Students and their families enjoyed an interactive, hands-on program that allowed them to explore fundamental concepts relevant to our societies growing needs while rotating through a series of 14 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) stations!
Most importantly, this event was fully student-led from beginning to end. Thanks to volunteers from the fifth grade classes at William Ford and a BIG thank you to the Fordson ASU and STEM Middle School students who volunteered at this event from start to finish. They were incredible volunteers, and because of their dedication and hard work, our Sciencepalooza was a great success.
On March 13th, SEDSAC (Superintendent -Executive Director Student Advisory Council) students from Lowrey hosted SEDSAC students from STEM. The purpose was to collaborate on the focus for this year. Lowrey students shared their plans for promoting empathy and took the STEM students on a tour. In April, STEM students will host the Lowrey students.
It is always a proud day when you see your former students have developed into strong leaders. During Dearborn Rotary’s Youth Month, I had the privilege to see three former Bryant Eagles lead the meeting with other student leaders from schools in our city.
Unis Middle School students hosted Woodworth students to discuss empathy and student voice. The Unis students were wonderful hosts.
Seventeen Fordson High School Advanced Auto students attended the 67th Detroit Autorama. The FHS students were there to display a pedal car that they have customized to look like Henry Ford’s famous race car, the “999” built in 1902.
Henry Ford Elementary School hosted a family STEM night on February 7th. Here is a video of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EI0Pa1FRGw&feature=youtu.be
Fordson Key Club members visit Heartland Rehabilitation Center to deliver Valentine cards and spend time with patients.
Fordson Varsity Cheer program has been re-established. The team was invited to attend the Spirit Shine Competition in Ortonville, MI. This was their 1st cheer competition ever attended. Our team has only been back for a little over a year now and to be invited to and compete in a competition that has been happening for over 30 years is a HUGE honor for our team. The team earned a 2nd place ranking in the Varsity Mounting/Cheer Division.
Maples Elementary was one of 2 schools in Michigan selected to receive the Title I Distinguished School Award. Maples Elementary earned this award due to showing excellent data for special populations and closing the achievement gap. According to a representative from MDE, M – Step data from the last two years is used.
Congratulations Maples Elementary staff, students and community.
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!
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.