Lisa Formosa-Little, School Psychologist

Dearborn Public Schools

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Hello Everyone,

For emergencies and imminent danger it is always best to call 911. Contacting Law Enforcement directly or a School Administrator is the best course of action. However, the State has an anonymous tip hotline that can be used to report tips confidentially on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees, or schools. Click Here

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Dearborn Schools Emotional Support Hotline

The Dearborn Public Schools is offering an emotional support hotline in order to provide support to students, families and staff who are experiencing anxiety, fear and stress.

Families can contact the hotline at:313-827-8500 or by email at:

Anyone contacting the hotline by phone or email will receive follow up contact by a mental health professional from the Dearborn Schools.

Please Call 911 in the event of an emergency

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Parent Teacher Conferences 11/8/2021-Please click on the link to sign up!

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District offering summer meal distributions at three main sites

Press Release #42/June 10, 2021

For the second year in a row, Dearborn Public Schools plans to continue distributing free student meals over the summer vacation.

On Thursday, June 24, the district will start its summer meal distributions.  Families of students can pick up food for each of their children on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Meals will be distributed at the district’s three traditional high schools – Dearborn, Edsel Ford and Fordson.  This student food distribution program will continue through August 12.

The district will also serve meals to elementary and middle school students participating in our free in-school summer programs.

Families picking up summer meals at the high school distribution sites will be offered either a three-day bag of food, if their child is attending the four-day-a-week summer program, or a seven-day bag of food for those not in the summer program. 

Salina Intermediate will also distribute food on Thursdays as part of the summer meal program, but only three-day packs will be available at that location.  The Salina distribution will run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. each Thursday.

Food distribution is available for any student or child under 18 years of age. No ID is required, and the student does not need to attend that building or come with the adult picking up the food.

Dearborn Public Schools starts the new school year on Aug. 30 and currently plans to have students back in school for full days every day. That means once the new school year starts most kindergarten through 12th grade students will be able to receive breakfast and lunch at school.  At that time, the district will discontinue its broad weekly meal distribution program.

Dearborn Schools offers free lunch and breakfast to all its students through the Community Eligibility Provision under the National School Lunch Program.

For this school year, June 16 will be the last weekly food distribution at our 10 current locations.  The last day of school is June 18.  The following week, the summer meal distribution program starts, and distributions move to Thursdays at the three high school locations and Salina Intermediate. 

Dearborn Public Schools began distributing free student meals just days after the pandemic forced schools to close in March 2020. Since then, the district has distributed more than 4 million free meals for students.

“We are glad to be able to provide food for our students and families, many of whom we know struggled financially even before the pandemic caused an upheaval in the economy,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko. “With the expected return of in-school learning next school year, we look forward to educating – and feeding – our students in our schools once again.”

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The First Bell News: Dearborn Launching Virtual K-12 School

The pandemic forced thousands of students to try virtual schooling for the first time over the last year. For families who feel virtual education best suits their needs, the district in the fall will launch the Dearborn Public Schools Virtual K-12 School.

This new school will not have its own physical building, but will operate like a distinct school in the Dearborn Public family of schools. Children from kindergarten through high school will be taught by Dearborn Public School teachers following the district’s curriculum, calendar and schedule. Parents interested in the program must transfer or enroll their child by June 8.  Students who ask to transfer  later will be placed on a waiting list and will only be moved into the program if staffing is available. The program is open to any students who live in the Dearborn Public Schools district. 

Dearborn Public Schools plans to start the new school year on Aug. 30 with classes face to face all day every day for students not enrolled in the new Virtual K-12 School.

For the current 2020-21 school year, the district offered families the chance to participate in a new Virtual Learning Program. However, all those students were still closely linked to their home schools and officially enrolled at those schools. 

The new Virtual K-12 School will have its own teachers, and students at all grade levels will attend classes dedicated to online students only. Students will have a full day of live lessons every day.  Elective class options may be limited at the middle and high school level. 

“For most students, face-to-face learning is the best option for the greatest student success,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko. “But Dearborn Public Schools has long prided itself on providing a variety of options so students and families can create a unique learning plan to suit their child’s needs.  The new Virtual K-12 School is another way we can do that.”

By early April, more than 7,000 students were enrolled in the district’s Virtual Learning Program.  The district has about 20,500 students. Students currently enrolled in VLP will need to transfer into the new Virtual K-12 if they want to continue to learn online next school year. 

The new Virtual K-12 School will require students to come in to pick up materials periodically and possibly for state-required testing. High school students will also be required to take finals in a school building. 

Virtual K-12 students agree to have their cameras on during class. Students who transfer are committing to attending Virtual K-12 for the entire school year.  Middle and high school students would still be allowed to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities at what would have been their home school in the district (pending state approval for high school sports). Students who graduate from Virtual K-12 will still have their own special celebrations including prom, seniors honors night and graduation.

Parents interested in transferring their child into Virtual K-12 should visit the school’s website at to learn more. Parents are asked to attend a virtual Zoom meeting about the program before committing to transferring their child.  

“Barring any unforeseen changes, we plan to reopen next school year with full time, face-to-face instruction for our students which is aligned with the current state law,” Dr. Maleyko said. “For parents who want their child to remain online, we encourage them to transfer to this new Dearborn Public Schools Virtual K-12 before the June 8 deadline.  Because of staffing, we cannot promise to admit those who ask to transfer after the deadline.”

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Press Release #37- Free summer learning programs offered to all Dearborn students

May 6, 2021

Press Release #37/May 6, 2021

Dearborn Public Schools is offering all of its students free summer academic and enrichment learning programs this year.

Elementary and middle school students can participate in the Summer Academic and Enrichment Program. The program for those grades will run in-person, at-school Monday through Thursday from at least 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  As long as there is interest, most schools also plan to run additional enrichment programs from 2 to 5 p.m., which would also be free to students enrolled in the summer academic program.  The program is for students enrolled in Dearborn Public Schools and will run from June 23 to Aug. 13.

Parents need to register elementary and middle school students for the program by May 14.  Those with questions or who want to register should contact their child’s school or visit the school blog for specific information. Registration forms will be shared directly with the parents.  

High school students will have the option later in May to register for free for select classes offered through their home high school. Available classes will include credit recovery and enrichment course offerings. Classes will run Monday through Thursday, with asynchronous lessons on Fridays, from June 28 to July 30. High school summer classes, for this year only, will be free on scholarship as long as the student passes the class. Students who fail the class will lose the scholarship and need to pay a $50 fee. Credit recovery classes will include some courses offered virtually and some in-person at the student’s home high school (Dearborn High, Edsel Ford, or Fordson).  High school enrichment courses for initial credit will only be available in-person at the student’s home high school.

For many years, Dearborn Public Schools has run summer school programs at all grade levels, but typically those programs focus on students who are struggling academically. The summer 2021 Academic and Enrichment program is open to all students. Elementary and middle school students will be provided a longer day and more robust and creative learning environment.

“We know that students have suffered academically and in their social/emotional development since March of 2020 when the pandemic closed schools,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko.  “These summer programs are a way to help students recover some of that lost opportunity and to give them more time in our classrooms with our outstanding teachers.”

The district intentionally scheduled longer days for the younger students to assist working families who might not have otherwise been able to participate. With the additional time, teachers plan to create a more hands-on learning environment and incorporate more fun enrichment activities. The elementary and middle school summer program will be held entirely face-to-face, as required by the state when legislators approved the funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Act.  ESSER funding is also being used for the high school program, which is why, for this summer only, high school students do not need to pay a fee to make up or take an additional class over the summer, so long as they pass the class.

“We hope many of our families will take advantage of our summer school programs, so we can help children grow and heal after a chaotic year,” Dr. Maleyko said.

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Sign Up Genius for Virtual Conferences on 04/15/2021 from 4:00pm-7:00 pm

Dear Families,

Spring conferences will be held virtually on Thursday, April 15th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Please click on the Sign Up Genius link below if you would like to schedule a conference with me. Thank you and Have a Great Day!

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Dearborn Public Schools Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is beginning the application process for the 2021-2022 school year.


If your son or daughter will be four years of age by December 1, 2021, Dearborn Public Schools Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is beginning the application process for the 2021-2022 school year.

GSRP is a free program for all eligible families and is designed to give a high quality preschool experience prior to Kindergarten.

Applications will be available at the following schools: Cotter, Becker, Henry Ford, William Ford, Long, McCollough/Unis, McDonald, Oakman, River Oaks, Salina Elementary, and Whitmore Bolles,  on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from: 9:00a.m. -11:00 a.m. 

If you have any other questions please call  827-6150

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Becker Elementary Kindergarten Round-Up Invitation

Dear Parents,

On Thursday, March 25, 2021 Becker Elementary School is having its annual Kindergarten Round-up for all children who will turn five years old by September 1st 2021. During this time you will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet our wonderful staff.  Please join the zoom link provided on our school blog at 

Our meeting will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. 

In the coming days following the meeting, we will call to schedule you to bring in your child to take an incoming kindergarten test, while you register your child for kindergarten in our office.   

We look forward to meeting all of you on Zoom!!

Meeting ID: 826 9501 5135 Passcode: 417569

Best Regards,

 Zahra Zreik


 Becker Elementary School

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Becker Elementary Kindergarten Round-Up

Dear Becker Community,

Please join us for our Kindergarten Round-Up on Thursday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. We will be discussing how to enroll your child in kindergarten for next school year. You will also be able to meet our Kindergarten teachers and support team. To join in on this meeting click on the link:

Meeting ID: 826 9501 5135 Passcode: 417569

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