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.

For printable flyer, click image above or here: https://communications.dearbornschools.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/1274/2018/01/AANM-SURA-Spring-2018.pdf

For online registration or more info, click here:  http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/sura

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.

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.

2018 Summer Learning Program

Math:

  • 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.

             DO NOT LOG IN FROM THE STUDENT’S PERSONAL  ACCOUNT

 

Literacy:

  • Read 3 books of your choice and genre
  • Prepare one book talk to be presented in September
  • See the Resources Links below

             DO NOT LOG IN FROM THE STUDENT’S PERSONAL  ACCOUNT

 

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

Math (Khan)

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).

 

Camp Invention in Dearborn Summer 2017

DEARBORN Camp Invention Week 2017

Ages: For children entering K – 6th grade
Price: $255 (before discount)
Register: at campinvention.org
Location: William Ford Elementary School | 14749 Alber, Dearborn, MI 48126
Dates: June 26 – 30, 2017
Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Directed by Sarah Burkholder
For more information: email burkhos@dearbornschools.org or call (734) 306-8104

Click image below for printable flyer.

Camp Invention Flyer 2017

AANM Offers Award Winning SURA Photography Program for Students

Sura is an Arabic word for photograph. Arab American National Museum’s SURA Arts Academy – a 2008 winner of the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on Arts and the Humanities – helps students learn to interact with an increasingly diverse world through photography.

SURA Arts Academy, entering its 16th year, is back and better than ever.  This winter semester, students will focus on portrait photography, social media, and photojournalism while exploring themes of identity, community, social justice and culture!  Former Vogue intern photographer and contestant on Tyra Banks’s VH1 show, The Shot, Piper Carter will be this semester’s SURA instructor.  The program will take place every Tuesday starting January 11th – March 14th from 4:30-6:30pm.  As with all SURA classes, the students final work will be displayed in the Arab American National Museum’s gallery space in April 2017.

http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/sura

D.E.F.F. Unity Mother Daughter Evening Tea November 11

D.E.F.F. Unity Mother Daughter Evening Tea –
Rivals Unite Host Tea Supporting Scholarships & Promoting Tolerance & Understanding

On the field or in the classroom, Dearborn High, Edsel Ford, and Fordson (D.E.F.F.) are no strangers to competition, but longtime rivals will stand together on Friday, November 11, 7-9pm, as the three high schools host the first annual Mother Daughter Evening Tea.
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The event is open to students, staff and family members of Dearborn Public Schools and community members interested in supporting the high school students’ work to raise scholarship funds and promote tolerance and understanding. All funds raised at the Tea will go to support scholarships for students involved in anti-bullying, mediation, diversity and/or social justice at Dearborn High, Edsel Ford and Fordson.

Come show your support and encourage parents to attend the event!

* Prizes for best hat and hijab
* Silent auction
* Student entertaiment
* All students need be accompanied by a female adult.

Tickets are 1 for $7; 2 for $12. Tickets will be sold during high school lunch hours.

For more information, call Stacy Rumler at 827-1628, or Kelly Herrick at 827-1424.
(click the image to download the flyer)

Internet Essentials from Comcast

Internet Essentials from Comcast brings affordable high-speed Internet into homes. You may qualify if your child is eligible for the National School Lunch Program.

$9.95+tax per month for high-speed home Internet. Free Internet traiing. Low cost computers available from $149+tax. Apply at InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376.
Click below to print the flyer.

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University of Michigan-Dearborn Student Outreach and Academic Resources (SOAR) Program

SOAR 2016 recruitment flyer

The University of Michigan-Dearborn Student Outreach and Academic Resources (SOAR) Program is accepting applications for fall 2016 enrollment. SOAR provides a range of support for adults with financial need who want to complete their undergraduate degree.

Students ages 25 and over who are accepted into SOAR receive a generous tuition discount and free textbooks in their first year at UM-Dearborn along with access to laptops on loan, an optional “Return to Learn” seminar, and ongoing personal and academic support until they graduate from the university. Our fall-to-fall retention rate has been over 80% for the past nine years. With over 100 majors and minors, UM-Dearborn delivers a quality University of Michigan education with the benefit of small class sizes, flexible scheduling, and close connections with faculty, staff, and alumni.

Individuals interested in becoming a SOAR student must have 24 transferable credits, a cumulative 2.5 GPA, and be eligible for financial aid in addition to meeting other program requirements.

For more information about the University of Michigan-Dearborn or SOAR, call (313) 593-3960 or email umd-soarprogram@umich.edu.