The Parent Connection Conference

parents talkAre you a parent of a middle or high school aged youth? Do you wonder what they are thinking? What is going on in their world? Come join us for a day-long conference that will provide you with tips and tools to help you parent through the tween and teen years!

 

When:

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Where:

Wayne Regional Education

Service Agency (Wayne RESA)

33500 Van Born Road

Wayne, MI 48184

Cost:

$25 includes Continental Breakfast & Boxed Lunch

Contact:

barb@parentactionforhealthykids.org

REGISTRATION AND DETAILS:

www.dmsregistration.com

Hurry! Registration is limited to 100 parents.

Click on the following link to get the detailed brochure:

April 25th Parent Conference Flyer

8th Grade Students’ Edsel Ford High School Orientation

EdselFord1Counselors from Edsel Ford High School are coming to Stout Middle School at 8:30 am on Thursday, April 30th to perform a presentation for 8 graders in the auditorium. Flyers will be distributed the students to help them in their credits’ selection Then, on Tuesday, May 5th, Stout’s 8 graders will visit Edsel Ford for a building tour and the student orientation. This is quite important as it helps students to choose the high school and the credits and electives that fit their needs and situations.

Get Your Tickets for School House Rock, Live! Jr. Playing at 7p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015

school house rock jrStudents at Stout Middle School have been rehearsing School House Rock, Live! Jr. since February, under the direction of Rashid Baydoun and the musical direction of Jim Walters. The students have worked hard to master the harmonies and combine dance and action to bring these cartoons to life. Please join us!

Event:            School House Rock, Live! Jr.

Where:          Stout Middle School Auditorium

When:           7 pm on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Tickets:         $5.00 each and may be purchased at show time.

Inquiries:      Mr. Baydoun at baydour@dearbornschools.org

                      Mr. Walters at Walterj@dearbornschools.org

 

Understanding the M-STEP Test

M-STEPThe Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will be transitioning to new statewide assessments beginning in mid-April. These new assessments, called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP), will be given online and will measure current student knowledge.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has produced the following publications to help the parents understand and prepare their kids for the M-STEP test:

M-STEP letter to the parents (English)M-STEP_Parent_Letter

M-STEP letter to the parents (Arabic – English)Parent_Arabic_and_English_letter

M-STEP letter to the parents (Spanish): Carta_de_los_Padres_en_Espanol

Guide to Assessments and Accountability: PTA_MI_8PG_29DEC13_FINAL_WEB

Help your kids get ready to take the M-STEP test

Parents, are your kids ready to M-STEP?

On Monday, the state will debut the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress. It’s not just a new, more challenging exam. It’s a whole new way of taking a state exam. For the first time, it’ll be given online.

All that newness has some people nervous. And some parents, concerned about what they view as too much testing going on in schools, are letting their kids sit out the exam.

But set aside all that anxiety. The test is happening, starting this week with students in grades five, eight and 11, and continuing with other grades over the course of the next eight weeks. Here, we’ve compiled a handy guide to help you understand the test and make sure your kids are prepared, based on tips from educators.

What does that mean for the exam? It’s going to be more difficult for most kids. Think fewer multiple choice questions (and fewer opportunities to score a lucky guess) and a lot more open-ended questions that force kids to demonstrate their learning. Your kids will have to display their critical thinking skills in ways they haven’t had to before. As a result, when scores are released, don’t be surprised if your once high-scoring child is now just average — or worse. If that happens, don’t panic. It’s a function of the higher standards.

Become familiar with the new format: It’s an online test, so that means it’ll be interactive. Students will be required to do things like type in answers to some questions, plot data on a graph, click and drag information, highlight text in a passage, draw shapes and listen to a presentation, then answer questions. There is also a performance task for math and English language arts tests, which require students to complete an in-depth project during the course of the exam that demonstrates their analytical and problem-solving skills.

Know whether your school is online or paper-pencil: Nearly 20% of schools that aren’t technologically ready will use a standard paper-and-pencil exam.

Dial back the fear: Talk to your kids about the test. Make sure they know it’ll be more challenging. But make sure they understand it’s just one test and thus just a snapshot in time. Educators look at multiple pieces of evidence, including classroom work and classroom assessments, to get a fuller picture of a student’s academic progress. Schools should not be using scores from the state exam to determine whether a child is promoted, held back or able to graduate. Urge your child to simply do his or her best on the test.

Take a test drive: OK, so it’s not the real thing. But the Michigan Department of Education has released some sample items — questions that are reflective of the kinds of things kids will experience on the test. Polly Siecinski, supervisor of assessment, testing and accountability for Southfield Public Schools — and a former teacher — said it can help relieve anxiety for some kids. But she warns it could increase anxiety for others. That’s why it’s important for parents “to really know their child and know what works for their child.”

You’ll need to use the Google Chrome Web browser to see the sample questions: https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi/ott1. Click on “sample item sets.”

Read directions carefully: Make sure your child understands how important it is to thoroughly read the instructions for each question, and follow them. One question, for instance, might require the student to do multiple things and missing one of those steps could be the difference between getting it right or wrong.

Some things are just basic: Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the day before the exam and has a nutritious breakfast the day of the test.

Is your school ready?: Lots can go wrong when more than 80% of the schools are testing online. The MDE has been monitoring this, working with schools to ensure they’re ready. That includes a simulation done recently at Birney K-8 School in Southfield, where 126 students filled three computer labs to see what happens when a large number of students tries to access the software to take the state exam. Siecinski said the simulation went well. “Nobody’s computer crashed. The server didn’t crash. We kind of really pushed the boundaries. I was really pleased.”

Why is this important for parents? “If technology fails, students can get frustrated, teachers can get frustrated. And then it causes pauses and delays in testing time.”

Know when your child will be tested: Schools will be testing kids at various points over the next eight weeks. Kids in grades five and eight can be tested any time between Monday and May 1. Grades four and seven will be tested between April 27 and May 15. Grades three and six will be tested between May 18 and June 5. High school juniors can be tested between Monday and June 5. If your child has been identified as requiring special education services and takes an alternative exam, testing can happen between Monday and May 29.

Prepare for a new test next year: This test is a short-timer. It’ll only stick around for one year, thanks to mandates from the Legislature. A new test, which will also be called M-STEP, will debut in 2016. Expect it to be similar, since the state is sticking with the same vendors that helped produce this year’s test.

Contact Lori Higgins: 313-222-6651, lhiggins@freepress.com or @LoriAHiggins

Summer Blended Learning Programs for Middle School Students

Blended Learning

Dearborn Public Schools had just published information about the Summer Blended Learning Programs for Middle School Students. The program will be offered at the following dates and times:

At the middle schools’ locations from June 15th – June 19th, from 8:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m.

Online from June 22nd – July 31st and from August 3rd – August 7th from 8:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m.

Parents and Students can download the registration forms from the following link:

English MS Summer Registration Form 2015

They can also get the full English version of this brochure by clicking on these links:

English MS Summer School Flyer Title and back 2015

English MS Summer School Flyer Pages 2 and 3 2015

 

قامت مدارس ديربورن الرسمية بتوزيع منشور عن البرنامج الصيفي لعام 2015 للتعليم المدموج والذي تقدمه لطلاب المدارس المتوسطة.   وسيكون تاريخ و أوقات البرناج على الشكل التالي:

في مباني المدارس المتوسطة من 15 حزيران (يونيو) – 19 حزيران (يونيو) بين الساعة 8:30 صباحا و 12:30 من بعد الظهر؛

على شبكة الأنترنت من 22 حزيران (يونيو) – 31 تموز (يوليو) ومن 3 اّب (أغسطس) – 7 اّب (أغسطس) بين الساعة 8:30 صباحا و 12:30 من بعد الظهر.

ويمكن للأهالي والطلاب الحصول على طلبات التشجيل عن طريق الرابط التالي:

English MS Summer Registration Form 2015

كما يمكنهم الحصول على النسخة العربية  من الروابط التالية

Arabic MS Summer School Flyer Title and back 2015

Arabic MS Summer School Flyer Pages 2 and 3 2015

Dearborn Public School Impact Award

impact awardsThe impact award recognizes all staff members who work for the Dearborn Public School District. Any full or part time staff member who has been employed with the Dearborn Public schools for at least 3 years and who represents the District’s Core Values of Honesty, Respect for self and others, Responsibility, Integrity, Courtesy, and Citizenship, can be nominated.

Four winners will be selected by a committee of District staff and community members. Awards will be presented at the annual Green Tie Event sponsored by the Dearborn Education foundation and held in May.

Winners will receive a $500 cash award, engraved award, and complimentary dinner at the Green Tie event.

Dead line for submitting the nominations is April 24th, 2015.

For more info call the Communication Office at 827-3007 or email communications@dearbornschools.org

You can download all the details by clicking on this link: Impact Award details

You can download the nomination form by clicking on this link: Impact Award Nomination Form

 

 

 

Angela Flores Advances to the Nationals

choreographyCongratulations to Angela Flores – 6th Grader

Join us in congratulating Miss Angela Flores (6th grader) on advancing to the Nationals for her Dance choreography entry. Please wish her luck. I am sure Angela will appreciate your participation in the district Awards Ceremony that will be held in May (Date will be updated soon.) For more information please check the following link:  PTA Reflections

Help Raise Awareness for Autism

BlueHands UnitedPlease help raise awareness for Autism and join the 2nd Annual Lighting Ceremony that will be held on April 2nd at the Dearborn Performing Arts Center (Civic Center Studio A.) You can share or listen to personal stories from families who had experienced autism from close.

Ms. Nicole West from Stout Middle School will be one of the speakers.

Raffles, refreshments, and activities for children are available. You could even win an ipad!

 

Detroit Tigers’ Field Trip: Turn in Permission Slip

Detroiy tigersStout students who received the permission slips on Monday (had 3 or less tardies since January 26th) can start turning in the permission slips to the Tigers’ game on Wednesday, March 25th in the auditorium.  Please remember that space is limited and the first 37 students from every grade will go.

You can only pay with cash and if possible please bring the exact amount. Thanks-Mr. Haddad  

Parent-Teacher Conferences: The Day After

Stout Middle School

 Stout Middle School would like to thank all the parents who took the time to attend the Parent-teacher Conferences to review the academic progress of their children. The school would also like to remind the parents to monitor their children’s academic progress on a daily basis in order to avoid and solve any problems that could hinder the students’ progress. As for parents who couldn’t attend these conferences, the school has mailed their children’s Repot Card to their addresses. Some parents will receive a School Reading and Math Achievement Contract or a School Reading and Math Achievement Contract-Improve sheet that they have to sign and send back to the school as soon as possible.

Learning is a common responsibility among the school, the parents, and most importantly, the students themselves. It requires all the parties to provide their utmost effort to achieve the desired results. For this reason, Dearborn Schools created two links on its blog http://dearbornschools.org/ to help parents and students follow up on students’ daily homework and assignments among other things.

Parent Connect: https://sis.resa.net/ParentPortal/

Student Connect: https://sisweb.resa.net/StudentPortal/

Stout Middle School looks forward to developing cooperation with parents beyond just a few phone calls. We want parents to become a full partner in the educational process. Parents can call the school at (313)827-4600 and request to talk or meet with the school administration or various counselors and specialists to talk about their children’s progress and development.

Thank you

Stout Community Liaison

Mohamad Sabra

مدرسة ستاوت المتوسطةReport-card

تشكر ادارة مدرسة ستاوت المتوسطة جميع الأهالي الذينشاركوا في الاجتماعات مع المدرسين لمتابعة أوضاع الطلاب الاكاديمية. كما تود المدرسة لفت نظر الأهالي إلى وجوب متابعة أولادهم وتحصيلهم الدراسي بشكل يومي وذلك لمنع تراكم أية مشاكل يمكن أن تقف عائقا أمام التلامذة.  وقد أرسلت المدرسة بطاقات العلامات إلى الأهالي الذين لم يتمكنوا من حضور هذه الإجتماعات بواسطة البريد. وسيكون مع بعض البطاقات عقد انجاز القراءة والرياضيات أو عقد انجاز- تحسن القراءة والرياضيات. يتوجب على الأهالي قراءة العقد المرفق وتوقيعه وإعادته الى المدرسة بأسرع ما يمكن.

إن عملية التعلم هي مسؤولية مشتركة بين المدرسة والأهالي والطلاب، وتتطلب من الجميع بذل الجهود القصوى للحصول على النتائج المرغوبة. وقد قامت مدارس ديربورن الرسمية بتأسيس رابطين على شبكة الإنترنت لمتابعة دروس وواجبات الطلاب بشكل يومي:

(Parent Connect:رابط الأهالي

 https://sis.resa.net/ParentPortal/

(Student Connect) :رابط  الطلاب

https://sisweb.resa.net/StudentPortal/

تأمل مدرسة ستاوت أن يتطور تعاون الأهالي مع المدرسة إلى أكثر من تبادل المكالمات الهاتفية بحيث يصبح الأهالي شريكا فاعلا في عملية التعلم. ويمكن للأهالي الأتصال بالمدرسة على الهاتف 4600-827  (313) وطلب اجتماع مع ادارة المدرسة و العديد من المستشارين والمتخصصين للتحدث عن تقدم وتطور أبنائهم الدراسي

مع جزيل الشكر

منسق العلاقات مع الجاليات

محمد صبرا

 

School House Rock Live! Jr.: April 21, 2015

school house rock jrWhere else can you get your groove on and learn basic grammar and number smarts? On the stage in the Auditorium at Stout Middle School, of course! Students at Stout Middle School have been rehearsing School House Rock, Live! Jr. since February, under the direction of Rashid Baydoun and the musical direction of Jim Walters.

Based on the popular educational animated shorts aired during Saturday morning programming in the 70’s and 80’s, the show features familiar tunes such as Unpack your AdjectivesJust a Bill, and a rousing finale of Conjunction Junction.  Some of the students were raised on video versions of the songs promoted by their baby boomer parents; others were unfamiliar with these nostalgic jingles when rehearsals began. Everyone is rocking now, as the students have worked hard to master the harmonies and combine dance and action to bring these cartoons to life.

Please join us! School House Rock, Live! Jr. will appear in the Stout Middle School Auditorium at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Tickets are available and may be purchased at show time. Inquiries may be directed to:

Mr. Baydoun at baydour@dearbornschools.org

Mr. Walters at Walterj@dearbornschools.org

 

2015 Ford Freedom Award Essay Contest

essay-contestFord Motor Company Fund and Community Services and Detroit Newspapers in Education in cooperation with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History are bringing the 2015 Ford Freedom Award Essay Contest for Grades 4 – 8. The theme is “Technopreneurs: Builders of the Innovative Economy.”

Who:     Students in grades 4 – 8 are encouraged to submit their essays.

Topic:   Think about a challenge you or your classmates face in trying to pursue an education. What mobile app could you think of building that would use the strengths of your classmates, teachers, or larger community to help overcome the challenges?

Date:        All essays must be received no later than Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Mail to:                    Charles H. Wright Museum Education Department

Attn: Ford Freedom Award Essay Center

315 E. Warren Avenue

Detroit, MI 48201

Prizes:

  • 1st prize: $5,000 Scholarship, Ford Freedom Award medal and certificate of merit for One winner.
  • 2nd prize: $2,500 Scholarship, Ford Freedom Award medal and certificate of merit for One winner.
  • 3rd prize: $1,000 Scholarship, Ford Freedom Award medal and certificate of merit for One winner.
  • Honorable mentions – $250 Scholarship, Ford Freedom Award medals / certificates of merit for Two winners.

Contact:    If you have any questions you can contact Sharon Martin at (248)470-2556 or srmartin52@gmail.com

Please visit: www.dnie.com for more information or to download a clean copy of the entry form. You can also click at Ford Freedom Award Essay to download the full details and the Entry form as well.