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Student Candidates prepare for their speeches.
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UCS students earn top honors at scholastic arts competition
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UCS hosts annual career expo
Expo set for March 20
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From the Principal

Dear Parents,

As described by the North American Montessori Center, Montessori education encompasses the development of the whole person. This includes an overall approach to education that involves helping students develop the awareness that everything in the universe is connected, interdependent, and forms a harmonious whole. In addition, they themselves are part of the universe and contribute to that whole. This message suggests that the creation of peace requires effort in all spheres of life which includes relationships between individuals, communities, cultures, and the environment. Our peacemaker recognition assemblies support the driving forces behind this Montessori work as we recognize students and honor their actions that contribute towards peace.

For more information, please read our November 2019 Newsletter.


Renee A. Fiema, Ed.D

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.