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    A Note From the Principal:

    Dear Duncan Families,

    The excitement of a new school year is upon us, and we are thrilled to welcome our community at Richard J. Duncan Elementary School to the 2022-2023 school year! Our staff is committed to ensuring an outstanding student-centered learning experience for all our students as we support their development as scholars and citizens. We are dedicated to the success of each Duncan Explorer. 

    As we work together during the year, I encourage you to let me know how you and your child/children are experiencing school.  Through open communication and teamwork, we promise this to be a rewarding and enjoyable school year.

    We look forward to a year filled with excitement and remarkable growth.  Please see the links below for updates and school information.

    Duncan Dispatch: September

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    Warm Regards,

    Mrs. Jodi Pfeifer

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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.

Utica Community Schools is celebrated for student achievement that consistently surpasses county, state and national benchmarks. Accelerate UCS! has been built with current and future student needs at each grade level in mind, taking into consideration what is working well and what may require change. For more information, please see this link.


UCS Vision

Utica Community Schools, in partnership with our community, will empower students to positively transform their future and the world.

UCS Mission

Utica Community Schools ignites a passion for learning in all students. We strengthen our community by welcoming all learners, honoring culture, and inspiring remarkable growth and achievement. We accomplish this by:

• Ensuring students are at the heart of all decisions

• Collaborating with all stakeholders

• Providing a safe and supportive environment

• Encouraging mindsets that are open to innovation

• Reimagining what school can be

• Promoting high expectations throughout Utica Community Schools

• Committing to multiple pathways toward excellence and achievement for all