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Utica H.S. Winter Sports Start-Up Information

01/11/2021
The Utica Restart winter sports information is pending on the expiration of the MDHHS pause in activity order. We would be able to start on Saturday, Jan. 16th. Please review the schedule for details. Contact the coach for questions.

2nd Semester Schedule January 4-30, 2021

01/08/2021
2nd Semester Block Schedule

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Eppler Chieftain Families,

Let’s try this again. Return to In-Person Learning … Take Two! We are truly excited to begin welcoming back our students this coming Tuesday, January 19!!!!

I know the schedule and the calendar are the important parts of this communication, but I ask that you carefully read all of the information being provided. These bullet points include important background information that is used in developing protocols that will allow our students to safely return to our school building.

·         Schedule – Students enrolled in the remote/in-person learning model will use the cohort schedule that was shared with you earlier this school year. This schedule reduces the interaction of students. I have included the schedule again in this communication.

·         Safety Protocols – As a school and district, the health and safety of our students and staff remains the top priority. We need to work together to make sure that we can meet our goal of a return on January 19, 2021, and continue moving forward with increased face-to-face learning. Parents need to follow these safety protocols each morning and, if your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep them at home.   In the event that someone who attends our school is diagnosed with COVID-19 and attended class, we are required to quarantine those students and teachers in their classrooms into a remote setting.  Working together, we can keep our students in the classroom and avoid any interruptions. We will also continue using the protocols that are important to keeping everyone safe, including encouraging frequent hand washing, the use of hand sanitizer, reducing close interactions, and wearing of face coverings. These protocols are all detailed in the updated parent handbook that is now on the district website.

·         Cohort Groups –Students will be divided according to alphabet into two groups called Cohorts.One cohort will attend in-person instruction while the other cohort group works remotelyBy separating students in cohort groups, we are able to manage the interactions between students.The cohorts will be divided by the follow alpha structure, according to last names: Cohort 1 will be comprised of students whose last names begin with the letters A-K. Cohort 2 will be comprised of students whose last names begin with the letters L-Z.

·         Transportation – For families that are eligible for transportation services, times and routes are available at this link. We also encourage you to review this video with your children, detailing the important safety procedures that students must follow while riding the bus. Students who are eligible for transportation will receive those services. Bus route information can be found at this link.

·         Food Service –Breakfast and lunch are available for our students during their in-person learning sessions. For days they are at home for remote learning, meals are available at the remote pickup locations during the designated times. More information on remote locations is available at this linkLunch time needs to be managed carefully as it is the one time each day where masks can be removed while our students eat. It is therefore extremely important that we are able to distance our students and staff for their protection. We will have five lunch periods, running in half-hour increments from 10:45 a.m. through 1:15 p.m. If you have special dietary concerns that need to be addressed, please be sure to call our office.

·         Student Support Time – Built into the schedule is a student support time. This is time for our students to reach out to their counselor, teacher or administrator to ask questions or get further support. It is suggested that students bring their own headphones/earbuds to use during Student Support Time, so they can converse privately with a teacher/support staff during this time.

Below are schedules for student, bell times and a calendar.

School Calendar (Through the End of February)

Week of

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

January 18

ML King Holiday

No School for Students

Cohort 1=
In-person

Cohort 2=
Remote

A Block

Cohort 1 =In-person

Cohort 2=
Remote

B Block

Cohort 1 = Remote

Cohort 2 =
In-person

A Block

Cohort 1 =Remote

Cohort 2=
In-person

B Block

January 25

Cohort 1=
In-person

Cohort 2=
Remote


A Block

Cohort 1=
In-person

Cohort 2=
Remote

B Block

Remote Day
Both Cohorts Are Remote for All Six Classes

Cohort 1 = Remote

Cohort 2 =
In-person


A Block

Cohort 1 = Remote

Cohort 2 =
In-person


B Block

February 1

Cohort 1=
In-person

Cohort 2=
Remote


A Block

Cohort 1=
In-person

Cohort 2=
Remote

B Block

Remote Day
Both Cohorts Are Remote for All Six Classes

Cohort 1 = Remote

Cohort 2 =
In-person


A Block

Cohort 1 = Remote

Cohort 2 =
In-person


B Block

February 8

Cohort 1=
In-person

Cohort 2=
Remote


A Block

Cohort 1=
In-person

Cohort 2=
Remote

B Block

Remote Day
Both Cohorts Are Remote for All Six Classes

Cohort 1 = Remote

Cohort 2 =
In-person


A Block

Cohort 1 = Remote

Cohort 2 =
In-person


B Block

February 15

Mid-Winter Break

No School for Students




Mid-Winter Break

No School for Students


Mid-Winter Break

No School for Students


Mid-Winter Break

No School for Students


Mid-Winter Break

No School for Students


February 22

Cohort 1=
In-person

Cohort 2=
Remote


A Block

Cohort 1=
In-person

Cohort 2=
Remote

B Block

Remote Day
Both Cohorts Are Remote for All Six Classes

Cohort 1 = Remote

Cohort 2 =
In-person


A Block

Cohort 1 = Remote

Cohort 2 =
In-person


B Block



Examples

·         Student with last name of Adams for the week of January 18:

o   Student is assigned to Cohort 1.

o   The student would follow the A Block schedule on Tuesday and the B Block schedule on Wednesday, in-person, at school.

o   The student would follow the A Block schedule on Thursday and the B Block schedule on Friday, working remotely at home.

o   There is no remote day this week due to the ML King Holiday.

·         Student with the last name of Smith for the week of January 25:

o   Student is assigned to Cohort 2.

o   The student would follow the A Block schedule on Thursday and the B Block schedule on Friday, in-person, at school.

o   The student would follow the A Block schedule on Monday and the B Block schedule on Tuesday, working remotely at home.

o   Student would follow the remote day schedule on Wednesday.

In-person Schedule

A Block Schedule Day

Time

B Block Schedule Day

1stHour

8:20-10:09

4thHour

Student Support Time

10:09-10:38

Student Support Time

Passing

10:38-10:45


2ndHour with Lunch

10:45-1:15

5thHour with Lunch

A

Lunch

10:45-11:15

Lunch

A

Class

Class

B

Lunch

Class

Class

C

Lunch

Class

Class

D

Lunch

Class

Class

E

Lunch

Class

11:15-1:15

B

Class

10:45-11:15

Lunch

11:15-11:45

Class

11:45-1:15

C

Class

10:45-11:45

Lunch

11:45-12:15

Class

12:15-1:15

D

Class

10:45-12:15

Lunch

12:15-12:45

Class

12:45-1:15

E

Class

10:45-12:45

Lunch

12:45-1:15

Passing

1:15-1:22

Passing

3rd Hour

1:22-3:11

6thHour




Remote Day Schedule for Junior High School Students

During the remote day, students will attend all of their six classes. Below are the times that will be followed:



Students’ 2nd and 5th Hour teachers will share with them which lunch they are assigned when we return to school.

Because students will not be using lockers, they will take personal belongings: laptop, backpack, jacket/coat to each class. Details of plans for entering the building, cleaning desks, breakfast/lunch options, etc., can be found in the attached Updated Eppler Chieftains FAQs document.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 586-797-2900, or reply to this e-mail.

Be well!! We can’t wait to have your children back in school!!

Jerry Pantano
Principal

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.

 

Recycling

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
 GPS
 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 PlanetGreenRecycling.com 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.