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Dresden Dragons Stomp Walk-a-Thon Goal
Dresden Elementary students participate in the 2019 walk-a-thon to raise for The Leader in Me program as well as classroom supplies.
Macomb County Green School Advocate Award
Mrs. Whitenight, 5th Grade Dresden teacher, has been awarded the 2018-19 Macomb County Green School Advocate award for her work in bettering Dresden Elementary and our impact on the environment.
Penny Wars Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Dresden 6th Graders host a penny wars game to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Morgan students start their day on the right foot
Two mile hike marks national walk to school day
UCS bands have superior week
All four high school bands receive top ratings at MSBOA festival
UCS announces graduation dates and times for Class of 2020
More than 2,000 UCS seniors will earn diplomas in June

From The Principal

Greetings Dresden Community,

We have had a great opening to our 2019-20 school year and Dresden Elementary is roaring ahead at full steam!

It is imperative that we work together so that your child may have a bright future.  The number one indictor of future success and of future earnings potential is a child's ability to develop a strong work ethic and be successful in school.  Neither of these are a given.  It is up to all of us to instill these values within our children.  It can not be acceptable for a child to give up, to not do their work, to not control their behavior nor to be disrespectful, especially to the people that are helping him/her.

It is our mission to prepare and establish a strong educational foundation for all our children.  To do so we need your help.  Talk to your children daily about what they are learning.  Talk to them about their classwork and homework assignments.  Set the expectations that working hard and doing your best in school, including being respectful, is the requirement not an option.

Just a reminder that last year's free and reduced lunch applications will expire on Monday, October 14th.  As required by federal guidelines, students without a 2019-20 approved Free and Reduced Meal Application on file will pay full price for all breakfast and lunch meals beginning October 15th.  Families are strongly encouraged to go to for quick results or complete a paper application as soon as possible for benefits to continue.

Our school is joining others throughout the nation in marking Digital Citizenship Week during October 14-19, 2019.  Digital Citizenship promotes the safe and effective use of technology for our students and is integrated throughout our programs.  It remains an important strategic direction for Utica Community Schools and addresses important concepts such as cyberbullying, evaluating on-line content, digital foot printing and privacy.  While we focus on digital citizenship throughout the school year, we ask that you take time this week to be familiar with these concepts and how we can continue to work together for our students.  There are parent resources and more information available on our website at: We are also using a social media tag #ucsdigitalcitizenship to post resources on our social media sites.  You can view all school and district sites at:

Halloween is coming around the bend and with that comes the fun and excitement of Halloween costumes.  In order to make Halloween a fun event for everyone we must refrain from wearing costumes of a violent or adult nature.  This includes costumes with blood, gore, or weapons.  Children who bring inappropriate costumes to school will not be allowed to wear them.  In addition if your child requires makeup for his/her costume the makeup must be applied at home before school.

I would like to once again thank all of our wonderful parents for helping us get off to a great start to the school year.  Together we all make Dresden Elementary a great place for children.

Principal Brad Suggs 

Upcoming Dates:
10/2     Count Day
10/2     6th Grade Instrument Rental Night
10/7     Rink Night
10/16   NEHS Meeting
10/18   Bagel Day
10/23   PTO Meeting
10/25   Picture Retake Day
10/25   Bingo Night
10/31   1/2 day 12:04 Dismissal

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.