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

Mona Lisa Masters

Mona Lisa Master of the Month:
The criteria for this award is a student who is conscientious about creating a responsible and respectful art learning environment by imitating Mona Lisa.
These are the Mona Lisa Masters of the Month:
K – Nader Saad
1st – Adam Makled
2nd – Lana Hamadi
3rd – Maryam Elkhechen
4th – Leo Wetzel
5th – Daoud Ankouni


Artists of the Month

As an additional way to celebrate our amazing students, I have collaborated with Ms. Thomas to provide opportunities to recognize students in the arts.  In addition to her Mona Lisa award, we have added Artist of the Month.  The criteria for this award is a student who is conscientious about and passionate about learning and creating in art.  This months winners are:

K – Amelia Kirk
1st – Victor Saad
2nd – Mariam Chami
3rd – Adriana Dwyer
4th – Halie Mattison
5th – Evelyn Tavarez


Pinwheels for Peace

Thank you to Ms. Thomas and Ms. Ventura for leading our annual Pinwheels for Peace Assembly.  It was so great and very moving to participate in this event honoring International Peace Day!  Mr. Jim Thorpe, Ms. Fatme Faraj, and Dr. Glenn Maleyko also visited in order to support the positive message that this assembly represents. Students did a great job with their pinwheels and with singing while the wind helped to get our pinwheels spinning!

City Beautiful

Howard School was represented by our City Beautiful Commissioners; Jason Anderson and Ariadna Cortes at the All City Breakfast today.  This initiative is a great example of the strong partnership between the City of Dearborn and our schools in their efforts to keep our communities clean and safe.

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