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November

Bond Proposal Delayed

After reviewing the results of the community survey and speaking with several groups of staff members, our administrative bond team has decided to postpone the bond vote from May 2023 to a later date. This brief postponement will provide our team and the Facilities Planning Committee the time needed to explore some additional concepts as well as avenues to enhance security measures in all of our schools.

While this temporary delay is frustrating, it is the right time for us all to take a step back and fully consider all of the potential bond improvements before collectively deciding on the right plan for the future of Ferndale Schools. Bond opportunities are rare and it is imperative that we ensure we are fully exploring all options before deciding as a community what to invest in. Our financial advisors have also assured us that a temporary delay in the bond vote would have a minimal impact on the potential revenue gained.

The community Town Hall meeting that was set to take place next week is also going to be moved to a later date in early 2023.

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New Middle School Clubs Beginning in December

New clubs are coming to the Ferndale Library and FMS next month.

  • Middle School Board Game Club
  • Reading Rainbow at Affirmations
    • begins December 13th
    • Open to ages 8-12
    • Affirmations is at 290 W. Nine Mile
    • Register » FADL.org/affirmations
  • Middle School Book Club
    • begins December 19th
    • Register with Mr. Blatt, Room 320
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Eat Pizza, Feed Families

It’s pizza time!

Ferndale Blessings in a Backpack is hosting their annual Little Caesars Pizza Kit fundraiser! Please help feed our students on the program by purchasing pizza kits for yourself, your family and your friends.

Pizza Purchase Link

OR you can become a seller to raise funds and get entered into the $50 raffle! To get started, click here to create your very own Seller page. You can customize your page, upload a video, create an avatar, and watch how many pizza kits you’ve sold. You’ll get your own special link to send to your friends and family so they can buy delicious pizza kits and support our fundraiser. 

Pizza Kits will be delivered directly to their home by FedEx, so send the link to your out of state family and friends, too. You can even post your Seller link on your social media pages. Don’t forget to buy some for yourself!  

If you have any questions, please email FPS teacher Lindsay Gonska at lindsay.gonska@ferndaleschools.org

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5th Grade Visits Kinder Classroom

On Thursday, Nov. 17th Mrs. Carp's 5th grade class visited Mrs. Tobin's Kindergarten class family. Together the classes read, “I Like Myself” and talked about their own uniqueness. The 5th graders helped the Kinders create their own self-portrait. It was a power hour of making connections, cooperating, and using creativity.

   
 

 

 
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Oakland County Honors Band Invites 9 FHS Musicians

Nine of our FHS band students have earned membership in one of the MSBOA District 4 Honors Bands (either the Honors Wind Symphony or the Honors Concert Band). MSBOA stands for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and District 4 is comprised of about 35 schools from all of Oakland County and the eastern portion of Livingston County.

Congratulations to:

  • Camila De La Mora - Alto Sax
  • Logan Stoll - Euphonium
  • Holly Thompson - French Horn
  • Ruth Brisson - Oboe
  • Malinda Young - Percussion
  • Milayna Shea - Percussion
  • Quinn McKee - Trombone
  • Elliot Kimball - Trombone
  • Jim Brisson - Tuba

The honors band event takes place on Friday January 13th from 6-9 pm and Saturday January 14th from 9 am to 7:30 pm (the concert starts at 6:00 pm on Saturday), at Clarkston High School. The students will work with esteemed guest clinicians, including Sarah McKoin, Director of Bands at Texas Tech University, and Rick Catherman, Retired Band Director from Chelsea HS.

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Assistant Superintendent Earns Kanada Fellowship

Congratulations to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Camille Hibbler on her acceptance into the The Kanada Fellowship program.

The Kanada Fellowship celebrates the legacy of James Kanada--a pioneer--and lifts up the resiliency, tenacity, innovation, and leadership capacity that he exemplified throughout his lifetime. This same spirit can be found in those who continue to be marginalized today through evolved systems.

The Kanada Fellowship empowers professionals from Metro Detroit to become strategic leaders at work and in their communities by providing them with the tools needed to enact even greater change. Through a six-month initial fellowship experience, participants gain development and support that helps them envision, chart out, and act on their next level of service, leadership, and impact. In addition, fellows are affirmed through connections with other grassroots leaders who are serving, leading, and thriving - locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

To learn more about the Kanada Fellowship visit: StrategicCommunityPartners.org/kanada-fellowship

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FUEL Students Learn the Importance of Inclusion

During October and November, students at FUEL learned the importance of including everyone with Heather Williams (A Special Education teacher and organizer of our PALs program). Students learned about neurological differences and the challenges that some face. We also explored how we are more alike than different. This presentation launches our PALs program, which is a social skills group and after school program. PALs is a program that focuses on planning inclusive activities with students at school and on finding ways to make our city, community and world a better place for everyone!

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Staff Comes Together for Professional Development & Fun

Last week, the district provided a Professional Development opportunity for staff. The topic was on Secondary Big Rock: Disciplinary Literacy, specifically Problem Based Instruction. We are happy that the Principal Team Co-Facilitated this session by leading the content specific breakout groups.

 

For Elementary Team, the LLT (Literacy Leadership Team), which consists of Both Principals, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coach, and lead by Tiwanya Robinson, facilitated a session on their Big Rock: Small Group instruction.


Social Emotional Learning activities were also hosted to build community, like this fun photo challenge for UHS (Star Wars and Breakfast Club.)

 

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Girls On the Run Finish 5K

Last Sunday, FUEL's Girls on the Run team completed a 3.1 mile run/walk in 30 degree weather! The coaches said, "we are so beyond proud of each and every one of you! We saw each of you push yourself extremely hard. We cannot wait to see what further accomplishments you do inside and outside of running. Great job ladies!" Way to persevere, Eagles!

    

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Marching Band SWEEPS State Championship!

Your Ferndale Golden Eagles Marching Band took the State Championship banner this year, once again, with a score of 85.45. They also took all 5 caption awards in Flight IV:

  • Outstanding Musical Performance
  • Outstanding Visualal Performance
  • Outstanding General Effect
  • Outstanding Percussion
  • Outstanding Colorguard

Commendations go out to all of the musicians, performers, supporters, and director Elon Jamison. We can't hide our eagle pride!

 

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Learn@Lunch is back in full swing at FUEL!

Learn@Lunch is a study hall like program that takes place during each lunch period at FUEL..  Students who need extra time to finish their classroom assignments are signed up by their teachers and then are allowed to bring their lunch and their work to the designated L@L spot in the Media Center to gain an extra 15-20 minutes of work time.  Sometimes students take it upon themselves to attend, which is great!  Also, when possible and conducive to learning, small student led clubs use the space to meet.  So far this year we have an Origami Club, a Nature Club, an Anime Club, a Rock and Crystal Club, and a Percy Jackson Club...with more coming soon!

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Mrs. Keefe Tours New Lower

FLower Principal Diana Keefe put on her hard hat and safety vest to check up on the progress of her new school building. She is happy to report that the construction team is almost done installing the 153,000 concrete masonry blocks and are approximately 30% done with the 180,000 bricks that need to be installed. The project received the D. Keefe signature of approval.

   

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Animals Assemble!

All K-5 elementary students had the opportunity last week to learn from the Howell Nature Center about animals and their "superpowers"!  Our guest speaker from the HNC helped us to learn fun facts about animals, conversation, and all of the many adaptations animals have to help them survive in the wild!  A special thank you to the Ferndale Elementary PTA for funding the assembly once again!

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Fall Fun & Physical Therapy

As the leaves come tumbling down, it's a great opportunity to warm up our muscles and get active before the snow settles in. Physical Therapist Torre Church and Occuapational Therapist Megan Meloche turned this classic chore into a fun exercise for students this week.

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Free Preschool EXPANDED!

Oakland County has just updated their eligibility guidelines for our free, high-quality preschool: Great Start Readiness Program! Now, a family of 4 making up to $83,250 may qualify for high-quality FREE preschool. Ferndale Early Childhood Center has openings now for GSRP students.

Enroll Today

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October

Kindergarten Pumpkin Party

Mrs. Tobin’s Kindergarten class enjoyed a pumpkin party on Thursday. Students mummy bowled, made playdough creatures and slime,then worked on their fine motor through spider webs, beads, and painting. They also listened to an interactive story! Wonderful support was provided from our class family grown-ups.

 

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FMS Ofrendas On Display

As many of you know, Day of the Dead is celebrated on Nov 1 & 2, and is a celebration of the lives of departed loved ones. The origins of the holiday go back to the time of the Aztec Empire. Every summer, the people known as the Mexica celebrated the queen of the underworld with parades, feasts, and shrines. When the Spanish arrived in the 1500s, they tried to outlaw these customs. But instead of disappearing, the traditions merged with similar Catholic practices and continue to live on! Today, Mexican families still welcome the dead with decorated altars called ofrendas. Learn more about this traditional celebration from BrainPop.

FMS Spanish and Mr. Turner’s Spanish 1 made shoebox ofrendas to honor famous people, pets, and family members that have passed on. Here are photos of some of the favorites!

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Football Team & Coach Earn OAA League Honors

Congratulations to our boys varsity football team for winning the OAA Gold League Championship and securing a spot in the top 32 teams earning a berth in the State Championship Playoffs.

Congratulations also goes out to our head coach Eric Royal who was selected OAA Coach of The Year!

The first round playoff game is against Birmingham Seaholm this Friday at 7pm. There is a fan bus going and all students have been sent an email with the sign-up sheet, or they can see Mr. Butler at lunch or after school.

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Free Refrigerators for Qualifying Families from DTE & OLHSA

Do you need a new refrigerator? DTE Energy has partnered with OLHSA (Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency) to give qualifying customers a new energy-efficient refrigerator to replace old inefficient models. Check out the flyer to see if you might be eligible. Reach out to eea@olhsa.org or (248)209-2616 to sign up!

Free Fridge Flyer

March

2nd Grade Explodes the Earth

Mr. Poirier’s second grade class ended their landforms unit by building and erupting volcanoes. Students had to plan how they would build their papier-mâche volcanoes then work as a group to collaborate and complete them.

 

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UHS Student Union Supports the Needy

The UHS Student Union, an organization founded by UHS students Jazlyn Coles and Curtis Hines, recently held a community service event at the Genesis House II. The students collected donations, held fundraisers, and worked with sponsors Peteet Famous Cheesecake, The Southeast Oakland Coalition, and the OMPT Foundation to be able to hold an event for 150 people. They served over 200 cookies, 40 boxes of pizzas, 150 bags of toiletries, 50 bags of school supplies, juices, and water. The students were able to feed many people, supply needs for the homeless, and put a smile on many family faces as they carried out another event By The Youth For People! The UHS Student Union team consists of Jazlyn Coles, Curtis Hines, Aleris Jones, Anjanae Jordan, Andrew Hubbard, Sarah Rodgers (team Advisor), and Riyen Alston.

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Author visits FMS

Ferndale 6th grade students had a meet and greet with author Kelly J. Baptist to celebrate Reading Month. Every Ferndale 6th grade student received a copy of Kelly’s book Isaiah Dunn is my Hero, and students were also given the opportunity to purchase Kelly’s newest book, The Swag is in the Socks. Book purchases were made through many parent and teacher donations, as well as the district purchasing a copy of Kelly’s Isaiah book for every student. All purchases were made through the independent book store, Book Beat, located in Oak Park. Kelly is a Detroit native currently residing in West Michigan where she works at Benton Harbor Middle School as a behavioral interventionist.

 

Kelly’s latest work, The Swag is in the Socks, is the story of Xavier, a young man that is looking for his thing, his “Swag,” the thing the makes him stand out and rise above his circumstances. Language Arts teacher Aaron Blatt said, "The excitement for this was palpable, and the questions the students had for Kelly for were really great. We have a such a thoughtful and intelligent group of learners in the 6th grade, and they really showed this at the event."

 

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Colonial Life Comes to FUEL Classroom

Mrs. Watson's fifth grade class culminated their social studies unit with a Makerspace recreation of Jamestown. Students designed and built part of Jamestown including houses, fields, a well, a church, and stained glass windows. We had a Jamestown day in which we dressed in costume and participated in games and colonial activities colonial like churning butter and playing colonial games.

  

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State Program Supports Students & Farmers

Ferndale Public Schools is a proud participant in the 10 cents a meal for Michigan’s kids and farms program. For more information visit: www.tencentsmichigan.org.

New Local Produce includes:

  • Revolution Farms Spring Mix
  • Romaine and Bibb Lettuce
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Sweet and tart cherries
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli and cauliflower
  • and many more items with seasonal updates.
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FMS Choir Receives "Excellent" Marks

The choir performed beautifully on Monday at the District 4 Choral Festival!  "I'm so very proud of them, on stage and off stage - they were wonderful ambassadors of Ferndale Middle School!" said Choir Director Kimberly Schroeder. The choir earned an "excellent" rating, which is a "1", based upon their performance on stage and in the sight reading room.

After the performance, the choir was able to do a clinic with Dr. Clayton Parr from Albion College.

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