Beck Weekly Update

Parent Info for Summer 2022

Happy Summer!

Hello Beck Families!

I hope you are enjoying your Summer! Our school year is over, but we are already planning for another wonderful school year for 2022-2023!

School Calendar 2022-2023, click here: Calendar - Utica Community Schools (

Breakfast & Lunch for Fall 2022: The federal government will no longer be providing free breakfast and lunch to all students. Starting in the fall of 2022, students will need to purchase a breakfast or lunch (costs to come soon). Families in need can complete a Free/Reduced Lunch application for fall 2022 AFTER July 1, 2022. More information is located under the UCS menu below.

Many of you have asked about Technology Fees:

Here is some info on how technology fees are assessed:

  • Student has an issue with their device (iPads/laptops). If the issue is not able to be resolved with support from the UCS Help Desk, student is provided a replacement device and the non-working/broken device is sent to UCS for assessment and repair
  • A repair ticket is generated for UCS Help Desk to pick up the device and repair. The ticket outlines the reported problem with the device.
  • UCS Technology team picks up the device, takes to the technology office, assesses the issue and what is needed for repair.
  • If there is damage to the device: a report for cost of repair is issued.
  • The fee to repair is sent back to UCS school buildings, entered into Power School and an invoice issued to parents for the repair.
  • Insurance covers many repairs at a free or reduced cost, up to three incidents. After three incidents, full price is assessed.
  • Insurance will be offered for purchase in Fall 2022--watch the Beck Weekly Update for information. Insurance does not cover lost/stolen devices or charging cables.

Paying a technology fee online: You can pay a technology fee online using the link below for Pay Schools. If you do not already have a Pay Schools account, you will need to create an account. You can use Pay Schools to pay for other UCS related items as well, including Technology Insurance in the fall:

PaySchools - Online Payment Processing

Beck Alumni Celebrates with Class of 2022

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Beck's class of 2015-2016 became the graduating seniors 2022! They were welcomed back to Beck on June 7 to reminisce with former teachers and friends over breakfast. Before they left, however, the seniors took time to answer questions from the current Beck 6th graders about what is in store for them moving into Junior and Senior high, and to impart their best advise. Many of the seniors took time to share in a video for the 6th graders entitled, "What advise would I give my 6th Grade self?" Then the entire Beck community recognized the graduates with a traditional "Clap Out!" So happy they took the time to return to their elementary school and share their journey so far and plans for the future! Go Beck Vikings!

Beck Walking Club

Beck Walking Club - Healthy Body and Healthy Mind!

Students have been utilizing the walking track this year and our new EZScanner system. Each student has a lanyard with their own QR Code so they can track their laps. Students who walk 8 laps can add a 'toe token' to their lanyard. Students have enjoyed adding all their tokens to their lanyards. Students who hit '20 miles' added a dog tag with "Walking Club" on it.

Classrooms have been tracking their laps (miles walked) and competing with each other. The challenge was to see which class(es) could walk 500 miles total! Mr. Barthelmeh's 5th grade class was the first to hit 500 miles! They earned a 'cool treat' for their efforts! Before the year ended Mrs. Cairns class also hit the 500 mile mark and earned their treat, too!

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This is a great place to work. Every member of our UCS team makes a difference in a child’s life and builds the future of our community. We offer prospective employees full and part time openings, competitive compensation packages, and positions that follow the school calendar.

Utica Community Schools is hosting a Job Fair on Wednesday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Davis Junior High School, 11311 Plumbrook (west of Dodge Park Road) in Sterling Heights. Applications are being accepted for a wide variety of positions, including bus drivers, mechanics, skilled trades, food service, clerical, teaching, adult education teachers, substitutes, paraprofessionals and childcare.

Prospective applicants will be able to meet with hiring managers and current staff members in each job group, as well as interview onsite. Please visit this website for additional information.

To be a UCS staff member is to be part of our success story with a long legacy of excellence. We are looking for others who share this same commitment to the future and their community by joining our team.

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Free and Reduced Lunch Program

The Department of Health and Human Services has provided notice to families qualifying for P-EBT benefits. Families that have not received notice but believe they qualify can complete a reconsideration form.

Students eligible for free and reduced meals or those attending a CEP building who were absent due to COVID, may qualify for P-EBT benefits.

Please refer to the attached notice regarding eligibility for the Pandemic EBT program. Families that believe they should be reconsidered for benefits can complete the reconsideration form located at Parents/guardians are responsible for completing sections 1, 2 and 4. Completed forms can be sent to your school’s main office or the office of Food and Nutrition Services.


August 30th, 2022 - First Day of School - Half Day (8:40 - 11:45 a.m.)

August 31, September 1 - Full Days of School

No School Friday, September 2 - Monday, September 5, for Labor Day Weekend

September 6 - School resumes

September 14 - No School, Teacher Professional Development Day

First Day School Supply Kits Order Window Closes July 1!

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!