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Switzer Robotics team honored for innovation
Team one of two in Michigan being considered for national Innovation Award
Students experience Native American traditions
The Ho-Chunk Nation - Native Americans of the Great Lakes presented to students
Dr. Seuss characters come to life in annual Oakbrook Musical Extravaganza
Annual Musical enjoyed by students, community
Utica Community Schools honored as one of the nation’s top communities for music education
UCS community honored for music education excellence
Michigan lottery bets on UHS teacher as one of state's best
Teacher of the Week segment will air April 26

Safety and security are on our minds as we send our children off to school. Tragic events in our society have shaped policies and procedures to ensure safety. We appreciate your support as you review our procedures below. We know that these are extra steps that may add a few extra seconds to your day, but please be patient with us as we work to keep our school safe and secure.


·   All of our exterior doors are locked. Please enter through the front door. When you hit the buzzer, please speak into the speaker and let us know how we can help you. This procedure is for both school hours and SACC. Parents will have to enter the building through the main office both during and after school.

·   Only Switzer students and staff are allowed past our front doors. If you are a scheduled volunteer please check in at the office. We understand that boots, lunches, homework and instruments are forgotten at home. Please come into the office and we will call your student down for you.

·    10 safety drills are conducted each year. Our security/lock down drills are coordinated with our security officer (housed at Eisenhower). He also provides professional development for our staff each year. Volunteers in the building must comply with lockdown/evacuation practices.

·  All volunteers/ chaperones must have a background checks on file at the office.

When possible, please call ahead for early dismissals. We can have your student ready for you in the office.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions and concerns. I thank you for your support.

Make sure to that you have made the switch from the parent portal to the “Unified Classroom”. Directions are included in this newsletter. If you are having trouble logging into the system please contact the Switzer office.


Kindergarten Open House will be at 7:00PM on Wednesday, March 14. Registration forms are available online on both the Switzer website and the district website.


When we return from spring break the M-Step testing window opens for students in grades 3-6. Your student will be testing on days assigned to each grade level and by teacher. Exact dates will be shared by your classroom teacher as the window opens. Please visit

USING THE CHROME BROWSER. This site gives students opportunities to see sample questions and gain some exposure to the testing format of M-Step. This is not a study guide but will give students a feel of the test.


Looking forward to another great month at Switzer!


Jacob Palmer

The Switzer Elementary community is committed to helping all students become responsible life-long learners by maintaining a safe, positive environment that encourages individuals to reach their full potential.

March Is Reading Month

Academic Blitz”Reading is Awesome” is the 2017 March is Reading month theme at Switzer. We started our reading month with our reading assembly today. Information has been sent home but is also included in this newsletter. Students will be bringing home their packet with reading goals and a log sheets to be turned in on Mondays, starting March 13. Students who meet their goals and turn in their log sheets will be awarded tickets/legos and be entered into drawings for access passes to the Lego Garage or Slurpees. If we hit our school goal we will have a special visit from our “lego rescue heros” from the police, fire and homeland security. Don’t forget family reading night planned for March 24, at 6:30pm. All prizes and events have been funded by our supportive PTO and thank you Switzer reading committee for your hard work and great ideas!

Utica Community Schools is Michigan's second largest school district.   

Student achievement in the district outpaces all county, state and national averages. The district's graduation rate is 12 points higher than the state average and students and staff are regularly honored for excellence.

For more information on Utica Community Schools, please visit this link