Teamwork is an important part of the STARS Reading Intervention Program at the AMA ESD. This is the general education team that serves over 400 students in reading intervention across three counties. Behind the scenes: Shellie Gohl--Staff management Julie Bastow-- Teaching and programming Hilary Robinette--Intervention coach Ashlie O’Connor--Technology and data support Alicia Eades--Administrative Assistant Interventionists: Theresa Wilt--Alcona Elementary Tina Juergens--Atlanta Elementary Dakoda Pierce--Hillman Elementary Shannon Kennedy-- Besser Lisa Beatty/Madison Mumford--Ella White Katherine Guzman--Hinks Rachel Wetherhult-- Lincoln Vacant position-Sanborn MaryAnn Erickson--Wilson Working collaboratively allows our team to improve the program year after year. Our philosophy is when everyone works together our program is better. #beAMAzing
about 2 months ago, Hilary Robinette
STARS Team
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about 2 months ago, Jessica Pilarski
McClintic
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about 2 months ago, Jessica Pilarski
Morris
Happy Administrative Professionals Day! #beAMAzing
about 2 months ago, Jessica Pilarski
Administrative Professionals
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about 2 months ago, Jessica Pilarski
Hoggard
Transition aged students from Alcona, Alpena, Atlanta and Hillman Schools toured Alpena Community College on Tuesday. Students had the opportunity to explore the campus, learn about the degree and certificate programs offered, connect with peers from other districts and get a feel for college life in action. Thank you to ACC for hosting this event and welcoming our area students.
about 2 months ago, Jessica Pilarski
ACC Tour
ACC Tour
ACC Tour
ACC Tour
Kindergarten Round-up is in full swing across our AMA districts. Readiness for school is so important! Check out this graphic that shows the readiness skills children need to develop as they prepare for Kindergarten and how parents can help get them ready. #bettertogether #beAMAzing
about 2 months ago, Shellie Gohl
readiness
Happy Occupational Therapy month! Let's give a shout out to Dr. Jamie McClintic who has provided Occupational Therapy Services for the students in Alpena, Montmorency, and Alcona for the past 22 years. Dr. McClintic's holistic approach tackles areas such as motor development, regulation and attention skills, social emotional and behavioral supports, adaptive skills such as toileting/feeding/dressing, and underlying handwriting deficits relating to visual perceptual/coordination weaknesses. Working directly alongside her is physical therapy assistant, Steven Barbeau. This duo assures every student in our territory ranging from 0 to 26 years of age receive the therapy, accommodations and modifications needed to fully access and participate in their educational program.
2 months ago, Jamie McClintic
Occupational and physical therapist sitting on floor with a newborn.
Some of the students at Hillman Jr/Sr High got creative with 31n Therapist, Kass Showalter! This was a small group therapy session, which focused on inner child healing work. Check out their masterpieces! These will be connected to form a mobile and symbolize the connections made during the group. #feelyourfeelings, #beAMAzing, #mentalhealthmatters, #HillmanTigers
2 months ago, Kasandra Showalter
Art Therapy  Project
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAP/ CAPM). AMA Great Start Collaborative (GSC) staff and CAP councils/ teams are raising awareness this month by sharing prevention information and resources, like those found in the Alpena & Presque Isle CAP Newsletter (Spring 2024 Newsletter.pdf). Follow the Alpena Baby Pantry, supported by the Alpena CAP Team, for more CAP awareness & prevention - share with your networks AND share local prevention efforts, big or small! facebook.com/p/Alpena-Baby-Pantry Besides wear-blue-Friday’s, blue pinwheels, and banners placed in communities, CAP teams are focused on increasing awareness and embedding Protective Factors into community supports throughout the year. “Research has shown that the promotion of protective factors is a key intervention strategy that can improve social and emotional well-being in children and youth” (https://friendsnrc.org/prevention/protective-factors/). Building Protective Factors is the heart and soul of Parent Cafes. The AMA GSC is hosting a Cafe April 22nd, at Thunder Bay Jr. High. Parents/ caregivers (guardians, foster parents, grandparents, teachers, child care providers, etc.) of school-aged children share the joys and challenges of family life through conversation starters rooted in the Protective Factors. Boost your caregiving resilience and sign up today at https://forms.gle/cPxnvRxYHybmADHe7. #Prevent Child Abuse #Build Protective Factors #beAMAzing
2 months ago, Angela Bruning
Parent Cafe
Activity Calendar
Mandated Reporter
STARS Reading Intervention Coach, Hilary Robinette, visited the AMA ESD's ECSE classroom to be a guest reader for March is Reading Month.
3 months ago, Hilary Robinette
Reading in ECSE
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3 months ago, Jessica Pilarski
Sanborn
Do you have a child turning 3 or 4 by September 1st this year? AMA ESD Staff, Danielle Hansen and Alicia Eades, recently attended an Annual Eligibility training with NEMCSA staff, Erin Smith, Mary Ballard, Lisa Fluharty, Chantel Bullis, Robyn Hart, Jenny Domrase, and Monica Troy. They are all ready to start the 2024-25 Preschool Registration Season! Call Alicia at 989-278-5990 to make an appointment and head to www.nemcsa.org and click "Apply for Preschool" to fill out an interest form to get started! Check out the attached flyer for more information!
3 months ago, Danielle Hansen
Preschool Registration Flyer
AMA and NEMCSA staff grouped together at a recent training
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3 months ago, Jessica Pilarski
Nordeen
Our Great Start Collaborative Family Liaison distributes Baby Connect Diaper Bags. The bags are given out to first-time moms or families wanting this extra support. Bags are given out by home visitor programs like Maternal Infant Health Program (Health Department), Health Families America (Child and Family Services), Early Head Start (Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency/ NEMCSA), and MyMichigan Labor & Delivery The Baby Connect diaper bags hold information about community resources, including car seat safety, the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, along baby care products. The bags also include colorful Talking is Teaching items to remind families with infants and toddlers to Talk, Read & Sing every day to ready their children for school and life!
3 months ago, Heather Gagnon
folders, books, baby book, shampoo, diaper rash crea,
3 people with the baby bags
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3 months ago, Jessica Pilarski
Martin
Tomorrow is the day for Montmorency County Tot Spot at Hillman Elementary School! Parents, get ready for a fantastic afternoon of snacks, crafts, playing, and learning for your little ones aged 0-5! Join us at Tot Spot and let your kids explore, create, and make new friends. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to connect with other families in the Hillman community while your kids have a blast! See you tomorrow at Hillman Elementary School!
3 months ago, Sydney Prevo
Hillman Tot Spot
The AMA ESD was thrilled to receive a generous donation of 500.00 from Hunter's Harvest representative, Mark Boyk. This contribution will fund additional books for students to take home. The AMA ESD loves to partner with local organizations to promote literacy and a lifelong love of reading. #BeAMAzing #HuntersHarvest
3 months ago, Hilary Robinette
Donation
Exciting news for Montmorency County parents! Join us at the Tot Spot at Hillman Elementary School this Wednesday! Let's gather for a wonderful afternoon filled with snacks, crafts, playing, and learning at Tot Spot. It's the perfect opportunity for your little learners to engage in fun activities and make new friends! Parents, come connect with other families in the Montmorency community while your little ones enjoy a fantastic time. See you at the Hillman Elementary this Wednesday! 🎈
3 months ago, Sydney Prevo
Hillman Tot Spot
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3 months ago, Jessica Pilarski
Keller