February 27, 2018
As part of our ongoing effort to keep an open line of communication with our parents, I would like to take a moment to share information regarding a story that has been circulating in some parts of our community.
Last night, we received information that a student made some vague threats on social media. At this point, the authorities are well aware of the situation and talking with the student and the family. It appears that this is a case of someone not thinking about what they were saying or understanding the implications of their words. I would like to be clear that at no time were any students or staff in danger. The information that was shared with the school was acted upon immediately and with the full cooperation of the Dearborn Police and the family involved.
We do live in a time where any type of threatening comment must be acted upon swiftly and the consequences for making such comments can be severe. Please use this information as an opportunity to talk with your children about careful use of social media and comments made to other students.
Keeping an open line of communications and working together will allow us to continue to be a great school and a safe place for your child.
Due to a water main break at the Heights Campus, please see information below regarding the programs that will be open and those that will be closed for Monday February 5, 2018.
Programs That Are Open:
Magnet High School
Michael Berry Career Center programs
Programs That Will Be Closed:
Adult and Community Education classes held at the Heights Campus
Middle School STEM
Howe- Montessori Elementary, Special Education Programs and Preschool.
Students in the programs listed above that are closed should not report. All other students should report to school as scheduled.
All staff should report to the Heights Campus even if your program will be closed.
Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography, illegal drug and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the Michigan Secretary of State’s office offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the federal Do Not Call List, is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families.
As a strong supporter of this Registry, I would like to encourage you to sign your entire family up for this program and inform your friends and colleagues about how they can protect their children and families from unwanted adult advertising. To sign up only takes seconds. Just go to www.ProtectMIChild.com and keep your family safe.
Special Education is hosting a free educational presentation on depression, anxiety, psychosis for parents/guardians of teens. Please click on this link for a flier with more information.
Here is the final exam schedule as passed out in the last PTA meeting.
Final Exam Schedule
Final Exam Schedule – January 24, 25, 26, 2018
Wednesday, Jan. 24 Thursday, Jan. 25 Friday , Jan. 26
1st Hour Exam 3rd Hour Exam 5th Hour Exam
7:20 – 8:50 90 minutes 7:20 – 8:50 90 minutes 7:20 – 8:50 90 minutes
Break 10 minutes Break 10 minutes Break 10 minutes
2nd Hour Exam 4th Hour Exam 6th Hour Exam
9:00 – 10:30 90 minutes 9:00 – 10:30 90 minutes 9:00 – 10:30 90 minutes
No Lunch – School is dismissed at 10:30
Breakfast will be served
The Dearborn Public Library Commission has approved the following guidelines for students using the library during their finals. Remember that these guidelines are from The Dearborn Public Library and not Dearborn Public Schools.
REVISED Guidelines for Students Using the Dearborn Public Library during Finals
In the recent past, the library has dealt with inappropriate behavior during the two weeks prior to final exams (January and June). Students have been excessively loud, disrespectful, and destructive, causing considerable stress for both staff and other library patrons. Because of these issues, we are putting new guidelines into effect in an attempt to deter this behavior.
During the period of January 16 – January 26, 2018:
- All students between the ages of 13-17 are required to have either in-building parent/guardian supervision or a parental/guardian-signed agreement that the student will abide by the Library Code of Conduct while in any library building.
- If parent/guardian remains in the building: If a parent/guardian elects to remain in the building, they may supervise up to 4 students. They will be required to sign a form listing the students’ names and agreeing that they are responsible for that group.
- If parent chooses to leave the building: If the parent chooses to leave the building, they will be required to sign a form providing accurate, personal contact information as well as the contact information of an alternate person authorized to pick-up the student if deemed necessary by library staff. Library staff decisions are binding.
- Additionally, all students must show school ID or other valid photo identification upon entering the building. To enforce this, the Library will post staff at the public entrance doors to greet people as they enter the building.
- Children under 13 years of age are not allowed to remain in a library building without direct parental supervision at any time of year.
- Any information collected will not be used for the purpose of creating a library record but, should a disciplinary situation arise, may be shared with law enforcement, school officials, the student’s parents and library staff.