District, City, & Community Partners To Conduct Emergency Readiness Exercise

photo of William Ford Elementary School

– Police, EMS, local hospitals, and school personnel will take part in June 19, 2018 practice at William Ford Elementary.

The planning started over a year ago and on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 the Dearborn Public Schools will partner with several different organizations in the city to conduct an emergency readiness exercise at William Ford Elementary School, 14749 Alber Street, Dearborn 48126.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing until noon, residents in the area, and those traveling near the school, will see police, fire, and many other emergency personnel in and around the school.

“For the past several years we have worked with police and fire officials at the City of Dearborn to conduct Table Top exercises at several of our schools. This live exercise is the natural progression of the Table Top events and will help our schools and emergency responders better prepare for an actual emergency situation,” commented event organizer and Dearborn Public Schools Director of Safety and Security Dr. Don Ball.

The June 19 practice exercise will involve a threat made to a school via social media and then the individual making the threat will attempt to access the school. Police, as well as fire and EMS, will have the opportunity to practice their response to the situation. Beaumont Hospital will use this event to review their procedures regarding reunification of families. Henry Ford Hospital Fairlane will also be taking part and will receive “casualties” to their emergency facilities at their Dearborn location.

“The number of organizations taking part in this exercise demonstrates the advantages to building strong community partnerships in our city. We especially appreciate Mayor O’Reilly’s leadership and his continued focus on keeping Dearborn, and our schools, a safe place for all,” commented Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Glenn Maleyko.

Over the years, the Dearborn Public Schools have been actively involved in addressing school safety and creating a safe school environment. Most recently the district added a system that requires visitors to request access before entry doors are unlocked, physically moving the location of the main office at several schools to create a safer entry way, annually updating school and district emergency plans, and school and district emergency teams meet on a regular schedule throughout the year in order to review and practice different emergency procedures.

The major piece to the Dearborn Public Schools safety plan is the strong partnership with the Dearborn Police Department. With direction from Mayor John B. O’Reilly Jr., Chief Ronald Haddad has established a robust community policing model, which means that patrol officers routinely visit all schools in the city. For the 2017-18 school year, officers made 4,612 School Park and Walk visits as part of their daily patrols. These routine visits allow officers to build strong relationships with the staff and students in the schools and go a long way in preventing problems before they occur.

In addition, seven School Resource Officers (SRO’s) are assigned to schools in Dearborn. These highly trained officers spend their days in the schools and become part of the building culture. Working with the school’s administration, the SRO’s are highly effective in helping to identify and investigate possible threats to school safety before they reach a critical level.

“Our district has been very proactive over the years and will continue to build upon our strong partnership with the city to ensure a safe school environment for students and staff,” added Superintendent Maleyko.

Congratulations 2018 Teacher of the Year Honorees

Congratulations to the 2018 Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Students’ Choice Award winners! The annual event is held at the Performing Arts Center and sponsored by the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce and many local business partners.

This year’s winners were Teacher of the Year High School winner Dr. John Bayerl, Michael Berry Career Center; Middle School winner Peter Suni, Bryant Middle School; Elementary, Pre-K to 2nd grade winner Elizabeth Gutierrez, Geer Park Elementary; and Elementary grades 3-5 winner Maria Iuliano, Geer Park Elementary.  They were selected from hundreds of entries submitted by students. The nomination letters were filled with stories about how their teachers not only impacted their instruction but touched their lives.

In his comments to the audience gathered at the event Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko said, “Tonight four teachers will receive a well deserved acknowledgement of appreciation and excellence. They will be recognized because they are committed to educating our youth, expanding the horizons of students, and caring about the well being of children. Looking out upon the crowd gathered here, knowing several of these teachers, and observing many of them first hand… I know the selection committee must have had a very difficult time only picking four.”

He later went on to say that every teacher nominated has made a difference in the lives of their students. They make their classroom, their school and the district a place of quality learning for all students. He thanked all the teachers for their dedication to the profession of teaching and for being a part of the Dearborn Public Schools.

In the photo, from left: Dearborn Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Chair Phil Emma; Dearborn Chamber President Jackie Lovejoy; Teacher of the Year High School winner Dr. John Bayerl, Michael Berry Career Center; Middle School winner Peter Suni, Bryant Middle School; Elementary, Pre-K to 2nd grade winner Elizabeth Gutierrez, Geer Park Elementary; Elementary grades 3-5 winner Maria Iuliano, Geer Park Elementary; and Superintendent Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D.

June 8 Edition of e3 Dearborn Public Schools Employee Enews

Just in time for graduation and LOTS of things going on around Dearborn this weekend, here’s the latest edition of e3, YOUR Dearborn Public Schools employee enews!

Highlights in this issue: 

  • Congratulations graduating class of 2018!
  • DHS Interact Club promotes CDKL5 awareness & Walk Saturday, August 18 
  • Spaghetti dinner benefit for District employee Glenda Rice Saturday, June 9
  • Free Household Hazardous Waste Day at Henry Ford College Saturday, June 9
  • Free community Shred Day at DFCU  Saturday, June 9
  • Museum hosts free petting zoo & family fun at Arts, Animals & Awakenings, Saturday, June 9
  • Children’s Fishing Derby at Camp Dearborn Saturday, July 8
  • Dearborn Public Library finals weeks guidelines
  • Plus student successes, fun events across the District, photos, good news, the e3 classified ads, and more!
e3 is really about our District staff, so we encourage you to send items of interest to us via e-mail to our general communications email box at communications@dearbornschools.org.
Remember, you can always see past issues of e3 plust many other cool things like links to recent Dearborn Public Schools videos, on the Communications Blog!  You can sign up to receive an email summary of all the new content on the Communications Blog, too!  https://communications.dearbornschools.org/ 

Impact Awards Presented to Four Staff Members

The Dearborn Public Schools recently presented Impact awards to four District staff members who consistently go “above and beyond” to give students, families and colleagues a positive experience at school. The recipients were nominated by students, parents or co-workers for their exemplary work in roles outside of classroom teaching.

The Impact award was created to recognize staff members who work in a wide variety of positions as they contribute to a positive school environment but do not qualify for the more well known Teacher of the Year Award.

Each one of the Impact honorees has a reputation for demonstrating the District’s Core Values. They are consistently professional, personable and polite, positively affecting students, parents and other staff members as they work in the District.

The 2018 Impact award recipients are: Counselor Ibrahim Baydoun, Principal Veronica Jakubus, Building Engineer Miron Kurylyuk, and Paraprofessional Dawn Ruprecht.

Impact award recipient Ibrahim Baydoun is a Counselor at Edsel Ford High School. The student who nominated Mr. Baydoun explained that he is a very hard worker, listens to every student, and always tries to find solutions. When this student first arrived in the United States, Mr. Baydoun took extra time getting to know the student to make sure that the student’s schedule was correct and he had the classes he needed. The nominator added, “Many times the work Mr. Baydoun does requires him to stay late, far and above what he is expected to do.”

Impact award winner Long Elementary School Principal Veronica Jakubus was nominated by a parent who explained that she “can rest easy at work knowing that Ms. Jakubus is overseeing the school and keeping our son safe. She is constantly doing the little things to make the school a safe and better place.” The nominator noted that one day, Ms. Jakubus walked their son all the way home just so he could get the Valentines he left on the kitchen table that morning.

Impact award recipient Miron Kurylyuk, Building Engineer at the Michael Berry Career Center, “makes sure the building he works in is always safe, clean, and operating at peak efficiency” stated his nominator. “Whether shoveling snow in the blowing wind, picking up trash in the pouring rain, or mowing the lawn in the sweltering heat, his pride in the appearance of our building shows in his attitude, his work ethic, and his beloved building… No matter what the request, his answer is never ‘no,’ but always ‘whatever I can do to help.’”

A 31-year veteran of the District, Impact award winner Dawn Ruprecht is a Paraprofessional who assists students with significant cognitive impairments. Her nomination read, “Always working to the highest standards, Ms. Ruprecht exhibits compassion and love for her job at Michael Berry Career Center, defining the role of a paraprofessional.” Her nominator emphasized that Ms. Ruprecht is dedicated, knowledgeable and a consummate team player. “She treats each student with respect and she accepts all students’ diversities and learning differences in the classroom.”

At the Impact awards presentation during the Dearborn Education Foundation’s Green Tie Dinner, Superintendent Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D., stated, “Congratulations to all four of this year’s Impact award winners. We thank each of them for their service and dedication to the students in the Dearborn Public Schools. It is because of you that we are a successful district that always puts Students First, to Inspire, Educate, and Celebrate.”

The top 25 Impact award nominees were invited to attend the Dearborn Education Foundation’s Green Tie Dinner along with a guest. The four award winners each received a special Pewabic Pottery tile plaque and $500.

The Dearborn Public Schools thanked the Dearborn Education Foundation for making the Impact awards presentation part of their event and, most importantly, for all they do to support Dearborn students and teachers in the classroom.

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Photos attached:

First (top) Photo:  Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Glenn Maleyko presents an Impact award to Ibrahim Baydoun, a Counselor at Edsel Ford High School.

Second Photo: Dearborn Public Schools Executive Director of Student Achievement presents an Impact Award to Long Elementary School Principal Veronica Jakubus.

Third Photo: Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Glenn Maleyko presents an Impact award to Dawn Ruprecht, a Paraprofessional at Michael Berry Career Center.