Congratulations Dearborn Public Schools – Academic State Champions

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 State Academic Champ

 

The Dearborn Public Schools was one of the 54 school districts, out of more than 500 in the state, selected as an Academic State Champion by Bridge Magazine. The report is the publications third annual ranking of Michigan’s schools from best to worst, based on the test scores and income levels of families. The District placed in the top 15 on the list.

 

To determine the winners, Bridge uses a value-added ranking system which measures a school’s test scores adjusted for student family income, which is often a predictor of academic achievement. Essentially, Bridge’s Academic State Champions are being recognized for over-achievement, rather than achievement. A complete list and information on how districts were selected can be found at:  http://bridgemi.com/2014/01/searchable-database-academic-state-champs/

 

“We are very proud of the hard work our administrative team and teachers have put forth to bring about academic gains in our schools.  This award is a testament to that effort and the ability of all students to achieve in the classroom,” commented Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Mr. Brian Whiston.

 

The State Academic Champ designation is another highlight in a string of accolades received by the district.  Recently, Superintendent Whiston was named State Superintendent of the Year by MASA. He attributes the award to the leadership of the Board, dedication of staff, support of parents, and hard work of students.  In addition, the district is anticipating another considerable increase in graduation rates and has been awarded full five year accreditation from AdvancED.

 

“From big cities to farming communities, quality education is occurring in every corner of Michigan,” said John Bebow, president of The Center for Michigan, which publishes Bridge.

 

“Our Academic State Champions series takes a close look at what these schools are doing right, in the hopes that their success can be reproduced throughout the state.”

Cool News

Recently Stout’s boy’s basketball team held a “play for a cure” game vs. O.L. Smith. Students held a concession stand, selling snacks and Brest Cancer Awareness accessories. During half time staff gave students the chance to take a shot, for a one dollar donation, with a chance to win a 2 liter of soda. All had an enjoyable time!

 

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On August 23rd 2013, Stout Middle School had the opportunity to give back to our families through our outstanding community. With many sponsors on board we were able to put together our first annual BACK TO SCHOOL BASH. Students and their families were able to come in and enjoy time with their friends and get to know others while they where offered FREE food, drinks, desserts, snacks, hair cuts, manicures, music by a live DJ, Sam’s Club Memberships, and basic skill athletic training. Great gifts and necessities were raffled off, including Walmart gift cards, coats, school supplies, t-shirts, backpacks, spa treatments, and books. On top of all that excitement, we had two outstanding visitors from the Detroit Lions; special thank you to Andre Fulellen and Nate Burleson. It was a very successful turnout with many students and their families who enjoyed a wonderful experience.

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On Friday, May 17th our 6th grade students attended a field trip to the University of Michigan- Dearborn, first annual the “Gulo Gulo” event—a conference designed for middle school students.  Students attended college classes on campus in which they had a little feel for what electives are available at a college level. Students were excited to interact within the different classrooms, enjoyed an amazing lunch provided by U of M Dearborn, and a Mini Concert by a campus band.  As educators we believe students expressed their experience as a great one as their unprompted responses as the day went along.  Ms. Alasry who coordinated and facilitated the field trip let us all know some of the things she saw and what students were saying :

“Three quotes that I heard directly, “I feel important!” (Hussain Naseer) “I feel special!” (Faheem Patel) “I feel like an artist.” (Hawraa Alyssa) These were all unprompted responses by students within student-led conversations in the sessions. Brandon, my pre-student teacher, attended and said he was shocked at how well everything went. He said, “The number of students in 6th grade is greater than the population at my high school yet it went so well– I was shocked and that’s a good thing.” ”

6th grade teachers that attended the field trip were all quick to email their thoughts upon return from the experience.  All seem to have enjoyed the experience and would like to take the students again next year if the invitation is again extended.  One of the teacher responses that came unprompted was:

“Thank you Ms. Khadigah Alasry for planning such a great trip, the kids were so well behaved and everything went smoothly.  I think it was great that they were able to see a university up close and hopefully will motivate them more because the U of M-Dearborn campus really is beautiful and they thought it was so cool.  Have a great weekend all.”  – Mrs. Hamid

The U of M Dearborn staff was incredibly welcoming and thoughtful throughout the whole experience.  They were paying close attention to each individual student as they were separated into small groups of about 10-15 per classroom.  Students were given a multitude of classes and surveyed on the top three that they would like to attend.  The electives that the students experienced were those that they were surveyed on ahead of time. A complete list of the electives are as follows:

Goofy Putty Painting GI Joe
Computer Games Team Perfect Community
Logic Detective Be The Change Borrowing
Super Hero Goofy Putty ASL
ASL Perfect Community Let Go
Team Logic Detective Painting
Cultural Stitching GI Joe Be The Change
Be the Change Cultural Stitching Team
Shortest Story Brand You Goofy Putty
Perfect Community Super Hero Computer Games
Wacky Graphs Computer Games Go Away
Money Astronomy Shortest Story
Go Away Let Go Logic Detective
Astronomy Go Away Wacky Graphs
Let Go Shortest Story Super Hero
Brand You Money Cultural Stitching
Borrowing Wacky Graphs Money
Painting ASL Astronomy

The U of M staff were delighted to have the students and contacted Ms. Alasry with again an unprompted response reminding us of how wonderful out students are giving us continued pride in our Stout Falcons:

“Smart, respectful, fun, curious. These just a few of the words used to describe the students of Stout during our debrief. We all learned a lot and had fun. Thank you for your help and the work of all the teachers, students and parents at Stout.” – U of M Dearborn Event Coordinator uofm11 uofm13 uofm14 uofm10 uofm9 uofm8 uofm7 uofm6 uofm5 uofm4 uofm3 uofm2 uofm1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out some of the fun things that have been going on at Stout! In March, the students were rewarded; for their positive behavior and practicing core values, with our Annual Wheels Assembly where many different things were raffled off from clothing, to electronics, sports equipment and BIKES!  All the rewards are donations from Stout staff, Stout families, local community members, the Detroit Pistons, the Detroit Lions, Derek Lowe, and Chief Skillz training camp. We would like to thank anyone and everyone who participated in this event and helped make it happen. We saw MANY students smiling and are thankful for the rewards and experience. This year was a little more exciting as we had a few visitors join us. Roary the Detroit Lions Mascot and Andre Drummond the Detroit Pistons rookie center came by and pulled students names from the raffle box, interacted with the crowd, posed for pictures, and signed autographs. We would like to extend an extra thank you to the two of them, the difference they made in the lives of our students by simply interacting with them was phenomenal.

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In April, Sports World made the connection with Stout, offered to reach out, and sent an athlete to talk to our students about the importance to academics, positive behavior, and drug and alcohol abuse. Tim Lester former NFL player gave a great presentation about his experiences in life that helped him to be where he is today. Through pictures, videos, and personal stories Tim captured the students attention and had them engaged in the presentation as well as encouraging students during the answer and question session towards academic achievement. Tim made personal connections with a few students who he offered to mentor.

 

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Jibreel Mawry, who started the year at Stout, moved to New York and returned, but moved back again about a month ago-what an amazing kid! He was in the Detroit Free Press on Friday because he is starring in a musical in New York, alongside Diana Ross and many other big names.  He also will be playing Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder-had to share because I had the pleasure of working with this young man and I think we will all see him again because a total star already.  They also mentioned in the newspaper he was a student at Stout, pretty cool!!

Check out his video ==> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzaM0e3yrzA&feature=player_embedded

School Improvement Plan/ Points of Pride

Click the link below to take a look at Stout’s Points of Pride. When the site page opens if you click on the more option you can view it in full screen and click the arrow button to flip through the presentation.

http://prezi.com/7k0grgrkijaq/copy-of-stout-middle-school/

The following link will allow you to view our full Stout School Intervention Plan. Please make sure to view our Parent Involvement portion. We would love to hear your input and have you be a part of our parent involvement team. Please contact Fatima Tekko with any questions, comments, or concerns.

School Improvement Plan (Scroll down to find Stout)

2013-2014

Welcome Future Falcons!

 

 

 

As you will quickly learn our website is going to be packed with great resources that you can use over the summer and during the school year.  By clicking this link HERE you can check out our suggested supply list. Keep in mind these are just suggested items that you may use during your middle school years. You can also click this link HERE that will give you resources to help make a smoother transition into middle school. Stop by and check out our site to keep up to date with all the great things that happen around here at Stout Middle School!

 

Marking Period Ending Dates

October 11th

November 26th

January 23rd

March 14h

May 2nd

June 13th

Open House will be Wednesday 25th at 5:30pm see you there!!

Parent Teacher Conferences

October

Monday 28th ~ 3:30pm-6:30pm

Wednesday 30th ~ 4pm-7pm

March

Wednesday 19th

Time to be determined 

 

2013-2014

Welcome Future Falcons!

 

 

 

As you will quickly learn our website is going to be packed with great resources that you can use over the summer and during the school year.  By clicking this link HERE you can check out our suggested supply list. Keep in mind these are just suggested items that you may use during your middle school years. You can also click this link HERE that will give you resources to help make a smoother transition into middle school. Stop by and check out our site to keep up to date with all the great things that happen around here at Stout Middle School!

 

Marking Period Ending Dates

October 11th

November 26th

January 23rd

March 14h

May 2nd

June 13th

Open House will be Wednesday 25th at 5:30pm see you there!!

Parent Teacher Conferences

October

Monday 28th ~ 3:30pm-6:30pm

Wednesday 30th ~ 4pm-7pm

March

Wednesday 19th

Time to be determined 

 

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