STEM camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is off to a great start! The upcoming fourth and fifth graders have engaged in various "challenges" with their peers. The challenge is presented and then they take time to devise a plan with their group. Most of the challenges are interdisciplinary and involve intensive collaboration, problem-solving and teamwork skills.
On day one, the theme was "Tower Power" and students built towers with materials like cups and pipe cleaners and learned about stability and the importance of a strong foundation.
On day two the theme was "SOAR" and students designed airplanes to hold cargo. Next, they created a safety device for dropping an egg from a height of 12 feet in hopes of keeping "Eggbert" from cracking.
Day three was "Density Day", and students explored the scientific concept of density with a milk, food coloring, and dish soap activity. Density Day also allowed students to create their own oil and water jars to take home. The students were shocked when they saw the water sink to the bottom of the jar when they had hypothesized that oil would be more dense.
Day four was a favorite for the students as we designed a boat out of aluminum foil that could withstand the weight of an entire jar of coins! The second activity gave students exposure with various types of bridges and they constructed their own out of straws.
Each day the STEM students discuss the potential real-world careers that would be related to the day's activities. We are excited to spend the last few days exploring and learning together!
Ferndale orchestra teacher Ben Moy was named Teacher of the Year for District 4 by the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association (MSBOA). Fittingly, Moy, who also swings a mean lightsaber, learned he had received the award on May 4th (May the 4th Be With You), also known as international Star Wars Day.
Congratulations, Ben. We're so glad you have been recognized outside the district for the amazing work we have grown to appreciate over the years.
The Ferndale Elementary Staff and Students celebrated an amazing month of reading with our Camp Read S'More family reading night. Kids and families explored the school, participating in literacy activities, making arts and crafts, browsing the amazing reading-decorated doors of FUEL, and celebrating their commitment to reading! Special thanks to all of the teachers and staff members who created and led the fun stations!
The Ferndale Elementary 2nd and 3rd grade Math Pentathletes participated this past Saturday at the Math Pentathlon Division 2 Competition. The kids did a fabulous job, showing great sportsmanship and working hard to great success! A special thank you and shout out to MP advisors, Gianna Cuda and Tricia Venzke, for all of their hard work and commitment to our kids all year long!
Congratulations to our award winners!
Gold Medal Hall of Fame (15 points - win all 5 games) - Ivo Jungmann
Silver Medal (13 points) - Jan Hartzer
Bronze Medal (12 points) - Lucy Clark
Honorable Mention (11 points) - Naomi Webster & Henry Williamson
Pentathlete Award - Meera Venugopal
The Math Pentathlon Division 3 Competition (4th & 5th grade) will take place in May.
The Ferndale Schools State of the District address was offered on March 7, 2017. In case you missed it, the following is a transcript of that address.
This past week at Ferndale Lower Elementary, all of the first grade and second grade students learned about and celebrated “Soul Food” with Miss Emma (FoodCorps service member). The students learned how recipes were created by African American communities during slavery, using food memories from Western African countries and creativity. They also learned that “soul food” is a term used to celebrate these traditional folk foods and African American culture.
Students tried collard greens (recipe below!) and when asked how trying the soul food made them feel, one student replied: "Trying the greens makes me feel like this could the start to a perfect day".
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