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Dear Chieftain Family and Friends,


In the past, the Eppler Chieftain family has generously supported many worthwhile charitable causes, especially during the holidays. We, as a community, have championed the endeavors of the United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, the Shelby Township Lions Club’s Township Food Basket/Canned Food Drive program, Bright Side Dental’s Candy for Soldiers program, Hamlin Pub’s Hamlin Holiday/Adopt A Family program, as well as offered support to families in need within our own community. During the trying times accompanying this pandemic we are in, most of these programs are simply not operating. We have determined that we still want to be a benevolent group, and would like to focus on our families in need right here at Eppler.


To borrow a title for this program from a neighboring school community, we will embark on our Friends Helping Families program, and are asking that you partner with us to support our own families who may be struggling. I know, yes, I absolutely know, how caring and generous this community is, and know we can, together, make a difference!!


We are asking that you, should you want to be involved, purchase gift cards in any amount, from stores such as Meijer, Target, Walmart, Kroger, other grocery stores, local gas stations, etc., and any gift card will be graciously accepted! Please indicate the amount of the gift card you are donating. Please send in your donation to Eppler, or drop it off at the school, by Wednesday, December 16.


If you find your family needing a little extra help this holiday season, please contact one of our wonderful school counselors, who will confidentially add your name to our list, and make arrangements with you. Our counselors can be contacted at (Counselor for students with last names A-He and AVID students), and (Counselor for students with last names Hi-Z).


I am thanking you in advance, with the greatest of confidence, for your generous support of our Eppler Chieftain families who may be struggling this holiday season.


You may drop off your donation at the school between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, until Wednesday, December 16, OR mail to the school at Eppler Junior High School, 45461 Brownell, Utica, MI, 48317, Attn: Lisa Dupre.

We have received our school pictures and fall athletic team photos. If you purchased school photos of your child from Kaiser Studio and did not elect to have them delivered to your home, OR your child had their school photo taken at school, but you may not have yet ordered pictures, OR your child was a member of a fall athletic team here at Eppler and had their photo taken, please make arrangements to come to the school to pick-up your photos, next week Monday, December 7, Thursday, December 10, or Friday, December 11, between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 pm. If you have any questions, please call our office at 586-797-2900. Thank you!!

I again genuinely and warmly thank you!! Be well! Be safe! Be healthy! Be happy!! And enjoy the blessings of this holiday season!!

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.