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

Public Invited to 3rd Annual #TheRealDearborn Unity March

Public Invited to Join In 3rd Annual #TheRealDearborn Unity March

For the third straight year Dearborn students have organized #TheRealDearborn Unity March, inviting the public to participate at 1 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15.

Concerned about inaccurate descriptions of life in Dearborn, students from Dearborn, Edsel Ford, and Fordson have worked together to once again organize the march in an effort to bring people together and show the diversity and unity of Dearborn. The students agreed that Martin Luther King Day was the perfect time to hold #TheRealDeaborn Unity March celebrating Dearborn’s historic diversity, rich culture, and united community.

“The students believe strongly in their city and have worked hard to host an event that showcases the welcoming community spirit that thrives in Dearborn and gives everyone the opportunity to show their support,” Dr. Maleyko commented. “They invite everyone to participate.”

The public is invited to gather outside the west entrance of the Michael Guido Theater located at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, 48126 at 1 p.m. to take part in the event. Those in attendance will march from the theater entrance a short distance to the Henry Ford Centennial Library and then back to the theater. The event will then move indoors for a short program that includes students sharing their stories and readings to demonstrate how life in Dearborn exemplifies Dr. King’s message of brotherhood/sisterhood.

The students organizing the march hope the approximately 90-minute long event will draw hundreds of supportive youth and families, community leaders and civic organization members. Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko, Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr., and other prominent members of the community are already planning to attend.

The students encourage people to visit the Twitter and Instagram accounts promoting the January 15 #TheRealDearborn March. People are invited to post photos and comments @RealDearborn.

For more information about how you or your organization can take part in the January 15th #TheRealDearborn March, please contact Ms. Violet Souweidane at souweiv@dearbornschools.org or Ms. Norma Harb at HarbN@dearbornschools.org. Media inquiries should contact Dearborn Public Schools Director of Communications Mr. David Mustonen at mustond@dearbornschools.org or (313) 827-3006.

(Photo from 2016 #TheRealDearborn March.)

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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