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Eppler Final Exam Schedule

Half Day Exam Schedule for June 8, 9, & 10

Success in math is the goal at Eppler

Students put their knowledge of the trigonometry ratios of sine, cosine, and tangent, along with Angles of Elevation & Angles of Depression to work outside of the classroom


Dear Eppler Chieftain Faithful,

And here we are! One week of school left to go! I trust that your children have used these past weeks to prepare for exams, are ready to put forth their best efforts, and press into summer! It’s been a different kinda year, being the first time in three years that we were able to get a full, uninterrupted year of school in without the pandemic causing us all some angst! I trust that you are also ready to have your kids hanging out with you all summer long!! Please note that we will have one more Eppler Express next week to wrap up the year.

Attached is the Eppler Express for the week of June 6. 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 24 for a look at next week’s calendar. Lots of good stuff happening here at Eppler!

  • Information about final report cards can be found on Page 2.

  • Please see Page 3 to find out how YOU can get involved in helping to create a new student lounge, as well as sprucing up our own staff lounge. Please and Thank YOU!!

  • Parent help is needed in our Intro to Computer Science course, which we partner with the Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS group to run. If you are an IT gal or guy, please see Page 10 and come join us! Please and Thank You!

  • Page 10 also gives honor to our own Ms. P!! Renee Pietraszkiewicz is our first Eppler staff member named as a UCS Champion this year!! Congratulations!! Please also see Page 25 if you would like to nominate another Team Eppler member as a UCS Champion!

  • And talk about well-deserved honors … please refer to Pages 11 – 12 for listings of all our Honors Students! Congratulations to all!!

  • Our Chieftains of the Month for June are honored on Page 13. Check it out!

  • All information about athletics at both Eppler and Utica High has now been grouped together on Pages 17 – 22.

  • Please refer to Pages 26 – 27 for information about the Pandemic-EBT program for free and reduced lunches.

  • Information about UCS summer happenings, such as Summer Camps and Enrichment Programs, School Age Child Care (SACC) Summer Camp, and Kindergarten Readiness Programs fill Pages 28 – 30.

  • 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 … Page 34 hosts the district’s latest Monday Moments feature. The district’s Wellness Podcasts are listed on Page 35, followed by Calming Room details on Page 36.

  • Interested in the inner workings of the second largest school district in the State of Michigan? Please see Page 37 for information on a new district feature, the UCS Podcademy.

  • Please note that will no longer be our third party processing group for school lunch accounts next year. The district has now partnered with Family Portal. Please refer to Page 43. Also on Page 43, please note that state and federal grant funding for free lunches for all students will expire at the end of this school year and all students will be responsible for their own lunches. So please don’t delay if applying for free or reduced lunches … again, please see Pages 26 – 27.

  • The new “In Case You Missed It …” section, which contains articles and photos which previously graced our pages and honored our students, have been compiled and found on Pages 49 – 69.

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

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.