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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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    Congratulations, Char-Em ISD Programs graduates!

    Four students from Char-Em ISD special education programs graduated this year, with congratulations from all Char-Em ISD staff! The graduates are: William Bennett - Adam Poel's class; Joe Curry - Mike Olivier's class; and Matthew Kurburski and Mathew Walker - Devin Wise's class. Char-Em staff created a special video for the graduates to celebrate their accomplishments; watch it on YouTube!


    Char-Em ISD voters approve special education millage

    Unofficial results from Tuesday's election, May 5, 2020, indicate voters approved the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District Special Education millage renewal, restoration proposal.Numbers from both counties suggest a comfortable margin for the proposal passing. The tally for all precincts in Charlevoix County show a 3,828 to 2,280 lead. In Emmet County results show that voters favored the measure 5,095 to 2696 votes. In the Antrim County portion of the ISD's service area, the tally was 986 votes in favor and 497 against.

    The millage totals 1.4958 mills, generating $8.7 million in special education operational funding in its first year. This represents a renewal of 1.1499 mills combined with the restoration of 0.3459 mills that were rolled back in accordance with the Headlee Amendment to the Michigan Constitution of 1963. The millage will be in place for the next four years. READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE ABOUT THE SPECIAL EDUCATION MILLAGE RENEWAL, RESTORATION

    Distance Learning Video Tutorial Resources

    Learn about Google Classroom, Zoom, Google Meet, Loom, and much more by checking out the videos on the Video Tutorial Links page.

    Great Start to Quality Northwest Resource Center, 211 and Char-Em ISD Work to Support the Essential Workforce

    If you are a licensed child care provider please respond to the survey from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services- Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) in order for us to monitor the existing capacity of local providers who are able to provide child care to essential workers.   

    The link to the short survey is:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/childcare-covid-response.  

    Welding Academy, Career Academy for Kids summer camp programs canceled

    April 7, 2020 announcement: Char-Em ISD’s Career and Technical Education Department staff has had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel this year’s Career Academy for Kids and Welding Academy summer camps. The camps take place each year in late June. This is the first time in the camps' 30- year history that they have not taken place, and we are all disappointed that they need to be cancelled this year due to the unknowns around COVID-19 restrictions. (CA4K was formerly known as College for Kids.) This year’s Welding Academy was set to have two different camps at a new location, East Jordan High School’s welding classroom; it had traditionally been held at the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway.

    We will greatly miss the interactions with students in grades 2 through 11 as they explored the fun and exciting camp programs with our awesome instructors at CA4K and Welding Academy. We will look forward to welcoming campers back in June of 2021!  Sincerely, Char-Em ISD CTE staff

    Professional Learning events canceled through mandated closure period

    Due to the mandated closure of PK-12 school districts by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, all Char-Em ISD professional learning scheduled throughout the duration of the mandated closure period will be canceled. Staff will be in touch if any sessions will be rescheduled. If you have any questions, please email Julie Hersha

    Talking is Teaching! Initiative encourages parents to engage children in everyday moments

    Everyday conversations with young children can have the power to boost their brain and vocabulary development through the simple act of talking. That is the premise behind a new initiative known as “Talking is Teaching,” which has launched in the communities of the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District and throughout the state. “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” is a public awareness and action campaign that empowers parents and caregivers with fun and easy ways to improve their babies’ and young children’s learning, said Maureen Hollocker, Great Start Collaborative Director, which is leading the regional Talking is Teaching effort.

    “While it may sound simple, we all live busy lives and sometimes are task-oriented rather than conversational with our children,” Hollocker said. “Whether you are a parent, caregiver or community member, we all have opportunities to talk with children and this campaign is intended to provide gentle reminders and prompts for conversation.”  Read the full details about the Talking is Teaching campaign

    'Step Up to Success' interactive Career Staircase launched!

    Parents and caregivers play an invaluable role in keeping their children on track to meet career and college readiness goals. To help in those efforts, Char-Em ISD's Career and Technical Education Department developed the "Step Up to Success" Career Staircase. This interactive tool takes students on a journey from kindergarten through graduation and beyond in goal setting and awareness of career and college readiness activities and events. It provides resources that families will need along the journey, and it lets community members and professionals know where they can step in and be part of creating bright futures for our youth.

    Check out the Career Staircase!

    Celebrating Career Tech to Careers!

    A new initiative, Career Tech to Careers, is celebrating the decision of high school graduates to enter the workforce after earning their diploma – specifically those students whose high school careers included Career and Technical Education classes.

    “There are many ways that young adults can excel in life after they graduate from high school – it can be by attending a college, university or other post-secondary training, joining the military, and also by taking the skills they learned and heading directly into careers,” said Jim Rummer, Career and Technical Education Director for Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District. “This new Char-Em ISD ‘signing event’ initiative recognizes those students who are putting the knowledge and skills they developed through career tech education classes directly to work.”

    Pictured is the most recent Career Tech to Careers signing event at Lanzen, Inc. in Harbor Springs with recent graduate Brian Ferrell.

    Visit the Career Tech to Careers page to view recent celebrations!

    We’re hiring: Char-Em ISD current job openings

    Char-Em ISD is hiring!

    View complete details about the following positions and other job openings in several Char-Em ISD school districts:

    • Accountant
    • Great Start Collaborative Project Coordinator
    • School Social Worker (updated through the 2020-2021 school year)
    • Special Education Teacher Assistant
    • Speech and Language Pathologist - Early Childhood
    • Transporter

    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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