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Registration is now open for 2021-22 kindergarten
01/27/2021
Enrollment is now open for fall kindergarten
We can accomplish amazing things in education
08/22/2020
Kristine Verbrugge
Utica Community Schools announces 2021 UCS Superintendent Scholarships
05/12/2021
Thirty-three students awarded academic scholarships
UCS students represent more than half of Class A All Academic Team
05/07/2021
Program honors 33 UCS members of the Class of 2021
Student artist earns top award in Congressional competition
05/06/2021
Thy Hoang has work selected for Congressman Andy Levin’s 2021 Congressional Art Competition
  • Principal's Message

    As this school year nears its close, it is a time to reflect on all our students’ incredible accomplishments.  Our Remote Bulldogs, their families, and their teachers, have navigated at-home learning, hybrid learning, and face-to-face learning during a global pandemic. Our Virtual Academy Bulldogs, their families, and their teachers, have navigated full at home learning, in absence of their physical classmates and teachers.  Our bulldogs have been challenged with new technology learning platforms, masks, being socially distanced, some experienced quarantine, and all experienced more change in one school year than most of us have in our lifetimes.  Through it all, I have been amazed and heart warmed by the overflow of support from parents, and the resilience of our students.  Our students have capitalized on their resiliency and strength of character to meet this year’s challenges with academic growth and success, maturity, kindness, and humor.  Their support of one another has been so beautiful to see.  Let us plan to take these strengths and lessons from 20/21 into the 21/22 school year to reach new heights together, as one school family!
     
    Jeanne Poleski     

 

Burr Elementary Mission Statement

At Burr Elementary School, educational success depends on the combined efforts of all students, parents, staff and community.
We work together
to educate and challenge our children to meet their individual needs and goals. As a community, we will teach respect for uniqueness of self and the diversity of others.

The Academic Goals for the 2015-2016 School Year will continue to be:

1. Increase the number of students who score at the proficient level or higher in mathematics as measured by the district assessments and M-Step

2. Increase student's reading achievement in Kindergarten through 6th Grade

3. Increase student's writing scores on the district wide writing assessment

4. Increasing the number of students who score at the proficient level or higher in social studies and science

Conferences

At Burr Elementary, our children take responsibility for their learning and are equal partners in their learning with their parents and teachers. These conferences help establish communication between all the stakeholders: parent/guardian, student, and the teacher. A final benefit of Parent/STUDENT/Teacher conferences is the collaboration that emerges. At the conference, everyone shares ideas so that the final goals are the product of a three-way discussion. This is a true partnership between home and school that ensures a child’s academic success.
For the last 5 years, we had 100% participation at our Burr Elementary Fall Parent/STUDENT/teacher conferences. It is imperative that all our stakeholders are all on the same page. Please make sure that your child attends the conference.

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.