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UCS Update - August 18, 2019
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From The Principal

My name is Jena Lenz and I am excited and honored to introduce myself as Collins’ new elementary school principal.  I am delighted to be joining this family known to have a strong dedication to excellence, but more importantly, to children.  I look forward to partnering with you in continuing the path of academic growth and guidance that has historically been a foundation of Collins.

Having been in the field of education for seventeen years and serving in an administrative capacity for seven of those years, I am eager to work alongside each of you to promote student success.  I currently hold a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Educational Leadership, both from Oakland University.  I had the pleasure of completing my student teaching within the district before taking an elementary teaching assignment.  I have taught at various grade levels then moved into the role of a Curriculum Director and Assistant Principal.  Within these roles, I became well versed in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. 


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!

Utica Community Schools is Michigan's second largest school district.   

Student achievement in the district outpaces all county, state and national averages. The district's graduation rate is 12 points higher than the state average and students and staff are regularly honored for excellence.

For more information on Utica Community Schools, please visit this link