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St. Baldrick's Fundraiser
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10/03/2019
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Registration now open until August 14
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07/29/2020
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07/14/2020
Henry Ford II grad earns college-based merit scholarship

From The Principal

To our Bemis Junior High School students and their families, please make the time to view the message from the Bemis Junior High School staff. 

Stay Spartan Strong!

Thomas Yaw, Bemis Junior High School Principal

Future Bemis Spartans
 

Hello, future Bemis Spartans, parents/guardians, this is Mr. Yaw, Bemis Junior High School Principal.  First, I hope you and your family are healthy and staying safe during these unusual times. Moving from elementary to secondary is one of the hardest transitions during a student’s educational career.   I am proud that my staff and I have fantastic protocols with which to transition our future 7th graders.  Our normal procedures include a curriculum night for parents, tours and presentations for the students, open building time for students and parents, and a registration day when students receive their schedules.  However, due to the pandemic we will continue to do things differently.  We will continue to follow the Governor’s Executive Orders regarding community gatherings, so unfortunately, we are unable to have these face-to-face experiences and will be altering the procedures.   I do not want to plan for virtual orientation activities now with the possibility of still implementing some of our normal protocols.  We will devise the best transition possible for all our future 7th graders while remaining compliant with all health safety requirements. Please be patient, we will be communicating with you in the coming weeks and months ahead.

At this time, however, we do need to start scheduling for next year.  We have created a method of presenting the scheduling form you will be able to complete and submit your student’s course requests for their 7th grade year.  Please follow the link below:

Seventh Grade Scheduling Survey Link

Once the form and survey has been completed please view the message to the Bemis community video that our staff created at the end of the presentation. 

On behalf of the entire Bemis Junior High School staff I wish you and your family members health, strength and happiness as we continue this unique journey both medically, socially and educationally. 

Take care of each other,
 Mr. Yaw

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.