Ferndale’s First 4 Days Set the Tone for a Great Year
To begin the year, Ferndale Schools used its First 4 Days Framework to begin to develop a strong, focused culture of achievement. Within each building, different activities took place to promote students learning routines & rituals, taking ownership of their success, and creating a positive school culture. All schools had grade level and/or whole school assemblies, team building activities, learned about SOAR expectations.
Local Business Icons Donate $100,000 to Ferndale Schools
Jack and Annette Aronson, founders of GardenFresh Gourmet in Ferndale, donated $100,000 to support a new Reading Intervention Program.
Welcome Counselor Daniel Lewis, FHS College Advisor
New college adviser to join Ferndale High School for statewide AdviseMI program
Ferndale High School has been selected to help expand the Michigan College Access Network’s (MCAN) AdviseMI program focused on helping more Michigan students pursue postsecondary education. Ferndale High School is joining 49 other schools in Michigan adopting this program to better help students navigate the process of applying to colleges, understanding financial aid, and making the transition from high school to college.
In Michigan, the average student-to-counselor ratio exceeds 700:1 (it was approximately 350:1 at FHS last year) and high schools have inadequate capacity to provide one-to-one college advising. High school students need support navigating the complex process of college admissions and financial aid. The AdviseMI program places recent college graduates from 12 Michigan colleges and universities into high schools to serve as advisers, working alongside counselors and other school staff to support students as they make the transition from high school to post secondary education.
Ferndale High School is excited to welcome our newest counselor Daniel Lewis. Daniel is one of 49 college advisers recently hired for the AdviseMI program. Advisers undergo an intensive four-week training over the summer to prepare them to start working with students in September.
The advisers are recent graduates of 16 partner colleges including: Adrian College, Alma College, Calvin College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo College, Madonna University, Northern Michigan University, Oakland University, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.
About Michigan College Access Network
As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. For the sixth year in a row, Michigan’s post secondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 39.3 percent in 2014. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent ofMichiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.3 percent.It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025.
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