Written by Zeinab Chami, Fordson Teacher
Several weeks ago, Birmingham Seaholm High School reached out to us to inquire about visiting Fordson to learn more about our culture, and our Diversity Committee students were eager to partake. Immediately, the Diversity Committee advisors, led by Norma Harb, were cognizant of the many directions this visit could take. That is why we developed a plan to ensure that this dialogue had authentic meaning and impact. Although this was a cultural exchange on the surface, the entire purpose was actually for all the students (Tractors included) to see that, as American teenagers, they are more alike than they are different. So while Seaholm students watched the documentary Fordson: Faith, Fasting, and Football in their Flex classes before coming here, we wanted to clearly communicate to them that Fordson is a mosaic of stories, and that every individual–no matter their heritage or beliefs–writes her own narrative.
On Wednesday, January 9th, everything culminated as Fordson Diversity Committee students led a dialogue with their peers from Seaholm. We decided to start our conversation with watching a TED Talk by Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie on the deep implications of stereotypes. Then, 2-3 Fordson students led discussion circles with 10-12 Seaholm students. These conversations began discussing big ideas, and they ended talking about the everyday minutiae of teen life. Our Tractor student leaders were nothing short of phenomenal! And, of course, Seaholm students were sufficiently impressed by the majesty of Fordson’s architecture. Mission: accomplished!
Salina Intermediate has a new sign to inform families of school events. Happy Holidays!
The families at Long Elementary appreciate the generous donation of gift cards for families that are in need. Thank you, John Ketvirtis and Tom Morgan.
Best wishes for safe and healthy holidays-enjoy a well deserved break. Happy New Year!
On Thursday, December 13th, Henry Ford Elementary staff hosted a math night. The staff facilitated math activities and creating games for home use. This was an exciting event.
The Superintendent and Executive Director Student Advisory Councils focus on middle school student leadership. This is the second year that teams of students from every middle school participated in monthly meetings designed to strengthen student voice and leadership in their school. Another goal is to encourage relationships and connections across middle schools and students in the district regarding empathy. The theme of “Empathy Matters” is the focus and students are supported as they take action on their school campuses. Executive Directors meet with their individual feeder middle schools once a month.
The instructional coaches and 2nd Grade teachers presented information regarding the Read by 3rd Grade legislation to parents at Henry Ford Elementary School. Second grade students were invited to work with their parents during this parent meeting too.
Clifford arrived at the Book Fair at DuVall. Students were invited to come in their pajamas to read and select books. A great event hosted by the hard working PTA.
This past week, Fordson’s Chamber Choir visited Chelsea, Michigan three times to complete the first part of our year long cultural exchange. The week culminated in two performances yesterday, Sunday, December 2nd to packed houses at First United Methodist Church. Between the performances, students ate, socialized, and toured downtown Chelsea with family groups from Chelsea’s choir. These relationships have been cultivated for three months and will last a lifetime.
Our next combined performance will be March 2nd, 2019, at Detroit Music Hall.