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From The Principal:

9/29/2021

Good afternoon Hornet families,

Later today, your opportunity to book parent-teacher conferences will open!  We will be using SchoolSoft to book conferences, as we did last year and also for this year's Virtual Open House.  You will be able to schedule and meet virtually with your child's teachers and get an update on their progress. The SchoolSoft Conference Manager program will allow you to check our teachers’ conference schedules for availability and book an appointment on-line the afternoon session, October 7th, or our evening conference session on October 13th. We will again use TEAMS for teachers to conduct virtual conferences. 

Many of you have already set up your account for Conference Manager last year or for Open House.  However, if you have not, you will be required to register and create a parent account. This only takes a minute or two.  You will continue to use this same account for the duration of the time you have children in UCS schools, so please record your password where you can reference it later. 

Please note that while you can register at any time, the appointment window will not open until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 and will close on October 6th, at 5:00 p.m.

To create an account (if you have not already done so) please use the following steps (a tutorial is available by clicking on this link):

  1. Go to the following website https://utica.schoolsoft.com.
     
  2. Register for a parent account.  To register click the REGISTER NOW button and complete the registration page.  Once registered you will be able to immediately log in to the Conference Manager.  An email will also be sent to the address you specified.  This email restates your username and password and should be saved, as you will use the same username and password when booking future rounds of Parent-Teacher Conferences.  If you forget your password, you can reset it using the FORGOT PASSWORD link under the login button.

A few additional notes on registration:

When registering, if you have multiple students, you should enter all of them at the same time. If you have a student at more than one school (for example CSI and Stevenson High or  Heritage and the UCS Virtual Academy), you will need to register that student’s name more than once as teachers are organized by schools.

Students who made a switch between Virtual Academy and Remote/in person learning since last year or Open House would have to make that adjustment.  Also, please keep in mind, some of our teachers are shared between different buildings.  This will mean limited availability during the Heritage conference sessions.  If you are unable to book a time with a teacher, please reach out to them for an alternate appointment or with any questions you may have about your child's progress. 

Once registered you can log in to the Conference Manager any time.  When the appointment window opens (Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m.) you may:

  1. Click the BOOK NOW button and select a conference date in the date drop-down that appears.  Then, select the teacher(s) you wish to meet with and click the NEXT button. To coordinate bookings involving multiple teachers select all the teachers applicable to your child(ren) with whom you wish to meet.
  2. Click on an available time slot for each teacher you selected and complete the booking form that appears. You should see the booking appear in the summary list on the right-hand side of the screen.  A confirmation email is sent for each booking you made or subsequently cancel.  You will also receive a reminder and conference itinerary by email.
  3. Confirm your appointments have been booked by looking at the “CURRENTLY BOOKED CONFERENCES” box on the right of the screen or click on the MY CONFERENCES tab.  Only appointments that appear in the CURRENTLY BOOKED CONFERENCES box or on the MY CONFERENCES page are confirmed bookings.
  4. When finished booking, click the log off button located at the top right of the browser window.  You will have the opportunity to provide feedback regarding the use of the Conference Manager to the school administration through a user survey before completely exiting.  We appreciate you completing the survey as this helps guide our decision-making regarding how conferences are booked in the future.
  5. Just prior to your scheduled conference time, you will receive a link to your video conference. At the appropriate time, click on the link and the teacher will admit you to the room. Please note, there is only 5 minutes available for conferences.

If you are unable to book your own appointment using this system, please contact us at 586-797-3100 and a staff member will assist you. Please save this email for instructions in case you need to reference it later.  It will also be housed on the Heritage website under the Principal's Comments. 

Looking forward to successful fall conferences!  

Mrs. Beebe



To prepare individuals academically, encourage social awareness and promote responsibility with optimism toward the future.
                                                

UCS Vision

All children have the right to a rigorous, high-quality education which meets their individual needs. UCS will respect, encourage and empower each and every student to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful, contributing members of a diverse community and global society.

UCS Mission

We are committed to exemplary teaching and learning in order for our students to be prepared for success in the 21st Century.
We will achieve this commitment by engaging the entire community to focus on each child's achievement, with the expectation that every student will pursue some type of post-high school educational endeavor.

Core Values

  • Every child can learn and achieve.
  • Parents and guardians are partners in the learning process.
  • Being “smart” can be achieved through persistence, hard work and effective effort.
  • Excellence is expected and celebrated.
  • Data is used to guide our decision-making.
  • All employees will exemplify ethical behavior; exhibit a strong work ethic; and continue to develop their leadership, performance and service skills.
  • Technology supports and enhances instruction, business operations, research and communications.
  • The Board of Education, district educators/staff, parents, community members and business leaders must collaborate and work as a team to enhance educational opportunities for student success.