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2019-2020 Student Council Election
10/15/2019
Student Candidates prepare for their speeches.
Spring has sprung random acts of kindness for UCS elementary students
05/17/2019
Paper kindness tree scatters seeds of kindness in UCS
UCS grad among 15 statewide to receive new merit scholarship award
07/14/2020
Henry Ford II grad earns college-based merit scholarship
National innovation award recognizes UCS for academy linking graduates to high paying CTE jobs
07/13/2020
Stevenson MADE named district of distinction finalist
Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies honors service of long-time UCS Board member
06/23/2020
Mrs. Klida honored for more lifetime of service to UCS community

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

I want to recognize your amazing work in supporting instruction to your child(ren) as we all navigated through the complexities of the pandemic.   The future is still unknown regarding the changes we will be making for the next school year.  Whatever challenges that we are presented in September, we will focus on meeting the needs of the whole child.  Teachers will put forth best practices for mitigating learning loss, we will build stronger relationships with families, and we will be committed to supporting all student’s social-emotional well-being.  The health and safety of our children is my priority and we will endure through these challenges.

Feel free to contact me with your feedback, questions, or concerns.

Sincerely,

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 www.uticak12.org. 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.