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What's Happening in the D - May 1, 2019
May 1 2019 edition
SACC Mid-Winter Break Day Camp
SACC Mid-Winter Break Day Camp - Construction Zone
3rd Grade Math Instruction
Third Graders in Mrs. Vachon's class use their "Math Place mats" to solve math problems.
Students at three elementary schools are on the move this year
Roberts, Havel selected for Building Healthy Communities program
UCS Update - September 13
The latest news from across UCS
Focus on early elementary reading and writing continues in UCS
Increased literacy consultants provide more support for students

A note from the Principal...

Hello DeKeyser families,

I wanted to take this opportunity to share some exciting news! This summer, DeKeyser Elementary will benefit from the passing of the 2018 Bond! Thank you so much to the parents and community members who voted "Yes" on the bond, which will bring important safety and security improvements to all of Utica Schools!

For our school, the summer construction will redesign our front entrance/lobby/front office so it is more secure. Construction includes new lobby doors and lobby walls so visitors coming in to DeKeyser will be directed into the front office, with no immediate access to student areas.

Construction will begin the day after the last day of school, June 17th. Since the front office will not be accessible, it will be relocated. Front office staff will be in the Science Room June 17th - June 26th. There will be signage directing visitors to the back parking lot, near the entrance of the Science/Art/Music Wing. We break for summer and then we will return to work around August 7th.

Look for a "What's Happening at the "D" newsletter to keep you updated!

With gratitude,

Mary Beth Merlo

Our Mission:
The DeKeyser community provides a safe, learning environment while encouraging academic and personal success through high expectations.

Our Theme:
DeKeyser Elementary School's theme is "Adventures never end!"

  • Blue Ribbon School
  • All day kindergarten
  • Dedicated classrooms for art and music
  • District standardized test scores above county and state averages
  • More than 92 percent of our parents would recommend the district to others
  • School wide off site science experience at camps (K-6)
  • High level of student involvement in school including student led assemblies, student run school store
  • DeKeyser teacher named America's Top Ten Preschool Teacher by Nick Jr. Magazine
  • Collaborative team teaching at all grade levels
  • Active community involvement in extra curricular and academic areas
  • Discovery Science Tech Book Grant
  • Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant

  • 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.