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From the Principal

Dear Parents,

             This time of the year is a recipe for a happy disposition with the splendor of autumn colors and mild temperature. Hopefully everyone had a great start with establishing positive morning and afterschool routines.  Thank you for your participation with our Open House and supporting our back to school Book Fair.

             October is safety month.  We conduct a series of safety drills to familiarize our students with procedures to handle a crisis should it be necessary.  We practice the procedures many times throughout the year so the students do not panic if a crisis arises.  The three main drills we practice are fire evacuation, inclement weather (i.e. tornado), and a lock-down (security) drill.  As your student tells you of a practice drill, ask them what they do.  This will help reinforce the procedures they practiced in school.  Our goal is for the procedures to become so routine that the students could run it without an adult present.  Since October is Fire Safety month, we encourage each family to practice their emergency plans for home in the event of a crisis.  The more we practice, the more instantaneous our response is to a crisis situation.

For more information, please read our October 2019 Newsletter.


Renee A. Fiema, Ed.D



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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.