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Eppler Junior High School alumni will be welcomed home at Dec. 8 open house at historic building

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Homework Club and Tutoring is Back!

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Dear Eppler Chieftain Families,

It is with a heavy heart that I address you today. The senseless tragedy that took place in Oxford has left us all a little shaken. I was able to share with your children, after we had a moment of silence the day after the shootings, that we all may be having a difficult time understanding and processing something we can’t rationalize or make sense of, and that includes all of us as adults. Our counselors, social worker, and psychologist were all on hand to listen and help us all navigate what we each are personally experiencing after this tragic event. This hits way too close to home for all of us, not just in terms of proximity, but as educators and parents, the feeling of violation of the safety and sanctity of a school, which should be a safe haven for all of us. I live in Lake Orion and have attended a couple of the prayer vigils. Many families from Oxford attend the same church as me. It is heart wrenching to see a community decimated in such a horrific manner. I ask that you stand with me in support of this community through your thoughts and prayers, but also by simply supporting all that needs to happen here by having those tough, but deep and rich conversations with your children, as I am sure you are doing. As a father of four children myself, I put myself in your shoes, and want to assure you of the diligence we, as a staff at Eppler, put into creating a warm and safe learning environment for our students. I told them all that we are all working hard to make sure they feel that safety and are comfortable while they are here. It’s really a home away from home and should be treated as such. Please know that we fully understand that you put your full trust and faith in the Eppler staff to take good care of your children, and that it is not something we take lightly. It is a responsibility that we cherish. Your children mean the world to us. It is our honor and privilege to serve our Eppler Family, and do so with love and gratitude.

Attached is the Eppler Express for the week of December 6. Once again, a few items of importance and interest that I need to bring to your attention are …

  • Page 1 of the Eppler Express contains the weekly calendar. Please check it out! If you like to plan ahead, please see Page 18 for a look at next week’s calendar. Lots of good stuff happening here at Eppler!

  • COVID communication protocols are on Page 2.

  • The Eppler Community has their first Holiday Season Charitable Giving Opportunities ready to go! You can get involved in our now annual, Friends Helping Families drive, as well as the Student Council sponsored, Shelby Township Lions Club’s Township Food Basket/Canned Food Drive, and the newly added U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots campaign. Details of each of these ventures can be found on Pages 5 and 6.

  • Page 6 also has information for NJHS members who may wish to purchase tee-shirts.

  • In light of the recent tragedy in Oxford, it is important that all staff and students wear their ID badges at all times. Please refer to Page 7, and also to the dress code reminder on Page 8.

  • Details about free COVID testing and quarantine procedures are for your review on Page 8.

  • All students interested in Science Olympiad are asked to attend a meeting this Tuesday, December 7th. Please refer to Page 10.

  • Featured Chieftain Artists’ work is highlighted on Page 11 this week.

  • The Eppler Student Council has announced the themes for each day of our Holiday Spirit Week December 13 – 17. Please refer to Page 16 if you want to be ready to be a part of this great week!

  • Page 24 hosts the district’s latest Monday Moments feature.

Here is this week’s  Eppler Express 

This information is also always available on our school website at

As always, please let me know of any questions or concerns you may have ... or consider this a check-in and let me know how you and your children are doing.

Be well. Be safe. Be healthy. Be happy.

Jerry Pantano

Our Vision:

Eppler Junior High School will empower students to achieve their full potential and become productive contributors in a diverse society.

Our Mission:

Parents, students, teachers, and administrators will collaborate as a community to foster a safe and respectful learning environment that will promote independent critical thinking and problem solving.



NJHS is continuing to sponsor a recycling fundraiser in partnership with PlanetGreen. They have made a few changes and they are no longer accepting large toner cartridges. Please do not send in the toner cartridges. They do accept:
 Inkjet cartridges
 Cell phones
 MP3
 IPods
 Cameras
 E-readers
 Calculators
 Tablets
 Video games, consoles, accessories
It helps Eppler earn money and it helps the landfills! NJHS students can earn hours for donating items, but anyone can bring these items to room 19. Thank you for your support! Please check out for more information.

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.