Week of Oct. 15 in Review

Last week was a very busy week for us Dragons.  We kicked off the week with the Cipriano Run last Monday, we made it through late start, picture day, spirit day, and the Howard “een” party and trunk or treat.  In addition, I made it out to the new Henry Ford College President’s Investiture Ceremony and the Arab American Chamber of Commerce Gala.

Great job to all of the students who represented Howard in the Run, we are so proud of you for doing your best and fighting against the cold.

THANK YOU so much to our PTA!!! The party was a huge success and your ability to magically transform our school was amazing!  We are truly blessed!

For a picture presentation of this week in review, see the power point below:

Oct. 15 in review

Substitute Emergency

Good Morning Parents!

I am aware that there were many concerns this morning regarding the substitute teacher situation in the district.  I just wanted to reassure you that the situation is being handled with the utmost diligence.  We have a really strong team both at the school level and the district level and will work together to ensure our students our supported.  This morning, I have had teachers volunteer their preparatory time to fill gaps, parents have both offered support and stepped in until our substitutes got their clearance and arrived, and district wide cabinet members and staff staying in constant communication with the school to ensure that all vacancies had been filled and we had the support we needed.

Substitutes for today are all set!!!!  Our substitutes were able to get in to ASC early this morning and got cleared to come in.

Kudos to Dr. Maleyko and his team at ASC for putting a plan in place so quickly.  We are so fortunate and extremely blessed to have such strong support from students and parents to district leadership.  Our extreme gratitude goes out to all!

Mrs. Lazar

Arrival/Dismissal Traffic Safety Reminders

Dear Howard Families,

We are very aware that there will always be challenges with the flow of traffic during arrival and dismissal times due to the volume of cars and the limited width of the streets in front of the school.  The Howard community is again asking for your cooperation in helping to make this process as smooth as possible.

In teaching our students to become successful citizens during their school experience and through life, the Howard community puts our focus on three traits that we all as the staff in the school try to model for students at all times.  These traits are a part of our schoolwide PBIS culture and they are to be respectful, be responsible, and be safe.  In this circumstance, these traits can also serve as a guide to assist us in resolving our traffic flow challenges.  As stated, our mission is for everyone who is a part of the school community to model these traits to our students at all times.  Therefore, I implore you during these very crowded times during the school day to:

Be Respectful:  Follow all traffic laws/rules and be courteous and patient with each other.  This includes:

  •  Please do not park on the southbound side of N. York closest to the school as this is for drop off and pick up only.  Parking along this lane causes bottlenecks and makes the congestion more severe than it needs to be.  
  • Please do not park in the bus lane, this is marked with the yellow curb near the flagpole, this area is for busses only.

Be Responsible:  We are each accountable for our own actions, which includes following the ordinances even when nobody is watching.

Be Safe:  Please heed all traffic signs and proceed with caution, especially at the crosswalks where students are crossing. (Lawrence/N. York, Edward/N. York, Oak/N. York, Wilson/N. York)

By staying true to the guiding principles of our schoolwide culture, we can work together to help keep all children safe.  The only way to accomplish this challenging goal is by working together.  I truly appreciate your assistance in making traffic flow as smooth and safe as possible for all of us!

In Partnership,

Mrs. Lazar

Stranger Danger

Good Afternoon Howard Families,

In an effort to maintain communication to ensure the safety of all of our students, please see the letter from Mr. Denison (Linked Below) regarding a stranger danger incident that was reported.  Please have a conversation with your children regarding what actions to take if they find themselves in this situation.  Through open communication we can work together to ensure the safety of our students.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Lazar

Copy of Stranger Letter – October 2018

SIP

Hello Howard Community!

As part of the District and the School’s continuous efforts for school improvement, each of the Dearborn Schools participates in two unannounced SIP (School Improvement) visits every year.  Yesterday, Thursday, October 4, Howard participated in our first surprise visit for this school year and I am proud to report that the team described their overall visit to our school as very positive.

The team considers nine indicators on a four point rubric.  These indicators include:
Content and Language Objectives
Student Engagement
High Expectations/questioning Techniques
Checking for Understanding/formative Assessment
Digital Learning
My Learning Plan
Co Teaching
School Culture/Climate
Customer Service

In past years, parents were able to participate in these visits because they were announced.  In order to make the visits more authentic, the model now follows an unannounced/unplanned visit which has made it more challenging to schedule parents to the visits.  In an effort to address this challenge, the District is looking for parent volunteers to participate in these visits and have flexibility to arrive at the schools on a shorter notice.

If you would like to participate in the school improvement walkthrough with the district administrative team, please fill out this form.  The district will contact you the day of the visit and you will receive a reminder call 45 minutes prior to the start of the visit.

For more information on the SIP process, please go to the SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT tab on the District SIP blog linked below.  Parent feedback is valuable to us and we hope that some of you will be able to participate in this positive process for our continual improvement.

School Improvement Blog

September PBIS Celebration

We held our first PBIS Celebration today!  Students learned about new awards they could win as a class for lunchroom Etiquette and Cleanest Class.  We recognized both students of the month and students who were all green in September at the assembly and we talked about the importance of our PBIS Expectations – Respect, Responsibility, and Safety.

September Students of the Month

Congratulations to our September Students of the Month!

Great Job!

Ibraheem S., Nour H. Tate D., Ayat A.,  Arman M., Ali S., Ayah M., Kamal S., Rhiana C., Emma M., Khalil M.,  Hannah.,  Leo W., Giselle B., Zahraa N.,  Aya C.,Julia R., Nooh O., Reem S., Nawal E., Alayna H., Miles P., Layla H.,  Zachary H., Brynna R., Mousa S., Hadi N., Noor F., Ali N.,  Lily S.,  Jacob S.,  Emily M.

Click Here for Students of the Month PowerPoint

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