February 2021 Newsletter
February 2021 Newsletter
Across our region, many educators have chosen to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. This week, there are four vaccination clinics for educators. We are very fortunate to have a great partnership with our health departments. Both the Chippewa County and LMAS Health Departments have supported our area administrators and staff. Their availability and quick response have been so helpful over the last several months. We appreciate all their efforts throughout this pandemic.
February is designated as Black History Month. The events over the last year have brought renewed, and deserved attention to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our society. While African American students make up only a small percentage (2%) of the 6,500 students in our region, it is vitally important that we as educators allow (and facilitate) our students to see themselves in our schools: through literature, visual representation, and acknowledgement of the bias (even unintentional) often faced by our students. Let’s make a point in February (and the rest of the year) to honor the important contributions of African Americans throughout history.
NEW Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process (MICIP)
Many districts are now in the midst of implementing the Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process (MICIP). Visit this ISD-developed MICIP resource site for process supports, or check out the MDE MICIP site here. Also, a reminder that the MICIP Platform is now live. Once districts have signed their MICIP Opt-In Agreement and MDE has manually generated access, administrators will receive set-up/login instructions from MDE. Contact Lindsay Brindley (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions and/or to set up a time to meet with
EUPISD SNAP-Ed LifeSPAN Program:
Our LifeSPAN team would like to share February’s Newsletters with you. These newsletters highlight our produce feature of the month as well as free or low-cost physical activity opportunities in our community. Please share with your families as we help the entire EUP with increasing food access as well as physical activity opportunities. In addition to our newsletters, both our facilitators are having virtual family cooking nights this month. All families are welcome!!! (the recipes are in the newsletter!!)
K-5 Literacy Essentials: Literacy Motivation & Engagement
February 18th: 3:30-4:30 pm
Register in Wisdomwhere
READING RECOVERY®, LITERACY LESSONS™, and LITERACY SUPPORT
Training Class 2021-2022
Looking to invest in literacy in your school? A good place to start is the Oakland University training for Reading Recovery, Literacy Lessons, or Literacy Support. Administrators, please contact Brooke Beacom, email@example.com, if you are thinking about training or for more information.
The Reading Recovery: Top to Bottom Newsletter will be coming out later this month – please be on the lookout for it in your email.
EUP Regional History Day
The time for our annual EUP Regional History Day is approaching! The event will take place virtually. Student entries are due March 1; judging will take place the week of March 8th, followed by a video announcement of the winners on March 12th. This year’s theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding; all districts are encouraged to participate! Please see this flyer for details, and contact Julie Coneset (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lindsay Brindley (email@example.com) with questions.
EUP STEM REGION
Monthly Math Instruction Newsletter - Lessons That Count
Every teacher, at one time or another has been asked, “When are we going to use this?” Although this question often gets cast as students’ resistance to learning, it can be productively reinterpreted as a plea for meaningfulness. This month’s newsletter addresses ways to make math content meaningful. This month’s newsletter also contains links to resources to assist with planning instruction during the pandemic and a Groundhog Day Math Think-Notice-Wonder activity appropriate for grades 1-8.
Links to previous newsletters:
- Tomorrow’s Talent Series - Featuring Technology Careers this February!
Keep up with STEM News and Events by clicking on the EUP STEM Region News and Events Blog HERE
Project SEARCH Recruiting for 2021-2022.
Project SEARCH is now recruiting interns for the 2021-22 school year! NEW! Any adult (under the age of 26) with a documented disability is eligible to apply for this program even if they have already exited the school system with a diploma, GED or Certificate of Completion. Please see attached information about entrance criteria and recruitment/enrollment for this year. Attached is also an informational flyer with a link to the application and a flyer about upcoming Informational Sessions.
What is Project SEARCH? A unique partnership between Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District (EUPISD), Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) and War Memorial Hospital. This one year school-to-work program takes place entirely at War Memorial Hospital. The hallmark of Project SEARCH is total workplace immersion which facilitates a seamless combination of instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through 3 different worksite rotations. This immersive, workforce initiative, develops competitive marketable and transferable skills for permanent employment. The program has on-site staff including a Special Education Teacher and Job Skills Trainers. Project SEARCH’s primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with Disabilities!
Core strength is a concept that rarely gets attention when we talk about student needs in the classroom but can be an important component of a student’s ability to participate in their classroom work. If a student has a weak core, they will likely have difficulty with sitting up in class, getting up and down from the floor, sitting up straight when sitting on the floor, completing fine motor tasks, and playing on playground equipment. Click HERE to read more from the Physical Therapy Newsletter!
Ensuring a FAPE for Students with Disabilities
The Michigan Department of Education Office of Special Education (OSE) requires ISDs to develop a system of general supervision to ensure students within the ISD are receiving a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). The EUPISD implemented the Indicators of Program Effectiveness Rubric (IPER) in 2017 as the central component of the general supervision system. Each year local districts carefully inspect their data, practices, and systems to ensure compliance and identify areas for improvement. Local districts submit their IPER report annually in June, with identified priority areas for the coming year. Districts then work throughout the next year to improve upon the priority areas. The most common priority areas selected for the 2020-2021 school year were: academic growth for students with disabilities, improvement to suspension procedures, alternatives to suspension, child find, student assistance team, and specially designed instruction in the area of math. Throughout the year, work happens at the regional and district level to facilitate progress in these areas. This intensive and cyclical improvement progress is designed to support systems level improvements that will lead to increased outcomes for students with disabilities.
EUPISD LEARNING CENTER
Are you the parent, grandparent, or relative of young children? If so, check out the EUPISD Early Childhood Facebook page. The EUPISD Early Childhood Department serves and supports early childhood programs, services, and initiatives within the region. The EUPISD Early Childhood Facebook page features posts about local events, community resources, and developmental resources for young children and families living in the EUP. We also feature information about our department programs, including Great Start Collaborative, Great Start Parent Coalition, Great Start Readiness Program, Early On, Parents as Teachers, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Superior Start: The School Readiness Center, the Early Childhood Support Network, and the Becky Davis Early Learning Scholarship. Please like our Facebook page and interact with the posts you find educational and interesting. Search "EUPISD Early Childhood" to find us!
Have you heard about Tech Talk blog? This Help Desk Journal covers topics such as cyber-safety, meeting tools, email and other communication tools, accessibility and much more. Monday has been designated "Cyber-Safety Monday" and we are looking for broad categories for the other days of the week. Tell us what you want to know, and we'll get a post for that! Send your suggestions and requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can even add this blog as an RSS feed to your email inbox. Check out the blog to learn how!
BUSINESS OFFICE/HUMAN RESOURCES
Retirement Information Virtual Meetings
We are still not doing any in person retirement meetings, but we have arranged for a couple of virtual Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP) Pension Seminar Presentations with our regional representative, Ronald Williams.
There is an on-line session (Pension 201) for staff that are a ways out from retirement and an on-line session (Pension 301) for staff looking to possibly retire in the next few years.
Please see the attached PDF for more info and links to register. Please Note - when you go to register there will be multiple sessions offered and you are welcome to participate in any of them, but if you select the ones on Feb 9 or Feb 16, the presenter will be our EUP Representative Ron Williams.
Pension 201 - February 9th at 6:00PM with Representative Ron Williams for those in mid-career.
Pension 301 - February 16th at 6:00PM with Representative Ron Williams for those looking to retire within a few years.
These sessions are free and open to all EUP School employees. Spouses are encouraged to participate as well.
If you have any issues registering or have any questions, please contact Steve Gordon at email@example.com
Please write or call with your comments, suggestions, and/or concerns.
Angie McArthur, Superintendent – firstname.lastname@example.org