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
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!
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.
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.”
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.