Bob Cipriano Memorial Cross Country Meet

A number of Howard School fourth and fifth graders participated in the first annual Bob Cipriano Memorial Cross Country meet on Friday, October 19th.  The students who participated were:  Erin Moran, Victoria Irish, Zainab Ouza, Stella Doverspike, Chloe Condo, Caden Mondtierth, Ahmed Makled, Hadi Jawad, Adnan Rammouni, Hassan Beydoun, Kate Kolongowski, Isabelle Hadous, Elisabeth Mazur, Rachel Williams, Ketzel Skazalski, Naji Elder, Mahmoud Saad, Jad Fawaz, Bauer Kubitskey and Timothy Alaziz.

Congratulations to Erin Moran, Zainab Ouza, Ahmed Makled, Kate Kolongowski and Naji Elder for winning medals at the race this year.  We are proud of their hard work and dedication.

Summer Reading Club Winners

I would like to thank Amy McKelvey and Karen Bierman for organizing and implementing the summer reading program for all of the Howard School students. We had 72 students participate and they read a total of 2,422 books. Great work, students!

The following students participated in the summer reading program: Andrew Montierth, Georgia Beatty, Anisa Abazeed, Erik Giedeman, Danielle Harajli, Rebecca Dear, livia Forsyth, Latifa Mekled, Jack Fazio, Nadia Boussi, Assel Beidoun, Ava Wolski, Amina Ferris, Erin Moran, Sophia Kolarich, Ruth Anderson, Alyssa Ventura, Matilda Wojtowicz, Sophie Stefanec, Noah Danclovic, Haidar Murtada, Nataliea Salame, Sydnie Lara, Caroline Giedeman, Avery McKelvey, Abigail Baker, Sydney Smith, Hassan Sareini, Christiana Flanery, Brody Ryan, Mallak Makled, Ameen Elgabri, Emma Obermiller, Kyle Pumer, Nadia Elgabri, Autumn Danclovic, Sadie Wojtowicz, Julie Schroeder, Matthew Nash, Alexandra Slanec, Blake Beuckelaere, Megan Fazio, Jad Zein, Adam Rammouni, Ketzel Skazalski, Prarie Skazalski, Mariam Beydoun, Ahmed Makled, Alex Beltz, Reece McKelvey, Caden Montierth, Ahmad Murtada, Sarah Towfeeq, Lizabeth Bower, Ervis Xhaferliari, Daniel Balestrieri, Katya Salame, Danya Salame, Roman Furchi, Rachel Williams, Suzanne Sarieni, Benjamin Bower, Mira Fayad, Linnea Anderson, Kaylyn Levasseur, Aya Wahidi, Lila Bierman, Joey Morency, Jenna Zein, Samantha Smalley and Ai Ezzedine

Congratulations to Elizabeth Bower, Erik Giedeman, Benjamin Bower, Alexandra Slanec, Matilda Wojtowicz and Danya Salame for being the top readers in their grades.

Remember, if your child reads for 20 minutes each day, they are exposed to over 1.8 million words per year. The greater a student’s vocabulary, the better that child will do in school.

Keep reading, Dragons!!

International Day of Peace

Students gathered by the Peace Pole to honor the International Day of Peace. Mrs. Ventura lead the school in a peace song. We sang this song together in a number of different languages. Mrs. Thomas helped us make pinwheels that helped us with our celebration. At the end of our time together, Mr. Denison encouraged us to practice peace in our school, at our homes and in our community.

Getting ready to celebrate peace!
Celebrating peace with a pinwheel.

Parent Talk Classes

Parent Talk classes are being offered at Dearborn High School on November 7, 14, 19, 26, 28 and December 2 & 12 from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m..  These classes will help you learn more about parenting and how you can reduce conflict between you and your child.  To learn more about the classes and to register, download the following form:

Parent Talk Flyer Dearborn High

For more information, contact Margaret King-Ahmed at (313) 827-8788.  These same classes will be coming to Howard School in February – days and times TBA.

Parent Meeting – Wednesday, October 10th


Please consider joining us for our first evening PTA/Parent Meeting on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center.  Mrs. Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Mosallam and Mr. Denison will be sharing strategies that you can use at home to help your child become a better reader.  After the parent meeting, the PTA will hold a short meeting to update everyone about Howard PTA news.  I hope you are able to join us.

Smoke on the Grill


Thursday, September 27 2012


Does your school need new playground equipment?  Would you like to provide more field trip opportunities for your students?  The Dearborn Goodfellows have teamed up with the Dearborn PTA Council to provide the easiest fundraiser imaginable!  Just purchase a ticket to this event through your PTA/PTSA and then enjoy a great evening of fun, food and fabulous prizes.

At least $25 or your $30 ticket price will be returned directly to your school’s PTA.  Your ticket includes grilled chicken, ground round, corn on the cob, salads and an open bar of beer, wine, soft drinks and water (all meats are halal). Children’s tickets are $10 each again with most of the proceeds going back to their school.  Children’s tickets include chicken strips, french fries, ice cream and soft drinks.  Entertainment and children’s activities also provided.

With the tremendous support of many local businesses you are offered the opportunity to win Thousands of dollars in prizes.  Go to to see a list of our sponsors and to get more information on this event and the important work that The Dearborn Goodfellows do year around to help children in need.

We’ll see you under the big pavilion at Dearborn’s Ford Field on Thursday, September 27 from 4:00-7:00pm.  Rain or shine!

Open House – Thursday, September 20th

Please plan to attend Open House on Thursday, September 20, 2012.  Open House is a great time to meet your child’s classroom teacher and other teachers who work at the school.  Open House is not a time to get an update on the academic progress of your child.  That needs to take place at a separate time.

The classrooms will be open from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. followed by an all-school address by Mr. Denison.  At the parent meeting you will learn more about the state of the school and about the transition to Title I.  During the presentation we will review school data and present the School Improvement Plan.

The class with the highest participation in Open House this evening will award each student with a ticket to The Festival of Lights.

District Announces 2nd Annual Response to Bullying Kick-Off Event

The Dearborn Public Schools is excited to announce that they will be starting a “Chain Reaction” against bullying behavior at their second annual Response to Bullying Kick Off event! All are welcome to attend this free event being held on Monday, October 1, 2012, starting at 6:00 pm. at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn.

“Our community knows that bullying behavior can happen anywhere or anytime; in the classroom, at the park, in the mall, or on-line. This is the reason our Board of Education took on this project and why we have had such great support from our Mayor, City Council, community groups and organizations,” commented Dearborn Superintendent Mr. Brian Whiston.

Last year’s kick-off was a huge success with more than 700 community members in attendance. This year’s celebration should prove to be even more entertaining as students from around the district will have their talents on display. Student-made videos, songs, dance numbers, and other talents, all revolving around the theme of bullying, its effect on the victim, and how to be an Up-Stander, will be included in this sixty minute variety show kick-off event. Inspirational words from Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly and Dearborn Schools Superintendent Brian Whiston will highlight the program.

New district policy on bullying behavior includes language that requires all Dearborn staff having any contact with students to participate in annual anti-bullying professional development on how to prevent, identify, respond to and report bullying behavior. In addition, each school will hold annual anti-bullying training for parents, track incidents of bullying, and hold three anti-bullying events each year.

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