Hawk Weekly

December 16th-20th

Music Spotlight

Greetings from the music room! The students of Havel Elementary are busy learning about the ballet The Nutcracker by composer Peter Tchaikovsky. The students have been listening to music from the ballet, participating in age appropriate activities, and watching excerpts from professional ballet company performances. The students in fourth and fifth grades have been using the music from the Nutcracker when participating in problem solving activities that involve comparing & contrasting two versions of the same piece of music, and putting together listening puzzle maps. Don't be surprised if your student asks to go see one of the local performances of this wonderful ballet. It's a great work of music and dance!

Students in grades 1-5 are also continuing to prepare for the Winter Wonderland Concert on Tuesday, February 11th. The first and second grade students will perform at 6:00 p.m. The third, fourth, and fifth grade students will perform at 7:00 p.m. Both performances will take place at Adlai Stevenson High School on Dodge Park Rd. in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The music is coming together and we will soon start rehearsing all the extra parts and special additions to the music. I hope your family is able to attend and support our young musicians.

The sixth grade students are really making progress on their band instruments. The list of songs they are able to play is growing, and they are sounding great! Since the students started having band twice a week their abilities are really taking off. I am so proud of their hard work and effort. I'm excited to see how far they will go!

The Havel Elementary Drumming Ensemble will begin rehearsing when we get back from break in January. The group is for 5th and 6th grade students. It meets on Tuesdays after school until 5:00 p.m. There will be a final performance for the Ensemble on Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m. If your 5th or 6th grade student is interested in joining Drumming, and has not turned in his/her permission slip yet, please have him/her get it to me ASAP. I will need a final count before we go on break on December 22nd.

I wish all our Havel families a safe and happy holiday season. May your holidays be filled will laughter and smiles (and music)!

Mrs. Murray

Please keep an extra pair of dry socks in your child’s backpack. After recess, many students come in with wet feet!

Building Healthy Communities Announcements

For the Weekend Friday:

Remember, we should be eating grains that are made of whole grains! For the weekend look for the whole grain stamp on your grains package!

Mindful Monday

Winter break is almost here, and it is the greatest time of the year! Today be mindful of the happiness you can bring to those around you.

Tell Your Neighbor Tuesday

Grains give us energy, and sometimes music can energize us too! My favorite song to wake my mind and body up is ______. Tell your neighbor your favorite!

Wacky Fact Wednesday

Humans will spend 5 years of their life eating!

Think About It Thursday

Remember, we should be eating each food group every day! Think about this for your winter break and focus on eating your fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy foods!

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December 18th- Our hearts are already 3 sizes too big! Bring in toothbrushes, deodorant, or razors to donate. We will collect these in the office. And don't forget to dress like your favorite character from The Grinch today!

FAQ PowerSchool App


Q1. Why is the PowerSchool App not working on my mobile device?

A1. PowerSchool recently did an update to the app.

Q2. Will the login and password I have always used work on the app?

A2. No. To use the PowerSchool app, you will need to have an account for PowerSchool Unified Classroom.

Q3. How do I create a PowerSchool Unified Classroom account if I previously had access to the app?

A3. Go to https://uticak12.org/academics/powerschool and navigate to the directions for
Unified Classroom account for a parent who has an original Parent Portal Account. Follow these directions to create your Unified Classroom Account. This account needs to be created within a computer browser.

Q4. After I create my Unified Classroom account, will I be able to use the app on my mobile device?

A4. Yes, you may need to uninstall and reinstall the app. Once installed, you will enter in the district access code (NKDJ) and use your login credentials for Unified Classroom to access student information on the app.

Q5. How do I create a PowerSchool Unified Classroom account if I did not have an account previously?

A5. Go to https://uticak12.org/academics/powerschool and navigate to the directions for
Unified Classroom account for a new parent. First, contact the building to obtain your Access ID to create an account for the first time. Then, follow these directions to create your Unified Classroom Account. This account needs to be created within a computer browser. Once created you will need to install the app and enter in the district access code (NKDJ). Use your login credentials for Unified Classroom to access student information on the app.

Q6. My student could access the app on their mobile device, but now is unable to do so.

A6. Go to https://uticak12.org/academics/powerschool and navigate to the directions for
Unified Classroom account for a student. First, contact the building to obtain your Student Username and Student Password to create an account. Then, follow these directions to create your Unified Classroom Account. This account needs to be created within a computer browser. Once created you will need to install the app and enter in the district access code (NKDJ). Use your login credentials for Unified Classroom to access student information on the app.

Q7. My student received the message, “This email is already in use.”, when creating their Unified Classroom account.

A7. Students will need to request a password reset from their media center personnel.

Dates To Know

December

16th- Ugly Sweater Day

17th- Red/Green/Silver/White/Gold Day

18th- Grinch Day

18th- Consumers Energy Assembly

19th- Holiday Hat Day

20th- Crew Meeting & PJ Day (wear your crew shirt and/or PJ's today!)

December 23rd-January 3rd- No School- Holiday Break

January-

6th- School Resumes

January 6th-January 31st- NWEA Window

16th- 1/2 Day of School 12:04 Dismissal

17th- End of 2nd Quarter & 1/2 Day of School 12:04 Dismissal

20th- No School

22nd- Report Cards Due



December 23rd-January 3rd- No School- Holiday Break


Utica Community Schools and the Utica Education Association have reached further agreement on several previously pending dates for the 2019-2020 teacher and related student calendar. At this time, the following two dates are being released and should be shared as applicable. The Superintendent’s Office will also be providing communications regarding these dates through various medium.

  • Thursday January 2, 2020 is now designated as a no-school day
  • Friday January 3, 2020 is now designated as a no-school day

Return from winter break is now Monday January 6, 2020 for students and teachers. Additional calendar elements such as second semester conference windows and marking periods will be released once confirmed. Certain other agreed upon dates still require final authorization from the State of Michigan prior to publication.



Academic Blitz 2020

When: Thursday, January 9, 2020

Where: Henry Ford II High School

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Students, parents and staff are invited to this free event. The Academic Blitz features information regarding UCS secondary academic courses, clubs and specialty programs. The Blitz serves as an opportunity for students to begin exploring secondary options offered to students entering grades nine through twelve in the 2020-2021 school year.


Utica Community Schools Career and Technical Education Department is sponsoring:

Career Expo 2020

When: Thursday, March 19, 2020

Where: Eisenhower High School

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Students in grades seven through twelve, parents and staff are invited to this free event. More than 100 career representatives will provide information on job opportunities, education and training, on-the-job experiences and wages. The Expo serves as an opportunity for students to explore career possibilities. Students will also have a chance to meet with CTE teachers to learn how high school classes can align with their career objective. If you have questions, would like additional information or have persons interested in participating, please contact our Career Consultant, Dyann Pugliese, ext. 6809 or Dyann.Pugliese@uticak12.org.


Utica Community Schools Teaching and Learning Department is sponsoring:


College Fair 2020

When: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Where: Henry Ford II High School

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Students in grades nine through twelve, parents and staff are invited to this free event. More than 70 colleges, universities and trade schools will provide information regarding post-secondary options.

College Fair posters will be distributed in February for display throughout the buildings. Please post in highly visible areas.

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Ready, set, Academic Blitz! Plan early for success.

The Academic Blitz is an opportunity for all UCS families to find out more about the extensive portfolio of opportunities and programs available to students through its schools.

The featured informational sessions are designed for elementary to high school students and help parents develop a plan that best fits their student’s needs. Topics include Advanced Placement opportunities, Specialty Programs and separate sessions on preparing for junior high, high school and college.

The Academic Blitz, created 13 years ago by the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board, was developed to ensure parents knew of the district’s available secondary services and programs open to all students.

At the event, families can select up to three sessions to attend and visit a series of informative booths. District administrators, building principals and staff are also onsite and available to parents.

Join us for this year’s Academic Blitz scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Henry Ford II High School, 11911 Clinton River Road in Sterling Heights.

More information, please visit http://www.uticak12.org/academicblitz.