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Athletics Update & Live Streaming!

The Ferndale High boys basketball team survived a physical game on Tuesday to beat North Farmington, 56-49. Freep Article

Eagle wrestling started out with a big win against Troy on Wednesday. facebook photo gallery

FHS Swimmers Drew, Sean and Oliver brought home medals from the Belleville Tiger Invite on Thursday.

Catch our student athletes safely on our YouTube News & Sports channel! Full list of upcoming home events being broadcast here!

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LIVE Streaming Home Games!

To protect our community and support our student athletes, we will be live streaming the following home sporting events on our News & Sports YouTube Channel!

Ferndale News & Sports Channel

Wrestling – 5:30 pm start

  • Wednesday, January 19


Boys Basketball – JV @ 5:30 pm | varsity @ 7:00 pm

  • Thursday, January 20
  • Tuesday, February 1
  • Saturday, February 12 (varsity only at 3pm)
  • Thursday, February 17
  • Tuesday, March 1

Girls Basketball – 5:00 pm starts

  • Tuesday, January 25
  • Thursday, January 27
  • Tuesday, February 8
  • Monday, February 28
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5th Grade Makes Meaning Through Art

Mr. Vaughn's 5th grade classroom toured the DIA from their desks and learned about collage techniques. The curators discussed material challenges and opportunities, as well as communication strategies and ways that artists have used the medium to express ideas, emotions, and perspectives. Students then spent 30 minutes creating collages using paper, fabric, magazine and newspaper clippings and found items. Students were invited to reflect on their process and their finished works during a discussion period.

This presentation and project framework was supported by the Detroit Institute of Art and their Meaning Through Art Making program. The DIA features many online resources for art appreciation and arts education–including Art at Home and Virtual Field Trips–available at DIA.org.


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Robotics Gears Up for Competition

Our Impi Warriors Robotics Team is making great progress in the construction phase as they prepare for the 2022 season. Students are being challenged with a fully-autonomous component in this year's challenge! You can learn more about this year's game, Rapid React, at FIRSTinspires.org.

FHS Grads Lead Madison Heights on City Council

Ferndale graduates fly high, and sometimes those lofty perches are close to home. Madison Heights appointed new city council members this week, including two FHS graduates: Class of 89 graduate Sean Fleming and Class of 99 graduate Quinn Wright. Mr. Wright also holds the prestigious distinction of being the first African American to hold a council position in the city of Madison Heights.

“People are the priority,” Wright said. “We have a duty to care diligently for our seniors, many of whom are aging in place and may need help within their homes." Funding city services and developing recreation are among Wright's priorities, and he has promised to "remain open to learning and engage in the process of sometimes unlearning ideas about one another, so that the people in our city feel increasingly recognized, their needs acknowledged, and their cultures honored — planting a deep-seated feeling of home for every citizen in this city.” Both candidates emphasized activities for senior citizens, while supporting local businesses and overseeing city services and budgets.

Councilperson Sean Fleming has a student at FHS, and he says Ferndale Schools continue to influence his community leadership. "As a council member I take my experience of Ferndale Schools, the sense of community, and pride and share the same values here at the city of Madison Heights in everything I do.  Ferndale is always part of my heart."


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Pleasant Ridge Accepting Applications for Summer Jobs

Pleasant Ridge Recreation is hiring for SUMMER JOBS! Apply today for positions including:

  • Lifeguard
  • Camp Counselor
  • Building Supervisor
  • Swim Coach
  • Head Lifeguard

Application Deadline is March 31st. 

Click here to apply:  https://form.jotform.com/200553759359161

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School Safety Town Hall

Ferndale Schools staff presented alongside Ferndale PD officials on school safety before answering some community questions this week. On Wednesday, January 12th, we presented on the importance of mental health for our students and the continuing training we provide to everyone in our buildings. A recording is available on our Facebook account. Click here to view.

Open Houses in February!

Preschool and Kindergarten Open Houses will be virtual this year. Please visit FerndaleSchools.org/OpenHouse to learn more, and register.

In-Person tours will be available in April.

FECC Open House - Thursday, February 17th - 6:00 pm

Register Here

Kindergarten Open House - Wednesday, February 16th - 6:00 pm

Register Here

UHS Cocoa and Prep Session

UHS hosted a cocoa-fueled academic support session this week ahead of exams. Led by UHS teacher Heather McLaren, this event gave students an opportunity to study for exams or complete projects with teacher support. A special thank you to Mrs. McLaren, Mrs. Handyside, and Mrs. Gillespie for providing academic support at the event.


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TIME CHANGE: Curbside Meal Pick-Up

Curbside Food Service times will be changed to 8:30-9:30 am, beginning Monday, January 17, 2022. 5 days of meals will still be provided for students currently enrolled in Ferndale Schools virtual learning.

Please see the cubside meal pick-up flyer for details.

BIAB Thanks Supporters

Thank you to all who participated, sold and/or purchased for the Little Caesars Pizza Kit fundraiser for our district's Blessings in a Backpack. Together, we raised $1,140 which feeds 11 students for the entire school year and then some!

There was a raffle drawing for any seller that sold at least ten kits and the winner is...drumroll...Ms. Autumn Hall and her daughter Dallas! Together, they sold 25 kits and won the $50 prize. Congratulations to them and thank you to all!

Snow Club Seeks Fresh Pow

The FMHS Snow Club is back in session, and students are invited to Mt. Brighton next week! Started last year at FMS, the club now invites 6-12 graders to experience skiing or snowboarding in a safe and supervised environment — have fun on the slopes will developing and improving your skills!

Trips are planned for January 12th & 26th as well as February 2nd, 9th & 16th.

Spots are limited, so it is first come first serve based on completed forms and payment. Additionally, if you are interested in sponsoring a trip for another student as well, please do so using one of the above links, or email michael.turner@ferndaleschools.org.

(Photo by Anne Nygård on Unsplash)

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Strategic Plan Progress Report

The 2019-2024 Strategic Plan continues to guide our district efforts. We have compiled a recent list of initiated and completed tasks that are supporting this effort.

View the Strategic Plan District Progress Report PDF

Transportation Dept Digs Into a Feast of Appreciation

The transportation staff was treated to a BBQ in appreciation of their hardword this past year. Director of Operations Jamie Stottlemyer and and ABM Supervisor Duane Springer grilled up some ribs and chicken for the occasion. The team was able to enjoy their food in the newly renovated staff area at the Transportation Center. Transportation has been an invaluable resource this year, filling in as custodians, parapros, lunch time aids and more. Please join us in showing your appreciation for these hard working members of the Ferndale Family!


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Curriculum Quarterly – Fine Arts & Our Students

The latest FPS Curriculum Quarterly is now available. Our Curriculum & Instruction Department will be releasing a new issue 4 times a year that will briefly highlight areas of teaching and learning in Ferndale Public Schools. We look forward to sharing our programming overviews with you.  If you have questions, please contact Johanna Mracna at johanna.mracna@ferndaleschools.org.

This issue focuses on our Fine Arts Instruction goals and methods, presented by grade ranges. Please take a look, and stay tuned for future issues introducing our other pillars of education.

FPS Curriculum quarterly December 2021

Read the Curriculum Quarterly for December 2021 - Fine Arts Education and Our Students »

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Wildly Fit Donates $15,000 to Blessings in a Backpack

A huge thank you to Amy Wilds, her family, and Wildly Fit for including our Ferndale Blessings in a Backpack program in their annual Huffin for the Stuffin' 5K held at Maybury State Park on Thanksgiving morning. It was such a successful event, they donated $15,000 to help feed our students! We have not been able to have some of our own annual fundraisers so this is incredibly amazing and generous. We are beyond honored and grateful!

You can learn more about Wildly Fit on their webpage.

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Students Experience STEM Innovations

All week, Ferndale Schools secondary students have had a great time visiting the STEMi Mobile Lab. STEMi is made available by the Oakland Schools Career Readiness Team, and features 4 stations:

The 1,000 square foot mobile lab provides learners with meaningful hands-on experience with the latest industry technologies. Each station taught students about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Mrs. Coram's 8th Grade Science class visited on Monday, December 13th. "Students were highly engaged the entire time!" Thank you to Oakland Schools for providing this exciting learning opportunity for our students. For more details on the experience and what previous students have to say, check out this 2 minute video.


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Music Fills the Ferndale Air

This past weekend was filled with beautiful music, thanks to our talented musicians and vocalists across the community.

The Ferndale 6th grade and 8th grade All-City Bands performed on Saturday.

The Ferndale Combined Choirs sang Night of Silence. FHS choir can be seen here on stage while the FMS choir is standing in the front rows.

The Ferndale Community Concert Band also performed on Sunday, featuring many current and former Ferndale Schools trained instrumentalists.

Thank you to the musicians for your beautiful music, and thank you to everyone who attended. We are so proud of our student musicians and our community that supports and honors the arts!


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Students Code with Dashbot

The students in Mrs. Harris's class worked cooperatively with the principles of Computational Thinking using their Dash Robots. Students worked together to code their robots to get through a series of challenges. Students were able to code in a 3-D world full of movement, lights, and sound.

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Swimmers Qualify for States

Two FHS swimmers qualified for the State Competition this year. Jack Murray will be competing in the 100 Freestyle and Kyle Corbett in the 50 Butterfly and 100 IM.

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67 New National Honors Students Inducted into NHS

The FHS National Honor Society induction ceremony was held last Wednesday, December 1st. 67 new members were inducted from the classes of 2020-21 and 2021-22. Jim O'Donnell, former Board President and longstanding Board trustee was the guest speaker at the event. Congratulations to all the scholars!

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Headspace App Now Free for 13-18 year olds

Headspace, the internationally recognized mental wellness and meditation app, is now FREE for children 13-18 years old in the US. Featuring mental health exercises, guided meditations, and other tools, headspace is an amazing tool for developing and maintaining self-regulation practice in your daily life. You can get an account through the Peer Health Exchange.

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Meet our Newest Curriculum & SACC Leader

Please join us in welcoming Tiwanya Robinson to our Ferndale Family. Tiwanya joins the district as a Curriculum Coordinator & SACC Coordinator. She brings over 20 years of experience in education to her new role with Ferndale Schools. She has served in a variety of capacities in education, including Instructional Coach, District-wide School Improvement Coach, and Climate & Culture Supervisor. Even with these amazing experiences, she is most proud of the years she spent teaching and earning a National Board certification for teaching. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Child Development/Education from Michigan State University and a Master’s of Education from Wayne State University in Reading.

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UHS Student Council Prepares Meals at Forgotten Harvest

UHS Student Council took a field trip to Forgotten Harvest on December 2nd.They were able to pack 840 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 for more community service opportunities.


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UHS Receives Whole Child Award; Top Three in State

UHS joins the list of outstanding Ferndale Schools that have been recognized for building school culture that leads the state in addressing the needs of the whole child! UHS teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, community members and students were honored this week for fostering a safe, healthy, challenged, supportive and engaged environment for their collective students. The Michigan Association of Supervision & Curriculum Development (Michigan ASCD) selected 3 schools and UHS is the Silver Award Recipient for taking initiative to build a healthier school environment.

Ferndale Lower & Upper Elementary Schools received the 2019-2020 Whole Child Gold Award.

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