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Kristine Verbrugge
Summer Learning
Burr students received a special invitation this summer!
Registration is now open for 2021-22 kindergarten
Enrollment is now open for fall kindergarten
UCS students earn top state honors in medical careers competition
More than 170 honors awarded to UCS students at regional HOSA
January 15 Update
Latest News from across UCS
  • Principal's Message
  • This holiday, I am inviting parents to consider giving your child gifts that will help them to grow creatively, academically, and socially. This time of the year, I often ask students, “What do you want for Christmas?” When a Bull Dog tells me they asked for a board game, dolls, Legos, or other toys that inspire imaginative and cooperative play…it warms my heart. Too often my students tell me they only get technology items for Christmas. A 2017 report released from PBS states, “Children ages 2 to 4 spend 2 hours and 40 minutes, and kids ages 5 to 8 spend nearly 3 hours (2:58) with screen media daily. About 35 percent of children's screen time is spent with a mobile device, compared to 4 percent in 2011”. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics credits play for its ability to build confidence, resilience, and conflict resolution skills. Some experts feel a lack of play may result in childhood depression and anxiety. This is more important during our current pandemic than ever. Here are some great gifts to consider:

    ¨ Books (Series books, Junie B. Jones, Michigan Chillers, Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

    ¨ Card games (Uno, Skip Bo, Old Maid, Go Fish, Sequence, Pyramid)

    ¨ Board games (Clue, Shoots and Ladders, Trouble, Sorry, Monopoly, Hedbanz, Life)

    · Dolls

    · Action Figures

    · Blocks of all types

    ¨ Art supplies

    ¨ Play-dough

    ¨ Hot wheels cars

    ¨ Nerf toys

    ¨ Sports games

    Happy Holidays,

    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.