December 2023 Newsletter


I am completely gob smacked that it is December! How does time fly by so quickly? The first semester of the school year is well-entrenched. How are you doing with the goals you set for yourself for the school year? As we close out 2023 and welcome 2024, now is a great time to reflect on your personal and professional goals and habits.  

Our region is still extremely short-staffed in many areas, but especially for bus drivers and substitutes. Please share the following informationDriving a school bus is a huge responsibility but extremely rewarding. The driver is the first and last school contact many children have each day. The driver can create positive relationships with the students. If you have thought about driving, even on a part-time basis, please sign up for the training. Our next regular Beginning Bus Driver training is scheduled for February 17th and 24th at Brimley Area Schools. Call Tracy at 906-632-3373 x5104 for more information.   

We are offering special week-long training for drivers January 8-12. Potential drivers must have taken their CDL, have P and S endorsements, and air brake endorsement tests at the Secretary of State and have a DOT physical prior to the class. Contact your local superintendent if you are interested.   

If you are interested in being a substitute teacher or classroom aide, contact There are a variety of positions available. The next in-person training meeting is Thursday, December 21st at the EUPISD.  

I wish each of you a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! Take time to enjoy the joy of the season! Lend a hand to those less fortunate and make their season more joyful!  






















Winter 2023 Newsletter Highlights

  • History Day 2024 is just around the corner! A newsletter with resources, timelines for planning, and registration dates can be found here. If your district is planning on participating, please sign up using the attached google sheet.  

  • The most recent Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps took place on November 30. Our next meeting is on January 9, 2024. All are welcome! Register via Wisdomwhere.  


EUP MiSTEM Region - December Newsletter 



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.orgif you have questions or if you want to set up your account.  


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: 1/4/2024 - 2/8/2024 - 3/21/2024 - 5/9/2024.  

Weekly support sessions will be available on a drop-in basis.  These will take place on Thursdays at 1pm.  See the Data Management Team in O365 for updates and meeting links.  


NWEA Testing for 2024  

Testing plans will help ensure that all students have the opportunity to demonstrate their learning and growth. A plan to complete testing one week before the end of the testing window can help account for student absences.  

Winter: January 1-January 31, 2024  

Spring: April 29-May 24, 2024  


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.  


Need SCECHs?  REMC Free Virtual Courses 



Winter 2023 Newsletter Highlights

  • School-based health surveys are open for the 2023-24 school year. The Michigan Profiles for Healthy Youth (MiPHY) survey is run through MDE and is open through June 1, 2024. The Communities that Care Bach Harrison youth risk behavior survey is open. Schools in Chippewa County may hear from Stephanie Woods at the Chippewa County Health Department regarding the CTC survey. Helen Craig is the regional contact for support with the MiPHY. More information on both surveys can be found here.  

  • The next Health & PE Curriculum Resource Team meeting is taking place on Tuesday, December 5 at the COP ESD in Indian River. Virtual attendance options are available for EUP participants. You can register for the event on Wisdomwhere.  

  • The Michigan Center for Rural Health is seeking input from those with lived experience using state assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, Housing Vouchers, Veteran Services, etc. The responses will be compiled and shared with MDHHS to help inform and strengthen the work they are doing within their statewide Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Strategy. In our region, MCRH is requesting participants from Chippewa County. More information can be found here.  



Reminder for all McKinney-Vento Liaisons: Rachel Bloch (Upper Peninsula McKinney Vento Coordinator) will be hosting an in-person meeting at the EUP ISD main office on December 13 from 11:30-2:00 p.m. All district McKinney-Vento liaisons are invited to attend. Lunch is provided. Attendees need to sign up using the linked google document (second page).  


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

Angie McArthur, Superintendent –