeducation.ce.eleyo.com/
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Summer Academic Programs 2022

Summer academic programs for students in grades one through twelve begin on Monday, June 20, 2022 and end on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Information will be available on the UCS website at: https://www.uticak12.org/SummerPrograms

Registration begins on Monday, May 2, 2022, through Community Education using the following link:


UCS Family Literacy Connection

UCS Family Literacy Connection is a bimonthly communication compiled by the elementary literacy coaches/consultants of the UCS Literacy Department. Each edition will highlight activities to support literacy development at home. This edition is for spring. Please use the link below to access the newsletter and share with your community. UCS Family Literacy Connection ~ Spring 2022
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The video Always Changing – Boys and Girls will be shown to the 5th grade on May 5, 2022 at 1:00 P.m. This health education presentation explains hygiene, and physical and emotional changes associated with puberty. Parents may preview the video below. Only students that have submitted a signed permission slip will be able to participate.

Always Changing and Growing Up- Girls Puberty Education
Always Changing and Growing Up- Boys Puberty Education
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UCS students have free online tutoring available to them through a partnership with the public library. Students can login by clicking the Virtual Library Card App in their ClassLink. This will connect your student to a professional tutor to receive help with difficult homework problems between the hours of 4pm – 11pm. Students login with their UCS student number (found on PowerSchool) and the password is the student's birthdate (example April 4th - 0404). ‘UCS’ is in front of the student number. More information can be found on the UCS home page in Success Tool Kit.


The UCS Wellness team is pleased to share the release of the fifth episode of the UCS Wellness Podcast. The team worked with community members to create a podcast regarding different physical, mental and social health areas for UCS staff, students and families. These podcasts are available on the UCS Wellness page: UCS Wellness - Utica Community Schools (uticak12.org)

In the latest episode of the UCS Wellness Podcast, UCS counselor, Kim Twarowski, speaks with Danielle Watson, community educator and sexual assault outreach specialist with Turning Point, a local agency aimed at ending sexual and domestic violence with the help of their services, programs and resources.

UCS Wellness Podcast episodes are released the third Wednesday of each month throughout the school year. Current episodes include “Discussing Dating Violence with Turning Point,” “CARE of Southeastern Michigan,” “Family Communication,” “Grief and the Grieving Process for Children” and “Mental Health.”

Below is a list of the podcasts released and the upcoming schedule.


Mental Health with guest, Nancy Buyle, School Safety/Student Assistance Consultant, MISD


Grief and the Grieving Process for Children with guest, Michele Kreft, Henry Ford SandCastles Children’s Grief Support Program


Family Communication with guest, Erica Chavez, Counselor, Shining Light Counseling


CARE of Southeastern Michigan with guests, Susan Styf and Erika Bradbury


Discussing Dating Violence with Turning Point with guest, Danielle Watson


Tacking Tough Topics with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office with guest, Sargent Renee Yax


Our Youth and Vaping with guest, Corey Beckwith, Access Community Health and Research


Vaccine Information for Future Kindergarten and 7th Grade Students and their Families

2022 Board of Education Meeting Schedule

During the organizational meeting on Monday, January 10 the Board of Education voted to hold just one meeting a month on the third Monday. The organizational/regular meeting will always be held on the second Monday in January due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The February meeting for this year was changed at the regular meeting to February 14 since the third Monday is during mid-winter break. The 2022 meeting schedule is below.


  • Breakfast & lunch meals are available for virtual enrolled students only.
  • Meals must be pre-ordered by Thursday the week before to ensure meal availability.
  • Meals can be ordered at www.sendmoneytoschool.com.
  • You will need your student's school ID number. This is available on PowerSchool as well as from your school's main office.
  • We have provided a video link for you on how to order these meals.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut30F33DR_U&feature=youtu.be
  • You will only be able to order meals for those students in Virtual School.
  • Students attending in person learning, meals are available in their buildings during specified meal times.
  • Menus for both programs will be different so please check the menu for your student's specified school and program.
  • Meals are available for pickup at Stevenson (door 25) & Eisenhower (door 1) from 12:30-1:30pm on Mondays (Tuesdays when holidays are on Mondays) near the main offices.
  • You must park and enter the designated door to pickup these meals. There is currently no outside pickup.
  • You receive enough breakfasts and lunches to cover the school days. Non-school days are not allowed in the current program.
  • If you have questions please call our office at 586-797-1180