Media Center News with Mrs. Wolf
This week brings back my “why”. I have thoroughly enjoyed remote teaching and have connected with the students in a way, perhaps, that is deeper than face to face learning, but the energy and life face to face students bring to a classroom cannot be matched! As students enter Havel, many for the first time since March, we are reminded that Kindness is Cool. Masks cannot cover the smiles that make student’s eyes sparkle nor can they contain the happy hellos heard this week. What I saw was amazing…kids helping kids figure out where to go, helping each other line up, adjust bags, find their busses, and so much more. What a perfect way to illustrate the works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. which was the topic in Media Center this week. We learned through Dr. Martin Luther King that the world is more about the “we” than the “me”. Students explored literature and learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a bitmoji library and listening to other online resources. Through these resources and classroom dialogue, students learned the importance of his work. Students realized through their actions, they too, can make a difference in their world starting with kindness.
Media Center will remain a remote learning class until it is determined we can safely meet in a common area. During our time together we will continue to work on coding, Common Sense media, as well as keyboarding skills and several other skills. Each week students will also have an opportunity to explore an online library to keep the love of literature alive!
Thank you for your ongoing support as we navigate this new hybrid schedule. I have enjoyed meeting you, grandparents, siblings, family pets, and more! I enjoy the house tours, the interaction of families, and laughter I hear. I certainly could not predict just how skilled our students would become with technology, but I am amazed by them daily…and you! The grit, the determination, the compassion, and the teamwork…all reflections of a world Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed one day to be a reality!
Curriculum Check In
6th Grade Social Studies- I was able to pop into Mrs. Boroski's classes this week and was amazed at the powerful conversations that place in regards Dr. Martin Luther King and how our students could be the change in the world. Not only did she press on them to try to understand the perspective of someone who is different than you, she encouraged them to be a part of the solution, to be kind. Below are just a few pictures of the projects that were created.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
This Week Reminder
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
Free School Meals Extended Program
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.