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June

Recognizing Our Team

Our Annual Staff Recognition luncheon honored our teachers of the year and support staff of the year today. We also said goodbye to 6 long-standing pillars of Ferndale Schools. Once again, thank you for your decades of dedicated service to the community, the staff, and the students of Ferndale Schools.

  • Sherri Bryant - Teacher - 20 years
  • Donna Cunningham - 21 years
  • Marie Gearing - FHS Secretary - 33 years
  • Brian Kelly - Teacher - 23 years
  • Patti Skop - UHS Enrollment Secretary - 31 years
  • Teresa Vulcano - Human Resources Director - 22 years
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New Elementary Update

The new Lower Elementary School is rising! All three academic wings are beginning to soar at the Jackson Park construction site. We are so excited to see this community asset taking shape.

 

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TCEC Awards JFK Honorees & All Graduates

TCEC Graduation was held in the Ferndale High School Auditorium on Thursday, June 9th. We are proud of all the graduates who completed their journey and earned their diplomas this year.

  Since 1964, Ferndale Schools has honored President John F. Kennedy and the aspirations, intelligence, and public conscience he stood for—which our schools strive to foster. This is done through a scholarship recognizing outstanding achievement both in academics and service. In addition to a plaque, these two students also receive a $1,000 college scholarship from the Ferndale Schools Board of Education.

This year's TCEC honorees are Braylon Bellamy & Ndye Diop.

Honorees, you are truly outstanding representatives of Ferndale Schools, and your dedication and achievements exemplify the principles of John F. Kennedy.  Congratulations to you on joining the ranks of more than 50 Years of Ferndale School’s John F. Kennedy Award recipients and best of luck in all you do in the future.

Two graduating seniors from each of our high schools are selected, students who represent their graduating class through scholarship, school involvement, community service, leadership, and individual responsibility.

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Pizza Party for Safety Patrol

FUEL Safety Patrol students celebrating the end of the year with a pizza party. These community servants kept students safe all year by making sure they have S.O.A.R. behavior and supporting them during arrival and dismissal.

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Curbside and Summer Food Service UPDATE

Our last curbside meal pick-up of the school year will be available on Monday, May 23rd. This is due to the Holiday Schedule and the frequent half days the last week of school. Contact lindsey.torres@ferndaleschools.org with questions.

Summer Meet Up and Eat Up food service will begin serving breakfast and lunch on the dates and locations below:

  • June 20th at the Detroit Curling Club in Martin Road Park, 1615 E Lewiston Ave
  • June 27th at FHS, 881 Pinecrest Dr
  • June 27th at Ferndale Lower Elementary School, 2610 Pinecrest Dr.

View the flyers below for time and location details.

FHS Summer Food Flyer | Lower Elementary Summer Food Flyer | Detroit Curling Club Summer Food Flyer

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JFK Awardees: FHS & UHS

Since 1964, Ferndale Schools has honored President John F. Kennedy and the aspirations, intelligence, and public conscience he stood for—which our schools strive to foster. This is done through a scholarship recognizing outstanding achievement both in academics and service. In addition to a plaque, these two students also receive a $1,000 college scholarship from the Ferndale Schools Board of Education.

This year's FHS honorees are Ember Wood & Mohammad Al Zoubani

This year's UHS honorees are Sasha Wilson & Jazlyn Coles

Honorees, you are truly outstanding representatives of Ferndale Schools, and your dedication and achievements exemplify the principles of John F. Kennedy.  Congratulations to you on joining the ranks of more than 50 Years of Ferndale School’s John F. Kennedy Award recipients and best of luck in all you do in the future.

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Camp Cavell Welcomes 5th Grade

This week, 5th Graders at FUEL travelled to Camp Cavell in Lexington, MI for Overnight Camp Tuesday 5/31 – Thursday 6/2. The outdoor learning opportunities included:

  • Tree climbing
  • Sling Shot
  • Petting Zoo
  • Beach walk
  • Great Lakes expedition
  • Nature Walk
  • Swim
  • Ga-Ga Ball

 

Students also found time to relax and enjoy the sun and surf of Lake Michigan. We would like to extend a special thank you to 5th grade camp coordinator and Elementary Connections Group lead Adrianne Quinn for organizing all of the K-5 camps.

 

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FHS Graduation 2022

 

Congratulations to the Ferndale High School Class of 2022. We are so proud of you and wish you good health, happiness, peace, and success as you continue your journey. Remember you will always be an Eagle. Fly high!

  

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Scavenger Hunt at the Zoo

FMS Spanish 1B, 7th Grade Art, and Digital Media attended the zoo for a scavenger hunt and a sketch assignment with Mr. Turner, Mr. Wallace, Mr. Adams, Ms. Smith, and Mr. Sweeney on Thursday, June 2nd.

    

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Summer Plus Tutoring

Ferndale Schools is offering individual and small group tutoring for any Ferndale student ahead of the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. Tutors will engage students in skill-building, reading remediation, and district-approved programs to help students prepare for the upcoming school year in 30-60 minute sessions.

Who: Any Ferndale Student in grades K-12 is eligible for tutoring.

When: August 8-11 & August 15-18 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

Once you sign up, we will work to get your student as many sessions as possible. Each session is about 30 minutes and will take place at Ferndale Middle School. 

Register Today

Please contact Aaron Blatt with questions: aaron.blatt@ferndaleschools.org

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May

USDA Updates Safe Snack Guidelines

The US Department of Agriculture has released an updated guide to Smart Snacks. While the guide is designed to help school administrators, the resources and nutrition guidelines it contains can be helpful to all of us. Learn how to read nutritional labels, check your homemade recipes online, and build your understanding of how school lunches are being balanced to promote health and wellness.

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Memorial Day Parade Celebrates 107 Years!

Did you know Ferndale is home to the longest continuously running Memorial Day parade in Michigan? We haven't missed a single year since 1915. Alongside our school band, spectators enjoying the sunshine paid respects to the VFW Post 1407 and the American Legion Post 330.

   

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Celebrating Our Seniors

Graduation season is in full swing, and we are so excited to share these moments with our Family. Here are just a few of the smiling faces.

FHS Convocation was held on Wednesday, May 25th in the Auditorium.

   

University High School graduation was held on the Golden Eagles Football Field on Thursday, May 26th. Fly high, Eagle grads!

  

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Summer Reading with Ferndale Library

The Ferndale Area District Library is kicking off their summer reading program. The kickoff party is on June 18th, featuring magic, comedy and ice cream! Get the facts on their summer theme, "Oceans of Possibilities" and more upcoming events on their facebook page and website, www.FADL.org/summer

Preregister for SACC Before & After Care

A preregistration form is now available for AM and PM childcare through our School-Aged Child Care (SACC) program. This is a fee-based service offered to Ferndale Schools families. Pricing can be found at FerndaleSchools.org/SACC

SACC Preregistration Form

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Cardio Drumming for Music & Movement

Kindergarten, first, and second graders had dual gym and music classes all week for cardio drumming with Coach Hileman and Miss Grammatico. Cardio drumming incorporates steady beat, different rhythm patterns, and the joy of music all while getting our heart rates up and moving our bodies. Students had a blast drumming and exercising this week!

  

 

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UHS Student Council Supports Forgotten Harvest

UHS Student Council took a field trip to Forgotten Harvest on May 24th. They were able to pack 960 emergency food boxes for families. They had a great time bonding with each other while helping out the community, and can't wait to return next year.

“It was rewarding to support families who may need some assistance. It also inspires me to see what else I can do,” explains virtual sophomore Aniya Hall.

  

Pool Room & Fitness Center Updates

FHS athletics facilities are coming along swiftly. A sound system, new lighting, and acoustic wave panels are being installed in the pool area this week. Additionally, the tile contractor has started installation of the large format wall tiles. The locker room's underground plumbing has been replaced and is awaiting inspection, then the floor slabs will be poured back in place and the new masonry walls can start going in.

On the fitness center side, work is essentially complete up to the point of the temporary ramp removal in early July. At that point, the new flooring will go down and the new fitness equipment will come out of storage for installation. #flyhighMIeagles

   

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Kindergarten Paints to Learn

Kindergartners at Lower have been learning about Living Things. Along with reading books, exploring worms, and growing seeds, they have been recognizing and learning about the signs of spring. Today, Mrs. McNeil's class drew spring flower pictures and painted them outside with watercolors.

  

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State of the District Mixtape

Every year, we present the annual state of the district. Once again, we are presenting this year's State of the District as a series of short videos, available for asynchronous viewing.

View the 2022 State of the District Mixtape, which can be viewed all together as a single video or clicked through in any order.

UHS Hosts Decision Day

University High School supports students in planning their own futures. Decision Day is an opportunity for students to share their diverse career goals and plans with the entire student body. Students this year announced plans to attend barber and beautician schools, a variety of trade schools, and colleges and universities in programs including physical therapy, business, engineering, game design, marine biology, agriculture and many more. Counselors and advisors work closely with students in developing these plans and respect that some students feel the need to take a "gap year." These students are encouraged to make a plan following that gap year to continue their learning journey. Other students feel that they are ready to enter directly into the workforce, and this is a celebrated path as well.

A gallery and video of the event are available at Facebook.com/UniversityHighFerndale

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UPDATE: Superintendent Search Criteria

The Board of Education has approved the final selection criteria it will use to evaluate candidates.

  • Is able to lead district diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts.
  • Possesses the leadership skills, knowledge and sensitivity required to respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by a diverse student body and community.
  • Has a strong moral compass that is rooted in justice and equality.
  • Is a strong communicator in speaking, listening and writing.
  • Is able to delegate and oversee the work of staff (i.e. leading by example) and appropriately maintain accountability.
  • Is strongly committed to a “student centered” philosophy in all decisions.
  • Promotes a positive and professional environment that includes mutual trust and respect among faculty, staff, administrators and Board.
  • Commitment and experience working with all genders, races, and socio-economic groups.
  • Has classroom experience in a K-12 setting.
  • Is willing to listen to input, but is a decision maker.

To view the full job posting flyer, click the link!

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7th Grade Overnight Camps Take Learning and Fun Out of the Classroom

The 7th graders enjoyed amazing weather for their overnight camping trip at Camp Cavell. The students traveled to Lexington on May 5th and 6th with Mr. Wallace and Mr. Turner.

They learned to skip stones, kayak, hike, make s'mores, climb trees, and so much more!

      

Students were also invited to play games and complete challenges that build community while teaching cooperation, problem solving,and creative thinking.

 

We look forward to planning next year’s camp, and hope to see even more families and students there.

 

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Diversity Bookfest Brings Together Community

Families and students joined us in the FHS Courtyard this Wednesday for our first annual Diversity Bookfest! Samples of the new books were ready aloud in age-appropriate groups, and tables displayed some of our favorite additions to the school library collections focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. This initiative is made possible with support from the local community as well as our district staff and families. Anita's Kitchen also catered the event.

      

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NOTICE: Free/Reduced Lunch in 2022-23

Meals have been free in 2021-22 for ALL students with the support of a COVID waiver, thanks to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This waiver program is expiring. This means that when the 2021-2022 school year ends, so do free meals for every student. This means all families will need to carry a positive balance in their student’s school meal accounts when school begins in the fall.

We understand this change may cause you to worry. However, there are important steps you can take today to be sure your student receives the meals they need next year.

If your student qualifies for free or reduced meals, they can still receive them next year, but you must take action to make it happen.

  1. The 2022-23 online application will be available at www.FerndaleSchools.org/freelunch after July 1, 2022.
  2. You may file the 2021-22 online application now to receive a 30-day extension for the following school year.

If you do not qualify for free or reduced meals, you may begin depositing money into student accounts at any time to prepare for the cost of school lunches next year. Information on meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year will be available soon.

If your student has a negative lunch account balance, we encourage you to pay it off as soon as possible and then begin depositing money into the account to prepare for the 2022-2023 school year.

Completing an application is the only way to be considered for free or reduced meals next school year. For assistance, please contact our Food Service Department at 248-586-8703.

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