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Dear Eppler Chieftain Faithful,

Please note Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 6 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm, and October 13 from 3:30 – 7:30 pm. October 6 will be a half-day for students with dismissal at 11:02 am. I will be sending out a separate email with all the information, so that it doesn’t get lost in all our other weekly happenings.

Attached is the Eppler Express for the week of October 3. 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 14 for a look at next week’s calendar. Lots of good stuff happening here at Eppler!

  • Please be advised that food deliveries to students at school are not accepted. Please refer to the article at the top of Page 2.

  • See Page 3 for our latest Chieftains of the Month to be honored. Congratulations to all! Thanks for being a Great Chieftain!

  • Yearbooks are now on sale at a $5.00 discounted price through October 14. Please act now to make sure your child has their book of memories reserved for them! Details can be found on Page 8.

  • Please ask your child … Do you want to make a difference in YOUR school? Would you like to be a voice for you and your fellow students at Eppler? Please consider being a part of the Eppler Student Advisory Board. Applications may be found in the main office or via a link in the Eppler Express on Page 10. Applications MUST be submitted to the main office by October 5, 2022ALL students are welcome to apply!

  • The fall season game schedules for Eppler’s athletic teams can be found on Pages 10 and 11. Please come out to support your favorite Chieftain!

  • On Page 12 we share some photos of all our groups representing Eppler at the Utica High Homecoming Parade. Check them out!

  • The UCS Annual Band-A-Rama will be held October 9. Please see Page 15 for all details.

  • We are happy to share with you that Page 16 hosts a link to the school calendars for the next two years.

  • 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 16 and 17. Calming Room details can be found on Page 18. Page 19 hosts the district’s latest Monday Moments feature. The district’s Wellness Podcasts are listed on Page 20. Please use any and all of these wonderful resources!

  • Please refer to Pages 22, 23, and 24 for information about school breakfast, lunch, and meal accounts.

  • All freshmen are invited to apply to be a member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board. Please refer to Page 25 for the information and a link to the application.

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