School Bell … 3/17/23

Courtney Fezzey

Spotlight on HPS staff
Say hello to Nurse Practitioner at the DMS School-Based Health Center, Courtney Fezzey!
Courtney has 10-plus years of experience as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, with six of those years running a school-based health center at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School.
“I decided to work in school-based health settings because I love helping children in underserved areas. Having health clinics located inside of schools is a great benefit to these families. The services provided at the clinic range from immunizations, well checkups and hearing screenings to vision screenings and sick visits.”
Don’t hesitate to reach out to the clinic if you need anything. Ms. Fezzey looks forward to meeting everyone!

Speech competition
On Wednesday, March 15, several Hamtramck children participated in the annual speech competition known as the Optimists of Downtown Detroit’s Oratorical Contest.
Erna Balija, 8th grader at Kosciuszko Middle School nabbed first place and will advance to Area Level competition on April 22, via Zoom. Dickinson East 5th grader Zareen Begum took second, while Ali Ahsan, 7th grader at KMS, tied for third place with 7th grader Tasfia Ahmed (formerly of KMS, recently moved to Sterling Heights).

HPS students recently participated in a speech competition.

Students began working on this year’s topic, “Discovering the Optimism within Me”, back in October. Highlights include Erna’s success as a public speaker within three years of immigration to USA.
Zareen is the sister of previous champ Fahim Uddin, and she is our youngest competitor for several years.
Tasfia is navigating the tumult of a major move during middle school.
Ali spoke about the endless opportunities to develop and demonstrate optimism online and in person. Each student took a unique approach with personal connections.
While many signed up, few persevered; they are to be commended!

March started with much excitement because many new programs started.
The after-school program offers students the Arabic Club and STEAM Club. Students learn not only the language in the Arabic Club, but customs, holidays and traditions observed. In the STEAM Club, students are making engineering projects with Legos and different kits. Students, teachers and parents work together make many wonderous creations with switches, tools and more.
March Reading Month has many wonderful lessons in the class and special presentations.
On March 13, comedian and educator Joe Dombrowski took time from his busy schedule and read to the school, via Zoom from Seattle Washington.

Comedian and educator Joe Dombrowski recently read to ECE students in celebration of Reading Month.

Students smiled and giggled as “Mr. D.” used various voices for the characters in the book, The Pout Pout Fish. Everyone laughed at the ending as the Pout Pout Fish gave everyone a big kiss at the end.

There are many other special days coming too next week. Teachers will be reading books in a round robin way to all the classes from preschool to second grade. We look forward to hearing these stories as we celebrate the joy of reading.
Posted March 17, 2023

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