UCS Academic Blitz helps students plan for success


Area students can create a successful game plan for their educational future at the eighth annual Utica Community Schools Academic Blitz on Thursday, January 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Henry Ford II High School, 11911 Clinton River Road in Sterling Heights.

While the Blitz is specifically targeted to students in grades 5 through 10, the event is open to all area families interested in specific options available in UCS and after graduation. The evening allows parents and students to develop a plan that takes advantage of the unique programs and services in the district.

The evening will begin with guest speaker Deborah Stieffel, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs for University of Detroit Mercy.

Following the presentation, families will be able to choose from 14 breakout sessions. Sessions include topics such as: financial aid, advanced placement offerings, dual enrollment, advanced opportunities for junior high school parents, special programs available to high school students, a special workshop held by high school students specifically for junior high students, the UCS high school specialty programs and Career and Technical Education.

Informational booths will also be available during the night for parents interested in meeting with counselors, local college officials, academic summer school options and college savings plans.

Below are the workshops offered that the blitz:

Breakout Sessions
#1) 7:30 to 8:05 p.m.
#2) 8:10 to 8:45 p.m.

Advanced Classes for Sixth Graders – Performing Arts Center,session 1 only
Discover rigorous academic opportunities for your sixth grader
Advanced Placement® Opportunities – Band Room,sessions 1 and 2
Challenge yourself in AP courses and earn college credit in high school
Career and Technical Education (CTE) – Room 409, sessions 1 and 2
Overview of UCS programs leading to post-secondary learning opportunities
   Developing into a Leader (for students only) – Vocal Music Room, session 1 only
Superintendent's Student Advisory Board members share advice drawn from their own experiences
   Early College of Macomb – Room 416,sessions 1 and 2
Gain a tuition-free head start on your associate's or bachelor's degree
   Get Set for High School – Room 518,sessions 1 and 2
Learn time management, how to learn and how to be successful in high school and beyond
   Low-Tech Strategies for Academic Success – Vocal Music Room, session 2 only
Traditional and non-traditional ways to learn that meet your child’s unique needs
   Macomb2Oakland (M2O) – Room 415, sessions 1 and 2
M2O is a smart investment! Access opportunities at Macomb CC and Oakland U at the same time
   Macomb Community College Engineering/Advanced Technology – Room 215 sessions 1 and 2
Learn about acquiring skills for future high-paying jobs
   Naviance – Performing Arts Center,session 2 only
Guidance program matches college and career resources to student goals, interests and academic coursework
   U of M-Flint Dual Enrollment Educational Partnership – Room 519, sessions 1 and 2
Earn college credit in high school at the district’s University of Michigan-Flint site in the Magahay building
   Utica Academy for International Studies (UAIS) – Media Center,sessions 1 and 2
What it means to earn an International Baccalaureate diploma
   Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology (UCMST) – ECC,sessions 1 and 2
Advanced learning program for high-achieving math and science students
   Utica Center for Science and Industry (UCSI) – Room 526, sessions 1 and 2
Specialized curriculum in engineering technology, mechatronics or multimedia technology
■   World Languages – Room 216, sessions 1 and 2
Explore your options for meeting world language requirements

■  University of Michigan-Flint  ■  Macomb Community College  ■  Oakland University  ■  UCSI  ■  UCMST  ■  UAIS
■  UCS secondary school counselors  ■  Career and Technical Education  ■  UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence
■  UCS high schools: Eisenhower, Ford II, Stevenson and Utica ■  AdvancePath Academy  ■  Dollars for Scholars
■  Velocity – Women in Defense  ■  UCS Community Education  ■  MET/MESP college savings plans  ■  UCS district information and more


To download the event planner, please visit this link.


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