October 2021 Newsletter

SCHOOL NEWS

 

Did you know that October is National Principals’ Month?  Across the EUPISD, there are thirty talented, dedicated individuals serving our students in the role of principal.  Please take time this month and thank them for their incredible service! 

At our staff meeting this month, we watched a video called “The Danger of A Single Story” (https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?language=en).  I encourage you to watch it if you haven’t seen this TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  It is a great reminder to not assume you know the path that someone else is walking.  It is a great reminder to look deeper than a first impression. 

In our world today, it seems everyone is quick to jump to conclusions and assume the worst in someone else.  Take time to breathe and listen to what someone else is concerned about before crafting your argument.  We need to remember how to discuss our opinions with respect for the other person, even if we don’t agree.  I appreciate the respectful concerns voiced over masks, vaccinations, and COVID-related issues and the ongoing dialogue.  We are all weary of our lives being impacted by COVID. What is not appreciated, and what I find reprehensible, are the stories of yelling, threats, and harassment that our school administrators, school boards, school employees and health department partners are receiving.  

While October is not National Kindness Month, let’s pretend it is and treat each person with kindness.  Please do your part to give each person a little grace and understanding. 

 

GENERAL EDUCATION

 

UP-Wide PD Day – Friday, October 8, 2021

  • UP Fall Educators' Conference - 9:00 am-3:40 pm
    • Making a Difference: Educational Practices that Work, Dr. Stephanie Grant
    • Districts will be connecting as a cohort
  • MDE CTE Regional Meeting
    • CTE instructor attendance is VERY important as there are many new curriculum and certification requirements
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
    • This session has a required online module that must be completed by noon on October 7 in order to participate
  • Gender Diversity, Dr. Amber Bennett - 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    • This session is open to teachers, administrators, counselors, and mental health professionals

**Please check with your administrator for recommended/required sessions and their associated connection information.

 

Instructional Coaching Collaboration

Participants will collaborate with other coaches in the region to build community, create a network of support, and engage in professional learning. Open to all instructional coaches in EUP schools.
https://www.solutionwhere.com/WW/Aspx/Public/Search/ShowCourse.aspx?courseNum=627&cId=41&pCId=0

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

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 dedicated to identifying and addressing teacher needs in Social Studies instruction. Our hope is to recruit at least 9 new teachers - especially elementary educators. We are looking for teachers from across the Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD who are interested in collaborating to foster Social Studies academic success and civic engagement. Please contact Helen Craig, Social Studies Curriculum Consultant, for more information on joining the Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps. More information is also available in our recruitment flyer.

 

EUP MiSTEM REGION

Read the EUP MiSTEM Region Newsletter HERE

 

Math Intervention Support & Collaboration

These sessions provide math interventionists across the region an opportunity to come together to deepen understanding of current and new student learning progressions and share instructional strategies.
https://www.solutionwhere.com/WW/Aspx/Public/Search/ShowCourse.aspx?courseNum=884&cId=41&pCId=0

 

REGIONAL DATA SYSTEMS/INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY

 

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 (mripple@eupschools.org) 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.

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.

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

 

HEALTH

Health Education Newsletter Available

Following the Michigan School Health Coordinators meeting in September, there are many updates for administrators and health educators. These updates can be found in the health education newsletter. Administrators should be aware several school health surveys are available this year, including the Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth. MiPHY is a free online health survey offered by MDHHS. It can be taken by students in 7th, 9th, and 11th grade. See the linked resource for more information and support on MiPHY implementation.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Special Education Newsletter

Learning Center

Role of Physical Therapist in Supporting an Inclusive Classroom

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD

We are accepting RSVPs for our October 21st Virtual playgroup! This free playgroup is open to all ages and all EUP residents (activities geared toward kids 8 and under) and will require you to pick up a free supply kit at a central location within your county.

 

RSVP before October 14th: https://forms.gle/bRE76EqWxunzD2rf6

 

Virtual Playgroup 10/21.  Register before 10/14.

 

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

 

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

Angie McArthur, Superintendent – angiem@eupschools.org