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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!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Staff Welcomed Back to School With Pancake Breakfast

For the sixth year in a row, the staff at the Escanaba Area Public Schools has been welcomed back to school with a pancake breakfast cooked by the principals, supervisors, directors, athletic director, business manager, and superintendent. Led by Food Service Director, Nancy LaFave, the team had fun saying "hello" to everyone, while demonstrating their culinary/serving skills! Jude VanDamme's famous "E" pancakes were a strong favorite, however Bob Viau's waffles were also popular!

Following the breakfast, staff members were updated by Michele Lemire on some of the State's new policies and requirements. Julie Cass, school nurse, provided an overview about how to prevent, recognize, and treat anaphylaxis. Individual groups then met for building/task specific trainings and meetings. The staff members are committed to providing an enriching educational experience for our students once again this year!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Outstanding Fourth Grade Project at the "U"

Yesterday, I found teachers Karin and Mike Beveridge, along with their grandchildren, planting some flowering shrubs in the flower box in front of the school. The fourth grade had raised some funds to help pay for this project and it is really beautiful. Thank you fourth graders and the Beveridge family for your efforts!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Great Message!

Our food service director, Nancy LaFave, has been extremely active in the Great Lakes Consortium, as well as with being a leader of food service directors in our state. She has been instrumental in getting our summer feeding program off the ground in Escanaba. She saw this video at one of her meetings last week and shared it with me today. The student featured in the video is hilarious, but it is important also to know that the message is a good one.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Day 2 of Meet Up and Eat Up!

I was so excited to see MORE students come for lunch today at the Upper Elementary. We had 33 students eating a healthy lunch!
It is important that our community members know that the Escanaba Upper Elementary cafeteria will be open from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a FREE lunch, Monday through Friday for children/teens (under 18)  or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled. No advance notice is needed--just show up! 

Perhaps parents might be working during the day and want their children to have a good lunch. Why not send them to "the U?" Teens are also welcome--we know that they seem to have bottomless pits for stomachs! 

Click here for "Menu 1"

Click here for "Menu 2"