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From the Principal

Dear Parents,

I want to share information about an election that will that impact our school district.  Macomb County voters will consider an educational enhancement millage on March 10, 2020.  Under the current formula, control of revenue levels is through state lawmakers, not local communities.  Requesting a regional enhancement millage is the only exception for local communities to generate revenue. Revenue generated through an enhancement millage goes directly to local school districts to determine use based on community needs.

The millage passes or fails by a majority vote, not by an individual district.  If it passes, all Macomb districts share the funds; if it doesn’t pass, the funds will not be available to any district.  If it passes it would generate approximately $418 per pupil or $11 million for UCS for the next ten years. The proposal is on the ballot to provide resources for career, technology, vocational, and skilled trades, reading achievement- third grade reading, student safety and well-being. Generated funds would be available beginning in July 2020.

Macomb County Education Millage

On the Ballot

March 10, 2020

1.9- mill enhancement millage for 10 years

Cost to average Macomb county home (per equalization report)

valued at $200,000 would be $190 per year.

For more news, please read our February 2020 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.