May 2020 Newsletter

School News

Did you know that there is a National Superhero Day?  It was created in 1955 by Marvel Comics.  The day celebrates the fictional comic book heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman who fight for good and battle evil.  This year, April 28th was designated National Superhero Day.  While this is a fun celebration, I would like to recognize other “superheroes”.  American singer-songwriter Gerard Way said, “Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.”  In the last seven weeks, there have been countless ordinary people in our schools who have made themselves extraordinary through their actions and service to others.

I hope you will join with me in recognizing our superheroes.  Our foodservice and transportation staff have prepared, provided and/or delivered thousands of meals to the families in our region.   Our clerical, custodial, and support staff have supported our remote learning in whatever capacity was asked of them, keeping our facilities super-clean, copying instructional packets and continuing to be a contact at our schools.  Child-care providers have remained open and provided a critical resource for working parents. Our teachers have moved into the remote learning with speed and agility.  If there were tall buildings to leap over, they did it!  Our administrators have adjusted their capes and been a beacon of leadership to their staff and students, establishing a pathway through this crisis.  In addition, there are countless other superheroes working behind the scenes: curriculum consultants, business personnel, technology experts and special education providers.  Whatever needed to be done to meet the needs of our students and the staff supporting them has been the mantra of our school community.

Thank you to all our superheroes!

General Education

There is still time for you to learn more about using Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams Class!! These professional learning opportunities are set up as self-paced learning modules with support available upon request.

Google Classroom - Getting Started

Microsoft Teams Class - Getting Started

Staying Connected and Supported in the EUP – 1-hr weekly sessions to communicate and collaborate with your peers as we all work our way through these new ways of teaching and learning.  Find your group’s meeting day and time and click on the link to connect via Zoom. SESSION SCHEDULE LINK

Distance Learning Resources – a shared Google folder, organized by content area

Reading Recovery®, Literacy Lessons™, & Literacy Support

Providing access to books is a priority teachers and schools have been committed to while school buildings have been closed. Many thanks to the innovative teachers who are finding ways to connect and support with their students from using on-line resources to becoming pen pals and sending letters through the mail. The classroom may look different but the relationships, teaching, and the learning continue. Thank you!

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Special Education

Click HERE to read the May 2020 Special Education Newsletter!

PAC Nominations - Celebrate the Profession!

In this time of uncertainty and stress, many educators have stepped up to support families and students.  Many teachers and staff have reached out to families individually to ensure they are supported and to keep families connected in this time of social isolation. This year, we feel it is particularly important to recognize the efforts of educators and celebrate the profession! The EUPISD Parent Advisory Committee wishes to recognize area educators and others who have provided exceptional service to students with disabilities during the 2019-2020 school year.

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

Please use the following Nomination Form and submit by email to jjahn@eupschools.org by May 30. The PAC will review the nominations. A rubric will be used to determine the Educator of the Year awards.  Information about the reception will be sent out later in the spring. The award ceremony will be held in August and will be a Family Friendly Event.

School Social Work

These are challenging times and almost everything about our daily lives suddenly looks very different. Families may be struggling to balance work, distance learning, child care, and self-care all while keeping your families’ worries under control.  It is common to feel stressed or anxious during this time. Even when you don’t have full control of a situation, there are things you can do to help your family cope.  Click here for ideas and actions you can take to protect your family’s mental health during this time.

Speech-Language Pathology: Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is Better Speech and Language and Hearing Month.  Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) in providing life-altering treatment.  Click here to read more.

Medicaid School Based Services Program

Medicaid is the nation’s public health insurance program that finances health care services to all eligible Americans.  A component of Medicaid, the Medicaid School Based Services (SBS) Program, helps schools defray the cost of delivering some healthcare services that are provided to students at school.  Click here to read more about the Medicaid SBS Program and how it benefits schools in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

EUP STEM

Cereal City Science

We have been working with our Teacher Leaders and Cereal City Science staff to plan for the upcoming year in terms of professional learning and curriculum implementation.  In addition, the 6th grade earth science workshop that was planned for May 14 will be rescheduled.  Information will be shared when plans are finalized.

Cereal City Science has created some distance learning resources that are available for grades K-5 on their website:

  • The Learn at Home page on the Cereal City website contains resources by grade level.
  • The Virtual Reading Room features videos of Michigan teachers reading stories from the books that are part of the curriculum kits.  If you look at 1st grade and 3rd grade you will find stories read by teachers that we know in the EUP!  Thank you, Mrs. Krueger and Mrs. Laninga!

Trig Star

This is normally the time of year that we hold the EUP Trig Star trigonometry competition and of course we have had to cancel this event this year.  That said, we want to thank Jeff Davis of Great Lakes Surveying for supporting this event for many years.  We will plan to hold this event again next year in 2021.  If any students want to start practicing early, here are some practice problems!

COVID-19 PPE Face Shield Program

COVID-19 PPE Face Shield Program A few years ago, our region partnered with the other UP regions to run the UP SMILE program. UP SMILE stands for “Upper Peninsula Science and Math Integrated through Literacy and Engineering”. In other words, UP SMILE supported an integrated approach to learning using multiple content areas and engagement with technology. One of those projects involved building and operating 3D printers. A lasting impact of this work has allowed EUP teachers and now teachers throughout the state to collaborate with partners in higher education and industry in the production of protective face shields during the Covid-19 pandemic. The program initiated by key community leaders in late March is providing a first line of defense PPE face shield as well as potentially manufacturing other short supply medical treatment devices combating the spread as well as treatment/recovery of COVID-19 cases. It has a first focus on protecting the immediate Eastern Upper Peninsula region and key recipient organizations including health centers, EMS, Police, Fire, assisted/long term care, essential businesses and key border county facilities extending beyond Mackinac & Chippewa County as the first target. The program has been led by Bay Mills Community College and EUP STEM Region partnerships with contributing members including Brimley Robotics, LSSU, Les Cheneaux Library and educators from JKL Bahweting, Pickford, Detour, Sault Schools, Inland Lakes and other voluntary remote location suppliers providing critical 3D printed face shield frames for final assembly and distribution at the Great Lakes Composites Institute. This has resulted in 3500 shields delivered to 84 organizations within the 1st month of manufacturing. Support by STEM Region teachers and partners comprises over 65% of the frame components to assure a minimum of 200 units per day in manufacture and distribution. The program is expanding to support key recipients in the northern, mid and lower Michigan regions with an additional manufacturing site identified to provide improved distribution logistics and meeting immediate need. You can see details about the face shields that our team is manufacturing by clicking the caption below and by going to the EUP STEM Region Facebook Page. Face Shield Information Sheet A few years ago, our region partnered with the other UP regions to run the UP SMILE program.  UP SMILE stands for “Upper Peninsula Science and Math Integrated through Literacy and Engineering”.  In other words, UP SMILE supported an integrated approach to learning using multiple content areas and engagement with technology.  One of those projects involved building and operating 3D printers.  A lasting impact of this work has allowed EUP teachers and now teachers throughout the state to collaborate with partners in higher education and industry in the production of protective face shields during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The program initiated by key community leaders in late March is providing a first line of defense PPE face shield as well as potentially manufacturing other short supply medical treatment devices combating the spread as well as treatment/recovery of COVID-19 cases. It has a first focus on protecting the immediate Eastern Upper Peninsula region and key recipient organizations including health centers, EMS, Police, Fire, assisted/long term care, essential businesses and key border county facilities extending beyond Mackinac & Chippewa County as the first target. The program has been led by Bay Mills Community College and EUP STEM Region partnerships with contributing members including Brimley Robotics, LSSU, Les Cheneaux Library and educators from JKL Bahweting, Pickford, Detour, Sault Schools, Inland Lakes and other voluntary remote location suppliers providing critical 3D printed face shield frames for final assembly and distribution at the Great Lakes Composites Institute. This has resulted in 3500 shields delivered to 84 organizations within the 1st month of manufacturing.

Support by STEM Region teachers and partners comprises over 65% of the frame components to assure a minimum of 200 units per day in manufacture and distribution. The program is expanding to support key recipients in the northern, mid and lower Michigan regions with an additional manufacturing site identified to provide improved distribution logistics and meeting immediate need. You can see details about the face shields that our team is manufacturing by clicking the caption below and by going to the EUP STEM Region Facebook Page.

Face Shield Information Sheet

Math Recovery

Due to COVID-19, AVMR Course 1/2 is going to be offered virtually this summer.  It is going to be a blend of daily 60 min independent learning modules followed by 2-hour Zoom sessions.  The course will run from July 20 to August 13, Mon – Thurs.  The Zoom meetings will be 1:00pm – 3:00pm.  Click here for Wisdomwhere registration.  Contact Julie Bazinau for further information.

Technical Services

How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams

Scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information. They may try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could gain access to your email, student records, bank, or other accounts. Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks like these every day – and they’re often successful. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reported that people lost $57 million to phishing schemes in one year. Learn how to recognize and avoid phishing scams to protect sensitive data in payroll, human resources, and student information systems on our website at www.eupschools.org/phishing.

Get the Help You Need

The reliance on technology is greater than ever before. The factors that can impact whether technology works the way you expect or is giving you headaches can range from device performance, internet connection, system status, and quite frankly, even the weather.

Technicians are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm to help teachers, staff, parents and students with technology problems. Call the help desk at 906-632-5673 to speak with a technician or send an email to helpdesk@eupschools.org. If you reach voicemail when you call, leave a message and a technician will call you back.

Community Wi-fi Hotspots

Many community organizations have agreed to host internet hotspots for students and community members in order to provide access to all students throughout the Eastern Upper Peninsula. These hotspots will be placed inside the buildings, facing parking lots, to facilitate “drive-up” internet access. Organizations interested in participating in this project are encouraged to complete a short online form at www.eupschools.org/hotspots.

These hotspots contain a cellular carrier receiver, a managed wi-fi access point and a power strip mounted to a two-foot by two-foot board. Strategic geographical placement of these managed wi-fi hotspots is necessary to provide internet access to the greatest number of students in the region.

Already, five access boards have been placed in rural areas of the Sault Ste. Marie Area Public School District: in Barbeau at the Holy Family Catholic Church, in Dafter at the Bruce Township Hall, in Sault Ste. Marie at Dafter Township Hall, Sugar Island Community Center and Big Bear Arena. Residents may drive up to these locations and connect their mobile device to the EUPSchools-Remote wi-fi network.    

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Please write or call with your comments, suggestions, and/or concerns.

Angie McArthur, Superintendent – angiem@eupschools.org