Dec 17

Connecticut Tragedy

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


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)

Oct 22

REPORT CARDS and more. . . .

Friday, October 12th, marked the End of the 1st Marking Period.  Report Cards will be  handed out during Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, October 30th and Thursday, November 1st.  For parents who do not attend parent-teacher conferences, report cards will be mailed, Friday, November 2nd.  For those of you who can’t wait, grades have been posted in Parent/Student Connect.


HENRY FORD EARLY COLLEGE IS CLOSED on Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th.


Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, October 30th, 3pm – 5:15pm


Wednesday, October 31st is Late Start.  Students begin high school 1 hour later.


Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 1st, 3pm – 5:15pm


The monthly PTSA Meeting for November has been rescheduled, date to be determined


HENRY FORD EARLY COLLEGE IS CLOSED on Tuesday, November 6th for staff Professional Development Day.


Wednesday, November 14th is Late Start.  Students begin high school 1 hour later.


HENRY FORD EARLY COLLEGE IS CLOSED on Tuesday, November 21st (Conference Release Day)




HFCC has an emergency notification system called “HFCC Alert.” By registering your cell phone or PDA number, preferred e-mail, and office or home phone, you will receive emergency notifications, by voice or e-mail, about urgent events such as College closings for snow days, tornado warnings, or information and instructions related to any other emergency on campus.


Sep 27

Attn: Early College Parents

In an effort to improve system practices, the Dearborn Public Schools are conducting a Parent Survey.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey by Saturday, September 30th and will take less than 5 minutes.

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The survey must be completed by Saturday, September 30th.

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
  • 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

Majed K. Fadlallah, Principal

Dec 08

Early College Principal Retires


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

Brian Whiston

Superintendent of Schools