In 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed Public Act 306 to ensure that by the end of third grade all students are reading at or close to grade level. (To find out more about the Read by Third Grade Law and the district’s work to further support students and inform parents, please see the Read by Third Grade Task Force blog.)
The Read by Third Grade law was supposed to take full effect last school year (2019-20) with M-STEP tests being used to recommend students who should repeat third grade because they were behind in reading. However, the spring 2020 school closure canceled M-STEP testing; therefore, no students were retained under the law this school year.
However, the Read by Third Grade law is still in effect, and current third grade students could be recommended for retention if the state tests show they are more than a grade level behind in reading this spring. The Michigan Department of Education, as well as school superintendents across the state, have advocated for suspending this part of the law for at least this year due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, state legislators have not acted to suspend any part of the Read by Third Grade law.
If you receive a letter from the state of Michigan saying that your child should be retained in third grade based on their M-STEP score, you have the right as their legal guardian to request a good cause exemption. If you receive one of these letters from the state please contact your child’s school so they can explain the good cause exemption process. Our schools will support parents in filing an exemption within the required 30 days of receiving the letter. If approved, an exemption request will allow your child to continue on to fourth grade. Please remember, Dearborn Public Schools is not requiring retention. The State of Michigan might recommend retention under the current law.
Dearborn Public Schools does not believe retention is an effective way to help students master a subject or to help them succeed at school. Our philosophy is to provide your child with quality instruction from the time they become our students. When a student is struggling in any subject area, we will support them with additional programs and early interventions to help that student be successful. The district’s goal is to partner with parents to ensure students make as much progress as possible. Any decision to keep a student in the same grade will be made thoughtfully by the parents, teacher, and administrator working together in the best interests of the student.
400 meals will be distributed to the community on May 7th between 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Dearborn Police Department located at 16099 Michigan Avenue. Please see the attached flyer for additional information. Thank you!
Dearborn Public Schools is offering all of its students free summer academic and enrichment learning programs this year.
Elementary and middle school students can participate in the Summer Academic and Enrichment Program. The program for those grades will run in-person, at-school Monday through Thursday from at least 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. As long as there is interest, most schools also plan to run additional enrichment programs from 2 to 5 p.m., which would also be free to students enrolled in the summer academic program. The program is for students enrolled in Dearborn Public Schools and will run from June 23 to Aug. 13.
Parents need to register elementary and middle school students for the program by May 14. Those with questions or who want to register should contact their child’s school or visit the school blog for specific information. Registration forms will be shared directly with the parents.
High school students will have the option later in May to register for free for select classes offered through their home high school. Available classes will include credit recovery and enrichment course offerings. Classes will run Monday through Thursday, with asynchronous lessons on Fridays, from June 28 to July 30. High school summer classes, for this year only, will be free on scholarship as long as the student passes the class. Students who fail the class will lose the scholarship and need to pay a $50 fee. Credit recovery classes will include some courses offered virtually and some in-person at the student’s home high school (Dearborn High, Edsel Ford, or Fordson). High school enrichment courses for initial credit will only be available in-person at the student’s home high school.
For many years, Dearborn Public Schools has run summer school programs at all grade levels, but typically those programs focus on students who are struggling academically. The summer 2021 Academic and Enrichment program is open to all students. Elementary and middle school students will be provided a longer day and more robust and creative learning environment.
“We know that students have suffered academically and in their social/emotional development since March of 2020 when the pandemic closed schools,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko. “These summer programs are a way to help students recover some of that lost opportunity and to give them more time in our classrooms with our outstanding teachers.”
The district intentionally scheduled longer days for the younger students to assist working families who might not have otherwise been able to participate. With the additional time, teachers plan to create a more hands-on learning environment and incorporate more fun enrichment activities. The elementary and middle school summer program will be held entirely face-to-face, as required by the state when legislators approved the funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Act. ESSER funding is also being used for the high school program, which is why, for this summer only, high school students do not need to pay a fee to make up or take an additional class over the summer, so long as they pass the class.
“We hope many of our families will take advantage of our summer school programs, so we can help children grow and heal after a chaotic year,” Dr. Maleyko said.
You will be sent a link to your email. The link has not been sent yet. Lets encourage ALL Salina students to attend this wonderful summer program. The registration link has not been sent yet, but will soon. Keep checking your email.