Author Archives: Gregory Oke

New Tardy Procedures

Dear Parents,

Today, we implemented new tardy procedures. Previously, students received a consequence starting with their 8th cumulative tardy of the marking period. Despite having two additional minutes between classes this school year, we have seen an increase in tardies.

Last Wednesday, we held assemblies with each grade-level to explain the new tardy procedures. For the new procedures, we will be focusing on the number of tardies in individual classes instead of the cumulative number of tardies.

  • Students will be responsible for tracking their tardies in each class on a poster or in a binder. Students will have to initial next to their name on the poster/in the binder whenever they are late to class.
  • Teachers will provide students with a warning upon reaching their 3rd tardy in a class.
  • On the 4th tardy, students will be referred to the office for a consequence.

As we transition into these new procedures, students who already have three or more tardies in a class will receive a warning from their teacher. Teachers may also be contacting you if your child has three or more tardies in their class. Please note that your child’s attendance, including the number and dates of both tardies and absences, can be viewed on Parent Connect. If you do not have access to Parent Connect, please contact the office for assistance.

Regular attendance and being on-time are important life skills. Please support us by encouraging your student to be in class and on-time on every day.

Thank you,

Mr. Oke

A Letter from the Principal

Dear Stout Community,

Yesterday, the Dearborn Police Department investigated comments made by a Stout student on social media. The police department identified the student, visited the student’s home, and determined that the comments did not constitute a credible threat. The student explained that the comments were meant as a “joke”. Regardless, this type of behavior is serious and will be dealt with firmly with severe consequences. We will have an added police presence at Stout this morning, but otherwise we will follow our normal school day procedures. Additionally, we will be working with our School Resource Officer as we continue to work through this incident. The safety of our students is our first priority.

Please speak to your student about the importance of exercising good judgement when posting to social media. Last Thursday, following an incident at one of the high schools, Mr. Blessing and I visited classrooms to discuss that situation and talked to students about the possible consequences of inappropriate social media posts. We will continue to counsel students to make positive decisions online. Please support us by talking with your student at home as well.

Thank you,

Mr. Oke

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Report Cards Are Coming Home Today

Report Cards were distributed to students during their 6th period class today. Absent students may pick up their report card tomorrow (Tuesday) from their 6th period teacher. Unclaimed report cards will be mailed home on Wednesday.

Please contact your student’s teachers for any questions about grading. Student grades can also be viewed on Parent Connect.

School Improvement Process – Parents Welcome!

Dearborn Public Schools implements a School Improvement Process (SIP). As part of the SIP protocol, each school is visited by a team of district administrators twice each school year. The visiting teams provide schools with feedback that is used to improve practices within each school. For the second semester, the district would like to invite parents to participate in the SIP visits. SIP visits are unannounced which allows for the visiting team to observe what a typical day looks like at each school. Participating parents will be notified of the building location one hour prior to the visit through both a phone call and an email. If you are interested in participating, please use the link included in this post to complete the sign-up form.

SIP Parent Volunteer Sign-Up Form

After School Cancellations

Due to extremely cold temperatures and wind chills, all after school activities for Tuesday, January 29, 2019 are cancelled.  This includes all parent meetings, concerts, athletic competitions and practices.  Adult and Community Education classes will also be closed this evening (1/29/19).
Kids Club and All Day Pre-School will remain open until the normal ending hour of 6 p.m.
The District will make an announcement later today regarding the status of school on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

After-School Tutoring

Students in need of assistance in their content area classes can attend after-school tutoring sessions. Students must be signed up for tutoring by their appropriate content area teacher. The content area teacher will provide the tutor with information regarding what areas the student needs assistance in. There is a limit of 20 students per tutor per session. Sessions run from 3:00 until 5:00. Please see the list below for teachers and days that tutoring is being offered. Please contact your student’s teacher if you feel they could benefit from tutoring.

  • ELA (Thompson – D5)                 W & Th
  • ELA (Blazeski – H8)                     Tu & Th
  • Math (Zoratti – H7)                      W
  • Science/Math (Gleed – F8)         Tu & F
  • Science (Bourdage – F6)              W
  • Social Studies (Schulkey – G1)    F
  • Social Studies (Bennett – H6)     Tu
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An Update Regarding the Stout Theater Program

We are happy to announce that Mr. Rashid Baydoun will be returning to the Stout Theater Program next week. We apologize for any undue stress this has caused students and our school community. Mr Baydoun needed some time away from extracurricular activities to attend to a few matters and he will soon be ready to continue his involvement with the theater program at Stout.

We would like to thank our faculty sponsor, Ms. Lisa Cronin, for continuing to plan and supervise theater activities these past few weeks. We would also like to thank the parents, community members and former students who have lent their support to the the theater program on an ongoing basis.  We also appreciate the leadership and support of the entire Stout school community who continue to support every student in and out of school.

For the past few weeks, Mr. Baydoun has continued to work with students during the school day as Stout’s Social Responsibility Technician. We are pleased that he is returning to the theater program and look forward to future productions featuring our talented students.

Mr. Oke & Mr. Blessing

New Teacher Announcement

Please welcome Ms. Hannah Mitchell to Stout Middle School. Ms. Mitchell is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where she majored in Language Arts. Ms. Mitchell will be taking over Ms. Cutean’s 8th grade language arts classes on Monday, January 7th. Ms. Cutean resigned to accept a different position.

An Announcement Regarding Stout Theater

We regret to inform you that Mr. Rashid Baydoun has made a decision to end his involvement with Stout Theater. We would like to thank Mr. Baydoun for his years of service and dedication to the theater program. We respect the decision he has made and we appreciate Mr. Baydoun for bringing the gift of theater to so many students at Stout and across the district over the past few years.

Unfortunately, information regarding Mr. Baydoun’s decision was shared with students after school today by a staff member. Had the administrators been aware of the timing of the communication, we would have been present to support students. Understandably, many students were upset about the announcement. We apologize if this announcement created distress for students and families. Mr. Oke and Mr. Blessing will be available to talk with students during the day. At this time, we plan to continue to offer theater as an extracurricular activity.

Mr. Baydoun, along with the work of many other school staff and parents, has made great contributions to the success of Stout Theatre. We would welcome his return at any time to be part of the program. Mr. Baydoun will continue to be with students during the school day as Stout’s Social Responsibility Technician.

Mr. Oke &  Mr. Blessing

Oakwood Construction Update

For students who walk to school, the cross-walk at Oakwood and Hollywood is currently closed. Until the crosswalk re-opens, students will need to walk south on Oakwood and cross at the pedestrian crossing in front of the hospital. This is the only other location where students will be able to safely cross Oakwood. The crossing guard has temporarily been relocated to the pedestrian crossing in front of the hospital as well. We are hoping that the crosswalk will re-open soon. However, students will likely need to follow this route again this afternoon (Friday).

Construction work on Oakwood also continues to affect entry into and exit from the north park lot (on the Rotunda-side of the school). The circle drive in front of Stout is still not accessible. Vehicles can enter the north parking lot through the middle driveway and exit through the driveway closest to Rotunda. Please note that the entrance and exit to the north parking lot are both one way only.

Pick-up time has been challenging as there are more parents than usual picking up their students in the parking lot. When picking up your child, please park in a parking space. Parking in areas that are not designated for parking makes it difficult for buses and other parents to access the parking lot and can also create unsafe conditions. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience during the construction project.

Oakwood Boulevard Construction Update

Construction work on Oakwood has been affecting entry into and exit from the north park lot (on the Rotunda-side of the school) for the past week. Today, the circle drive in front of Stout is not accessible. Vehicles can enter the north parking lot through the middle driveway and exit through the driveway closest to Rotunda. Until the circle drive re-opens, we ask that parents park in the lot when dropping off or picking up.

For students who walk to school, the cross-walk at Oakwood and Hollywood may soon be closed. When this happens, students will need to walk south on Oakwood and cross at the pedestrian crossing in front of the hospital. This is the only other location where students will be able to safely cross Oakwood. When the cross-walk in front of the building closes, the crossing guard will also be relocated to pedestrian crossing in front of the hospital.

Construction at Hollywood and Oakwood in front of Stout Middle School.

Progress Reports were sent home with students today.

Students were given their progress reports during their 6th period classes today. In past school years, progress reports were only sent home if teachers’ had concerns and only included comments. Teachers are now able to include grades on progress reports. If your child’s teacher has any concerns, you should see a grade and comments on his or her progress report. Some teachers have also included grades for all of their students. If you would like to see all of your student’s grades and assignments, please check Parent Connect. 

OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT

Please join us at Open House tonight (Wednesday) from 6:00 until 7:30. Parents should report to their student’s first period class promptly at 6:00. Please bring a copy of your child’s schedule with you tonight. Student schedules can be viewed on Parent Connect. Parents can also take a picture of the paper schedule that their student received.

If you are unable to bring a copy of your child’s schedule with you, please arrive before 6:00 to pick up a copy in the lobby. Additionally, we highly recommend that you provide extra time to get to Stout due to the construction on Oakwood in front of the building.

Summer Learning (Math) – Extended Due Date

Last week, student passwords were reset for the new school year. As a result, several students who were trying to complete summer math assignments were unable to access their Khan Academy accounts. Due to this situation, we are extending the due date for summer math assignments to September 7th.

Construction on Oakwood Boulevard

Dear Stout Parents & Community,

Welcome back to the start of a new school year! If you have been by Stout Middle School over the summer, you have certainly noticed that the county is currently in the middle of a major road construction project on Oakwood Boulevard. This includes the portion of Oakwood that is directly in front of Stout. Please read through the information that follows to help ensure that our students safely get to and from school this year.

For those walking to school, we ask that students only cross Oakwood at the stop light at Oakwood and Hollywood. There is a crossing guard before and after school and there will be an increased police presence at this intersection during the first week of school. We also ask that all students stay away from the construction area and any construction equipment.

Traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction and left turns are not permitted. This means that you can not turn left off of Oakwood to get to Stout. Additionally, when leaving Stout, you can not turn left onto Oakwood to leave. Only right turns may be used to enter and exit the parking lots and front drive at Stout. Please note that the South parking lot will not be available for drop off or pick up while there is construction on Oakwood in front of Stout. Strongly consider the following recommendations for traveling to and from Stout.

If you are traveling from/to the Maples or Geer Park Neighborhoods:

  • To get to Stout, take the Southfield Freeway to Oakwood. Turn right off of Oakwood into the the front driveway to drop off in front of the school or take the second driveway into the parking lot.
  • When leaving Stout, exit using the third driveway (closest to the football field), turn right onto Oakwood, then right onto Rotunda to return home.

If you are traveling from/to the Snow Neighborhood:

  • To get to Stout, take Hollywood to Oakwood and safely turn left onto Oakwood at the light. Please watch for students crossing Oakwood, before you turn. Turn right off of Oakwood into the the front driveway to drop off in front of the school or take the second driveway into the parking lot.
  • When leaving Stout, exit using the third driveway (closest to the football field), turn right onto Oakwood, then left onto Rotunda to return home.

If you are traveling from/to the Miller Neighborhood:

  • To get to Stout, take the Southfield Freeway to Oakwood or take I-94 to Oakwood. Turn right off of Oakwood into the the front driveway to drop off in front of the school or take the second driveway into the parking lot.
  • When leaving Stout, exit using the third driveway (closest to the football field), turn right onto Oakwood, then right onto Rotunda to return home

If you are traveling on Rotunda coming from/past Edsel Ford HS:

  • To get to Stout, drive past Oakwood on Rotunda and look for an unmarked road on the right side of Rotunda. This road will take you to the light on Oakwood located in front of Beaumont Hospital. You can turn right at the light onto Oakwood, then turn right off of Oakwood into the the front driveway to drop off in front of the school or take the second driveway into the parking lot.
  • When leaving Stout, exit using the third driveway (closest to the football field), turn right onto Oakwood, then left or right onto Rotunda depending on your destination.

If you are attempting to enter the front driveway to drop off your child and there is too much traffic to enter, please drive down to the second driveway to avoid causing a backup on Oakwood. When using the second driveway to drop off or pick up, please safely park in the lot. Do not park along the North side of the building where our buses drop students off. Also, please note that all three driveways are one way. When traveling North on Oakwood, the front driveway and second driveway are “enter only”. The third driveway, by the football field is “exit only”.

The construction on Oakwood will be a major inconvenience for our school community for several months. With your assistance and patience, we can make this difficult situation better and ensure that all students get safely to school and home from school.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation,

Gregory Oke

Principal