Latest News & Announcements


Chieftain Families,

As we enter the final few weeks of our first semester and the beginning of the holiday season, we are still adjusting to remote learning and the changing ways we celebrate the holidays. 

Eppler staff is trying to keep routines as normal as possible.  With the help of our counselors, we will be offering free tutoring (Monday through Thursday) with Utica High School National Honor Society students.  Tutoring will take place in a supervised TEAMS meeting breakout room from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For more information, please see the Latest News and Information section of this website.  We hope students interested in Student Council sent in their applications to Mrs. Tafoya.  Today is the deadline.  Information and application can be found in our newsletter.  There will be a virtual Science Olympiad meeting on Wed, Dec 2nd through TEAMS at 4:00pm.  Please see the latest edition of the Express for the TEAMS link.

Please continue to email pictures for the yearbook to

As we get new/updated information, I will share with you as soon as possible.

Have a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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.