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Dear Eppler Chieftain Faithful,

We will not be publishing an Eppler Express next week as we, along with you, will be celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends. 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!

Thank you so much for the generosity of our EPIC parents for the past three weeks of ‘Thankful Thursdays’ with beverages and snacks supplied to our staff, culminating with a staff lunch this past Thursday! We all so greatly appreciate all you do!

As the holidays approach, we once again have a few charitable giving opportunities in front of us. Our Friends Helping Families program will be one of our focuses and has been a great success the past couple of years. Please see Page 3 for more information on this wonderful program. Page 3 also has information about our annual U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign, as well as the Shelby Township Lions Club’s Township Food Basket/Canned Driveprogram. Thank you in advance for your graciousness and generosity!

Attached is the Eppler Express for the week of November 21. 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!

  • Parents now have access to their child’s Schoology courses! Please refer to Page 2 for the information you will need to log in!

  • Our Eppler NJHS and AVID students have given Eppler wings! Curious to find out? Please see Page 4.

  • We are in need of volunteers to help re-launch our Robotics Club and our Cultural Diversity Club. Page 11 has the information you need to join us!

  • Does your child need a quiet place to work on assignments?  Does your child need a tutor to help with understanding something being taught in class? Homework Club will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:00 pm.  To attend you must have a permission slip on file.  All necessary information can be found on Page 13.

  • Utica High School is hosting their Chief Connection Holiday Shopping Nights in the coming days. Details are found on Page 14.

  • Information on all athletics, Eppler and Utica High, can be found on Pages 15 – 16.

  • Page 19 has information about UHS Specialty Programs for all interested current 8th grade students.

  • Interested in FREE online tutoring for your child? Page 21 holds all the information you will need.

  • Much of the district’s focus has been on Social Emotional Learning (SEL), to allow us to expend our energies on the holistic well-being of each and every one of our students. Included this week … Information about CARE Student Assistance is on Pages 22 and 23. Calming Room details can be found on Page 24. Page 25 hosts the district’s latest Monday Moments feature. The district’s Wellness Podcasts are listed on Page 26. Please use any and all of these wonderful resources!

  • The new “In Case You Missed It …” section, which contains articles and photos which have previously graced our pages and honored our students, have been compiled and found on Pages 31 - 35. More will be added to this showcase of our students as the year progresses.

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

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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

Utica Community Schools, in partnership with our community, will empower students to positively transform their future and the world.

UCS Mission

Utica Community Schools ignites a passion for learning in all students. We strengthen our community by welcoming all learners, honoring culture, and inspiring remarkable growth and achievement. We accomplish this by:

• Ensuring students are at the heart of all decisions

• Collaborating with all stakeholders

• Providing a safe and supportive environment

• Encouraging mindsets that are open to innovation

• Reimagining what school can be

• Promoting high expectations throughout Utica Community Schools

• Committing to multiple pathways toward excellence and achievement for all