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From The Principal

Collins’ Families,

March is Reading Month is underway at Collins with many excellent opportunities for involvement in reading literacy.  Our theme this year is based off of the legendary, “Star Wars”!  Students will be bringing home a reading packet that will contain a calendar of all the wonderful events we have in store for March.  If we achieve 200,000 minutes of reading, I will be dressing up as a special Star Wars character and taking selfies with the students for a day!

The students are looking forward to having special guest readers in their classrooms as well as participating in our “Teacher Swap”, plus many, many, more activities!  Our Book Fair will be running during the middle of the month and Collins will host its first Literacy Night on Tuesday, March 24th from 5:00-7:00, please mark your calendars.

Along with our reading adventures, our wonderful PTO has a few fun and exciting events in store for our students as well.   We have our Game Night scheduled for Friday, March 13th from 6:00-8:00.  We also have our first ever Talent Show!  Performers will take the stage on Tuesday, March 31st at 1:30 for students and 6:00 for families.

Reminder: Kindergarten Open House is March 11th!

Parents of children who will be starting Kindergarten in Utica Community Schools in the fall of 2020 can begin the registration process at Collins’ Kindergarten Open House on Wednesday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m.  At the Open House, parents will have the opportunity to learn about our nationally recognized Kindergarten program, meet the teachers and building staff, and submit school registration forms.  More Kindergarten Open House information can be found on the UCS website.

Thank you all for your continued support…we are looking forward to an excellent month!

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.