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

Former Chieftains from 50 or more years have a chance to tour and reminisce

2021-22 Daily Schedule

Eppler Daily Schedule 2021-22

Homework Club and Tutoring is Back!

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Hello, Eppler Chieftain Families!

I had anticipated that we would not send out another edition of the Eppler Express prior to Thanksgiving, but there were a few late additions to the publication that were necessary to get into your hands. So, including the additions, once again …

It’s time to catch our collective breaths, and relax, if just for a few moments. We’ve had a long stretch of school and look forward to an extra-long weekend ahead. I hope that you are able to slow down enough to be able to enjoy the blessings of family and friends this week as we celebrate Thanksgiving. I personally am very thankful for the Eppler Community; our staff, our students, and YOU. It’s an absolute joy and privilege to be a part of the Eppler Family, and I count it as a blessing every day! Have a wonderfully and richly blessed Thanksgiving!

Attached is the Eppler Express for the week of November 29. 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 17 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 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.

  • Social Studies Olympiad will be getting underway soon, and Mr. Collins will be hosting an informational meeting on the morning of Tuesday, November 30, for all those interested. Page 6 contains more information.

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

  • Page 9 has important information about class trips. Please take a look and respond if interested.

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

  • Our 7th and 8th grades boys' basketball teams have embarked on their new season. Please see Page 12 for a look at their schedules. Good luck, Gentlemen!

  • All junior high boys interested in playing baseball in the spring are invited to participate in a Utica High School Baseball Program survey found on Page 13.

  • The Eppler Student Council has announced the themes for each day of our Holiday Spirit Week December 13 – 17. Please refer to Page 15 if you want to be ready to be a part of this great week!

  • Page 23 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.