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Good Luck to Stout Cheer Team

Stout family! Please take a second to wish your competitive Stout Cheer Team good luck! They have their first two competitions this week. Thursday they will be competing at Allen Park High School at 6:00pm and Saturday they will be competing in Brighton at 9:00am!! Wish them luck or come support them by cheering them on!! 

A Welcome Letter from Superintendent

January 7, 2020 

Greetings and Happy New Year! 

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the winter break, take time to celebrate the holidays, and relax with family and friends.  Although we are technically not at the halfway point of our year, the start of a new calendar year always provides a new and refreshing outlook on the teaching and learning that is ahead.  

We started this school year under circumstances that we have not had to face in more than 10 years. The State of Michigan had not approved a state budget by our budget deadline of June 30th. Without knowing our state funding going into the 2019-2020 school year, we had to be conservative on staffing levels until we knew actual enrollment numbers and funding amounts. I want to thank everyone and appreciate your patience as we worked through the various staffing needs both instructional and non-instructional. 

Fortunately, due to enrollment numbers and state funding coming in as projected, we were able to adjust staffing to address a variety of needs throughout the district.  


On the instructional side we added teachers at Haigh, Lindbergh, Oakman and Whitmore Bolles to address enrollment at those schools. We were also able to reinstate the parent and community liaison position at the high schools as well as the middle school ELA instructional coach position. All of these positions help support student learning in our classrooms. 

In the Food Service Department we added sixty-four substitute staff members as part of our new food service model. Thirty of those staff members were hired as full-time employees under our new hiring guidelines. All of these new positions are funded by the Food Service budget which is separate from the General Fund budget that funds most of our positions. 

With any new program or process there were a few bumps at the start of the year as kitchen staff learned new menus, were trained on new recipes and food preparation techniques, and became acquainted with new team members.  I want to commend all of our hard working food service staff members for their continued professionalism and commitment to always providing students with quality menu options. Their hard work is at the heart of the success of this new program.  Many of us received positive comments regarding the menu options being offered and student participation rates have grown by 26%. 

Our Operations department lost several quality people this past summer due to retirement or other opportunities. This allowed Mr. Wall to restructure the Operations Department making it more user friendly and efficient.  The new structure was also a cost savings to the budget due to changes in job classifications and salary structures. The reorganized Operations department is set up as follows: 

Mark Andrews – Director of Operations

Matt Osinski    – Grounds, District Trades and Labor Supervisor

Gary Schilbe    – Plant Operations Manager

Mike Belcher   – Construction and Contracts Manager

John Leacher   – Health Safety & Security Supervisor

TBD             – Transportation Director

We are very proud that our own Dr. Youssef Mosallam was selected as the Superintendent of neighboring Crestwood School District. We know Dr. Mosallam will be successful in his new position and I look forward to working with him as a fellow Superintendent.  Just before the break, we learned that Ms. Linda Lazar, Principal at Howard Elementary, will also be moving to Crestwood as the new Director of Human Resources.

We are sorry to lose these dedicated professionals who have given so much of their talents to the children in Dearborn but at the same time we recognize the opportunity that they have been given to further their careers and meet new challenges in their professional lives. We wish them both the very best and much success in their new endeavors. 

The departure of Dr. Mosallam has allowed me to do some restructuring a bit earlier than planned.  This past year I discussed with the Board of Education a plan that would reorganize our Cabinet in order to bring more emphasis to our special populations.  In our district, half of our students are English Language Learners and there are more than 1,800 students receiving Special Education services. In addition, we also have a need to provide educational opportunities to those students who are working above their current grade level and require additional academic challenges.  

In order to address those needs, I am excited to announce that Mr. Mike Esseily will be our new Executive Director of Special Populations.  Mr. Esseily is currently the Director of Special Education. In his new role, Mike will continue to oversee Special Education but now he will be able to coordinate the efforts of that department along with the work being done by the English Learners and Compensatory Education department. He will also oversee Adult Education and Gifted & Talented programs.  

Reorganizing in this manner will bring a new and focused attention to the needs of our students who are part of these special populations.  The reorganizing of the Cabinet and our Operations department will also result in an overall savings of more than $300,000 to our general fund budget. We have also reduced one full time Director position on our Cabinet in order to maintain fiscal responsibility as individuals on cabinet picked up additional duties. 

I want to express my most sincere appreciation to all of our staff for the efforts you consistently put forth to meet the educational needs of our students. Your caring, passion, and professionalism creates a bond with students that enables them to succeed in the classroom but even more important to succeed in life.  On behalf of the Board of Education and our entire administrative team I want to thank you for being a part of the Dearborn Public Schools.  

I look forward to the second half of our school year and all that lies ahead in 2020. 

Regards,

Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D.

Superintendent

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Boys Swim Tryouts: Thursday, January 23rd

The Boys Swim Tryouts will be on Thursday, January 23rd after school from 3:00 – 4:30 pm

  • Any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade boys can tryout as long as they have a physical on file.  If you need a sports physical form, please see Coach Atkinson.
  • You will also need to come dressed in gym clothes and proper shoes.
  • There will be a bus to take you home after the tryout.

Thanks so much!

Students’ Corner

Zahra Alhilal had this to say about triumphs and tragedies:

“Every tragedy contains a seed of a triumph. You will have a tragedy and a triumph sometime in your life. You won’t be perfect or unlucky!”

Unique program pays those with science, computer degrees to become Dearborn teachers

Dearborn Public Schools has joined a unique partnership that will pay young graduates or mid- career professionals with science, engineering, technology or math degrees to go back to school to become teachers.
In return, those who go through the program have to agree to teach for three years in Dearborn Public Schools or Detroit Public Schools Community District.
The Wayne State Metro Detroit Teaching Residency for Urban Excellence (TRUE) Project is looking for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, math or computer science. The program will help participants get a master’s degree in education and their
teaching certification in 18 months. During that time, participants will receive a $40,000 living stipend and participate in a one-year residency in one of the two districts. Class costs are paid by the participant, minus any financial aid they receive. Participants will also receive mentoring throughout the program and for two years after graduating. Through the program, participants will become eligible to teach high school or middle school classes in their field.
In his letter as part of the grant request for the program, Dearborn Schools Superintendent Glenn Maleyko said, “As with many school districts around the State of Michigan, we struggle to fill STEM focused positions such as science, math and computer sciences.”
A general shortage of teachers is more pronounced for science, math and technology teachers. The Metro Detroit TRUE Project will help Dearborn meet its goal of improving quality instruction for students, Maleyko said. The District already works with Wayne State’s Teacher Preparation Intern
Model.
An information session about Metro Detroit TRUE is scheduled for Jan. 23 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Fordson High School, 13800 Ford Road, Dearborn, in room A-103. To register for the session or learn more about the program, visit go.wayne.edu/trueproject. The first class of TRUE participants is
expected to run from May 2020 to December 2021, but the new teachers could start work in the fall of 2021 while finishing their graduate coursework.
The program is part of a federal Department of Education grant to recruit more qualified science, math and technology teachers. Wayne RESA and several others are also partners in the initiative.
“With the need of high quality STEM teachers across the State of Michigan, we believe that this is a one of a kind opportunity to assist in the development of teachers who have industry experience to be our future leaders,” Maleyko wrote.

Important Letter about Vaping

Dear Parents,

This school year, we have had several incidents where students have either had vape devices in their possession at school or have used them at school.  Vapors or e-cigarettes are classified as “a noncombustible product that employs a heating element, power source, electronic circuit, or other electronic, chemical, or mechanical means, regardless of shape or size, that can be used to produce vapor from nicotine or any other substance, and the use or inhalation of which simulates smoking…[including] an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or similar product or device and a vapor cartridge or other container of nicotine or other substance in a solution or other form that is intended to be used with or in an [aforementioned device].”

As of September 2019, the purchase of vapes is illegal to minors under the age of 18. Possession or use of vapes by minors under the age of 18 is punishable by state and local ordinances.


We are working as a building to ensure our students understand the implications of vaping and the harmful effects. Together with the SAFE Coalition through HYPE Athletics and Trinity Health through St. Joseph Mercy, we will be conducting seminars for students and parents to provide information about this topic. Please look for more information in the coming future.

In the meantime, staying informed and in the know about vaping is our responsibility as we support our students in navigating peer pressure and social challenges they face as young adults. Please continue to communicate with your child about the effects of vaping and e-cigarettes. Ask questions about who your children are talking to on social media. Conduct phone checks to ensure their communication is safe and doesn’t pose a risk to themselves or others. Know who your children are hanging out with before, after, and during school. These are simple and necessary measures that help establish boundaries and clear expectations.

Thank you for your continued support and involvement. Please check out the following resources that discuss the implications of vaping and provide more in-depth information.

https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339–507760–,00.html

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html

ps://childmind.org/article/teen-vaping-what-you-need-to-know/

Mr. Oke and Mrs. Faraj

جانب الأهالي الأعزاء

لقد واجهتنا هذه السنة الدراسية عدة حوادث حيث كان بحوزة بعض الطلاب أجهزة تدخين إلكترونية (VAPE) أو ضبطنا بعضهم وهم يستخدمون هذه الأجهزة في مبنى المدرسة. إن هذه الأبخرة أو السجائر الإلكترونية مصنفة” كمنتج غير قابل للإحتراق يستخدم عنصر تسخين، مصدر للطاقة، دائرة إلكترونية، أو وسائل إلكترونية، كيماوية، أو ميكانيكية أُخرى بغض النظر عن الشكل أو الحجم، لإنتاج الأبخرة من النيكوتين أو مواد أُخرى، واستخدامها أو تنشقها لمحاكاة التدخين …]شاملا[ السجائر الإلكترونية، السيجار الإلكتروني، السيجاريللو الإلكتروني، الغليون الإلكتروني، أو منتج مماثل أو جهاز و خرطوشة بخارية، أو أي وعاء يحتوي على النيكوتين أو مادة أُخرى بشكل محلول أو أي شكل آخر يهدف إلى إستخدامه مع أو في ]الجهاز المذكور سابقاً[ .”

وبدءاً من سبتمبر (أيلول) 2019، فإن شراء أجهزة البخار (VAPE) من قبل القاصرين الذين لم يبلغوا الثامنة عشر (18) من العمر غير شرعي ومخالف للقانون. كما أن أي إستخدام لهذه الأجهزة من قبل القاصرين تُعاقب عليه القوانين المحلية وقوانين الولاية.

إننا نعمل جاهدين للتأكد من أن طلابنا يفهمون عواقب تدخين الأبخرة ونتائجها المضرة. وسنقوم بالتعاون مع تحالف (SAFE) من خلال مؤسسة هايب الرياضية (Hype Athletics) و صحة ترينيتي (Trinity Health) عبر رأفة القديس جوزيف (St. Joseph Mercy)، بتقديم العديد من الندوات للطلاب والأهالي لتوفير المعلومات حول هذا الموضوع. الرجاء ترقب المزيد من المعلومات في المستقبل القريب.

أما في الوقت الراهن فإن البقاء على إطلاع ومعرفة ما يحصل من تدخين إلكتروني هم من مسؤولياتنا لدعم طلابنا للتعامل مع الضغوطات الفردية (Peer Pressure) والتحديات الإجتماعية التي يواجهونها كشباب وشابات. نرجوكم أن تظلوا على تواصل مع اولادكم وبناتكم حول أخطار التدخين الإلكتروني والجلئر الإلكترونية. إستمروا فس سؤال أولادكم وبناتكم عمن يتواصلون مع عبر وصائل التواصل الإجتماعي. قوموا بفحص دوري لهواتفهم للتاكد من أن إتصالاتهم آمنة ولا تشكل خطراً عليهم أو على الآخرين. إعرفوا من يتسكع مع اولادكم وبناتكم قبل وبعد وخلال المدرسة. إن هذه الإجراءات البسيطة تساعد على وضع الحدود وتوقعات واضحة.   

شكراً لكم على دعمكم المتواصل ومشاركتكم المستمرة. نرجو منكم تفقد المصادر التالية  التي تبحث آثار التدخين الإلكتروني وتتوفر معلومات أعمق.

https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339–507760–,00.html

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html

https://childmind.org/article/teen-vaping-what-you-need-to-know/

السيد آوك والسيدة فرج

The Battle of the Socks

Each year Mrs. Robinson tries to have some sort of “Battle” with her students to help others in need. This year they talked about the need for SOCKS, the NUMBER ONE thing requested at homeless shelters. So, Mrs. Robinson’s challenge to her students was to donate as many NEW pairs of socks for the homeless, which Mrs. Robinson will take to a local shelter.

The battle lasted 6 weeks and when dust settled, Mrs. Robinson’s class collectively collected an amazing 630 pairs of socks exceeding last year’s 500 pairs. That is 26% increase. So a big congratulation is due!

 

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