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What's Happening in the D - May 1, 2019
May 1 2019 edition
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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

  • Utica Community Schools is Michigan's second largest school district.   

    Student achievement in the district outpaces all county, state and national averages. The district's graduation rate is 12 points higher than the state average and students and staff are regularly honored for excellence.

    For more information on Utica Community Schools, please visit this link