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 From The Principal

Dear Wiley Families,

My name is Candice Merivirta and I am excited and honored to introduce myself as Wiley Elementary’s new principal.  I am proud to be joining an outstanding school community that is focused on educating the whole child to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of every student, every day.  I am eager to partner with you to continue the tradition of educational excellence that makes Wiley a special family of learners.

My educational career to date includes elementary principal, assistant principal, coordinator for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Title I teacher and K-6 classroom teacher.  I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Education with a Reading Specialist Endorsement.  I also possess a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administrative Certification.  Personally, I have been married to my best friend and husband for nearly 36 years.  We have raised three successful young adult children and are the proud grandparents of one amazing granddaughter.


Our Mission
The mission of our school is to create and maintain an environment that ensures that every member of the school community reaches a high level of academic achievement as determined by local, state and national standards. We commit to a comprehensive system of support to assure this outcome.

Our Philosophy
‚ÄčWe the staff, students, and community of Wiley strive to develop the whole person who grows academically, socially, and emotionally in an environment that encourages life-long learning and productive living.

“Summer slide” is a true phenomenon. Summer slide is when students lose some of the academic gains they made during the previous school year, from lack of practice during the summer months. Read on to find out how to stop the summer slide from happening with your child in reading! 

Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading and rereading at least six books during the summer may keep a reader from falling behind. When choosing the six books, be sure that they are just right — not too hard and not too easy.
How do you choose the books….Take advantage of your local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities. Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what's available in your area. Also check booklists for recommendations.

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