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
We have put together some assistance for tracking student assignments in two virtual learning tools being used across the district: Google Classrooms and Canvas. You can find the guidance in the Returning to Learning Hub on the Distance Learning » Technology page.
You can also view the guidance on the webpage on the webpage linked below:
Mrs. Alison Maes hosted a biology pop-up last week. The students are learning about comparative anatomy starting with the skeletal system of vertebrates. After learning about the anatomy, physiology and ethology (behavior) of owls, students removed the bones from an owl pellet. The students then identified the species that had been eaten by the owl while also identifying and painting each bone. Next, the students re-articulated the skeletons and then placed the posing skeletons into their student-made, themed sets. The themed sets included a distance learning environment, a halloween haunt, Geary Skate Park, and a lunar landing!
Quarterly community meetings for the equity improvement team will be to anyone interested. Here are the dates/times:
Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
6:30 PM — 8:00 PM
Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Thursday, February 11th, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Anyone who would like to join is welcome. Please email Robyn.Camblin@ferndaleschools.org to request invite links and information.
All meetings will be virtual until further notice. We will continually assess as the conditions regarding the virus change.
Blessings in a Backpack is up and running as of Thursday, September 17th. Bags will be available for pickup curbside at FECC, FMS, and FUEL from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
- Ferndale Early Childhood Center – 2920 Burdette St in Ferndale
- Bags will be available on the North Parking Lot
- Ferndale Middle School – 725 Pinecrest Dr in Ferndale
- Bags will be available in the north driveway.
- Ferndale Upper Elementary – 24220 Rosewood in Oak Park
- Bags will be available in the south driveway.
- Note: if a bus is there and loading children, please DO NOT drive through. Please wait and proceed once the bus leaves.
Dates for curbside pickup:
- September 17th, 2020
- October 1st, 2020
- October 15th, 2020
- October 29th, 2020
- November 12th, 2020
- November 23rd, 2020 (Monday)
- December 10th, 2020
Blessings in a Backpack is a “neighbor-helping-neighbor” program that is designed to help bridge the gap of the nutritional needs of children from the Ferndale School District. Please email Lindsay Gonska with any questions: email@example.com
Montessori is a curriculum with great emphasis placed on didactic materials. Moving to an online format creates some very unique challenges for our Montessori program! With everyone being at home, monthly subscription boxes have become more and more popular. So, Ferndale Schools Montessori Teacher Amy decided to put the two together. Thus, the FrasBox was born! (The name FrasBox is a play on their self-assigned classroom nickname: the SassaFRAS Room.)
With a team of amazing volunteers to create materials and deliver the boxes, children in the Sassafras Room will receive a box of didactic materials delivered to their door to help with their learning each month. This allows them to have the sensorial opportunities necessary to move them from concrete experiences to abstract reasoning.
Special thanks to the following family members for making materials, delivering boxes, and picking up boxes from children's homes so that Mrs. Pommereau can sort things out and have a new box ready to go next month! Half of the Montessori families volunteered to help out in some way!
- Veronica Kisor
- Jennifer Rogers
- Jen Beaudoin
- Sylvia Oatley
- Kirsten Suer
- Dennis O'Connell
- Emilie Macaulay
- Susie Oswald
- Christina Mossine
- Tecla Wolfe
- Jessica Paruch
- Lucas Harrison-Zdenek
- Megan Owens
Here is a picture of some of the items that went out to kids this weekend:
Mrs. Pommereau said she is "Feeling beyond grateful for this AMAZING community of learners! It truly takes a village to raise a child and I am so honored to be apart of these families' village!"