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Recommended School Supplies
07/19/2017
Suggested list for 2017-2018
Driving Success!
11/26/2017
UCS driver earns top safety awards
UCS student builds bridges
11/17/2017
Senior Quinn Rylander clears path, rebuilds bridge connecting school to River Bends Park
UCS teams earn top honors at annual ThunderQuest
11/16/2017
Five out of eight state-bound regional teams belong to UCS

Principal's Message

During this holiday we take time to give thanks for the many blessings we have in our lives. The staff and administration at Duncan Elementary are truly thankful for our actively involved parent community. The entire staff and student body has reaped an abundance of benefits from your generosity and tireless efforts! Thanks to the successful fundraisers, we can move forward with important purchases that will enhance the education of each of our amazing young Explorers as they cultivate knowledge during the 2017-2018 school year. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!

I would like to thank all of the people that make Duncan such a special place for our students! Thank you to the spectacular teaching and support staff. Thank you to our fantastic D.E.C.O. Board and parent volunteers. Thank
you to our amazing families and community and thank you to our outstanding students— the greatest group of kids in the world! I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful learning family!

Our Mission

The Community at Richard J. Duncan Elementary School is devoted to academic excellence. Sound instructional strategies will provide our students with a foundation of skills that will prepare them for lifelong achievement in a global society.

We Believe...
* All students can learn and achieve.
* All students can teach and learn from each other.
* All parents are partners in their children’s education.
* We will value individuality and diversity.
* We will maintain high expectations for all children to be responsible and caring students.
* All children need a safe and secure learning environment- both physical and emotional.
* We will help students become lifelong learners so they can adapt to a changing world.

Parents can share their business expertise with sixth graders

The 24th annual Career Focus Luncheon for all Utica Community Schools sixth graders will take place Thursday, May 4th at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This special “grown-up” event brings the students together with business and community leaders for lunch and conversation about careers and the importance of education in the future workplace.
Calling all parents! Are you interested in spending a lunch hour with district sixth graders to share your business expertise? Con-sider attending the annual Career Focus Luncheon. For more than 20 years, this event has impacted thousand of young children. As a participant, you will share your professional expertise with a table of sixth graders from UCS. In turn, these students will present a digital resume and discuss their hopes and aspira-tions for their futures. If you are interested, please see the detailed flyers on pages 15 & 16 of this Duncan Dispatch.
The event is co-sponsored by Utica Community Schools, the UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence, Sterling Heights Region-al Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Advisor & Source News-papers. Area businesses and individuals are invited to serve as ta-ble sponsors to share their career and college experiences with today’s students – tomorrow’s leaders. Please contact the UCS Foundation at 586.797.6953 or visit www.ucsfoundation.org to reserve your table or for more information.

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