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From The Principal

 Bemis Spartan Families,

As Mr. Monroe indicated to you earlier, we are continuing our planning to bring back our students for in-person learning for the first time since March 13, 2020. We can’t wait! I know all of us are anxious to have our students back in school, but we recognize the critical importance of this deliberate return that will allow us to continue moving forward. Health and Safety is our top priority!

Below are important dates for the return of junior high school students:

* Week of October 19 – Utica Center for Science and Industry, 9th Grade Ford II students.

* Week of October 26 – Secondary co-curricular programs; Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology, 9th Grade Ford II students

Week of November 2 – All junior high school students in a hybrid A/B Schedule

We are working with our staff to finalize the specific schedules and details that meet this timeline. However, I did want to provide you some additional details regarding the return of our students to in-person learning.

Co-Curricular Programs

Many after school co-curricular programs have been meeting outside to ensure appropriate distancing. Recognizing Michigan weather, we are going to bring these programs inside so students can use larger areas in our school to continue their work the week of October 26, 2020. You will hear directly from your child’s advisor on the status of their club or activity.

Return of Junior High School Students

Students will begin their return the week of November 2. To maintain our focus on health and safety, we are making this transition with two key goals:

* To reduce the number of students that are in the school at the same time.

* To reduce the interaction between groups of students to mitigate any possible exposure or spread to COVID-19.

 To begin this transition, students will be in school for two full days of school each week with a cohort group of students. Cohorts will divide school building populations so that some students attend classes in person on certain days while others are learning remotely. By placing students in cohort groups, we are able to manage the interactions between students and mitigate any potential spread of COVID-19. In addition, we are increasing the number of lunch hours each day to five.


We will be sharing information specific to your student regarding their cohort assignment, bell times and in-person/remote schedule.

In the meantime,  many of the details of our return are available in the parent handbook that is available to all UCS parents on the district website, and I will continue to provide specific details of our student return to school plans with you in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 586-797-2500.

Thomas Yaw, Bemis Junior High School Principal

 You can also access our district technology support webpage for additional information and student technology support at

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Our Mission

The mission of Bemis Junior High school is to provide an environment in which students will engage in learning, develop respect, and become life-long learners and positive contributors to society.

  • Bemis Junior High School is a national exemplary school. This is the most prestigious honor that can be awarded to a U.S. school. The Program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. These are schools ranked among each state's highest performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments.
  • Bemis Junior High is a national Blue Ribbon
    Exemplary School.
  • Bemis JHS had 197 students achieve all As and 280 students attain a B average in 2012-2013.
  • Bemis JHS completed its second successful year of accelerated English and social studies
    classes in both grades. In addition, students in the advanced mathematics pathway accelerated
    in their science class.
  • Bemis earned Emerald designation in the State of Michigan’s Green Schools program.
  • The Bemis Destination Imagination team earned first place at regionals, fourth at state
    finals and sixth at global finals.
  • Forty seven Bemis students took part in the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (MITES) competition. Thirty-seven earned awards and progressed to the state level where eight students captured first place awards and one achieved high honors.
  • Seven Bemis students competed in the Macomb County “You Be the Chemist” science contest. Our students earned third and fourth place finishes. One student went on to place eleventh in the statewide competition.
  • The Bemis Student Council raised funds and collected gifts for the Gleaners Food Bank and Toys for Tots. Bemis students also donated to the following charitable organizations last year:
    -Samaritan House, Romeo Nursing Center, Macomb Humane Society and Kiwanis. 
    -Our students also donated blankets to Project Linus and many used books to local elementary schools. 
    -More than 200 pairs of used jeans were donated to Teens for Jeans for homeless teens at the Detroit Rescue Mission. 
    -Our school also collected used eyeglasses that were donated to the Lions Club Recycle for Sight program. 
    -Bemis students also raised more than $4,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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.