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Virtual College Visits Now Available

Eppler 9th graders are invited to join other UCS high school students at a series of virtual college visits coordinated by district counselors. Visits occur in the evening and students/families can join right from the comfort of their own home. See link below.

2021-22 Daily Schedule

Eppler Daily Schedule 2021-22


Dear Eppler Chieftain Faithful,

Eppler parents and guardians, please plan on participating in our annual Open House event Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm. This year’s event will be held virtually. Please refer to emails sent with all information pertinent to logging in and joining our staff for this wonderful evening. You will have the opportunity to “walk” through your child’s daily schedule and “meet” each of their teachers. Hope you are able to join us!

One problem I have been made aware regarding our Open House is that you MUST follow your child’s schedule when registering for the different sessions. There are only enough spots available in each session for the number of students in the class. For example, if your child has a class with Mr. Paul 3rd hour, please do not register for any hour other than 3rd hour. If you need a copy of your child’s schedule to be able to accomplish this, please call the school at 586-797-2900. Thank you!

One reminder for you … This was previously communicated a while ago, but I have neglected to remind you. I apologize. Bus riders are MANDATED to wear a mask while riding a UCS bus. The State of Michigan has determined that school busses are considered public transportation, and thus, falls under the same guidelines. Anyone utilizing public transportation MUST wear a mask while riding the bus. We ask that students have their masks in place as they enter the bus at their bus stop in the morning, and as they exit school in the afternoon. Masks are REQUIRED to be worn for the entire duration of the bus ride. Thank you!

Attached is the Eppler Express for the week of September 20. Of course, the Eppler Express is always chockfull of great information, but some new items of interest I would like to bring to your attention are …

  • Please refer to Page 5 for information about Student ID Badges and the UCS dress code.

  • We would love to get our Robotics Club back up and running! Page 5 also contains an important message about this.

  • We are excited to let you know that our Eppler Parent Involvement Committee (EPIC) will be meeting again after the pandemic layover. Please see Page 9 for details and the meeting schedule. ALL are welcome to attend!

  • The Chief Connection, the award winning and nationally recognized school store at Utica High School, will be hosting their annual Parent Shopping Night on September 29, just in time for you to get that Utica High apparel for the October 8 Homecoming game and parade! Page 10 has the information you will need to get you in the door. By the way, did you know that Utica High and Eppler Junior High have the very same Chieftain mascot? The spirit wear is virtually interchangeable! Just sayin’!

  • Our National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) has meetings scheduled for current members and Page 11 has the details.

And please don’t forget …

  • New Parent-Student Handbooks have been published. Please see Page 5 for details and download a copy for your reference. Please note that there are separate handbooks for 7th – 8th grades, and 9th – 12th grades.

  • Page 6 has the information you will need to order Eppler Spirit Wear. This is your chance for your kids AND you to look sharp as a Chieftain! Could be a great birthday or holiday gift for someone! Just saying.

  • On Page 7 you will find information on The Eppler Elephants Chess Club. ALL students are invited to participate, and meetings will get underway Monday, September 20.

  • Athletic game schedules can be found on Pages 8-9.

  • Finally, and I hate to do this because I hate pushy salesmen, but I’ll do almost anything to advocate for OUR children. Please see Page 2 to be a part of the Chieftain Pride Donation Program. We do not run any other schoolwide fundraisers through the year, so this is it.! I hope you will consider donating to OUR school! Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!

Here is this coming week’s Eppler Express …

Eppler Express

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.