Archive for April, 2020

Late Work


Please be aware of the late work policy. All work assigned on a Monday is due that Friday by 2:15 pm.

It will be accepted and considered late until the next Monday at 2:15 pm.

Teachers may choose to not accept work after that.

Chromebook Distribution


It is our understanding that most if not all our students are all set with technology but for those of you that still need a Chromebook please email Mr. Baydoun directly at

Pick up will be from Door #1 (door we dismiss from on the MBCC side) from 9:30 am – 11:00 am on Tuesday April 28. You cannot enter the building. Someone will deliver to your car as you pull up.

Oussama Baydoun – Assistant Principal

313-827-1904 Phone

2018 National Blue Ribbon School 

STEM Learning Plan


*Updated corrections have been made to the teacher schedule.

From the STEM family to your family, we hope that you have been staying safe and healthy. 

As you may have heard and seen from Dr. Maleyko, the Dearborn Public Schools Continuity of Learning Plan has been accepted by WRESA; and therefore, the state.   Attached are two documents:  The STEM Continuity of Learning Plan that details how we will continue to deliver instruction moving forward and also attached is the schedule of teacher office hours and Google Hangout hours. 

Part of the district plan requires teachers to make three personal contacts with every student, every week.  STEM teachers will be doing this through a video posted in their Google Classrooms, office hours (held through Google Hangouts), and Hangout classes each week.  Office hours (through Google Hangout) are a time that students can drop in at any time during that half hour to ask questions or get help, live, from the teacher.  A Google Hangout is an actual class where teachers will be delivering content and/or having class discussions.

In order to get all the required hours of contact in, some classes for a student will be back-to-back.  Google Hangouts are HIGHLY recommended as this is where specific content will be discussed/delivered.  Office hours (through Google Hangouts) are only necessary if a student needs help or has a question.

Please see the attached documents for specific details.

District-wide PE Blog


Good morning everyone. 

I’ve created a district-wide PE blog for the high schools (middle school and elementary have their own as well).  I’ve emailed the high school PE staff and have asked them to link this page to their blogs (if they have them).  I’m hoping this will serve as a centralized location for our students to get the information, resources and activity ideas they need to be successful and healthy as we move forward through the year. 
Hope you are all well.

Scott D. Hummel,

CAASupervisor of Physical Education & TruancyDistrict-Wide Middle School Athletic Director

313-827-3180 (office)

313-920-6427 (cell)
“You can always have energy, give great effort and have a good attitude.”  —  Carli Lloyd

Covid 19 Social Emotional Hotline Flier


We are open to the public during the current shutdown please see contact information below. 
General information:  313-827-3006 or

Social emotional hotline – 313-827-8500 or

Tech support – 313-827-8400

Human Resources & Student Services – 313-827-3068

Special Education – 313-827-7050

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Incoming 6th graders


The deadline to accept your STEM invitation has now passed.  Emails will be sent out no later than Friday, April 24th after the lottery takes place.
Thank you and stay safe!

Jennifer Fryzel
6th and 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher
STEM Lead Teacher  2018 National Blue Ribbon School
Dearborn Heights Campus



Hi STEM Middle School families! 

Since our school building will be closed for the remainder of the academic year, we’ll be switching from a traditional Science Fair & Engineering Design Fair to a DIGITAL fair on May 4th, 2020.  Students will continue to carry out their Science Fair & Design Fair projects at home as planned, but instead of bringing a physical prototype and presentation board to school on the day of the fair, they will be submitting a digital Google Slides presentation board to their teachers in Google Classroom instead. 

As previously planned, students will continue to have checkpoints leading up to the final project deadline, so they should be prepared to share another project update with their teachers after Spring Break. Since this is a school-wide initiative that was launched back in January 2020, we’re encouraging all STEM students to complete their projects and submit a digital presentation board, so that students may showcase their hard work and we can celebrate their success. All digital presentation board instructions and details will be posted in Google Classroom. 

Since campus is closed next week for Spring Break, Mr. Miller and Ms. Roberts will address any questions or concerns about the Digital Science Fair & Engineering Design Fair via e-mail when classes resume on Monday, April 13th. 

Lauren Roberts

Dearborn STEM Middle School
2018 National Blue Ribbon School

6th – 8th Grade Science Teacher

Spring Break


All STEM staff and students will be on spring break next week. Have a great break. Stay safe and healthy.

Best of luck from our STEM family.

Final Acceptance Deadline for Incoming 6th graders and FAQ


While we may not be in school and while we, unfortunately, needed to cancel our March 25th informational meeting, we are still on target to finalize our 2020-2021 6th grade class!

April 10th is the deadline to accept the invitation that was mailed home at the beginning of March to students who qualified for acceptance.  If you still want to be considered for final acceptance, please email Ms. Fryzel at

To help with some of your most common questions, please see the below information.  If you still have questions, please email Ms. Fryzel.

1.  What are the academic classes for 6th grade?  Are these classes advanced for their grade level?

– Math


– Science

– Social Studies

– STEM Applications

We are bound by the state curriculum that all 6th graders are required to learn.  HOWEVER, we move faster, we go more in depth, and we increase the rigor of those standards by creating a project/problem based learning environment that will require students to collaboratively work with their peers to discover answers instead of being lead to those answers or even given the answers by the teachers.

2.  What does a typical daily class schedule look like for a 6th grader? 

Our day starts at 7:25 – we are on a high school schedule – and ends at 2:15.  Since we are a magnet school, there is no transportation provided.  Parents are responsible to get students to and from school.  Many parents have established carpools.

7:25 – 7:39  A-Square (kind of like homeroom)

7:43 – 8:40  core class

8:44 – 9:41  core class

9:45 – 10:10  LUNCH  (this is early, we allow students to have a healthy snack during 6th hour and it has been very successful)

10:14 – 11:12  core class

11:16 – 12:13  core class

12:17 – 1:14  Electives

1:18 – 2:15  core class

3.  How many students are typically in a class?  What is the 6th grade population generally?  What is the total middle school population?

– 30 kids per class typically

– 60 6th grade students

– 180 total students in the school (60 per grade)

4.  Are there elective classes (art, music, foreign language, gym, etc.), in addition to the academic classes?  If so, what are the electives?

There are pros and cons with ANY school.  As a small school, we offer electives on an every other day schedule.  Meaning, we have an A/B day structure; this allows students to have two of the following electives:

– ALL students receive PE every other day

– Art

– Band

– Orchestra

These are our only electives at this time,

5.  Does the school offer extracurricular activities, clubs, and/or sports?  If so, what are they?

Yes, we offer after school activities.  We are not able to offer sports, but all students at STEM can go to their home middle school and play a sport there.  We have MANY of our students on the football, basketball, volleyball, etc. teams of the other middle schools.  This is one of the reasons we are on a 2:15 dismissal – students can get to their home middle schools on time for practices and games.  In the past, students were missing instructional time to do this.

Other clubs/activities that we offer after school AT STEM:

– coding club

– chess (5th year in a row city champs)

– robotics (finished 9th in the state last year)

– academic games (finished 2nd this year)

– Math Circles (run by the U of M math professors and our math teacher)

– yearbook

– game board club

– intramurals

– jazz band

– learning center (Tuesdays and Thursdays) – kind of like a homework club.  VERY popular

6.  Do students change their schedules at the semester?

Classes stay the same all year

7.  What are the state standardized tests for 6th graders?

They are the same as all schools in the state:  Math and ELA M-STEP

We also take the NWEA three times a year

8.  How many incoming 6th grade students does the school accept?  What is the maximum number?  If a lottery-drawn student decides not to take their acceptance, does the school replace that spot with another student to be drawn by lottery?

We accept 60 students.  The maximum we can take is 60 students.  We accepted 60 last year and all 60 showed up and stayed the entire year.

Any student not accepted through the lottery goes on a waitlist.  If an accepted student declines the final invitation, we will invite from the waitlist.  Sometimes this does not happen until the fall.

9.  Is there a lot of homework at STEM?

Comparatively speaking to other middle schools?  No.  There is a transition between elementary school and middle school, so homework is going to look different and have a different feel.  There is also the “STEM effect” that needs to be considered.  We as teachers assign tasks that we fully intend to take, say 20 minutes.  The STEM students can take that task and turn it in to a 2 hour event.  The need for “perfection” is an issue that we strive to lessen.  However, if students remain focused and on task while in class, homework is not an overwhelming thing.

Jennifer Fryzel
6th and 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher
STEM Lead Teacher  2018 National Blue Ribbon School
Dearborn Heights Campus

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