EUPISD Newsletter

  • The EUPISD Newsletter is published monthly to share the work we are doing with our students, teachers, administrators and community. Click on the most recent date to view the current newsletter, or other dates to view previously published editions of the EUPISD Newsletter.

  • April 2024 Newsletter

    April 2024 Newsletter

    SCHOOL NEWS

    I hope that you were able to spend some time over the spring break re-energizing for the last quarter of the year. Charles M. Schultz once wrote, “Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” It is especially challenging to push ourselves to complete goals or new learning when we are less than fully charged. Take a mental break, spend a few minutes stretching, drink some water, or play with friends and family to re-charge. And then, tackle the unused gears and accomplish much in the last quarter!

    The EUPISD and EUPConnect Collaborative continue to push for all of our region to have secure and reliable broadband connectivity. We know we still have underserved and unserved areas. Michigan is receiving $1.6 billion (that’s a B!) to upgrade internet infrastructure via the BEAD program. Please take a few minutes to participate in the Merit Bead Challenge Process. Individuals can assess their connectivity and speed. Anchor institutions, such as schools, hospitals, libraries, and municipalities can also see what is being reported and provide challenges to false information. Incorrect mapping results in less funding for our area.

    The EUP School Board Association will host their spring meeting and the Employees of the Year Dinner, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. Thank you to Pickford Public Schools for hosting the event. We look forward to honoring each district’s employees of the year!

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  • March 2024 Newsletter

    March 2024 Newsletter

    March is a time of transition. The weather, while a little unpredictable recently, will hopefully begin to transition to warmer days with much sunshine. Spring is around the corner. We start to transition from cozy homebodies to getting outside more. We have a Walking Challenge at the EUPISD in March, encouraged by our Wellness Committee. Maybe we’ll transition to healthier choices and activities as we look toward Spring Break! What are you doing to transition from the winter months to spring?

    March is also Reading Month. Our students at the EUPISD Learning Center will be “Reading with Roald Dahl” and enjoying stories from books such as Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Area schools celebrate reading month differently, all with a focus on increasing student interest in reading. E.U.P. Reads is a community reading event, which will be held March 11th from 6:00-8:00pm at the LSSU Cisler Center. It is open to any families living in the EUP, and LSSU staff and students. Come out and enjoy the reading party!

    I hope your spring is full of wonderful transitions! Enjoy the changing season with a good book and some outdoor activities!

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  • February 2024 Newsletter

    February 2024 Newsletter

    SCHOOL NEWS
    How many of us have heard “well, that’s not fair!” from our students, coworkers, or our own children? Caroline Beldon wrote in The Inclusion Solution “Equality is leaving the door open for anyone who has the means to approach it; equity is ensuring there is a pathway to that door for those who need it”. In my role as ISD superintendent, I’ve had many conversations with legislators and other educators discussing equity for our students, staff and communities in the region.

    We have seen great strides in the past few years with school funding becoming more equitable across districts in the state. Our funding for our younger students in the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) has become more equitable as well. Special education funding has improved, but there is still work to be done.

    Another area of equity for our region is secure and affordable broadband connectivity. Through the EUPConnect Collaborative, we have been pursuing access to broadband at every 911 address in the region. Approximately 80% of unserved or underserved areas now have funding committed for fiber installation. Some of our areas, particularly in West Mackinac County, are already seeing this investment. We are excited to see infrastructure investment and look forward to a continued pathway to equitable access.

    In our classrooms, let’s work to make sure equity is ever-present. All students benefit when each student receives what they need to succeed. I’d love to hear how you promote equity in your classrooms!

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  • January 2024 Newsletter

    January 2024 Newsletter

    SCHOOL NEWS
    Happy New Year! I hope you each had a safe and peaceful holiday break and were able to re-energize. Welcome to 2024 ~ may it be a great year of growth and learning!
    Shortly before the holiday break, I attended a concert sponsored by the Soo Theatre. Individually, each musician was very talented. Collectively, the musicians created a wonderful evening of holiday music and singing. It made me think of how we work in our schools.
    Individually, we each have our strengths. We focus our efforts on our own special area, whether it is instruction, administration or supporting services. But together, we bring more. What is collective efficacy and why does it matter? Collective efficacy is the belief that we can achieve more together than alone. Collective efficacy can help us overcome challenges, learn from each other, and create positive outcomes for ourselves and others. Researchers such as Bandura (1977) and Hattie (2016) have identified collective efficacy as a major impact on student achievement.
    Let’s start 2024 with the intention to work together and bring our best to our students and communities!

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  • December 2023 Newsletter

    December 2023 Newsletter

    SCHOOL NEWS
    I am completely gob smacked that it is December! How does time fly by so quickly? The first semester of the school year is well-entrenched. How are you doing with the goals you set for yourself for the school year? As we close out 2023 and welcome 2024, now is a great time to reflect on your personal and professional goals and habits.

    Our region is still extremely short-staffed in many areas, but especially for bus drivers and substitutes. Please share the following information. Driving a school bus is a huge responsibility but extremely rewarding. The driver is the first and last school contact many children have each day. The driver can create positive relationships with the students. If you have thought about driving, even on a part-time basis, please sign up for the training. Our next regular Beginning Bus Driver training is scheduled for February 17th and 24th at Brimley Area Schools. Call Tracy at 906-632-3373 x5104 for more information.

    We are offering special week-long training for drivers January 8-12. Potential drivers must have taken their CDL, have P and S endorsements, and air brake endorsement tests at the Secretary of State and have a DOT physical prior to the class. Contact your local superintendent if you are interested.

    If you are interested in being a substitute teacher or classroom aide, contact edustaff.org. There are a variety of positions available. The next in-person training meeting is Thursday, December 21st at the EUPISD.

    I wish each of you a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! Take time to enjoy the joy of the season! Lend a hand to those less fortunate and make their season more joyful!

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