March 2024 Newsletter



March is a time of transition. The weather, while a little unpredictable recently, will hopefully begin to transition to warmer days with much sunshine. Spring is around the corner. We start to transition from cozy homebodies to getting outside more. We have a Walking Challenge at the EUPISD in March, encouraged by our Wellness Committee. Maybe we’ll transition to healthier choices and activities as we look toward Spring Break! What are you doing to transition from the winter months to spring?   

March is also Reading Month. Our students at the EUPISD Learning Center will be “Reading with Roald Dahl” and enjoying stories from books such as Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Area schools celebrate reading month differently, all with a focus on increasing student interest in reading. E.U.P. Reads is a community reading event, which will be held March 11th from 6:00-8:00pm at the LSSU Cisler Center. It is open to any families living in the EUP, and LSSU staff and students. Come out and enjoy the reading party!  

I hope your spring is full of wonderful transitions! Enjoy the changing season with a good book and some outdoor activities!  




Bluebook Updates 

Dear Technology Coordinators, 

A critical Bluebook™ update was released on Friday, February 23. Unless blocked, Bluebook will auto-update the next time it’s opened. To avoid overwhelming your network and causing delays on test day, ask students to open Bluebook themselves before test day (they don’t need to sign in). 


If your managed devices don’t allow Bluebook auto-updates, perform manual updates to make sure testing devices are running the latest version of Bluebook—and remember to check for new releases every Friday on Bluebook Updates. Students must always use the latest version of Bluebook. 


Technical requirements and guidance are available at


Thank you for all you do to support student success. 






Project SEARCH Newsletter March 24.pdf 



Informative webinar that addresses common media narratives. As Dr. Aukerman states, “The media might get more clicks by framing things as a reading war, but polarization serves no one – least of all the children. And if we want to build bridges, we can’t assume the worst in each other.” (Introductions start at 4:25; Speaker starts at around 8:00) 

  • Aukerman, M. (2024, February 22). Toward comprehensive, research-informed literacy instruction: Thinking with, against, and beyond the science of reading. [Webinar]. Ithaca College Department of Education 2024 Educational Freedom Lecture and Community Read. Maren Aukerman 2024 Ithaca College Educational Freedom Lecture 



Please see our last edition of Reading Recovery: Top to Bottom. This issue shares information regarding motivation and engagement and teacher selection for Reading Recovery. Enjoy! 




Winter 2024 Newsletter Highlights: 

  • There are still a few days left to submit a Teaching Comprehensive History grant application!  

  • Save the date: May 3 & 4 is the Michigan Council for Social Studies Conference in Macomb, MI 

  • MDE has resumed their “Teaching Comprehensive History” webinar series. The schedule for March-September 2024 is now available! These 1 hour webinars are scheduled for 4-5 p.m. and offer SCECHs. 

  • The Northern MI Consortium social studies consultant (Dave Johnson) is offering asynchronous learning opportunities called “Social Studies Side Quests”. This series runs from March 1-May 31. Folks can earn up to 30 SCECHs by participating. Register here!  

  • Questions regarding social studies topics can be directed to Helen Craig, Social Studies Consultant – 


CTE/Work-Based Learning 

  • The Construction Trades Career Fair will be held on April 23 in St. Ignace.  The day is meant to excite and introduce students to a variety of construction and trades careers.  Representatives from across Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula will be on site to give the students real-life, hands-on, and interactive demonstrations 

  • Students from Les Cheneaux School’s Construction Class have been busy building an ice shack for the Steve Tassier Memorial Fishing Tournament