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UCS Family Literacy Connection

From the Desk of Mr. Suggs


Greetings Dresden Community,

On Thursday, September 29th from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dresden Elementary will be hosting a evening out at Texas Roadhouse. 10% of your food purchase will go directly to benefiting the students of Dresden Elementary.


Great news! Breakfast and hot lunch are still provided to our Dresden students at no cost. You do not need to put money in your student(s) meal magic plan. In order for us to keep this program I do need all families to fill out and return or complete online the free and reduced lunch form that was provided to you in your opening day packet. Filling out this form is critical for us to keep this program.


This year Dresden Elementary has adopted a new motto, “Respect, One Word…One Rule”. I strongly believe that all students have the right to come to school and have a challenging academic experience that is free from ridicule and harassment. In my twenty years as an elementary school principal, I have worked with children of all different ability levels and skill sets. Current ability level or skill set is not the outlining factor for wither a child will succeed in school or not. For a child to succeed, that child must be engaged in their learning. I can state without hesitation that if a child does not have a personal engagement in his/her education they will never meet their full potential. It is up to all of us to make sure that all our children understand this and that they understand the importance of their education. This is not just another thing on our plate, this is the very plate itself.


We cannot have students coming to school and not trying, we can not have students coming to school and not listening or being disrespectful to their classmates and teachers. If you want your child to succeed, then we need to work together and create the expectation of success! Talk with your child(ren) about what they are learning at school, make sure they complete their assignments, check their grades using Powerschool and talk to your child(ren) about being respectful to others and themselves. Coming out of the pandemic we have a lot of work to do. We have no time waste by causing drama and being disrespectful to others.



Our school day begins at 9:20 a.m. We will open our school doors at 9:10 a.m. Students will then enter the building through the front door and proceed to their classroom., exception being our KDG students will enter through their classroom doors. PLEASE, do not drop off or have your student arrive before 9:10 a.m. we do not have supervision before 9:10 a.m.



If you have a question or concern, I need you to call me. Please do not email if you have an emergent concern that needs to be addressed. Calling and talking together we can solve any problem.



With Much Respect,


Principal Brad Suggs

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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.

  1. Summer Academic Programs 2022

Summer academic programs for students in grades one through twelve begin on Monday, June 20, 2022 and end on Friday, July 29, 2022. All summer academic programs will be supported by grant funds and will be free of charge for all participants. Information will be available on the UCS website at:  Registration begins on Monday, May 2, 2022, through Community Education using the following link:


  1. Summer Enrichment Classes

The 2022 UCS summer camps and enrichment programs opened for registration on Monday, April 25, 2022. Please click this link for more information and to register:


  1. 2022 School Age Child Care Summer Camp Registration Dates

The 2022 SACC summer camp theme is “Traveling through the Nifty 50” and will run from Monday, June 20, 2022 to Friday, August 12, 2022. Please note that camp will not be held on July 4, 2022. Registration opened on April 25, 2022; please click here for more information and to register:


UCS Vision

Utica Community Schools, in partnership with our community, will empower students to positively transform their future and the world.

UCS Mission

Utica Community Schools ignites a passion for learning in all students. We strengthen our community by welcoming all learners, honoring culture, and inspiring remarkable growth and achievement. We accomplish this by:

• Ensuring students are at the heart of all decisions

• Collaborating with all stakeholders

• Providing a safe and supportive environment

• Encouraging mindsets that are open to innovation

• Reimagining what school can be

• Promoting high expectations throughout Utica Community Schools

• Committing to multiple pathways toward excellence and achievement for all