Thursday, September 6, 2012
Patch takes a look at one family's big move to Dearborn–and son Billy's first day of school.
The month of September is an important one for the Shaw family–not only because their son, Billy, started kindergarten at DuVall Elementary, but because the family is in the process of making Dearborn their new home. Like many people, their move–from Ferndale to the hometown of Henry Ford–was a decision dictated by proximity to their jobs: mom September works for Oakwood, and dad Kris works for the U.S. Postal Service in Allen Park. But another big part of the decision? "Dearborn Public Schools was the best district in the area," said September, who researched school districts in the area. "And I heard from a lot of people that DuVall is the best school." They've closed on a home in the Ford Historic Homes district, and are hoping to move …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
We'd love to see the photos of your child's first day, whether it's kindergarten, middle school, high school or some other important occasion to your family.
As proud parents often do, you might grab for your digital camera as you remind your little one to grab the backpack that sat unused for the last three months. And if you do, we'd love for you to share your shots with Dearborn Patch. Whether today is your child's first day of kindergarten, middle school or high school in Deaborn Public Schools, or if they started last week at Sacred Heart or Divine Child, it's an exciting day worth remembering. Or maybe today is the first time your child is walking to school on his or her own, or the first year your child gets to drive to Fordson to kick off a new school year. There will be lots of smiles (along with some rubbing of the sleepy or teary eyes) this morning and we want to share them with the …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Start times, activity fees, testing changes–here's what every Dearborn parent should know for the start of the 2012 school year.
You've met your child's principal, and you know what time to set the alarm clock for. But as Dearborn Public Schools students head back to school on Wednesday, Sept. 5, there are a few more important issues to take note of. Here's a look at some of the big changes to the district this year. End to Pay-to-Play Families with children in Dearborn Public Schools will no longer have to pay fees for their kids' after-school sports and extracurricular fees. The district said the decision was made to allow all Dearborn families equal access to school activities, but some community members are concerned that taxpayers will now foot the bill for schools' soccer teams or chess clubs. Read more on Dearborn Patch. No Child Left Behind is No More …
The district took on a number of repairs over the summer, including painting, carpeting and door replacement at several schools.
The Dearborn Public Schools district took on a number of construction and improvement projects at its 32 facilities while students were having fun in the sun, but this summer marked a significant change in terms of physical improvements for the 18,500-student district. But as Qualified School Construction Bonds dwindle and financial struggles for the district continue, funding spent on improvements at school facilities was cut drastically for 2012. Typically, the district spends about $3 to $4 million on building improvements from the general fund. This summer, that amount was cut to $2 million–$1.3 million of which came from QSCB funding, and $700,000 came from designated building and site funds in the general fund. Overall, the district …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Southeastern Michigan's cadre of 20-something Patch editors offer the only advice we're qualified to offer.
Monday, August 27, 2012
With the first day of school looming large, parents may be stuck for words of wisdom to offer their children. As always, Patch exists to make your life ridiculously easy. Read on to see what these five local editors in a community near you had to say from recent experience and if one or more of these short essays resonates with your family, feel free to share them. Anyone who tells you high school will be the best time of your life is lying. It's only the pre-game to life. Your friendships will change, relationships will start and end, tests will be aced and failed, but even a year after you graduate, every moment that seemed earth-shattering will be a memory. That's not to say what happens in high school doesn't matter, but try to keep …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
With back to school fast approaching, Dearborn Patch takes a look at some of the top trends for teenage girls at Fairlane Town Center.
It's a battle as old as time: Mom takes daughter out for back-to-school outfit shopping. Daughter picks out clothes. Mom vehemently disagrees. Or does she? We took a trip to Dearborn's Fairlane Town Center to look at some of the latest trends in fashion for teen and tween girls. Tribal and animal prints, embellishments, brightly colored pants and grunge rule the scene. Cropped tops, lace and fake glasses make an appearance. But what we want to know is: Does your daughter wear these fashions? Managers at Sears, Wet Seal and Love Culture told us about what's in with teen girls these days. Tell us what you think, and what the teen girls in your life are wearing these days that you like–or not.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Once thought to be a longshot among administrators at the Dearborn Public Schools district, pay-to-play fees will not be assessed for the 2012-13 school year.
Parents of student athletes who attend high and middle school at Dearborn Public Schools facilities will get a weight off their shoulders this year with the end of the district’s pay-to-play program. The district made a low-key announcement on its school websites that the per-student fee–which averaged about $75 per student at the schools–has been cancelled. Spokesman Dave Mustonen said the district ended the 5-year-old fee program to make the schools' comprehensive sports programs open to students regardless of economic issues they may be facing at home. “Our goal is to provide opportunities for all students,” he said. “Athletics and extracurricular programs provide students with a balanced learning experience and play a big role in their…
Monday, August 13, 2012
Are you ready for some football? Games start in August.
Football practice officially began Aug. 6, and the varsity football teams from Dearborn High, Edsel Ford, Fordson and Divine Child high schools are looking forward to the 2012 seasons. Looking to keep up with all the games? Here's the regular schedule for Dearborn's varsity football teams: August September October August September October August September October August September October
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Football teams across Michigan, including those from Dearborn schools, began practice this week while getting used to several new rules from the MHSAA.
The 2012-13 fall sports season is officially under way, with approximately 110,000 student-athletes in Michigan starting practice in eight sports regulated by the Michigan High School Athletic Association. Practice began for Michgan's football players on Aug. 6, followed by all other fall sports — from cross country to boys tennis — on Aug. 8. Before the first whistle, the Dearborn area's student football players will have to pay attention to several significant rule changes for the 2012 season: All Dearborn varsity teams will start their football seasons in August. The 2012 football season culminates with post-season tournaments beginning Oct. 1, and wraps up with the football playoff finals on Nov. 23-24.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The Back to School Prep Camp takes place Aug. 6-30.
Are your kids ready to head back to school? HYPE Athletics is offering a Back to School Prep Camp Aug. 6-30 aimed at preparing kids in grades K-8 for the upcoming school year. "Tutors and teachers will review math, reading, writing, computer literacy and health education," HYPE explained in their program flyer. The camp meets twice weekend and focuses on each of those five core subjects for a half hour. All classes are held at the HYPE Recreation Center, located at 23302 W. Warren Ave. in Dearborn Heights. Sessions are available on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, and are split up by grade. The cost is $135 for members and $150 for nonmembers, with discounts for enrolling in both sessions, or multiple siblings. Space is …