School NewsDistrict News

Habit Number 3 - Put First Things First
12/29/2017
Habit Number 3 is focus this month
Recommended School Supplies
07/19/2017
Suggested list for 2017-2018
UCS Robotics teams program success at world competition
05/22/2018
Thunderchickens are finalists at international competition
“Don’t Limit Yourself!” 2016 graduate with Asperger Syndrome creates art for national toy line
05/20/2018
Stevenson grad serves as artist and animator for collectible toys
Destination Imagination teams earn top awards
05/18/2018
Teams honored by UCS Board of Education

Principal's Message

Reading Leads to a Life-Time of Adventure...It is so important that we communicate to our children that reading is some-thing that we value as a life activity! If we want them to read more, we must provide them with classrooms, libraries and homes where reading is the norm.

If reading isn’t held in high regard, they won’t. For some students struggling to finish books or commit to reading, setting small goals helps them achieve success quickly and rack up positive reading experienc-es, which feeds more reading. By recommending high interest short story collections, your child will have the satisfaction of completing a story in less time, while still building stamina. Offer short books which require less of a time investment from developing readers, while still introducing them to prolific authors.

When your child begins to select longer books, check in often with them to determine their progress and offer positive reinforcement for completing chapters or meeting page goals!

UCS Community Education will host its Early Childhood Open House on February 15, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. For more information, please see link

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