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From The Principal

Collins’ Families, 

We leave November feeling thankful for the many things we have here at Collins Elementary.  We are thankful for a wonderful teaching staff, an amazingly supportive PTO, our wonderful community, and for the many memories we have already made this year.  We had great participation at our fall conferences, so on behalf of your teachers and students, I thank you for setting your children up for success. 

 As we inch closer to the height of our holiday season, our appreciation is turned into giving back to others. Our Kiwanis Drive is currently underway.  Students may bring in non-expired canned goods.  We would like this to make our biggest collection to date!

The month of December is again filled with many activities and events for our families.  We will be hosting our Pizza with Santa on Friday, December 6th.  Our Santa Shop will follow the next week.  Our sixth-grade students will be graduating from their SMART Moves program and we could not be prouder of them.  Our students will also have the opportunity to enjoy another P.A.W.S. assembly filled with fun, prizes, and games.

 The winter weather is looking to stay.  Please be sure that your child is prepared for our winter weather with the necessary coats, gloves, hats, and boots.  Coming to school prepared for morning line-up and outdoor recess will assist in making your child’s school day a success.

 Finally, our holiday break is scheduled for December 23rd – January 1st.  Classes will resume on January 2nd.  Please take the time during your break to make special memories with your families.  It is your presence, not your presents that is the most precious gift you can give your children.  Play games, read a book together, watch movies, and most importantly have conversations over break that you will cherish.  

 Our Collins’ family would like to wish you all a safe a happy December!

Best Regards,

Jena Lenz

Collins’ Principal


Our Mission

With the support of the community, the mission of Bruce Collins Elementary is to foster a caring and enriching environment that enables all students to grow academically and socially to reach their individual potential as they become lifelong learners.

MSTEP and MIAccess

This Spring our students in grades 3rd- 6th will be taking part in MSTEP & MIAccess Michigan State Assessments. Specific information and testing dates will be coming home from individual grade levels. It is very important that students will be in school on these days. Please make

every effort to have them here. Thank You!

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.