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Jeffrey Groth among 260 directors performing on New Year's Day 2022


From the Principal

Greeting Dresden Families,

On March 15th we will return to full time in person instruction. Our instructional day will begin at 9:10 am and end at 4 pm. This will be the first time in over a year that our students will be back for a full day of in person instruction. I can truly understand the excitement and the nervousness that we all share. I want to ensure you that we are dedicated to doing everything we can to keep our students, staff, and community safe. The safety of our children is always my number one priority. 

Our heightened awareness and diligent efforts to keep all stakeholders safe have been a team effort and I am truly thankful.  With more and more vaccines becoming available, we can now see a light at the end of the tunnel.  If we all stay smart, we will get there soon.  Now is not the time to let down your guard.  I ask you more than ever to please, for the safety of our students and community, keep following our safety protocol and procedures.

*  First and most important, if your child is sick or showing symptoms do not bring them to school.  Allowing your child to come to school sick not only puts others in danger, but it could also result in us having to shut back down.  If your child is sick call our attendance line at 586-797-4599 and let us know.  If your child is sick it is an excused absence.

*  All students, staff, and parents that come onto our property must be wearing a face mask that covers their mouth and nose.  As an adult if you do not wish to wear a face mask, please stay in your car or do not come onto our property.

*  Please maintain proper social distancing of six feet.  Markers, painted dragon footprints, have been painted six feet apart around the outside of our building.  Use these markers as guides to help you with social distance.  Inside the building we have stickers in the hallway for students to use as social distancing markers.

* We will utilize hand sanitizer and hand washing breaks.

In addition to our mitigation strategies listed above, our classrooms and lunchroom have been arranged to assist with social distancing. We have staggered our arrival and dismissal doors and times to keep groups of students from gathering. We have stopped the practice of students sharing supplies and other items with each other. We have also increased our daily cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

I again emphasize that we must work together to follow our mitigation strategies so that we can all stay safe.  As Principal of Dresden Elementary, I have witnessed many great things from our community.  I am confident that together we will get through these rocky times.  I thank  you in advance for helping us keep our community safe.  It has been a pleasure to welcome your children back for live face to face instruction and it is my honor to serve as your Principal.  Please call me if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great day! 

We want to help make every home a place where reading happens regularly. Where families read together. Where students grow up to be healthy, regular readers. A place where books are present and shared and talked about in the home. Check out this month's For the Love of Literacy Newsletter for all the exciting things happening at Dresden during March is Reading Month to help make ready at home enjoyable! 

With much respect,
Principal Bradley Suggs 

The purpose at Dresden is to provide the plan, the means, the motivation, and the opportunity for each student within a safe and nurturing environment to grow as a responsible citizen, become a life-long learner, and be successful in his or her chosen endeavors.

Upcoming Dates:

August 27         
Back to School Picnic 5:30-7:00 PM

Student's  Classroom Assignment released via email 

Sept. 3               
First day of school.  Half day 12:04 dismissal

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.