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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Math Fun? REALLY?!

Is it even possible that math can be fun? Escanaba Area Public Schools’ Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms are implementing a brand new math program that is designed to help each student become problem-solvers, AND have fun doing it! 

Our approach is for students to investigate, share, and to use the processes in math that make sense.  This approach will blend nicely into what students will expect at the later grades, when they will be able to participate in Robotics as well as other science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities.

 Many thanks to our teachers and principals who have worked together to bring this new curriculum to our children. I am so proud of this team, who have invested so much time and effort to this important work. Thank you teachers! Thank you principals! I am so excited for our students who will have this amazing opportunity!!

Teachers Learning About the Five Dimensions of Teaching

Learning foundational ideas for great instruction...350 teachers from the region are gathering for collective learning on how to strengthen their practices. Great day!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Today Escanaba hosted its second major First Robotics event. It was great to see so many people in our community come out to support our students, as well as students who hailed from other teams. Not only is this program outstanding for inspiring students' problem-solving and innovative skills, it is a chance for students to work together in groups! This is education at its best and I am so proud that we have had amazing teachers, principals, and volunteers in our schools leading our students along this path. I am also very thankful for the Delta County Chamber of Commerce as well as the various businesses who have supported not only this event, but the student teams as well. How wonderful it is that we have professionals in the engineering field working with our kids elbow to elbow! Thanks everyone!
Robomo Mentors

VIP's--thank you for your support!

The arena...

Our own Robomos!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Group Effort Provides Supplemental Food for Students Over Spring Break

A partnership with the Community Foundation of Delta County, the Elks, and the GFWC has helped to provide funding for our school district to provide supplemental food over the Christmas/New Year's holiday break as well as over the upcoming Spring Break. Our school social workers, teachers, and principals identified 119 students who would benefit from this assistance. The Food Service Department, led by Nancy LaFave, organized the food and packed it up in boxes for families to pick up at their students' respective schools. We know that many of our students depend upon our school breakfast and lunch programs, and these long breaks sometimes prove to be a challenge. Last summer, we also launched a "Summer Feeding Program" at the Upper Elementary. This program, at no cost to the district, provided "free lunches" to any student (K-12) who showed up on Monday-Friday for 8 weeks last summer. We intend on running the program again this summer, and additionally hope to provide a "mobile" lunch at the high school site. Thank you to everyone who has made this effort such a success!
Here are some pictures of our team packing food for students to utilize over spring break:

Monday, February 2, 2015

No School on Monday, February 2, 2015

Due to the power outage in the Escanaba Area, there will be NO SCHOOL today. Our alert system is also down and so please pass the word! Thanks!
Michele Lemire

Monday, January 19, 2015

Students Give Speech, "How to Be a Change Maker"

I was thrilled to be able to sit in on the American Association of University Women's annual "Speech Trek--the M. Jean Jokipii Memorial Speech Contest"  last week. The Escanaba Chapter hosted this event and we had a good showing of EHS Students taking part. The theme was "How to be a Change Maker Against Bullying, Sexual Harassment, and Violence." I thought it was a perfect compliment to what we are doing in all of our schools! We have had Challenge Day, as well as continue to have a "Be the Change Team" at the Junior and Senior High Schools. The AAUW event further strengthens the net we are trying to cast to make sure all students feel comfortable and safe.

While each of the students did a fabulous job representing themselves and their schools, we did have one Escanaba student "place" in the competition. Brianna Allen, a senior at EHS won second place. We are all very proud of her and hope that she and the other contestants continue their strides to be a "Change Maker" in their schools and communities!

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