March 2019 Newsletter

School News

Attitude is Everything

We often complain about things as they relate to our work in education or our daily lives.  We complain about legislation, created by elected officials with no preparation or credibility, deciding on what happens in our classrooms.  We complain about the lack of proper financial support to meet our children’s educational needs.  Some of us complain about the weather, the driver who pulled out in front of us, politics, the lack of this or that.  It seems that some among us need a constant level of controversy in their lives.  They are always upset about something and don’t mind sharing it with others.  It is easy to get caught up in the constant negativity, especially with today’s social media.

What if we stopped buying into the negativity around things we can’t control?  What if we focused our energy on positivity and how we respond to things?  What if we applied our abilities to solutions rather than problems?  What if we took control of the things we can control?

We can control how we respond when a child does not perform as expected.  We can control how we respond when we see another person in distress.  We can control how we react when someone is rude to us.  Most importantly, we can control our own attitude.

I am reminded of a tremendous piece written by Charles Swindoll that I share below.



Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company... a church... a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes.


When considering a multi-tiered system of supports, every tier of support matters and depends on each other.  Each level needs to be intentional, well executed, and monitored to ensure students have access to consistent, high quality education every day. For more information, read our EUPMTSS Newsletter. Link to the EUPMTSS Newsletter

MTSS graphic showing every tier of support matters

Every Tier of Support Matters

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General Education

Training/Meeting Dates

Below is a list of trainings/meetings for March.  Please click the link for more information and to register.  (If lunch is provided as part of a training, you must register at least 24 hours in advance to be included in the lunch count).  For a complete listing for the school year, please visit Wisdomwhere.

Battle Creek (Cereal City) Middle School Physical Science Kit Workshop
EUP Counselors
EUPEPA Meeting
EUPSSPA-EUP Secondary Principals Association
Health & PE CRT (HCRT) (PECRT)
Illuminate: Site Rollover Work Day 2020
MTSS Literacy Coaching Support
Reading Recovery/Literacy Lessons/Literacy Support Re-Certification PD
Reading Recovery/Literacy Lessons/Literacy Support Training Class
Regional Data Management Team Meetings
STEM Integrated Learning Team (ILT), K-12


EUP READS is an event to highlight and promote reading for EUP families. JKL Bahweting School has been organizing this event for the past six years and it will be hosted at LSSU Cisler Center on March 11 from 6-8 p.m. Please see the attached flyer.

Reading Recovery®, Literacy Lessons™, & Literacy Support

Administrators & Teachers: If you are considering or wanting information about training teachers in Reading Recovery, Literacy Lessons, or Literacy Support for the 2019-20 school year, please contact Brooke Beacom at Regionally, if we have eight or more interested teachers to take the course, we will have a cohort for the Oakland University class for the upcoming year.

Reading Recovery®: Top to Bottom Newsletter February Edition developed by Teacher Leaders; Brooke Beacom from the EUPISD (the most northern Michigan Reading Recovery Site) and Maeghan McCormick from Jackson County ISD (the most southern Michigan Reading Recovery Site). This quarterly newsletter was created in an attempt to provide a platform to share instructional information, theory, and stories. Administrators will find information about implementing with fidelity, research, and whole school benefits from investing in Reading Recovery, Literacy Lessons, and Literacy Support.

New Social Studies Standards to go to State Board

In 2014, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) undertook the task of reviewing and updating the Michigan Social Studies GLCEs and HSCEs, adopted in 2007. The update committee was given four guidelines to follow based on feedback from teachers and other stakeholders in the field:

  1. Fewer standards, clearly written, with higher rigor. (Fewer, Clearer, Higher)
  2. More integration of content
  3. Must reflect deeper student learning
  4. Must increase student outcomes

By the end of 2014, the first draft of the standards was completed and submitted for review and public comment. After the review process finished, the writers reconvened and incorporated the feedback into a new draft. This process was repeated seven more times.

For more details on the process, please click here.

The new standards are slated to be brought to the Michigan Board of Education in March of 2019, which will trigger another round of Listen and Learn sessions across the state, and a new online survey will be made available to the public for more feedback.

The EUPISD Listen and Learn session is scheduled for May 8, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. The public sessions and online survey will be open for two months, after which the MDE will review the feedback. If this process works as it is intended, the new standards will be up for adoption by the Michigan Board of Education in June of 2019.

EUP STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

FIRST Robotics Event at Lake Superior State University: April 5-6

We are fortunate to have a FIRST Robotics District Competition at LSSU this April!  If you have not been to an event yet, they are excellent events to watch and are open to the public.  In addition, volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities listed below along with contact information for volunteer coordinators.

First Robotics Flyer Call for Volunteers

Teacher Events:

More for Teachers! See more details about summer opportunities HERE.

STEM Integrated Learning Teams - Day 4 of STEM Integrated Learning Teams (ILT) will take place on March 19.  STEM Integrated Learning Team (ILT) meetings give teachers the opportunity to work collaboratively within an integrated STEM learning environment. This year, learning will include work in three strategic areas: Community Connections, Innovative Programming, and Mathematical Modeling. Our March 19 meeting will include connections with Cloverland Electric and the Lake Superior State University Aquatic Research Lab. Our group is also developing a Teacher Externship Program to allow teachers to work with businesses and organizations during the summer to gain insight into career connections that they can apply with their students.

Student Events:

Pi Day at LSSU will take place on March 13, 2019 at the Walker Cisler Center on the Campus of Lake Superior State University.  Students in middle school and high school will have the opportunity to compete in a math competition.  There are both middle school and high school divisions, and teachers were invited to register teams of five students.  Registration is closed as of March 1.

Trig Star will take place in the EUP on May 1, 2019.  Trig Star is a geometry competition for high school students across Michigan.  The Trig-Star competition is a national trigonometry competition open to high school students throughout the country. Trig-Star is designed to show students real world applications of trigonometry in the land surveying and engineering professions. The students are given four questions, and the student that has the most correct answers in the least amount of time is declared the EUP regional winner, winning a prize and receiving the opportunity to enter their score to the statewide competition . Teachers and students from all EUP districts are invited to attend.  Jeff Davis of Great Lakes Surveying and the EUP STEM Region sponsor this event.  Teachers can register their students HERE.

Special Education

EUPISD Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) Seeks Nominations for Educator of the Year Awards

It’s that time of year again! The EUPISD Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) would like to recognize area educators and others who provided exceptional services to students with disabilities during the 2018-2019 school year.

The PAC will acknowledge individuals in the following categories: special education teacher, general education teacher, paraprofessional, ancillary staff, other support staff (transportation, secretarial, etc.), administrator (supervisors, principals and superintendents), volunteer, and community/group agency.

Please submit your nominations by completing the first page of the attached form.  Nominations are due by Friday, March 22, 2019.  Nominations can be submitted via email to Jennifer Jahn ( or mailed to PAC/Special Education Department, 315 Armory Place, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.

The rubric on the second page is included to inform you of the criteria considered when choosing winners.

Please share this with your staff, parents or anyone else who may want to recognize an individual for their extraordinary work for students with disabilities.

Click here to download the nomination form.

LUCKY ENOUGH - School Social Work Week 2019

School Social Work Week is March 3-9 this year. As School Social workers, we are indeed “lucky enough” to be able to carry out the important work that impacts many students, staff, families and communities. The link below will take you to a document being utilized nationwide that shows the wide-reaching impact that School Social Workers have on those they work with. The resources and suggested activities spotlight the important work of School Social Workers in school communities.

Lucky Enough

Project SEARCH News-5th Edition - Click the link to access

Click here to read the Special Education March Newsletter

Upcoming Trainings

Below is a list of trainings for March and April.  Please visit Wisdomwhere for more information and to register.  (If lunch is provided as part of a training, you must register at least 24 hours in advance to be included in the lunch count).

Area Coordinators’ Regular Meeting & Workgroup: 3/20/19, 4/17/19
Autism Building Coaches: 4/26/19
Transition-B13 Training: 3/06/19
CHAMPS: 4/11/19
CPI Full Certification: 3/11/19, 4/10/19
CPI Re-certification: 3/15/19, 4/23/19
Cross-Disciplinary Work Group: 3/05/19
Curriculum Access Team (CAT): 3/13/19
Data Review: 3/18/19
General Education/Special Education Staff Meeting: 3/4/19
PBIS Data Review: 4/24/19
PBIS EUPISD Implementation Team: 3/14/19, 4/04/19
RIT Work ½ Day: 3/12/19, 4/09/19, 4/30/19
Statewide Autism Resources Training(START) K-12 Intensive Training Series: 3/06/19, 3/07/19, 3/21/19
Strengthening Systems – School Leadership Teams SIT & DIT: 4/25/19
Transition – SIMS Self-Advocacy Strategy Training: 3/06/19
Youth Mental Health Steering Committee: 3/11/19, 4/08/19

Regional Data Systems/Instructional Technology

Data Management Team Meeting: March 8, 2019

If you deal with data in Illuminate (Illuminate leaders, secretaries, counselors, administrators, teachers), please join the Data Management Team.  Meetings are quarterly and deal with all areas of using Illuminate: report cards, GradeBooks, transcripts, demographics, special education, reports, lunch program, and behavior.  We also collaborate on other regional processes related to student data. Your input and experience are important, so consider being a part of the team.  If you have questions, contact Marianna Ripple.  Register for meetings in Wisdomwhere.

Illuminate: K-8 Report Cards Spring Meeting

If you would like to be a part of reviewing and updating the regional K-8 report cards in Illuminate, please join in the discussion on March 14, 2019 from 3-4 p.m. at the EUPISD.  Some topics for discussion will include attendance, separation of specials, and updated science reporting for grades 6-8.  Please register in Wisdomwhere for this event.

Illuminate: Site Rollover Workday

The EUPISD will host a workday for those sites who would like dedicated time and support for the process of rolling over their site for the next academic year.  Please register in Wisdomwhere for this event on March 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is included.

REMC 22 Lend-Items Library

Remember that REMC 22 (EUPISD) has a library of classroom materials that can be reserved and checked out.  If you need account access to the library, please contact Marianna Ripple or Genny Kaunisto.

EduPaths: Free Online Professional Development for Educators

EduPaths is organized into pathways containing self-paced courses.  Choose a pathway that meets your professional learning objectives or just continue to learn.  Pathways include: Instruction, Data, Curriculum, Assessment, Early Childhood, Leadership, and ADA Compliance.

REMC Association of Michigan Free Professional Learning

We offer both virtual courses and face-to-face events.  All offerings are free and open to Michigan school personnel.  SCECH credit is available and varies from offering to offering.

Virtual Courses:  You can take these courses “just to learn” or you can complete all assignments. They take place over three weeks with two webinars and four-ten hours of resource review, assessment development and written reflection.

Face-to-Face Events:  PLAYDATES, Discovery Education Experience and the Classroom Maker Summit are held at various times and locations and are often hosted by local REMCs. Meet up with colleagues and learn together.

Human Resources

Rescheduled Retirement Information Meeting

MARSP Pension Planning 301 - This seminar is for staff that are considering MPSERS retirement sometime in the next few years.  MARSP is the Michigan Association for Retired School Personnel.

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. (each session lasts approximately an hour and a half) - EUPISD Conference Room A

Click here to register for the 4 PM session -

Click here to register for the 6 PM session -

MARSP’s retirement planning experts present: the “MRPS Pension Seminar” with all the essential information needed to start thinking about retirement. This seminar is available to all public school and community college employees who are members of the MPSERS retirement plan.

Topics include:

  • Health Insurance
  • Purchasing Service Credit
  • Pension Options
  • Retirement Planning and how to maximize your pension
  • Rights as a Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) retiree and who is best to represent those rights
  • Any other questions about retirement

Cost: FREE - spouses are also encouraged to attend

We are also excited to announce that representatives from Voya Financial® and the Office of Retirement Services will be in Sault Ste. Marie to conduct meetings for people in a MPSERS plan who were hired either before or after July 1, 2010 and who want to make sure they’re on track with their retirement plan.

For all public-school employees hired on or after July 1, 2010

The MPSERS Pension Plus/401(k)/457 Plans Overview class is designed for you to better understand the Pension Plus and Defined Contribution Plans. An investment professional from Voya Financial® will moderate this session.  The Overview lasts about one hour and is for newer employees who want to know more about how they can best use their investment accounts to ensure a secure retirement, even if retirement is a long time from now.

You will learn:

  • The difference between Pension Plus and Defined Contribution
  • How the Personal Healthcare Fund works
  • The differences between the 457 and 401(k) Plans
  • Your investment options in Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3
  • Payout options for the 401(k) and 457
  • Who to call with questions

This meeting is April 11, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the EUPISD. Register for this meeting by clicking here.

  • Click the blue NEXT button in the top right panel
  • Select Public School Employees and click NEXT
  • Scroll down to and click  Public School (MPSERS) 401k/457 Plans Overview (below Financial Fundamentals)
  • Scroll down to the meeting labeled “Sault Ste. Marie—Eastern U.P. ISD” near the bottom of the list and click inside the radio button to the left of the address.
  • Click the radio button to the left of the time and click NEXT again.
  • Complete the registration form and click SAVE.

(Note: they are working to simplify the registration process for this one but for now this is what we have)

If you have trouble registering for this one, e-mail Steve at

For all public-school employees hired BEFORE July 1, 2010

The Planning Your Retirement Workshop (PYR) is designed for public school employees in the defined benefit pension plan first hired before July 1, 2010 who are within five years of retirement. These meetings were, until recently, known as Pre-retirement Information Meetings (PRIMs). The workshop lasts about two hours. We also encourage you to generate a pension estimate in miAccount and bring that estimate with you to the meeting.

The meeting will also cover:

  • Meeting eligibility requirements;
  • Picking Pension Payment Option;
  • Deciding on insurance;
  • Reviewing plans, choosing a retirement date, and applying for retirement; and
  • Adjusting to retirement

This meeting is on April 11, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Eastern U.P. ISD. Register for this meeting by clicking here.

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