Way to go, Ali Beidoun!!

 

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Four Dearborn Elementary School Students Awarded For Their Outstanding Writing at the 2016 Young Authors’ Festival

Four students from Dearborn elementary schools received awards for their writing at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Mardigian Library’s 4th annual Young Authors’ Festival. The half-day event was held in the Mardigian Library on Saturday, November 12. Around 120 young writers from grades 3 to 5, parents, and teachers listened as the award winners read their winning entries aloud. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell stopped by to congratulate award winners and encourage students to read and write. Winners received Barnes & Noble gift cards as awards.

3rd Grade, 2nd Prize: Owen Strieff (Lindbergh Elementary) for “Families,”

3rd Grade, 3rd Prize (tie): Hussein Mansour (William Ford Elementary) for “Family Memories,”

4th Grade, 3rd Prize: Nameh Sharif (Henry Ford Elementary) for “My Life, My Everything,”

5th Grade, 3rd Prize: Ali Beidoun (Howard Elementary) for “Big Dreams.”

The 2016 Young Authors’ Writing Contest received around 260 entries from children in grades 3 to 5. Entries were judged by UM-Dearborn pre-service teachers.

At the festival, young writers learned tips on what it takes to be an author from Newbery Medal-winning author and special guest speaker, Christopher Paul Curtis.  Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan and is a graduate of UM-Flint. Curtis is the author of the highly acclaimed books, “Bud Not Buddy,” “Elijah of Buxton,” and “The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963.”

He told the eager audience to be observant and listen, and encouraged them to use what they see and hear in their everyday lives in their stories. He gave an example about how writing can be a collaborative process through the challenges he faced when writing a book from a girl’s perspective. He got a lot of advice from the girls and women in his life to help him shape his character’s personality and voice. Curtis also took time to autograph books and have pictures taken with the children attending the event.

Children also participated in 11 fun, educational writing workshops conducted by UM-Dearborn pre-service teachers. While the children were in workshops, their parents were getting tips on how to inspire their children to continue writing and reading. Workshop topics included: collaborative group writing, how to create a picture book, creating a story to accompany a piece of music, a bookmaking workshop, and more.

This event is sponsored by the College of Education, Health and Human Services; the Mardigian Library; the Salloum Family in honor of Abdallah & Leila Salloum; Mrs. Judith Smith; the Metro Detroit Book and Author Society; the Hub for Teaching & Learning Resources; the Office of Metropolitan Impact; and the UM-Dearborn Barnes & Noble College Bookstore.

Incidents with sub on Friday

Hi Families!

On Friday, there was a substitute in the building who did not speak to students with kindness or regard.  When the students reported her interactions with the office, she was immediately dismissed.  Mr. Iavasile, Ms. Burch and Mrs. Mosallam stepped in as substitute gym teachers for the afternoon!  Thank you for your feedback regarding the unfortunate situation with this substitute.  She will not be returning.  Thank you for your continued support.

Children with Hair Loss

Ponytail Cutting and Howard Elementary

School Sing Along

  • When:  Friday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Where:  Howard Elementary School’s Gym
  • What:  We are cutting and collecting hair that is at least 8 inches in length (gray, color-treated, and highlighted is fine).

If you are interested in having your ponytail cut, please contact Mrs. Clark at Bryant or Mrs. Schug at Howard.

No more card flips (light changes) for homework

Parents,

The PBIS committee has determined that teachers will no longer flip cards/change lights for homework.  In reviewing our data over the last few years, we realize that an extraordinary amount of students are being flipped for not completing homework assignments.  There has been little change in the behavior as a result of the practice of flipping the cards (changing the light), so we have abolished the practice.  PBIS endorses the teaching and reteaching of expectations, reflection on and correction of undesired behaviors, and a 4 to 1 positive to corrective feedback interaction.  The PBIS model also promotes NATURAL consequences for chronic, undesirable behaviors.  The natural consequences for not completing homework assignments are lower homework grade and losing certain privileges because that time is spent completing homework.  This is what students can expect to see in middle and high school.

The teachers have discussed and understand that homework is for PRACTICE, so that students are able reinforce the learning from that day ON THEIR OWN.   They may also be asked to complete classwork at home if they were unable during the time allotted.  Please email me with any questions.  HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!!!!

 

-Mrs. Burch

Gleaners Food Drive

The Gleaners Food drive starts Monday, Nov 7th, and runs through the 22nd.  Each class has a goal of 120 cans. EVERY class that meets the goal earns a reward. ONE class will be randomly drawn from the rooms that reached the reward; that class will receive a Yogurtopia gift card for each student.  Thank you, in advance, from the Howard Student Council!

Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal

 

School districts in Wayne County have placed a proposal on the November 8th ballot to provide added funding for our schools. It is the “Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.”

If approved by the entire county, the 2 mil proposal will generate approximately $6.2 million from Dearborn but the District will receive $7.8 million in additional funding for our schools.  Money would go to local schools starting this year and the millage expires after six years. 

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Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal

 

School districts in Wayne County have placed a proposal on the November 8th ballot to provide added funding for our schools. It is the “Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.”

If approved by the entire county, the 2 mil proposal will generate approximately $6.2 million from Dearborn but the District will receive $7.8 million in additional funding for our schools.  Money would go to local schools starting this year and the millage expires after six years. 

Read more…

In NEED of….

The art room is in need of 16 empty and rinsed 2 liter bottles.  Any day this week would be AMAZING!!!

The 5th grade students will need to each have an empty tissue box by Monday, November 14.  They will be using it to create a 3D house.  If your child is a 5th grader, please have them write their name on the box.  If you have extra boxes, please send those as well.  Some families do not use the tissues in the cardboard boxes thus making it difficult for their child to bring their own box.  If your child is not a 5th grader and you would like to send in a tissue box, please do!!!  Just ask your child to bring it to the ART ROOM!

Thank your for your support!  The Howard family is truly the best!

Mrs. Thomas

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