May 2021 Newsletter
May 2021 Newsletter
This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. To all our teachers in the EUPISD, thank you, thank you, thank you! Under normal circumstances, teaching is a very rewarding but challenging profession. With the added layers of protocols, scheduling, and stressors of the last year, teaching has become exceptionally tough. But you have risen to that challenge, and created engaging classroom and learning opportunities, whether in-person or virtually. You’ve reached out to children and families and supported each other through it all. You deserve a ticker tape parade, a standing ovation, and a big pat on the back for your continued efforts for your students. To the community, please take a minute and thank a teacher for their work!
One of the challenges through the last year (and before) has been adequate and affordable connectivity for our region. While some areas are well-connected for broadband internet, that is not the reality for many students and staff in the region. Last week, Jason Kronemeyer, Director of Technology, and I met with 60 interested township and tribal officials, regional planning officials, private industry, and philanthropic representatives. The purpose of our meeting was to discuss the EUPConnect Collaborative. We want to leverage the many investments coming into our region and finally resolve the connectivity issue. Recently, many townships have worked with internet service providers to improve services to their areas. In the next few years, there will be $37 million invested in the EUP because of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. This will build 1,500 additional fiber miles throughout our region. Having adequate and affordable connectivity options has become a basic need, like electricity. With our regional partners, we can achieve this goal!
May has always been a whirlwind month in schools. Remember to take some time to take care of yourself. Get out and enjoy the spring weather, sit in the sun, or take a walk. Re-energize yourself and then bring your best to the students at our schools.
EUP STEM REGION
- EUP STEM Region News and Events Blog
- Recent news included employment opportunities for students and recent graduates!
- STEM Educator Grant Opportunities
- EUP MiSTEM Region Webpage
- Professional Learning workshops in spring and summer can be found in Wisdomwhere Events Page and include:
- Cereal City Science 8th Grade Earth Science Workshop – May 12 and 19
- Elementary Science Teacher Leader Corps (TLC) grade level workshops – June 15-24
- Math Recovery AVMR 1-2 Series – Begins July 12
- Teacher Externships – Beginning in June
- Foundations of Math Professional Learning Series – Begins August 10
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
According to the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), “Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a neurological childhood speech sound disorder in which the precision and consistency of movements underlying speech are impaired in the absence of neuromuscular deficits (e.g. abnormal reflexes, abnormal [muscle] tone).” ASHA provides a list of tell-tale CAS signs. Click HERE to read more.
Special education eligible students are provided services and instruction through an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP outlines the student's current level of performance, identifies skill deficits that need to be supported, establishes goals, and provides a plan for how the goals will be achieved. Once written, there are many individuals responsible for implementing the student’s IEP. It is critical for staff to understand their individual responsibilities for IEP development and implementation. The EUPISD Procedures and IEP Manual provides detailed information regarding the role of the special education case manager (section 6), regular education teacher (section 7), and administrator (section 8) in IEP development and implementation. If you have questions regarding your role in IEP development and / or implementation, please contact the special education supervisor assigned to your district for more information.
EUPISD LEARNING CENTER
Social Emotional Learning Kits
The EUP Great Start Collaborative is pleased to be expanding our Talking is Teaching, Talk, Read, Sing campaign by distributing Social and Emotional Kindergarten Readiness totes. All students registered for kindergarten in any EUPISD school district will be given a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) readiness kit prior to summer break. Our current data indicates our preschool aged students are in need of more SEL support as well as literacy support therefore our School Readiness committee selected these items to include;
- Practice Kindness- Emoji Cubes – This fun filled game is a way to help young children recognize, label, talk about, and express their emotions.
- Practice Mindfulness- Mindfulness is a great way to show kindness to yourself by focusing on inner thoughts and feelings in the present moment. Mindfulness reduces anxiety and stresses, improves focus and creates calm. This book has family activities to help children develop a mindful mindset.
- Practice Rhyming- Using this rhyming game is a great way to help children develop language and communication skills.
- Feelings poster- Teaching children to recognize, label and understand different emotions, It's like having a feelings dictionary for kids. Learning to recognize and understand one’s own feelings and the ability to express thoughts, feelings and behaviors in socially appropriate ways.
Sharing, making friends, expressing emotions, and dealing with challenges successfully are critical for lifelong learning, success, and happiness. We are happy to support families in preparing their children for kindergarten 2021. Funding for this project was provided by the Michigan Department of Education – Trusted Advisors grant.
Please write or call with your comments, suggestions, and/or concerns.
Angie McArthur, Superintendent – email@example.com