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From the Principal  

Dear Messmore Families, 

It is hard to believe that we made it through the pandemic school year with so much to be grateful for. Through our collective and shared experiences from pivoting guidelines and fluid learning, our students developed their potential to be citizens of the global community. The importance of keeping one another safe and making life changes for the overall health and safety of everyone is a life principle that has changed us. I am grateful for the effort our students put into their learning, the support of our parents, the hard work of our teachers, our support staff, the parents that worked during our long lunch period and to be part of a close and caring community.


Every student at Messmore is unique, has their own story, and we are so proud of how much they have grown. Messmore students care for one another and work hard to do their personal best. It is always so rewarding to look back at where they started in September and what they can do now. Our parents and staff are dedicated to building a culture of learning for all students to reach their potential and it is evident each day.


We have had many changes this year as we transitioned into a one-to-one model of learning using technology. As we continue to look ahead at what our students must be able to do to be college and career ready, we know that we have to continue developing deeper thinking with our students as they learn how to interpret new ideas and synthesize information while thinking critically and creatively. We will continue to build our curriculum so that students will achieve these high standards.


I want to thank and recognize the hard work of our 2020-2021 MMA Board as we continued to meet via Zoom each month over the past year! Thank you Laura Bednarsh, Erica Khami, Michelle Filary, Stacey Westen and Elisabetta Stupera for being a voice for our parents and supporting our school. Thank you to all parents as you worked together with the MMA to make our school a better place for our children.


As we wind down the school year, with some added fun, we will continue staying focused on preparing students for their future.


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.