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From the Principal  

Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to opening the 2021-2022 school year! We are inspired and energized and ready to meet the needs of our students. The guiding Montessori principle, "Follow the Child," will continue to be a beacon for accelerating learning this school year.


  • We follow the child when we take time to get to know them.
  • We follow the child when each day, each week, each month, we sit and observe the child and see what their natural tendencies are (and are not).
  • We follow the child when we take the information our observations supply us with and use it to inform our practice.
  • We follow the child when we meet them where they are and support them in their social, emotional, and academic learning.
  • We follow the child when we watch them, listen to them and guide them in the right direction or offer them the little nudge children sometimes need.


We will follow the child in a nurturing community that will guide our students to become confident, independent, creative, and self-motivated. This year our theme is  Rebound and Accelerate Learning.


As noted in the Parent Essential Guide for 2021-2022 School Year, our new school hours are 8:40 AM to 3:30 PM. In addition, our School-Age Child Care (SACC) is available at Messmore in the morning. Students who attend SACC in the afternoon will be bussed to Rose Kidd located at 38397 Gladstone Drive, Sterling Heights. As a reminder, the first day of school is August 31, 2021, and is a half-day (11:44 AM) dismissal.


This year we will continue one-to-one personal devices. Students with older laptops will be issued a brand new one. Student technology device insurance is now available to UCS families. Families may choose to enroll in this optional program by the deadline of September 10, 2021, for a fee of $15.00 per device. 


We welcome you back and we look forward to seeing our students soon!



Renee Fiema Ed.D.
Messmore Principal

The mission of Messmore Elementary School is to provide a Montessori environment that fosters self-motivated, responsible, life-long learners.
Messmore is hosting a Kindergarten Open House on March 15 at 7:00 p.m. for 4-year-old Montessori preschoolers. Utica Community Schools offers all-day Kindergarten at all elementary schools. Registration forms are available at Please bring completed registration forms with you. The open house will give parents the opportunity to learn about our kindergarten, meet teachers and building staff and complete the registration process.

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.