Career and Job Fair February 28

Career and Job Fair February 28

The Dearborn Public Schools and the Adult Education Department have partnered with Henry Ford College, the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, and the City of Dearborn to host a Career & Job Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

Students, alumni and the public are invited to attend to gather information and talk with representatives of a wide variety of hiring employers.

The event is free and open to the public.  No pre-registration is required.

A wide variety of businesses and organizations will be available to talk with participants about job opportunities. Some of the industries that will be represented at the job fair include:

  • Health
  • Technology
  • U.S. Armed Forces
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Retail
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Construction Trades

Businesses interested in hosting a recruitment table at the Career and Job Fair contact the American Arab Chamber of Commerce at (313) 945-1700 for table fees and details.

For more information, call Ms. Wedad Maatouk, Career/College/CTE Community Partnership Liaison, Dearborn Public Schools Adult Education, at (313) 827-4820.

Michael Berry Career Center College & Career Night 2/15/18

The Dearborn Public Schools Career & Technical Education (CTE) Department will host a College and Career Night on Thursday, February 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Michael Berry Career Center, located on the Dearborn Heights Campus at 22586 Ann Arbor Trail in Dearborn Heights.
All Dearborn middle and high school students, along with their families, are invited to attend and explore exciting programs available to prepare them for life after high school, how to get into college, how college works, and how to best prepare for the in-demand, high-paying jobs of tomorrow.  The event is free.
At the College and Career Night:
• Meet MBCC staff and students, tour the building and learn about Career and Technical Education programs in Health Science, Culinary Arts, Digital Design and Media, Business and Computers.
• Teachers from all Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford and Fordson will be on hand to talk about the CTE classes available to students as electives.
• Representatives from Henry Ford College and several other colleges will be on hand to discuss college credit for high school coursework (articulated credit), college applications, financial aid and what to expect after graduation.
• Local businesses will share information about the current job market and how to best prepare for current job openings.
• Members of local skilled trades organizations will talk about how to receive high-tech training and get a great paying job, without college loans and debt.
• Counselors and CTE staff will discuss the Michigan Merit Curriculum and how CTE classes may meet some graduation requirements.
• Various student organizations will be present to talk about student leadership, competition, and how to apply classroom learning to the real world.
• Dearborn Adult and Community Education will be available to discuss GED, ESL and training classes available to all Dearborn residents.
For more information, contact Mr. John Bayerl, CTE/Perkins Supervisor, Michael Berry Career Center at (313) 827-4808 or email

Students Can Enroll Now for SURA Photography Program Focused on Unity & Social Justice

The Arab American National Museum’s (AANM) SURA Arts Academy is a 10-week photography course for students ages 10-16.  Students explore, document, and learn the art of photography.  They have the opportunity to speak with professional photographers and explore their community, identity, and culture through the lens of their camera.  

This semester, the theme for the class is harmony, unity, and community, with a focus on social justice and empowerment through not only their camera lens but through social media as students take control of the AANM Instagram page!  

The program will take place at AANM every Tuesday, Feb. 6 – April 24 from 4:30-6:30pm.  

Registration deadline: Friday, Feb. 2,  5pm.

$50 AANM Members; $75 General Public. Scholarships awarded based on financial need and availability.

Space is limited.

As with all SURA classes, the students final work will be celebrated and displayed in AANM’s gallery space in Summer/early Fall of 2018.

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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 or Ms. Norma Harb at Media inquiries should contact Dearborn Public Schools Director of Communications Mr. David Mustonen at or (313) 827-3006.

(Photo from 2016 #TheRealDearborn March.)

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 (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

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.


SURA Arts Academy for Ages 10-15

SURA Arts Academy Fall Semester 2017 (Ages 10-15)
Tuesdays, Oct. 3 – Dec. 12, 2017
4:30-6:30 p.m. @ AANM

Instructor Gordon Alexander, a seasoned photographer who has taught photography all across Detroit, will lead middle and high school students in a 10 week photography course designed to help students tell stories about their lives, community and culture, centered on this year’s theme of synergy, unity and human interaction. Cameras are provided by AANM. Students’ work will be celebrated in AANM’s annual Student Photography Exhibition. Register now; space is limited to 20 students! All levels of experience welcome.
Fee: $50 AANM Members; $75 general public


Scholarships awarded based on financial need + availability

SURA scholarship application

Registration deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

Summer Learning Program for Middle School Students

According to Johns Hopkins University, the effects of summer learning loss can result in nearly a three-month loss in grade-level equivalency in math and a two-month loss in grade-level equivalency in reading.  In order to close the summer learning loss gap in reading and math, all middle school students will be  expected to complete Summer Learning before they return in the fall.  Teachers will grade the completed summer work when school opens in September.  Below are the expectations for math and literacy.  Thank you so much for supporting your child’s development through summer learning.


  • Complete 60 minutes of Khan Academy a week, based on their NWEA level.
  • Students need to access Khan through Clever from the Dearborn Schools Student page.




  • Read 3 books of your choice and genre
  • Prepare one book talk to be presented in September
  • Complete a combined 60 minutes of MobyMax a week in Vocabulary, Language, and Reading Skills Literature
  • Students need to access MobyMax through Clever from the Dearborn Schools Student page.



Below is the grade breakdown by minutes for each subject area:

Math (Khan) and ELA (MobyMax).

480+ minutes    A                 

384 – 479           B                  

336 – 383           C       

288 – 335           D

Here are the resources that you will need:

Summer Learning Parent Letter

Summer Learning Reading Requirement Instructions

Summer Reading Rubric (*select File | Make a copy and then complete).


Power of Drawing Classes for K-5 Students

Students Can Still Enroll in Spring Power of Drawing Classes

Classes geared for K-5 students started last week, but parents can still sign up for the session and will not be charged for a class that they were not able to attend.

Even if students are not attending the schools listed in the flier, they can sign up and go to the nearest school to them.

Questions? Call 313-827-1959
Enroll at

Click image to view/download the flyer below.