STEM Entrance Process for Current Fifth Graders

Fifth Grade Parents interested in Dearborn Schools’ STEM Progam for middle school, please read below from the STEM school administration.

To all 5th grade parents that have an interest in their child attending STEM next year:  Please review the following established process. Keep in mind that STEM is a Magnet school located on the Dearborn Heights Campus with the Michael Berry Career Center. This means that all parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from school. Our start and end times are aligned to high school times, 7:15 am – 2:15 pm.

There is no enrollment process for our new 6th grade class.  Instead, we will be sending out invitations to the top 120 5th grade students in the district and asking them to apply. If your student is in district, but not a DPS student, there will be an application posted on our blog (https://stem.dearbornschools.org/) mid-February .

We have set a minimum NWEA reading score of 222 and a minimum NWEA math score of 231 as our baseline (winter 2020 5th grade scores).  In addition, students will need to have earned a 3 or a 4 on their 4th grade math and reading M-STEP tests.  However, having these minimum scores does not mean that a student will receive an invitation.  The top 120 students may very well achieve beyond these minimum scores.  Invitations to apply will be mailed home sometime in March.

For a non-DPS student that applies, his/her application will be ranked with the 120 invitations that we send home to DPS students.  If s/he ranks in the top 120, s/he will be emailed an invitation letter and be asked to email his/her interest in attending in the Fall.  If s/he does not rank in the top 120, s/he will not receive a final invitation.  Again, meeting the minimum scores does not guarantee acceptance.

Once the 120 students have responded to their invitations, if we have more than 60 students “accept”, there will be a lottery.

New Staff Joins William Ford!

As you may be aware, there are many changes at William Ford for 2020.  Mrs. Nicole Rabac is the new Assistant Principal, following the retirement of Mrs. Akroush.  Mr. Joseph Kocher is our new building engineer, as Mr. Schilbe took a district position.  

We also welcome three new teachers to William Ford.  Ms. Zaineb Al-Saadi began as our new Science Enrichment teacher in December replacing Ms. Hossein who left to teach in another district. Ms. Arwa Almuflehi will begin on January 6th as one of our new Fifth Grade teachers replacing Ms. Lezotte who left to teach in a district close to her home.  And finally, Ms. Gamilh Algalal will begin as a resource intervention teacher on January 13th.  William Ford was very fortunate to have MANY great candidates for all of the positions above. Please join me in welcoming all of our new staff members!

Friday at William Ford!

Friday is William Ford’s Annual Holiday Sing-along in the lobby! Friday is also a Pajama Day or Holiday Colors Day! No cost to participate!

Students will assemble by Houses for the annual sing-along. See below.

Yellow House of Believers at 9:15

Orange House of Givers at 10:00

Blue House of Respect at 1:00

Green House of Achievers at 1:45

Red House of Fearless at 2:30.

You are invited to stop by and enjoy!

Holiday Week at William Ford!

On Tuesday, our Falcon Choir will travel accross Ford Road to Henry Ford Village to bring holiday cheer and music to the residents!

Wednesday is our Annual Holiday Nights at William Ford from 5:30-7:00. Admission is only $2.00 for some holiday fun, activities, friends and SANTA!

Friday is William Ford’s Annual Holiday Sing-along in the lobby! Students will assemble by Houses for the annual event. Yellow House of Believers at 9:15, Orange House of Givers at 10:00, Blue House of Respect at 1:00, Green House of Achievers at 1:45 and Red House of Fearless at 2:30. You are invited to stop by and enjoy!

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