Dec 17

Connecticut Tragedy

A letter from the Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent regarding the Connecticut Tragedy.

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Dear Community Members,

I know all of us are deeply saddened by the tragic event that occurred in Connecticut on Friday.  As rational people we struggle to understand actions that are totally irrational and try to make sense of explanations that never will.

When we see the faces of the innocent children, the victims of this tragedy, we can’t help but see the faces of our own students.  When we hear of the heroic principal and teachers risking their lives to save students, we feel the pain and sympathize with those who knew and worked with these brave individuals.  For all of us our hearts are filled with sorrow and as a community we offer our thoughts and prayers to the families in Newtown.

Our staff does an excellent job of having “the pulse” of their school and over the next few days will be paying extra attention to how the students are reacting to this tragedy.  If any child seems  (Click for more information, Connecticut Tragedy)

Nov 19

Attn: 9th / 10th Graders

Early College students are required to have a seasonal flu vaccination by December 1, 2012.  The only exceptions are those who have medical or religious reasons for declining the vaccination.  There will not be an opportunity to decline and wear a mask during the flu season this year.

Noncompliance is grounds for termination of participation in the HFHS portion of the HFEC education. 

Attached are the declination forms that must be submitted to decline the flu vaccine, one for medical and one for religious.  If a staff member or student declines, this form must be submitted by the deadline.

HFHS Flu Religious Exemption Form and HFHS Flu Medical Exemption Form

Only the Henry Ford form is acceptable for declination purposes under the revised Employee Health Screening Policy 4.10. Hand-written notes, personal letters and the like will not be accepted.

Once completed and signed by their physician or religious leader, the form must be submitted to Ms. Marva Brooks, fax to 313.874.9465. These persons don’t need to wear a mask during the flu season.

Those who have a documented medical reason not listed on the form are advised to contact Employee Health. Calls should be directed to:

  •           Karen Karwowski at 313.916.6140 for Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network, 1 Ford Place and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.

Students who receive the flu vaccine outside of Employee Health must send the information to Ms. Brooks.  You may either drop off in person, email mbrooks1@hfhs.org or fax 313.874.9465.  Please direct any questions to Ms. Brooks, contact info below.

Marva Brooks, MSN, RN
Program Coordinator
Henry Ford Early College
313-874-5447 desk
248-943-5403 mobile
313-874-9465 fax
Sep 21

Flu Vaccination

All employees, staff and students are required to have a seasonal flu vaccination by December 1, 2012.  The only exceptions are those who have medical or religious reasons for declining the vaccination.  There will not be an opportunity to decline and wear a mask during the flu season this year.  Noncompliance is grounds for termination of participation in the HFHS portion of the HFEC education. 

Attached are the declination forms that must be submitted to decline the flu vaccine, one for medical and one for religious.  If a staff member or student declines, this form must be submitted by the deadline.

HFHS Flu Religious Exemption Form and HFHS Flu Medical Exemption Form

Only the Henry Ford form is acceptable for declination purposes under the revised Employee Health Screening Policy 4.10. Hand-written notes, personal letters and the like will not be accepted.

Once completed and signed by their physician or religious leader, the form must be submitted to Employee Health. These persons don’t need to wear a mask during the flu season.

Those who have a documented medical reason not listed on the form are advised to contact Employee Health. Calls should be directed to:

  •           Karen Karwowski at 313.916.6140 for Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network, 1 Ford Place and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.

Forms may either be dropped off in person at Employee Health or faxed. The Fax number to Employee Health is:  313.916.5040

An email confirming declination will be sent within three to five days of submitting their form.

Flu Shots are due by December 1st of each year.

Marva Brooks, MSN, RN
Program Coordinator
Henry Ford Early College
313-874-5447 desk
248-943-5403 mobile
313-874-9465 fax

Sep 15

A Letter From Mr. Fadlallah

Dear Parents of Henry Ford Early College students:

Welcome to what promises to be a very exciting and productive year at your school! As always, our goal remains the educational achievement of all of our students. Our commitment to you is to provide every one of our students with the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful at any level and to be a lifelong learner.

I wanted to share some dates and events with you to get you even more comfortable with your school and with the education of your students.

  • AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING:  Our teachers will be available after school on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays until 3 pm to work with our students for extra help, tutoring, missed assignments, make up testing, or extra reading and writing support.
  • LATE BUS:  Starting Tuesday, September 18, and hopefully until the end of the school year, we will have a late bus available for our students who are bussed to school. Students will be required to stay with their teacher for the whole hour. At 3 pm, the teachers will escort the students to the bus for their scheduled route. Students who stay just to “hang out” will not be allowed to stay or ride the late bus. Please speak with your student about this.
  • LATE START:  Wednesday, September 19th is our first late start.  School begins at 8:35am.
  • 9TH/10TH HFHS ORIENTATION:  The freshmen and sophomores will have their Henry Ford Health System Orientation on Wednesday, September 19, in the MBCC Auditorium, Michael Berry Career Center, adjacent to the Early College. Students MUST wear their uniform that day. Please insure compliance; otherwise your students will be missing out on some valuable information. If your student is still in need of a uniform, please contact the Embroidery Shoppe at either 800.705.0400 or www.theembroideryshoppe.com.
  • OPEN HOUSE:  Please join us on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 5:30pm – 7:30pm for our Open House.  You will receive your student’s schedule and meet his or her teachers.
  • SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN:  The staff and I are finalizing our School Improvement Plan. This is a very important document that details in steps the kind of instruction and strategies to be used in our classrooms. When done, we will have a copy posted on our website for you to view and to make comments. We look forward to your input.
  • HFEC PTSA:  I’m happy to report that our PTSA is up and running. We have a new board that is dedicated to the improvement of our school and to the success of all of our students. Please consider joining the PTSA and volunteering your time. We need your presence and your input in the school operation.
  • COLLEGE CLASSES:  With this letter, I’m including a copy of the FERPA Release form. By signing this form, you will be able to discuss your student’s academic progress with his/her college instructor. It’s very important for you and your student to discuss this form, fill it out, and return it. We will make sure it’s filed in your student’s file at the college.  (letter mailed 9/14)
  • REWARD SCHOOL:  I am also pleased to announce that with the help of our faculty, the hard work of our students, and the sole support of our parents, our school has achieved the designation of a “RewardSchool”.  This states that our school is in the 95 percentile of all schools in the State ofMichigan.  With your support, we aim to continue this achievement.

I look forward to meeting all of you at our Open House. In the meantime, you can call me at any time at 313-317-1588 or email me at fadlalm@dearborn.k12.mi.us.

Majed K. Fadlallah, Principal

Dec 22

News for Thursday, December 22nd

I am sure students and parents are looking forward to a great break. As we prepare for break I would like to update the Henry Ford Early College Community on many of the exciting things going on.

Academic

Last week was finals week for College courses. Final grades are posted and available through WebAdvisor. Ms. Kobeissi is meeting with students regarding college course work as needed.

Second Semester College courses begin January 9th. Students need to double check schedules and get books ASAP.

Student Activities

Last Wednesday we had an Open House at One Ford Place. Students and staff demonstrated science labs and welcomed visitors to our students’ other school home. AWE performed for guests, showing another side to our students.

On Friday our first and second year students were invited to Dearborn High School to participate in Bullycide, a powerful anti-bullying program. I hope that parents talk to their students about this program. One of the key messages is that it is the entire community’s responsibility to stop bullying, and parents’ conversations with their sons and daughters about the social side of school are important in our efforts to combat bullying.

Student Council is doing a penny drive, preparing for the HeartWalk, and planning other fund-raisers. In addition, Ninth Grade elections will be happening soon.

The Gleaner’s Food Bank can drive was a success!  Here are the class results.

  • #1 – Mr. Rummel with 186 items
  • #2 – Mrs. Smykowski with 132 items
  • #3 – Mr. Riley’s with 79 items
  • #4 – Mrs. Mckenzie’s with 56 food items
  • #5 – Mr. Saigh’s with 36 food items
  • #6 – Mrs. Steven’s with 6 food items
  • And a HUGE thank you to Mr. Riley who donated 142 items (which were not tallied into his class count)

The total collected was 636 food items which is double the amount collected last year.

The next NHS meeting is Thursday, Jan 12th at 7am in room 123.

Staff Activities

Mr. Brian Whiston, Superintendent of Schools, attended the PTSA meeting on Tuesday. He gave an update on the principal search and answered questions.  Mr. Whiston reiterated the district’s commitment to HFEC.

The search for a principal is underway. The hope is to have a principal in place by the beginning of the second semester. Internal, local, and national advertising is underway. The Superintendent had reached out to the State and National Consortium’s for Early and Middle Colleges asking for interested candidates to apply.

The staff recently hosted a School Improvement Visit. This is part of Dearborn Public Schools ongoing commitment to providing high quality education to all of our students. These visits occur twice a year. The goal of the visits is to provide staff feedback on the implementation and progress of our School Improvement Plan. We received very positive feedback on our efforts. The next visit is in April.

Recruitment and Enrollment

School visits, Open Houses for prospective students and their families, Orientation and Testing Days are scheduled.  Applications are due march 15th and may be printed from our website.

Clinical Intensives

All 10th graders will receive an information letter detailing their clinical intensive placement. This is a time for each student to further explore a health career of particular interest to him/her. Each student is expected to conduct himself/herself in a mature and professional manner. Unprofessional conduct will not be tolerated and students will be removed from this and future rotations.

Information letters for clinical intensive placements will be mailed the week of Dec 19th. Please read carefully and follow the instructions for contacting the clinical site you are assigned to and preplanning for your first clinical day. If you have questions or you do not receive a letter by Dec 30, please send an email to mbrooks1@hfhs.org to let me know.

The Break begins Thursday at 2:00. We wish all of you a happy holiday break

Mr. Marc Zigterman
Acting Principal
Henry Ford Early College

Dec 08

Early College Principal Retires

FROM THE

Hello Parents and Students,

Before winter break is upon us and we part company for a few weeks, I wanted to share some news about the principal position at Henry Ford Early College.

On January 31, 2012, after a long and distinguished career in education, Mr. Larry Simon will retire from the Dearborn Public Schools.  However, effective immediately, Mr. Simon will be taking a medical leave and will no longer be the principal at the Early College.

I would like to personally thank Mr. Simon for his dedication to the students in the district.  He has served them as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal.  His experience and warm heart will be missed by all.  Mr. Simon did an excellent job of connecting with the students and staff as he worked to maintain a focus on student achievement.  His professionalism and dedication to learning has made a positive difference in the lives of thousands of Dearborn Public School students.

As we wish Mr. Simon all the best, I would also like to announce that, beginning December 5, 2011, Mr. Marc Zigterman will take on the responsibilities as interim principal at the Early College.  Mr. Zigterman has worked as an assistant principal Fordson, principal at Bryant and most recently has been serving parents and students for the past five years as the Coordinator of Student Services.  I know Mr. Zigterman will continue to inspire and support the students enrolled in the program.

Although not common, it is not unusual to change school leadership at the mid-year point.  The district will immediately begin the search for a new principal and as always that process will include input from Early College staff and parents.  The cycle of education continues and only by working together can we ensure a smooth and productive transition for everyone in the Early college community.

Change can be difficult but children have a resilience that makes it easier for them to adapt and flourish.  We are committed to working with the students, staff, and parents to make sure this transition is successful for all involved.  If parents have any questions about this change, please contact me at 313.827.3022 or e-mail at whistob@dearborn.k12.mi.us

Brian Whiston

Superintendent of Schools

Nov 28

Attention 9th & 10th Grade Parents

Flu Vaccination Update

The deadline for complying with the Henry Ford Health System flu vaccination policy is 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Persons who work in a patient care area are required to be vaccinated or wear a mask if they decline vaccination. Those who decline vaccination are required to complete the declination process at Employee Health by the compliance deadline. A patient care area is any clinical area in a clinical building except for employee break rooms, employee restrooms and cafeterias. Patient care areas also include retail outlets like OptimEyes and Health Products. The vaccination policy applies to physicians, nurses, students, transporters, volunteers, vendors, contractors, housekeepers, clerical, lab and dietary staff, and all others who work in patient care areas. The mask requirement also applies to unvaccinated employees who work in non-clinical areas. If they visit a patient care area for business-related activity, they must wear a mask upon entering the area.

If a student received the vaccination from other than Employee Health, documentation must be provided to Employee Health to be cleared.

Nov 11

Henry Ford Health System Requires Flu Shots

All employee’s, students, & staff, must have the flu vaccine on file by December 1, 2011.

You may attend HFHS flu clinic on on Monday, November 14th @ One Ford Place, 3C5, 8am – 4pm. The staff operating the mobile flu vaccine clinic will confirm your information and issue you the proper green sticker for your ID Badge for this season.

Flu vaccines are also available at Employee Health during their regular business hours.

Persons who do not have the flu vaccine will have to wear a mask when in patient care areas during the entire flu season.

Students must be accompanied by a parent to receive the flu vaccine, NO EXCEPTIONS!!

If you have already received a flu vaccine, please bring the proper supporting documentation to the Employee Health Clinic, to show that you received it, along with your ID badge.

Employee Health Clinic is located in the Old Education Bldg., on the 1st Floor behind the Henry Ford Hospital @ 2799 W. Grand Blvd, Detroit, 48202.