Thank you Howard Learning Community!

Dear Howard Elementary Learning Community,
I am very excited to announce that after five months of serving as the Interim Principal, and completing a very rigorous selection process, the Dearborn Board of Education has approved my appointment as the Principal of Howard Elementary School.  The support  received throughout this process was greatly appreciated!

There is much to be proud of in this learning community, and  I am extremely energized and eager to continue the great work that we have started.  I look forward to our continued partnership in  pursuit of educational excellence at Howard Elementary School.

Highest Regards,
Dan Blessing
Howard Elementary School

Important Parent Survey

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Howard Elementary School and all Dearborn Schools are involved in an ongoing continuous improvement process, of which parents and guardians are an integral part. We are using the AdvancED Parent Survey as a means to elicit your opinions to help target areas for the school system to improve and areas to continue to be effective. Your opinion is important to us, and we ask that you take the time to complete this survey. The online survey will be available until 5/31/17. In order to complete the survey, please click on this link:
Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous and your honest opinions are appreciated. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact your school principal at Thank you in advance for supporting our school improvement efforts.
Your cooperation and support in completing the parent survey will be greatly appreciated.

Daniel J. Blessing, Ed.S.
Interim Principal
Howard Elementary School


أولياء الأمور الكرام ،

مدرستنا وجميع مدارس ديربورن في عملية تطوير و تحسين مستمرة و دائمة ،يعتبر خلالها الأهل والأوصياء جزء لا يتجزأ و جوهري لسيرها. نستخدم استطلاع رأي متطور و خاص بالأهالي كوسيلة للاطلاع على آرائهم التي من شأنها المساعدة في استهداف المناطق الفعالة والمؤثرة على سير العملية التطويرية للمدرسة. رأيك مهم بالنسبة لنا،لذا نرجو منكم الاجابة على الاستطلاع لإتمام هذه الدراسة. يتوفر استطلاع الرأي عبر شبكة الإنترنت من 5/9 _5/31 . من أجل إكمال الدراسة، يرجى الضغط على الرابط التالي :
نؤكد أن مشاركتكم و اجاباتكم حول هذا الاستطلاع سرية و لن يتم معرفة شخصية من قام بالاستطلاع، و أن آرائكم الصادقة هي موضع تقدير. إذا كان لديكم أي أسئلة حول هذا الاستبيان، يرجى الاتصال بمكتب المدرسة عبر البريد الالكتروني التالي << شكرا لكم مقدما على مساندتكم ودعمكم لعملية تطوير و تحسين المدرسة .
نقدر تعاونكم ودعمكم في إكمال هذا الاستطلاع و لكم جزيل الشكر.

مدير(ة) المدرسة

Parent Meeting for Public Act 306 (Read by Third Grade)


Howard Learning Community,                                                                                              5/16/17

Howard Elementary will hold two informational meetings to present information regarding PA 306 signed into law this year. The law essentially states that students who are not reading at grade level by third grade will be retained.  The first cohort for this law are our current (2016/17) kindergarten students.

Even though this primarily effects only our current kindergarten families at this time, we are inviting everyone in our learning community to attend.  We will discuss the details of the law, how it impacts our schools and the initiatives that we will put in place to ensure that we are ahead of this issue including what parents can do to partner with us to ensure all students are meeting and exceeding the new state requirements.

  • The first meeting will be at 3:00 on Wednesday, May 24
  • The second meeting will be at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 24
  • Each meeting will last approximately 30-45 minutes.

We will hold monthly parent meetings starting in September, 2017 as part of our “Read at Home” initiative and action plan.

For more information about the law, please click on the following link:

PA 306 (formerly HB 4822):

Thank you,

Dan Blessing, Ed.S.

Interim Principal, Howard Elementary School

Howard Elementary Students Treated to Performance by the Michigan Opera Theater!

The Michigan Opera Theater treated our students to a wonderful performance of “Rumpelstiltskin” yesterday. This was a highly engaging learning experience for our students, and the highlight was when our 5th grade students joined the MOT on stage. Congratulations to our 5th grade opera stars; Ava Wolski, Hadeiyeh Kerek, and Andrew Montierth!


Howard 5th Grade Students taking bows after their performance with MOT!

Howard Students Prepare for “Clean-Up Parade”

Our students and staff will be participating in the traditional “Clean-Up Parade” this year sponsored by the City of Dearborn to be held on Tuesday, May 9 at 1:30 PM.  The students will march in a short parade in the neighborhood along with City Officials and the Howard Staff as part of the “City Beautiful” program.  We hope many of our families will be on hand to cheer for our students as they march with their creative signs designed to inspire everyone to keep our city clean!

Mr. Gozzard with the Howard “Drum-line” preparing for the Clean-Up Parade!

Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)

Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)

For more information please visit Michigan Department of Education:

Dear Parents,                                                                                                                                                                                                                      April 3, 2017

This spring, students will be taking the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-Step). The testing window for administering these tests begins Monday, April 10.  This year, students will be taking these tests online as opposed to the traditional paper and pencil method.   Howard 5th grade students will start testing on Tuesday, April 11. Please see the calendar listing bellow for more testing dates.  Additional information regarding testing including the schedule for the 3rd and 4th grade (testing in May) will be sent home/posted the week of April 10.

5th Grade Testing Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

April 10

No testing


April 11

ELA Day 1


April 12

Late Start

ELA Day 2


April 13

Social Studies



April 14

No School

April 17


April 18

ELA Day 3


April 19

ELA Day 4


April 20

April 21


April 24

No testing

April 25

Math Day 1



April 26

Math Day 2

April 27

April 28


Please review the following test-taking tips with your child:

Before the test:

  • Help your child develop a positive attitude about the test with positive discussions before the test.
  • Keep them focused on striving for their best, but remaining confident in their ability to give their best effort.
  • Ensure your child gets a plenty of sleep the night before the test, but also make sure your child is on time so you are not rushing to school just in time for testing.
  • A healthy breakfast will help your child remain focused during the test.

During the test remind your child to:

  • Listen carefully to directions given by the teacher.
  • Ask questions if you don’t understand what to do.
  • Read each question carefully. Find the keywords to help you determine what the question is really asking.
  • Read the entire question and look at all answer choices to ensure you are making the best selection.
  • Use the strategies used in class to find the answer.
  • Relax and give your best effort!  I am confident that our Howard Dragons will rise to the challenge!


Dan Blessing, Ed.S.


Interim Principal, Howard Elementary School


Thank you Howard School Students, Staff and Parents for a very successful March is Reading Month!

“March is reading month” was a huge success at Howard Elementary School!  

  • Our students exceeded their goal of 200,000 reading minutes by accumulating a grand total of 230,000 reading minutes in the month of March!
  • Because they exceeded their goal, they were treated to a visit by “Batman” (AKA Mr. Blessing)
  • We had many guest readers from parents, extended family, and other everyday heroes!
  • Bingo-for-Books was a huge success. With many students and parents attending.  Everyone enjoyed the yummy hot dogs donated to our PTA by El-Sayed meats.  Every student won at least one book and many left with their hands full of books!  It was a great evening , and hopefully it inspired our students to read even more!
  • Every day our wonderful teachers and staff work hard to inspire our students and help them achieve academically!
  • Our PTA continues to amaze us with an incredible amount of support for our students!

It is a distinct honor to work with this amazing learning community!  Enjoy your spring break!

Dan Blessing, Ed.S

Interim Principal, Howard Elementary School



Thank you Howard Community!

Dear Howard Learning Community,                

I would like to thank the entire Howard School Community for the warm welcome and support over the past two weeks. It has been a distinct pleasure serving as your principal.  I want to assure you that as the interim principal, I will continue to work hard to ensure that every student receives the very best services available.

We have a very special learning community that we are all very proud of, and while I am here, I will make every effort to address the current and long-term needs of our school while keeping Howard Elementary School moving in a positive direction.  I look forward to our continued partnership as we work together in our pursuit of educational excellence!


Dan Blessing, Ed.S

Interim Principal, Howard Elementary School

Kids First, Inspire, Educate, Celebrate!

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