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Duncan students feast on books
Media Center becomes "Book Cafe!"
2017 Kindergarten Registration set for March 15
Registration packets now available
Duncan driver named one of the Michigan's best
Duncan Bus Driver Charles Weir was recently honored by the Board of Education for earning top honors at a statewide competition

Principal's Message

This month, all Michigan public school students in grades 3-8 & 11 will take the summative state assessment, M-Step. This assessment is designed to measure student growth and progress on the Michigan Academic Standards, which include the incorporation of these career and college readi-ness standards. These criterion-referenced tests help determine whether students have mastered essential objectives or learning standards as defined by the Michigan Department of Education. The results from the new M-Step assessment will be analyzed and broken down by individual students’ proficiency levels and results will be shared with parents, when they are available.

2016-2017 Testing Schedule:
5th Grade
Tuesday, April 18th English language Arts Part 2
Thursday, April 20th Mathematics Part 1
Tuesday, April 25th Mathematics Part 2
Wednesday, April 26th Social Studies Part 1
Thursday, April 27th Social Studies Part 2

3rd, 4th & 6th Grade Schedule:
3rd Grade
Tuesday, May 2nd Mathematics Part 1
Thursday, May 4th Mathematics Part 2
Tuesday, May 9th English language Arts Part 1
4th Grade
Wednesday, May 10th Mathematics Part 1
Wednesday, May 17th Mathematics Part 2
Friday, May 19th English language Arts Part 1
Wednesday, May 24th Science Part 1
Thursday, May 25th Science Part 2
6th Grade
Thursday, May 11th Mathematics Part 1
Monday, May 15th Mathematics Part 2
Monday, May 22nd English language Arts Part 1

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 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