Welcome Howe School Families,
Welcome back to a new and exciting school year! I hope you all have enjoyed your summer break and are feeling rejuvenated and ready for the new year. It has been a busy summer at Howe School, and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing our returning families and meeting all our new families. While many of you already know me, I would like to take a few minutes to formally introduce myself. My name is Tammy Fournier, and I have been serving Dearborn Public Schools for the past 19 years. I began my career at Howe School where I taught special education for before moving to Stout Middle School where I continued my teaching career. Six years ago I returned to Howe School as a teacher consultant before taking on the role of assistant principal. I am very excited to continue serving our community as the principal again this year.
The 2017-2018 school year is scheduled to begin on September 5 and will be a half day of school for all students. Our special education programs will run from 8:00- 11:05 and our Montessori Programs will attend from 8:35-11:45. All students except for the Kindergarten Montessori classes will resume a full day schedule on Wednesday, September 6. Special education programs attend from 8:00-3:00 and the Montessori program from 8:35-3:40. In response to parent requests you may click here to access Montessori Suggested Supply Lists.
This year, at Howe School, we will focus on student learning while increasing the use of proven Montessori materials and strategies that are aligned with the Dearborn Education Curriculum. We will focus heavily on:
- Teaching students to use strategies for understanding reading and reading to learn
- Improving foundational understanding of math operations and algebraic thinking
- Building interest in science through additional science enrichment opportunities
- Building social relationships and independence in the school community
Our Special Education programs will also focus on student learning, while placing a heavy emphasis on:
- Building Communication and Increasing Independence
- Functionally using Reading and Math in life
- Building social interactions and Independence in the school community
Important Dates for our Kindergarten Montessori Program
This year, as part of a district-wide effort to ensure a smooth transition, all Kindergarten classes will have a modified schedule for the first week of school. In addition, the students will have four days off throughout the year so teachers can receive specialized training to support students. Details of the soft start and trainings can be found below:
Soft Start Schedule
Kindergarteners attend half day sessions from 8:35-11:45 for the first week of school-September 5th-8th. All students have a half day on September 5th. This half day schedule will allow for a gradual transition to school and will include lunch on the 6th-8th.
Professional Learning Time
All teachers of Young Fives and kindergarten students will participate in professional learning during the 17-18 school year. Content is based on the state curriculum and includes language arts, math, science and social studies. Additional areas of focus will be on social-emotional development, assessment and small group/1:1 instruction.
2017-2018 kindergarten calendar: The district calendar is available on the district website. Additionally, there are four days of “no school” for kindergarten and Young Five students. These days are workdays for our Kindergarten teachers. These days are:
No School Days for Kindergarten for 17-18
September 22, 2017
October 6, 2017
November 17th, 2017
February 2, 2018.
Using a combination of highly effective instruction in the core curriculum, Montessori principles, and through specially designed instruction, we are committed to equipping our students with the tools they need for high levels of personal, social, and academic achievement. We will work in partnership with families and the community to create a safe and efficient learning environment geared toward the success of all students. Throughout the year, there will be many opportunities to become involved in our school both in school and behind the scenes.
I am looking forward to meeting and working with all of you!
Howe Montessori & Center Based Education
We like to describe Howe as “the little school that could”. A friendly, small school offering high quality education and a chance for all children to flourish. We have an excellent and dedicated staff and a very involved parent body.
We offer a unique learning environment with a facility that is home to Special Needs students and a K-5 Montessori school -one of only a handful of public Montessori schools in Michigan. We also have a fee paying Montessori Preschool for 3 and 4 year olds.