School NewsDistrict News

High school authors go right to the source for literary feedback – UCS elementary students
04/21/2021
DeKeyser students offer feedback to CSI book project
Registration is now open for 2021-22 kindergarten
01/28/2021
Enrollment is now open for fall kindergarten
DeKeyser students are making Smart Moves
02/19/2020
Students with Smart Moves shirts
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

A note from the Principal...

Our school staff members have been working collaboratively to establish health measures for our students during in-person learning. These protocols include:

· Distancing in hallways and classrooms

· Regular, scheduled handwashing with soap and water

· Limiting the sharing of personal items and supplies to small groups and disinfecting between use

· Keeping student personal items limited and making sure they are individually labeled and placed in student cubbies, desks, containers or backpacks.

Our staff members are modeling proper protocols for our students, including line ups, movement in the halls and distancing. In addition, we have placed reminders throughout the schools about the importance of taking simple steps to support our health and safety measures. Your child may have seen evidence of these protocols through various signage in the building.

The signs are in place to encourage students to wash their hands frequently, maintain appropriate distancing, help locate disinfecting stations and reminders on wearing face coverings. There is also signage on each UCS school entrance reminding everyone about COVID-19 protocols.

Warmly, 

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.