Russ Gibb at Random

Racial fights at Dearborn High?

March 24, 2005

Rumor has it that Wednesday that a fight broke out between African American and Arabic students at Dearborn High School. A shout was heard during the mĂȘlee that "heat would be brought tomorrow", translation - heat means guns. Police are called, and the next morning the school is locked down while drug and weapon sniffing dogs are brought in to sweep the school.

Many parents are asking what is going on in the Dearborn Public Schools, and where was superintendent Dr. John Burl Artis while all this chaos was reigning? I'm told he was in New York City. Draw your own conclusions!


Now, Edsel Ford High

March 26, 2005

Seems Edsel Ford High recently had its own L'affaire du herrtt between a sixteen year old girl and a thirty-some year old teacher - no scandal. He resigned! After her Papa found out. It surely must be spring.


An Angry Parent Writes

March 30, 2005

March 29, 2005
Mr. Paul Smith
Director of secondary education
Dearborn Public Schools

Mr. Smith,

This is just a short e-mail to voice my opinion about the senior project. Many parents (and students) are upset and unable to attend last night's meeting because of spring break.

This project is being introduced as busy work with very little planning time. Students are being force to 'fake' job shadowing because there is not enough time to make a meaningful contact. They are going to participate in a take your child to work Vs a real meaningful experience in their field of interest. This project should have been presented at the beginning of the semester so a meaningful job shadowing could have taken place.

Consideration was given to AP students but the same was not done for the dual enrolled students or those students who are still trying to pass the MEAP for college money. Passing the MEAPs would help the student more than this senior project and help with the District stats. Why favor one group and ignore the rest? Maybe there was not enough time on your part to think this through.

I understand it is a done deal and there is not much we can do except refuse to let our kids attend the Michael Berry Career Center portion. My son has YET to receive his packet from the World Civ teacher and does not know all the details. How is he supposed to return to school on Monday, April 4th and being given the packet (I would hope) and then the next day (April 5th) or two (April 6th) have a job shadow set up?

It looks like the student is ill prepared calling a business and asking for this experience but I can only do it the next day, the day after or Tuesday the following week. It will look like the student waited until the last minute when it is really the Districts fault. I think this will reflect poorly on the District when word gets out it was just assigned.

The timing was poor for our students but worked well for you that most of the people are on break and will not be aware of this until Monday. I hope more people will contact your office instead of helping their student 'fake' the project. With such a short window I expect this will be more of a waste and burden, than a real benefit.

Barbara & Jim Parker


And Now Another Angry Parent

March 31, 2005

Dear Russ,

Regarding the Edsel Ford situation, there is a rumor that this happened at DHS--a young lady caught in a janitor's room with a teacher. This reached my ears from a current DHS senior, so the validity???? However, it distresses me there have been several reports of unethical behavior from teachers who should know better. I'm a parent & a teacher w/ the Detroit Public Schools, so I feel even more outraged that our profession is being hurt. Keep up the good work!



Go Get 'em Mayor

March 31, 2005

Seems Mayor Michael Guido is fed up with the power outages from Detroit Edison, and is thinking about purchasing several large gas powered electrical generators, and placing them around Dearborn so that we can have emergency power when the Detroit's Edison lines go down. Good thinking mayor.


It's Getting Hot

March 31, 2005

This, just in from another disgruntled Dearborn Public Schools parent, responding to the letter from Mr. and Mrs. Parker regarding, Senior Projects

I just read your latest posting. What a surprise, Dearborn has put the cart before the horse. Nothing like aggravating your Education Foundation people! Way to go John Artis and the school board!
By the way, if you watched the meeting, did you notice that Aimee Blackburn does nothing but lean over to Artis and repeat and explain what is being said. Isn't that called the blind leading the blind?


More Mail a Reader Writes

April 1, 2005


I'm shocked to hear what is going on in our schools! In talking to some people regarding the situations there comment was "this is how society is today" that comment made me even more upset! Is this the reputation our City of Dearborn wants to make for its self I'm embarrassed. Will .superintendent Dr.John Burl Artis ever address these issues ??? Where is he and why is he not on top of all this ? Thank you for letting me blow off some steam.

Concerned citizen but not a parent.


A Date to Remember

April 3, 2005

Tuesday, April 26, 2005, at 6:30 p.m. the Dearborn Public Schools will dedicate the Michael Berry Career Center at the corner of Outer Drive and Ann Arbor Trail.
It honors one of Dearborn's top citizens Michael Berry.
Congratulations Mike and a hearty well done!
Russ Gibb

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Do You Like Film?

April 3, 2005

Don't forget to show up at April the 12th, 2005, at the Ford Performing Arts Center at 7:00 p.m.
The event: the premier of the student produced movie EXPOSING JOE. Students from Dearborn High, Edsel and Fordson produced this amazing production. The students wrote the script, shot and acted in this movie. If you know of anyone who has an interest in movies and film production, tell them about this movie EXPOSING JOE. You are not going to believe the production quality of this movie. Tickets are $7.00 with all proceeds going to WDHS Video.
For ticket information call Mr. Kurt Doelle at (313)827-1635.


What to Do?

April 4, 2005

Dear Russ,
I am a Dearborn resident and have been for the past 41 years. I grew up in the Dearborn district. Went to school in the Dearborn Public School district and made many friends here. My father retired from the Dearborn Fire Department, worked there for 33 years. We love Dearborn. This is our home.
I am sad to say that I am thinking of leaving Dearborn because of all the horror stories I've heard about the high schools here in Dearborn.
Especially Dearborn High and Edsel Ford. I currently have two boys in Dearborn schools right now and I don't think I want them to enter the high schools in Dearborn. I was very sad and surprised at some of the articles I read in your website about Dr. Artis and the high schools. What would be a good solution to some of these problems?
Who could we address these problems to, so that they do not continue?
I really don't want to leave the Dearborn area, but it looks like we'll have to for the sake of our children.Thanks for lending an ear.

C.G.Dearborn, MI

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