Fall NWEA MAP Growth testing window opened Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and will close on Monday, October 1, 2018
NWEA MAP Growth tests are administered to students to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in reading, math, language and science.
NWEA MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.
Since NWEA MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.
Below are links to parent guides (in English, Arabic, and Spanish) to help you better understand NWEA MAP Growth tests
Individual results will be shared with parents at the November student-led Parent/Teacher Conferences. Contact your teacher if you would like results earlier.
Attention 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders who love to sing! Eagle Chorus will meet every Tuesday starting October 2nd at 7:45-8:30am. Students who are interested should have gotten a permission form with information, please contact Mrs. Webber if you have any questions.
-All students except preschool now eligible for free meals under special federal guidelines
Dearborn Public Schools is expanding its free lunch programs to all students, regardless of family income.
The District was recently informed by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) that it was eligible to offer free meals across the district based on criteria in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s school meals program. Previously, free meals under CEP were offered to all kindergarten to 8th grade students at 14 schools in the district. Free meals across the rest of the district started the week of September 10, 2018.
“Any time we can provide our students with resources that will help them be successful in school, such as a nutritious breakfast and or a healthy lunch, that’s a positive that we cannot pass up,” said Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.
Studies show that good health, including good nutrition is important to student success.
While students will not need money to buy meals, most schools will continue to offer individual items for sale in their cafeteria such as extra milk, snacks, or a second lunch. Children would need money in hand or in their student account to buy those items.
The CEP program will be retroactive to the beginning of the school year. Students who already paid for lunches will have that money refunded to their student accounts or might be eligible for a refund. Any refund details are still being considered and details will be shared with schools as soon as they are available.
Even with the expansion of the lunch program, the district will still ask families to fill out information about household income, although on a different form. This information is needed for schools to be eligible for other programs, including federal Title 1 funding. Dearborn Public Schools received more than $12,300,000 in such funding last year. Dearborn Schools will also have to occasionally survey selected families to see if the district still qualifies for CEP.
While not all of Dearborn’s schools qualify for CEP on their own, the district used a provision that allows it to average schools together to meet the threshold for all its 36 kindergarten through 12th grade schools. The program is not available to preschool students, so it will not be offered at Cotter School. (Students enrolled in the GSRP program at Cotter can qualify for free or reduced lunch under other federal programs.) Students will also be able to get free breakfasts in the buildings that offer the CEP program. Across Michigan, 652 schools participate in CEP.
CEP was designed to allow schools or districts with a higher percentage of low-income families to streamline the free lunch process. To qualify for the program, the area needs to have 40 percent of students automatically identified for free lunch. Typically, that means the family already receives some other type of assistance such as food stamps or Medicare.
The schools that were already enrolled in CEP include Becker Elementary, Henry Ford Elementary, Lowrey School, Maples Elementary, McCollough Elementary, McDonald Elementary, Miller Elementary, Oakman Elementary, River Oaks Elementary, Salina Elementary and Intermediate, Unis Middle, William Ford Elementary and Woodworth Middle.
One of the strengths of our school district is the fact that our schools are located in the neighborhood. Being a good neighbor is important to us and good neighbors take the time to share information and keep each other informed.
At approximately 12:10 this afternoon during one of our lunch periods, a staff member reported seeing an unaccompanied child running in front of the building. We conducted a thorough investigation and implemented a mandatory attendance check for all of our classrooms and students with the assistance of the Dearborn Police Department. All of our students were accounted for and we resumed our daily activities.
Please be assured the entire Whitmore-Bolles family is dedicated to creating a safe and healthy learning environment for your children. By continuing to work together and keeping an open line of communication, we can ensure our students, your children, will be provided with the safe and caring environment they have come to know here at Whitmore-Bolles.
Whitmore Bolles Elementary School will welcome parents to open house Thursday, September 13 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Please take this time to meet your child’s teacher and check out the various showcases and events around the schools.
We will be featuring PTA-sponsored snacks in the cafeteria, an opportunity for all families to join the PTA, a Scout table with information for boys and girls to join, and information for all our father figures to sign up to be Watch D.O.G.s
The PTA will be holding a membership drive where all parents who join get entered into a drawing for 2 adult and 2 child tickets to this years Smoke on the Grill! Great food, fun games, and great door prize drawings! Tickets for Smoke on the Grill can also be purchased from the School or PTA. The full price of the tickets sold from our school go directly back to the PTA!
Due to a medical conflict for my family, I may not be able to attend Open House this year, however, there will be many support staff available to answer any questions that may arise, or you are welcome to email me directly at email@example.com and I will get back with you as soon as I can.
Hope you are able to make this wonderful event!
This year’s “Smoke on the Grill” family picnic will be taking place on Thursday, September 27th, at the Ford Field Park large pavilion.
This is an event put on by our Dearborn Goodfellows to raise money for local school PTA groups. 100% of the tickets we sell go directly back to the Whitmore-Bolles PTA. There are lots of door prizes, raffles and food to partake in.
We know that students love to celebrate birthdays at school, as it is a memorable time to share with teachers and friends. In an effort to abide by our existing birthday treat policy and to maximize student instructional time, we are asking all families to follow these simple guidelines when planning for your child’s birthday celebration at school. The Whitmore staff feels strongly that by following these guidelines, we will be promoting a healthier lifestyle and maximizing student learning!
- Bring in non-food items for classmates such as pencils, erasers, bookmarks, etc.
- Volunteer in your child’s class and capture the moment with a class “birthday” photo.
- Make a donation to your child’s class in honor of your child’s birthday.
- Provide non-food item goodie bags for classmates which can be distributed and taken home at the end of the day.
- Donate an educational game or book for your child’s classroom.
- Or contact your child’s teacher with other non-food/drink ideas
Students are not allowed to bring in food/drink items for birthday celebrations at school. The purpose of this policy is to assure a school environment that promotes and protects students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.
Other rationale for restricting treats at school includes:
Please know that we are not trying to take the fun out of birthdays. Classroom teachers will continue to recognize children on their special day in special ways. Thank you in advance for your support of this policy and for helping promote healthy practices at Whitmore-Bolles!
There is no school on Friday, August 31 and Monday, September 3, 2018.
The Whitmore-Bolles Office will be closed both days as well.
Have a great holiday weekend!
Attached, please find the 2018 School Zone Safety letters (English, Spanish, and Arabic) from the Dearborn Police Department, the City of Dearborn and Dearborn Public Schools.
Every student will be receiving a Welcome Back packet this week with important information for the start of school on August 27. The packet includes letters from your student’s teacher and Mrs. Waddell, school supply lists, 2018-19 calendar information, traffic safety/parking policies and other information. Supply lists were posted last week on the blog, so you don’t need to wait for the packet to start shopping!
The packets were mailed from a Dearborn Post Office early this morning, 8/20, so should be in your mailboxes within a day or two. If you have not received your packet by Thursday’s mail delivery, please give us a call at 313-827-6800. We still have much work to do to be ready for your children to return on Monday, so we would appreciate it if you do not call before Thursday afternoon to find out who your child’s teacher is. 🙂
The main office may be closed part of the day Friday, 8/24 for professional development. If so, we will post a sign on our door with our return time.
Enjoy the last few days of summer break!