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Black History Digital Reading Room is OPEN!

Join FECC in our digital Reading Room for storytime! In the reading room, click on any of the book titles to watch and listen to some of our favorite storybooks illustrating Black history, culture, and experience.

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FUEL Focuses on Recognizing Black Excellence

In recognition of Black History Month, Ferndale Upper Elementary has updated their "Focus Walls" with some illustrations and plaques recognizing icons of black culture. Their theme this year is "We Believe in Excellence: Portraits of Black Excellence & Joy". The display is anchored in FUEL's main hallway and includes hands, a heart, our theme, and digital portraits with descriptions created by Jen Beaudoin. Featured Black figures include Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman; Social Media Educator & Influencer Alexis Nikole; and several other athletes, artists, astronauts and immunologists.

 

Mrs. Beaudoin is a FUEL Language Arts Teaching Assistant, a Ferndale parent, and a local artist. You can view more of Jen's printing and fiber arts through her Needle & Knife Studio Etsy or at her instagram page: NeedleAndKnifeStudio

 

 

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Students Excel in 32 Performances at District Band & Orchestra Festival

FHS Bands and Orchestras participating this past weekend in the District 4 Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Solo and Ensemble Festival. Ferndale students participated in 37 event performances—about 1/3 soloists and 2/3 small ensembles—at the event in Royal Oak. Of those 37 events, 20 earned a 1 (Superior) rating, 13 earned a 2 (Excellent) rating, and 3 earned a 3 (Good) rating. All three levels of rating represent a solid level of success and musicality, a result of commitment and hard work, mostly (sometimes entirely) all on their own, without direct support from the music staff.

These students represent a large majority of the high school students in band and orchestra classes, and this year was the first year since 2019 that Solo/Ensemble went entirely as planned and in-person. Ferndale Schools Director of Bands Elon Jamison said, "Lyd [de Leeuw, Orchestra Teacher] and I are VERY proud of their hard work, representing their school and community with distinction!"

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Black History Month Resources

February is Black History Month, but we support Black History education and our Black community everyday. Please visit our resource page at FerndaleSchools.org/BHM to find some great ways to show your support and educate yourself. Special activities are going on in our schools this month to honor the legacy of a beautiful culture that has blossomed out of such tragic beginnings.

It's important to remember that Black History month is more than just a highlight reel of Black accomplishments and Black tragedies. As President Obama said in 2016, "We know that this should be more than just a commemoration of particular events. It’s about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans, high and low, famous and obscure, and how those experiences have shaped and challenged and ultimately strengthened America. It’s about taking an unvarnished look at the past so we can create a better future."

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New Leadership Joins Ferndale Schools

We are pleased to present two distinguished new team members who are joining our district administration, as well as two familiar faces who are bringing their expertise to new positions. Please join me in welcoming them to the Ferndale Family!

From left to right: Terri Faison–Director of Human Resources, Robert Tolbert–Director of School Community Relations & Pupil Accounting, Dawn Huntley–Director of Finance, Jamie Stottlemyer–Assistant Superintendent of Operations.

   

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Lower Elementary Music Teachers Present on Music, Mindfulness, and Fun!

Lower Elementary music teachers Meagan Grammatico and Charissa Duncanson presented this past weekend at the Michigan Music Conference! Charissa led an engaging and fun session all about movement and mindfulness. She taught other music educators different movement activities to bring back to their classrooms.

Meagan was a part of a panel with two other music therapists called “Ask a Music Therapist.” She gave other music educators ideas on accommodations and modifications for students of all different abilities and talked about strategies to incorporate social emotional learning into the elementary music classroom. Next year, they plan to present together!

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School of Choice Enrollment Windows Announced

On Monday, January 23rd, the Board of Education approved the following School of Choice Enrollment windows:

April 1st–April 30th—Oakland County School of Choice

  • K: 20 students
  • 3rd: 10 students
  • 6th: 15 students
  • 7th: 15 students
  • 8th: 15 students
  • FHS 9th: unlimited
  • FHS 10th: unlimited

March 10th–September 1st—Oakland, Wayne, Macomb County School of Choice

  • UHS 9th-12th: unlimited

Early applications cannot be accepted and will need to be resubmitted during the open enrollment period, in compliance with Michigan State Law.

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Ferndale Schools is Hiring

Ferndale Schools is currently seeking supportive teammates in several positions, including Substitute Teachers, Special Education staff, High School and Early Childhood Teachers, and an Accountant. If you or someone you know is interested in supporting your local community as a part of the Ferndale Family, applications can be submitted through Applitrack.

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To learn more about joining the Ferndale Family as an employee, browse our Employment page to discover the benefits we offer and read testimonials from parents and teachers.

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District Vision

At FPS, we are a school family of continual learners. We support each and every student to develop their purpose, plan, and passion. We encourage and honor dialogue about the histories, cultures, and goals of our communities. We actively and intentionally facilitate equitable access and representation, meaningful participation, and high expectations for ALL.

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This Week

  • 6 Feb
    • Lyd de Leeuw: Electrify Your Strings
      Date: Feb 6 - Feb 7
      Time: 7:00 AM to 9:30 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
  • 7 Feb
    • UHS Basketball Boys Junior Varsity @ Lutheran Westland
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Visit https://universityhighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI48334122521/eventid/74767570 for more information!
    • UHS Basketball Girls Junior Varsity @ Farmington High School (OAA)
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Visit https://universityhighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI48334122521/eventid/74642688 for more information!
    • UHS Basketball Boys Varsity @ Lutheran Westland
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Transportation: District Bus Depart: 4:15 PM Visit https://universityhighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI48334122521/eventid/74767569 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
    • UHS Basketball Girls Varsity @ Farmington High School (OAA)
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: Farmington HS Transportation: District Bus Depart: 05:45 PM Visit https://universityhighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI48334122521/eventid/74642687 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
  • 8 Feb
    • Early Release Wednesday (excluding ½ days or non-student days)
      Date: Feb 8
      Location: All Sites - All Spaces
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS: Mr. Peace 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      FHS: Mr. Peace
      Date: Feb 8
      Time: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • All District: Early Release Wednesday
      Date: Feb 8
      Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - FHS Building Wide, FMS Building Wide, FUEL Building Wide, Lower El B
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Early Release will occur every Wednesday throughout the school year beginning the first Wednesday after Labor Day through the last Wednesday in May (excluding ½ days or non-student days)
    • FUEL: Early Dismissal Wednesday
      Date: Feb 8
      Time: 2:38 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS Bowling Boys Varsity @ Bloomfield Hills High School
      Date: Feb 8
      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: 300 Bowl FROM: 3:30 PM Transportation: District Bus Depart: 2:30 PM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/75668213 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
    • Lyd de Leeuw: Orch Support Meeting
      Date: Feb 8
      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Main Office Conference Room
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Security needed to open building
    • FHS Softball Girls Varsity Weight Room / Conditioning (Practice)
      Date: Feb 8
      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/75753141 for more information!
    • FHS Softball Girls Varsity Conditioning (Practice)
      Date: Feb 8
      Time: 8:00 PM to 9:30 AM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: FMS Gymnasium FROM: 8:00 PM TO: 9:30 AM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/75753158 for more information!
  • 9 Feb
    • Superintendent, Dr. Bobbie Goodrum: Leadership Team Meeting
      Date: Feb 9
      Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
      Location: FHS - FHS Media Center (Nest)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Melissa Daugherty: Mr. Peace Assembly
      Date: Feb 9
      Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS Basketball Boys Freshman @ Oak Park HS/MS
      Date: Feb 9
      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: OAK PK HS Transportation: District Bus Depart: 03:45 PM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/74639388 for more information!
    • FHS Wrestling Boys Varsity @ MHSAA TEAM DISTRICTS
      Date: Feb 9
      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: University of Detroit Jesuit HS FROM: 5:30 PM Transportation: District Bus Depart: 3:30 PM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/75417535 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
    • Lower Elementary: New Incoming Kindergarten Open House
      Date: Feb 9
      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - Lower El Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Ferndale Musical Boosters: Spring Musical Play Rehearsals
      Date: Feb 9
      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Boy Scouts: Boy Scout and Cub Scout meetings
      Date: Feb 9
      Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Cafeteria, FHS Media Center (Nest)
      Calendar: District Calendar
  • 10 Feb
    • FHS: Black History Showcase 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
      FHS: Black History Showcase
      Date: Feb 10
      Time: 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Ferndale Musical Boosters: Spring Musical Play Rehearsals
      Date: Feb 10
      Time: 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • UHS Basketball Girls Junior Varsity vs Pontiac High School (OAA)
      Date: Feb 10
      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Visit https://universityhighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI48334122521/eventid/74642706 for more information!
    • FHS Basketball Girls Varsity @ Bloomfield Hills High School
      Date: Feb 10
      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: Bloomfield Hills High School FROM: 5:00 PM Transportation: District Bus Depart: 05:15 PM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/74611438 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!