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From The Principal

Dear Collins Families,

Fall is in the air!  It seems like yesterday when I was holding the door open at Sneak Peek meeting you all for the very first time.   I would like to thank all of you for attending our September events.  We have had our share of informational and relaxing activities over the past thirty days and our turnouts have been fantastic.  It is that kind of support from our community that helps Collins continue to be the absolute best educational environment for your children. 

 Our students and staff have been busy this month establishing rules and procedures to ensure a smooth and successful 2019-2020 school year.  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

S: Show Your Integrity

When students are exhibiting these positive behaviors, they receive a P.A.W.S. ticket.  The tickets are collected by the teacher and the student can use them to take part in special roles at our character education assemblies. By having high expectations for our children and recognizing positive behavior, we anticipate there will be a correlation in their academic success as well.  We ask that families assist us at home in this area.  The school / home connection and support are extremely powerful in the development of our children.

 Finally, Halloween will be here before we know it.  Please see the next page that outlines our schedule and guidelines.  

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.