Time To Nominate Your Favorite Teacher!

It’s time for students to nominate their favorite Dearborn Public Schools teacher for the 2018 Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Students’ Choice Award, sponsored by the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, and presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 16, 2018 at 5 p.m.

An on-line nomination form can be found on the District’s website (www.dearbornschools.org) or directly at: https://goo.gl/nuCtnN

Or click here for a printable form: https://cdn.dearbornareachamber.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/19083519/Teacher-nomination-sheet-2018.pdf

Printed nomination forms may be picked up at any Dearborn public school and the District’s Administration Office, 18700 Audette. They can be dropped off or mailed to the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, 22100 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48124, or faxed to (313) 584-9818. Adults may assist students in completing nominations when necessary, but no more than two teachers can be nominated per student.

Students may nominate new or veteran teachers whom they feel have made outstanding contributions to the teaching profession. Pre-K through second grade students are asked to describe how their teacher makes learning fun. Students in this category can include a nice drawing, if they wish, but it will not be part of the selection process. Third through fifth grade students must describe how their teacher has created a classroom where learning is positive and fun. Middle school students (grades 6-8) are asked to explain how their teacher connects classroom learning with everyday life. Students in high school must describe how their teacher is preparing them to be successful beyond high school.

“Nominating a teacher for this award is an outstanding way for students to show their teachers how much they appreciate and value the job they are doing in the classroom and the positive impact they have on their life. We have so many excellent teachers who are deserving of this recognition, and I hope all of our students will take a few moments to nominate their favorite teacher,” commented Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Glenn Maleyko.

Applications will be assessed on the quality of the nomination, not on the number received. Award judges are members of the Dearborn Chamber Education Committee and are not provided with the teachers’ names. One winner from each category will be announced at a special ceremony being held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 4:15 p.m. The public is welcome to attend this free event.

Teachers selected to receive the Teacher of Year Award are being recognized as positive role models who consistently provide unique, productive, positive classroom experiences. Teachers selected receive a $1,000 cash prize, a glass award commemorating their achievement, and most importantly will be part of a select group of Dearborn teachers who have been recognized by the community for their dedication and passion for teaching.

“I want to thank the Chamber of Commerce and all the sponsors for once again hosting this event,” Maleyko added. “Our district is very fortunate to have so many great community partners.”

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Press Release #18/2017-18
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2018
Contact: David Mustonen, Communications Director
(313) 827-3006 MustonD@dearbornschools.org

Clarifying January 26, 2018 Incident At Dearborn High School

In the wake of the reporting on the terrible tragedy that occurred in Florida, there have been many additional news stories regarding school safety and the debate on gun laws.  Several stories have used an interactive map showing the history of gun violence in schools over the years.  This map points out any type of gun incident at a school or university.  For example, there are several incidents that cite an accidental discharge of a weapon including one incident involving a law enforcement officer.  Another incident points out a suicide in a car that was in a parking lot of a community college.  Although these examples include a gun on school property, they are not comparable to the horrific mass shootings that have occurred at schools over the years.

The map includes a location in Dearborn where gun violence took place at a school.  This incident occurred on January 26, 2018 and all information was shared with the community the night the event took place (See Superintendent’s Letter). One random shot was fired in the air by an individual who was not a Dearborn student and no one was injured. As a follow up, the individual involved in this incident has been identified by police and they are working to bring him to justice. It was also discovered, through the investigation, there is a strong possibility that the single shot fired actually took place off school property.

The District is by no means trying to minimize the incident that occurred after school outside of Dearborn High nor are we trying to downplay the seriousness of other incidents that have occurred across the country.  We do feel that it is important to accurately identify the context of these events which sometimes can get lost in a dramatic headline, soundbite, or social media post.

To put the massive loss of life that occurred in Florida, and other places, into the same category as an incident where no one was even injured in an attempt to boost a statistic or sensationalize a headline is a questionable practice.  The event that happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, and others like it, need no further sensationalizing. They stand alone as horrific tragedies that tear at our emotions.

There is no argument, violence of any type; whether caused by a gun, knife, fist, or any other object is not acceptable in a school environment.  The district fully supports efforts to protect children, keep our schools safe, and eliminate guns from school property.  We will continue to work with our staff, students, community, local law enforcement, and government officials to create a safe and secure learning environment for all students in the Dearborn Public Schools.

 

Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko blog- https://superintendent.dearbornschools.org/2018/01/26/incident-at-dearborn-high-school-during-the-basketball-game-on-01-26-18/

Source for information cited- “Bakersfield Now staff- Thursday, February 15th 2018

Complete list of the 18 incidents that have occurred at schools and universities in 2018 please visit: http://bakersfieldnow.com/news/nation-world/statistic-on-number-of-school-shootings-needs-to-be-put-into-context

 

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.

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

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

Summer Adventure Club/Camp for Ages 3-12


Summer Adventure Flier 2017

See a fun Summer Adventure Club/Camp video here: https://youtu.be/hmT6M3rLpvc

Dearborn Schools Offers Summer Adventure Club/Camp for Ages 3-12

The Dearborn Public Schools is now enrolling children ages 3 (toilet learned) to 12 for the fun-filled Summer Adventure Club/Camp program that runs June 21-Aug. 18, 2017.

The Summer Adventure Club/Camp offers children an exciting variety of activities such as daily swimming, science activities, music, life skills, arts and crafts, dance, team building, and weekly field trips.

The program will be held at Snow Elementary School, 2000 Street, Dearborn MI 48124.

This year’s theme is “Our Heroes!” with weekly themes being:
June 21 – 23 Who is a Hero?
June 26 – 30 Heroes of the Past
July 3 – 7 Teacher Heroes
July 10 – 14 Law Enforcement Heroes
July 17 – 21 Fire Fighter/EMT Heroes
July 24 – 28 Medical Professional Heroes
July 31-Aug 4 Armed Forces Heroes
August 7-11 Four Legged Heroes
August 14 – 18 Who is YOUR Hero?

This is a great program for busy families because children may attend less than five days per week, instead of the full week required by most summer day camp programs. A minimum attendance of three days per week for at least four weeks is required (12 days).

There is a $35 registration fee for the first child and $15 for each additional child.

Preschool, School Age, and Middle School children:
$185 weekly less than 9 hours* (includes field trip admissions; $6-8 bus/fuel surcharges additional)
$200 weekly more than 9 hours* (includes field trip admissions; $6-8 bus/fuel surcharges additional)

Daily rates will be charged at $40 for 9 hours or less, and $43 for over 9 hours. Sibling discounts of 10% are given for each additional child. All paperwork is due 48 hours before first day of attendance.

For more information on this program or any of the paid preschool programs offered by the Dearborn Public Schools please contact the Early Childhood Program Office at (313) 827-8350 or (313) 827-6260.

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