September 2021 Newsletter


As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, it is so encouraging to see our students and staff return to our schools around the EUP.  I am hopeful that this year can be focused on teaching and learning, rather than all-things COVID.  Excitement is evident from staff as they prepare for the year.   Districts around the region are welcoming their students to their classrooms.  At the EUPISD, the staff is ready to support districts through our programs, services and supports, whether in Early Childhood, Special Education, Business Services, Technology, or General Education.  So instead of discussions about masks and quarantines, let’s talk about how our students are doing and what support and opportunity we can provide for their success.

One sign of school being back in session are the big yellow school buses.  Be diligent in watching for school buses and students.   Recent legislation was enacted to provide more safety measures: cameras on stop-arms to record video of those passing a stopped school bus; as well as fines and civil infractions for impeding bus operation.   Please do your part in keeping our students safe! 

Almost all districts in the EUPISD have job vacancies, from teachers to bus drivers, paraprofessionals, kitchen staff and substitute teachers.  If you are interested, please check out the Employment Opportunities.  

To our school staff: I wish each of you a school year full of positive interactions with students, parents, and co-workers.  The work you do impacts the future.  Thank you for all of your efforts!  Let’s have a great year! 


Are you a new teacher in the EUP?  Please check with your administrator about participating in the following professional learning and support opportunities!

New Teacher Professional Learning Series

  • 5 Days: Sep 28, Oct 22, Nov 2, Dec 1, and Dec 10
  • Topics: Classroom Culture and Climate, Assessment and Data Analysis, and Curriculum and Instruction
  • Register in WisdomWhere

New Teachers – Staying Connected and Supported Sessions



New! Secondary Literacy Community of Practice

Middle and High School Language Arts teachers of the EUP are invited to join the new Secondary Literacy Community of Practice, meeting virtually the third Thursday of every month from 3:30-5:00 starting September 16. “Communities of Practice (CoP) are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” See this site for more info on CoPs in general, and watch your inboxes for additional details from Lindsay Brindley, Secondary Literacy Consultant,



Tri-County Virtual Constitution Day Announced: New Google Classroom Materials Available!

The EUPISD, the League of Women Voters, and 4H will once again partner to provide Constitution Day supports for local districts.  The ISD will host asynchronous virtual content on the website with more detailed content hosted on Google Classroom; content will be available to all teachers starting Monday, September 13.  Materials will include a pre-recorded address from Michigan’s Chief Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack! In addition, each Supreme Court Justice has provided a personal quote for the day.  Other materials and resources from across Michigan will round out supports.  All K-12 teachers and administrators are invited to check the ISD’s social studies website on September 13 (and after) to engage their students in this unique opportunity.

Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps Seeks New Members

The Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps is seeking a new cohort of educators to join this professional group designed to support high-quality Social Studies instruction in our region. Our hope is to recruit at least nine new teachers, particularly from the elementary level, who are interested in collaborating to foster Social Studies academic success and civic engagement.

Members of the Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps focus on a variety of key areas, including Reading Apprenticeship/Disciplinary Literacy, the C3 Framework & Inquiry-based social studies instruction, performance assessment in social studies, and open education resources available to Michigan teachers. Training in one or more of these areas will be available to all new members.

The group operates on a three-year timeline which includes five planning meetings per year.  The first meeting of the new cohort will be Tuesday, October 12, 2021. SCECHs are available. See this flyer for additional details, and please contact Helen Craig, Social Studies Curriculum Consultant (, for more information on joining the Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps!





REMC 22 Lend-Items Library Access

Teachers, welcome to another year!  REMC 22 has a library of classroom materials that can be checked out to support student engagement and learning... books, robots, maker materials, tools, and technology.  Contact Marianna Ripple ( if you have questions or if you want to set up your account.

Need SCECHsREMC Free Virtual Courses for September

Data Manager Meetings for Skyward Users

Please see Wisdomwhere to register for the start of school weekly support sessions.

9/9/2021 - 9/16/2021 - 9/30/2021 - 10/07/2021 - 10/14/2021 - 10/28/2021

Regional Data Manager Meetings

Data Managers from all regional schools are asked to participate in these meetings in order to create and communicate regional processes related to student enrollment, NWEA, technology, and reporting.  Please see Wisdomwhere to register for the meetings.

9/23/2021 - 10/21/2021 - 1/13/2022 - 3/17/2022 - 5/12/2022

Discovery Education Access

Discovery Education offers video and activities content to support learning.  Are you using blended teaching or virtual settings with your students?  Discovery Education (DE) has engaging content for you and your students!  Contact Marianna Ripple ( for access, questions, and support.



Special Education Approvals & Credentials

As we enter a new school year, the ISD sends a warm welcome to the professionals joining the EUP special education team in 2021-2022. The EUPISD is tasked with maintaining a comprehensive list of special education providers, ensuring proper certification / approvals, and facilitating temporary approvals for those who are not yet fully certified. Please provide the ISD special education department information regarding new hires into the district – those who are fully certified as well as those who will be pursuing a temporary approval. We want to help make the transition into EUP Special Education as smooth as possible!

Contact: Tammy Hazley at or 906-632-3373 x5119

For complete information on the teacher approval process, visit,4615,7-140-6598_88188_40121---,00.html


Meaningful Educational Benefit

Meaningful educational benefit is evidenced in the implementation of an IEP that provides a true instructional framework for the delivery of specially designed instruction to a student with a disability. When educational benefit is being realized:

  • the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers will reduce,
  • data will support that a student is placed in his/her least restrictive environment,
  • student with disabilities will demonstrate increased academic, social, and behavioral outcomes, and / or
  • students with disabilities will have higher levels of independence.

Meaningful educational benefit requires the individualized examination of multiple years of IEPs with emphasis on the connection between student need and the specific interventions and services provided compared to the student’s performance. The educational benefit review process provides a structured, reflective way to complete this type of in-depth examination. Special education providers engage in an Educational Benefit Review activity at least once every three years in order to reflect upon student progress and enhance professional capacity. For questions regarding Educational Benefit Review, contact Tammy Hazley at


Summer Y.O.U. 2021

A question that is often asked is what does Y.O.U. stand for? Y.O.U. is the Youth Opportunities Unlimited Summer Work Program that the EUPISD offers annually in conjunction with Michigan Rehabilitation Services. 2021 will go down as another summer affected by COVID-19 but this unique work program was able to offer 18 students the opportunity to learn work skills. Without the acceptance of our job sites and skills trainers, the program would not have been able to operate. Thank you to the following job sites for welcoming the students: City of Sault Ste Marie, City of St. Ignace, DNR- Brimley State Park, and DNR Tahquamenon Falls State Park. The students worked on weed trimming, clear cutting trails and paths, painting, hauling trees and branches, landscaping, and washing vehicles to name a few. Please enjoy a few photos from a couple of our sites: 2021 Summer YOU Photos


What is the EUPISD PAC?

The EUPISD PAC is the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee for the EUPISD.  Each of our local districts is allowed one parent representative to serve on PAC. Each of our representatives is a parent of a student with special abilities (receiving special education services/programs in the appointed district).  According to MARSE rule R 340.1838 (Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education), each district is required to have a PAC representative. Local districts are actively seeking to fill PAC vacancies.  PAC members attend the monthly meetings held at the EUPISD, distribute “Educator of the Year Awards”, and participate in the development of the EUPISD plan for the delivery of special education programs and services as required by R 340.1833. The PAC also encourages effective partnerships between families and schools and distributes the newly revised Parent Handbook.


This year, PAC has had several changes in membership and is actively seeking new members in several local districts to help support the partnerships between families and schools. The following letter can help when submitting a letter of interest. If you are interested in learning more about PAC, please contact your special education supervisor, the PAC Chairperson, Kelli Fenlon or the PAC Liaison, Ruthanne Stark

Professional Development for September

B13 Compliance Refresher

Cereal City Science Grade 8 Earth Science


CPI Trauma Informed

CPI Physical Holds

EUP Elementary Science Professional Learning Community

EUP School Business Officials

K-3 Literacy Essentials

New Special Education Provider – Illuminate

New Special Education Provider – Forms & Processes

Reading Recovery/Literacy Lessons/Literacy Support Re-Certification

SDI: Mandatory Session “Progress Monitoring Using the DBI Cycle”

Transition Assessments


September 2021 Special Education Newsletter






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