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From The Principal

Dear Parents:

We are excited to be taking the next steps with you toward increased in-person learning for our students. As we have successfully welcomed back our students during hybrid learning, we continue planning the future.

Below are answers to questions we anticipate you may have at this time.

*  Schedule – We will begin full days of instruction on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday beginning the week of March 15. We will continue to follow the block schedule and Wednesday will remain a remote learning day. This schedule will continue through at least mid-April, when we are targeting full return to in-person learning for families who have chosen this option.

*  Safety Protocols – Bemis Junior High School staff and students will continue to follow the health and safety guidelines outlined in the MI Return to School Roadmap, the Centers for Disease Control and the Macomb County Health Department. This includes the use of face coverings, frequent handwashing and the use of disinfectants. Please note that increasing the number of students for in-person instruction will have an impact on the density within classrooms. Physical distancing will continue to be maximized to the greatest extent possible.

*  Self-Screening – It is critically important that you take the time each morning to complete the self-screening process. If your child has any symptoms or is not feeling well, do not send them to school. This screening is for the protection of your child, their friends at school and our dedicated staff. The screening protocols are available on our return to school information page.

*  Transportation – Bus schedules may change. This may include additional bus stops, a change in the driver/bus number, or an adjustment to the bus pick up/drop off times. You may see more buses on the roads over the next couple of weeks as drivers conduct test runs. Routes will be shared as they become available.

*  Food Service – Breakfast and lunches will be provided at the buildings during the full in-person days, and meals will continue to be offered free of charge through federal funding. During remote days, food distribution sites will be established in the afternoon and early evening for families to access remote meals. More information is available on the district’s food service page.

I will continue to provide updates regarding schedules, school protocols and specific details as we move closer to March 15. I encourage you to download the updated Parent Handbook at this link.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us at any time. Your partnership is critical to our continued success.


Thomas Yaw, Bemis Junior High School Principal 

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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.