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From The Principal

Wildcat Families:

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I hope you all had a fun and relaxing summer.  It was awesome to see our returning students and to meet new students during registration. The Shelby Junior High staff is excited to get the 2018-2019 school year underway!  We are looking forward to welcoming almost 1300 students for the first day on Tuesday, September 4th.

Some reminders about the first day:

FULL DAY (8:10 – 3:01)

  • REPORT TO HOMEROOM 1ST (see Wildcat Weekly for homeroom list)
  • BRING a FOLDER and PEN/PENCIL, not all supplies
  • BRING LUNCH or LUNCH MONEY (deposits can be made online – same account as elementary)
  • STRING BACKPACKS may be carried to classes

 As both principal and parent, I ask for your help with the following safety/procedural issues:

  • Students may enter the building at 7:30 am and report to the cafeteria
  • Drop students off on the school side curb – please do not park and have them walk through the parking lot as they may not be seen by drivers
  • Avoid stopping/parking directly in front of the main entrance as that area is needed for our handicap accessible busses and our activities busses
  • Practice parking lot courtesy and bring your patience – we are all in a hurry, but in order to maintain the safety ofchildren, we must be calm and observant behind the wheel
  • Plan ahead how you will handle forgotten items such as lunches – let your child know to stop into the main office to check the ‘Drop Off Table’ for items
  • Monitor the clothes your child wears – in particular, short skirts and shorts, ripped and/or tight items

In addition to our new students, we are pleased to have the following staff join the Wildcat team:

  • Ms. Mary Colombo - English
  • Mr. Jim Schoettle - Math
  • Mrs. Carol Dimovski – World Language
  • Mrs. Margaret Ala – Special Services
  • Mrs. Lauara Achs – Media Center

The Wildcat Weekly, (updated each Friday) is our online newsletter – the “go to” for SJH information.  It can be accessed at  You can also sign up for SJH Announcements via REMIND and follow us on Twitter (@ShelbyJuniorHi1)

A huge THANK YOU goes out to our families who have already made generous donations to our fundraising program.   We are not yet at our goal, so if you have not had a chance to donate, please consider sending it in on the first day; students can turn in the donation during homeroom.

With your support, it’s going to be a fantastic school year.  Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Go Wildcats!

Lisa McDill


The Utica Community Schools Board of Education voted unanimously (7-0) in mid-August to place a bond proposal on the November ballot to address safety and security, technology and infrastructure improvements identified through the district’s strategic, long-range facility improvement program.  Voter approval of the bond proposal has been structured to keep the tax rate at or below the current level.  An insert in our newsletter explains the Board's action and outlines the purpose of the bond proposal.  This proposal will impact every UCS student and school.  We will share more about the bond proposal when school opens.  For more information, you can also contact me or visit

By setting expectations and encouraging lifelong learning for all students, we create collaborative team members, knowledgeable thinkers, creative problem-solvers, and respectful, responsible citizens.

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Utica Community Schools is Michigan's second largest school district. Student achievement in the district outpaces all county, state and national averages. The district's graduation rate is 12 points higher than the state average and students are staff are regularly honored for excellence.

For more information on Utica Community Schools, please visit this link