• February 2023 Newsletter

    February 2023 Newsletter

    February is designated as CTE Month. Our region continues to develop and expand career and technical education opportunities for our students supported by our regional CTE millage. Currently, there are twenty-one CTE programs for our EUP students to attend. The classes include Business Administration, Accounting/Finance, Digital Business, Financial Marketing, Education, Natural Resources, Cybersecurity, Welding Technology, Small Engine Repair-Marine, Mechatronics & Robotics, Woodworking-Cabinetry, & Furniture, Construction Technology, Health Sciences, Law Enforcement, Drafting, Machine Tool Technology and Automotive. We’re excited to support the continued growth of opportunities for our students!

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  • January 2023 Newsletter

    January 2023 Newsletter

    Happy New Year! We’re almost half-way through this school year. How are you feeling about the year? New Year’s is often a period of reflection and refocusing for many of us. As we return to school after the holiday, our students benefit from getting back into school routines. Our schools provide a safe, nurturing environment for our students. The relationships we have with our students provide the foundation for an effective learning environment. They don’t care what you know until they know you care, right? I encourage all of you to reflect on the practices and experiences over the last semester. What has worked well? What has not worked so well? Let’s be intentional in our interactions with our students and co-workers and make 2023 the best possible year!

    Take a moment this month to thank a school board member. January is School Board Appreciation Month. Our board members are responsible for making policies that govern our districts. Board members are tasked with carrying out the state’s education obligations, but at the local level. School boards often face tough decisions, typically without much thanks for their voluntary service. To all our school board members, thank you for your service to our students, schools, and communities!

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  • December 2022 Newsletter

    December 2022 Newsletter

    We have so many great things going on in our region! Did you know that one of our local school districts is building housing? Housing is an extreme need in the EUP, and often impacts employers’ ability to hire and place new employees.

    Les Cheneaux Community Schools is partnering with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians to build housing in the area. On land purchased by the Sault Tribe, the Geometry in Construction class is building a small house. The intent is for a class to build one house a year. The Geometry in Construction class is taught by Scott Barr and Jessica Derenzy, and includes sophomores from Les Cheneaux Community Schools. This is a great utilization of the regional CTE millage. Local community members are sharing their expertise and teaching plumbing and electrical processes, providing insight into more trades.

    What great work by our students, local community members and CTE programming! What a great partnership between our schools and the Sault Tribe!

    Please take time this month to breathe and enjoy the season! I wish each of you a peaceful December!
    Seasons Greetings!

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  • November 2022 Newsletter

    November 2022 Newsletter

    What a positive start to our school year! I’m so thankful to see our students coming together around the
    region. We had a great turn out of our local schools for CTE Manufacturing Day and the Holocaust
    speaker. Seeing our students and the normalcy of Halloween parades, Homecoming celebrations and
    sporting events makes me so thankful! The ability to return to in-person training for staff also brings me
    great joy.

    I am extremely thankful for all our staff at the EUPISD and in our local districts. Thank you for being a
    critical partner in educating our students! As we celebrate this month of thankfulness, I hope each of
    you has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  • October 2022 Newsletter

    October 2022 Newsletter

    October brings with it all the fall “feels”! Our region is so beautiful this time of the year. Our schools are brimming with activity, whether academic or extracurricular. At all times, our school principals tend to the welfare of their students and staff. October is designated as National Principals’ Month. Take a minute to thank your local principal for their commitment to your school! Thank you, EUP principals! 

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  • September 2022 Newsletter

    September 2022 Newsletter

    And just like that, we’re back to school! I’m excited for the start of the 2022-2023 school year. I am so thankful for every school employee who has returned to or joined a school staff to contribute to the success of our students. Regardless of position, every school employee has an incredible opportunity EVERY DAY to positively impact our students in the region. Thank you! Your work is so important, and so very much appreciated!

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  • July 2022 Newsletter

    July 2022 Newsletter

    On August 2, 2022, voters are being asked to approve a renewal of .2773 mill and an increase of .7500 mill.  The funds will be utilized to provide state and federally mandated special education services to children with disabilities. Funds will support equipment, facility upgrades and transportation for special education students ages 0-26 in local districts in Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac Counties.

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  • June 2022 Newsletter

    June 2022 Newsletter

    The EUPISD Board of Education has approved asking voters to support a millage renewal and increase on the August 2, 2022, ballot. Voters are being asked to approve a renewal of .2273 mill and an increase of .7500 mill. The funds will be utilized to provide State and Federally mandated special education services to children
    with disabilities. Funds will support equipment, facility upgrades and transportation for special education students ages 0-26 in local districts (Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac Counties).

    The Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District (EUPISD) provides services to local districts at no cost for 14 categories of eligibility including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cognitive Impairment, Deaf-Blindness, Early Childhood Developmental Delay, Emotionally Impaired, Speech & Language
    Impairment. For example, the EUPISD provides braille and sign language instruction to local districts for students with hearing and visual impairments. The EUPISD also provides occupational, physical and speech therapies, as well as school psychology and social work services.

    Special education students - newborns, young children, school-age youngsters, and young adults - are all local
    school district residents. Some youths are served in their local school districts; others are served at the EUPISD
    Special Education Learning Center. For more information, please contact Angie McArthur, EUPISD Superintendent or Rachel Fuerer, Director of Special Education at 906-632-3373.

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  • May 2022 Newsletter

    May 2022 Newsletter

    This is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you to all teachers in our region. I know the challenges you face daily, and I appreciate your dedication, your creativity, and your perseverance. I extend this thanks to all educators in our buildings and districts – regardless of role. Every position in our districts can be the one person who becomes important to a student. Our schools are all about relationships. Thank you for building relationships with our students daily!

    It is my hope that we can see an increase in support for our teachers and public schools. America needs public schools, and we need talented individuals to pursue careers as educators. Our schools are educating, supporting, and nurturing our future. I urge parents, community members, grandparents, and other interested adults to contact your local school to volunteer your time to support your school and teachers.

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  • April 2022 Newsletter

    April 2022 Newsletter

    Many years, at this time, I would have just returned from a visit to somewhere warmer. Spring Break is a great time to get away. This year, I chose to stay home and take care of some projects around the house. I organized, painted, and worked on assignments for the classes I’m taking currently. I enjoyed seeing friend’s posts about their vacations and might have been a little envious about the warmer temps they were experiencing. For either experience, the break in our normal activities allows us an opportunity to relax and unwind. Hopefully, each of you has returned to work or school with a refreshed attitude, ready to accomplish much in our last quarter of the school year!

    Last week, Governor Whitmer signed into law the Infrastructure Bill - SB 565 (sponsored by Senator Bumstead). This massive bill totals $4.7 billion and includes appropriations related to housing and homeowner assistance, rental assistance, state and local parks and trails, transportation, and broadband expansion. There is $250.6 million allocated to provide grants for the expansion of broadband internet service into unserved areas. The EUPConnect Collaborative (EUPCC) is a collaboration of school districts, townships, cities, economic development commissions, hospitals, Native American tribes, libraries, and Mackinac County with a mission of bringing internet access to all 911 addresses in the EUP. We recently published our first project RFP for a Schools and Libraries Network. The Infrastructure Bill will be pivotal toward meeting this goal in the EUP. For more information, go to https://www.eupschools.org/rfp.

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  • March 2022 Newsletter

    March 2022 Newsletter

    March is Reading Month! At the EUPISD Learning Center, the theme for our reading month is "Reading is an Adventure". Each class will read dragon-themed books. The staff and students at the Learning Center will participate in spirit-filled activities throughout the month to build excitement about reading.

    Why is reading so important? It is a foundational skill for life-long learning. Our kids begin to develop pre-reading skills in their earliest years. As parents, grandparents, and caring adults, we can assist our kids develop by introducing them to words early in life - by simply talking, or by reading books, by singing, or by storytelling. Our brains need to exercise, just as our muscles need to exercise. Spend a few minutes each day this month reading - for your child or yourself.

    Reading truly is an adventure! See where a good book can take you!

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  • February 2022 Newsletter

    February 2022 Newsletter

    At a recent community event, a group of students from Sault Area Public Schools volunteered to assist with setup, games, and fundraising. The students were friendly and courteous to the attendees and were a great help. I know this occurs in many communities, but I wanted to commend the students for taking their time to help. Volunteering is an easy way to support the community and organizations. It was heartwarming to see these students at work! If you have talent or time, reach out to any of your community organizations to offer your assistance. Our communities are better for it!

    We have a shortage of teachers and other positions in Michigan schools. The Michigan Department of Education recently announced a grant program for schools called “Grow Your Own” as part of the Future Proud Michigan Educators. The first round of grants provides mini-grants (up to $10,000) for support staff to become certified teachers. Local school districts who are interested in this can find additional information at the Future Proud Michigan Educator website. Additional grants are available for preparation and recruitment activities. The deadline for the grant cycle is Friday, March 18.

    Education is a challenging, but very rewarding field. There is no other career where the impact is greater on our future!

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  • January 2022 Newsletter

    January 2022 Newsletter

    Welcome to 2022! I hope you were able to take some time over the holiday break to relax and rejuvenate. Many of us spend some time over the holidays making New Year’s resolutions related to our physical or mental well-being, financial health, or daily habits. Many of us do well on our resolutions for a brief time, and then return to old habits. Why is this?

    The word “resolute” is defined as “admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.” This makes me think of educators over the last two years. Regardless of position, those who work on behalf of our region’s children have been steadfast in their work. They have been purposeful in building bonds with our students and their families. They have been determined to create and maintain effective programs for our students. They have been unwavering in supporting our staff and students. And while being resolute, they have been doing so during their own personal challenges and joys. To our educators who remain resolute and dedicated to our students, thank you! Your unwavering support of our students and staff is noticed and acknowledged.

    January is School Board Appreciation Month. Serving on a school board is frequently a voluntary position with a great deal of responsibility and little recognition. Thank you to our board members around the region. Your leadership is appreciated!

    As we move through January, focus on being resolute in your service to our students and staff, but also to your own health and wellness. Be well!

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  • December 2021 Newsletter

    December 2021 Newsletter

    My heart is heavy after the school shooting yesterday. My prayers and thoughts are with the Oxford Community Schools and community. As a parent, I wanted to come home and hug my children. As an educator, I felt at a loss. Keeping our students and staff safe is a priority, and situations like this make me question what we have in place. We need to continue to make our schools as safe as possible, and nurture all of our children.

    How do we talk to our children during times of uncertainty and fear? The National Association of School Psychologists has many resources on their website www.nasponline.org. In particular, “Talking to Children About Violence” is a good guide. We need to assure our children that schools are safe places. We need to listen to our kids’ concerns and answer their questions. We also need to review and practice our safety protocols. Remind students that it’s important to tell an adult if another student is threatening them. Last month, I wrote about OK2SAY. Anyone can submit a tip by calling 855-5OK2SAY (855-565-2729), texting 652729 (OK2SAY), or emailing OK2SAY@michigan.gov.

    The well-being of our families, children, colleagues, and communities needs to be everyone’s responsibility. If you need support, reach out to a trusted friend or co-worker. If you are concerned about a friend, reach out to them. Let’s take care of each other and make our world a safer, kinder place.

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  • November 2021 Newsletter

    November 2021 Newsletter

    November 1st marks the beginning of Native American Heritage Month. Over one-third of our students in the EUPISD are Native American. If you are looking for resources to use in your classroom, check out https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/. There are many stories, videos, and activities to use to make sure our students see themselves in their classroom.

    November is also Election Month. Some of our school districts have elections on the ballot tomorrow. Please make sure you get out and vote. Polls are open from 7am to 8pm. Practice your civic duty!

    Are you aware of OK2SAY? It is a confidential way to report anything that threatens a student or school safety. You can call 855-565-2729 (8-555-OK2SAY), email ok2say@mi.gov, or text 652729 (OK2SAY). A study by the U.S. Secret Service reported that in 81% of violent incidents in school, someone else knew about the incident but did not report it. OK2SAY has received tips on suicide threats, bullying, drugs, cyberbullying, and other violence. Let’s work together to keep our schools and students safe.

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  • October 2021 Newsletter

    October 2021 Newsletter

    Did you know that October is National Principals’ Month? Across the EUPISD, there are thirty talented, dedicated individuals serving our students in the role of principal. Please take time this month and thank them for their incredible service!

    At our staff meeting this month, we watched a video called “The Danger of A Single Story” . I encourage you to watch it if you haven’t seen this TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It is a great reminder to not assume you know the path that someone else is walking. It is a great reminder to look deeper than a first impression.

    In our world today, it seems everyone is quick to jump to conclusions and assume the worst in someone else. Take time to breathe and listen to what someone else is concerned about before crafting your argument. We need to remember how to discuss our opinions with respect for the other person, even if we don’t agree. I appreciate the respectful concerns voiced over masks, vaccinations, and COVID-related issues and the ongoing dialogue. We are all weary of our lives being impacted by COVID. What is not appreciated, and what I find reprehensible, are the stories of yelling, threats, and harassment that our school administrators, school boards, school employees and health department partners are receiving.

    While October is not National Kindness Month, let’s pretend it is and treat each person with kindness. Please do your part to give each person a little grace and understanding.

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  • September 2021 Newsletter

    September 2021 Newsletter

    As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, it is so encouraging to see our students and staff return to our schools around the EUP. I am hopeful that this year can be focused on teaching and learning, rather than all-things COVID. Excitement is evident from staff as they prepare for the year. Districts around the region are welcoming their students to their classrooms. At the EUPISD, the staff is ready to support districts through our programs, services and supports, whether in Early Childhood, Special Education, Business Services, Technology, or General Education. So instead of discussions about masks and quarantines, let’s talk about how our students are doing and what support and opportunity we can provide for their success.

    One sign of school being back in session are the big yellow school buses. Be diligent in watching for school buses and students. Recent legislation was enacted to provide more safety measures: cameras on stop-arms to record video of those passing a stopped school bus; as well as fines and civil infractions for impeding bus operation. Please do your part in keeping our students safe!

    Almost all districts in the EUPISD have job vacancies, from teachers to bus drivers, paraprofessionals, kitchen staff and substitute teachers. If you are interested, please check out the Employment Opportunities.

    To our school staff: I wish each of you a school year full of positive interactions with students, parents, and co-workers. The work you do impacts the future. Thank you for all your efforts! Let’s have a great year!

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