Family Resources

In an effort to help our student and families navigate learning resources, we have created this page that will be regularly updated with information and links to assist in many ways.

Please know that the learning links provided are for practice purposes only, and do not establish any required schoolwork for students at any grade level.

 

Canvas Training for Families

MAPS has developed training resources for families to become familiar with our Canvas online learning platform. Access this training by clicking the Canvas Training button below:

 

COVID-19 NOTIFICATION

In an effort to keep our MAPS community informed, below we are providing notification regarding any COVID-19 concerns related to our District.

 

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COVID Precaution Update 6/29/21

The MAPS Board of Education assembled for a special meeting to, in part, discuss State orders rescinded on June 22: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98455_98456_103043-562057–,00.html , which include recommendations for masking and gathering restrictions. The Board agreed to continue to collaborate with and take direction from the District #10 Health Department regarding preventative measures, guidelines, and directives.

Current district guidelines:

  • Continuation of preventative cleaning protocols previously established will continue.
  • Mask wearing for indoor and outdoor district properties will be suspended unless conditions are otherwise warranted. Mask wearing will continue to be required on school buses as federally mandated.
  • Arrangements for physical distancing and cohorting will be continued.
  • There are no longer any MDHHS COVID requirements or restrictions on testing, gatherings, groups, and face masks for any sports activity, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Eligible staff and students are encouraged to be vaccinated. Appointments can be scheduled with DHD #10: https://www.dhd10.org/covid-19-vaccine/

Procedure and policy adjustments will require flexibility as we continue to monitor COVID-19 updates.  As the 2021/22 school year begins, changes may need to be made to ensure the safety of all populations.

We will continue to follow the guidance from our local health department and will provide any further information or details that become available.  Again, we thank you for your flexibility and cooperation.

Child Tax Credit Payments Now Available

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging parents to file a federal income tax return if they haven’t yet done so or use the Non-filer Sign-up Tool in order to be eligible for federal Child Tax Credit payments. 

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 increased the federal Child Tax Credit to $3,600 per year for children under 6 years old and $3,000 per year for children 6–17 years old. The tax credit will be issued as a monthly payment and will not count as additional income that could affect a family’s eligibility for public assistance.  

  • Payments to begin July 15 and will not affect public assistance
  • Parents of children under 18 may be eligible to receive this money even if they have not previously filed taxes and have low or no earnings
  • Expanded Child Tax Credit is expected to reduce child poverty by 45% overall, by 52% among Black children, by 62% among Native American children

Families meeting the guidelines will receive an Internal Revenue Service-issued check or direct deposit on July 15, August 13, September 15, October 15, November 15, and December 15.

The new maximum credit is available to taxpayers with a modified Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of:

  • $75,000 or less for singles
  • $112,500 or less for a single parent, also called (head of household)
  • $150,000 or less for married couples filing a joint return and qualified widows and widowers

For most people, the fastest and easiest way to file a federal tax return is by using the Free File system, available only on IRS.gov.

Taxpayers who file both a federal and a state return may be eligible for state tax credits, including the Home Heating Credit, the Homestead Property Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Low-income families with children are eligible for this crucial tax relief – including those who have not made enough money to be required to file taxes. If a couple makes under $24,800, a head of household makes under $18,650, or a single filer makes under $12,400, and they have not filed their taxes, the Non-filer Sign-up Tool can be used to sign up for the federal Child Tax Credit.

Find more information at www.childtaxcredit.gov.

 

Food Service Program

With support from the United States Department of Agriculture and Michigan Department of Education, Manistee Area Public Schools is grateful to be able to extend free meals for all children 18 and younger, and students with disabilities up to 26 years of age, in our Manistee community through the summer of 2021.  Once funding is no longer available, our Food Service Department will return to the National School Lunch Program parameters for public school food service.

MAPS will be serving all in-person learners free breakfast and lunch every school day at each building in the district.  We will also be offering free Grab & Go meals Mondays and Thursdays at Manistee Middle High School at MMHS at 525 Twelfth Street from 9 am to 10 am.  This food service program is available to all MAPS online learners in addition to any Manistee community families with children 18 & younger and students with disabilities up to 26 years of age.

Grab & Go Food Service program details:

  • Grab & Go meal service will offer breakfast and lunch meals distributed Mondays and Thursdays from 9 am to 10 am each week.
  • Curbside pick-up will be available at the MMHS main entrance drive at the student drop off area.
  • Meals provided on Monday will be breakfast & lunch for 3 days.
  • Meals provided on Thursday will be breakfast & lunch for 4 days to provide meals through the weekends.
  • Families of in-person learners are also able to pick up 2 breakfast and 2 lunch meals for their students on Thursdays to provide food through the weekend, following the same pick up instructions above.
  • If a holiday, snow day or school day scheduled to be off occurs on a Monday, the meal pick up will be Tuesday.
  • If a holiday or school day scheduled to be off occurs on a Thursday, the meal pick up will be Wednesday.  (Example Thanksgiving)
  • If a snow day, or other closure, occurs on Thursday meal pick up will be Friday.

Summer School Students
We will be serving meals to all students attending summer school within the building.  Only summer school students can be served indoors at this time.  The district will reevaluate early July, whether we can open to the public for daily service inside.

Students attending summer school can also request meals to be taken home for the weekends. Please make your request with one of our Nutrition Services team members or send an email to kcarlson@manistee.org to place an order for a Thursday meal pick-up after class.

We are grateful for the ability to continue providing this important service for the children of our community through the funding support of Federal and State agencies.

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MAPS Collaborates with SELWEB to Support Students and Grow Safer Schools

SELweb is a web-based system designed to assess key social-emotional skills that are associated with success in school and life and that are the targets of evidence-based social-emotional learning programs. SELweb directly assesses children’s understanding of others’ emotions and perspectives, their social problem-solving skills, and their self-control.  

Learn More About SELweb

MAPS is collaborating with SELWEB to support students and grow safer schools

Our children are starting to emerge from many “COVID” related stresses.  The pandemic impacted homelife, access to elder adults, and created a very different school environment.  In response, Manistee Area Public Schools has been increasing access to health care through the Child and Adolescent Health Center, as well as taking time in the classroom to talk about emotional stress with SafeNet workers Tracy Shimel and Scott Solberg.

To help educators understand student stress levels, MAPS turned to SELWEB.

“The words ‘social and emotional learning’ are finding themselves in more and more district strategic plans and school improvement plans. Student social and emotional development and school climate are becoming key performance indicators alongside academic skills.”  states Clark McKown, SELweb.

SELweb is a web-based system designed to assess key social-emotional skills that are associated with success in school and life and that are the targets of evidence-based social-emotional learning programs. SELweb directly assesses children’s understanding of others’ emotions and perspectives, their social problem-solving skills, and their self-control.  

“Last year I participated in a training through the Mason County ISD to learn how to administer the assessment and evaluate the results.  We conducted a pilot last year with a couple of classrooms in Kindergarten and 2nd grade to test the program out and review the results.  This year we fully launched a K-5th assessment in February to get an initial baseline of where students were in regards to their social emotional understanding,” Tracy Shimel, Safenet, Jefferson Elementary.  “We administered a post assessment in May and saw an 11% improvement in overall scores, this is exciting news for our district,” Tracy reports.

Students showed growth in five areas:

Emotion Regulation -understanding what you are feeling, and being able to adjust your thinking in response

Social perspective taking –  understanding what others are feeling

Social problem solving – the ability to think through social challenges

Self Control – the ability to control and change thoughts and feelings to achieve a goal

225 students at Jefferson participated  in February, and 212 students in May.  

“This information helps teachers prepare for their students in the Fall.  Students who feel ‘listened to’ and understood by their classmates have better school attendance and stronger academic performance.  SELWEB lets us know how we can address student’s individual needs with fairness and compassion,” says Jefferson Principal, Julia Raddatz.  “We look forward to a more normal school year coming up, but with our eyes open to the fact that growing up in a pandemic has been stressful for our little ones.”

P-EBT Food Assistance Benefits for Families

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) food assistance benefits will go to Michigan families with students ages 0-26 that are eligible for Free or Reduced-Price School Meals. This includes families currently receiving Food Assistance Program benefits, as well as those not currently enrolled in the program. No application is necessary for eligible families to receive P-EBT benefits.

If you have any questions, please contact 1-833-905-0028

 

Care Connect Help

  • Support for Stress or Trauma – Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. It’s important to recognize that sometimes we need help navigating our feelings about these situations.  The MAPS Care Connect team is available to provide that support for you and your student.  Our Behavioral Health Therapists can be reached by telephone Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., Sonya Broadbent (231-655-3744) or Priscilla Anglemyer (231-655-3867).  Or a request  for support can be submitted online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUYUG2SeYQ3E9rzQtMjXHEhY3CgW5z4SnGaGsKnDqndG9U0w/viewform
  • Help Line – Our Behavioral Health help line is available 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 -4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at 231-655-3867 orcovid-stress@nmhsi.org for anyone (staff, students or community) who is dealing with anxiety.
  • Lack of Resources – Our current situation has created challenges for many families in our community. Our MAPS Care Connect team is connected to community agencies providing resources for healthcare, food, dental care, insurance, housing, and more.  Do not hesitate to reach out to them for more information about what is available for you.  Cheryl Wolfram from Northwest Michigan Health Services can be reached by calling ­­­­­­­­231-655-3814 or email COVID-stress@nmhsi.org from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Serious and/or Chronic Mental Illness – If any student or family member is experiencing a mental health crisis they can reach out to Centra WellnessNetwork at 1-877-398-2013.  Centra Wellness has Therapist available and provides crisis services 24/7.

Centra Wellness offices offer 24 hour/ 7 days a week crisis services and office services for crisis related needs. You can call 877.398.2013 to contact a provider, schedule appointments or speak to a crisis worker. Click button below for more information.

 

United Way of Manistee envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.

United Way fights for the Health, Education, and Financial stability for EVERY person in EVERY community.

Through the 211 program, the United Way of Manistee County offers access to  free and confidential services that help people find the local resources they need.  They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

 

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Armory Youth Project Programming Calendar

 

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Through Family Spirit and Gikinawaabi, the mission is to create a partnership with families that supports and educates before, during, and after pregnancy. To support the sacred role of women in the community as givers of life, and encourage the understanding and importance of family well-being and the health of mothers, fathers and children over their lifespan.

Learning Resource Links

We have put together a list of resources providing learn at home options for practice. We will continue to expend this list as we identify additional opportunities. We felt these were some of the best quality resources for parents/students to access for free and with ease.

FREE Internet Access

Spectrum Internet will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

I XL Logo IXL – www.ixl.com   Math, ELA, Science, and SS, educational opportunities. 

NatGeoKids Logo Nat Geo for Kids –https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/  Learn all about geography and fascinating animals.

Epic! Logo EPIC – https://www.getepic.com/  Instantly access 35,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes & more

ABCYa logo ABCYA – https://www.abcya.com/  Over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK-6. The educational activities cover Math, ELA, and more. 

Storyline Online Logo Storyline Online – https://www.storylineonline.net/  Some of your favorite stories read to you by movie stars!

SumDog Logo SumDog – https://www.sumdog.com/parent/sign_up  Fun math practice!

StudyLadder Logo Studyladder – https://www.studyladder.com/account/new-parent-signup?t=parent&r=  Mathematics, English, Science and more online educational activities for students aged 4 to 12, mapped to the curriculum.

BookFlix Logo BookFlix – https://digital.scholastic.com/resources/slp/#/login?productCode=bkflix&ucn=642726498  Use the username and password below to access digital books for students in grade K-3. 

Username: Learning20

Password: Clifford

MobyMax Logo MobyMax – https://www.mobymax.com/  Digital lessons in Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies.

Science Buddies Logo Science Buddies – https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/science-projects#browse  Science projects, experiments, and more!

Scholastic logo Scholastic Learn at Home – https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html  Daily learning experiences for all grades! 

Study Island logo Study Island – https://home.studyisland.com/purchase/select-product  Follow these steps for free content practice:

  1. Visit https://home.studyisland.com-product
  2. Select Your state
  3. Select Billing type as Annual
  4. Select Subscription as Single license
  5. Select Subject as All Available Subjects
  6. Enter promo code: EdmentumSupport2020

Khan Academy Logo Khan Academy – www.khanacademy.org  Free online courses, lesson plans, and assessment practice.

Science Journal Logo Science Journal for Kids and Teens – https://sciencejournalforkids.org/  Hundreds of scientific articles. Written for kids. Approved by scientists.

CK-12 Logo ck-12 – https://www.ck12.org/student/  Interactive digital content and textbooks

I XL Logo IXL – www.ixl.com  Math, ELA, Science, and SS, educational opportunities. 

Science Buddies Logo Science Buddies – https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/science-projects#browse  Science projects, experiments, and more!

Scholastic logo  Scholastic Learn at Home – https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html  Daily learning experiences for all grades!

Study Island logo Study Island – https://home.studyisland.com/purchase/select-product  Follow these steps for free content practice:

  1. Visit https://home.studyisland.com-product
  2. Select Your state
  3. Select Billing type as Annual
  4. Select Subscription as Single license
  5. Select Subject as All Available Subjects
  6. Enter promo code: EdmentumSupport2020

Virtual Field Trip logo Virtual Field Trips – https://www.virtualfieldtrips.org/  Explore the world from home!

Scholastic logo Scholastic, Learning about Coronavirus – https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/coronavirus.html  This website provides articles and resources for talking with your child about the Coronavirus and how to prevent germs from spreading. The resources are grade level appropriate. 

M-Step Logo M-STEP Practice Assessments – https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi/ott1?index=1&adminId=523077&displayOTT=M-STEP+-+OTTS&display=M-STEP

Khan Academy Logo PSAT and SAT – https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

Get In Touch

Location: 550 Maple St, Manistee, MI 49660

Central Office

Telephone: (231) 723-3521