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    It is the mission of Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to provide leadership and services to local school districts.

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    Registration begins April 5th for 2019 Welding Academy

    Students currently enrolled in grades 8-11 (2018-19) may enroll in the annual Welding Academy, which takes place at the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway. This popular three-day camp takes place June 18-20, 2019. Students will develop basic welding knowledge and skill application, participate in a team welding project, complete a take-home project and much more! Registration opens at 9 a.m. on April 5, 2019. The registration link will be available here on the Char-Em home page. For complete details, please view the Welding Academy flyer opens in a new window.

    Kindergarten round-ups, open houses scheduled for 2019-20 school year

    It’s the time of year when local elementary schools roll out the welcome mat for incoming kindergartners and their families, through open houses, school tours and registration activities.

    For the 2019-20 school year, a child who resides in a public school district providing kindergarten may be enrolled if the child is at least 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2019. For children who will be 5 by Dec. 1, 2019, parents may enroll their child through written notification to the school district by June 1, 2019.

    View a complete list of kindergarten registration open houses, parent meetings and school tours planned throughout the Char-Em ISD's 11 public schools. 

    Career Academy for Kids set for June 18-20, 2019!

    If you liked College for Kids, you’ll love Career Academy for Kids! CA4K is a new take on the former College for Kids summer day camp. With more diverse sessions aimed at offering kids a variety of opportunities to try their hand at new skills, a new name was in order! CA4K is a three-day summer program of enrichment classes operated by Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District. Classes are designed to help students currently enrolled in grades 2-8 experience a particular field of interest in-depth and hands-on.

    NEW LOCATIONS FOR 2019: Career Academy for Kids will be held in two new locations for 2019. Due to construction at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, CA4K programs will take place at Harbor Springs Middle School/Shay Elementary and at the Boyne City High School campus. The course listing will clearly state which class is at which location. The High Flyers course will still take place at Pellston Regional Airport.

    Online registration opens on April 15, 2019. Course descriptions now available: Additional CA4K information 

    Two Char-Em staff members receive OPIE awards

    Two Char-Em ISD staff members will be recipients of an OPIE Award at the spring ceremony recognizing Outstanding People in Education, to be held on May 8, 2019, at the Odawa Casino in Petoskey. Tracy Tunison and Debbie Elzinga will both be honored, along with other area educators.

    Tracy Tunison is a speech pathologist for Char-Em ISD, serving Petoskey preschoolers ages 3 to 5. She has been a teacher for 20 years; 4 years in the K-12 setting and the most recent 16 years in early childhood. Debbie Elzinga, a Char-Em ISD transporter, is also being honored with an OPIE award. Elzinga has worked for Char-Em ISD’s Transportation Department for 15 years. Read more about the Char-Em ISD OPIE Award winners!

    Char-Em lauded for transportation excellence with 100% bus fleet inspection rating

    Michigan State Police inspectors meticulously review nearly 17,000 school buses around the state each year – one at a time - to ensure that children are being transported safely in vehicles that are well-maintained.

    Safely transporting the children in its care is a responsibility that Char-Em ISD’s Transportation Department takes seriously – and it shows. The ISD has once again landed a 100% safety inspection rating from the MSP for this year’s inspection.

    Each day, Char-Em transports about 125 special needs students to and from their homes to any of five different school sites via 24 buses. Those buses accumulate more than 600,000 miles per calendar year. 

    Read the full media release about the 100% Safety Inspection Rating

    We’re hiring: System Engineer

    SYSTEM ENGINEER: The ideal candidate will have at least an Associate's degree in computer science, open systems technology, information systems or similar; three years of work experience providing technical assistance and support in a service environment preferred. Complete job description and instructions for applying

    WE ARE HIRING! Substitute bus drivers, riders/aides needed, paid training available

    Precious cargo aboard! Char-Em ISD is looking for substitute bus drivers and riders/aides for our multiple bus routes to and from Char-Em programs. Flexible hours and days mean you choose when you can provide coverage of routes. Char-Em pays for all required driver training (written testing and on-road testing), so experience is not necessary. Experience working with special needs children is not required, but is helpful, as is a compassionate personality. Because of the wide geographical area covered by Char-Em, we pay you from when you leave the house to get to your assigned transportation route each day that you work. Routes may be in Charlevoix, Emmet and northern Antrim counties. Those interested may also start as (paid) aides rather than driver, to see if the job is a good fit.

    Sound like this is for you? We welcome you to learn more by reading the complete job descriptions online. Contact Char-Em ISD’s Transportation Coordinator at 231-582-8070 if you have further questions or you’re interested in applying!

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    Our Mission

    It is the mission of Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to provide leadership and services to local school districts.

    It is the vision of Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to be an indispensable partner with every district we serve.

    Char-Em ISD is proud to have achieved accreditation by AdvancED for a second 5-year period effective July 2016. The AdvancED Accreditation Commission determined that Char-Em ISD engages in a continuous systemic process of improvement, and has effective and efficient quality assurance controls throughout the system. This achievement recognizes the quality of services provided by the ISD through the leadership team and governing authority, the dedication and service of the professional staff, and the support of community stakeholders.

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