On May 22nd, 2017, the Ferndale Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the selection of five candidates to interview to become our next Superintendent.
- Dania Bazzi, Superintendent, Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools
- Kay Elaster, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
- Phillip Pittman, Director of Curriculum, Allen Park Public Schools
- Yvonne Stokes, Academic Improvement Officer, Indianapolis Public Schools
- Robyne Thompson, Superintendent, East Lansing Public Schools
The Board of Education narrowed the list to the five candidates after thoroughly reviewing all 49 applicants.
“I am thrilled with the expertise, wealth of knowledge and breadth of experience this list of candidates brings to our search for the next Superintendent of Ferndale Public Schools. As we look for the next leader of our district, I am confident that we will find in this pool an accomplished, talented and passionate individual that will be dedicated to our students, schools and community. We look forward to speaking with these candidates during the first round of interviews. I want to encourage everyone invested in our schools to join us during the interview process and provide the Board with their feedback and thoughts,” said Jennifer LaTosch, President, Ferndale Schools Board of Education.
The six candidates will participate in first round interviews next week on Tuesday, May 30th and Wednesday, May 31st. Each evening the Board will interview three candidates. Both meetings will be open to the public and begin at 6pm, in the Ferndale High School Media Center.
The Board of Education will select the final two candidates at the conclusion of the first round interviews on Wednesday night. The finalists will each spend half of the day visiting Ferndale Schools on Thursday, June 1st. The final interviews will then take place on Saturday, June 3rd.
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.