#Students1stDbnSchs-Press Release #50-Superintendent Maleyko again receives positive evaluation

Press Release #50/2018-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2019
Contact: David Mustonen, Communications Director
(313) 827-3006 MustonD@dearbornschools.org

Superintendent receives positive evaluation

As the school year winds down, students are not the only ones receiving report cards on how they did.

The Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education recently gave Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko his evaluation for his fourth year as superintendent, again ranking his performance as “highly effective.”

Trustee Jim Thorpe chaired the evaluation committee, which included evaluations from all six board members at the time. Trustee Adel Mozip was not on the board during the evaluations, but he did attend the final feedback session, said Board President Mary Petlichkoff.

“Superintendent Maleyko continues to earn a highly effective performance evaluation by exhibiting the qualities and strengths of a superintendent that earned him state recognition and the respect and support of, not only the Board trustees, but the community at large. His enthusiasm, innovation and advocacy of public education is the driver for our success,” President Petlichkoff said.

If Dr. Maleyko is rated as effective or highly effective, his contract is automatically extended by one year to maintain a continuous three-year agreement.

Over the last year, Dearborn Public Schools has maintained its 95 percent graduation rate, saw STEM Middle School named as the District’s second National Blue Ribbon School, was recognized as a District of Distinction by District Administrator Magazine, and had all four of its eligible high schools named Academic State Champs by Bridge Magazine.

Dr. Maleyko was also named the Michigan Superintendent of the Year and the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year.

He was also elected in May to a three-year term serving on the Executive Board of the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators (MASA).  In that additional role, he will share insight and offer input on policy and political issues across the state.  Dr. Maleyko’s MASA term begins July 1 and continues through June 30, 2022.  The position does provide any additional compensation and does not change his duties in Dearborn.

His election to the MASA board came after his evaluation in Dearborn had been completed.

“My evaluation is a reflection of the hard work of our team, and I am fortunate to be able to work with so many talented professionals who truly care about educating children,” Dr. Maleyko said.

The superintendent is the only staff member directly hired and supervised by the Board of Education.

“I appreciate the Board of Education for their leadership and thank them for their continued efforts to represent the interest of our students, staff, and parents in our community,” added Superintendent Maleyko.

For the evaluation, the Board used a tool developed by the Michigan Association of School Boards.  Each trustee ranked the superintendent’s effectiveness in five areas: governance and board relations, community relations, staff relationships, business and finance, and instructional leadership.  The superintendent provides information and supporting documents about his accomplishments.  This section makes up 65 percent of the overall evaluation score.

Student growth makes up 25 percent of the superintendent’s evaluation, with the last 10 percent based on work being done toward the District’s strategic plan goals.

Dr. Maleyko went on to say, “I’m very passionate about the important work we as educators must accomplish, excited about the future of our schools and students, and proud to be part of such a great community,”

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Parent Response to Lockdowns

Dear Community,

Dearborn Public Schools considers your child’s safety one of our top concerns. That includes training them how to respond to potential emergencies in the buildings from fire drills to lockdowns. This sheet is meant to help you, as parents, understand your role in keeping children safe during an emergency at school.

Before an event – Talk to your child:

Ask them about the school’s procedures. Remind them if something occurs they need to stay calm and follow directions from the teachers or other adults in charge at the school.
These people have been trained to deal with these situations. Remind your child that during an emergency, they should only use their phone if the teacher says it is okay. If they go on social media or connect with friends, caution them not to spread inaccurate information. False information could unnecessarily increase the anxiety of others involved and might mislead authorities about what is actually happening in the school.  Stress to them the importance of their online behavior— including not bullying or making threats—and encourage them to tell an adult if they see something that concerns them.

During an event – Stay put, stay calm and wait to hear:

Do NOT call or text your child. This could alert an intruder to their location and distract them from following directions from trained adults on the scene. If they reach out to you,
try to respond calmly and keep them from panicking.

Do NOT go to the school. In a true emergency, you will be putting yourself in harm’s way and interfering with the police response. For your safety, and that of your child, stay away from the building until the lockdown ends. During an emergency, you will not be allowed in the building and your child will not be allowed to leave with you until the lockdown is over.

Avoid calling the school. School staff likely will be unable to answer the phones as they focus on the safety of students and themselves. Information will be posted on the school website once the lockdown is over. We will work to provide this information as quickly as possible, but sometimes we need time to gather all the details to present accurate information.

Terms to know:

Lockdown means the school is securing all doors and students are being required to stay in their classrooms. Access to the building may be extremely limited.

Soft lockdown is when the building doors are secured, but students are allowed to move as usual throughout the building. This is usually done as a precaution due to issues outside the building such as a crime reported in the area.

District, City, and Community Partners to Conduct Emergency Readiness Exercise

Dear Community,

District, city, and community partners to conduct emergency readiness exercise June 19th.

 – Police, EMS, local hospitals, and school personnel will take part in June 19, 2019 practice at O.L. Smith Middle School

Dearborn Public Schools along with several city and community organizations this month will again stage an emergency readiness exercise after school dismisses for the summer.

The June 19 drill will be held at O.L. Smith Middle School, 23851 Yale St., Dearborn.  Residents in the area and those traveling near the school will notice police, fire and other emergency personnel on scene as part of this important exercise.  The drill is expected to run from about 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Dearborn Schools has worked with Dearborn Police and Dearborn Fire officials for years on table top drills for how to respond to school emergencies.  The June drill is a chance for those agencies and other community organizations to better practice how they would respond in an emergency.

“For the past several years we have worked with police and fire officials at the City of Dearborn to conduct table top exercises at several of our schools. This live exercise is the natural progression of our emergency preparedness training and will help our schools and first responders better prepare for an actual emergency situation,” said event organizer and Dearborn Public Schools Director of Safety and Security Dr. Don Ball.

Like last year, the drill will be based on a threat being made on social media and then a gunman coming and forcing his way into the school.

In addition to district staff, Dearborn Police and Dearborn Fire, including EMS, will participate in the exercise.  Beaumont Hospital will use the event to review its procedures for reunifying families.  Henry Ford Hospital Fairlane will participate and receive “casualties” to their emergency room.

“The number of organizations taking part in this exercise demonstrates the advantages to building strong community partnerships in our city.  We especially appreciate Mayor O’Reilly’s leadership and his continued focus on keeping Dearborn, and our schools, a safe place for all,” said Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Glenn Maleyko.

Over the years, Dearborn Public Schools has actively worked to improve school safety and create a safe school environment.  The district’s schools all have locked doors where visitors must request entry during the school day.  In several buildings, the office has been moved near the main door so staff can better control and assess who is entering the building.  All buildings have emergency plans which are updated regularly. The district also has worked to improve school environments through long standing anti-bullying policies and programs.

A major piece to the Dearborn Public Schools safety plan is the strong partnership with the Dearborn Police Department.  With direction from Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr., Police Chief Ronald Haddad has established a robust community policing system.  Patrol officers routinely visit all Dearborn schools.  For 2017-2018, officers made 4,612 school park-and-walk visits as part of their daily patrols.  These routine visits allow officers to build strong relationships with the staff and students in the school and go a long way to preventing problems before they occur.

In addition, seven School Resource Officers (SRO’s) are assigned to schools in Dearborn. These highly trained officers spend their days in the schools and become part of the building culture.  Working with the school’s administration, the SRO’s are highly effective in helping to identify and investigate possible threats to school safety before they reach a critical level.

“Our district has been very proactive over the years and will continue to build upon our strong partnership with the city to ensure a safe school environment for students and staff,” added Superintendent Maleyko.

No School Fri. May 24-Mon. May 27

No School June 3rd through June 5th

**Important Reminder** Schools will be closed on Monday, June 3 through Wednesday,June 5, 2019 for Eid Holiday. **تذكير هام** المدرسة مغلقة الاثنين 3 حزيران إلى الأربعاء 5 حزيران,2019…

#Students1stDbnSchs-Press Release #45-Four extraordinary District staff honored with Impact Awards

Press Release #45/2018-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2019
Contact: David Mustonen, Communications Director
(313) 827-3006 MustonD@dearbornschools.org

Four extraordinary District staff honored with Impact Awards

Four Dearborn Public School staff members including a custodian, an instructional technician, a social responsibility room supervisor, and a bus dispatcher were honored as Impact Award winners on Tuesday night.

This is the fifth year for Impact Awards, which honor outstanding staff who go above and beyond in their service to the Dearborn Public Schools community.  The winners include Lisa Demarco, an instructional technician at the Dearborn Heights Campus; Mark Badalucco, custodian at Fordson High School; Ricardo Sotres, a transportation dispatcher; and Manal Hammoud, who works in the social responsibility room at Dearborn High.

“We are delighted to recognize these employees for their hard work and dedication to our students.  Our teachers, parents and students are often celebrated for student success, as they should be, but as a District, we know that it takes dedication from every employee in every role to help our students reach their full potential,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko.

Lisa Demarco was nominated by fellow employees and a student. She has been with the district for 19 years, starting as a noon hour supervisor overseeing students at lunch time.   As an instructional technician, she assists different classes at the Heights Campus from special education classrooms at Howe School to the Magnet High School.

One of her nominators said Demarco “embodies the true definition of what a Dearborn employee should be.  She shows compassion, fairness, works above and beyond and puts her students first.”

Mark Badalucco has worked as a custodian in the District since 2013.  He was honored for his hard work keeping the school in great shape, his positive attitude and his support of the students.

“You can see his smiling face at football games and track meets, regardless of snow or heat.  The students look for him to be there, and it is obvious they appreciate his presence,” his nomination said.

Ricardo Sotres started as a bus driver with the district in 1994 and worked his way up to dispatcher. His nomination letter described him as “the kindest, most dedicated and most loyal employee that I have ever had the pleasure to work with.”  During the polar vortex last winter, Sotres came to work in place of mechanics who could not make it in.  He labored in the bitter cold to get buses started to ensure the district could have school the next day.

“He shows up to work every day with a positive and outgoing attitude that reverberates throughout the entire department,” his nomination letter said.

Manal Hammoud, as supervisor of the social responsibility room, often deals with students who have had behavior issues elsewhere in school.  In her nomination letter, it was clear some of these students who otherwise felt disconnected at school, made a connection to her, and from her, found a new drive to succeed.

“She greets me every day and always has a smile on her face,” one student wrote, adding later, “she pushed me to make up all my missing work and credits, and now I’m able to graduate this year with my class.  She is an amazing person and a great asset to Dearborn High.”

More than 90 nominations were received for this year’s awards.  Impact Awards can honor any district employee outside the main classroom teachers.  The awards were developed to compliment the Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Awards, which recognize core classroom teachers from preschool through high school.  Impact Awards are intended to recognize other employees who provide outstanding service to the District’s school community.

The award winners were announced during the Dearborn Education Foundation’s annual Green Tie Dinner on Tuesday.  The dinner is also a chance to recognize the Foundation’s supporters and for the organization to give out several scholarships to Dearborn Public School students.  Tuesday’s event was held at The Henry in Dearborn.

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PR45 Impact winners – Dearborn Public Schools announced the winners of this year’s 2019 Impact Awards for staff during the Dearborn Education Foundation’s Green Tie Dinner on Tuesday night. Picture from the left are Lisa Demarco, an instructional technician at the Dearborn Heights Campus; Mark Badalucco, custodian at Fordson High School; Ricardo Sotres, a transportation dispatcher; Manal Hammoud, who works in the social responsibility room at Dearborn High, and Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.

O.L. Smith PTSA Meeting

Incoming 6th grade O.L. Smith parents are invited to attend the final

PTSA meeting of the year tonight in the Smith media center at 6:30 pm.
You can hear about some of the great initiatives and projects that are
going on at Smith, and you’ll have a chance to get the pulse of the
school from administration, teachers, and current board members. You
don’t need to be a current PTSA member to join us. Everyone is invited
to attend!

#Students1stDbnSchs-Press Release #44-Dearborn High movie premieres next week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2019
Contact: Adam Rauscher, DHS film instructor
(313) 827-2913 rauscha@dearbornschools.org
David Mustonen, Communications Director
(313) 827-3006 MustonD@dearbornschools.org

Dearborn High film premieres set for May 22 and 23

The public is invited to join Dearborn High’s Film Festival and student movie premieres on May 22 and 23.

Seven movies will be premiered at the Michael Guido Theater inside the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door.  For presales, call 313-670-3717 or visit the Dearborn High School office.  The doors open each night at 6 p.m.

Movie topics range from angst filled teenage relationships to serial killers gone camping.  Four films were nominated and one received an Emmy from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  The nominees include “Epiphany,” “Eloise,” “Friendship,” and “Who Done It” with “Eloise” winning in the Talent category.

This year’s films include elements that are not suitable for younger children.

The well-known Dearborn High School video program is named the Russ Gibb Digital Media Program after its longtime instructor Russ Gibb, who passed away earlier this year.  Over the past 30 years, students in the program have produced dozens of award winning short and full-length films.

“There’s no school in Michigan that goes through as complete a production process on as many films.  From writing in the fall to shooting through the winter and spring to late nights editing, these films require a Herculean effort,” said film instructor Adam Rauscher. “There’s nothing like watching a live audience react to your movies, and our students think these movies will get quite a reaction.”

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PR 44 DHS Film Festival flyer

PR44 DHS Film The High Road – A scene shot from “The High Road,”a film about a falling out between three best friends in the fateful summer before they start high school.  Dearborn High School is hosting a Film Festival for this year’s student films at the Michael Guido Theater, inside the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, on May 22 and 23.

#Students1stDbnSchs-Press Release #42-Dearborn’s four high schools named Academic State Champs

Press Release #42/2018-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2019
Contact: David Mustonen, Communications Director
(313) 827-3006 MustonD@dearbornschools.org

Dearborn’s four comprehensive high schools named Academic State Champs

Bridge Magazine has again recognized the success of Dearborn Public Schools.  The district’s three traditional high schools and separate early college program were all named Academic State Champs earlier this month.  All four schools ranked among the top 10 in their family-income categories for the number of students who go on to attend college.

Overall, Dearborn Public Schools had 80 percent of its 1,373 graduates in the report attend college within six months of graduating.  The college-bound included 33 percent of graduates headed directly to a four-year university and 47 percent starting at a two-year college.

The state average was 63 percent of high school graduates enrolling in college within six months, according to the article.

In the district, Dearborn High School had the highest number of students headed on to college at 85 percent, followed closely by the Henry Ford Early College at 83 percent.  Fordson High School, according to the report, had 81 percent of students headed to college, and Edsel Ford had 72 percent.

“Dearborn Public Schools has been able to push our graduation rate to 95 percent, and now to learn we are among the best in the state for getting our students to continue with post-secondary education is great news,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko.  “Our motto is ‘Students First’, and we know that getting some type of degree or trade certification beyond high school leads to better income and more financial stability for our graduates.”

Bridge Magazine’s article also recognized the success of Dearborn’s students once in college.

“Dearborn’s low-income students are not only enrolling in college, they’re succeeding at a rate higher than the state average,” the magazine says.  “Among economically disadvantaged students, 36 percent earn at least an associate’s degree within six years of high school, compared to 19 percent across Michigan; another 28 percent are still pursuing a degree six years after leaving high school, compared to 12 percent in Michigan as a whole.”

This is not the first time Bridge Magazine has recognized Dearborn Public Schools as Academic State Champs, even though the criteria changes from year to year.

Last year, Dearborn Public Schools was highlighted as showing the greatest academic growth for students over five years among large school districts.  On average, Dearborn students progressed 5.7 years academically in five years of school from third grade to eighth grade.

In 2017, Dearborn, Edsel and Fordson high schools were on the top 10 lists of Academic State Champs.  That comparison was based on ACT test scores and post-secondary enrollment and success.  The lists were again divided by the number of low-income families in the schools.

“We are always glad to have our success recognized, but we are even happier to know that we are helping students grow into successful adults,” Maleyko said.

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PR 42 MBCC design students – Students in the Design Technology program work on computers at the Michael Berry Career Center in the Dearborn Public Schools.  Bridge Magazine recently recognized the four comprehensive high schools in the District for the number of graduates who go on to attend college.