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Chieftain Families,

It was nice to see the students back in school, even if it was just for one week. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy as the number of positive cases of COVID-19 increases.

Most students were able to get their yearbook pictures taken last week. We will have make-up picture days scheduled when students return to school. Please continue to send in pictures to of your students in their school sport, club, at their "at home" desk, working on a school project from home, or at an out of school related event (cider mill with family or friends), holidays, vacations on the weekends, etc. Please label with first and last names and grade.

As we approach the second semester, we need to know which enrollment choice you prefer for your student(s) for the remainder of the school year.

Students currently enrolled as in-person/remote may switch to the UCS Virtual Academy. Likewise, students in the UCS Virtual Academy, may elect to finish the school year as in-person/remote. Students may remain in their current enrollment option as well.

In person/remote learning option will allow your student to transition to in-person learning when health and safety factors permit us to return to our classrooms. Parents who make this choice are committing to having their students attend school under any of the following situations:

• Fully in-person at any time
• Hybrid model (two in-person and three days remote) at any time
• Fully remote

The UCS Virtual Academy is the district’s fully on-line option. Your student would remain in a virtual learning environment through the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

Enrollment changes begin on Monday, January 4, 2021, the first day of the second semester. This enrollment choice will remain in effect until the end of the school year.

Whether you are selecting a new enrollment option, or not, each student MUST have an enrollment choice submitted by Sunday, November 15, 2020.

This survey will be open through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 15.

You may use this form for up to three students. For additional students, please submit another form.

For best results, use a desktop computer and/or Chrome web browser to complete this form.

You can find that survey at Second Semester Enrollment Choice Survey

Enrollment Selection Q and A click here

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Be well!!

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.