What did you do this summer? Dearborn Public School students and figure skating friends, spent the summer reading the book “Pie” by Sarah Weeks. As a culminating activity, the girls learned how to bake cherry pies and chocolate chess pies. Both pies were inspired by recipes from the book. The best part, these girls represent multiple schools from Dearborn. The young scholars and bakers who participated were: Jillian and Bella from Bryant, Olivia from O.L. Smith, Olivia from Dearborn HS and Molly from Whitmore Bolles. Parent, Robbyn Makled and teacher/parent Deena Furlow facilitated this summer learning.
With the adoption of the Michigan Science Standards, based on the Next Generation Science Standards, students do not simply read about science but are immersed in explorations, collaborate to find patterns, solutions and craft arguments to support their learning. To read a quick summary, click here.
On August 2nd, members of Fordson’s choirs joined Choir Director, Matt Laura, at the Michigan School Vocal Music Association Summer Workshop in Lansing. They led a session entitled “Beyond the Canon: Programming Arab Music.” The purpose of the session was to demystify and highlight Arab musical and cultural inclusion in a choral program.
Director Laura and students collaborated with Michael Ibrahim, the founder and director of the National Arab Orchestra, to introduce Arab music and culture. Students even taught a song to the music teachers in attendance.
The feedback was overwhelmingly positive; the students were treated like celebrities; and were praised for “trailblazing” a new music connection. Above all else, they laid the groundwork for collaborations with high schools and universities throughout Michigan. Shared by Matt Laura
I had the privilege of spending the morning of June 6th at Lindbergh Elementary. Students shared their role in leadership, a choir performance, jump rope championship team, and a recorder performance. Visiting classrooms was also exciting as students shared classroom leadership roles and leadership binders. There are great things happening at Lindbergh! Go Lindbergh Flyers!
Henry Ford Early College students spend 5 years working on their diploma and associate degree with a health care focus. Every Wednesday, students spend the day completing rotations and learning at Henry Ford Hospital. However, this Wednesday, June 6th, students came to Lowrey to teach kindergarten students about hygiene, hand washing, tending to a cut/wound, bullying and much more.
DHS Instrumental Music Director, Jeffrey Oshnock, conducted his final concert as he is retiring this June. On, May 24th, at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, over 75 alumni returned to perform with Mr. Oshnock one last time. The evening began with the alumni band playing two patriotic tunes. The 9th-12th grade bands and orchestras played 2-3 songs each. The orchestra’s version of “Phantom of the Opera” was truly moving. At the end of the evening, 5 alumni came back on stage and performed with the DHS Jazz Band. This was an outstanding tribute to a teacher who has dedicated 32 years to Dearborn students.
What a great day for Dearborn Schools! Students presented projects, made trays for veterans, participated in empathy training, cleaned up the campus of Henry Ford College, hosted a health fair, reviewed the Core Values, presented information on endangered species and how to reduce, reuse and recycle and so much more.
Congratulations to the Dearborn High School Robotics team for qualifying for the State Championship competition. The competition will take place in Saginaw, Michigan. Good luck!