Dearborn will continue offering free student meals over summer

Free student meal distributions will continue throughout the summer at seven Dearborn Public School sites.

The district has been distributing the free grab-and-go meals since shortly after the Governor ordered schools to close in March.  That program is slated to end on June 10, which is scheduled to be the last full day of school in the District.

However, Dearborn Schools received permission to continue serving free meals through the summer under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.

The summer meal distribution will be once a week on Thursdays starting June 17. Food will be handed out every Thurssday from 10 a.m. to noon at Edsel Ford.  Each bag will contain seven breakfasts and seven lunches for each child under the age of 18.  Each child will also get a half gallon of milk.

The distribution locations will continue to be Fordson, Dearborn and Edsel Ford high schools, Woodworth and Smith middle schools, Salina Intermediate, and McCollough/Unis School.

One person can pick up food for any child living in the home.  The child does not need to attend that school. 

The District has recently been providing 65,000 grab-and-go meals a week for children in the community.  Those meals, which include lunch and breakfast, are funded through the U.S.D.A. School Lunch Program. Dearborn used that program to offer free lunch and breakfast to all its kindergarten through 12th grade students before the school closure in March. 

“We know our families appreciate the student meal distributions, and we are glad to be able to continue to offer children these meals during the summer months,” said Food Service Director Jeff Murphy.

Locker Items Second Chance Pick Up

Second chance:  If you requested items from your locker, or had items you need, and weren’t able to come yesterday June 1st, these will be available for another drive-thru pickup at Edsel Ford High School on Thursday, June 4th from 11am – 1pm. 

Cars will enter at the traffic light entrance to the student parking lot on Rotunda (by football field), and will follow ONE WAY traffic. Pick-up will be at the gym doors by the student parking lot. 

When picking up your items you must display your student name and student number on a sheet of paper for us to see- you must also show a piece of ID with a picture to get your items. We cannot return locker contents without proper ID. Parents must accompany students under 18. Students and parents must stay in their cars at all times.

Anyone who is unable to come to pick up at this time will have to set up an appointment with our office staff. All locker items not picked up by Friday, June 12th at noon will be discarded.  

Information on our High School Graduation Events from the Superintendent:

Greetings Everyone,

We have developed a tentative plan to recognize our 2020 Graduates on the following dates pending official Board approval: Edsel Ford High School on July 13, Dearborn High School on July 14, Fordson High School on July 15, and the Berry/Magnet High School on July 16.  The HFEC is TBD as we work with Director Fadlallah and the College.  The specific times and details regarding the recognition events will be unveiled for the public on June 9 pending Board approval. All dates and specifics regarding the events are subject to change pending the current situation with the COVID 19 Crisis and/or any of the Governor orders. 

This is the Process that we followed: We have been working very hard over the past two months to develop a potential ceremony that will give recognition to our graduating seniors. We believe in acquiring the input from our stakeholders which is how we always operate. This has involved many meetings with student groups including the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee, and the Student Council Boards from each of the High Schools. There have been at least 7 meetings altogether with those student groups. School Board Trustees have also participated in those student meetings. In addition, the high school principals have been meeting on a regular basis, several that involved me directly. 

We have been actively researching ideas and following the national and local trends for the development of recognition events. We recently put out a survey to acquire the input from parents and students which was the recommendation provided by the student groups. We have further discussed the topic at two board meetings and I have made several public statements on my social media regarding the recognition events that we were planning to implement. Our High school principals also implemented drive in recognition events earlier in the month of May. 

During the development of the potential recognition plan we were very careful to ensure that we are in legal compliance with all of the Governor’s orders. However, those orders are subject to change pending events with the COVID 19 virus. We will also follow all health regulations relative to the COVID 19 virus. We appreciate the patience and understanding by our students and families as we continue to deal with the Current Crisis during the development of a plan.  

Congratulations to our Graduates!!! We are very Proud of you!!!

Grading Appeals for High School During the Continuity of Learning

K-12 Philosophy on Grading During School Closure 2020 Individual teachers will be responsible for assessing student progress and providing feedback. Assignments will be graded and entered in MiStar. Work completed prior to April 20th that demonstrates a student’s mastery of learning will count toward his/her grade. 

Appeal Process 

If a student receives an N (which is no credit) for the sixth marking, and can show evidence as to why he/she deserves credit, the student may submit an appeal for this grade. The student must contact the Executive Director of Student Achievement for their feeder track and complete this Grading Appeals Form. The form must be submitted by June 15th, 2020. 

The information will be shared with the Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee will include: Nada Fouani, Leadership Coach, the Executive Director of Student Achievement, school principal, department representation (if an English Learner or Special Education student) and at least one other member from the Instructional Cabinet. The committee will: 

● review the teacher and building logs. 

● Review student grades in MiStar 

● Discuss information related to any hardship 

● Review any documentation submitted. 

● Come to consensus on a decision regarding whether or not to approve or deny the appeal 

Dearborn High Feeder – Mrs. Fatme Faraj farajf@dearbornschools.org Edsel Ford Feeder – Dr. Jill Chochol chochoj@dearbornschools.org Fordson Feeder (including HFEC and Magnet) – Mrs. Shannon Peterson peterss@dearbornschools.org 

High School Grading Criteria COVID-19 School Shutdown 

For the 6th marking period: 

● Students receive feedback on weekly assignments in the form of narrative comments. 

● Staff will input grades at least weekly in the gradebook as work is completed. This will be available in parent/student connect for parents and students to view. 

● For each class, if a student participates in the learning, he/she will receive credit. The following will apply: 

● Students who do the following will earn the grade of A recorded: 

○ Engage in at least 75% of the remote lessons and hangouts. 

○ Submit and earn a passing grade on at least 75% of the assignments. 

● Students who do the following will earn the grade of G which awards credit: 

○ Engage in 60-74% of the remote lessons and hangouts. 

○ Submit and earn a passing grade on at least 60-74% of the assignments. 

● Students who do the following will earn the grade of N which is no credit given: 

○ Engage in less than 60% of the remote lessons and hangouts. 

○ Submit and earn a passing grade on less than 60% of the assignments. 

● If a student chooses not to participate and cannot be reached despite numerous attempts, the student receives N for no credit. The teacher must submit the credit/no credit form. The principal must approve. The credit/no credit form and grades for 12th graders are due May 27th. The credit/no credit form and grades for 9th-11th graders are due June 11th. 

● If a student is unable to participate due to family hardship, the student will be excused from work and will receive credit. This evidence will be documented in the building log. Principals must approve credit. 

● Any student who receives no credit will have to attend summer school for credit recovery. (Students must meet the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements and earn 23 credits to graduate.) 

● There will be a district appeal process for a student contesting their 6th marking period grade.

Parents can preview possible curriculum changes

Dearborn Public Schools is offering a chance for parents and community members to explore two new curriculum resources the District is recommending for next year – one for elementary English Language Arts and the other for some high school math. Both curriculums provide extensive digital resources that are available for school and home use.

Interested parents can view some of the materials online and then learn more about the resources during online meetings on Monday for the elementary program and Tuesday for the math program.

Both curriculum resources have gone through extensive evaluation by Dearborn teachers and have been recommended by the District’s curriculum committee. This is part of the District’s regular process to update and implement new curriculum.  Please note, these changes have not yet been approved by the Board of Education.

Secondary math

Parents also are invited to learn more about the enVision AGA math program that is recommended for adoption for use for Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry instruction.  

enVision AGA is a highly rated program and has been researched and piloted in Dearborn classrooms over the last two years. Textbooks, workbooks and an extensive collection of digital resources, including interactives, mathematical modeling, and adaptive practice are part of  enVision’s high quality program. 

Parents can view enVision materials using the link to a padlet: enVision Math

In addition to previewing the materials online, parents are invited to attend a Google Meet with enVision/Savvas representatives for more information and for a Q & A session on Tuesday, June 2 from 4 to 5 p.m.  Please email communications@dearbornschools.org for information on accessing the Google Meet event. 

For more information about the possible curriculum changes, contact Dr. Ross Groover, K-12 Consultant for Curriculum & Professional Development, at groover@dearbornschools.org.

Locker Item Pick Up

Just a reminder: If you requested items from your locker, these items will be available for a drive-thru pickup at Edsel Ford High School on Monday, June 1st from 12-2pm. 

Cars will enter at the traffic light entrance to the student parking lot on Rotunda (by football field), and will follow ONE WAY traffic. Pick-up will be at the gym doors by the student parking lot. 

When picking up your items you must display your student name and student number on a sheet of paper for us to see- you must also show a piece of ID with a picture to get your items. We cannot return locker contents without proper ID. Parents must accompany students under 18. Students and parents must stay in their cars at all times.

Anyone who is unable to come to pick up at this time will have to set up an appointment with our office staff. All locker items not picked up by Friday, June 12th at noon will be discarded.  

مجرد تذكير: إذا طلبت اغراضك من الخزانتك ، فستكون هذه الأغراض جاهز للاستلام بالسيارة في مدرسة آدسل فورد يوم الاثنين ،  حزيران ١ من الساعة ١٢ إلى ٢ مساءً.
ستدخل السيارات عند مدخل إشارة المرور إلى ساحة السيارات الخاصة بالطالب على روتوندا (قريب على ملعب كرة القدم) ، وستتبع حركة المرور ذات الطريق الواحد. سيتم الاستلام في أبواب صالة الألعاب الرياضية من قبل ساحة انتظار الطلاب.

Memorial Day Message

Edsel Ford High School is proud to share our annual Memorial Day ceremony with our school community.  This tradition is unique to Edsel Ford as we honor the memories of 23 Edsel Ford graduates who were killed or lost their lives during the Vietnam War. 

Their names appear on a beautiful but unassuming memorial plaque located outside of the main office.  The plaque was donated by the class of 1968.  

The Covid-19 crisis may have temporarily closed our school but we will not allow it stop us from remembering our fallen. 

We urge you to take a moment this weekend to watch our virtual ceremony. 

God bless. 

Pete Kotsogiannis

Assistant Principal, Edsel Ford High School

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Edsel Ford Class of 2020! A Class to remember!

Hello Thunderbirds,

Yesterday was a great day! I wanted to share that we had over 40 staff members from Edsel assemble and deliver our special Class of 2020 Senior Yard signs!  Thank you to so many of the wonderful staff who volunteered to assemble, pick up and deliver the Senior Signs!  Class of 2020 – it’s just the beginning of your Senior week at Edsel!! We have Cap N Gown pick up tomorrow and other surprises for later in the week!  We Love the Edsel Ford Class of 2020! You are a Class to remember!

Love,

Your Edsel Ford Staff

Student Locker Items:

EFHS Student Items from Hallway and Gym Lockers

Edsel Ford High School Students: if you have items in your hallway locker and/or gym locker that you would like returned, you must provide the following information by this Friday, May 22nd. :

  1. Last Name, First Name
  2. Student Number
  3. Hallway Locker Number
  4. Gym locker combination 
  5. Items you are requesting

Send the information through email or call your grade assigned administrator by this Friday, May 22nd.

Items will be available for a drive-thru pickup at Edsel Ford High School on Monday, June 1st from 12-2pm.  Pick-up will be at the gym doors by the student parking lot.  If you do not call and request your items prior to Friday, May 22nd- they will not be available for pickup.

When picking up your items you must display your student name and student number on a sheet of paper for us to see- you must also show a piece of ID with a picture to get your items. We cannot return locker contents without proper ID. Parents must accompany students under 18. Students and parents must stay in their cars at all times.

If a locker has a combination lock – the combination must be provided by May 22nd or the lock will have to be cut.

All lockers items not picked up by Friday, June 12th at noon will be discarded.