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Friday, February 4, 2022

Snow Days!

Hopefully all the students and staff in Utica Community Schools stayed home and were safe and warm during our Snow Days! Some of our students shared their creations and fun with us!

Students Should Dress for Weather!

Since the darn ground hog saw his shadow it looks like we're in for 6 more weeks of winter! Regardless of a what a weather-predicting rodent says, students should come to school each day prepared to spend some time outdoors - and that means warm coats, but also hats, mittens or gloves, and BOOTS! I can't tell you have many students were spotted jumping through snow today wearing sneakers or other shoes. Please help your child remember to dress for Michigan winter - especially wearing warm and safe footwear!

Snow Days = Reschedule Parent-Teacher Conferences for Winter 2022

All parents who had a conference scheduled for this week will need to go back into their SchoolSoft account and make a new appointment for the rescheduled date - Feb. 10 (except Mr. Kurmas and Mr. Barthelmeh). Unfortunately we are not able to automatically transfer reservations to the new date. I appologize for this inconvenience!

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Winter Break - No School

Mark Your calendars:

Utica Community Schools will be on Winter Break

February 20-25, 2022

School will resume on Monday, February 28, 2022.

Beck Centennial Winter 2022 Parent-Teacher Conferences - Booking & Re-Booking!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Will be held VIRTUALLY on


Thursday, February 11 @ 4:30-7:30 PM

It may be hard to believe, but we are more than half-way through our school year. Since the start of school, we have worked together to navigate some of the challenges of our environment but also celebrate real successes of the connections made between teachers and our students. It is now our opportunity to check in mid-year and schedule Parent-Teacher Conferences. Conferences are an important part of our partnership to make sure students are meeting our shared expectations.

The winter conference sessions are optional. Your child's teacher may reach out to you to schedule a conference, or you may have concerns about your child's progress you want to discuss directly with their classroom teacher(s). Also participating are our Literacy Support, English Learner, Special Education Support teachers, as well as our Art, Music, Gym, and Media Center teachers, as parents may want to speak directly to them regarding something that involves their child.

Again this year, parents will be using SchoolSoft to schedule and virtually meet with their child’s teachers about their progress. The system will allow you to check teachers’ conference schedules and book an appointment on-line. You will use the same system for you and your child’s teacher to have a virtual conversation about their academic progress.

Many of you have used the SchoolSoft Conference Manager before, and already have an account set up (if you joined us online for a conference this past November, 2021). The first time you use the Conference Manager you will be required to register and create a parent account. This only takes a minute or two. You will continue to use this same account for the duration of the time you have children in the school, so please record your password where you can reference it later.

Please note while you can register at any time, the appointment window is now open - click on blue button below to schedule your conference(s).

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ACCOUNT, then you'd follow these steps:

To create an account, please use the following steps (a tutorial is available at this link):

1. Go to the following website

2. Register for a parent account. To register click the REGISTER NOW button and complete the registration page. Once registered you will be able to immediately log in to the Conference Manager. An email will also be sent to the address you specified. This email restates your username and password and should be saved, as you will use the same username and password when booking future rounds of Parent-Teacher Conferences. If you forget your password, you can reset it using the FORGOT PASSWORD link under the login button.

When registering, if you have multiple students, you should enter all of them at the same time.

Once registered you can log in to the Conference Manager any time.

3. Click the BOOK NOW button and select a conference date in the date drop-down that appears. Then, select the teacher(s) you wish to meet with and click the NEXT button. To coordinate bookings involving multiple teachers select all the teachers applicable to your child(ren) with whom you wish to meet.

4. Click on an available time slot for each teacher you selected and complete the booking form that appears. You should see the booking appear in the summary list on the right-hand side of the screen. A confirmation email is sent for each booking you made or subsequently cancel. You will also receive a reminder and conference itinerary by email.

5. Confirm your appointments have been booked by looking at the “CURRENTLY BOOKED CONFERENCES” box on the right of the screen or click on the MY CONFERENCES tab. Only appointments that appear in the CURRENTLY BOOKED CONFERENCES box or on the MY CONFERENCES page are confirmed bookings.

6. When finished booking, click the log off button located at the top right of the browser window. You will have the opportunity to provide feedback regarding the use of the Conference Manager to the school administration through a user survey before completely exiting. We appreciate you completing the survey as this helps guide our decision-making regarding how conferences are booked in the future.

7. Just prior to your scheduled conference time, you will receive a link to your video conference. At the appropriate time, click on the link and the teacher will admit you to the room. Please note, our conferences are scheduled for 15 minutes per student.

If you are unable to book your own appointment using this system, please contact the school office at: