November 2021 Newsletter
November 1st marks the beginning of Native American Heritage Month. Over one-third of our students in the EUPISD are Native American. If you are looking for resources to use in your classroom, check out https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/. There are many stories, videos, and activities to use to make sure our students see themselves in their classroom.
November is also Election Month. Some of our school districts have elections on the ballot tomorrow. Please make sure you get out and vote. Polls are open from 7am to 8pm. Practice your civic duty!
Are you aware of OK2SAY? It is a confidential way to report anything that threatens a student or school safety. You can call 855-565-2729 (8-555-OK2SAY), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or text 652729 (OK2SAY). A study by the U.S. Secret Service reported that in 81% of violent incidents in school, someone else knew about the incident but did not report it. OK2SAY has received tips on suicide threats, bullying, drugs, cyberbullying, and other violence. Let’s work together to keep our schools and students safe.
The Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps is promoting a survey that gives educators across the EUP ISD the chance to share instructional and assessment needs in social studies. The survey will be used to develop professional learning for educators that will be implemented by the Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps. Ten districts are currently taking part in the survey. For more information on the survey and how to participate, please contact Helen Craig at email@example.com
EUP MiSTEM REGION
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REGIONAL DATA SYSTEMS/INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY
REMC22 Lend-Items Library Access
Teachers, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or if you need to set up your account.
Need SCECHs? REMC Free Virtual Courses
Data Manager Meetings for Skyward Users
Who is a Data Manager? There is an official contact for each district (Data Manager), but anyone who helps manage student data in any system is a data manager. Thursday drop-in meetings will continue through November for any data manager. If you think you should be a part of this team, contact your district Data Manager. The link for these virtual meetings will be available as a post in Teams (Data Management Team > Skyward Implementation Channel > Posts).
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.
1/13/2022 - 3/17/2022 - 5/12/2022
The professional learning calendar for Health & PE has been updated. Teachers are now able to register for Michigan Model for Health trainings and the Regional Health/PE Curriculum Resource Team. More information & further updates are available on the Health Education newsletter.
LifeSPAN is heading out to facilitate the first nutrition lessons this month for the school year. Although we are not going to be in every EUP school district, we would like to share our newsletters with you! There is a lot of great information in there from food distribution sites and physical activity ideas to healthy recipes and nutrition education. Here is a link to the Preschool Newsletter and the Elementary School Newsletter.
The Special Education Team
All special education eligible students have a case manager – a special education provider who leads the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team in the development and implementation of the IEP. While this single person plays a key role in supporting the student, educating students with special education needs is a collective responsibility shared by all educators. The following resources (taken from the EUPISD Special Education Procedures and IEP Manual) outline the specific roles of regular education teachers and school administrators.
For additional information regarding IEP roles and responsibilities, contact the local district special education supervisor or the EUPISD Special Education Office 906-632-3373 x5101
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (Crisis Prevention Institute)
Districts are required to have a team of staff trained in crisis prevention. The EUPISD offers CPI to help districts meet this requirement. Once staff receive the initial training, an annual renewal is required. CPI is Nonviolent Crisis Prevention training that focuses on teaching staff evidence-based de-escalation and crisis prevention approaches in order to provide Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security to all students and staff. The focus is on preventing escalating behaviors, intervening early by using verbal de-escalation skills and reducing the use of restraint.
In order to keep staff as safe as possible during the pandemic a virtual option for this training has been established. Modules are assigned and completed at your own pace. Once the modules have been completed, a CPI trainer will come to your district to complete the physical holds portion for the team. For more information on CPI, please contact Stacey Miller at email@example.com.
Medicaid School 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 Services Program (SSP), (formerly known as the Medicaid School Based Services Program), helps schools defray the cost of delivering some healthcare services that are provided to students while at school. Click here to learn more about the Medicaid School Services Program.
We are accepting RSVPs for our November virtual playgroup on November 18th at 4:30! This free playgroup is open to all ages and all EUP residents (activities geared toward kits 8 and under) and will require you to pick up a free supply kit at a central location within your county.
RSVP before November 11th: https://forms.gle/bRE76EqWxunzD2rf6
Please write or call with your comments, suggestions, and/or concerns.
Angie McArthur, Superintendent – firstname.lastname@example.org