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Board of Education - Committee of the Whole

Agenda

School Buildings Closed to Students for Remainder of the School Year

Dear Ferndale Family,
Earlier today Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan schools (PreK-12th) would be closed for the remainder of the school year. K-12 school sports activities and other in-person extracurricular school activities are also suspended while any state of emergency or state of disaster prompted by COVID-19 is in effect.

The safety of our students and staff will always be our top priority and we fully support the Governor's decision to take all necessary measures to keep our school family and community safe. 

This is a time of great uncertainty and unfortunately we do not have all of the answers right now.  However, here is what we do know. 

  • Online instruction will continue through the regularly scheduled last day of school in June.
    • Each school district will be required to develop a learning plan for the remainder of the year that must be submitted and approved by our Intermediate School District, Oakland Schools.  
       
    • The State of Michigan is currently developing a generic learning plan template for districts to follow.  Each school district’s plan will be slightly different to ensure they are appropriate, equitable and accessible for all students and families.  Plans must also include how districts will manage and monitor student progress.
       
    • Once our Ferndale Schools plan is finalized and approved we will share it with the public.  We do not have a current timeline for when this will be completed as we do not have the States full expectations as of yet nor do we know how long it will take to gain approval from Oakland Schools.  We will keep you updated on the progress of the plans creation and approval.
       
    • If you are in need of technology to help facilitate online learning, please fill out this Google Form.Google Forms
  • Additional packets/resources will be mailed home in the coming weeks.
    • During this crisis we understand that some families are quarantining together at a residence that we do not have listed in our system.  In an effort to ensure your students' school work packet reaches them please ensure the address you are currently residing is up to date in the MiStar system.  To temporarily update your address during the crisis please contact our MiStar help desk email at mistarhelp@ferndaleschools.org.  Please include the address you would like us to use during the crisis along with your student(s) name & grade.
  • Seniors on track to graduate, will graduate and all other students will move up a grade. 
    • To our Seniors, I am especially sorry. The last few months of my high school career hold some of my fondest memories and it breaks my heart to know you will not have an opportunity to have many of these experiences. I promise you that we will hold a senior prom and commencement ceremony as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so.
  • Current high school juniors will be given an opportunity next fall to take the SAT sometime in October, to make up for the state-funded college entrance exam they would have taken in April if schools had not been closed.
     
  • Food Service will continue through the end of the school year in June.
    • However, due to staffing levels we will be reducing the number of days we will be distributing food.  Please note that we will still provide food for the entire week, we will simply be distributing meals for multiple days at once.
       
      • During the week of Spring break will be distributing meals on Monday (April 6th) and Wednesday (April 8th) ONLY.
        • You will be able to pick up multiple meals on each of those days. 
    • After Spring break, Food Service will serve meals Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Ferndale Upper, Ferndale High School and University High School from 10am to Noon (you will be able to pick up multiple meals on each of those days). 
  • Next week we will pause instruction for Spring Break.  Instruction will resume on Monday, April 13th.

I am sure our entire Ferndale Family has many more questions about how this closure will impact our school community. As we learn more and finalize our plans we will share that information in the coming days.

Today’s decision from Governor Whitmer was not the outcome any of us wished for. We want nothing more than to return to the classroom to see all of your smiling faces, eager to learn. Unfortunately, at this time, that simply is not possible. We promise to do everything we can to ensure our students have the best educational experience possible moving forward.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Stay home, stay safe.

In Education,
Dania H. Bazzi, PhD

Decide What To Do With The Time That Is Given to Us

TCEC Graduates 12 During Building Closure

While online learning presents many new challenges for students, parents, and teachers alike, virtual classrooms are nothing new at the Tri-County Educational Center. Through the school building closure, TCEC continues to offer high-quality online learning options for all of its students. 126 courses have been completed by TCEC students since the state-wide school building closures began on March 13th.

On Monday, March 16th, 10 more students earned their diplomas.

  • Fayge Alsamawi
  • Dominique Carter
  • Shantique Clark
  • Sheena Crisp
  • Natalia Merow
  • Carmella Moore
  • Charlethia Robinson
  • Ricky Santiago
  • Akiah Sharp
  • Mykel Vernon

Two other students completed their course of study on March 13th:

  • Mory Cisse
  • Kamilah Helton

Congratulations to all of our TCEC graduates. We are so proud of your achievements!

Board of Education - Special Meeting

Agenda

Spring Break Camps Cancelled

Due to today's extension of our school closure (until April 13th) according to Governor Whitmer's order, we regret to inform you all that we will have to cancel all Spring Break Camps.

Blessings in a Backpack Delivers Food Security

On Wednesday, March 18th, Blessing in a Backpack passed out bags of food to families in the parking lot of Renaissance Vineyard Church. The effort was overseen by 3rd Grade Teacher Lindsay Gonska and 6th Grade Teacher Elaine Zold. Parent volunteers Mary Fulmer and Danielle Sargeant were on hand to pass out the food alongside Ferndale Schools employees Patti Collins and Cheryl Dirkse. Many families were able to get their bags at the pickup location. For those who weren’t, Transportation Supervisor Cheryl Dirkse led the effort to load up district bus #3 and start driving to homes and delivering bags. The delivery team even came back in Thursday morning to finish up! The volunteers gave out as many bags as they could, even giving away a lot of food to people who don't have kids in the Blessings in a Backpack Program. “We didn't say no to anybody,” said Mrs. Zold. 

We would like to extend a warm thank you on behalf of the communit to Pop’s for Italian on 9 Mile for making 250 sandwiches for our kiddos in need, Renaissance Vineyard Church for being our pickup spot, ALL of the volunteers for helping, Life Skills Village for packing the bags, and the people who have donated to help keep this program going.

Blessings in a Backpack will be doing another pickup time in a few weeks when more is known about how long schools will be closed.

Mrs. Zold summarized her experience with important words for all of us, “Mr. Rogers was right, ‘In scary times we need to look for the helpers.’ Today, I found some.”

Tentative Return Date - April 13th

After consulting with the FEA and other Oakland County School Districts, we have determined that Spring Break will continue as originally planned (April 6th-10th).

Due to the uncertainty created by the rapidly evolving nature of the the COVID-19 outbreak and the many logistical hurdles we currently face, there is not a responsible way to change spring break at this time. We want our students back in school as soon as it is safe, and logistically feasible to do so.

Thank you for your understanding during these challenging times.

As of now, our plan is to return to school on Monday, April 13th. Please know that this date is subject to change based upon guidance from Governor Whitmer and health officials.

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help. 

Take care,

Dania

dania.bazzi@ferndaleschools.org

Schools Closed - Beginning on Monday, March 16th

Ferndale Family,

In accordance with guidance just handed down from Gov. Whitmer and to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Ferndale Schools will be closed immediately until April 5th.

Staff should report to your buildings at 8am tomorrow morning to prep for a transition to online instruction.

We will send a further update tomorrow with additional logistical details for students and families.

We thank you for your patience and flexibility in the coming weeks. Together we will get through this.

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District Wellness Committee Seeking Members

Ferndale School Family is looking for volunteers to be part of the District Wellness Committee. The committee will support our new Strategic Plan goal to examine, motivate, and ensure physical, mental and nutritional health and overall wellness for our entire school family. This committee will be comprised of families, community members, secondary students, and staff members. If this is of interest to you, please email Dina Rocheleau at Dina.Rocheleau@ferndaleschools.org.  

Our first meeting will take place on March 23 at 4:00 pm, Ferndale High School, Room 333. Once the team meets, we will make a collective decision on what dates and times work best for the team.

11 Students Attend Career Readiness Academy

11 FHS students, committed to The Detroit Economic Club Career Readiness Academy, participated in Session 6 today and worked on their elevator pitches and practiced interviewing skills. A great afternoon being mentored by local business leaders who are committed to serving our students.

Robotics Team Ready to Roll

The robot is complete! (for the most part). We still have a few kinks we need to work out, but it is in working condition. The drive team is practicing driving and shooting with the robot. The programming team is working on autonomous, which is the first 15 seconds of the match where the robot drives on its own using code.

Their first two competitions are coming up later this month, and are free to attend. Please come out and show your support!

  • FIRST Robotics: Detroit District
    • at Renaissance High School on March 13th and 14th
  • FIRST Robotics: Woodhaven District
    • ​​​​​​​at Woodhaven High School on March 27th and 28th
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Oakland County Warns of a Phone Scam Impersonating Oakland County Health Division

Oakland County authorities warn the community of a phone scam targeting older adults with the caller impersonating Oakland County Health Division employees. Numerous older adults reported receiving a phone call from the Health Division requesting social security and Medicare numbers for: Medicare billing, a Medicare breach, or because their doctor said they qualified for a knee brace. Oakland County Health Division does not contact residents to request personal or protected information over the phone.

“This scam targets older adults to obtain their sensitive information by impersonating our organization,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “If you receive a call and are unsure if it is a scam, ask the caller for their name, a return phone number and avoid sharing any personal information over the phone. Then report suspicious behavior to authorities.”

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Weekly E-blast - February 14th, 2020

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Weekly Eblast - February 7th, 2020

This week, we are still glowing from the All City Concert. Great job, everyone! And there's exciting new opportunities to explore engineering, celebrate Black History Month, and more!

Eblast - February 7th, 2020

Weekly Eblast - January 31st, 2020

Weekly Eblast - January 31st, 2020

Weekly Eblast - January 24th, 2020

Weekly Eblast - January 24th, 2020

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  • 7 Apr
    • FMS: Spring Break / NO SCHOOL
      Date: Apr 7
      Time: 7:45 AM to 2:45 PM
      Location: Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Spring Break vacation View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fms/event/fms-spring-break--no-school-3/
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      Date: Apr 7
      Time: 7:45 AM to 2:45 PM
      Location: Building Wide
      Calendar: FMS Calendar
      Spring Break vacation View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fms/event/fms-spring-break--no-school-3/
    • FUEL NO SCHOOL – Spring Break
      Date: Apr 7
      Time: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
      Location: Room 51,Room 31,Room 30,FUEL Gym,Room 40,Art room,Room 12,Latch Key,Room 50,School Building,Room 43,
      Calendar: District Calendar
      FUEL NO SCHOOL – Spring Break View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fuel/event/fuel-no-school--spring-break-2/
    • FLEL - No School - Spring Break
      Date: Apr 7
      Time: 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM
      Location: FLEL Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
      FLEL - No School - Spring Break View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fle/event/flel---no-school---spring-break-8/
    • FLEL - No School - Spring Break
      Date: Apr 7
      Time: 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM
      Location: FLEL Building Wide
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
      FLEL - No School - Spring Break View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fle/event/flel---no-school---spring-break-8/
    • FECC No School 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
      FECC No School
      Date: Apr 7
      Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
      Location: FECC Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Spring Break View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fecc/event/fecc-no-school-21/
  • 8 Apr
    • FMS: Spring Break / NO SCHOOL
      Date: Apr 8
      Time: 7:45 AM to 2:45 PM
      Location: Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Spring Break vacation View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fms/event/fms-spring-break--no-school/
    • FMS: Spring Break / NO SCHOOL
      Date: Apr 8
      Time: 7:45 AM to 2:45 PM
      Location: Building Wide
      Calendar: FMS Calendar
      Spring Break vacation View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fms/event/fms-spring-break--no-school/
    • FUEL NO SCHOOL – Spring Break
      Date: Apr 8
      Time: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
      Location: Room 51,Room 31,Room 30,FUEL Gym,Room 40,Art room,Room 12,Latch Key,Room 50,School Building,Room 43,
      Calendar: District Calendar
      FUEL NO SCHOOL – Spring Break View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fuel/event/fuel-no-school--spring-break-1/
    • FLEL - No School - Spring Break
      Date: Apr 8
      Time: 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM
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    • FLEL - No School - Spring Break
      Date: Apr 8
      Time: 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM
      Location: FLEL Building Wide
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
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    • FECC No School 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
      FECC No School
      Date: Apr 8
      Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
      Location: FECC Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Spring Break View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fecc/event/fecc-no-school-20/
  • 9 Apr
    • FMS: Spring Break / NO SCHOOL
      Date: Apr 9
      Time: 7:45 AM to 2:45 PM
      Location: Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Spring Break vacation View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fms/event/fms-spring-break--no-school-2/
    • FMS: Spring Break / NO SCHOOL
      Date: Apr 9
      Time: 7:45 AM to 2:45 PM
      Location: Building Wide
      Calendar: FMS Calendar
      Spring Break vacation View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fms/event/fms-spring-break--no-school-2/
    • FUEL NO SCHOOL – Spring Break
      Date: Apr 9
      Time: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
      Location: Room 51,Room 31,Room 30,FUEL Gym,Room 40,Art room,Room 12,Latch Key,Room 50,School Building,Room 43,
      Calendar: District Calendar
      FUEL NO SCHOOL – Spring Break View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fuel/event/fuel-no-school--spring-break-4/
    • FLEL - No School - Spring Break
      Date: Apr 9
      Time: 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM
      Location: FLEL Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
      FLEL - No School - Spring Break View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fle/event/flel---no-school---spring-break-6/
    • FLEL - No School - Spring Break
      Date: Apr 9
      Time: 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM
      Location: FLEL Building Wide
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
      FLEL - No School - Spring Break View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fle/event/flel---no-school---spring-break-6/
    • FECC No School 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
      FECC No School
      Date: Apr 9
      Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
      Location: FECC Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Spring Break View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fecc/event/fecc-no-school-19/
  • 10 Apr
    • FMS: Spring Break / NO SCHOOL
      Date: Apr 10
      Time: 7:45 AM to 2:45 PM
      Location: Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Spring Break vacation View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fms/event/fms-spring-break--no-school-1/
    • FMS: Spring Break / NO SCHOOL
      Date: Apr 10
      Time: 7:45 AM to 2:45 PM
      Location: Building Wide
      Calendar: FMS Calendar
      Spring Break vacation View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fms/event/fms-spring-break--no-school-1/
    • FUEL NO SCHOOL – Spring Break
      Date: Apr 10
      Time: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
      Location: Room 51,Room 31,Room 30,FUEL Gym,Room 40,Art room,Room 12,Latch Key,Room 50,School Building,Room 43,
      Calendar: District Calendar
      FUEL NO SCHOOL – Spring Break View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fuel/event/fuel-no-school--spring-break/
    • FLEL - No School - Spring Break
      Date: Apr 10
      Time: 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM
      Location: FLEL Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
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    • FLEL - No School - Spring Break
      Date: Apr 10
      Time: 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM
      Location: FLEL Building Wide
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
      FLEL - No School - Spring Break View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fle/event/flel---no-school---spring-break-5/
    • FECC No School 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
      FECC No School
      Date: Apr 10
      Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
      Location: FECC Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Spring Break View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fecc/event/fecc-no-school-22/
  • 11 Apr
    • CANCELED: DANCE CLASS 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
      CANCELED: DANCE CLASS
      Date: Apr 11
      Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
      Location: FHS
      Calendar: FHS Calendar
      Schedule ID: 4597 Setup/breakdown: 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM EST (GMT-05:00-US & Canada) State: Activated Room(s): - Classroom 231 Dance studio Organization: - Dance Club Contact Person: - JANET WHINHAM Day-Time Phone: 248.586.8867 Cellular Phone: -- Email: JANET.WHINHAM@FERNDALESCHOOLS.ORG Evening Phone: -- Fax: -- FSD Administrator: - Jamie Stottlemyer Site Administrator: - Shaun Butler