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Bond Proposal Delayed

After reviewing the results of the community survey and speaking with several groups of staff members, our administrative bond team has decided to postpone the bond vote from May 2023 to a later date. This brief postponement will provide our team and the Facilities Planning Committee the time needed to explore some additional concepts as well as avenues to enhance security measures in all of our schools.

While this temporary delay is frustrating, it is the right time for us all to take a step back and fully consider all of the potential bond improvements before collectively deciding on the right plan for the future of Ferndale Schools. Bond opportunities are rare and it is imperative that we ensure we are fully exploring all options before deciding as a community what to invest in. Our financial advisors have also assured us that a temporary delay in the bond vote would have a minimal impact on the potential revenue gained.

The community Town Hall meeting that was set to take place next week is also going to be moved to a later date in early 2023.

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New Middle School Clubs Beginning in December

New clubs are coming to the Ferndale Library and FMS next month.

  • Middle School Board Game Club
  • Reading Rainbow at Affirmations
    • begins December 13th
    • Open to ages 8-12
    • Affirmations is at 290 W. Nine Mile
    • Register » FADL.org/affirmations
  • Middle School Book Club
    • begins December 19th
    • Register with Mr. Blatt, Room 320
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Eat Pizza, Feed Families

It’s pizza time!

Ferndale Blessings in a Backpack is hosting their annual Little Caesars Pizza Kit fundraiser! Please help feed our students on the program by purchasing pizza kits for yourself, your family and your friends.

Pizza Purchase Link

OR you can become a seller to raise funds and get entered into the $50 raffle! To get started, click here to create your very own Seller page. You can customize your page, upload a video, create an avatar, and watch how many pizza kits you’ve sold. You’ll get your own special link to send to your friends and family so they can buy delicious pizza kits and support our fundraiser. 

Pizza Kits will be delivered directly to their home by FedEx, so send the link to your out of state family and friends, too. You can even post your Seller link on your social media pages. Don’t forget to buy some for yourself!  

If you have any questions, please email FPS teacher Lindsay Gonska at lindsay.gonska@ferndaleschools.org

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Oakland County Honors Band Invites 9 FHS Musicians

Nine of our FHS band students have earned membership in one of the MSBOA District 4 Honors Bands (either the Honors Wind Symphony or the Honors Concert Band). MSBOA stands for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and District 4 is comprised of about 35 schools from all of Oakland County and the eastern portion of Livingston County.

Congratulations to:

  • Camila De La Mora - Alto Sax
  • Logan Stoll - Euphonium
  • Holly Thompson - French Horn
  • Ruth Brisson - Oboe
  • Malinda Young - Percussion
  • Milayna Shea - Percussion
  • Quinn McKee - Trombone
  • Elliot Kimball - Trombone
  • Jim Brisson - Tuba

The honors band event takes place on Friday January 13th from 6-9 pm and Saturday January 14th from 9 am to 7:30 pm (the concert starts at 6:00 pm on Saturday), at Clarkston High School. The students will work with esteemed guest clinicians, including Sarah McKoin, Director of Bands at Texas Tech University, and Rick Catherman, Retired Band Director from Chelsea HS.

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Assistant Superintendent Earns Kanada Fellowship

Congratulations to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Camille Hibbler on her acceptance into the The Kanada Fellowship program.

The Kanada Fellowship celebrates the legacy of James Kanada--a pioneer--and lifts up the resiliency, tenacity, innovation, and leadership capacity that he exemplified throughout his lifetime. This same spirit can be found in those who continue to be marginalized today through evolved systems.

The Kanada Fellowship empowers professionals from Metro Detroit to become strategic leaders at work and in their communities by providing them with the tools needed to enact even greater change. Through a six-month initial fellowship experience, participants gain development and support that helps them envision, chart out, and act on their next level of service, leadership, and impact. In addition, fellows are affirmed through connections with other grassroots leaders who are serving, leading, and thriving - locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

To learn more about the Kanada Fellowship visit: StrategicCommunityPartners.org/kanada-fellowship

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Staff Comes Together for Professional Development & Fun

Last week, the district provided a Professional Development opportunity for staff. The topic was on Secondary Big Rock: Disciplinary Literacy, specifically Problem Based Instruction. We are happy that the Principal Team Co-Facilitated this session by leading the content specific breakout groups.

 

For Elementary Team, the LLT (Literacy Leadership Team), which consists of Both Principals, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coach, and lead by Tiwanya Robinson, facilitated a session on their Big Rock: Small Group instruction.


Social Emotional Learning activities were also hosted to build community, like this fun photo challenge for UHS (Star Wars and Breakfast Club.)

 

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Marching Band SWEEPS State Championship!

Your Ferndale Golden Eagles Marching Band took the State Championship banner this year, once again, with a score of 85.45. They also took all 5 caption awards in Flight IV:

  • Outstanding Musical Performance
  • Outstanding Visualal Performance
  • Outstanding General Effect
  • Outstanding Percussion
  • Outstanding Colorguard

Commendations go out to all of the musicians, performers, supporters, and director Elon Jamison. We can't hide our eagle pride!

 

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Mrs. Keefe Tours New Lower

FLower Principal Diana Keefe put on her hard hat and safety vest to check up on the progress of her new school building. She is happy to report that the construction team is almost done installing the 153,000 concrete masonry blocks and are approximately 30% done with the 180,000 bricks that need to be installed. The project received the D. Keefe signature of approval.

   

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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

  • 27 Nov
    • Thanksgiving Break / No School
      Date: Nov 27
      Location: All Sites - All Spaces
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Baseball Clinic 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
      Baseball Clinic
      Date: Nov 27
      Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: FMS Gymnasium FROM: 10:00 AM TO: 12:00 PM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/75496954 for more information!
  • 28 Nov
    • FMS: FMS Assembly 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
      FMS: FMS Assembly
      Date: Nov 28
      Time: 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Melissa Daugherty: 2nd Hour ELA Class
      Date: Nov 28
      Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
      Location: FMS - FMS Info Tech Station (Computer Lab)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS: Stacy Schock Impact Class
      Date: Nov 28
      Time: 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: FHS - FHS Info Tech Room (Computer Lab)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS: Grade Level Meetings 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
      FHS: Grade Level Meetings
      Date: Nov 28
      Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FMS: FMS Assembly 1:00 PM to 1:55 PM
      FMS: FMS Assembly
      Date: Nov 28
      Time: 1:00 PM to 1:55 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FMS: FMS Assembly 2:00 PM to 2:55 PM
      FMS: FMS Assembly
      Date: Nov 28
      Time: 2:00 PM to 2:55 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Ferndale Athletics: FHS Girls Volleyball Banquet
      Date: Nov 28
      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Cafeteria
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Kandis Pagonas: NHS Induction Ceremony
      Date: Nov 28
      Time: 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
  • 29 Nov
    • Melissa Daugherty: 2nd Hour ELA Class
      Date: Nov 29
      Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
      Location: FMS - FMS Info Tech Station (Computer Lab)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS: Stacy Schock Impact Class
      Date: Nov 29
      Time: 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: FHS - FHS Info Tech Room (Computer Lab)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS: Grade Level Meetings 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
      FHS: Grade Level Meetings
      Date: Nov 29
      Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FLower: Lego Club Session 2
      Date: Nov 29
      Time: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - Lower El Media Center
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Facilities Department: 2023 Bond Public Forum
      Date: Nov 29
      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • UHS Basketball Girls Varsity @ Hazel Park High School
      Date: Nov 29
      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: Hazel Park HS Transportation: District Bus Depart: 5:15 PM Visit https://universityhighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI48334122521/eventid/74642830 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
  • 30 Nov
    • Early Release Wednesday (excluding ½ days or non-student days)
      Date: Nov 30
      Location: All Sites - All Spaces
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Melissa Daugherty: 2nd Hour ELA Class
      Date: Nov 30
      Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
      Location: FMS - FMS Info Tech Station (Computer Lab)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS Music dept: FMS Choir combined rehearsal
      Date: Nov 30
      Time: 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS Music dept: Melissa Smith-Maurer's Class
      Date: Nov 30
      Time: 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
      Location: FHS - FHS Media Center (Nest)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • All District: Early Release Wednesday
      Date: Nov 30
      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: Nov 30
      Time: 2:38 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Building Wide
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS Basketball Boys Middle School @ Hazel Park Junior High School
      Date: Nov 30
      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: Hazel Pk JH Transportation: District Bus Depart: 03:15 PM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/75453896 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
    • FHS Music dept: FMS Choir Concert
      Date: Nov 30
      Time: 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Volleyball End of the Season Banquet in FHS Cafeteria
      Date: Nov 30
      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: Ferndale High School FROM: 6:00 PM TO: 8:00 PM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/75609748 for more information!
    • FHS: Volleyball Banquet 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      FHS: Volleyball Banquet
      Date: Nov 30
      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Cafeteria
      Calendar: District Calendar
  • 1 Dec
    • FLower and FUEL: Picture Retakes @ FUEL
      Date: Dec 1
      Time: 8:20 AM to 12:40 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Media Center
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Bring those smiles again! Picture retake day!
    • Melissa Daugherty: 2nd Hour ELA Class
      Date: Dec 1
      Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
      Location: FMS - FMS Info Tech Station (Computer Lab)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS: Stacy Schock Impact Class
      Date: Dec 1
      Time: 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: FHS - FHS Info Tech Room (Computer Lab)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS: Grade Level Meetings 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
      FHS: Grade Level Meetings
      Date: Dec 1
      Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS Basketball Boys Middle School @ Farmington STEAM Academy
      Date: Dec 1
      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: Farmington STEAM Academy Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/75453916 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
    • Boy Scouts: Boy Scout and Cub Scout meetings
      Date: Dec 1
      Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Cafeteria, FHS Media Center (Nest)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FUEL: East Oak Park Neighborhood Assoc. Holiday Party
      Date: Dec 1
      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Cafeteria
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Lyd de Leeuw: FMS Orchestra Concert
      Date: Dec 1
      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar