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From the Principal  

Hello Monfort Families,

Mary Beth Rizzo-MerloI am excited and honored to introduce myself as the new principal of Isaac Monfort Elementary School. My name is Mary Beth Merlo, and I am delighted to have been appointed as the educational leader of the Monfort Elementary community.  

I obtained a bachelor's degree in Special Education from Western Michigan University and a master's degree in School Guidance and Counseling from Wayne State University. After holding positions with Utica Community Schools as a special education teacher, junior high counselor, district testing coordinator and Intervention consultant, I wanted to serve the school district as a leader on a greater scope. I earned an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Oakland University and have been the principal of DeKeyser Elementary School for the past eleven years. 

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Mission: The Isaac Monfort community is dedicated to providing the essential skills necessary to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring children who will become contributing members, and future leaders, of a global society.

Theme:Under the Sea

Monfort students will strive to be:

  • Inquirers: Their natural curiosity has been nurtured. They have acquired the skills necessary to conduct purposeful, constructive research. They actively enjoy learning and their love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
  • Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions and to solve complex problems.
  • Communicators: They receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language, including the language of mathematical symbols.
  • Risk Takers: They approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence and independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.
  • Knowledgeable: They have spent time in school exploring themes which have global relevance and importance. In doing so, they have acquired a critical mass of significant knowledge.
  • Principled: They have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning. They have integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and justice.
  • Caring: They show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a sense of personal commitment to action and service.
  • Open-minded: They respect the views, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures, and they are accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of view.
  • Balanced: They understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being.
  • Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and analyze their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.

September 1
First day of school
Half day for elementary students

September 4-7
No school

October 30
Half day for elementary students

November 3
No school for all students

November 12
Half day for elementary students

November 25-27
No school-Thanksgiving Holiday

December 21 and 22
Half day for all students

December 23-January 1
Winter break

Utica Community Schools is Michigan's second largest school district.   

Student achievement in the district outpaces all county, state and national averages. The district's graduation rate is 12 points higher than the state average and students and staff are regularly honored for excellence.

For more information on Utica Community Schools, please visit this link