Battle Against Hunger Week

Submitted by Angela Altomonte

This week starts a tradition that started four years ago with Raad Alawan. He wanted to battle off and on the field with DHS to raise cans for families in need. It has now grown into battling against hunger as a community. All our feeder schools and major high schools are battling this week.

Our goal is 10,000 cans and 2,500 dollars for FHS! The organizations we are donating to is Zaman International food pantry for women and children, and Amity Foundation to feed about 35 families, that includes 6-8 members, this Thanksgiving. Our overall goal as a community is 30,000 cans and 7,500 dollars! We can do this if we pull together :).

It is not about the amount, but the action! Students can give whatever amount that it is they can give, please consider supporting this worthy cause.

Below are pictures and a video of high school students taking part in an interview on Channel 7 News, Sunday Morning, as well as the Turkey Trot! Ali Dabaje took second in the 2-mile run and Mariam Dabaja Third!  We raised a little over 500 dollars, after expenses, and 250 cans at the Turkey Trot. Thank you all that supported this! It was cold, but, a different experience for kids of all ages that came to participate.

Students standing at picnic table preparing for turkey trot.three students with medals from turkey trot

Instructional Coaches

ICs met on 11.6.18 and spent the morning focusing on coaching strategies to improve planning, data analysis, coteaching and reflecting.  The afternoon was dedicated to Essential Instructional Practices, data analysis and the Read By Third Grade law.  Coaches are partners for teachers in their PLC and the goal is to strengthen practice in literacy to improve student outcomes.

Building team is important to collaborative work.  An inclusion activity starts the day of learning

PD for Early Childhood Specialists

A day of learning for Dearborn staff on 11.6.18.  ECS gathered to focus on data analysis of their kinder students and teamed to do a case study on one of their students.  ECS also focused on Struggling Readers-a text in the LLI kit-and spent time analyzing how to use student performance (running records) and progress monitoring to determine next steps for instructional planning.  A joyous yet tiring day.

Battle Against Hunger

Bring canned goods to your schools in the annual Battle Against Hunger from November 12-16. There is a walk/run race to kick this event off on November 10th at Ford Field. A very worthy initiative and led successfully by our Dearborn students the last several years.

MDE-Support for Family Engagement

FYI ~ Support for Family Engagement

If you haven’t seen this article on the “5 Strategies for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences”, it’s pretty good.  There are also several other articles linked at the end.

Our collective efforts can help make Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years!  Here are the goals and strategies:

Fordson Students Create a Video on Voting and Having Your Voice Heard.

Students in Ms. Alaouie’s Language Arts class were given an assignment to create rhetoric in the real world; so they can see it’s everywhere. The class spent time analyzing visual texts and commercials, and were then asked to create their own. One group of students  chose to bring awareness to the social issue of voting and having your voice count. Students planned everything, from choosing a target audience, identifying the rhetorical strategies, and creating the videos and editing.

Fordson Students Participate In Wayne State University’s Giant Step Conference

Thirty of our students attended the WSU Giant Step Conference on Oct. 23, 2018, which is also National Mix It Up Lunch Day.  41 schools and 250 9th-11th graders attended the conference that promoted social harmony and inclusion through shared issues and experiences. Giant Step teens come from diverse backgrounds to share, learn and eventually uncover what they have in common.

Three of Fordson’s finest seniors were facilitators at the conference.
They were phenomenal facilitators that were trained by WSU, to facilitate youth dialogue.
group of students posing for a pictureTwo students at a podium speaking to the conference
Submitted by Norma Harb
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