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UCS Update - September 13
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From The Principal

Dear Collins Families,

I would like to personally welcome you to the start of the 2019-2020 school year!  The community here at Collins is dedicated to the very best for your children.  Staff have been working diligently to prepare for our opening day and are super excited to begin another educational journey with you all.  We are committed to providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for every student, every day.  As a collective team working collaboratively on behalf of our children, we can ensure that all students learn at high levels while developing their talents, gifts, and passions.  It is our goal to equip students with college and career readiness skills to successfully pursue their post-secondary aspirations.

I would like to acknowledge out Parent-Teacher Organization for putting together a calendar of many delightful events we have in store this year.  Please join us at our first PTO Meeting on Monday, September 9th at 3:30 p.m. in the Media Center.

Our annual Open House will be held on Thursday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m.  We will begin in the gymnasium with introductions and information and then be dismissed to the classrooms.  Your attendance at this event is extremely important as you play a key role in your child’s educational path.  We hope to see you all there!

Finally, I would like to thank each and every one of you for creating such a welcoming environment.  I look forward to a wonderful school year filled with many successes, celebrations, and smiles.

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.