A Message from the Superintendent
It is my distinct pleasure to serve this community as Superintendent and work with our amazing families to continue to move Ferndale in a positive direction.
At Ferndale we are committed to providing a well-rounded educational experience and have an award-winning fine arts programs, successful athletic teams that emphasize good sportsmanship both on and off the field and career oriented experiences that can help students make a successful transition into their future careers, and an abundance of ways for students to establish connections with their school and community.
The entire educational community is dedicated to creating opportunities for learning and personal growth in welcoming environments that encourage creativity, diversity, collaboration, inquisitiveness, and critical thinking skills. The goal is to impart on our students knowledge and skills that will enable them to compete on a global scale, but also to relate to and appreciate their fellow citizens. We aim to provide our students with authentic learning experiences where they can take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it in real world situations. Beyond imparting knowledge, our educators cultivate the vital skills of critical thinking and problem solving so our students will grow into independent thinkers who make informed decisions.
Our educators teach to the whole child and develop meaningful partnerships with students and their families. In this way, we encourage and value communication to improve the educational process for each individual student and the entire district. Collaboration with the community is vital to any great school district and works to create a synergistic relationship between the school district and the entire community that benefits everyone.
As our children progress towards taking on the many responsibilities they will face as adults they will need the strength of character and compassion to carry out these responsibilities and it is our duty as a community to ensure they are ready for the task. At Ferndale Schools we believe that working through our challenges together as a community will allow us to succeed in the future. Our work together requires teamwork, collaboration and shared leadership toward a common mission, vision, values and goals.
Please feel free to call or come by anytime if you would like to connect.
Dania H. Bazzi, PhD
A Vision of Acheivement and Equity
My vision is not to only ensure students graduate, but are college and career ready. The goal is to continue to create systems of schools within the school system to meet the individual needs of our students (rather than having a one size fits all mode). The biggest area of need I see is to reduce the achievement gap (based on race and socioeconomic status) and increase minority and low income participation in honors and AP. We have to reduce the achievement gap.
Dania H. Bazzi | 248-586-8652
COVID-19 Vaccines are now available to ALL MICHIGAN RESIDENTS AGES 16 AND UP. The resources below will allow you to register conveniently, or visit FerndaleSchools.org/District/Health/Vaccine for our vaccination page.
Rite Aid also offers Free COVID-19 testing for Ages 4+
County Vaccine Distribution
Learn more about the COVID Vaccine from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
The Ferndale Equity Development Team will hold a quarterly community meeting on
Wednesday, April 14th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
If you are interested in joining, please email Robyn Camblin for Zoom information Robyn.Camblin@ferndaleschools.org.
Chartwells is excited to announce a new program: the monthly nutritional enrichment calendar. The calender is a PDF with clickable links available at FerndaleSchools.org/return/meals/#enrichment. Every day features two links:
- Elementary student activity in green
- Secondary student activity in orange
These activities are a part of the after school meals program. QR codes with these same links are being placed in the actual meal bags for parents and students to easily access daily enrichment activities. Click the link or the image to view or download the calendar.
We are approaching the holy month of Ramadan ( Ramadan 2021: Sundown on Tuesday April 13 – sundown on Wednesday, May 12, 2021) for our Muslim students and staff. Ramadan commemorates the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (according to Muslim tradition). During Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from dawn to sunset, and the month culminates with a holiday called Eid al-Fitr, a three-day celebration that involves praying, visiting relatives, exchanging gifts, remembering deceased loved ones and helping those experiencing poverty. Children are not required to fast until they reach puberty, but some do choose to fast regardless of their age. The last 10 days of Ramadan involve intense religious devotion, which may contribute to absence from school.
Here are some helpful resources to learn more about Ramadan:
- Nadia’s Ramada Short Film
- “Islam and Muslims”
- How Teachers Can Support Students During Ramadan
- Teaching About Ramadan and EID
You can view more about what we are doing in our schools to support student's celebrating Ramadan by reading the full article.