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From The Principal

Dear Flickinger Families,

One way our staff is supporting student learning in mathematics is through the use Math Talks. This teacher-led technique centers around students sharing their mathematical thinking. Students put their knowledge of math processes and vocabulary to work as they demonstrate ways to solve a group problem. These discussions allow students to be active participants in their own learning. I encourage you to ask your child to what they discussed during their Math Talk in the classroom.
For an additional resource on describing math processes, check out what your child is learning in ThinkCentral. It gives step by step explanations for problems so that students build their understanding . Additional resources can be found at Your child can find this link on our district website under the Utica Learning Interchange. Students type “Utica-(their login) and use their “ITS” password. Teachers can help if your child is unsure what their login is.


Nancy Brunetz, Principal

The mission of Flickinger Elementary School is to provide a caring, academic environment that empowers students to become responsible citizens and lifelong learners.

UCS Community Education will host its Early Childhood Open House on February 15, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. For more information, please click link.

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.