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.

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.

Feb. 2, 2018 e3, YOUR Dearborn Public Schools Employee Enews

Greetings!
There are lots of great things happening in our schools this winter, plus many 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:
  • Presentation on Teen Depression, Anxiety & Psychosis, Wednesday, Feb. 7
  • 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
  • Events you won’t want to miss around 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.

Presentation on Teen Depression, Anxiety & Psychosis, Wed. Feb. 7

The Dearborn Public Schools Special Education Department invites high school parents/guardians to a free presentation on understanding depression, anxiety and psychosis in teens including early signs, symptoms and treatment options.

The free presentation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6-7 p.m. in the Dearborn High School Cafeteria. Refreshments will be provided.

Presented by the Wayne State University Center for Treatment & Research in Behavioral Health, the agenda includes:

  • Explanation of depression and anxiety and symptoms of each.
  • Definition of psychosis and symptoms.
  • Information about school impact on teens that are affected by mental illness.
  • How to identify early signs of depression, anxiety and psychosis.
  • Resources to help as well as treatment options for the family.

To register for this free presentation or for more information, contact Ms. Stacy Rumler at 313-827-1628 or Rumlers@dearbornschools.org.

Click for printable flyer: https://communications.dearbornschools.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/1274/2018/02/Student-Mental-Health-Presentation.pdf