No School – Tuesday, November 5th – Remember to Vote

Voters in Dearborn will be asked to consider a bond proposal (S.M.A.R.T Bond) to enhance building security, improve and provide additions at some Dearborn schools, enhance technology and purchase new buses. The total bond issue is $76 million. If you need more information about the bond and what it means for Howard School, you may contact the school office at 827-6350 or visit


There will be no school for students on Tuesday, November 5th.  Remember to vote!


Cyber Safety Meeting @ Bryant Middle School

Bryant Middle School invites you to a Michigan CSI Parent and Community Seminar on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 6:30pm.

The Parent and Community Seminar presentation provides practical tools including Internet safety tips and how to:

· access the Michigan Sex Offender Registry

· understand the impact of digital footprints

· appreciate the risk of sharing photos with embedded location information

· recognize the potential dangers and legal ramification of sexting

· identify cyber-bullying warning signs and develop a plan of action if needed

Michigan CSI Meeting @ Bryant Middle School

Halloween Parade – Cancelled

The Halloween parade scheduled for this afternoon (October 31st @ 1:30) has been cancelled.  Parties and other scheduled events for this afternoon are still taking place.  If you will be taking your children out to Trick-or-Treat this evening, please be safe and enjoy the time with your family.

Pizza Days are Back!!

Starting November 6, every Wednesday in November is a WINS-day.

You win because you don’t need to cook dinner for the family.  Your kids win because they love pizza (no really they do). The Education Foundation wins with donations from the participating Pizzeria’s.  MOST IMPORTANTLY!!!!! CLASSROOMS WIN THROUGH GRANTS FROM THE FOUNDATION!!!!

So every Wednesday purchase a Pizza from one of the pizzerias listed on the attached flyer. Your order will show these local business that supporting the Foundation is beneficial to them and to the students in our classrooms. All funds raised by the Foundation go to fund teacher grants that are submitted throughout the year.

Thanks for being hungry and thanks for trying some of the best pizza in town.

Pizza Day Poster

Halloween Parade – Thursday, October 31st

The annual Howard School Halloween Parade will be held on Thursday, October 31st @ 1:30 p.m. The parade is a PBIS reward for the month of October. Students are eligible unless they have more than six yellow lights, more than one blue light, one red light or an Office Discipline referral. Additionally, students from DHS will be handing out candy to our students.

A decision to cancel the parade due to poor weather will be made by Mr. Denison and communicated through teacher blogs and a robo call from the office. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we be able to have the parade. Think sunny and dry!

Planet Green Recycle Fundraiser

Raising Funds for Howard Elementary School with Planet Green

For a limited time, earn Howard Elementary School a 25% donation for your order of US made & eco-friendly re-manufactured Planet Green Brand Ink & Toner until 11/3/13. Donation automatically applied at checkout.

For all orders of $50 or more, receive a free US made & eco-friendly Planet Green tumbler cup as a gift from us to you!

Click on the following link to learn how you can support Howard School:

Make sure you identify us: Howard Elementary School

Offer Ends: 11/3/13

Young Dragon Runners

Howard School was well-represented at the Robert Cipriano Memorial Cross Country meet on Saturday, October 19th. Congratulations to Amina Ferris, Leila Saad, Zeinab Saad, Erin Moran, Thomas Pastor and Steven Rios for finishing in the top ten in their age category. Also, the 4th grade girls won the team portion of their race. Congratulations!!

Though it was a rainy morning to run, all of our students did well. A big thank you goes out to all the parents for bringing their child to the race and supporting our school.










Second Annual Robert Cipriano Run

Thanks to all the students and parents who came out despite the chilly temps and wet conditions to make the second annual Robert Cipriano Memorial Cross Country Meet a great success!!!!!!!

Big thanks go out to the City of Dearborn for their support, Dearborn Track Club for all their hard work planning and on race day, and to Running Fit for providing the electronic timing system. Thanks to Abe Mashhour and all the Dearborn Public Schools Coaches for making this event work so well.

All the race results can be found on Running Fit web site:

More than 400 photos can be found on the School Life website:

Excellent coverage from WDIV’s Will Jones at:

Detroit News has a great story and photos at:

Thank you to Mr. Haliburda, Jim Moran and Ivan Doverspike for helping with the event. Also, Ms. Martin and Mrs. Wydendorf participated in the faculty run @ 8:30 a.m.

2013 S.M.A.R.T Bond

2013 S.M.A.R.T. School Bond

  • Safety
  • Modifications
  • Additions
  • Renovations
  • Technology and Transportation

November 5, 2013 S.M.A.R.T. School Bond

The Dearborn Board of Education will be asking voters to approve a $76 million bond proposal on the November 5, 2013 ballot. The district will be working with each school to hold informational meetings for parents and community members when school resumes in the fall.

For additional information or if you have questions during the summer recess, please visit the district website,, or contact the Communications Office at (313) 827-3006.

The Development of the S.M.A.R.T. School Bond
During the month of April, meetings were held at each school to solicit input from parents and staff members regarding items that might be included in a bond proposal. Following the meetings, the information gathered was reviewed by a team from the school and architects in order to develop a plan to address the needs of each building.

A final proposal has been reviewed by the Board of Education and is in the process of being approved by the State of Michigan.

An important aspect of the voter approved bond is there would not be an increase in the mill. rate taxpayers are currently paying to retire existing bond debt. This is due to existing debt being paid off and thus the new bond proposal would replace what is being paid off.

Factors that led to the district putting together a bond proposal include the following:

• Parents have asked the district to consider adding a system of remotely unlocking doors and video cameras at entrances of all schools in order to enhance security.

• Over the last 5 years the Dearborn Public Schools has had an 8.1% decrease in the per-student funding amount provided by the state of Michigan resulting in fewer dollars available for general maintenance of the district’s 35 buildings, technology, and busses.

• During the same 5 year time period the amount of general fund dollars the district has been able to commit to the upkeep of facilities has decreased from just over $5 million dollars per budget year to just around $1 million per budget year. The district has 35 buildings with an average age of 58 years. Twenty- three buildings are between 50 and 90 years old with 11 of those buildings being over 80 years old. This aging inventory of buildings has led to increased cost in order to continue to provide students with a safe, healthy, and energy efficient learning environment.

• The district has experienced annual enrollment growth over the past 25 years gaining more than 6,800 students across the district. Although the growth has been good for the district, the additional numbers have had an impact on building capacities and stretched school resources.

• The State of Michigan is moving to a testing model that requires all students to have access to on-line testing. The state has not provided any funding to cover the cost associated with this massive increase in the daily use of technology in the classroom.

• The district has not purchased a new bus for its fleet of nearly 100 busses in 4 years and the average age of a district bus is 9 years old. The aging fleet results in more resources dedicated to maintaining a safe and “road ready” fleet of busses.

• The district has not asked the voters for funds for capital improvements since the 2002 bond. That proposal saw all projects completed on time and on budget. The district has shown good stewardship of tax dollars by refinancing bonds at lower interest rates saving tax payers millions of dollars.

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