A Message from the Superintendent
As the new Superintendent of Ferndale Schools, I would like to start by expressing how excited and privileged I feel to be part of such an amazing community. It is my distinct pleasure to serve this community and work with all of you to continue to move Ferndale in a positive direction.
At Ferndale we are committed to providing a well-rounded educational experience and have an award-winning fine arts programs, successful athletic teams that emphasize good sportsmanship both on and off the field and career oriented experiences that can help students make a successful transition into their future careers, and an abundance of ways for students to establish connections with their school and community.
The entire educational community is dedicated to creating opportunities for learning and personal growth in welcoming environments that encourage creativity, diversity, collaboration, inquisitiveness, and critical thinking skills. The goal is to impart on our students knowledge and skills that will enable them to compete on a global scale, but also to relate to and appreciate their fellow citizens. We aim to provide our students with authentic learning experiences where they can take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it in real world situations. Beyond imparting knowledge, our educators cultivate the vital skills of critical thinking and problem solving so our students will grow into independent thinkers who make informed decisions.
Our educators teach to the whole child and develop meaningful partnerships with students and their families. In this way, we encourage and value communication to improve the educational process for each individual student and the entire district. Collaboration with the community is vital to any great school district and works to create a synergistic relationship between the school district and the entire community that benefits everyone.
As our children progress towards taking on the many responsibilities they will face as adults they will need the strength of character and compassion to carry out these responsibilities and it is our duty as a community to ensure they are ready for the task. At Ferndale Schools we believe that working through our challenges together as a community will allow us to succeed in the future. Our work together requires teamwork, collaboration and shared leadership toward a common mission, vision, values and goals.
Please feel free to call or come by anytime if you would like to connect.
Dania H. Bazzi, PhD
Dania H. Bazzi | 248-586-8652
This past month, the Office of Retirement Services (ORS) provided the District with a detailed file for reimbursing the 3% health care contribution that employees had deducted from July 2010 until September 2012. By now you should have received an email from ORS that indicates the amount you contributed, the amount of accrued interest, and the total amount of your refund for each of the school districts you worked for during that period.
If you have any questions regarding this refund amount, please contact ORS directly at 800.381.5111.
Snow Day Challenge Complete! See the photos and more including potato olympics, squash champions and other things not vegetable related in the eblast.
We are featuring stories this week including new reading and foreign language opportunities, global play days, and a snow day challenge from the Superintendent.
A message from the groundhog, elementary assembly pics, learning camp sponsors, and one sad story from our community partners, all in this weeks eblast.
Two Scholar Athletes, FEF Grants, a new Robotics challenge, K-2 Kindness, and that's just a start. Check out this week's super-sized newsletter.