School NewsDistrict News

Collins team earns international recognition for innovation
Team places 32nd in international Destination Imagintion competition
Banking on Success
Mr. Marks honored with donated equipment for Collins, Messmore
UCS teams bring the Thunder to annual robotics competition
UCS teams dominate annual ThunderQuest competition
UCS schools support more than 200 charity events this season
Every school sponsors charity drives to brighten the holidays for others
UCS Update - November 22
Latest news from across UCS

From The Principal

Collins’ Families, 

It is hard to believe that our first marking period is over!  The past couple of months have been filled with rigorous educational opportunities and learning experiences for our students.  NWEA testing has come to an end and the staff is utilizing the data from the assessments as well as their individual records and assessments to meet your children where they are ready to learn.  One of the most important events we have here at Collins is Parent-Teacher Conferences.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss their successes and any growth areas.  Conferences will be held on November 12th and November 14th.  Please come to Collins during your scheduled time. 

Along with our plans to prepare your child to be college and career ready, we have also been very busy planning and taking part in other fun events.  Families enjoyed our Chuck-e-Cheese, McDonald’s Night, and our famous Boo Bash!  I would like to thank the PTO and all of the volunteers for making these events a success.

Collins kicked off the fall season with our first P.A.W.S assembly this past month.  The team here at Collins uses our P.A.W.S. ticket system to promote positive behavioral habits.  P.A.W.S. stands for the following…P: Positive Choices A: Act Responsibly W: Will Be Respectful and S: Show Your Integrity.  The school participated in an afternoon filled with fun games and wonderful prizes!

Please be sure that your child is prepared for our fall and winter weather with the necessary jackets, 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. 

Our Collins’ family would like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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.