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September 15, 2017
weekly eblast - September 15, 2017
September 8, 2017
Eblast - September 8, 2017
July 18, 2017
STEM Camp off to a great start!

 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!
 

May 5, 2017
Mr. Moy Named Orchestra Teacher of the Year
MSBOA honored Ben Moy for his talents

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.

Orchestra Teacher Ben Moy shows off his lightsaber skills.

March 28, 2017
Elementary Reading Night

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 Library set up a table at Elementary Reading Night.

March 28, 2017
Elementary Students Participate in Math Pentathlon

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.

Elementary math pentathletes showing Ferndale Eagle pride with their school sign!

 

March 24, 2017
State of the District 2017

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.

March 24, 2017
Weekly E-Blast
March 10, 2017
Weekly E-blast
March 3, 2017
Weekly eBlast
March 1, 2017
Cooking Club learns from local Chef
Students and parents got a lessen in vegetarian cooking from Chef Jessica Norwood of Om Cafe

The FUEL healthy cooking club is officially up and running! On February 16th, chef and owner, Jessica Norwood from Om Cafe joined the class. Om Cafe is a wonderful restaurant serving delicious and healthy vegan & vegetarian dishes right here in Ferndale. Chef Jessica demonstrated knife skills and gave cooking tips as she guided their culinary experience. The class prepared a cauliflower rice stir fry. Each week the students take home the recipe they prepare to make with their family. The group has two more cooking classes left and is looking forward to cooking and trying more tasty dishes together.

Chef Jessica of Om Cafe teaches students to cook cauliflower rice stir fry.

February 17, 2017
Weekly Eblast