#Students1stDbnSchs-Press Release #37-Open house next week features all Dearborn high school programs

Press Release #37/2019-20
Contact: John Bayerl, Career/Technical Education Supervisor
(313) 827-4808 bayerlj@dearbornschools.org
David Mustonen, Communications Director
(313) 827-3006 MustonD@dearbornschools.org

Open house helps families explore
Dearborn’s high school programs

High school and middle school parents are invited to an open house at Michael Berry Career Center to explore the District’s many special high school programs.  The open house is March 4 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

MBCC houses or oversees several career and technical programs for students including culinary, construction, business, criminal justice, computer programing, medical careers, digital design, education, welding and more.  Automotive technician courses are also offered at all three high schools.  Students and families can learn more about what is offered and specifics for each program.

The open house, though, will also provide information on other high school programs offered in the district.  For example, the District now offers three Henry Ford Early College programs – one each for medical, education and manufacturing.  Manufacturing covers careers ranging from HVAC to welding to maintaining/programing manufacturing robots.  All three programs are housed on the Henry Ford College campus, with transportation provided from the student’s home high school in Dearborn.  All three allow students to attend for five years and earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree at no cost to the family.  The medical and education programs also accept students from outside the district, but those students need to have their own transportation.

Similarly, the District offers the Henry Ford Collegiate Academy.  However, those students attend two years at their home high schools – Fordson, Dearborn or Edsel Ford.  Then if they score well enough on their 10th grade PSAT, they are invited to participate in the academy and start taking college courses.  Students would again attend for a total of five years to graduate and get their associate degree.

In all four of the five-year programs, Dearborn Schools students are eligible to participate in activities at their home high school, including sports and clubs, through 12th grade.  The programs differ in degree options, school environment, transportation, and more.  The open house is a great opportunity for students and parents to get more specific details to find the best fit for the student.

The open house will also have information about the Dearborn Center for Math, Science and Technology (DCMST), a selective program for top performing students in the district.  Those students attend half a day at the Dearborn Heights Campus, and half at their home high school with busing provided.  The selective Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Middle School also will be on hand to talk to students and families.

Representatives will also attend from the Dearborn Magnet High School, Henry Ford College, Michigan Institute for Aviation Technology, Dearborn Adult and Community Education, and more.

The District hopes curious parents and students take this opportunity to explore what Dearborn Public Schools has to offer.  The Early Colleges and DCMST are currently accepting applications for next year’s ninth grade class.


PR 37 MBCC graphics lab – Michael Berry Career Center students work in the computer graphics lab. A March 4 open house at MBCC will include several programs Dearborn Public Schools offers for high school students, including the vocational/technical classes at the center.

#Students1stDbnSchs-Press Release #36-Salina Elementary looking for volunteers to read with students

#Students1stDbnSchs-Press Release #36-Salina Elementary looking for volunteers to read with studentsPress Release #36/2019-20
Contact: Susan Stanley, Principal, Salina Elementary
(313) 827-6554 stanles@dearbornschools.org
David Mustonen, Communications Director
(313) 827-3006 MustonD@dearbornschools.orgVolunteers needed for Salina Elementary reading eventSalina Elementary and the Communities in
School program are looking for volunteers – hundreds of them – to read to
Salina Elementary students on March 4.Volunteers will be paired with students
to read one-on-one with them that morning as part of the Leaders and Literacy
Day. The volunteers are needed from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. All readers will be
supervised by school staff while they are with students.Communities in Schools approached
Principal Susan Stanley with the idea for the literacy day. “It’s a great idea because we want to get
more and more people to read with kids,” Stanley said.  Any adult can sit and read with a child and
help that child improve their skills and develop a love of reading, she said.Volunteers “can help students make the
connection between literacy and the pathway to leadership,” says a recruitment
poster from Communities in Schools. CIS was hoping to get as many as 350 volunteer
readers for the one-time event. Leaders and Literacy Day also will include a
brief training, snacks and refreshments for the volunteers. Each student will
walk away with their own copy of “Yasmin the Superhero” by Saadia Faruqi.Volunteers are encouraged to register at
an Eventbrite
 set up for the event. 
Those with questions can contact CIS Site Cooridinator Amal Qayed at amal@cismichigan.org or (517) 489-4592 for
details.Traditionally, elementary schools across
the country celebrate March is Reading Month, and many Dearborn elementary
schools will invite in guest readers during March, but not at the scale Salina Elementary
is organizing.Communities in Schools works in several
Dearborn Public Schools, providing programing and support to help low-income
families overcome obstacles that can hinder their child’s success in school.Besides encouraging reading, Leaders and
Literacy Day is also a way to build connections between Salina Elementary and
the community, Stanley said.“This is a perfect opportunity to bring
the community into the school,” she said.###

Middle School Letter from Principal Jebril

Please click here to view a letter from Principal Jebril at Smith Middle School. I want to reassure everyone that appropriate action was taken by the staff and the Administration at Smith. The actions by the students involved are unacceptable and we have implemented appropriate disciplinary protocol in alignment with the Dearborn Student Code of Conduct. This isolated incident will not interfere with the educational rights of our students to attain a high quality education in Dearborn.

#Students1stDbnSchs-Press Release #34-Dearborn Chamber now taking Teacher of the Year nomination

#Students1stDbnSchs-Press Release #34-Dearborn Chamber now taking Teacher of the Year nominationPress Release #34/2019-20
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2020
Contact: David Mustonen, Communications Director
(313) 827-3006 MustonD@dearbornschools.org
Time to nominate your favorite Dearborn teacher!It’s time for students to nominate their
favorite Dearborn Public Schools teacher for the 2020 Alberta Muirhead Teacher
of the Year Students’ Choice Award, sponsored by the Dearborn Area Chamber of
Commerce and presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group.  The nomination deadline is Monday, March 9, 2020 at 5 p.m.  Nomination forms can be found at the District
website at https://dearbornschools.org.Printed nomination forms may be picked up at
any Dearborn Public School and the District’s Administration Office, 18700
Audette. Completed forms can be dropped off or mailed to the Dearborn Area
Chamber of Commerce, 22100 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48124 or faxed to (313)
584-9818. Adults may assist students in completing nominations when necessary,
but no more than two teachers can be nominated per student.Students may nominate any new
or veteran teachers whom they feel has made outstanding contributions to the
teaching profession.  Pre-school through
second grade students are asked to describe how their teacher makes learning
fun.  Students in this category can
include a nice drawing, if they wish, but it will not be part of the selection
process.  Third through fifth grade
students must describe how their teacher has created a classroom where learning
is positive and fun.  Middle school
students (grades 6-8) are asked to explain how their teacher connects classroom
learning with everyday life.  Students in
high school must describe how their teacher is preparing them to be college and
career ready.“Nominating a teacher for this award is an
outstanding way for students to show teachers how much their work is valued and
appreciated and the positive impact teachers have on students’ lives. We have
so many excellent teachers deserving of this recognition, and I hope many of
our students will take a few moments to nominate their favorite teacher,” said
Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Glenn Maleyko.Applications will be
assessed on the quality of the nomination, not on the number received.  Award judges are members of the Dearborn
Chamber Education Committee and are not provided with the teachers’ names.  One winner from each category will be
announced at a special ceremony to be held at the Ford Community and Performing
Arts Center on Thursday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m. Teachers selected to receive the Teacher of
Year Award are recognized as positive role models who consistently provide
unique, productive, positive classroom experiences.   Winning teachers receive a $1,000 cash prize
and a glass award commemorating their achievement.  They also will join a select group of
Dearborn teachers who have been recognized by the community for their
dedication and passion for teaching.“I want to thank the Chamber of Commerce and
all the sponsors for once again providing this event,” Maleyko added. “Our
district is very fortunate to have so many great community partners.”


There is no enrollment process for our new 6th grade class.  Instead, we will be sending out invitations to the top 120 5th grade students in the district and asking them to apply. If your student is in district, but not a DPS student, there will be an application posted on our blog (https://stem.dearbornschools.org/) mid-February .

We have set a minimum NWEA reading score of 222 and a minimum NWEA math score of 231 as our baseline (winter 2020 5th grade scores).  In addition, students will need to have earned a 3 or a 4 on their 4th grade math and reading M-STEP tests.  However, having these minimum scores does not mean that a student will receive an invitation.  The top 120 students may very well achieve beyond these minimum scores.  Invitations to apply will be mailed home sometime in March.

For a non-DPS student that applies, his/her application will be ranked with the 120 invitations that we send home to DPS students.  If s/he ranks in the top 120, s/he will be emailed an invitation letter and be asked to email his/her interest in attending in the Fall.  If s/he does not rank in the top 120, s/he will not receive a final invitation.  Again, meeting the minimum scores does not guarantee acceptance.

Once the 120 students have responded to their invitations, if we have more than 60 students “accept”, there will be a lottery.

#Students1stDbnSchs-Press Release #33-Dearborn holding Korematsu Day on January 30

Press Release #33/2019-20
Contact: Danene Charles, Coordinator for Affective Education
(313) 827-8330 charled@dearbornschools.org
David Mustonen, Communications Director
(313) 827-3006 MustonD@dearbornschools.org

Dearborn planning ceremony for Korematsu Day

Dearborn Public Schools is again
remembering civil rights leader Fred Korematsu during a special ceremony, and
the public is invited to attend.  This
year’s event will be held at the Michael Berry Career Center on Jan. 30 from
12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

The ceremony is in partnership with the
Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, Dearborn Schools
Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, Michael Berry Career Center staff,
and School Board Trustee Mary Lane.

Speakers will include:

  • Toshiki Masaki – Chair, Michigan Asian Pacific
    American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC)
  • Roland Hwang, J.D. – Adjunct Instructor,
    Department of American Culture, University of Michigan and MAPAAC alumnus
  • Mary Engelman – Interim Director, Michigan
    Department of Civil Rights
  • Dr. Karen Korematsu – Founder and Executive
    Director, Fred T. Korematsu Institute
  • Ron Aramaki – Adjunct Instructor, Department of
    American Culture, University of Michigan
  • Mary Kamidoi – Former Internee, Rohwer Camp,

Students from the advisory council will
join dignitaries as they remember the significant contributions that Korematsu
made fighting for civil rights in the United States.

Korematsu’s story is one of belated
triumph over the injustice endured by Japanese Americans during World War
II.  Born in the United States in 1919,
Korematsu defied the U.S. government’s order to report to internment camp after
the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.  He
was convicted for his refusal and appealed his case all the way to the U.S.
Supreme Court, which ruled against him in a 6-3 decision in 1944.

After World War II, Korematsu moved to
Michigan. His conviction was formally vacated in 1983 based on information that
the War Department had misled the Supreme Court with false allegations of
espionage and sabotage.  In 1998,
Korematsu’s courage and activism was honored with the Presidential Medal of
Freedom presented by President Bill Clinton. 
Korematsu continued to fight for civil rights until his death in 2005.

The Fred T. Korematsu Institute was
founded in 2009 to carry on Korematsu’s legacy as a civil rights advocate by
educating and advocating for civil liberties for all communities.  Today, events are held in his memory across
the country every year on or near Jan. 30.


#Students1stDbnSchs-Press Release #32-Dearborn mailing Read by 3 letters to 3rd Grade parents

Press Release #32/2019-20
Contact: Jill Chochol, Executive Director of Student Achievement – Edsel Ford Feeder Track
(313) 827-3026 chochoj@dearbornschools.org
David Mustonen, Communications Director
(313) 827-3006 MustonD@dearbornschools.org

Dearborn explaining Read by 3 process to parents

Dearborn Public Schools this week mailed letters to the families of all 1,500 third grade students in the District, providing them with information about the Read by Third Grade Law.

The Michigan Legislature passed Public Act 306 in 2016, but the law does not take full effect until this year.  Current third graders will be the first ones forced to repeat that grade if their state M-STEP scores show they are a year or more behind in reading.  Third graders will not start taking the test until late April.

“Dearborn Public Schools does not believe retention is an effective way to help students master a subject or to help them succeed at school,” Superintendent Glenn Maleyko wrote in the letter to parents of third graders. “Our philosophy is to provide your child with quality instruction from the time they become our students.”

The District letter explains that if a student scores below 1253 on the M-STEP, the state will send that child’s family a letter saying that the student should repeat third grade. State letters are expected to arrive by May 23 or 14 days after the Michigan Department of Education receives the assessment results.  Parents should be aware the state plans to send the notifications via certified mail, so someone in the household will need to sign for the letter.

Parents who receive a state letter have 30 days to request an exemption that would allow their student to go on to fourth grade.  The District’s letter stressed that parents have a right as a student’s legal guardian to request a good cause exemption.  In the days after the state notifications arrive, all Dearborn Public elementary schools will hold a meeting to explain the exemption process to parents or guardians and to assist parents who want to request an exemption for their child.  The law provides several reasons why a child would be allowed to continue to fourth grade.

Using last year’s scores as a benchmark, the vast majority of Dearborn Public Schools third graders would have met the reading requirement.  Of the few dozen Dearborn third graders who fell short of required score, all would have qualified for an exemption for other reasons, such as still learning English. How this year’s third grade class will do now that the law is in effect is yet to be seen.

Dearborn Public School’s letter is part of ongoing District efforts to help parents understand the Read by Third Grade Law and its potential impact on students.  Last school year, Dearborn formed a Read by Third Grade Community Task Force, inviting parents and others from the community to participate.  Internally, the District has worked since the law’s passage in 2016 to strengthen its already strong focus on helping struggling students learn to read.  That work included additional professional development for teachers, more intervention and assistance for struggling students, closer monitoring of student reading levels, and increased communications with parents.

“When a student is struggling in any subject area, we will support them with additional programs and early interventions to help that student be successful,” Maleyko wrote.


#Students1stDbnSchs-Press Release #31-Dearborn Schools receives second budget presentation award

Press Release #31/2019-20
Contact: Thomas Wall, Executive Director of Business Services
(313) 827-3014 wallt@dearbornschools.org

Dearborn Schools recognized for budget presentation

For the second year in a row, Dearborn Public Schools has been recognized for excellence in how it presents its budget.

The Association of School Business Officials International recently awarded the district a Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the current 2019-20 fiscal year.  The group’s MBA and Pathway to the MBA promote and recognize the best budget presentation practices in school districts. 

The budget is handled by Tom Wall, Executive Director of Business and Operations, and his staff.

“We are grateful to receive this recognition.  While financial information for such a large district is inherently complicated, we work to make our information and processes understandable and available to our community, including the Board of Education,” Wall said.

Dearborn Public Schools has a combined annual budget of more than $307 million and approximately 20,700 students.  An overview of the district’s financial records is available on the District website at https://dearbornschools.org under Transparency Reporting.

MBA participants submit their applications and budget documents to a panel of school financial professionals who review the materials for compliance with the MBA Criteria Checklist and other requirements and provide expert feedback that districts can use to improve their budget documents.  Dearborn’s submitted document was more than 370 pages long and included some overview information about the proposed BRICS Bond.

“Districts that apply to the MBA or Pathway to the MBA programs recognize the importance of presenting a quality, easy-to-understand budget internally and to the community,” ASBO International Executive Director David J. Lewis said. “Participating in the MBA or Pathway programs provides districts with important tools and resources they need to communicate the district’s goals and objectives clearly and illustrates their commitment to adhering to nationally recognized budget presentation standards.”

Founded in 1910, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is a nonprofit organization that, through its members and affiliates, represents approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide. ASBO International is committed to providing programs, services, and a global network that promote the highest standards in school business.

2020-21 Calendar

Press Release #29/2019-20
Contact: David Mustonen, Communications Director
(313) 827-3006 MustonD@dearbornschools.org

2020-21 Dearborn Schools calendar now available

With winter break over, many families are starting to dream of warm weather and plan summer vacation.  Dearborn Public Schools is releasing next year’s school calendar to assist with that vacation planning.

Again next school year, class will resume in August on the Monday before Labor Day, and students and staff will have both Friday and Monday off for a long Labor Day weekend.  Schools will be closed for two weeks over the winter holidays, a four-day weekend in February 2021 for mid-winter break, six days for spring break over Easter in April 2021, and three days in May 2021 for Eid al-Fitr.

Many factors go into determining the school calendar including a state requirement for 180 days of school, a countywide common calendar, community needs, and professional development obligations.  The administration and the Dearborn Federation of Teachers spend many hours working together on the various details that need to be considered before a final calendar is approved.

The 2020-21 calendar is only the third time the Dearborn Public Schools has had to follow a change in state law requiring schools to provide 180 days of instruction.  That change added five days to the school year.  Another state law requires that school start after Labor Day, but districts are allowed to request a waiver to start earlier.  Next year will be the third year in a row that Dearborn Schools has started before Labor Day.

For Dearborn Public Schools, starting earlier allows schools to continue to get out in mid-June, hopefully before the weather turns too hot.  Many of the district’s buildings are not air-conditioned.  The last day of class next school year will be Friday, June 18, 2021.

The county common calendar sets the dates for winter break, spring break, Good Friday, and Presidents Day.  The school calendar also must reflect the needs of the local community, which for Dearborn means days off around the Eid holidays.  Districts lose some state funding if attendance falls below 75 percent at any building.

The 2020-21 district calendar once again includes late start dates that will be used for professional development and school improvement planning.  The late starts dates have been extremely helpful in providing teachers and principals with time to meet, collaborate with colleagues, work on school improvement goals, and improve student instruction.  The first of the seven late start dates will occur on Wednesday, September 23, and will continue on various Wednesdays throughout the year. 

The 2020-21 calendar is posted on the District’s website and can be accessed by visiting https://dearbornschools.org/district/district-calendars. Visitors will be able to download a PDF version or view an online calendar.  Parents are reminded to check with their child’s school for important events and activities unique to their school and not appearing on the District calendar.