October 11

October DPS television schedule

For your viewing pleasure please check out the October line up of quality programming on the Dearborn Public Schools cable channel.  All programming is also streamed live on our website.

This month be sure to catch several recently recorded programs including the highly entertaining Response to Bullying Extravaganza and several programs providing important information on our S.M.A.R.T. School Bond, HFCC’s millage proposals,  and candidates running for City Council positions. 
 
There are also encore presentations of events that have occurred over the years but tie in nicely with our anti-bullying theme of the month.
 
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Monday
  9:00am  Oakman Elementary Anti-Bullying Slideshow (2012)
10:00am  Collection of Student Produced Anti-Bullying Videos
11:00am  Hands Are Not for Hitting (2006)
12:00pm  Edsel Ford 2008 Leadership Summit
2:00pm  Dearborn Schools Diversity Summit (May 2010)
3:00pm  Dearborn Schools Diversity Day Program (May 2012)
4:00pm  League of Women Voters: Council Candidates
5:00pm  League of Women Voters: Ballot Proposals
5:30pm  League of Women Voters: Future School Issues Forum
7:00pm  Board of Education Meeting
9:00pm  Anti-Bullying Extravaganza at the FCPAC (Sep. 2013)
Tuesday and Wednesday
   9:00am Fordson High School Peer Mediation Dramatizations (2011)
  9:30am  Whitmore-Bolles Peer Mediation Presentation (2008)
10:00am  Anti-Bullying Extravaganza at the FCPAC (Sep. 2013)
12:00pm  League of Women Voters: Council Candidates
1:00pm  League of Women Voters: Ballot Proposals
2:00pm  League of Women Voters: Future School Issues Forum
4:00pm  Board of Education Meeting
6:00pm  Edsel Ford 2008 Leadership Summit
8:00pm  Dearborn Schools Diversity Summit (May 2010)
9:00pm  Dearborn Schools Diversity Day Program (May 2012)
10:00pm  Board of Education Meeting
Thursday and Friday
   9:00am  Oakman Elementary Anti-Bullying Slideshow (2012)
10:00am  Collection of Student Produced Anti-Bullying Videos
11:00am  Hands Are Not for Hitting (2006)
12:00pm  Edsel Ford 2008 Leadership Summit
2:00pm  Dearborn Schools Diversity Summit (May 2010)
3:00pm  Dearborn Schools Diversity Day Program (May 2012)
4:00pm  League of Women Voters: Council Candidates
5:00pm  League of Women Voters: Ballot Proposals
5:30pm  League of Women Voters: Future School Issues Forum
7:00pm  Whitmore-Bolles Peer Mediation Presentation (2008)
7:30pm Fordson High School Peer Mediation Dramatizations (2011)
8:00pm  Anti-Bullying Extravaganza at the FCPAC (Sep. 2013)
Saturday and Sunday
   9:00am  League of Women Voters: Council Candidates
10:00am  League of Women Voters: Ballot Proposals
10:30am  League of Women Voters: Future School Issues Forum
12:00pm  Board of Education Meeting
2:00pm  Anti-Bullying Extravaganza at the FCPAC (Sep. 2013)
4:00pm  Fordson High School Peer Mediation Dramatizations (2011)
4:30pm  Whitmore-Bolles Peer Mediation Presentation (2008)
5:00pm  Oakman Elementary Anti-Bullying Slideshow (2012)
5:30pm  Hands Are Not for Hitting (2006)
6:00pm  Collection of Student Produced Anti-Bullying Videos
7:00pm  Dearborn Schools Diversity Day Program (May 2012)
7:30pm  Dearborn Schools Diversity Summit (May 2010)
8:30pm  Edsel Ford 2008 Leadership Summit
October 7

MEAP Testing

It is time for the state required MEAP tests again!  Please make sure your child is eating healthy foods, getting plenty of exercise and sleeping at least eight hours each night during this month and all year long.

The first test will begin on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.  Testing will continue on multiple dates depending on grade level through October 25, 2013.

All MEAP tests are untimed and student-paced.  Students who require more time than given above will be allowed to complete each part of the test during the same continuous session.  Encourage your children to take their time and do their very best.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the MEAP, please stop by the office, email Mrs. Groover at groover@dearbornschools.org or call the office at (313) 827-6250.

Thank you so much for the support and help you give to your child all year long!

 

Sincerely,

Ross C. Groover

Principal

 

MEAP Tips

Preparing for Test:   –  Schedule appointments on non-testing days.  – Encourage your child to take responsibility for doing their best on the test.  – Encourage your child to ask questions at home and in class.  – Praise your child for work well done.

Testing Day:  – See that your child is rested and eats breakfast.  – Encourage your child to do the best work possible.  – Do not remove your child from school on test days for appointments.  – Send a healthy snack and water on testing days.

Test Anxiety:  Students may experience anxiety about tests.  A certain degree of test anxiety is normal and may help students work more efficiently and remain focused during testing.  Too much anxiety, however, can negatively affect performance.  The following strategies may assist students and parents in reducing test anxiety.

Parent Strategies for Reducing Test Anxiety: – Discuss the test openly and in a positive way.  – Emphasize that the test is only one measure of academic performance.  – Emphasize that test scores do not determine a person’s worth.

September 20

Letter from the Office of the Superintendent

September, 2013

 

Dear Community Partner,

I would like to invite you to an event that is quickly becoming a tradition in the city of Dearborn, our third annual “Response to Bullying Kick-Off Extravaganza.”

This city-wide event, featuring the talents of our students and inspirational comments from community leaders, will take place Monday, September 30th at 6:00 PM in the fabulous Ford Community and Performing Arts Center located at 15801 Michigan Avenue.  Everyone is invited!  The theme for this year’s event is: “I was just kidding” doesn’t count, if it hurts, it’s not funny.

Two years ago the district, in partnership with the City of Dearborn and several local organizations, launched a city-wide “Response to Bullying” program to address the growing concern in our nation with bullying behavior.  Specifically, this program was designed to engage all members of the community in helping to identify bullying behavior, no matter where it is taking place.  Since the start of the program students, staff members, parents, and community members have made a commitment to end bullying before it can start by becoming “Up Standers.”

Thank you for your support over the last two years and we look forward to seeing you at the Performing Arts Center on September 30 as all of us join together to kick-off year three!

Sincerely,

Brian J. Whiston

Superintendent

September 18

Open House

Open House will take place tomorrow, Thursday, September 19th from 5:30-7:00 PM.  Please come meet your child’s teacher, learn about their classrooms, and schedule your fall parent-teacher conference.  Also, check out our wish board.  Teachers place stars on the wish board of supplies needed for their classrooms.  Remove the star from the board of item you are purchasing.

PTA representatives will be on hand in the lobby to answer questions and take memberships.PTA will also hold a bake sale.  Donations can be dropped off in the lobby.

September 9

Box Tops for Education

Welcome back to school…get your scissors ready!  It’s time to start clipping Box Tops for Education labels from many General Mills products you already use in your home.  These Box Tops labels are redeemed in order to purchase educational and fun items for Snow School.  You can find Box Tops on hundreds of your favorite items, everything from Kleenex tissue to Progresso soups to Cheerios, Go Gurt and Ziploc bags-and on hundreds of items in between!  Please send in your clipped Box Tops for Education labels with your student or drop them off in the box located outside the main office.  For you online shoppers, visit Box Tops Marketplace to easily earn eBoxTops for our school.  Thank you for supporting Snow School.