AdvancED Team Will Wrap Up Visit At Special Board Meeting

 Press Release #17/2017-18
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2018
Contact:  Fatme Faraj, Director- School Improvement/Leadership Coaching
David Mustonen, Communications Director

AdvancED Team Will Wrap Up Visit At Special Board Meeting
–  Three day evaluation of District schools concludes with special Board of Education meeting on February 14, 2018.
     The Dearborn Public Schools is hosting an evaluation team from AdvancED starting on Monday, February 12, 2018.  The review takes place every five years and is part of the process to earn accreditation through the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).  Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance where schools, districts, and universities are held to rigorous standards and heightened accountability.  The current Systems Accreditation will expire in June 2018 and the District is looking forward to being granted accreditation for another five year period.
      Under the new process, the visiting team no longer awards accreditation status. Instead, the team will report back to the AdvancED home office, where a final determination will be made.  The team will report on their findings at a special Board of Education meeting on February 14 starting at 3 p.m. at the Administrative Service Center, 18700 Audette, Dearborn.  Staff, students, parents, and community members are invited to attend this public meeting.
      “We invite everyone to attend and take full advantage of this opportunity to hear an outside group of highly skilled educators provide a non-bias evaluation of the education taking place in our classrooms,” commented Ms. Fatme Faraj, Director, School Improvement and Leadership Coaching in the District.
      Ms. Faraj and her team have spent the last several months collecting artifacts (evidence) of the work taking place in the district, preparing accountability reports, setting up several announced and unannounced school visits, and making sure all the logistical details of the visit are in place.
The external review team is made up of a lead evaluator from out of state and an associate lead evaluator from within the state.  Additional team members from in and out of state participate in the review.  The visiting accreditation team will review reports, examine evidence, visit a number of schools, and conduct on-site interviews with various stakeholder groups.
      “The time spent with the AdvancED team has been very productive.  We have been able to share data about our programs, tour our schools, and provide them with a wealth of information that will help them in their evaluation of the teaching and learning taking place in our classrooms,” Ms. Faraj added.

Jan. 26, 2018 e3 – YOUR Dearborn Public Schools Employee Enews

Greetings!
It may be cold outside but this is no time to hibernate because there are lots of of fun, interesting and rewarding activities and opportunities around our town that you will not want to miss.  Check them out here, in this issue of the e3, YOUR Dearborn Schools employee news!
Just few items in this issue of YOUR e3 news:
  • School Board announces officers
  • Superintendent’s “Happenings” show focused on District’s School Improvement Process
  • ACCESS Community Coalition Town Hall to Prevent Substance Abuse Tuesday, Jan. 30
  • Parent University classes begin Friday, Feb. 2
  • Daddy Daughter Dance Thursday, Feb. 3
  • Mardi Gras Fundraiser for Education Foundation, Tuesday, Feb. 13
  • MBCC College & Career Night Thursday, Feb. 15
  • The Henry Ford’s “Innovation Nation Teacher Awards” deadline Feb. 28
  • Library Foundation “Educators Fostering Future Readers Contest” deadline March 1
  • Enter family stories and/or recipes for The Big Read Dearborn
  •  A sampling of photos from student activities across the District and…..new items in the ever-popular classified ads!
e3 is really about our District staff, so we encourage you to send items of interest to us via e-mail. You can send them directly to e3 Editor Leslie Herrick, herricl@dearbornschools.org or to our general communications email box at communications@dearbornschools.org.
Cheers!
David Mustonen, Director, Communications & Marketing
Leslie Herrick, Communications Specialist & e3 Editor
Sherry Candea, Communications Technician
Erik Tschiggfrey, Cble Supervisor, Video Production
Jacob Farah, Digital Media Technician

Thank You School Board Members! New Officers Selected

Thank You School Board Members!

– Board selects new officers at first meeting of 2018

As part of School Board Recognition Month, Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko took time at the January 8, 2018 School Board meeting to thank the Trustees for their service to the community.  

“School Board Trustees dedicate a lot of time sharing their expertise to benefit the students and families of our District. They are very knowledgeable about the workings of our district and the latest issues impacting education. As Superintendent, I truly appreciate the diversity of experience and professionalism our Trustees bring to the table,” commented Maleyko.

The Board of Education selects its own officers at the first meeting each January. In photo, the 2018 Board of Education with titles of newly selected officers, from left to right: Trustee Mary Lane, Board Secretary Hussein Berry, Trustee Celia Nasser, Board President Michael Meade, Board Vice President Mary Petlichkoff, Board Trustee James Thorpe and Board Treasurer Fadwa Hammoud.

School Board members in Dearborn develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of instruction in the District. They bear responsibility for the third largest district in the State of Michigan with an annual budget of more than $170 million, an enrollment of 21,000 students, and employs 2,700 staff members working in 34 buildings.  

In addition, trustees that serve on the Dearborn School Board serve as trustees for Henry Ford College. They are the only school board trustees in the state that also serve as trustees for a local college. This dual responsibility means trustees spend twice the amount of time dedicated to serving the community. They evaluate both the Superintendent and College President, attend twice the number of meetings, and must keep abreast of issues, laws, and legislation impacting both P-12 and the College.

At the Board meeting Superintendent Maleyko commented, “I’ve worked with all of these Board members on important issues over the past year including, just to name a few: expanding our early childhood and teacher home visit programs, leadership during contract negotiations, long term solutions to capacity concerns, and an ongoing commitment to establishing measurable goals that will steer our district for years to come. We thank our Board for their hard work, dedication and collaborative partnership.

School Board members serving the students in the Dearborn Public Schools are:

                                      Term Expires   Years Served   Year Elected

Trustee Hussein Berry          12-31-22          5*          Jan. 2017
Trustee Fadwa Hammoud    12-31-22       2.5**         July 2015
Trustee Mary Lane                12-31-18      17***        Jan. 2000
Trustee Michael Meade        12-31-20         3            Jan. 2015
Trustee Celia Nasser            11-6-18          .5        appointed June 2017
Trustee Mary Petlichkoff        12-31-20       7****       Jan. 2007
Trustee James Thorpe          12-31-18        1            Nov.2016

The Dearborn Board of Education, and the hundreds like it across the state, preserves the core of the United States’ democracy, public education.  They ensure that decisions on school programming are made by people elected to represent the community’s values, culture and circumstances.  They are citizens whose decisions affect students and build the local community.

* Served on Board from Jan. 2010–Dec. 2013; **Appointed July 2015 to serve 17 month term; ***Did not serve on the Board in 2008; **** Served on Board from Jan. 2007–Dec. 2010

Optimist Club’s Student Essay Contest Deadline Jan. 8

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DEADLINE: Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

The Optimist Club of Dearborn is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “Can Society Function Without Respect?” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2018.

The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays, based on the theme of “Can Society Function Without Respect?” and determine the top winners. Winners will receive $500 for 1st Place, $250 for 2nd Place, $150 for 3rd Place, and the winning essays will be sent to the district level where college scholarships are available for top winners.

“Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” Club President HANNAH HAWTHORNE said. “As Optimists, it is our goal to encourage them and do what we can to bring out the best in each of them. This gives them a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships at the same time.”

The Optimist Club of Dearborn has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for over 40 years and has been active in the community since 1940. Other programs and service projects that the Club is involved in include Oratorical Contest, Art Contest and Respect For Law Awards.

Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can find out more about the contest by contacting the club at 313-204-6623, or divislori@gmail.com (Mrs. Lori Divis.)

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 93,000 adult and youth members in 3,200 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the world. Carrying the Mission Statement “By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, please call (314) 371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.

Special Weather Announcement

Greetings,

Due to the severe weather predicted for this afternoon, (12/13/17) all after school activities will be cancelled in the Dearborn Public Schools. This includes athletics, childcare programs, adult and community education, building permits, and other events specific to individual schools.

All schools will remain open today and close at their regular time. Parents have the option to pick up their child early. Any student who is picked up by their parent or legal guardian will be given an excused absence. High school students will only be allowed to leave early if a parent or legal guardian contacts the school.

Normal bus routes will operate but may run late. All extracurricular busses for activities will be cancelled.

Thank you.


For your reference, here is additional information from the Superintendent:

#students1stDbnSchs Procedural reminder on school cancellation and potential snow days.


#students1stDbnSchs Procedural reminder on school cancellation and potential snow days.

There is a web page on dedicated to what goes into a decision regarding potential school cancellations. Here is a link to a page on my blog with resource and information regarding this topic.  Click Here. 

Just a reminder that parents always have the ability to make an individual decision in the best interest of their child(ren) regardless of a decision to close the entire district with 21,000 students and over 2700 staff members.

by Glenn Maleyko on December 13, 2017

Three Dearborn High Schools “Battle” to Feed the Hungry

As Thanksgiving week approached this year, Dearborn Public Schools students used their competitive spirit to collect food that will feed hundreds in need this holiday season. In the third annual “Battle Against Hunger,” Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford and Fordson, along with their “feeder” elementary and middle schools, collected 74,300 food items, filling a semi truck, to feed families in need through Gleaners Food Bank.

Edsel Ford High School and all of its feeder schools won the friendly city-wide competition by donating total of 28,691 food items. (Edsel Ford Students and faculty are shown in photo on right.)  Dearborn High and its feeder schools collected 26,338 food items for Gleaners, and Fordson High School’s feeder schools donated 19,271 food items.  

According to Gleaners Community Food Bank, 600,000 people in southeast Michigan don’t know where their next meal will come from.  Now, they will.

The Battle Against Hunger began two years ago as an off-field competition between cross-town rivals Fordson and Dearborn to help feed families in need through Gleaners. This year, both schools wanted Edsel Ford involved, so the Thunderbirds more than simply obliged–they won the top honors for collecting the most food this year!

“This was a battle,” said Edsel Ford junior Zoe Rogula, one of the students who helped organized her school’s participation in the Battle and cheered her classmates on to winning the challenge.

“It was astonishing to see the schools and schools come together for one cause,” said Edsel Ford senior Gadi Bzeih.  “I was crying tears of joy.”

“If everyone can focus on the same thing, look what we can accomplish,” said Dearborn High senior Maya Hamka.  “Snap Chat this week was dominated by Battle Against Hunger posts this week, as opposed to what we’re used to.  What a great thing to be a part of.” (Dearborn High School students with some of the donations they collected for Gleaners are shown on right.)

“It is wonderful to see how our high school students and the students in their feeder schools have used friendly competition to unite the District to support a great cause,” says Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.  “The generous work by our students will have a positive impact in the community. I am extremely proud of our students and the great work that they are doing to support those in need.”

Congratulations to all Dearborn schools for making a difference!

-Thank you to Raad Alawan, Realtor, RE/MAX Team 2000, for inspiring students and contributing to this article.

Below: Battle Against Hunger photos from Fordson High School.

 

High Schools Compete in Annual Battle Against Hunger

Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford, and Fordson compete through Friday, Nov. 17 to collect the most canned and non-perishable food items and money to help Gleaners Food Bank in the third annual BATTLE AGAINST HUNGER.

The goal is for the District to collect 100,000 cans to feed families in need. 

Donation collection boxes are set up at each high school.  Enter the main entrance and stop in the Office to find the donation location in your favorite high school.

https://youtu.be/lTk7hbHwR2k
Battle Against Hunger 3

 

Chatting With The Superintendent, Schedule

Chatting With The Superintendent

-An opportunity for informal conversation with the Superintendent and his administrative team

Parents, community members, and school district staff are invited to chat about the Dearborn Public Schools with Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko during informal meetings at several schools this year.  The “Chatting With The Superintendent” evenings are less formal than School Board meetings, providing an opportunity for interactive conversation on a variety of school related topics.


Chatting With The Superintendent- Schedule of Meetings

October 23, 2017, Edsel Ford High School, Staff- 2:30pm, Parents- 6pm

November 16, 2017, McCollough-Unis K-8 School, Staff- 3pm, Parents- 4:30pm

January 22, 2018, Dearborn High School, Staff- 3:30pm, Staff- 6:30pm

February 5, 2018, Geer Park Elementary, Parents- 4pmParents- 5pm

March 19, 2018, Michael Berry Career Center, Staff- 2:15pm,  (MBCC), Parents- 5:30pm, Staff- 3:40pm, (STEM)

April 23, 2018, O.L. Smith Middle School, Staff- 3pm, Parents- 6pm


“I appreciate the opportunity to talk with our community and provide individuals with the big picture story of our district, listen to their thoughts and comments, and hopefully answer any questions they may have for me or our administrative team,” Superintendent Maleyko commented.

“Last year, we discovered this casual relaxed setting allowed for good conversation, the sharing of ideas, and a platform that encouraged open dialogue. I’m looking forward to this year’s chats.

The meetings are open to all community members, district staff, students, and parents. All parents are welcome to attend any one of the scheduled “Chats” even if their child attends a different school.  This year’s schedule starts October 23, 2017 at Edsel Ford and ends April 23, 2018 at O.L. Smith.

Maleyko stressed that the conversation will be driven by those in attendance and focus on topics related to individual schools or the District as a whole.  Parents who may want to discuss an individual student should arrange to meet privately with the principal of the school or the child’s teacher.

“Some of the most popular conversations last year included questions addressed by Dr. Dan Patterson, our Director of Testing and Evaluation,” Maleyko noted. “As a result of parent input, Dr. Patterson was able to work with other instructional team members to reduce time spent on District testing.”

Topics that may be discussed at this year’s superintendent chats could include the District’s Strategic Plan and how it is guiding instruction in the classroom.  Other topics may include the School Improvement Process, budget, or addressing the increasing enrollment in the District.  Cabinet members from both the instructional and non-instructional side of the school District’s operations will be on hand to assist in answering questions.

Schools Welcome Senior Citizens:  Premier Citizen Discount Cards Available

Schools Welcome Senior Citizens:  Premier Citizen Discount Cards Available

The Dearborn Public Schools has a tradition of welcoming and encouraging senior citizen residents to attend school events by offering free admission and other special discounts via the Premier Citizen Discount Card.

Dearborn Public Schools residents over the age of 60 can stop in to any Dearborn Public School or the Administration Building to pick up this year’s Premier Citizen Discount Card.

“Many local residents in the over 60 crowd are Dearborn Public Schools alumni. We are happy to welcome them back to school,” notes Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Glenn Maleyko. “With the Premier Citizen Discount Card, senior residents can enjoy discounts or even free admission to school programs including musical performances, sporting events, and even lunch in the cafeteria.”

The Premier Citizen Discount Card is free and offers great discounts on school activities and school merchandise including:

  • Free admission to all school-sponsored activities* including concerts and athletic events.
  • Due to fees charged to schools for licensing of performance rights, admission to plays is not free, but lower priced tickets are available for seniors.
  • Discounts on select Community Education classes.
  • 10% discount on merchandise sold at school stores. (limit 4 items per year)
    Participation in school lunch programs at reduced prices.  Reduced price is 10% discount on the total purchase.  (Seniors must contact the school in advance to participate.)

“Community members will be proud of the accomplishments of the young people in their neighborhood,” Maleyko added. “We hope that everyone over the age of 60 will pick up a Premier Citizen Discount Card and take advantage of the free admission and discounts to have an entertaining or informative experience in the Dearborn Public Schools.”
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Press Release #03/2017-18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2017
Contact: David Mustonen, Communications Director
(313) 827-3006   MustonD@dearbornschools.org

Department Information

School Safety Zone Traffic Enforcement & Fines

Ensuring the safety of all students is a paramount objective of both the Dearborn Public Schools and the Dearborn Police Department. An area of common complaints and concern is traffic related issues in school zones during student drop off and pick up. Motorists often create unsafe conditions for students by blocking roadways, speeding, and improper parking. As in previous years, the Dearborn Police Department will be conducting directed traffic enforcement in the school zones. Please be careful and obey all traffic laws. This includes double parking, blocking driveways, failure to completely stop at a stop sign, failure to yield to a bus or pedestrians, disobey a school crossing guard, and other traffic infractions.

The Dearborn Police Department will be actively enforcing traffic laws around ALL school zones:
* Blocking driveways: $80 fine
* Double parking: $80 fine
* Stop sign violation: 3 points $150 fine
* Fail to yield to pedestrian: 2 points $150 fine
* Fail to yield to School Bus: 3 points $240 fine
* Disobey a school crossing guard: Misdemeanorr

Please keep in mind:
* The bus stop is for buses only
* Walk children to school when possible
* Drop off/pick up children a short distance away from school when possible.  This alleviates traffic congestion around our schools
* Once your child is out of the car and safely on the sidewalk vacate the area to make room for other parents to drop off their children.
* Be mindful of school staff and crossing guards.  They are there for your child’s safety.
* Be a “Good Neighbor” by being mindful of residents who live near school zones.

Download the  Signed School Zone Safety letter  to see fines and other traffic violations police will be enforcing.