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Academic Blitz

 Logo for Blitz - Graduation cap with words "UCS Academic Blitz"Area families can create a successful game plan for their children’s educational future at the 12th annual Utica Community Schools Academic Blitz on Thursday, February 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Henry Ford II High School, 11911 Clinton River Road in Sterling Heights.

The event, initiated in 2008 by the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board, is open to all area families interested in exploring specific options available for UCS students.

“Every member of our school community has high expectations for students and their future. The Academic Blitz provides our parents and students the opportunity to learn more about their options and begin building that critical bridge between graduation and a successful post-secondary experience,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns.

Families attending the Blitz can choose from among 20 sessions, including: Advanced Placement opportunities; getting ready for college, high school and junior high school; dual enrollment; and UCS high school specialty programs. Students from the UCS Superintendent Advisory Council will also host a special workshop for students preparing for high school on tips for successful secondary success. Breakout sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The event will also feature several presentations on jobs of the future. The Society of Women Engineers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will address future opportunities and will be displaying the Ram 1500, the 2019 Truck of Year from this year’s North American Auto Show. There will also be a short presentation on how jobs in virtual reality are impacting the facility design industry. 

Informational booths will be available with representatives from a variety of district programs. Booths will open at 6:00 p.m. and remain open until 9:00 p.m.

The district has created an events app through Events XD. The app allows users to see background information on the presentations and create a personal schedule for the evening. Attached are directions on downloading and using the app

Breakout sessions

Session One - 6:30-7:00 p.m.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES-AP 
Kristy Newell, William Dobbie

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION-CTE 
Dana Boice

COMPUTER SCIENCE AND CYBER SECURITY 
Janet Gendelman, Tina Steele

GET SET FOR COLLEGE: A HIGH SCHOOL ACTION PLAN 
Jill DeJesus

GET SET FOR HIGH SCHOOL
Catherine Livingston

GET SET FOR JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 
Kim Twarowski

IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY...STUDENT ADVICE ON SUCCESS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND BEYOND 
Superintendent's Student Advisory Board

NAVIANCE STUDENT SUCCESS PLATFORM 
Susan Kanda

STEVENSON MANUFACTURING, AUTOMATION AND DESIGN ENGINEERING-MADE 
Allison Hildebrand

UCS ART CLASSES
Karen Borbolla

UCS MUSIC PROGRAMS 
Mike Sekich, Susan Rosso

UTICA ACADEMY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES-UAIS 
Christopher Layson

UTICA CENTER FOR MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY-UCMST 
Kristi Carpenter

UTICA CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY-UCSI 
Jill Rilley

WORLD LANGUAGES, SEAL OF GLOBAL LANGUAGE & MICHIGAN SEAL OF BI-LITERACY 
Monica Klesko

Session Two (7:25 - 7:55 p.m.)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES-AP 
Kristy Newell, William Dobbie

APPLICATION AND USE OF KHAN ACADEMY 
Geoff Clark

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION-CTE 
Dana Boice

COMPUTER SCIENCE AND CYBER SECURITY 
Janet Gendelman, Tina Steele

GET SET FOR COLLEGE: A HIGH SCHOOL ACTION PLAN 
Jill DeJesus

GET SET FOR HIGH SCHOOL
Catherine Livingston

GET SET FOR JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 
Kim Twarowski

MICROSOFT OFFICE 365 FOR PARENTS
NAVIANCE STUDENT SUCCESS PLATFORM 
Susan Kanda

STEVENSON MANUFACTURING, AUTOMATION, AND DESIGN ENGINEERING-MADE 
Alsion Hildebrand

UCS ART CLASSES 
Karen Borbolla

UCS MUSIC PROGRAMS 
Mike Sekich, Susan Rosso

UTICA ACADEMY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES-UAIS 
Christopher Layson

UTICA CENTER FOR MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY-UCMST 
Kristi Carpenter

UTICA CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY-UCSI 
Jill Rilley

WORLD LANGUAGES, SEAL OF GLOBAL LANGUAGE & MICHIGAN SEAL OF BI-LITERACY
Monica Klesko

Session Three (8:00-8:30 PM)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES-AP 
Kristy Newell, William Dobbie

APPLICATION AND USE OF KHAN ACADEMY 
Geoff Clark

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION-CTE 
Dana Boice

COMPUTER SCIENCE AND CYBER SECURITY 
Janet Gendelman, Susan Rosso

SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS AT FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES: Engineers are Professional Problem Solvers 
Akshaya Srinivasan, Andrea Best, Christan Kidd, Jeanne Dang

GET SET FOR COLLEGE: A HIGH SCHOOL ACTION PLAN 
Jill DeJesus

GET SET FOR HIGH SCHOOL 
Catherine Livingston

GET SET FOR JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 
Kim Twarowski

NAVIANCE STUDENT SUCCESS PLATFORM 
Susan Kanda

STEVENSON MANUFACTURING, AUTOMATION, AND DESIGN ENGINEERING-MADE 
Alison Hildebrand

UCS ART CLASSES 
Karen Borbolla

UCS MUSIC PROGRAMS 
Mike Sekich, Susan Rosso

UTICA ACADEMY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES-UAIS 
Christopher Layson

UTICA CENTER FOR MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY-UCMST 
Kristi Carpenter

UTICA CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY-UCSI 
Jill Rilley

WORLD LANGUAGES, SEAL OF GLOBAL LANGUAGE & MICHIGAN SEAL OF BI-LITERACY 
Monica Klesko


Information Booths (Open 6-9  p.m. in commons)

  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Utica Center for Science and Industry
  • UCS Career and Technical Education
  • UCS High School and Junior High Counselors
  • Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Utica Academy for International Studies
  • UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence
  • UCS Comprehensive High School
  • Stevenson Center for Manufacturing, Automation and Design Engineering
  • zSpace
  • UCS Coding
  • UCS Art Department
  • UCS Music Department
  • Society of Women in Engineering