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Dearborn Virtual Learning Program

Greetings Parents,  

On Monday, August 10 the Board of Education approved a plan for all Dearborn Public School students to return to school on-line. Students from kindergarten through high school will take classes online at least until sometime around the beginning of October.  The board will reevaluate conditions later in September to see if it is possible for some or all students to begin returning to their classrooms perhaps in a blended model of in-class and on-line learning.

The District understands there are parents who want their children in a 100% virtual learning program no matter what phase the State is in or how other students in the District are attending school.  For the parents who want a 100% on-line option for the entire school year, the school district has created the Dearborn Virtual Learning Program for students K-12.  Parents selecting this option are opting their children into the program for a one-year commitment. 

In order to meet staffing, transportation, and several other components of our new school environment, it is vitally important to know how many students will join the Virtual Program. Parents seeking more information and/or are interested in opting their child(ren) into this program are highly encouraged to visit our school this Thursday, August 13th and Friday, August 14th from 11:00-2:00 each day.  

School administrators will be on hand (social distancing, limited numbers, and masks will be enforced) to meet with parents and answer questions. We will be outside by the student parking lot.  Forms will be available for you to complete. If you have children at different grade levels and buildings, you do not need to attend meetings at multiple schools.  Opt-in forms will be available and parents can opt-in all their children at one location. Here is a link to the complete schedule of schools and meetings.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SdFISdKk-c1Lbkz7Vj5irylxEkqJOKZy2J3HJGvJ_tI/edit?usp=sharing

If you are not comfortable meeting in a safe environment at the school or are unable to attend on one of the scheduled days, please call (313-827-1400) or email (alcodrh@dearborn schools.org) the school so we may discuss this option and begin the opt-in process for your children.

We understand there are many questions, concerns, and uncertainties as we approach the start of the school year.  Our Back to School Reopen Committee has spent many hours considering all of the health, safety, logistical, and educational concerns before making their recommendations. Our Board spent many hours reviewing those recommendations including a six hour Study Session to hear from the various sub-committees and stakeholders.  We are now ready to move forward, together, to ensure what will be an interesting, but great, start to the 2020-21 school year. 

Have a great day, 

Volleyball Summer Conditioning

Volleyball will begin summer condition tomorrow Tuesday July 14, 9:30 am on the Fordson east tennis court. Enter at the Nickel entrance by the tennis court. Check-in we will be following MHSAA and NFHS protocols and athletes must bring their own water to all workouts. Our goal is always to keep you safe so please bring a mask 

Volleyball will begin summer condition tomorrow Tuesday July 14, 9:30 am on the Fordson east tennis court. Enter at the Nickel entrance by the tennis court. Check-in we will be following MHSAA and NFHS protocols and athletes must bring their own water to all workouts. Our goal is always to keep you safe so please bring a mask too. Bring phone for checkin. Thank you from Volleyball Coaches. All grade levels!

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Census

Dear Parent(s),

Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

For a better future of our city, schools, and students , please click on the link now and fill out the census. It only takes a few minutes from your time to make a difference.

Complete the Census application here: 

https://my2020census.gov/

Summer Reading with List

According to Johns Hopkins University, the effects of summer learning loss can result in nearly a three-month loss in grade-level equivalency in math and a two-month loss in grade-level equivalency in reading. 

 As a result of the school shut down, estimates suggest students will return in the fall 2020 with roughly 70% of the learning gains in reading relative to a typical school year.  However in mathematics, students are likely to show much smaller learning gains and in some grades, nearly a full year behind what we would observe in normal conditions. In order to close the summer learning loss gap in reading and math, students should be reading on a daily basis and or completing math activities. Below are recommended reading list/activities.  

Goal 1200+

At Fordson High School it is the goal that every student graduate with a Lexile reading level of 1200 or higher. The best way to improve reading is to read more. This summer as we reconnect with family and friends, don’t forget to take some time to read. If you don’t already have a library card, now is the perfect time to register for one. If you already have a library card, explore the amazing digital offerings and summer programing through the public library. You may not know it, but the Fordson Library’s catalogue is available online too! You can start adding to your “to be read” stacks now and check out the books when we are back to school at the end of summer. 

Our school-wide goal is 1200+ by graduation. Reading at that level prepares everyone for the world after high school!  All careers require a minimum Lexile level of 1200.

In the fall, all Fordson students will take the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) to determine their Lexile level. This is an opportunity to learn about your current reading level and set personal goals to reach 1200+! At Fordson we want every student to be successful and grow as readers each year!

Library Cards

Dearborn Public Library has set up a way for residents of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights to remotely register for temporary Dearborn Public Library cards.  These cards will allow access to all Dearborn Public Library electronic materials. Instructions and highlights of available eResources are available through the following link:  https://dearbornlibrary.org/wordpress/need-a-temporary-library-card/

Plan Your Future Reading – Access the Fordson Library Online

Use this link to find books and availability at the Fordson Library: https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/36526

Have you ever struggled to find your next read? 

Story Time Teen is a site with a Book Rec Generator to help match readers with a young adult book they’ll love in 60 seconds or less. It’s like having an entire library at your fingertips. And, best of all, it’s a completely free way to fall in love with reading all over again. The book lists are also curated by teens! Give it a try: https://www.storytimeteen.com/start

Thank you so much for supporting your child’s development through summer learning.

أولياء الأمور و الأوصياء الأعزاء:

بناءً على دراسة لجامعة جون هوبكنز إن  الانقطاع عن الدراسة خلال الصيف  قد يسفر عن تراجع الطالب بما يعادل فترة زمنية قد تصل إلى الثلاثة  أشهر تقريبا من فترة الدراسة العادية في مادة الرياضيات، و الشهرين في مادة القراءة. تشير التوقعات أنه نتيجة لإغلاق المدارس سيعود الطلاب إلى المدارس في خريف  العام الدراسي ٢٠٢٠  بنسبة ٧٠ % فقط مهارات القراءة مقارنة بالمستوى الذين قد يصلون إليه خلال السنة الدراسية النموذجية / الإعتيادية. بينما من المرجح أن يظهر الطلاب نسبة تطور أقل في مهارات الرياضيات وفي  بعض الصفوف ما يقارب من تأخر سنة دراسية كاملة عما نشهده في الأحوال الدراسية العادية.   التخلص من هذه الفجوة التعليمية التي من الممكن أن تنشأ عن حلول فصل الصيف في القراءة والرياضيات، يتوقع من الطلاب إكمال واجبات بيتية صيفية  قبل عودتهم إلى المدرسة العام القادم.

 شكراً لكم على دعمكم ومساندتكم لأبنائكم في إكمال  الواجبات الصيفية .

Graduation Announcement

Congratulations to the Fordson Class of 2020 Seniors and Families,

We are very happy to announce that the Dearborn Board of Education has approved the graduation plan for all three high schools at the board meeting that took place on Monday, June 8, 2020. The plan follows processes and procedures that ensure students, families, and staff members stay safe according to CDC guidelines and information from state health officials. 

The 2020 graduation event will take place at Fordson High School on July 15, 2020 from 3:00pm-7:00pm. The entire event will be broadcast live on the District’s television channel and on Youtube along with the pre-recorded speeches from administration and students. (More information on the student commencement speech auditions will be coming out soon.)

Each student may attend the event with only two family members. Students will be assigned specific times according to their last name to ease congestion and ensure proper social distancing. You will be informed of the time that you are scheduled to attend the event in the future.

School administration and dignitaries will be at the event to announce students’ names and congratulate our graduating class with smiles (no hugs, hand shakes, or fist bumps for health safety reasons). Seniors should come dressed in their cap and gown and will hear their name called as they walk up to receive their diploma and take their picture.  Students and their families will then proceed to their cars with their families and may not congregate with others. 

Graduates MUST be appropriately attired for this event. Seniors MUST wear their cap and gown to attend the event.  The young men are to wear a shirt, tie, dress pants and dress shoes, while the young ladies should wear a dress or a dressy outfit and dress shoes. No flip flops, pointy heels (that dig into the turf and can cause you to fall), or tennis shoes will be allowed.  If you did not order one yet, you may be able to still purchase one from Jostens by calling 1734 284-2528 and it will be shipped to your home.

“While we know this is not what students and parents had hoped for, we feel it is a fair compromise,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko. “Traditional graduations at our three main high schools attracted more than 1,000 people to each event, and it will be a long time before it is reasonably safe to hold such large gatherings. This approach will let students see their school one more time, wear their caps and gowns to participate in an actual face-to-face event with their parents present, and allow unlimited family members to watch from home.”

Fordson High School will like to give special recognition to our co-validicatorians Mahdi Hassan Abdallah (attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)  and Ibrahim Nasser Qasem (attending Harvard University) and to our salutatorian Muhammad Salah Alnasser (attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology).  

 As Superintendent Glenn Maleyko remarked, “The Class of 2020 will certainly be a year to remember.”

Congratulations 2020 Seniors!  Fordson High School staff are all very proud of you!