Kristina Barel, Principal

Our Mission

Our mission is to educate students promote life long learning and encourage students to become productive citizens within a positive and safe learning environment.

District Goal

By 2014, all students in the Utica Community Schools will meet or exceed proficiency standards in English language arts (reading and writing), math, science, social studies, fine arts, and career and technical education, as defined by national, state, and UCS standards.

Havel Goals
  • Increase the number of students who score proficient (levels 4, 5, or 6 on the district 6 point writing rubric) in the area of content and ideas.
  • Increase the number of students scoring at proficient on MEAP and district math assessments.

News and Announcements

  • Principal's Message

    Dear Havel Families,

    It was so nice to see so many parents at our Halloween Parade! I know the students had a great time showing off their costumes. A big "Thank You" to our HVL group for hosting our Trunk of Treat on October 17th & our Movie Night on October 24th! October 31st ended the first card marking period, therefore, parents can expect to receive student report cards at parent/ teacher conferences. Conferences are scheduled for Nov. 11th from 4:00pm-7:00pm and Nov. 13th from 1:00pm-7:00pm. It may be helpful to write down questions you may have about your child’s progress thus far, so that the teacher can address your concerns at the conference. It is our goal at Havel Elementary to keep our parents informed of each student’s academic and social progress throughout the school year. Parent/Teacher conferences are a valuable time to learn more about your child and his/her performance at school.

    As part of our ongoing school improvement process, it is important to have your input to help make Havel Elementary a highly successful educational environment where our children learn and grow socially, emotionally, and academically.  Each year we are required to complete a School Improvement Plan for the State of Michigan which outlines our plan of improvement.  One of the portions of the document is perception data from our community. 

    The link below will take you to a survey which contains 20 questions spread out over 6 areas.  The following is a listing of the areas that are being surveyed:

    1. Information About Me (you the survey taker)
    2. Purpose and Direction
    3. Governance and leadership
    4. Teaching and Assessing for Learning
    5. Resources and Support Systems
    6. Open Ended Questions


    If you are able to take time for the survey, I would greatly appreciate any feedback from you. 

    I thank you in advance for any and all input from our outstanding community!


    Kristina Barel

    Havel Elementary Principal

    Posted Nov 9, 2014, 7:17 PM by David Jacquemotte
  • Week In Review...
    Below are a few of the many great things that happened here at Havel this week:

    On Tuesday our staff participated in a full day of professional development.  In the morning we were able to look at our grade level data, celebrate successes, and discuss strategies that are working for our students.  In the afternoon, 3rd-6th grade teachers met as district wide teams and discussed the new reading series.  K-2 teachers had an opportunity to learn about Discovery Education and create lessons that could be used in their classrooms.

    Wednesday we were blessed with beautiful weather and had an amazing fun run event!  A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Langlois for her efforts in planning and organizing this for us!  To date, we have raised a little over $4,500.00!  The last day to turn in donations is Wednesday, November 12th.  We will have our awards assembly on Friday, November 14th during school. 

    Thursday our staff continued their thinking maps training as a part of our staff meetings.  Two new thinking maps were introduced, the double bubble for comparing and contrasting, and the tree map which is used for classifying.  As I observe the learning taking place in the classrooms, I see all our teachers are applying this strategy into their instruction and using it across the curriculum. 

    Looking ahead we have another busy week and before we know it the Holiday season will be upon us!

    Coming Up:

    November 10th- Ski Club Parent Informational Meeting

    November 11th- PM Conferences

    November 13th- 1/2 day of school 12:04 Dismissal & Parent/Teacher Conferences

    November 17th- Rink Night

    November 20th- HVL Meeting

    November 26th-28th- No School

    December 2nd- Music Concert

    A message from our outstanding volunteer group:

    Thank you so much to those of you who placed your Yankee Candle order. In case you still wanted to order but forgot your order form today, Monday is the absolute last day to turn in your order forms! If you still want to place an online order, you have until December 10 to guarantee Christmas delivery. Our online sale will be open until mid January just in case you wanted to order after the holidays. Again, Monday November 10 will be the last day to turn in paper order forms to your teacher. Thanks so much for your support.



    We are excited to announce that we are EXTENDING the time to turn in donations for our schools Fun Run fundraiser.  Students will be able to turn in donations until November 12th so please continue collecting donations until then!

    Please remember that by participating in this fundraiser you are helping raise money for our school in which ALL the donations you collect go directly back to our school.  We would also like to remind you that you have the opportunity to earn raffle tickets for some AWESOME prizes giveaways!  EVERY $10 = 1 RAFFLE TICKET

    If you haven’t collected any donations yet, here are a few good reasons to do so:

    • $50 CJ Barrymores gift cards

    • Sky Zone passes for four

    • Shelby Lanes Bowling party for 10!

    • Onyx Ice Skating punch card

    • $20 Movie gift card

    • Coldstone Creamery gift card

    • And MUCH more!

    And remember… If your child raises $150 or more they will be able throw a pie in a teachers face!  The TOP FUNDRAISER in our school will be able to throw a pie in the principal’s face!

    Posted Nov 9, 2014, 7:22 PM by David Jacquemotte
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Upcoming Events 
Refer to the full Calendar of Events for more things coming up for Havel Elementary.

Class in 
9:00am - 3:50pm
41855 Schoenherr 
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
All visitors must check in at the office.

Phone Numbers
(586) 797-5200
(586) 797-5299
(586) 797-5201
Latchkey (7am-6pm)
(586) 797-5250
HVL Line
(586) 797-5207