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Career Day at Duncan Elementary
05/12/2019
Special day support Career Focus program
Kaleidoscope Winner
01/03/2019
Karthryn Irwin has the right stuff!
Duncan December Book Fair
12/04/2018
Book fair set for this week
UCS teams build success at state LEGO tournament
12/13/2019
UCS teams take top spots in research
Calendar Update
12/11/2019
Information regarding winter break
CareerQuest gives students hands-on experiences in future jobs
12/10/2019
More than 400 students take part in MICareerQuest

Principal's Message

From a history test at the end of each month to a spelling quiz every Friday, studying is a skill young learners will need throughout their years of school. Help your child study with these tips:

Start a habit... Encourage your youngster to treat studying as a daily assignment, not just some-thing he does the evening before a test. For example, he might study 15 minutes every night for a spelling test on Friday. After he finishes his regular homework, he can spend a little time reviewing his notes and handouts.

Tackle Textbooks… When your child has a chapter to study, have him “preview” it to increase his understanding. He should glance over headings, graphics, and photos and go to the glossary to look up boldfaced words.

Mix it Up… If your youngster reviews information in several ways, he’ll be more likely to remem-ber it. He might use colored pencils to copy each spelling word or math fact onto a separate index card. Then, he can shuffle the cards and study them in a different order each time. For extra rein-forcement, suggest that he spell each word or recite each fact aloud.

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.

January 9th
Bagel Day
4:00—D.E.C.O. meeting

January 14th
6:00 to 8:00—Rink Night

January 21st -
No School—Martin Luther King day

January 24th & 25th
10:00—Variety Show
12:04 dismissal
Records Day

January 29th
8:00 pm.m. Band-O-Rama

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.