Meet the Principal

My name is John Grzywack, and I have been the principal at Upton Elementary for 13 years.  It is truly an honor to be able to serve our families in this capacity.  This is my 27th year in the school district serving as both a teacher and as an administrator.

I have really enjoyed getting to know the families of Royal Oak and serving in this role.  Upton is a special community.  We strive to create a family-like atmosphere that is focused on the well-being of all members of our community.  We believe all students can achieve and help them to grow academically and socially.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach me at [email protected] or at 248-549-4968.




Our school hours are Mondays-Fridays from 8:25 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Students are let in the building at 8:20 a.m. Students should be in their classrooms by 8:25 a.m. Any student arriving after this time is considered tardy. All late students must be signed in at the main office before going to class. Tardiness disrupts the classroom and students coming in late miss directions for the day. All absences should be called in to the Safety Check number. Absences that are not reported are considered unexcused.

Safety Check number 248-549-4968 option #1


Calendar of Events



2: Visiting Author: Amy Nielander

2: Upton Carnival 5:30-8:00 p.m.

7: School Improvement Team Meeting 3:45-5:00 p.m.

8: 4th Grade Lansing Trip

9: PTA Movie Night 6:30 p.m.

12: 2nd Grade Field Trip

12: PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.

13: 1st Grade Field Trip

13: 3rd Grade Field Trip

14: 5th Grade Field Trip

14: Kindergarten Picnic

15: 5th Grade Awards Ceremony 9:30 a.m.

15: Last Day of School- Half Day: Dismissal at 12:05 p.m.



The vision of Upton Elementary School is to inspire students to become lifelong learners.


Our mission is to prepare students to lead in a rapidly changing world, empower them to persevere through challenges, and to think critically with empathy, compassion and integrity. The Upton community will achieve this mission by:

  • Engaging in professional development to meet the needs of our diverse learners through visible thinking routines and culturally responsive practices.

  • Creating opportunities for staff and students to collaborate within our learning community.

  • Providing a safe and engaging environment that allows ALL students to succeed to their full potential.


Do not forget: If your child is going to be absent, it is extremely important that you call in to our Safety Check Number 248-549-4968 extension 1 by 8:25 a.m. to let us know! Calling the school will help us know that your child is safe and will classify the absence as excused versus unexcused.


Looking to stay informed? Not only can you receive information from our website, but there are other ways to receive information on what is happening at Upton! You can check out our PTA Facebook page, join the PTA's MemberHub (, and receive eFolders through "Parent Connect" on the "For Parents" tab on this site. If at any point you have questions or feel you are not receiving adequate information, please contact me. Also, we are always looking for new members for our PTA!


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