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!
CORRECTION: Kindergarten JumpStart is
- Tuesday, August 22nd - Thursday, August 25
- 8:00am - noon
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.