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Monday, November 24, 2014

Foster Homes Needed

I was recently notified of a dire need for foster families in our area. If this is something you might consider, please see the notice below from the Delta County Department of Human Services. Thank you!

ATTENTION:  Delta County and the State of Michigan continue to have a significant need for licensed foster homes for children who have been abused or neglected, removed from their parents’ homes and placed into foster care.  If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact:

Grant Ziems
Children Service Specialist
Delta County Department of Human Services
305 Ludington St.
Escanaba, MI 49829
Phone: 906-290-2135

Monday, October 6, 2014

Eskymo Update- Fall 2014

In case you have not seen the latest edition of the Eskymo Update,  here is a little background information in this short blog post!

Back in 2009, we knew we had to do more to help our parents and community know about the latest news in our district. Along with blogs, radio commercials, and media releases, efforts were made to put together a district newsletter. Our leadership team members work together to write short articles as well as to submit pictures. Bob Viau, our technology director, formats the information to create a colorful and appealing newsletter that helps showcase the Escanaba Area Public School District. It is truly a team effort, but he makes it look great!

Click here to access our Fall 2014 edition!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Students Bring Homecoming Celebration to Christian Park Nursing Home

Homecoming week at the Escanaba High School is always a great time for our students. Today it became even better because it brightened up the day for residents of Christian Park Nursing Home. This has been an annual event for several years. Normally the high school band marches over to the home to perform as well, but today it rained too hard! The tailgate party STILL went on however with cheerleaders, football players, band members etc....doing some "spirit raising" on their own!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Medical Teams in Each Building--Another Safety Net!

During these first few weeks of school, our school Nurse, Julie Cass has spent time working with each school's medical teams. Medical teams consist of staff members who have risen to the challenge to take on the responsibility to "act" in the event of a medical emergency (students, staff, visitor) in our buildings. Teams have received updated training on steps to take in the event of a cardiac event (CPR), severe allergic reactions (EPI-Pens), and other medically-related issues. They know the tools/resources to take as well as the procedures to use in the short term, while awaiting further assistance from public safety, ambulance staff, etc. The important thing to know is that a plan exists in every building if the need arises.

These are the kinds of plans that one would hope would never need to be enacted. However in the last weeks, the medical teams HAVE been dispatched and been the first responders to take care of individuals suffering from an event.

Parents and community members may wonder and worry about what is going on when students mention that an ambulance came to school, or if upon driving by happen to notice flashing lights outside a building. Please know that prior to any ambulance/police car arriving, our medical teams have already been a force in taking care of the situation.

It is hard to predict when such an event will occur. Sometimes it surprises us when we have repeated events within a short period of time. We have students and staff with known medical needs who attend and work in our schools, but we also have some who we have no indication that a potential medical issue could erupt.  While we have in place proactive measures to hopefully minimize a medical crisis, if one should occur, we have plans as well as procedures we will put into action.

I appreciate all of our staff members who have given their talents and time to serve on medical teams in our schools. Thanks also to Julie Cass, who helps us know the correct ways to help in these situations.  Your efforts thus far this year have truly been beneficial to the individuals who needed such care. You have made a positive difference!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Student Success Center Is Up and Running!

By the end of the first week of school, the Student Success Center has enrolled 55 students (so far) who are poised to utilize this non-traditional high school setting to take courses that will complete their graduation requirements. Students will receive blended instruction by working in courses at their own pace in an online setting for some classes, and direct instruction overseen by a certified teacher.

I am SO PROUD of these students for taking charge of their education. They are a really nice bunch of kids, with many interests and talents. We are hoping for them to take ownership of their educational experience, as well as hoping they will help build the foundation for the center for the future.

Here are some students taking a course designed to help them be successful when taking an online class. Students use ear phones so that they can complete work at their own pace.

Students are each assigned their own laptop to use at the center. Each classroom has wireless access points for the students to be able to access the Internet. 

These gals worked in a small group to get to know each other better. What a pleasant group of kids!

Mr. Seder led the students in an All Class Meeting designed to get students to recognize everyone has unique interests and talents. 

 These boys did a great job working together, but I honestly thought they could be quadruplets!

I am very happy we opened this program, and can't wait to see what we are able to do!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

School Lunches--Healthy and Appetizing!

The new nutritional standards are being implemented in our lunchrooms across the district. Our Food Service Department has been very proactive to put together menus with foods our students will love to eat. Last year, students "taste-tested" a variety of pizzas, and this year they are being treated to pizza they love! Fresh vegetables, salads, fruits, and wraps are among many of the things kids will enjoy.
Here's some salad, fruit, etc...before it is placed on the salad bar.

Here's a pepperoni pizza--ready to be baked in the oven!

We also have re-packaged tossed salads, and a Caesar salads!

Low fat milk, string cheese, milk, and a variety of water products...

A variety of baked chips that are lower in fat, whole grain, and still a good snack.

You can download specific menus for the various school programs at!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy "First Day of School"

This is one of my favorite days of the whole school year! As I've visited schools today, I have noted a TON of positive energy--the teachers, principals, secretaries, custodians, aides, assistants, etc... Students are surely feeling welcomed, and we are so delighted to have them here at the Escanaba Area Public Schools! We can provide extra support, more opportunities, and the caring that students need in order to be successful. We also have some OUTSTANDING role models. Here is a great poster I found outside Cody Fleming's (High School English Teacher) room today:

I am hoping to highlight many of our staff members during this school year. Our community needs to know how special and talented they are! They make our schools the best place for learning!