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March 18 Update

The Weekly Update from UCS

UCS graduates return to their junior high roots to talk about post-secondary success

Group inspire students to pursue their goals through education

Christine M. Johns, Ed.D.

Inspiring the Children
of our Community‚Äč

Recently, the Scholastic Arts competition honored two educators during their annual awards program. The junior high school “Inspiring Teacher” award was presented to UCS teacher Lisa Grunewald.

A 15-year member of our staff, Dr. Grunewald shared that she knew at a very early age her life goal was to teach art.  After 14 years as a successful junior high teacher, Dr. Grunewald now teaches photography at Henry Ford II High School.

Her success is rooted in her goal to inspire students, to push them to the best of their abilities and to create a safe environment for students to express themselves.


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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.
Utica Community Schools, Michigan’s second largest school district, is recognized nationally in education. Student achievement in the district continues to outpace local, state and national levels, and the district’s graduation rate of 92.4 percent is more than 12 points higher than Michigan averages. The district prepares students for success in a global economy through a focus of four key strategies: providing academic excellence, preparing positive digital citizens, promoting student innovation and ensuring accountability. MORE.