February 2020 Newsletter

School News

Billions and billions of dollars!  That is what is at stake with the census. There are over $675 BILLION in federal grants distributed using data from the census, which is done every 10 years.  These grants support schools, hospitals, fire departments and other community and state resources.  School programming that is impacted includes special education, free and reduced-price meals, technology resources, teacher training, and Head Start. I encourage each of you to be counted!  By April 1, each household will receive an invitation to participate in the census.  It can be done online, by mail, or by phone.  In June and July, census takers will go door to door to count those who have not responded.  Get involved, the Census Bureau is looking for Census Workers.  Let’s get our fair share of the funding!  Be counted!

One way of representation is through the census.  Another source of representation is your ISD staff.  Did you know that we have a voice for our students and region at the state and national level?  Whether in Early Childhood, Special Education, General Education, CTE, Technology, or Finance, we have staff advocating for our students and schools.

Another avenue to have your voice heard is through the Michigan Department of Education survey regarding the Top 10 in 10 Strategic Plan.  The survey is open until February 7, 2020 at 11:59pm.  The Michigan Board of Education is looking for feedback from educators, parents, and community members. Click the following link to contribute to the process. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/top10planreview

MTSS

High School teams implementing PBIS are finding meaningful and creative ways to include student voice when making decisions. This information can be gathered in different ways (surveys, polls, student groups, student representatives, special projects).  Included in this month’s newsletter is an article that stresses the importance of student voice in student-initiated and adult-initiated decisions.  Also included are some resources from this month’s EUP Literacy Series.  The next MTSS Literacy Day will be held on February 18, 2020.

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Call for Nominations

Michigan Division for Early Childhood (MiDEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children is excited to announce the 2020 Call for Nominations for the Jane Scandary Award for Excellence in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education.  Individuals or organizations may make nominations. Consider who you know that you feel is deserving of recognition for his or her contributions and accomplishments. Now is the time to nominate that person for this prestigious award!

The nominee selected this year for the Jane Scandary Award will be honored during the Michigan Division for Early Childhood Conference being held on the Central Michigan University Campus in Mount Pleasant on Friday, May 1, 2020.

To make a nomination, please submit the following materials to Awards.MiDEC@gmail.com by February 21, 2020:

  • Jane Scandary Award Nomination Form, including a written narrative describing the individual’s significant professional contributions/accomplishments
  • Nominee’s Resume, Vitae, or Biographical Statement
  • Any supportive documents, such as newsletter articles featuring the nominee’s contributions/accomplishments
  • Two to three letters of recommendation (may be from parents, professionals or others familiar with the nominee)

2020 Jane Scandary Award Call for Nominations Letter (PDF)

2020 Jane Scandary Award Nomination Form (DOCX)

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood. ACEs can include violence, abuse, and growing up in a family with mental health or substance use problems. Toxic stress from ACEs can change brain development and affect how the body responds to stress. ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood.

However, ACEs can be prevented. Preventing ACEs could reduce up to 21 million cases of depression, 2.5 million cases of overweight/obesity, and 1.9 million cases of heart disease in adulthood—according to the latest Vital Signs report.

States and communities can leverage the best available evidence to prevent ACEs before they occur and to lessen their effects by using CDC’s ACE Prevention Resource.

General Education

Upcoming Trainings:  Please visit Wisdomwhere for a list of offerings.

EUP Regional History Day

Regional History Day will be held on March 13, 2020 at LSSU. Deadline for online registrations is February 16. Please complete the Local History Day Date and Grade Level sheet so we can plan accordingly. When choosing your local history day date, please keep in mind that online registrations must be submitted by February 16. For all pertinent information, please go to our website - EUP Regional History Day.

New Social Studies Standards Rollout a Success!

Ten EUP districts were represented at the recent rollout of Michigan’s new K-12 Social Studies Standards (adopted in June 2019).  Facilitators from the Michigan Geographic Alliance and the Michigan Council for History Education delivered training at the ISD to support local teachers and administrators.  This side-by-side comparison document clearly articulates changes to the standards by grade level; it can be used to ensure educator awareness and drive necessary instructional changes.  Also of interest is this folder of resources shared during the training.  Please contact Lindsay Brindley (brindley@eupschools.org) or any Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps member for further support.  

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child

“Whole Child Quarterly” - This quarterly newsletter is created by the Michigan School Health Coordinators Association (MiSHCA). There is a lot of good information inside relating to whole child health.

Kick-Butts Day- March 20th is National “Kick Butts Day”. This is a great way to reinforce the education and prevention efforts you do around smoking and vaping. You can go to https://www.kickbuttsday.org/ and click on “Getting Started” to plan what your school could do for Kick Butts Day. There are a ton of ideas on the site.

The 2020 School Wellness Award cycle is now open! All Michigan K-12 public and non-public schools are eligible to apply. The deadline to receive completed applications is midnight EST on April 16, 2020. The application, along with more information about the award, can be found at http://swa.mihealthtools.org

The School Wellness Award is designed to recognize and applaud schools that are implementing sustainable policy and environmental changes related to healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco/nicotine-free lifestyles. A fully functioning School Health Team and completion of the Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) are required for upper level awards (Gold/First and Silver/Second). Award winning schools will be recognized during a ceremony at the State Capitol in May 2020.

Medicaid Outreach- Do you know a family that may not have medical coverage for their child, or possibly just lost health insurance? If so, you can send them to sign up for Medicaid at MiBridges (www.mibridges.gov). Even if they do not qualify for Medicaid, they may qualify for Healthy Kids, which is a very low-cost health coverage plan for families with low-income. MiBridges is also a one-stop for applying for other assistance as well. This includes Food Assistance, Child Care, Cash Assistance, and State Emergency Relief. Here is a short video about the site.

Read By Grade 3 Law

If you have questions or concerns about the Read By Grade 3 law please check out MDE Literacy website and their FAQ links.

EUP STEM 

Educator Opportunities

Thanks to EUP STEM Region partners Bay Mills Community College and the Farm Bureau, 1,375 students and 70 educators participated in the Farm Science Program this past fall!  Through continued support from Bay Mills Community College and a program expansion from the Farm Science program, we are happy to say that funding is available to help in bringing the Farm Science Lab to EUP Schools in the Fall of 2020!  If your school would like to schedule programming for next year, please read the information and use the links below.  Farm Science Lab Reservation Information: Deadline to register is April 1, 2020!  Farm Science program school registration

The Farm Science program is also looking for those who would like to be trained as regional Farm Science Educators!  Regional training will take place at Bay Mills Community College during the week of July 27. Please see the information link below for details and program contacts.  Farm Science Educators Program  

EUP Teachers have the opportunity to join the EUP Agricultural Science Curriculum Task Force!  This program is made possible through a partnership with Bay Mills Community College, and teachers could take part through the EUP STEM Region Teacher Externship Program which would include SCEHCs and up to a $500 stipend.  Contact Michelle Sweeten (msweeten@bmcc.edu) for more information.

Upcoming Student Events

Pi Day at LSSU will take place on March 17, 2020 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 team math competition.  There are both middle school and high school divisions, and teachers will be invited to register teams of five students. Please see the Flyer and Registration Link for more information.  The registration deadline is February 28 or until team openings are filled.

Upper Peninsula Underwater Innovative Vehicle Competition - See brochure for details.

Professional Learning

STEM Integrated Learning Teams (ILT) - Day 4 of our 5-day series will take place on Thursday, February 13 for Math, Science, and STEM Teachers.  Teachers will be visiting Northern Wings in Newberry.  Northern Wings is an AS9100 Certified Aerospace and Defense manufacturer and stocking distributor serving customers such as NASA, Boeing Aerospace, DLA, L-3 Harris, Sierra Nevada Corporation, U.S. Park Service, and the Department of Homeland Security.  Northern Wings is a valued STEM Region partner who contributed to the Freshman Manufacturing Day program through the Manufacturers Alliance partnership.  Teachers will be spending the morning with staff from Northern Wings to make business/industry and career connections that they can incorporate into their curriculum, providing context and real-world context to their students.

In the afternoon, we will visit Newberry High School for a tour of their Geometry in Construction Program.  This will transition into collaborative innovative programming groups, who will collaborate on the development of their programs and ideas.  These groups will include the focus areas of Geometry in Construction, Algebra in Manufacturing, Remotely Operated Vehicles, Computer Science, and lab chemistry.

Would you like to host a Family Engineering Night at your school?

Family Engineering Night programs consist of hands-on stations that students can engage in along with their family.  Students learn about engineering and how it relates to their lives while having fun at the same time.  In the past, students from pre-school to 8th grade have participated, and some districts also had some high school students help with the event.  This is a really nice time for high school teachers and students to demonstrate what they are doing in their classrooms, and we have had a number of FIRST robotics teams show off their robots at the events.  We also encourage schools to reach out the engineering and other STEM professionals who can talk to the students about how they use STEM in their careers.  Two Family Engineering kits are available for checkout in the REMC 22 Lend-Items Library.  Keep in mind that the two kits are slightly different in terms of the activities that they include, so pay careful attention when making your reservation.  In addition to the kits, the Lend-Items Library also has robots and 3-D printers that schools have used within their Family Engineering Night programs. To schedule a Family Engineering Night at your school, please contact Kevin St. Onge (kevins@eupschools.org) or Marianna Ripple (mripple@eupschools.org).

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

2nd Annual Manufacturing Day at LSSU

Please mark your calendars for October 1, 2020. More information to come.

Special Education

The importance of floor-time play for infants.

Click here for the EUPISD Special Education Newsletter - February 2020!

Click here for the Project SEARCH February 2020 Update!

EUP School Crisis Response Team – PREPaRE

In the summer of 2018, EUPISD psychologists, social workers, and special education administrators received training on the National Association of School Psychologists' PREPaRE crisis response model.  This model uses best practices in crisis response to systematically respond to catastrophic events in ways that minimize psychological trauma in those affected.  Whenever a significant crisis occurs--such as the death of a student or school staff member--a team of trained mental health professionals from the EUPISD, local school districts, Hiawatha Behavioral Health, and HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response come together to provide support to students, staff, and community members.  The EUP crisis response team has been called upon six times since it was formed in 2018, and the response from district staff and community members has been overwhelmingly positive.  By responding quickly and decisively, with a comprehensive plan to address the immediate needs of those affected as well as a long-term plan to help those in need of ongoing support, the EUP crisis response team has been praised as an invaluable resource to our schools and communities.  A training on the latest edition of the PREPaRE model will be offered at the ISD on April 20 and 21.  Those interested in becoming trained to respond to crises are encouraged to contact Rachel Fuerer (rfuerer@eupschools.org) for more information.

Focus Group Opportunity for Special Educators!

There are many transition assessments available for educators to use with secondary students for a variety of purposes. A focus group is being created to review and select regional transition assessments for use in IEP planning for special education students ages 14 and up. For details, please see the Transition Assessment Focus Group Flyer. If you are interested please notify Patricia Jones, pjones@eupschools.org  and include your special education supervisor in the email. 

Regional Data Systems/Instructional Technology

REMC 22 Lending Library

Take a moment to peruse the classroom materials and technology available for check-out through the REMC 22 Lend-Items lending library.  REMC 22 has also acquired a ring binding machine in addition to poster printing and laminating services. Contact REMC22@eupschools.org for more information or call 906-632-3373, x5675.

NWEA Testing Window 

The winter testing window closed at the end of January.  Schools participating in Skills Assessments will be able to continue assessing as needed.  Spring rostering for Skills Assessments will be ready March 1, 2020, and the spring testing window opens May 1, 2020. 

TECHNICAL SERVICES

Teams Learning Opportunities

Get started by learning the basics of Teams in Segment 1. Do you want to set up your class in Teams? After you have learned the basics, take the next step with Segment 2: Class Team (part 1) and Segment 3: Class Team (part 2). 

When you are ready to take the plunge, use our online form to request a Team.

Website Learning Opportunities

Learn the why and the how of developing your web pages in Website Segment 1. We will start with a skills checklist for self-evaluation and then move through the list so you leave with the skills you need to create pages on your District website. Are you a Site Director? Take the follow-up session, Website Segment 2, to learn how to manage sites and channels. This session is an excellent opportunity for administrators and administrative assistants!

Our Tech Talk blog has descriptions of all sessions and you can register online with Wisdomwhere. All sessions are 2.5 hours in duration and are scheduled multiple times through the end of the school year.

Malware: What is it and how do you avoid it?

You have heard technicians refer to malware, phishing, or other cybersecurity topics, and you probably wonder what exactly it has got to do with you. Cybersecurity sounds so high-tech and like something that someone higher up the technology food chain is managing. And malware? Is that an off-shoot of hardware, or software, one of dozens of other "ware" words?

Malware by definition is malicious software. It is specifically and intentionally designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system. The term malware refers to many other worrisome words you may have heard: viruses, worms, Trojan viruses, spyware, adware, and ransomware.

Exploiting security vulnerabilities is at the heart of malware design, and often, malicious agents are counting on YOU to be the vulnerability. As depicted in this infographic, you can see that you are not directly connected with the malicious agent. Instead there is a familiar, comfortable, neutral space between you and the malicious agent.

Malware Graphic Example

This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA

It starts as an email seemingly from your boss, your neighbor, your family, or even a very old friend with a vague, but innocent-sounding request or notification, and a link for you to click. That link can take you anywhere, but the destination isn't necessarily the problem. The problem may lie in what happens when you click. Is there adware being installed in the background? Is there a virus being installed? You won't see it, that is for certain. No big red warning will pop up to say INSTALLING VIRUS. Instead, quietly in the background, something malicious is going on. You may not notice anything for weeks or months. You'll find out when someone tells you that you have been spamming them, but you aren't actually sending out the spam ... it's just "happening".

How do you avoid malware?

  1. Become email savvy - thoroughly read messages
  • Does the tone and style sound like the person who presumably sent it?
  • Are there typos?
  • Why is there a link?
  • Does the link URL match the text associated with it?
  • Did you ask to receive the attachment?
  1. Keep internet activity on your work computer relevant to your job
  • Avoid sites for coupons, discounts, resale, freeware.
  • Avoid clicking on ads if the site you visit contains ads.
  • Use websites that have been vetted by your administrators or curriculum teams.
  1. Establish strong password(s) that are for work only, never used for personal business
  • 8-16 characters.
  • At least 1 upper case letter.
  • At least 1 lower case letter.
  • At least 1 numeral or special character.

Be vigilant. There was a time that email and web surfing was a novelty, and it was fun. Today, we are door-guards of the data and systems that nameless, faceless agents are trying to hack. 

And change your password. Please.

Change your password

Staff are able to change their Active Directory (network) and email password if they would like to do so. On any Windows computer that is logged in to the network, press CTRL + ALT + DEL and select Change a Password.

First box: EUPSCHOOLS\Username (fill in their username)

Second box: Current password
Third box: New password
Fourth box: New password

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