May 2022 Newsletter
This is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you to all teachers in our region. I know the challenges you face daily, and I appreciate your dedication, your creativity, and your perseverance. I extend this thanks to all educators in our buildings and districts – regardless of role. Every position in our districts can be the one person who becomes important to a student. Our schools are all about relationships. Thank you for building relationships with our students daily!
It is my hope that we can see an increase in support for our teachers and public schools. America needs public schools, and we need talented individuals to pursue careers as educators. Our schools are educating, supporting, and nurturing our future. I urge parents, community members, grandparents, and other interested adults to contact your local school to volunteer your time to support your school and teachers.
Reading Recovery, Literacy Lessons, and Literacy Support
If you are interested in training a teacher or teachers for 2022-2023 school year or just looking for more information about Reading Recovery and how it can impact whole school literacy systems please contact Brooke Beacom at email@example.com
Natalie Nowak of the Bayliss Public Library is planning programming to bring a survivor of the Holocaust to speak to the community and to students. This presentation is scheduled for September 2022 and will be in Sault Ste Marie (exact date and location coming soon). Natalie is seeking schools who will commit to sending high school students to attend the presentation. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (906) 632-9331.
EUP MiSTEM Region
The EUP MiSTEM Region is working as part of the MiSTEM Network to develop real-world connections between education, the workplace, and our communities. Please see the EUP MiSTEM Region May Newsletter for more information.
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 (email@example.com) if you have questions or if you need to set up your account.
REMC FREE Virtual Courses for June
REMC Association of Michigan offers free virtual courses for SCHECH credit every month. Courses include Formative Assessment Tools, Design Thinking Made Practical, Multimedia Tools to Engage Students, and many more. Need SCECHs? REMC Free June Virtual Courses
Discovery Education is a resource for classroom use that includes media, curriculum, and activities to support on-site and virtual learning. This resource is available to most teachers and students in the region. If you are interested in using this resource in your classroom, please contact Marianna Ripple to get you started.
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 meeting: 5/12/2022.
NWEA Spring Testing
The spring testing window for NWEA begins May 2, 2022 and continues through May 27, 2022.
Physical Education Teachers: Public Comment and Review for the National PE Standards is open from April 4 through May 16. SHAPE America’s National Physical Education Standards Task Force has been gathering research, best practices, and input from education experts across the globe to develop a new framework for standards. Here’s how you can participate:
- Review the draft document, which contains the proposed Guiding Principles and Student Attributes.
- Provide your feedback and comments through SurveyMonkey using the link below.
- Complete the survey no later than May 16.
Michigan Model for Health – Beta Teacher Recruitment
The Michigan Model for Health™ Program is requesting teacher volunteers to participate in a Beta Program of its new digital curriculum platform. This select group of teachers will receive first access to new features within the MMH website and digital curriculum. Participating teachers will receive a 2-year free license to the digital curriculum for each of the grade levels taught and, during the 2-year time frame, participate in up to two online feedback surveys conducted by the MMH Program staff. Participating teachers will be eligible for additional incentives. If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete a quick beta release signup form by no later than May 15, 2022, to confirm your participation.
Surrogate parents are individuals appointed to act in the place of a parent to participate in making special education decisions for a child when no parent is available. The EUPISD provides training for surrogate parents and makes appointments when a surrogate parent is needed. To learn more about Surrogate Parents, check out the updated Surrogate Parent FAQ.
Parent Resources for Special Education
The Michigan Department of Education has developed a series of informational resources called “Family Matters” that highlight important information about special education. The Family Matters Fact Sheets explain special education laws, rules, and practices. The documents are easy to read and give links to more in-depth resources. Visit https://www.michigan.gov/mde/services/special-education/parent-resources/family-matters to find the Family Matters resource page.
Please write or call with your comments, suggestions, and/or concerns.
Angie McArthur, Superintendent – firstname.lastname@example.org