Greetings Fordson Community,
There was an unfortunate incident at the October 18 soccer game at Dearborn High. The Dearborn High Administration has been working in collaboration with Central Administration, Fordson Administration, and Dearborn Police to resolve the situation; here’s some more information found on the DHS website.
In every community, the youth’s voice has been limited and no change can be made. The Dearborn Youth Affairs Commission is an opportunity to make yourself heard. The DYAC was created by Mayor Jack O’Reilly and the vision for this group was to seek change in the community and ensure that people’s voices are heard and changes were made for the better. Only select leaders from the community are chosen to be a part of the DYAC. From attending town hall meetings to hosting the city-wide event: Dearborn’s Got Talent for all talent to be shown, we look to honor our ways, by making it all about the people. Our city is in a crisis where our youth has decreased in involvement on political action and community engagement. Most of our commitment has now been from the older generations. However, now it is time for that demographic to change. The younger generation has been given a chance to answer the call to act and make a difference. So, are you up to making a difference in your community?
Seniors: Head shots are due November 16th, to C203-Mrs.Kubitz, no exceptions. New this year, Baby photos will be placed next to your senior head shot for $10, get yours in by December 7th to C203, hard copy or electronic.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting program that transforms local middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Through the year-long program, students in grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a life-changing program that positively impacts the entire community. From exciting local business guest lecturers to dynamic field trips to local companies, students learn how to develop and run a real enterprise in a fun, projects-based approach.
Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students in 168 communities across America. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce and Campaign for Free Enterprise became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders.
Develop and deliver experience-based entrepreneurship programs to young people to:
- Enable them to transition successfully to adulthood;
- Help them to pursue their dreams by harnessing their creativity and energy;
- Help them transform their ideas into tangible enterprises that create economic and social value for a better world;
- Develop the character of tomorrow’s leaders based on personal principles and values;
- Enable educational institutions and Chambers of Commerce to provide successful and effective entrepreneurship programs for middle and high school students;
- Create a culture of innovation in schools and communities across the nation; and
- Foster the entrepreneurial mindset in young people, educators, and community members.
Are you passionate about improving your school’s climate and culture? Do you believe in positive leadership, activism and making a difference? If you answered yes to both questions, you should apply to become a member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC). This is the 4th year that Dr. Maleyko has invited high school students to join him as we continue to be a District of Distinction. He wants to hear from you because he realizes that you know the pulse of your school better than anyone else. Unfortunately, space is limited and the council will consist of no more than 20 students (10th – 12th grade only). Please determine if you meet the following requirements before applying: (1) Excellent attendance (2) 2.0 G.P.A. or higher (3) Willing to collaborate with peers (4) Demonstrate problem solving, creative thinking, initiative, flexibility and a desire to make positive change (5) Exhibit communication & presentation skills (6) Adhere to the Student Code of Conduct policies (7) Attend monthly meetings during the school day (8) Ability to balance course work, monthly meetings and extra curricular community activities. September 27, 2018 is the deadline for submitting your application. Be Inspirational! Pursue your Education! Celebrate your successes!
Dearborn Schools Offering Free Lunch, Breakfast To All Students
-All students except preschool now eligible for free meals under special federal guidelines
Dearborn Public Schools is expanding its free lunch programs to all students, regardless of family income.
The District was recently informed by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) that it was eligible to offer free meals across the district based on criteria in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s school meals program. Previously, free meals under CEP were offered to all kindergarten to 8th grade students at 14 schools in the district. Free meals across the rest of the district started the week of September 10, 2018.
“Any time we can provide our students with resources that will help them be successful in school, such as a nutritious breakfast and or a healthy lunch, that’s a positive that we cannot pass up,” said Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.
Studies show that good health, including good nutrition is important to student success.
While students will not need money to buy meals, most schools will continue to offer individual items for sale in their cafeteria such as extra milk, snacks, or a second lunch. Children would need money in hand or in their student account to buy those items.
The CEP program will be retroactive to the beginning of the school year. Students who already paid for lunches will have that money refunded to their student accounts or might be eligible for a refund. Any refund details are still being considered and details will be shared with schools as soon as they are available.
Even with the expansion of the lunch program, the district will still ask families to fill out information about household income, although on a different form. This information is needed for schools to be eligible for other programs, including federal Title 1 funding. Dearborn Public Schools received more than $12,300,000 in such funding last year. Dearborn Schools will also have to occasionally survey selected families to see if the district still qualifies for CEP.
While not all of Dearborn’s schools qualify for CEP on their own, the district used a provision that allows it to average schools together to meet the threshold for all its 36 kindergarten through 12th grade schools. The program is not available to preschool students, so it will not be offered at Cotter School. (Students enrolled in the GSRP program at Cotter can qualify for free or reduced lunch under other federal programs.) Students will also be able to get free breakfasts in the buildings that offer the CEP program. Across Michigan, 652 schools participate in CEP.
CEP was designed to allow schools or districts with a higher percentage of low-income families to streamline the free lunch process. To qualify for the program, the area needs to have 40 percent of students automatically identified for free lunch. Typically, that means the family already receives some other type of assistance such as food stamps or Medicare.
The schools that were already enrolled in CEP include Becker Elementary, Henry Ford Elementary, Lowrey School, Maples Elementary, McCollough Elementary, McDonald Elementary, Miller Elementary, Oakman Elementary, River Oaks Elementary, Salina Elementary and Intermediate, Unis Middle, William Ford Elementary and Woodworth Middle.
2018-19 Legal Announcements Now Available
The law requires the Dearborn Public Schools to provide parents or guardians a set of legal announcements containing information on laws pertaining to students and parents. All parents and guardians are encouraged to take a moment and review the document. The updated version of these announcements is now available on the district website.
Parents wishing to review a hard copy of the Legal Notices can also visit any Dearborn Public School or the Administrative Service Center, 18700 Audette to pick up a copy.
If you have any questions or comments, please call the Communications Office at 827-3006.
In the ongoing effort to provide our community with accurate and updated information, I would like to share with everyone details about a story that was reported on Friday, September 7, 2018, WDIV, Channel 4.
A sixteen-year-old Fordson student had met at a twenty-two year old male online. The male attempted to make contact with the student by gaining entry into Fordson during dismissal time. He met the student in the school and made inappropriate contact with her. She immediately walked away from him and reported the incident to the School Resource Officer (SRO). The male was later arrested by Dearborn Police.
We are very fortunate that this isolated incident did not result in any further harm coming to the student. As reported on channel 4, the male appeared in court and faces several criminal charges.
I want to thank the Dearborn Police and our School Resource Officer for their swift action. Once again, we are very fortunate to have a great partnership with the Dearborn Police.
Although our school locks all doors during the day, has an electronic system that only allows entry into the building after proper identification, and we have an SRO and several security guards who do an outstanding job of keeping our school a safe and secure building…this incident reminds all of us that the safety and security of our community is a responsibility that requires all of our attention.
This incident can also be used by parents to start a conversation with their children about the proper and safe use of social media. Again, I want to emphasis that keeping our school, neighborhood, and community a safe place is a task that requires all of us working together as one team, one school, one community.
Fordson High School