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 an extra fun e-blast to lead into the long weekend. This issue includes Middle School honors, robotics leaders, poets on the street (literally), and a live sheep!
This eblast features a Spring Break recap, including a big Winterguard win and a trip to Panama and Costa Rica. We also ha stories about healthy cooking, ecology, community leadership, a student PSA, and more!
The City of Ferndale declared April 16th, 2019 as “Education and Sharing” day! Education and Sharing Day will honor the legacy of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Rabbi Schneerson believed in the potential of all persons and sought to empower young people through education, character development, and civic pride.
Rabbi Herschel Finman stopped by to visit Ferndale Schools Superintendent Dania Bazzi and share the good news about the proclamation.
Continue Reading for the full proclamation.
The Ferndale High School Winter Guard are state champs for the second consecutive year. A huge thank you goes out to Coach Batsios and Coach McKenzie for leading our students to another victory. The Winter Guard also finished with a perfect season, finishing first in all 3 regular season competitions. Congratulations!
Winterguard heads to SVSU for competition, Eagles of the Year are honored, a student athlete signs to Albion, and guest readers wrap-up reading month. Plus news on robotics, bel canto choir, high school engineers, and SECOND GRADE DOCTORS?