School NewsDistrict News

Duncan December Book Fair
12/04/2018
Book fair set for this week
Habit Number 3 - Put First Things First
12/29/2017
Habit Number 3 is focus this month
High school students share their UCS experiences, thoughts to Board members
12/13/2018
Students from each high school meet with board members, central administration
December 2018 Focus For the Community
12/12/2018
Latest community newsletter now available
UCS Update - December 7
12/07/2018
Latest updates from UCS

Principal's Message

Charitable Initiatives. . .
• Adopt a child; New clothing and toys for less fortunate
children in our community
• Shelby Township Lions Club; donation of nonperishable
food items

If your family is interested in supporting these initiatives this year, non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the boxes located in the front lobby. If you would be interested in participating with “Adopt a Child,” please visit the giving tree located in the Lobby. The tree is decorated with ornament tags identifying a special gift. Simply remove the ornament tag from the tree, purchase the gift, then send the gift to school unwrapped, but with the gift tag attached. The gift can be placed in the Media Center ship by Friday, December 14th.

Our Mission

The Community at Richard J. Duncan Elementary School is devoted to academic excellence. Sound instructional strategies will provide our students with a foundation of skills that will prepare them for lifelong achievement in a global society.

We Believe...
* All students can learn and achieve.
* All students can teach and learn from each other.
* All parents are partners in their children’s education.
* We will value individuality and diversity.
* We will maintain high expectations for all children to be responsible and caring students.
* All children need a safe and secure learning environment- both physical and emotional.
* We will help students become lifelong learners so they can adapt to a changing world.

Parents can share their business expertise with sixth graders

The 24th annual Career Focus Luncheon for all Utica Community Schools sixth graders will take place Thursday, May 4th at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This special “grown-up” event brings the students together with business and community leaders for lunch and conversation about careers and the importance of education in the future workplace.
Calling all parents! Are you interested in spending a lunch hour with district sixth graders to share your business expertise? Con-sider attending the annual Career Focus Luncheon. For more than 20 years, this event has impacted thousand of young children. As a participant, you will share your professional expertise with a table of sixth graders from UCS. In turn, these students will present a digital resume and discuss their hopes and aspira-tions for their futures. If you are interested, please see the detailed flyers on pages 15 & 16 of this Duncan Dispatch.
The event is co-sponsored by Utica Community Schools, the UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence, Sterling Heights Region-al Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Advisor & Source News-papers. Area businesses and individuals are invited to serve as ta-ble sponsors to share their career and college experiences with today’s students – tomorrow’s leaders. Please contact the UCS Foundation at 586.797.6953 or visit www.ucsfoundation.org to reserve your table or for more information.

Utica Community Schools is Michigan's second largest school district.

Student achievement in the district outpaces all county, state and national averages. The district's graduation rate is 12 points higher than the state average and students and staff are regularly honored for excellence.

For more information on Utica Community Schools, please visit this link