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Kristine Verbrugge
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  • Principal's Message
  • Hello Burr Families, 

    We are so excited that Schoology has begun😉.  The teachers have been planning their live lessons and opening of school activities.  Please remember that attendance is mandatory in Michigan’s public schools.  Therefore, attendance will be taken at 9:10 A.M. and 12:40 P.M. (lunch is 12:00-12:40 P.M.) just as it would be in face to face teaching.  This means that students need to log into their course at those times.  If because of child-care schedules, doctor appointments, etc., a student cannot attend other daytime synchronous and asynchronous activities and need to tend to those on nights and weekends, those arrangements can be made with the classroom teacher.  For these reasons teachers will be taping their live lessons so that students can access them during the asynchronous work times, as well as evenings and weekends. The big idea is that all students are present for attendance at 9:10 A.M. and 12:40 P.M.  If a student logs on late, they will be marked tardy.  Absences and tardies are reported as they normally would be in face to face teaching by calling the Burr office.  The attendance line number is (586) 797-4199.   

    This year’s learning plan is very different than it was from last March to June.  We were all in emergency response mode then, and now we have had the gift of time to prepare.  Teachers are teaching from Burr classrooms with all needed resources and technology at their fingertips. In addition, every child has a district device that has been imaged with everything they will need to access. This will allow students to be independent with the platform.  They do not need to remember multiple logins and passwords for different websites and applications.  Their single sign on puts everything at their fingertips.  The live instruction will allow for teachers to guide students in their learning as well as their access to resources.  Wherever our Burr Bulldogs spend their days, they can access their learning with minimal to no adult direction.  This year’s platform provides much more clarity and simplistic access than the more complicated way that remote learning needed to be done last March-June. 

    Covid 19 has created challenges and fear for all of us across our nation and beyond.  Covid 19 has done things to us, and I applaud our UCS and Burr staff for doing so much for us in response!  We still have our health care heroes to honor and now we get to add our educational heroes to the list! 


    Stay safe, be well, and know that we are in this together, 

    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


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.