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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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Black History Celebration Lights Up FHS & FMS

FHS Auditorium hosted the 2nd Annual Black History Celebration this week. The celebration was held in the morning for FMS students with a repeat performance in the afternoon for the FHS family. Students gave presentations on historical black inventors and many performances lit up the stage. Musicians, tap dancers, steppers and singers shared their talents, with a closing performance from 2007 FHS alumna Bianca Bennet singing “Never Give Up.” View more photos on our facebook gallery.

A huge thank you to Security Liaison Coordinator Shawn Jones for organizing the event for the second year in a row, with support from FHS Principal Michael Griffin. Thank you for this gift, ladies!

 

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Ferndale Teacher Nominated for Hour Detroit’s Best Teacher of the Year!

Ferndale Lower teacher Danielle Cover was selected as a finalist for Hour Detroit’s Best Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Cover has been a teacher with Ferndale Public Schools for 14 years. Throughout her career, she has taught every grade from first through fifth, but has spent most of her years as a first grade teacher.

Mrs. Cover is not just a first grade teacher though. Secretly, she is also a Special Agent Instructor for the CIA-Cover’s Intelligence Agency! Mrs. Cover is currently instructing her twelfth class of Special Agents. Each new group of Agents is named according to the military alphabet and the current class is Lima Company. One of her favorite things about creating the CIA is when she sees former students and families and they refer to their time in first grade by their company name.

Mrs. Cover received both her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s degree in curriculum and teaching from Michigan State University. She also recently completed LETRS training through the Michigan Department of Education which is a two-year, 120-hour professional development program. Mrs. Cover was part of the first cohort of Michigan educators to complete the training in support of MDE’s initiative to improve literacy outcomes for Michigan students.

You can vote for Mrs. Cover at tinyurl.com/HourDetroitBestOf2024. Best Teacher is located in the Community and Personality section. While you are there, be sure to vote for other amazing Ferndale businesses like Modern Natural Baby, B. Nektar, and Star of India!

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Queens and Kings at the Snowflake Dance

On February 8th, FECC's PTO hosted their Annual Snowflake Dance for our students and their families. We spent the evening dancing with friends, enjoying delicious food, sneaking photos and enjoying a performance by Anna and Elsa themselves! Community donations supported a raffle and families went home with great prizes such as Yoga Sessions, BARRE classes, retail gift certificates, private tours of the Belle Aisle Aquarium and an in house dinner prepared for a chef!

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Learning to Love Color with Alma Thomas

In honor of Black History Month, Ms. Dana's friends in room 10 read the story, Alma's Art, by Roda Ahmed. This story is a simple book that focuses on color and how Alma created so beautifully with it. This is a great book for toddlers and preschoolers. It is bright and inviting, and while it does dive a little into the life of celebrated artist Alma Woodsey Thomas, it’s more about her love and brilliant use of color. After reading the story, we talk about how Alma loved all the colors, and we encouraged the children to tell us about their favorite color and what they were going to paint using their favorite colors.

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First Fives Celebrates Lunar New Year

Our First Fives classroom had special visitors to learn about the lunar new year. This 4,000 year old festival celebrates the turning over of the lunar calendar, and is also known as Tết in Vietnam, Seollal in Korea, and many other names across several other countries and cultures in East Asia and the Pacific Islands. The Lunar Calendar was developed in China during the Spring and Autumn period of the Eastern Zhou dynasty (771 and 476 BC).

The visitors brought authentic artifacts, demonstrated writing chinese characters and gifted special hóngbāo—beautiful red envelopes with money inside that represent luck and good fortune.

You can learn more about this unique tradition of hóngbāo in this interactive Google Arts & Culture page. Learn even more about Lunar New Year  with Google's Arts of the New Moon project.

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NJHS Learns to LEAD in DC

On January 26-28, National Junior Honor Society President Lily Collins and Vice President Emerson Sidelko—both FMS students—attended LEAD. LEAD is a national student leadership conference held in Washington, DC. Lily and Emerson were joined by nearly 1000 other students from across the United States and foreign countries. While at the conference, Lily and Emerson learned a lot about what it means to be a student leader and brought back a lot of new ideas to help our school community. The students also made a bunch of new friends! NJHS advisors Mrs. Coram and Mrs. Guerra chaperoned this once in a lifetime experience for our students.

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Introducing New Leadership in Academic Departments

Our Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Department is excited to announce new positions for current team members, as well as the addition of a new member to the department.

Tom Maes: Interim Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

We are excited to announce the appointment of Tom Maes as Interim Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment. Tom has been instrumental in continuing department operations during our leadership transition. He has been filling the role since November 6th.

Tom brings to the role 33 years of experience with Ferndale Schools. During his tenure, he has worked as a High School Math Teacher, Math & Science Curriculum Coordinator, and most recently as Director of STEM and College and Career Readiness supporting math, science and CTE instruction. Tom is a member of the Oakland Schools Math Leadership Team and Science Leaders, while also serving as the Director of AVID for the district.

Tom is excited to continue the work of improving student outcomes for all FPS students, while expanding opportunities for FPS students and staff.


 

Tiwanya Robinson: Director of K-12 Literacy

Tiwanya oversees the district’s comprehensive literacy and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) programs, which are geared to enhance educational outcomes for all students. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role. Over the course of her career, which spans over 26 years in education, she has held roles including classroom teacher, instructional coach and supervisor of both school improvement and climate/culture. These experiences have shaped and contributed to her collaborative leadership style.


 

Derek Adams: Interim Director of STEM

Joining the Curriculum and Instruction team is Derek Adams.  Derek has been an educator for 19 years, 17 of which have been in our district. In addition to coaching, Derek has experience as an Elementary Principal and High School Administrator. Derek is proud that he has worked in almost every building across the district and we look forward to him being able to hit the ground running for the district in this new role. In this new role, he will also continue teaching Spanish in the middle school in the mornings.

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Shadow Play at FECC

This week the Little Eagles in Ms. Shelby & Ms. Ana’s class explored light and shadows. The students had a shadow show and tell where they brought an item from home and everyone tried to guess what they had based on the shadow. They also made ‘Guess Who?’ silhouettes, played outside with their own shadows and spent a lot of time in the dark with flashlights using puppets and classroom materials to make shadows.

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Board of Education

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This Week

  • 21 Feb
    • FHS: FYA Supervisor Meeting-Jessica Wallace
      Date: Feb 21
      Time: 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Media Center (Nest)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FUEL: No School! Mid-Winter Break!
      Date: Feb 21
      Time: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • John Maes: FHS Robotics Team Meetings
      Date: Feb 21
      Time: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Robotics Room
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS Swimming Boys Varsity @ OAA Blue League Meet - PRELIMS
      Date: Feb 21
      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: Clarkston HS FROM: TBA Transportation: District Bus Depart: 3:15 PM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/77739669 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
    • UHS Basketball Girls Junior Varsity vs Avondale High School
      Date: Feb 21
      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/76551023 for more information!
    • UHS Basketball Girls Varsity vs Avondale High School
      Date: Feb 21
      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/76551021 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
    • Kelly Komlen: FHS Spring Musical Rehearsals
      Date: Feb 21
      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
  • 22 Feb
    • FHS: USA Weekly Meetings 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
      FHS: USA Weekly Meetings
      Date: Feb 22
      Time: 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
      Location: FHS - FHS Media Center (Nest)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FUEL: No School! Mid-Winter Break!
      Date: Feb 22
      Time: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS: Detention 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
      FHS: Detention
      Date: Feb 22
      Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Media Center (Nest)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • John Maes: FHS Robotics Team Meetings
      Date: Feb 22
      Time: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Robotics Room
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FMS: Lady Butterflies 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
      FMS: Lady Butterflies
      Date: Feb 22
      Time: 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
      Location: FMS - FMS Info Tech Station (Computer Lab)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Cub Scout Pack 1221: Cub Scouts
      Date: Feb 22
      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Cafeteria, FHS Classroom 102, FHS Classroom 103, FHS Info Tech Room (Computer Lab)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS Basketball Boys Varsity Boys Varsity Basketball Practice (Practice)
      Date: Feb 22
      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: FMS Gymnasium FROM: 5:30 PM TO: 8:00 PM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/77189489 for more information!
    • Kelly Komlen: FHS Spring Musical Rehearsals
      Date: Feb 22
      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
  • 23 Feb
    • FUEL: No School! Mid-Winter Break!
      Date: Feb 23
      Time: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS: Detention 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
      FHS: Detention
      Date: Feb 23
      Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Media Center (Nest)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • John Maes: FHS Robotics Team Meetings
      Date: Feb 23
      Time: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Robotics Room
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS Swimming Boys Varsity @ OAA Championship Swim Meet - FINALS
      Date: Feb 23
      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: Clarkston HS FROM: TBA Transportation: District Bus Depart: 3:15 PM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/77739686 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
    • Kelly Komlen: FHS Spring Musical Rehearsals
      Date: Feb 23
      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
  • 24 Feb
    • John Maes: FHS Robotics Team Meetings
      Date: Feb 24
      Time: 7:45 AM to 6:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Robotics Room
      Calendar: District Calendar
  • 26 Feb
    • FUEL: School Resumes 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
      FUEL: School Resumes
      Date: Feb 26
      Time: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS: Detention 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
      FHS: Detention
      Date: Feb 26
      Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Media Center (Nest)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • John Maes: FHS Robotics Team Meetings
      Date: Feb 26
      Time: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Robotics Room
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FUEL: Playlabs 3:40 PM to 5:20 PM
      FUEL: Playlabs
      Date: Feb 26
      Time: 3:40 PM to 5:20 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Cafeteria, FUEL Music Room
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS Wrestling Boys Middle School @ OPEN
      Date: Feb 26
      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/77006297 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
    • FHS Basketball Girls Varsity Girls Varsity Basketball Practice (Practice)
      Date: Feb 26
      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: FMS Gymnasium FROM: 5:30 PM TO: 7:30 PM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/77188972 for more information!
    • Board of Education: Regular Board Meeting
      Date: Feb 26
      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Media Center (Nest)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Kelly Komlen: FHS Spring Musical Rehearsals
      Date: Feb 26
      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • UHS Basketball Boys Varsity @ OPEN (District #59 Playoffs UHS vs. Osborne)
      Date: Feb 26
      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Transportation: District Bus Depart: 5:30 PM Visit https://universityhighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI48334122521/eventid/77804842 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!

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