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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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Electrify Your Strings Returns to Ferndale

Mark Wood of the Trans-Siberan Orchestra will be returning to Ferndale Schools to perform with our orchestra students on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 pm. The Electrify Your Strings Breakout Tour is a rare opportunity for students to perform with an Emmy-award winning, genre defying stage performer. Mark led FMS students in an epic performance in 2016, and we are eagerly awaiting the return of this rare performance. This year, Ferndale Upper, Middle, and High School students will share the stage.

See more photos and a video of the 2016 FMS Electrify Your Strings performance here.

Students will be led by Emmy-award winning composer Mark Wood, an original member of the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, Ferndale Orchestra students will once again be transformed into a full-fledged Rock Orchestra!

Tickets for this one-night only performance can be purchased through ShowTix4U by visiting tinyurl.com/eysferndale23

  • Adult - $15.00
  • Student/Senior - $10.00
  • 10 years and under - $0.00

7:00 pm - Tuesday, February 7th
FHS Auditorium — 881 Pinecrest Dr.

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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.

Employment Page

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Elks Honor Substance Awareness Organization

Our community partner, Southeast Oakland Coalition (SEOC), was honored by the Ferndale Elks Club with a $6,000 donation to support substance misuse education for our youth. The SEOC is a local non-profit we are proud to partner with in our schools, presenting at assemblies and other opportunities to inform youth about the dangers of vaping and other subtance use. Several Ferndale Schools faces joined in the celebration.

 

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PALS Ring in the Lunar New Year

PALs from Ms. Lepp's class joined Mrs. Williams's students for fun Lunar New Year activities in the month of January. They made lanterns, drums, and marched in a parade! This 3,500 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. Sunday, January 22nd marks the commencement of the Year of the Rabbit in many cultures, while Vietnamese culture recognizes the Year of the Cat. The Lunar Calendar was developed in China during the Spring and Autumn period of the Eastern Zhou dynasty (771 and 476 BC).

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, including an interactive story telling of how the animals in the zodiac got their turns. The festival is celebrated by over 20% of the world population, and coincides with several other cultural celebrations based around the moon cycles, including indigenous traditions in Ireland and Canada.

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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

  • 2 Feb
  • 3 Feb
    • Time: TBA -FHS Swimming Boys Varsity @ Oakland County Meet, Day 1
      Date: Feb 3
      Time: 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Transportation: District Bus Depart: TBA Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/75417500 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
    • Melissa Daugherty: 2nd Hour ELA Class
      Date: Feb 3
      Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
      Location: FMS - FMS Info Tech Station (Computer Lab)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Ferndale Musical Boosters: Spring Musical Play Rehearsals
      Date: Feb 3
      Time: 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS Wrestling Boys Varsity @ OAA Blue League Meet
      Date: Feb 3
      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: Avondale HS FROM: TBA Transportation: District Bus Depart: 03:00 PM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/75417538 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
    • FHS Basketball Boys JV @ Rochester Adams High School
      Date: Feb 3
      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: Adams HS (Rochester) Transportation: District Bus Depart: 03:45 PM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/74639348 for more information!
    • UHS Basketball Boys Junior Varsity @ Harper Woods (OAA)
      Date: Feb 3
      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/74654652 for more information!
    • FHS Basketball Boys Varsity @ Rochester Adams High School
      Date: Feb 3
      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: Adams HS (Rochester) FROM: 7:00 PM Transportation: District Bus Depart: 3:45 PM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/74639346 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
    • UHS Basketball Boys Varsity @ Harper Woods (OAA)
      Date: Feb 3
      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: Harper Woods HS Transportation: District Bus Depart: 4:15 PM Visit https://universityhighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI48334122521/eventid/74654650 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
  • 4 Feb
  • 5 Feb
    • Baseball Clinic 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
      Baseball Clinic
      Date: Feb 5
      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/75496962 for more information!
    • Ferndale Musical Boosters: Spring Musical Play Rehearsals
      Date: Feb 5
      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Lyd de Leeuw: Electrify Your Strings
      Date: Feb 5
      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
      Location: FHS - FHS Auditorium
      Calendar: District Calendar
  • 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
    • Lyd de Leeuw: Smith-Maurer Classes
      Date: Feb 6
      Time: 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM
      Location: FHS - FHS Media Center (Nest)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • Melissa Daugherty: 2nd Hour ELA Class
      Date: Feb 6
      Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
      Location: FMS - FMS Info Tech Station (Computer Lab)
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • OAA Meeting for Athletic Directors at West Bloomfield
      Date: Feb 6
      Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/75952504 for more information!
    • FLower: Lego Session 4 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
      FLower: Lego Session 4
      Date: Feb 6
      Time: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - Lower El Media Center
      Calendar: District Calendar
    • FHS Wrestling Boys Middle School @ East Middle School
      Date: Feb 6
      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: FMS - Off Site Event - See Description for Details
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Facility: East Middle School Transportation: District Bus Depart: 03:45 PM Visit https://ferndalehighschool.bigteams.com/main/event/scid/MI482208974/eventid/75850131 for more information! Click here to watch this event live!
    • FHS Softball Girls Varsity Weight Room / Conditioning (Practice)
      Date: Feb 6
      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/75753140 for more information!