November 6

Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal

 

School districts in Wayne County have placed a proposal on the November 8th ballot to provide added funding for our schools. It is the “Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.”

If approved by the entire county, the 2 mil proposal will generate approximately $6.2 million from Dearborn but the District will receive $7.8 million in additional funding for our schools.  Money would go to local schools starting this year and the millage expires after six years.  Continue reading

November 6

Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal

 

School districts in Wayne County have placed a proposal on the November 8th ballot to provide added funding for our schools. It is the “Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.”

If approved by the entire county, the 2 mil proposal will generate approximately $6.2 million from Dearborn but the District will receive $7.8 million in additional funding for our schools.  Money would go to local schools starting this year and the millage expires after six years.  Continue reading

October 13

Notice for AOL Email Accounts

Dear Parents,

If you are an AOL email user, please be aware that you may not receive email notifications due to AOL policies. We are working to resolve this issue with AOL.

Thank you for your patience while we work with AOL to make sure you get classroom notifications from your teacher.

Sincerely,

Technology Department

April 2

Why Reading Matters

You may be asking yourself why you need to read every day. And I wish my answer, “Life demands reading,” was enough, but it’s not. Reading to learn enables you to academic success, but reading to understand builds your brain and challenges you to grow.

I remember being in 7th grade reading Across Five Aprils. I felt as if I had been transported back to the Civil War and was experiencing the action first hand. A family divided, fighting, marriage, and death all came to life as I read. This was the first time I remember really getting a book to come to life in my brain, with each scene playing out in color.

So, yes, we practice reading strategies, and yes, we take tests to see what we’re understanding, but real reading comes when we’re able to get the words on the page to come to life in our brains.

And the problem usually begins with I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO READ! I’ve attached a site that will help you toward a better book! No more excuses!

https://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/search

August 28

Welcome Back!

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Welcome Back! I’m so excited to be starting this school year with you. Many of you know me, but for our 6th graders, let me take a minute and introduce myself.

I am Mrs. Ditmar and have been teaching at Stout for 9 years. I am married, have two kids, Jack (7) and Sylvia (4.5). We also have a dog, Sully. We’re an active family who enjoys the beach, exploring, bike riding, camping, working out, cooking, and creating. When I’m not at work, I’m with my kids! I graduated from the University of Dayton in 2000 with a degree in public relations and Spanish. Once I graduated, I realized I had no desire to work in the business world, so I put myself through graduate school by working at a deli, and in 2002, I got my first teaching job in Dayton Public Schools. I immediately knew I belonged in the classroom and haven’t looked back! After spending three years in Dayton, I moved and taught 6th grade language arts in Boston, and from Boston, I moved here and have been at Stout ever since.

You and I are going to be spending a lot of time together and I want you to know a few things about me.

1. My full name is Elizabeth Adams Ditmar.

2. I am 25 and have been 25 for a few years! (It’s rude to ask a lady how old she is!)

3. I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Along the way I have also lived in: Grand Haven, Michigan; Palm Desert, California; Dayton, Ohio; Segovia, Spain; and Boston, Massachusetts.

4. My favorite colors are pink, blue, green, and grey.

5. I love to eat spicy foods, steak, and pistachios.

6. I don’t drink soda, but drink coffee and tons of water. (You’ll learn that I’m a pretty healthy eater.)

7. I love Reese’s, but don’t tell!

8. I’m left handed and an only child.

9. Cats scare me.

10. I love to organize and clean.

11. I cheer for Michigan State, but I didn’t go there.

12. I usually fall asleep during movies, but can stay up late reading books.

13. I was diagnosed with a disability in college, and that really changed my life.

14. I teach because I love it.

15. You’re still reading? Ok, I have to admit, I love grammar and finding spelling errors.

16. I’m not very good with technology and usually ask for help.

17. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, because there no gifts to exchange the food is delicious.

 

That’s enough for now! I’m really looking forward to a wonderful year.

~Mrs. Ditmar