#Students1stDbnSchs-Press Release #40-Dearborn starting early college for education majors

Press Release #40/2018-19


Contact:  Majed Fadlallah, Principal, Henry Ford Early College
         (313) 317-1584  fadlalm@dearbornschools.org
David Mustonen, Communications Director
                  (313) 827-3006   MustonD@dearbornschools.org

Dearborn starting early college for education majors

Next fall, Dearborn Public Schools will start its fourth combined high school and associate degree program, this one focused on educating future educators.

Henry Ford Early College – School of Education will allow students to get degrees in child development or pre-education for elementary, secondary or special education.  Students can also leave with a paraprofessional certificate, giving them the option to work as a classroom aide while they pursue their bachelor’s degree at a four-year university.

The new School of Education joins three other Dearborn Public School programs that allow students in five years to both complete high school and earn an associate degree or professional certification, all at no cost to the family. All of the programs are possible through a partnership between the school district and Henry Ford College.  The three Henry Ford Early College programs are housed on the college campus, including existing programs focused on healthcare and manufacturing-related careers.  Another program, the Henry Ford Collegiate Academy, is a mix of traditional high school classes at Dearborn High, Edsel Ford or Fordson and courses at Henry Ford College.

Since the first early college started in 2007, Dearborn Public Schools has had more than 230 students graduate from the five-year programs.

Students in the School of Education will be able to get hands-on experience in classrooms across Dearborn Schools.  Eighth graders were allowed to apply to the college earlier this school year, although the program only recently received official state approval.  The School of Education is open to students from across Wayne County.  It will accept about 50 students each year.

“It’s going to be great,” said Early College Principal Majed Fadlallah.  Graduates from the program could help fill what is expected to be a growing teacher shortage in Michigan and around the country, Fadlallah said.

Dearborn School students enrolled in the combined high school/college programs are allowed to participate in traditional high school activities like sports and clubs back at their home high schools through 12th grade.  The district provides busing from the home high schools to the Early College programs.

“Dearborn Public Schools is grateful and proud to be able to offer our students these early college programs in cooperation with Henry Ford College.  Whether we are helping launch students directly into a career or giving them a head start on a university degree, we understand these programs are a great asset to our students, our families and our community,” said Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.


#Students1stDbnSchs-Press Release #38-April 26 is second annual Care to the Core Day

Contact: Danene Charles, Coordinator, Affective Education
(313) 827-8330 charled@dearbonschools.org
David Mustonen, Director, Communications
(313) 827-3006 MustonD@dearbornschools.org

April 26 is second annual Care to the Core Day

Schools long ago moved beyond the basic reading, writing and arithmetic in their curriculum.

Teaching students to be considerate and to avoid or resolve conflicts improves student behavior and school safety, reduces disruptions, and helps students succeed both in school and outside the classroom far into the future.  Dearborn Public Schools has a number of programs that work to improve school environment by fostering communication, respect and caring.

On Friday, April 26, most Dearborn Public Schools will highlight the great ways they are working to improve their school environment and grow future leaders during the second annual Care to the Core Day.  Each school will participate in an activity centered on helping students resolve conflicts, understanding the impacts of their behaviors, and creating a safer school environment.

Some schools are planning activities such as a No One Eats Alone lunch or a Leadership Day to learn more about interacting with special needs students.  Other schools may be focused on one of several programs that improve student relationships and/or minimize bullying behavior such as Leader in Me, STAND (Students Taking a New Direction), PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports), Restorative Practices or PlayWorks.

A link to a master schedule of events can be found on the District’s webpage www.dearbornschools.org.  Parents and community members are invited to visit a Dearborn Public School on April 26 to experience the types of activities that Dearborn Schools are doing to promote a positive environment that nurtures student success.  The District will also be covering several of the events on social media including the District Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.  Look for #Care2Core19.

Creating safe schools and a safe community is a city-wide effort in which partners work together to reach all community members and build a bully-free culture throughout the city of Dearborn.  Care to the Core Day is part of a district-wide plan that, through community partnerships and effective student-driven initiatives, is focused on identifying and stopping bullying behavior.

“This is our eighth year of hosting anti-bullying activities, which shows our District’s commitment to addressing culture and climate in our schools.  This commitment goes beyond preventing bullying behavior.  It is about creating an environment where all feel safe and welcome and how that climate impacts learning,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko. “We look forward to showing others how each school in our District is working to make a better school environment where all students will succeed.”

For more information about the Care to the Core Day and Dearborn Public Schools response to bullying initiatives, contact Danene Charles at 313-827-8330 or charled@dearbornschools.org


PR 38- Care to the Core Salina caring chain – Students at Salina Elementary look at a caring chain wrapped through the hallways during the 2018 Care to the Core event in Dearborn Public Schools.  Each link of the chain lists an act of kindness shown between students. This year’s Care to the Core Day is scheduled for April 26.

PR 38 Care to the Core HFEC cleanup –Henry Ford Early College students participate in a campus cleanup during the 2018 Care to the Core Day held by Dearborn Public Schools. Care to the Core highlights activities that foster better behavior between students and improve the school environment. This year’s Care to the Core Day is set for April 26.

April is School Library Month

Libraries (Media Centers) play an integral role in education. Dearborn is proud of the great work that our Media Specialists do every day.


WHEREAS, effective school library programs staffed by certified school librarians/library media specialists are integral to a quality educational program and have a high impact on increasing student achievement; and,

WHEREAS, effective school library programs contribute to a well-rounded education and positively affect the climate and culture of schools; and,

WHEREAS, effective school library programs equalize access to print and digital resources for all students; and,

WHEREAS, school librarians/library media specialists teach students the skills they need to access, evaluate, and use information throughout their lives; and,

WHEREAS, school librarians/library media specialists are leaders in technology integration and digital learning in their schools; and,

WHEREASschool libraries not only are places where information can be found, but also are places that can bring pleasure and recreation to students for many years to come; and,

WHEREAS, effective school library programs contribute to an interest in lifelong learning and enhance the learner’s quality of life;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of the State of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the month of April 2019 as School Library Month in all public schools in the State of Michigan, and I urge all school boards, superintendents, school administrators, teachers, students, and citizens to join me in recognizing school libraries for the outstanding services they provide.

Gov. Whitmer’s Proclamation

Impact Award to recognize Dearborn Schools non-teaching staff

Students and parent are invited to make nominations for the District’s Impact Award, which will recognize non-teaching staff and non-classroom educators for their outstanding contributions to helping students, enhancing the school environment or providing excellent customer service in other roles.

Nomination forms with a complete list of qualifications can be found and completed online at:

A print version of the form is also available online, at school offices or at the Administrative Service Center (ASC).

36 Impact Award nominations due April 18


MSTEP TESTING – April 8 – May 23

The MSTEP is coming!  Testing for the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress will begin Monday, April 8th right after Spring Break.  Students in grades three through five will be tested during this window.

Please note the following testing dates and subject areas that will be tested on those days:

Fifth Grade Students:

Science:                       Tuesday, April 9          Wednesday, April 10

ELA:                             Tuesday, April 16        Thursday, April 18

Math:                          Tuesday, April 23        Wednesday, April 24

Social Studies:             Thursday, April 25


Fourth Grade Students:

ELA:                            Tuesday, April 30        Thursday, May 2

Math:                          Tuesday, May 7           Thursday, May 9


Third Grade Students:

ELA:                            Wednesday, May 8     Thursday, May 9

Math:                          Tuesday, May 14         Wednesday, May 15

 It is very important that your child is at school on the above dates to take the MSTEP test.  However, if your child misses any of the following dates due to illness or an emergency, the test will be administered on another day before May 23.  Students will not be allowed to take any part of the test after May 23, 2019.

Listed below are some helpful ideas for parents to use during this year’s testing window or for any testing situation in the future.


 Preparing for Testing

  • Note test dates on your home calendar; schedule appointments on non-testing days.
  • Encourage your child to take responsibility for doing their best on the test.
  • Help you child learn how to find information independently.
  • Praise your child for work done well.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions at home and in class.
  • Gather available test preparation materials.
  • Assure your child knows that you value a good education.

Testing Day

  • See that your child is rested and eats breakfast.
  • See that your child arrives at school on time and is relaxed.
  • Encourage your child to do the best work possible.
  • Do not remove your child from school on test days for appointments.
  • See that your child eats healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables (the brain needs natural sugar to function i.e. berries, apples, pears, grapes, raisins, etc.)
  • See that your child drinks 6-8 oz. of water (water helps move the natural sugar and oxygen to the brain faster)


Students may experience anxiety about tests and may experience heightened anxiety before a testing situation. A certain degree of test anxiety is normal and may help students prepare more effectively, work more efficiently, and remain focused during testing. Too much anxiety, however, can negatively affect performance. The following strategies may assist students and parents in reducing test anxiety.

Parent Strategies for Reducing Test Anxiety

  • Discuss the test openly and in a positive way.
  • Have realistic expectations of your child’s performance while encouraging his/her best efforts.
  • Emphasize that the test is only one measure of academic performance.
  • Emphasize that test scores do not determine a person’s worth.

Please contact the school with any questions regarding MSTEP testing.

Thank you so much for your assistance in making this testing a success for our students!


Parent University Winter Session, Tomorrow March 22

This is just a reminder that Parent University will be tomorrow, March 22nd at 9:00am and runs each Friday until March 29th.  Below is the schedule of dates and the topics to be covered. In addition to GSRP staff the following community resources will be presenting on specific topics:

Speech & Language– Kellyann Rodriguez, Social Worker and Samah Saidi, Speech Pathologist from Dearborn Public Schools

Social/Emotional–Shannon Mathison from Ages and Stages (ASQ)

Gross Motor—        LAHC

Dental—                 Nancy Werner from Covenant Community Care

3-22 Literacy Screen Time/speech Social Emotional Gross Dental Science
3-29 Screen Time/speech Literacy Gross Motor Social Emotional Science Dental

Press Release #35/2018-19


Contact:  David Mustonen, Communications Director

(313) 827-3006   MustonD@dearbornschools.org


Students First-

Inspire, Educate, Celebrate

 School Board seeking applications for vacant seat

– Board Secretary Fadwa Hammoud resigns after appointment as Michigan Solicitor General

Dearborn Public Schools is seeking applications from residents hoping to fill a partial board term after Trustee Fadwa Hammoud resigned from her position this week.

Hammoud, a 2003 Fordson graduate, has served on the board for more than three years.  In January, she was appointed to serve as Michigan Solicitor General and has since decided to resign her board seat to avoid any potential conflict of interest between the two positions.

In her resignation letter to Board President Mary Petlichkoff, Hammoud thanked the Board for its dedication to the community.

“Precisely because my success has been possible due to the help of others, like yourself, I live with the perpetual desire to give back to the great people of our state,” Hammoud wrote. “That desire is at the heart of my lifelong commitment to public service, and I am eager to continue that work, armed with the courage you and the rest of the

Dearborn Public Schools and Henry Ford College family instilled in me.”

As Solicitor General, Hammoud is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases for the State of Michigan, including those from the Flint water crisis.  She previously served as a Wayne County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. She was appointed to the Board of Education in July 2015 to fill a vacancy and then elected as trustee in November 2016.  When she resigned, she was serving as Board Secretary.

“I want to thank Trustee Hammoud for her dedicated service to the Dearborn community and now to the entire state of Michigan.  We are always proud to see the success not only of a community member, but a proud product of Dearborn Public Schools, and we know she will serve the state well,” said Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.

 The Board has 30 days from Hammoud’s resignation date to appoint a new School Board Trustee.

 Anyone living in the Dearborn Public Schools district can apply for the vacant seat. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Those interested should hand deliver or send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to the Dearborn Public Schools Administration Building, 18700 Audette, Room 6, Dearborn, MI 48124. All materials must be in the Administration Building by 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on March 26.

The Board will review all submitted applications, and all of those eligible to serve will be interviewed. The Board will determine an interview schedule based on the number of applications submitted.  To serve on the school board a person must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age, and a resident in the district.

The applicant selected will serve on the Board until the next general election in November 2020.  Trustees serve as the board for both Dearborn Public Schools and Henry Ford College.

The Board of Education sets district policy and budget, hires and evaluates the superintendent and college president, approves union contracts and pay scales, and oversees construction and other major building issues. Trustees are not directly involved in day-to-day operations of the schools or college.

Those wanting a better understanding of the Board’s role can view previous school board meetings on the Dearborn Public Schools YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/dpscommdept.