Student with backpack with lettering "Return To School"

Campus for Connected Learning

July 10, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Earlier today, you received information regarding the UCS Virtual Academy through the UCS Campus for Connected Learning. The virtual school is one option we are offering parents this fall as we continue our focus on educational excellence and address the health and safety of our students, staff and families.

The virtual academy provides a personalized learning option that engages students across the curriculum and goes beyond what the typical e-learning program offers. Highly qualified UCS teachers will guide learning while academic coaches will provide tutoring support responsive to student needs. More information on this opportunity is available on our website.

In addition to the virtual academy, Utica Community Schools is prepared to open the school year with in-person instruction.  We know that regardless of whether you choose the virtual academy or the in-person instruction, your child and family will continue to experience our Back to School traditions this fall.

As we move forward, I encourage you to stay in touch by regularly checking your e-mail, signing up for our text messaging system by texting “Y” to 67587, visiting our website for updated information on the 2020-21 school year and following us on our social media channels. I will use all of these vehicles to share updates with you as more information becomes available and we finalize our plans to welcome back 27,000 students for exemplary teaching and learning. 

Thank you for your continued partnership and support.


Christine M. Johns, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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.
  • 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.