December 2021 Newsletter


My heart is heavy after the school shooting yesterday.  My prayers and thoughts are with the Oxford Community Schools and community.  As a parent, I wanted to come home and hug my children.  As an educator, I felt at a loss.  Keeping our students and staff safe is a priority, and situations like this make me question what we have in place.  We need to continue to make our schools as safe as possible, and nurture all of our children.

How do we talk to our children during times of uncertainty and fear?  The National Association of School Psychologists has many resources on their website  In particular,  “Talking to Children About Violence” is a good guide.  We need to assure our children that schools are safe places.  We need to listen to our kids’ concerns and answer their questions.  We also need to review and practice our safety protocols.  Remind students that it’s important to tell an adult if another student is threatening them.  Last month, I wrote about OK2SAY.  Anyone can submit a tip by calling 855-5OK2SAY (855-565-2729), texting 652729 (OK2SAY), or emailing

The well-being of our families, children, colleagues, and communities needs to be everyone’s responsibility.  If you need support, reach out to a trusted friend or co-worker.  If you are concerned about a friend, reach out to them.  Let’s take care of each other and make our world a safer, kinder place.   


Social Studies

Regional Social Studies Needs Assessment Continues

The Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps surveyed 10 schools across the Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD regarding social studies instruction and assessment needs. Initial survey results were discussed. Helen Craig, social studies curriculum consultant at the ISD, has been attending staff meetings to present the survey. If your school building has not had the chance to take part, please share a good time for Helen to attend an upcoming staff meeting using the linked Google form.

EUP MiSTEM Region Newsletter

Regional Data Systems/Instructional Technology

REMC 22 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 ( if you have questions or if you need to set up your account.

REMC FREE Virtual Courses for December

REMC Association of Michigan offers free virtual courses for SCHECH credit every month.  Courses include: Assessment Tools for the Classroom, Applying Google Apps for Education in Chrome, Digital Tools for Classroom Collaboration, and many more.  Need SCECHs?  REMC Free Virtual Courses

NWEA Winter

The winter testing session is open during the month of January (Jan. 3 – Feb. 4).  I will be adding rosters during December.

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


Administrators: The Michigan School Health Coordinator’s Network is offering a virtual health series to educators and administrators throughout the state. The series will focus on using data as a tool to inform, engage, and create opportunities for students. Registration links and dates are available here. Topics include:

  • School Health Profiles
  • Healthy School Action Tool
  • Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process


Family resource: The Upper Peninsula Communities that Care coalition is offering a free caregiver program called Guiding Good Choices. This program will help caregivers learn specific actions that promote healthy development, understand ways to reduce risk-taking behavior in adolescents, and use skills that promote strong family bonds. More information on Guiding Good Choices can be found on the UP Communities that Care website.

More resources and updates can be found on the monthly health education newsletter.



IEP Implementation and Documentation of Supplementary Aids and Services

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) {Sec. 300.42} defines supplementary aids and services as “aids, services, and other supports that are provided in regular education classes, other education-related settings, and in extracurricular and nonacademic settings, to enable children with disabilities to be educated with nondisabled children to the maximum extent appropriate.” The Michigan Department of Education issued guidance in November 2020 to support districts with understanding supplementary aids and services. The guidance emphasizes that “supplementary aids and services, like any other part of the IEP, should be individualized to the needs of the student and written in such a way that clearly describes what is to be provided in terms of frequency, location, and duration.” This guidance can be found at

Special Education Newsletter




Project SEARCH




Stabilization Funding for Child Care

Child Care Providers are the backbone of our economy. That’s why Michigan invested over $700 million in grants to help child care providers reopen or continue to operate. Funds can be used to cover personnel costs, rent or mortgage, and other expenses. Support child care providers by spreading the work that grants are available. Shae this link with providers so that they may apply!,4615,7-140-63533_63534---,00.html

25 Days of Giveaways!!!

Each day our Facebook page will feature a Talking is Teaching  tip promoting parents and caregivers to Talk, Read, and Sing to children in simple ways that will support their development. In addition to the daily tips, parents and caregivers are encouraged to enter our “25 Days of Giveaways” drawing for a chance to win Talking is Teaching materials such as books, toys, home goods, and more! Only one entry is required for a chance to win. Must be an EUP resident. Like our Facebook page at EUPISD Early Childhood or use the link above to sign up. Please share with parents and caregivers.

December Virtual Playgroup

We are accepting RSVPs for our December virtual playgroup on December 9. 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. If you are unable to pick up kit, please contact Kaylynn Cairns at


Dec Playgroup 12/16 at 4:30, contact Kaylynn Cairns for more info and to register


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Angie McArthur, Superintendent –