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January 15 Update
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From the Principal  

Dear Messmore Families, 

For most of us, as long as we can remember, we’ve anticipated the fall return of school with mixed feelings of excitement and trepidation. As the start of this school year was different, we still had those same feelings of wanting to be prepared and yet flexible enough to learn along the way. Starting off a school year is hard work, but this year was even harder for everyone. Change never goes perfectly right out the gate, but we can view every challenge as an opportunity for growth.

As parents, you are faced with supporting your children’s learning from home, students have new responsibilities, and our teachers in front of the children have never worked harder. If we apply ourselves flexibly, continuously, and with rigor, we will look back at this painful time as a turning point and recognize that all our sacrifices were not in vain. I am confident that when our students return to the new normalcy of in-person instruction, the paradigm of learning will be even better for their future.  Building relationships and communication is one of the critical components for a successful parent and school partnership. Please keep in contact with your child’s teacher to share how things are going. 

I appreciate your trust in us as we continue to work together to guide resilience through remote learning with the transitioning to in-person in this unchartered territory. Regardless of the platform, we are committed to providing a safe and positive environment that is developmentally appropriate with a focus on quality relationships and programming that is relevant and engaging.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at 586-797-5600.


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.