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William Ford to Host the Ford Motor Company STEAM Box Giveaway!

On Wednesday, October 21st from 2:30-4:30, Ford Motor Company will host a STEAM Box giveaway in the parking lot at William Ford Elementary for families from the William Ford and Woodworth Community!

Click the link below for more information on the event!

Families at William Ford who have students in grades 3rd-5th, and families at Woodworth are invited to drive through the parking lot at William Ford to receive the STEAM box through their car window.  One STEAM box per family!  Parents, please enter the parking lot off of Alber St. and exit on Chase.  The STEAM box giveaway will be from 2:30-4:30 OR until all boxes are distributed.

Dearborn Schools to Remain Online

The Board of Education voted on October 12th to continue online learning for all students through October.  In-school learning labs will continue and be expanded.  More information to come soon on the expanded learning labs. The Board of Education will meet again on Monday, October 26th to revaluate conditions and see if the district is ready to move toward bringing students back to school in one of the proposed hybrid formats. 

Access to Classroom Reading Materials!

Dear Parent/Guardian,  

Great news! Your child now has access to  

Benchmark Universe—an online resource  

for classroom reading. Your child will use  

this resource throughout the school year to  

complete assignments, and he or she can also  

use it for his or her own independent reading! 

Please take a moment to log in to the site  

with your child and explore all it has to offer.  

If you have any questions, please contact  

your child’s teacher. We encourage you to  

help your child with the use of Benchmark  

Universe to complete assignments this year. 


HOW DO I LOG IN TO BENCHMARK UNIVERSE? > Use your child’s username and password to log in (to Schoology): 




> Once you are logged in to Benchmark Universe, you can  access e-books by clicking on My Library

You can search for e-books using keywords, or try filtering  by grade, content area, genre, or theme. 

> Once you have found an e-book you and your child want  to read, double click it to get started!  

(Note: You can click No to read the book without creating  a customization.) 

> If you would like the book to be read aloud, set the auto  toggle to ON and click the play button. 

> If you need help, look for the help icon. 

> Use the System Check link at the top of the page to  make sure that your device and browser are compatible. 

Read on a desktop,  laptop, or tablet!

أولياء الأمور والأوصياء الأعزاء:

إليكم هذه الأنباء الرائعة! يحق لطفلك الآن الاستفادة من  جامعة

بينش- مارك و هي منصة عبر الإنترنت 

لقراءة الصف. سوف يستخدم طفلك

هذا الموقع طوال العام الدراسي من أجل

إكمال الواجبات ، ويمكنه أيضًا

استخدامه لقراءته المستقلة الخاصة به!

نرجو منكم أخذ بعض الوقت لتسجيل الدخول إلى الموقع

مع طفلكم واستكشاف كل ما يقدمه الموقع.

إذا كان لديك أي أسئلة، يرجى الاتصال

بمدرس الطالب. نشجعكم على

مساعد الطالب في استخدام منصة بينش – مارك لإتمام الواجبات المدرسية خلال هذا العام الدراسي.

مع جزيل الشكر

كيف يمكنني تسجيل الدخول إلى المنصة؟ > استخدم اسم المستخدم وكلمة المرور الخاصين بطفلك لتسجيل الدخول (إلى سكولجي Schoology):

العنوان الإلكتروني :

اسم المستخدم: 

كلمة المرور:

> بمجرد تسجيل الدخول إلى Benchmark Universe ، يمكنك الوصول إلى الكتب الإلكترونية بالنقر فوق My Library.

يمكنك البحث عن الكتب الإلكترونية باستخدام الكلمات الأساسية ، أو محاولة التصفية حسب الصف أوالمحتوى أو النوع أو الموضوع.

> بمجرد العثور على كتاب إلكتروني تريد أن تقرأه أنت وطفلك ، انقر فوقه مرتين للبدء!

(ملاحظة: يمكنك النقر فوق “لا” لقراءة الكتاب بدون إنشاء تخصيص.)

> إذا كنت ترغب في قراءة الكتاب بصوت عالٍ ، فاضبط مفتاح التبديل التلقائي على ON وانقر على زر التشغيل.

> إذا كنت بحاجة إلى مساعدة ، فابحث عن رمز المساعدة.

> استخدم رابط “فحص النظام” أعلى الصفحة للتأكد من توافق جهازك والمتصفح.

يمكنك القراءة على الحاسوب الثابت أو المحمول أو الجهاز اللوحي!

للمزيد من المساعدة:

الاتصال بمكتب المساعدة عبر البريد الإلكتروني: I PHONE

child now has access to Benchmark Universe—an online resource for classroom reading.

Click on this link for more information:


Learning Labs at William Ford!

Learning Labs started at William Ford on Monday, October 5th! The Learning Lab is an opportunity for teachers to invite students to the classroom for a “live” lesson! Groups will be limited to 3 students at this time. Teachers also conduct virtual Learning Labs on days they are not in the building.

Ms. Albachachy and students ready for Learning Lab!

Parents must fill out the Covid-19 Screening Commitment form for their child to stay at school for the learning lab. By signing this form, parents are committing to screen their child for Covid symptoms for the 2020-21 school year (anytime they will be in school). This form only needs to be filled out once, and will be kept on file in the school office. If your child is showing any signs of sickness, they will not be allowed to enter the school.

If your child is attending a Learning Lab it is very important that they arrive on-time and they are picked up at the arranged time. If you arrive early, please remain in your car until the scheduled time. For the health and safety of all, we cannot have students or parents lingering around the building or entrances in groups. Finally, parents are not allowed in the building unless they have business to conduct in the office.

Online Learning Extended to at least October 12th

Online learning in Dearborn will continue until at least mid October after the Board of Education approved the extension during its regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.

Dearborn Public Schools started the new school year on Aug. 31 all online until at least Oct. 1.  The Board’s vote on Monday night extends online learning at least until their next meeting on Oct. 12.

The district is also delaying the small group in-school learning labs it had planned to start next week.

The Dearborn community has had a high number of COVID-19 cases per resident in recent weeks, and the board felt it was not yet safe for the community to return students to in-school learning.  Besides the total number of COVID cases, the district considers the number of cases per resident and metrics like the percent of COVID tests that come back positive in the county, called the positivity rate.  The Wayne County positivity rate has risen to its highest point in months at more than 6 percent. 


Schoology Logo

Students and Parents will be using Schoology as the place to start. Students can log in being Monday morning. (Parent accounts will be coming soon). Students should log in using their Google Accounts. Students who have borrowed a Chromebook from the district should have two tabs load upon sign-in: the district student portal web page and their Schoology page.

Within Schoology, students should find the links and instructions that they need. Links to Zoom meetings will be added by teachers.

Chromebooks Available for William Ford Students without Technology at Home

Last spring William Ford delivered nearly 300 Chromebooks to be used by our students!  The need for reliable technology at home is critical for students to complete work and interact with the classroom teacher.

For the 2020-2021 School Year, we are recommending that every enrolled student in the house have a Chromebook, laptop or an electronic device to use.  If your child already has a Chromebook then there is no need to do anything.  Those who received a Chromebook last year will not be issued a new one. We will have TWO days where we will be distributing Chromebooks.  Those dates are Friday, August 28th from 1:30-3:30, and Monday, August 31st from September 9:30-11:30.

Parents, come to school at the date and time above and see a staff member at the tables by the front doors. Please wear a mask and socially distance. Remember, if your child already has a Chromebook, or you have technology at home, you do not need to attend.

Welcome Back!

Greetings William Ford Families!

I hope you and your family are doing well and you are safe!  Although the beginning of this school year will be different than any in the past, all of us at William Ford are anxious to welcome you back to school!  As you know, William Ford and Dearborn students will return to school online on Monday, August 31st.  I understand you may have many questions.  If after reading this  you still have questions, feel free to contact the office at 313-827-6400.

Classroom Rosters and Assignments:

In the past William Ford has hosted an Ice Cream Social to welcome everyone back and post class lists.  After the event class lists were then posted on the office windows.  Due to our “online” start to the school year, this will not take place this year.  Instead, classroom teachers will be contacting each family by phone or email to inform them of their child’s placement as well as provide some important information for the first week.  Expect this contact by Friday, August 28th.  

Classroom Orientation will look different than in previous years.  Rather than having a parent meeting at school for the whole class, teachers will be scheduling individual or small group orientations within the first week of school.  These orientations will be very important!  Classroom materials will be distributed, daily schedules, log-ins for technology, introductions, and much more will be shared during the orientation.  


Last spring William Ford delivered nearly 300 Chromebooks to be used by our students!  The need for reliable technology at home is critical for students to complete work and interact with the classroom teacher.

For the 2020-2021 School Year, we are recommending that every enrolled student in the house have a Chromebook, laptop or an electronic device to use.  We will have TWO days where we will be distributing Chromebooks.  Those dates are Friday, August 28th from 1:30-3:30, and Monday, August 31st from September 9:30-11:30.  If your child already has a Chromebook then there is no need to do anything.  If you need one for your child, please let your child’s teacher know when they make contact with you this week.

Are you new to William Ford?

If you are new to William Ford and have not registered your child, please do so as soon as possible.  Registrations are accepted at the Dearborn Schools Administrative Center at 18700 Audette, Dearborn 48124.  You may phone student services at 313-827-3005 or you may visit the district website at:

Additional updates for the beginning of the 2020-2021 School Year:

At this time, the office is not open for “in-office” appointments.  However, we can meet parents outside at a table by the front door or by phone from 9:00-3:00 at 313-827-6400.

Please check the new school calendar as there are some changes, specifically for the first week.  Monday, August 31st through Thursday, Sept. 3rd will be ½ days.

School start and end times have been changed a little to accommodate for the remote learning.  New elementary school time will be from 8:55am-3:50pm.  Half days will end at 12pm.  Attendance will be taken, as well as tardies for not being available to the teacher by 8:55. 

All Dearborn public schools will be using Schoology and Zoom for our online learning.  We will be planning to hold training and informational sessions for parents in the coming weeks.

This year will look much different than the Spring.  Students will be expected to be available and ready to learn from the start of the day at 8:55 until the end of the day at 3:50.  Please continue working with your child(ren) to set up routines and areas for them at home.  We will continue to work together and do our best to provide the best educational opportunity and experience for your children.

There will be live lessons every day and set schedules to help with consistency.  There will also be small group opportunities online and “face to face” at school.  See below.

Learning Labs:  Learning Labs will be an opportunity for staff to offer additional support (academically, socially and emotionally) to a small group of students face-to-face.  Decisions regarding who, when and how often will be made as a team to ensure we are meeting the needs of our students.  Learning labs will not begin until mid-September.  Your child’s teacher will share more information on the labs soon.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the school office.  Although the beginning of the year will bring questions and uncertainties, we WILL get through the opening of the year.  Your patience and support is always appreciated.

Five House, One School!                                                                                      

David Higgins                                                                                                         Principal, William Ford Elementary

Nicole Rabac                                                                                                            Asst. Principal, William Ford Elementary

Dearborn Schools’ Back to School Website

Dearborn Public Schools’ Back to School website can be viewed at the link below. This site includes information for parents, staff and students. All documents are linked on the page including protocols on hygiene, safety, cleanliness, athletics, etc.  Other helpful documents such as student, staff, and parent expectations are also available.  Arabic translation is in the same documents. More specific information concerning “Back to School” at William Ford will be coming soon!

View the website at