Utica Community Schools is committed to promoting the safe and effective use of technology. Through our district’s K-12 digital citizenship initiatives, we are providing students with information that promotes the proper use of digital content and tools.  

A tool that families can use to help protect their children is the Michigan Child Protection Registry. This free service from the State of Michigan protects children’s e-mail, cell phone numbers and Instant Messaging addresses from receiving inappropriate, adult-themed material.

The registry can be accessed by visiting www.protectMICHild.com. In addition, parents can click on the Protect MI Child icon, which will soon appear on the district and school Web sites for direct access to the registry.

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

  • Havel Happenings

    Happy Weekend Havel Families!

    Below is a Top 10 list of Havel Happenings:

    1. Our Art Show and Gizmo night was a huge success.  We had 29 staff member volunteers and 121 student participants.  Thank you to Mrs. Gabriel and Mr. Pangborn for your hard work and effort to organize this event.

    2. This week each grade level team met with me and discussed their student progress, celebrate successes, and discussed strategies being used within the classroom.
    3. While we couldn’t be happier that the signs of winter being over are here, the melting snow is providing a bit of a challenge for our outdoor recess activities.I recommend having your child have an additional pair of socks in their backpack along with continuing to send them to school with their snow boots.(An extra pair of clothes is always a good idea too!)
    4. We have had such positive feedback from the iLearn Havel shirts that we are doing a second order.Please look for an order form to come home with your child this week!
    5. This Wednesday, March 18th is our Kindergarten Open House at 7:00.If you have a child who will be in Kindergarten for the 2015- 2016 school year please plan on attending this event.If you are in need of a registration packet from our office please call Mrs. Swoveland or Mrs. Dalka at 586-797-5200 to request one.
    6. The super stars of Havel will be performing in the Talent Show this Thursday, March 19th at 7:00.
    7. I have had many inquiries regarding teacher requests for next year.Parent input is one of the many important factors that we consider when looking at moving a student to a new grade level.
      • Your request must be in writing via email or paper copy and the educational environment (not a specific teacher name) is to be defined.
      • Below are some suggested guidelines to help you format your letter.
        • Start by stating your child's current grade level and teacher.
        • Write about your child's strengths - academic and social.
        • Write about your concerns for your child.  This should include any special needs or personality traits that may need extra attention. 
        • Write about the type of classroom and/or teacher traits that you feel your child would do best with.  (Again, please did not include a teacher name in this letter.)   
      • Please note that writing a request is not a guarantee as many factors are considered when looking at classroom placements.  
    8. Our M-Step parent information night is March 24th at 6:00.This event is to help parents understand the makeup and design of the new state assessment along with answer any questions that you may have.  Please RSVP to the office if you are planning on attending.
    9. If you have not yet done so, please check out our monthly newsletter at:http://havel.uticak12.org/havel-hawkline 
    10. Dates to know:
      March 25th- Rink Night
      March 27th- End of 3rd Marking Period
      March 31st- Drumming Ensemble
      April 3rd-12th- Spring Break

    Mrs. Barel

    Posted Mar 15, 2015, 6:48 PM by David Jacquemotte
  • Principal's Message
    Dear Havel Families,

    I want to keep you updated on Michigan’s statewide assessment for the spring of 2015. The Michigan Department of Education updated the assessment system and re-placed the 44 year old MEAP test with Michi-gan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). This new assessment will be online, aligned to the state standards, has added a writing component to all 3rd-6th grades, and has increased the number of constructed response test questions.

    All students in grades 3 – 6 will take a Mathematics and an ELA (reading & writing) assessment this spring. The M-STEP English language arts and mathematics portion of the assessment will include an Online Test, a Classroom Activity, and Performance Task (PT). The purpose of the Classroom Activity is to expose students to the context and vocabulary of the Performance Task and will include a lesson delivered by a classroom teacher. The Performance Task is a multi-item task administered online. Students are presented with several stimuli, and will re-spond to Technology Enhanced items, short Constructed Response and extended Con-structed Response items.

    The ELA performance task involves students reading 2-5 pieces of resource material, answering 3-5 questions, and then writing a full length essay using the resource material. The Mathematics performance task involves students constructing numerical responses as well as written responses to explain their answers.

    To help students transition to the new M-STEP assessments, students in grades 3 – 6 will begin looking at the navigation tools and features of the online assessment engine to become familiar with the technology-enhanced item types that they are likely to see on the ELA and Mathematics assess-ments. Teachers will also be providing stu-dents with guided practice on grade level sample items so students are familiar with the assessment content for ELA and Mathematics. The Science and Social Stu-dents assessments will look familiar to them with multiple choice questions.

    If you are interested in looking at sample questions follow this link: M-STEP . The test-ing window dates are below, however, I am still working on the exact testing dates within the window. If you have any questions please call me at 797-5200.

    The M-STEP testing window is as follows:

    Grade 5: April 13, 2015-May 1, 2015

    Grade 4: April 27, 2015-May 15, 2015

    Grades 3/6: May 18, 2015-June 1, 2015


    Mrs. Barel

    Posted Mar 12, 2015, 8:28 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