Unis Middle School students hosted Woodworth students to discuss empathy and student voice. The Unis students were wonderful hosts.
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.
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!
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.
Submitted by Zinab Zreik
This past week Key clubbers were busy! During our Thursday meeting we had our traditional Thanksgiving feast with our members and Kiwanis advisors Mr. Frank and Mrs. Scaramucci. While members were enjoying the potluck, they made Thanksgiving cards to pass out during our Heartland nursing home visit on Friday. Students passed out handmade cards, interacted and met family members of the patients.
On Saturday, our members attended Gleaners food bank where they sorted out donated goods and packaged them to be sent out to families in need. They worked with members of the Freedom fellowship church who were very impressed with our students. I have attached some photos of the events.
Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving break with family and friends!