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01/18/2021
Free Food from Gleaners Food Bank on Monday, Jan 18

Gleaner's Food Bank is offering a free, drive-up (or walk-up) distribution of 30 lb food boxes on Monday, January 18th. No appointment or proof of eligibility is required.

Monday, January 18th 
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Hazel Park High School 
23400 Hughes Ave.

View the PDF Flyer

01/20/2021
Bodhi Day

Bodhi Day is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. According to tradition, Siddhartha had recently forsaken years of extreme ascetic practices and resolved to sit under a peepal tree, also known as a Bodhi tree, and simply meditate until he found the root of suffering, and how to liberate oneself from it.   Bodhi Day is observed in many mainstream Mahayana traditions including the traditional Zen and Pureland Buddhist schools of China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam.

Services and traditions vary amongst Buddhist sects, but all such services commemorate the Buddha's achievement of Nirvana, and what this means for Buddhism today. Individuals may choose to commemorate the event through additional meditation, study of the Dharma, chanting of Buddhist texts (sutras), or performing kind acts towards other beings. Some Buddhists celebrate with a traditional meal of tea, cake, and readings.

While there is no traditional greeting on Bodhi Day, many people do wish each other a "Blessed Bodhi Day" or a "Happy Bodhi Day." 

01/28/2021
Early College Informational Meeting

Would you like your student to earn an Associates degree while in high school? They can through Oakland Accelerated College Experience (ACE) or Oakland Technical Early College (OTEC). Both programs are three years long and begin in the 11th grade year with high school and college courses. ACE focuses on preparing students for a 4-year university while OTEC focuses on preparing students for high demand, high wage careers. Each program requires current 10th grade students to complete an application and be accepted in order to participate. 

To learn more about the programs, please plan to attend our virtual Early College Informational Meeting on Thursday, January 28th from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. The meeting will be hosted on Webex and can be accessed here:

Early College Meeting Webex

While only current 10th graders can apply, we encourage students and parents of current middle school and 9th grade students to attend this meeting.

For additional information, please visit the Ferndale Schools Early College webpage or contact Tom Maes at 248-586-8666 or tom.maes@ferndaleschools.org

RSVP for the Informational Meeting

January 13, 2021
Bus Drivers Needed

Ferndale is looking for bus driver. Please contact Transportation Supervisor Cheryl Dirkse.

Cheryl Dirkse 
cheryl.dirkse@ferndaleschools.org
(248) 586-8895

January 12, 2021
Bond Sales at Low Interest Rates Save Taxpayers Over $4.5 Million

The US Federal Reserve has set fixed interests at record lows to prevent inflation during the current economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic response. Selling bonds at the low interest rates of 1.89% and 0.76% means that taxpayers will owe less money to bond holders over the 21 year lifetime of the bond: $4,740,798 less, to be more precise. These savings are directly passed on to taxpayers. This interest rate was also made possible by an "A+" rating due to positive enrollment trends and extremely strong wealth holdings across the district. We are so excited to share this good news with all of you, and so proud to serve a community that supports our local schools and voted for our school improvement bonds at an outstandingly high rate in the 2020 special election.

Click More to Read the Full Press Release

January 8, 2021
MDHHS Covid-19 Vaccine FAQ

the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services has issued a list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers. For more information, click the link to view the PDF.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

January 7, 2021
Helping Kids Navigate Scary Stories

With all the confusing and sometimes alarming news stories swirling about on our televisions, radios and conversations, its important to consider how our children are processing what is going on around them. The world can be a frightening place, especially if children are confused or left feeling anxious about it. Below are some resources for parents.

Most importantly, keep your explanations developmentally appropriate for your child. Children develop at different rates, so a generic response for your child's age group may be too complicated or too simplistic for YOUR child. The better you know them, the better you are able to support them with explanations that will help them at the developmental stage they are at.

PBS Kids has an excellent story about helping kids navigate scary stories. The takeaway is these three points:

  1. ​Listen and clarify.
  2. Look for the helpers.
  3. Above all, reassure.

Each one of these topics is addressed with detail and helpful advice on how to achieve these goals.

Read the PBS Kids Article

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) advice for talking to your children about violence. These tips are helpful for children of all ages, and includes age group-specific advice.

Read the NASP Article

January 6, 2021
World of Wellness Symposium

We invite you to visit the World of Wellness Symposium site to watch up to 21 lifestyle wellness speakers covering a variety of topics. Stress and anxiety is at an all time high right now, so take a look to find some help with that. The program is free.

The 2021 World of Wellness Symposium will begin Wednesday January 13, 2021, featuring:

  • A Look at Substance Abuse Treatment - Lisa Kaplan on January 13th
  • A Practical Approach to Enjoyable Task Completion - Brendan Johnson on January 20th
  • What a Health Coach Can Do and How a Health Coach Can Help You - Lauren Franks on January 27th
January 5, 2021
Return to School Parent/Guardian Survey January 2021

We are asking all our parents and guardians to give us an updated assessment of your readiness to transition to hybrid learning. More details on recent results, current situations, and upcoming plans are available after the link at the beginning of the survey.

Return to School Parent/Guardian Survey January 2021

January 4, 2021
Blessing in a Backpack Serving Strong

Blessings in a Backpack is up and running! Bags will be available for pickup curbside at FMS, and FECC ONLY from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, or until supplies last.

Curbside Pick-Up Dates

9:00 am - 12:00 pm, or until supplies last:

  • January 14, 2021
  • January 28, 2021
  • February 11, 2021
  • February 25, 2021

Locations

  • At FMS – 725 Pinecrest Dr: Bags will be available in the north driveway, under the glass awning.
  • At FECC – 2920 Burdette St: Bags will be available in the north parking lot.
  • Bags will no longer be available at the Ferndale Upper Elementary pick-up location.

Ferndale Blessing in a Backpack

December 17, 2020
FUEL Community Keeps Giving, Sharing with Ferndale Family

Our community members have supported our families in need for the holidays with an abundance of generous donations to support our 9 families in need. Mrs. Mollica's sleigh was overflowing this year!

December 17, 2020
Winter Testing Window Approaching
We are approaching the winter testing window. This may cause a disruption in the standard virtual school calendar for many students. While these minor alterations to the schedule can be frustrating, gathering testing data is an important step for developing individualized instruction to meet each student's needs. Please stay tuned to updates from your student's teachers. They will directly communicate any changes when we return from break.
December 16, 2020
ABC 7 Meteorologist Meets with 3rd Grade Classes

Mrs. Meli's 3rd Grade class was visited virtually by ABC Channel 7 meteorologist Kevin Jeanes on Wednesday to support thier science curriculum. Kevin began his visit with a virtual tour of the news station to provide students with ideas about the behind the scenes work that goes into being meteorologist on television. Next, Kevin started to expand on the process of the research and dedication that accompanies tracking the weather with the most accuracy. Students learned detailed explanations about various severe forms of weather. These explanations included what happened to form the weather, why the systems formed, and how the weather came to be.

 

This information related to the current content area of focus at FUEL: severe weather projects. Our third-grade students are participating in researching various severe weather systems and crafting a presentations based on their findings. In addition, students were given the opportunity to ask Kevin Jeanes questions about his work as a meteorologist. The excellent questions from our students focused on severe weather systems and different types of clouds. The cloud focused questions were specific and related to a previous module from our weather unit. The answers to these questions assisted in building on students current knowledge, while expanding on new information.

After both sessions concluded, Kevin inform me that he really enjoyed his time with each group. Kevin felt that for a third grade class the students were knowledgeable and asked informational questions. Way to go, Eagles!

A final thank you to Kevin Jeanes and all of our third-grade classes for attending this event with such great enthusiasm. All classes were on time, had great listening bodies, and fantastic participation.

 

December 15, 2020
Chromebook Support Guide

The Technology and Curriculum & Instruction Departments have collaborated on a slide presentation full of helpful tips to keep your Chromebook running at it's best. View the slideshow below.

Chromebook Support Guide - Student & Family

December 14, 2020
Partnerships at Home: a Learning Series for Parents & Caregivers

The most important thing parents and caregivers can do right now is to keep a love of learning alive for their children. Parents and caregivers are essential partners in supporting learning at home, but what does this mean? Parents do not need to be teachers or content area experts. Please join our Partnerships@Home Learning Series for some ideas about fostering curiosity and a sense of wonder during everyday family life.

  • All sessions will be virtual.
  • Various Wednesdays, 7:00 - 7:45 pm
  • No charge

View Events & Register

Please register separately for each session. Once you are registered, you will receive a Zoom link for the session.

December 11, 2020
Curriculum Quarterly - Math & Our Students
December 2020

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 Mathematics learning goals and methods, presented by grade ranges. Please take a look, and stay tuned for future issues introducing our other pillars of education.

Read the Curriculum Quarterly for December 2020 - Math & Our Students »

December 11, 2020
Family Tech Tip: How to Shut Down a Chromebook

To keep your device running smooth each day, establish a routine for completely powering down and charging your device! Closing the lid of the Chromebook does not power it down completely, but puts it in sleep mode. Over time, never powering down your device completely and only using sleep mode can slow it down!

See below for two quick ways to completely power down your Chromebook.

  • In the lower right hand corner of your chromebook, click on the clock and select the power button to shut down completely.
  • You can also hold down the Power button on the keyboard. This will open up a window on your screen to select Power Off. 

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December 10, 2020
Middle Schoolers Present Amazing Artwork

The FMS Virtual Art Show is now viewable online, and we are so proud of our blossoming creatives. A panel of judges selected the winners, who will each receive a gift card.

1st - Julia Markle - $100

2nd - Mia Page - $50

3rd - NaShaylin Dennis - $25

You can view all of the artwork on the Google Page created by FMS Art Teacher Lori Tousignant.

FMS Virtual Art Show

1st place artwork "neon thoughts" by student Julia Markle

12/10/2020
Human Right Day: December 10th

Human Rights Day was created by the United Nations, promotes awareness of the importance of Human Rights issues around the world. On this date in 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each year the UN establishes a new theme for the year. 

“Human rights is something we easily take for granted in the US. Elsewhere, freedom and basic human rights are not given.”

Participate in Human Rights Day by learning more about human rights issues around the globe. Offer your time and money in support of a human rights issue that is important to you, your family, your community.

December 7, 2020
Michigan Learning Channel Now Broadcasting K-3 Content!

K-3 families: you can now tune in to Channel 56.4 in the Detroit area or watch educational content live from 8:00 am–Noon, Monday–Friday on the Michigan Learning Channel. The Michigan Learning Channel is a statewide public television partnership offering instructional content to support the education of students and to provide alternative resources for families and teachers. This free programming is being broadcast via special on-air channels established by each of the participating public television stations in Michigan.

All content is also available as a livestream and stored for on-demand viewing on a variety of digital platforms, ensuring accessibility to all students, teachers and families across the state.  You can view the content or the daily programming schedule on the website – MichiganLearning.org – where videos are organized by grade and subject.

December 3, 2020
Yoobi Kits Support ALL Learners

Our elementary students have been seeing this little toucan for awhile now. He's the mascot for Yoobi, a maker of stationary, craft kits, and school supplies. For every Yoobi item purchased, Yoobi donates a school supply item to a child in need right here in the U.S.

Through the Kids in Need Foundation, Yoobi donates school supplies to schools across the country, including ours. As FLower first grade teacher Nicole Mikolajewski points out in the video from Yoobi, these supplies "might be nothing for some people, [but] it's alot for alot of people." Ferndale Lower Elementary Principal Diana Keefe said, "Those kits have supported every student in Ferndale and have been part of every materials pick up that we have had. It has been amazing for us to have them available."

Thank you, Yoobi. And thanks to Mrs. Mikolajewski and all of our volunteers for supporting our students with these supplies.

December 2, 2020
Volleyball Takes District Championship - Finishes Season Strong

The Ferndale High School Girls Volleyball Team finished their season strong last month. After taking their 3rd CONSECUTIVE District Championship on Nov 5th, the team advanced to the Sweet 16 in the State Tournament. The Golden Eagles finished as Regional Runner-Up  in the Regional Championship. Congrats on a slammin' season, Eagles!

November 30, 2020
21 Teens Share Reasons to Stay Above the Infuence

Twenty-one high school students from across Oakland County recently pledged to Stay Above the Influence as part of a public service announcement (PSA) created by The Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities, which launched today on its social media channels. Follow them through the links below and share how you stay above the influence.

View the 97 Second Video Now

November 23, 2020
Protect Your Children from Adult Content, with FREE State Registry

Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, gambling and adult content marketers through email, text messages, and other online inboxes. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and select instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the Federal Do Not Call List, is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan's families. To register for the free service, visit ProtectMIChild.com.

November 20, 2020
Celebrating Native American Heritage

November continues to be Native American Heritage Month. As we mentioned several weeks ago, this month was established to honor and recognize Native Americans as the first people of this nation and to celebrate both their cultural heritage and integral importance to our past, our present, and our future.

You can participate in Native American Heritage Month all of November by learning about and appreciating the historical and contemporary significance of Indigenous peoples in your community and around the world. Resources are available at NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.gov, and we encourage you to seek out Native American voices on the web to learn their stories in their own words.

The MSU Native American Studies Research Guide: Michigan's American Indian Heritage has collected weblinks for the 12 currently federally-recognized Native American tribes in Michigan, 5 unrecognized tribes in Michigan, and many more resources to start your learning journey."

Click the button below:

MSU Native American Studies Research Guide: Michigan's American Indian Heritage

Native American Heritage Day: November 27th

In 2009, President Barack Obama signed “The Native American Heritage Day Resolution,” designating the Friday after Thanksgiving as “Native American Heritage Day.” After signing H.J. Res 40 into law he stated, “I encourage every American to join me in observing Native American Heritage Day....It is also important for all of us to understand the rich culture, tradition, and history of Native Americans and their status today, and to appreciate the contributions that First Americans have made and will continue to make to our Nation.” 

The bill, however, was only formally supported by 184 out of 567 federally recognized tribes. Brian Perry, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and a Native Hope ambassador, shares his poignant thoughts about the highly commercial day that was chosen as the national day to honor the Native American heritage and people of our country. He states:

"As a Native American, I feel slighted. The day after Thanksgiving? Almost an afterthought. With November being Native American Heritage Month, there are 28 other days to select from with of course Thanksgiving having its long established day to itself. Why must we take a backseat to Thanksgiving? Why not the day before Thanksgiving?”

Brian continues:

The day after Thanksgiving is one of the most irrelevant days of the year. Most people are off work, families travel, and there is very little in the news cycle. What is the day after Thanksgiving known as in America? Black Friday—not Native American Heritage Day. It is a day when the American consumer plots out the best bargains at the best retailers at the best times to contribute to the American GDP. Not a word or mention in the mainstream media about Native American Heritage Day, just videos of adults fist fighting at 4:00 in the morning in stores over the last trendy toy in stock for this year's Season of Giving. Are we Native Americans the Forgotten America? Voices Unheard. When a national civil holiday occurs that hardly anyone knows about...I begin to wonder.”

November 19, 2020
4th Grade Pop-Up Provides Harvest Meal to Local Songbirds

Fourth graders met on the FUEL playground to make made bird feeders. This pop-up was last week, before Governor Whitmer's new executive order was in place. All wore masks and were physically distanced. Thank you to Carrie Muxlow for organizing, all of the families who joined and stayed safe, and everyone who donated supplies to make this day successful!

November 15, 2020
FHS Student Choreographs Perfomance at CASA

This video-recorded performance is from the in-person CASA dance class. It was choreographed by Moya Ingram, a Ferndale High student. The video features; Ashanti Moore, Brandon Baker, Christal Davidson, Anjilena Omolaro- Fox, Kayla Weaver, Payton Chaffin, Julie Bedford, Dallis Davis, Sehara Thomas and Moya Ingram. Excellent work, Moya and all of the dancers who performed!

 

November 12, 2020
AVID Welcomes Captain Zach Shea, LIVE from Kuwait

On Thursday, November 12th, the AVID group hosted their second guest speaker. Captain Zach Shea joined us live from Kuwait (where it was 10:30 pm) to talk with us about his career as an architect and an Army Reserve officer. Captain Shea just started month 7 of a 12 month deployment in Iraq. He works as an architect for military projects. He spent an hour talking with our Avid students about his career path, his military experience, and his travels. He answered a lot of questions.

Thank you, Captain Shea and the rest of the Shea family!

November 12, 2020
Superintendent's Excellent Award Honors Two Students in November

This month's recipients of the Superintendent's Excellence Award are:

Nicholas Foreman–Ferndale High School 9th grader–is our first honoree. "Nick’s enthusiasm for learning and self motivation are contagious. He has worked really hard and I believe his efforts should be recognized."--Bridget Guerra

Nick's Qualities/Likes

  • Soccer
  • Skateboarding
  • High Achievement
  • Motivated
 

Kierra Wallace–TCEC student–is our second honoree. "Her work is exceptional and she sets a positive example for others to follow." Erika Bauer

 

Kierra's Qualities/Likes

  • Strong Voice
  • Basketball
  • High Achievement
  • Positive role model

These excellent students will be honored at the November 16th Board Meeting.

November 9, 2020
FUEL Celebrates Summer Readers

As our students transition from Lower Campus to Upper Campus we wanted to do something that would connect them from campus to campus and keep them in the spirit of learning. With that in mind, we partnered again this summer with Kids Read Now, a national non-profit to provide our students and families a way to stay focused on reading throughout the summer in a fun, meaningful way.

For the past three years our 2nd grade students and families had the chance to participate to receive 9 books throughout the summer. Students select the books and then read them throughout the summer and return via mail for each book.

We would like to shout-out our 44 now-third-grade students who participated in the full program and completed ALL nine books this summer! These students celebrated last Friday in a pop-up event with a literacy-focused magician and received a certificate and prize for their participation and hard work all summer!

Congratulations to the following students

  • Aiden Togger, Alexander Theolet, Arianna Squalls, Benjamin Stone, Brice Bowman, Calvin Leonard, Chelsea Lee, Cillian Reynolds, Dawsyn Rocheleau, Deane Estrada, Demari Collier, Desmond Koehler, Dominic Damico, Evan Murray, Evelyn Duckworth, Evelyn Lintner, Gavin Comerford, Gavin Rucker, Gracie Ross, Guillermo Leyva, Jeremiah Howard, Jonah Strockis, Kendall Wartley, Kennedy McReynolds, Lillian Jacokes, Lilly Terraccino, Madeline Weakley, Michael Darden, Michael Rogers, Morgane Saulnier, Myles Lawrence, Oliver Cooke, Ordell Stokes, Parker Radowiec, Renault Schultz, Safia Elturk, Shawn Bernard, Sheldon Hall, Stella Agans, Sullivan Chism, Winston Hall, Zachary Rood, Zoe Agans, Zoe Vasquez

We want to say thank you to the families who participated in the program and in turn supported a love of reading with their child. We look forward to the summer of 2021 for our current 2nd graders to participate in this important transition activity!

November 9, 2020
Michigan Releases COVID-19 Exposure Alert App

As part of the state’s continued efforts to slow the increasing spread of COVID-19, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) today announced the statewide rollout of the COVID-19 exposure notification app MI COVID Alert.

The anonymous, no cost and voluntary app, piloted in Ingham County and on the campus of Michigan State University last month, lets users know whether they may have recently been exposed to COVID-19.  Users can confidentially submit a positive test result into the app and alert others in recent proximity that they may have also been exposed to the virus.

Michigan.gov App Page  

November 4, 2020
FUEL Garden Planting Pop-Up

In the beautiful, warm weather, FUEL students were invited to do some fall planting for spring flowers and veggies on Thursday, November 4th. We also did some more digging in the back gardens for potatoes and some much needed cleanup and soil enrichment in the BIG GREEN gardens in front of school. With the help of our new garden liaison–Emma R.–Ms. Hillebrand, Mrs. Jeffrey, the kids all had a great time. We can now look forward to beautiful tulips in the spring and some yummy garlic slips to cook up.

November 3, 2020
FUEL Fitness Outpaces Expectations

During the Month of October some FUEL staff members decided to take on a Step Challenge to see who could "out step" their leader, Katie Jeffrey (who never stops moving!). Rules were simple: walk, run, or jog just get moving during the weekdays (Monday - Friday) and submit your total steps at the end of each week. Weekly results were reported out to the participants highlighting those who successfully Out Stepped Katie Jeffrey that week and also celebrated individual growth of increased step totals from week to week. This friendly competition took place over the last 5 weeks with 21 participants! 

FUEL Staff Members managed to take a total of 4,726,817 steps in 22 days!

10/30/2020
Stained Glass Pop-Up

On October 30th, students K-5 were able to come and create a stained glass vase using a recycled tennis tube. Students were able to show up in their costume if they wanted as well. Some of the students attempted to do it with the wind blowing, while other students took their project home to complete it.

October 28, 2020
Two National Merit Semifinalists

Two FHS students, Gwynn Bell and Elena Deegan-Krause, have been selected as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Congratulations, scholars! For more information about this prestigous honor, read the full press release.

October 26, 2020
Public Safety Alert: "Purple Heroine" found in Van Buren County

Oakland Community Health Network (OCHN) recently received updated information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) regarding the previous report of “purple heroin” found in the Upper Peninsula. Please read the attached press release for more details.

October 24, 2020
Free Live Tutoring Tool through Ferndale Public Library

The library subscribed to Tutor.com this fall, which offers free live tutoring on top of a bunch of other cool stuff.  Students can get access to Tutor.com with their Ferndale Library card.

Gain Study Skills with tutor.com.  Get organized, set goals, take notes, create better study habits, and learn research skills. Get one-to-one guidance from our expert Study Skills Coaches-FREE.

October 23, 2020
First Grade Festivities

First graders gathered last Friday for a halloween hangout. The pop-up event included pumpkin and candy corn decoration creation stations and more fun for the costumed kiddos. Thanks for coming out, first grade families!

 

October 23, 2020
FMS Book Club Gets Together

The firs FMS Book Club had an Amazing turn out, with 13 students gathering under the FMS entrance awning. Students had read the book Tight by Torrey Moldonado, and the kids really were engaged in the discussion. Book Club leader Aaron Blatt, English teacher, said, "It was a nice change from the online routine. Ferndale Middle Schools kids seriously are the best!" The book club has selected books dealing with a diverse  range of issues including  LGBTQ topics, multi-racial families, and mental illness. We're thankful to be in a community that supports conversations about these topics.

October 22, 2020
Curriculum Quarterly - Literacy & Our Students
October 2020

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 literacy learning goals and methods, presented by grade ranges. Please take a look, and stay tuned for future issues introducing our other pillars of education.

Read the Curriculum Quarterly for October 2020 - Literacy and Our Students »

Click to view the Curriculum Quarterly for October 2020.

October 21, 2020
Choir Pops Back Up

Our 2nd FHS Choir Pop-Up Event was on Monday, October 20.  There were 20 singers who enjoyed cider & donuts with a little singing and sharing time. Students were socially distanced, except for a quick group photo; and masked were required throughout the event.

 

October 21, 2020
MDHHS provides COVID-19 guidance for holiday travel and gatherings

CONTACT: Lynn Sutfun, 517-241-2112, SutfinL1@michigan.gov

LANSING, Mich. – The holiday season will be different for Michiganders this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure families do not miss out on being together during the holidays, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued guidance on how to travel and gather safely during the holidays.
“Celebrating the holiday season with family and friends is one of our most cherished traditions,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health.

“Even though the way we celebrate may have to be different, the guidance issued today shows there are still many ways to spend quality time with family and friends safely during this festive season.”

Traveling and in-person gatherings increase the chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. However, if you decide to travel for the holidays, follow these safety measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
   • Wear a mask and keep your nose and mouth covered when in public places.
   • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not from     
     your household.
   • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand
     sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
   • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
   • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

October 20, 2020
FECC Pumpkin Painting Pop-Up

So much fun was safely had at the FECC Pumpkin Painting Pop-Up Tuesday. Thank you to all that made it out.

 

10/25/2020
Dussehra (also known as Vijayadasami)—October 25, 2020

This cultural education segment is presented by TAHO, an service of the Ferndale Schools Diversity Committee.

Cultural Tradition:

Hindu

Why is this date important to the culture?

Traditionally, the festival of Dussehra (also known as Vijayadasami in many parts of India) is a festival that celebrates the the triumph of good over evil in traditional Hindu religion through mythological stories such as King Rama’s victory over Ravana (the demon king) or the Goddess Durga's victory over the demon Mahishasura. Among many Dalit and tribal communities across India, the festival is marked as part of the struggle against persistent caste discrimination in Indian society.

How do members recognize/observe this date? Include common cultural practices.

Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day following a nine-day religious period called Navaratri that is celebrated in Autumn of each year. The actual days of religious observance are based on the Hindu lunar calendar. Dussehra is observed as a public holiday all over India.

Many people observe Dussehra through special prayer meetings and food offerings at home or in temples throughout India. Common events include performances of the Ramlila (the short version of the Hindu epic Ramayana, the story of Rama's life), religious processions, blessing of household and work related tools, and preparation of special foods to mark festival celebrations.

Many who celebrate Dussehra believe that it is lucky to start a new venture, project, or journey on Dussehra.

How can non-members sensitively and appropriately acknowledge the date?

Participate in gift giving and prayers for peace and justice.

October 19, 2020
FMS Students Zoom with Dax Shepard

On Thursday, October 15, our 6–9 grade AVID classes hosted our first guest speaker, actor Dax Shepard. Mr. Shepard joined us via Zoom for a casual and inspiring conversation. He shared stories about his own education and youth, including his path to a successful career in acting and writing with dyslexia. Mr. Shepard told stories that help us understand the importance of persistence, good choices, and surrounding ourselves with people who will lift us up. Students asked great questions and participated in a conversation that made their teachers proud. Thank you, Dax and Adrianne Quinn–our FMS parent who set this up for us.

October 19, 2020
FUEL Garden Keeps Growing Bodies and Minds

FUEL gardens are still serving the kids and the community nutrition and learning opportunities. Click the link to read Mrs. Hillebrand's letter about giant sunflowers, massive pumpkins, and potato hunting.

Dried sunflower heads are set out in the school for students to taste.

October 15, 2020
UHS National Honor Society Inducts New Members

UHS National Honor Society inducted 23 new members in an outdoor ceremony Tuesday evening, October 13th. The outdoor event was safely attended by the family members of the inductees as well as University High School staff and administration, including Superintendent Bazzi.

University High School is extremely proud of the newest National Honor Society Inductees as well as all of the UHS NHS members both past and present as they continue to set the standards for character, service, leadership and academics for all of our students.

Read the full story and see more photos by clicking the link.

October 14, 2020
FHS NHS Elects New Executive Board

The National Honor Society at FHS has a new executive board.

Co-Presidents:

  • John Pablo Rojas
  • Robyn Jennings

Vice-President:

  • Elijah Pool

Thank you to the new board members for their service.

October 14, 2020
Welcome Our New Theatre Director

Ferndale High School and the Ferndale Musical Boosters are proud to announce the new Theatre Director, Kelly Komlen. Please click the Read More link to read Kelly's letter to the community. As Kelly will tell you in her letter, she has 20 years of professional stage experience and 10 years of instructional practice. Kelly is planning a Fall production, and details will be coming soon! 

October 13, 2020
FUEL Poppin' Pop-Up

On Tuesday, October 13th, Mr. Davis and Mrs. Carp's Classes met up at FUEL for their first ever Pop-Up event, "Pop-Up. Drop-Off. Pick-Up". Students and families came to pick-up their October materials, drop off completed work, and enter a class raffle. Masks were required according to District Safety Guidelines. They even enjoyed popcorn, treats, and finally, a family photo opportunity. It was a lot of fun connecting in person! 

October 12, 2020
Choir Pop-Up Makes Beautiful Music, Together

Thirteen students attended our first FHS Choir Pop-Up Event on October 5th. "It was wonderful to be able to get together to sing & reunite!" said Choir Director Kimberly Schroeder. Students also received a care package with a friendly note which read, "Take note: we think you are awesome! We are so happy to have you in the choir program."

 

October 12, 2020
Detroit Fire Visits Lower Elementary

The Detroit Fire Department visited with Kindergarten classes in our latest Elementary pop-up. Students learned Fire Safety, practiced staying low and belly-crawling, and saw firefighters put on all of their fire safety gear. Thanks for the lessons and for the safety and security you provide everyday, firefighters!

Kindergartners spaced out on the lawn to look, listen, and learn about fire safety
Kindergartners practiced staying low and crawling to safety.

October 12, 2020
Nutritional Support Continues

Ferndale Schools continues to provide contactless meal pick-up for children throughout building closures. Pick-up is available at the FMS North Entrance at 725 Pinecrest Dr. (glass awning pictured below):

  • Monday
    • 9:00 am – noon
    • Breakfast and Lunch for Mon, Tues, Wed
  • Thursday
    • 9:00 am – noon
    • Breakfast and Lunch for Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun

Meals include breakfast, lunch, supper & snack including milk. Vegetarian options are available upon request at curbside.

Special dietary needs and allergies will be accommodated, after a special form is filed with the Chartwells Food Service Office.

FMS exterior with glass awning

Learning Support Lab attendees are now receiving supper and snack at Ferndale Upper and Lower Elementary, in addition to breakfast and lunch. Children now go home with nutritious meals to be enjoyed daily!

This program receives support from the Children and Adult Care Food program to serve healthy meals to your children. For more information about the USDA nutritional standards used to guide meal preparation, please see the attached flyer.

October 10, 2020
UHS Haunted Homecoming

Student Council held a Drive Through Haunted Homecoming Celebration on Saturday, October 10th.  Students picked tickets at different arrival times and showed up in costumes. Upon arrival, they were able to get professionally photographed by our Picture Perfect student photography group led by Mrs. Sherri Bryant.

Student Council did all of the planning and decorating before the event including adding 9 full-sized skeletons scaling the sides of UHS and a 20-foot spider web! Each of our guests and families received a "U-Swag Bag" full of goodies and received pre-packaged catered subs and beverages.

Our Haunted Homecoming Court ran digital campaigns based on our UHS Character Rocks: Respect, Leadership, Compassion, Kindness, Integrity, Community, and Gratitude.  

Advisor Kenton Maki: "Our students had a wonderful time! It was amazing to connect...even at a safe physical distance apart."

October 8, 2020
OSTC Begins Hybrid Learning After November 5th
Oakland Schools Technical Campus students can attend in-person lessons twice a week

Beginning on Thursday, November 5th, Ferndale Schools students enrolled in Oakland Schools Technical Campus will be asked to attend on-site lessons on Thursday and Friday. The Monday–Wednesday will be asynchronous instruction.

  • Enrollment will be kept to half capacity.
  • Efforts will be made to maximize student and staff safety (smaller “bubble”)

Live ZOOM sessions/online instruction will no longer occur as of 11/5/2020 in each program (although pre-recorded content may be available.) Only asynchronous curriculum will be offered on off-site days.

Read the Letter from OSTC For more details, visit the OSTC section of our Building Info page in the Returning to Learning Hub.

OSTC Building Info Page

October 6, 2020
"Safe For School" Hotline from Oakland County Health Department
248-551-4242 for health guidance

Oakland Together has announced a new call-in tool offering guidance for parents and students. This telephone screening resource is available to assist parents in pre-screening and identifying potential illness in children prior to entering school buildings.

The hotline is supported by Beaumont, and all screenings are conducted by healthcare professionals. Hotline staff can help answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms, the need for testing, and what is considered high-risk.

"Safe for School" Hotline is supported by Beaumont

COST: No cost for parents/guardians of Oakland County school-aged children
WHEN: 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Monday through Friday
October 12 - December 30, 2020
 

Call 248-551-4242 to reach the hotline.

October 5, 2020
FECC Gym Transforms

Several facility improvements were completed over the summer, and continue across the district. The home of our earliest learners has seen one of the latest transformations, turning the Harding gym into an indoor playland.

The FECC gym features a new climbing wall and a vinyl floor covered in roadways, rivers, and centers of activity.

October 1, 2020
Parent University: Personal Internet Security Tips

Mrs. Jeffrey has started a Parent University series where parents teach other parents about different subjects.  With students learning virtually right now, the first presentation was on personal internet security. You can view the video on YouTube by clicking on the image below.

September 29, 2020
Garden Harvests Continue at FUEL

On Tuesday, FUEL students attending Learning Support Labs were able to harvest 1.5 pounds of carrots–planted by Mrs. Winne and her son–and 2 more pounds of potatoes. Squirrels have been busy harvesting as well, but there are still more harvests to be had this fall!

September 29, 2020
Guidance for tracking assignments
Canvas and Google Classroom guidance

We have put together some assistance for tracking student assignments in two virtual learning tools being used across the district: Google Classrooms and Canvas. You can find the guidance in the Returning to Learning Hub on the Distance Learning » Technology page.

You can also view the guidance on the webpage on the webpage linked below:

Assignment Tracking Guidance: Canvas & Google Classrooms

September 24, 2020
STEAM Pop-Up Teaches Biology and Art

Mrs. Alison Maes hosted a biology pop-up last week. The students are learning about comparative anatomy starting with the skeletal system of vertebrates. After learning about the anatomy, physiology and ethology (behavior) of owls, students removed the bones from an owl pellet. The students then identified the species that had been eaten by the owl while also identifying and painting each bone. Next, the students re-articulated the skeletons and then placed the posing skeletons into their student-made, themed sets. The themed sets included a distance learning environment, a halloween haunt, Geary Skate Park, and a lunar landing!

September 23, 2020
Equity Improvement Team Opens Quarterly Meetings

Quarterly community meetings for the equity improvement team will be to anyone interested.  Here are the dates/times:

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

6:30 PM — 8:00 PM

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM


Anyone who would like to join is welcome. Please email Robyn.Camblin@ferndaleschools.org to request invite links and information.

All meetings will be virtual until further notice. We will continually assess as the conditions regarding the virus change.

September 23, 2020
Tweens Tally Taters
7 pounds of potatoes were harvested by 4th and 5th graders

Learning Support Lab students at FUEL took a break Wednesday to work outside and get some fresh air. A member of the 5th grade garden club and several other 4th and 5th graders went in search of a potato harvest in one of the back gardens at FUEL.

Planted in the spring after the building was closed, the Big Green gardens and the back raised beds still did their thing with the help of 2 dedicated FUEL parents–Christine Martin and Keri Winne–and Ms. Hillebrand as the planting and watering team!

The kids were able harvest about 7 pounds of potatoes, with enough left in the ground for another harvest day. The front gardens will also host a harvest day pop-up for students to pick some carrots and potatoes and gather dried flower seeds on the calendula plants to save for next year. We will keep families posted on the pop-up dates.

September 21, 2020
Montessori Begins Sending Monthly Learning Boxes

Montessori is a curriculum with great emphasis placed on didactic materials. Moving to an online format creates some very unique challenges for our Montessori program! With everyone being at home, monthly subscription boxes have become more and more popular. So, Ferndale Schools Montessori Teacher Amy decided to put the two together. Thus, the FrasBox was born! (The name FrasBox is a play on their self-assigned classroom nickname: the SassaFRAS Room.)

With a team of amazing volunteers to create materials and deliver the boxes, children in the Sassafras Room will receive a box of didactic materials delivered to their door to help with their learning each month. This allows them to have the sensorial opportunities necessary to move them from concrete experiences to abstract reasoning.

Special thanks to the following family members for making materials, delivering boxes, and picking up boxes from children's homes so that Mrs. Pommereau can sort things out and have a new box ready to go next month! Half of the Montessori families volunteered to help out in some way!

  • Veronica Kisor
  • Jennifer Rogers
  • Jen Beaudoin
  • Sylvia Oatley
  • Kirsten Suer
  • Dennis O'Connell
  • Emilie Macaulay
  • Susie Oswald
  • Christina Mossine
  • Tecla Wolfe
  • Jessica Paruch
  • Lucas Harrison-Zdenek
  • Megan Owens

Here is a picture of some of the items that went out to kids this weekend:

Mrs. Pommereau said she is "Feeling beyond grateful for this AMAZING community of learners! It truly takes a village to raise a child and I am so honored to be apart of these families' village!"

September 11, 2020
Athletics Update and Guidelines

As announced earlier, Ferndale Schools Fall sports season will continue due to the Governor Whitmer's new Executive Order 2020-176.  Please review the Spectator Guidelines and Student Athletics Participation & Release Waiver below.

September 10, 2020
FECC Families Meet Teachers with Safety Precautions in Place

Safe Meet & Greets were hosted at FECC on Thursday. Parents enjoyed touring facilities and meeting teaching staff outdoors, wearing masks, with plenty of space between groups.

September 10, 2020
Playworks Pop-Up Playdate Goes Great

Ferndale Lower Elementary students were invited to a very fun and active Pop-Up with Playworks on the Lower playground. Students had a great time while staying safe and enjoying the beautiful weather. Watch for more pop-ups throughout the year!

September 7th, 2020
Celebrating Labor Day
From the TAHO Initiative

Labor Day is a United States national holiday, honoring working people, their contributions, achievements and sacrifices. Today, Labor Day is observed on the first Monday in September of each year and was first celebrated informally on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City when 10,000 people formed a march for workers' rights. At that time, the average American worked 12 hours a day, six days a week. In 1894, workers organized the Pullman Strike. President Grover Cleveland sent the U.S. Marshals and 2,000 U.S. Army troops in to break up the strike, resulting in 13 deaths and 57 injuries. Labor Day was officially named a federal holiday later, in an effort to reconcile with workers after the Pullman Strike. The 8-hour workday was officially established for many industries in 1937 by the Fair Labor Standards Act. The effort to provide fair labor practices across the country continues today. For more information on the state of labor statistics in the U.S. today, visit Burea of Labor & Statistics Website.

Today, as part of the Labor Day celebrations, street parades are held all over the country. The Labor Day weekend is generally seen to mark the end of the summer season. Summer cultural activities end, and fall activities, such as school and sports events, start around this time. In many areas school classes resume shortly before or after the Labor Day holiday weekend. 

There are no formal greetings and verbal acknowledgements for this day; as a federal holiday many people do not work and many businesses are closed.

The TAHO Initiative is a project of the Ferndale Public Schools Diversity Committee.

September 4, 2020
Fall Athletics to Resume
Governor Allows Athletics with Limits

Yesterday, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-176 which removed restrictions on a number of activities including high school athletics. We are pleased to announce that, due to the Governor's new executive order, Ferndale Schools Fall sports season will continue.

The executive order stipulates several significant restrictions, including gathering sizes. Students will also be required to sign a COVID-19 waiver to participate. On Monday, the athletic department will send out contact information for our coaches as well updated practice schedules. More details will follow in the coming days as well.

September 1, 2020
Ferndale Library Releases Online Card Request Form

Student library cards are now available through an online sign-up form. While all FPS students have access to the library, new students to the district are encouraged to request a library card to support easier access.

August 21, 2020
UHS Vice Principal

University High School is excited to announce our new Vice Principal, Julie Patterson! 

August 20, 2020
Returning to Learning Webpage is Live!

We have set up a complete guide to returning to learning for this fall on our website. You will find helpful information, upcoming dates & times, and all the documents you need start distance learning on August 31st.

Visit FerndaleSchools.org/Return today!

July 30, 2020
New High School Principals

Ferndale Family,

It is with great excitement that I announce the hiring of Radhika Issac as the new principal of Ferndale High School and the promotion of David Gardner as the new principal of University High School.

With 20 years as an educator, Radhika brings experiences as a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, and administrator to Ferndale Public Schools. Leading with empathy to build meaningful relationships is what defines both her professional and personal focus. Radhika actively facilitates opportunities to grow equitable access to curriculum and instruction for all students, families, and staff. She has been a learner, leader, and advocate for social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in both at the district and county level.


"I am eager to join the Ferndale Public Schools family. I look forward to connecting with each student, family, and staff member at Ferndale High School as we continue to build a community that honors our history and culture. I will strive to support students and staff as we develop our purpose, create a plan, and find our passions," Radhika Issac, Principal, Ferndale High School.

David Gardner graduated from Ferndale High School and has been a leader at University High School for more than a decade, first as a teacher, then counselor, assistant principal, and now principal. David inspires everyone around him to be a better educator, colleague, mentor, and person. The meaningful and authentic relationships he establishes with students and staff have lead to significant increases in student academic achievement and growth at UHS.

"I am excited and prepared to continue working on behalf of the students, families, and staff of UHS and Ferndale Public Schools. I recognize the strong work ethic and innovative practices of the UHS team and pledge to support them as we continue our journey of equity through inclusive and relevant curriculum and instruction and meaningful socio-emotional practices. UHS is a special place and I consider myself fortunate to be given the opportunity to continue the growth of its student-centered culture," David Gardner, Principal, University High School.

Our Ferndale Family is incredibly lucky to welcome these outstanding educational leaders to their new roles.

Dania H. Bazzi, PhD

Superintendent, Ferndale Schools

June 19, 2020
Juneteenth Celebrates the End of Slavery

Today, we celebrate Juneteenth. Juneteenth​ is a festival held annually on​ June 19th​ ​to commemorate emancipation from slavery in Texas.

Why Texas, you may ask?  Throughout the Civil War, ​Texas was not as closely monitored as other battle states​.​ For this reason, many slave owners went to Texas in order to keep those they’d enslaved as long as possible. After the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect (Jan. 1, 1863), people enslaved in war-torn states often escaped behind Union lines or fought on its behalf, ultimately winning the war (April 9, 1865). However, approximately 250,000 enslaved people in Texas had no idea that their freedom had been secured. 

On​ June 19, 1865,​ Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended over two months earlier, and everyone had been freed. In the 1870s, ​a group of those recently freed pooled $800 together through local churches to purchase ten acres of land and create Emancipation Park to host future Juneteenth celebrations in modern-day Houston. ​In 1980 ​“Emancipation Day in Texas” became a legal state holiday in recognition of Juneteenth. State offices, however, do not completely close, as it is considered a "partial staffing holiday." Elsewhere, the holiday is also referred to as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day. Many continue to celebrate Juneteenth. Throughout the nation people host cookouts, parades, and other gatherings to commemorate.

In 2019, ​Opal Lee of Fort Worth, TX began walking across the nation at the age of 92 to bring awareness to her campaign for Juneteenth to be a ​National Day of Observance​. "Now​, ​46 states have it as a state holiday​ and there's no reason for it not to be a national holiday," she said. Opal kicked off her movement in Detroit in July 2019, specifically to gain the attention of the 20 presidential candidates in town for the CNN Democratic national debate. She, her family and friends, as well as Detroiters, walked from Hart Plaza along the Riverwalk through downtown to the historic Second Baptist Church (she walked to Washington DC as well). There is currently a proposal in the United States Senate to declare Juneteenth a widely observed holiday. For more information on Opal Lee's journey, check out ​opalswalk2dc.com

Get more background on Juneteenth and the history leading up the annual celebration from The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Read more about Juneteenth 

June 18, 2020
UHS Graduate Self-Published Book - Available for Purchase

UHS student Jada Charley has completed and self-published her first book! We are so proud of her ambitious accomplishment, and look forward to more great things in the future.

The book is available on her website for direct purchase on Thursday, June 18th.

From the author:

"Jada Charley went through a lot her teenage years. Those situations helped shape the person she is today. Although her journey is nowhere near complete, this book is just the beginning. This short book is filled with advice, letters from the author to the people in her life and herself."

June 8, 2020
5th Grade Transitions to FMS

5th graders transitioned out of Ferndale Upper Elementary with a 17-minute video celebration on Thursday. The first 6 minutes is the actual "celebration" that would have been held on the playground. Thanks for a great year, and good luck to the incoming Middle Schoolers!

Watch the Video

 

June 8, 2020
Seniors Sent Off in Style via Facebook Live

FHS and UHS seniors celebrated a major milestone this past weekend, and the commencement ceremony is available for viewing anytime at FerndaleSchools.org/grad or on our district facebook page. Congratulations, Seniors!

June 4, 2020
Blessing in a Backpack delivers food and masks

The last Blessings in a Backpack food bags are packed and will be delivered next week. Included will be a flyer, pictured, as well as masks for each kid on the program and one adult mask per household made by and donated by Mrs. Ann McDonald. Thank you Mrs. McDonald! Thank you to everyone who has helped pack, deliver, donate, and send help. This program would not exist without all of you!

We are in need of donations to continue this program next year. If you can, please visit blessingsinabackpack.org, follow the prompts, and type in "Ferndale 2061" to donate directly to us.

Additional food assistance programs can be found in our Community Resources page »

 

June 3, 2020
FREE 20 lbs of Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Boxes
Thursdays - 9:00-1:00 - St. David's, Southfield

In conjunction with Lighthouse, St David's Episcopal Church in Southfield will be distributing 20 lb boxes of fresh produce every Thursday through August. Boxes will contain potatoes, onions, celery, carrots, cabbage, apples and strawberries. The hours of the distribution are Thursdays,  9:30 am – 1:00 pm. The church is located at 16200 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48076.

Thursdays 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
St David’s Episcopal Church
16200 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48076

June 1, 2020
7 Students Complete Early College Program

Last Thursday, seven Ferndale Public Schools students graduated from the Oakland Schools Accelerated College Experience (ACE) Early College program. Congratulations to:

  • Christopher Banks
  • Lexie Crosby
  • Sydney Embry
  • Victoria Patterson
  • Sage Porter
  • Raffy Angelo So
  • Jacoya Williams

In addition to receiving their high school diploma, they each earned approximately 60 college credits. Well done, scholars! You have made the entire Ferndale Public Schools family very proud, and we wish you all the very best of luck.

May 30, 2020
FHS Alum in Mission Control

2007 FHS graduate Katy Olesnavage, a Thermal Hardware Engineer for SpaceX, was on Mission Control for the Crew Dragon rocket launch. The rocket successfully delivered two astronauts to the space station. Way to go, Katy!

May 26, 2020
Band Debuts Outstanding Collaboration

Thank you to video prodution superstar Stacey Jamison, Band Director Elon Jamison, and our fantastic student musicians for putting together the 2020 FHS Band Virtual Performance of Make Our Garden Grow. You can view the performance below or on YouTube after a fascinating 3:45 introduction by Mr. Jamison.

May 22, 2020
Teachers and Support Staff of the Year Honored
Ferndale Schools are filled with talented and amazing people. Every year,  we honor some of the brightest shining stars among them. We are pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Teachers and Support Staff of the Year.
FECC
 
  • Teacher - Mrs. Camille Guinn
  • Support - Ms. Shelby Martin
Lower
 
  • Teacher - Mr. Michael Peri
  • Support - Mrs. Susan Humphreys
Upper
 
  • Teacher - Mrs. Jodi Prince
  • Support - Ms. Hallie Griffin
Middle
 
  • Teacher - Mrs. Michelle Morden
  • Support - Officer Alison Shank
High
 
  • Teacher - Mrs. Shannon Lopiccolo
  • Support - Mrs. Kim Ellis
UHS
 
  • Teacher - Mrs. Amanda Goodson
  • Support - Mrs. Pat Tootikian-Hachigian
TCEC
 
  • Teacher - Mrs. Erika Bauer
  • Support - Mr. Michael Shepherd
Central Offices
 
  • Support - Mrs. Kim Shepherd
May 20, 2020
FHS Junior wins state map competition

Jessica Decker (FHS junior) has won the 2020 ArcGIS Map Michigan contest (high school division).  Her map on Palmer Park will now be entered in the national competition representing Michigan. Jessica took an ArcGIS mapping class at CASA with teacher Andy Bruen. ArcGIS is geospatial software to view, edit, manage and analyze geographic data and patterns.

View the Interactive Story Map

May 19, 2020
FREE Social Emotional Learning Support

 

During times of crisis, our students need extra support to process their emotions. The Michigan Cares Portal offers Michigan families and educators FREE digital lessons designed to help students in grades K-12 develop the skills required for social, emotional, and mental well-being. This portal will be freely available until the end of the 20-21 school year.

Register for Free

Topic covered include:

  • Mental health
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Goal-setting
  • Nutrition and wellness
  • Anger management
  • Social media use (pressures and responsible use)
  • Respect
  • And hundreds more!

Read More about Michigan Virtual's Social Emotional Learning

May 14, 2020
Thanks for the Positive Feedback
Survey results show 13-19% improvement in public perception of Ferndale Schools since 2009.

This week, we received the results of a community survey conducted by the City of Ferndale through the Cobalt Community Research Company.  This survey showed tremendous gains in the community's perception of Ferndale Schools compared to the previous time the survey was conducted in 2009.  Below you will find several slides showcasing the tremendous growth.

survey results showing improvement ratings of 13% - 19% across all school district metrics.

Bar graph showing 19% improvement of community experience related to Schools Overall.

Bar graph showing 13-19% improvement of satisfaction for Schools Overall, Meeting the Needs of the Community, Preparation of Students for Solid Careers, Preparation of student for College, and Communication with the public. The bar graph compares 2009 overall results with 2020 overall results, as well as like-sized district in Michigan, statewide scores, regional (midwest) scores, like-sized districts nationally, and nation-wide scores. Ferndale Schools ranks at or near the top in all categories and against all comparison metrics.

While we are very excited to see this renewed confidence you have shown in our progress, we also want to assure you, that as an organization committed to continuous improvement we will not rest on our laurels but rather continue our efforts to provide each student with the world class education they deserve.

May 11, 2020
Writing Workshop with Jack Cheng Zooms Onward

FMS teacher Aaron Blatt hosted an interactive writing workshop with Jack Cheng, author of the 2017 novel See You in the Cosmos. Jack took the kids through the writing process by leading the students in mapping out a character, developing a plot, and finding the character’s internal motivations. The Zoom session met for an hour and a half, and the students were engaged throughout. Jack was originally scheduled to meet the kids in person during March is Reading Month, which was cancelled due to building closures statewide. Jack generously offered to do an online writing workshop and Q&A instead, and we are so thankful he did!

Students attended a writing workshop with author Jack Cheng via Zoom.

May 6, 2020
Special Education Parent Group

To all of our Ferndale Special Education Parents: we hope this message finds you and yours well!

The Special Education Department would like to assess your interest in participating in our Ferndale Parent Group. The group will be organized by our district's school psychologists, Amy Hawtin and Amanda Coffman, and will include all district parents who have children with special needs. The meetings will be held virtually once a week for about an hour.

The mission of the group is to help parents empower each other during the COVID-19 pandemic and remote learning period. Our district's school psychologists will plan to cover different topics with parents each week, and will link parents with resources on how to support your children with special needs in the home setting. Parents can choose which sessions they would like to participate in, it is not a commitment to attend every session, although we welcome and encourage you to!

Please let us know if you are interested in participating in the group by responding to the short survey below:

 
April 23, 2020
FPS Expands Online Learning Tools with IXL

Students at Ferndale Lower Elementary, Ferndale Upper Elementary, Ferndale Middle, Ferndale High and University High Schools now have access to IXL, an online resource to support student learning. 

Students in kindergarten through 8th grade can practice skills in math, language arts, science and social studies.

High school students (grades 9-12) can practice skills in math and language arts. 

IXL’s content covers the full range of grade level content, making it an enrichment opportunity for all students. While some teachers will be assigning specific content for students, students can also practice skills of their choice. Students can access IXL by using the following link: ixl.com/signin/ferndaleps and clicking “Sign in with Clever,” and then “Login with Google” (students must be logged into a Ferndale Public Schools Google account). 

Contact your students’ teacher or Tom Maes (Tom.Maes@ferndaleschools.org) if you have any questions.

March 27, 2020
TCEC Graduates 12 During Building Closure

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!

March 18, 2020
Blessings in a Backpack Delivers Food Security

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.”

March 16, 2020
Tentative Return Date - April 13th

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. 

Take care,

Dania

dania.bazzi@ferndaleschools.org

March 6, 2020
District Wellness Committee Seeking Members

Ferndale School Family is looking for volunteers to be part of the District Wellness Committee. The committee will support our new Strategic Plan goal to examine, motivate, and ensure physical, mental and nutritional health and overall wellness for our entire school family. This committee will be comprised of families, community members, secondary students, and staff members. If this is of interest to you, please email Dina Rocheleau at Dina.Rocheleau@ferndaleschools.org.  

Our first meeting will take place on March 23 at 4:00 pm, Ferndale High School, Room 333. Once the team meets, we will make a collective decision on what dates and times work best for the team.

March 5, 2020
11 Students Attend Career Readiness Academy

11 FHS students, committed to The Detroit Economic Club Career Readiness Academy, participated in Session 6 today and worked on their elevator pitches and practiced interviewing skills. A great afternoon being mentored by local business leaders who are committed to serving our students.

March 5, 2020
Robotics Team Ready to Roll

The robot is complete! (for the most part). We still have a few kinks we need to work out, but it is in working condition. The drive team is practicing driving and shooting with the robot. The programming team is working on autonomous, which is the first 15 seconds of the match where the robot drives on its own using code.

Their first two competitions are coming up later this month, and are free to attend. Please come out and show your support!

  • FIRST Robotics: Detroit District
    • at Renaissance High School on March 13th and 14th
  • FIRST Robotics: Woodhaven District
    • ​​​​​​​at Woodhaven High School on March 27th and 28th
March 2, 2020
Get Texted Tech Balance Tips

How can we help kids thrive in the world of media and tech? Managing media and tech consumption is not always easy. Now, you can receive Tech Balance text message tips and reminders to your phone.

Receive text message tips about how to practice healthy media habits at home with your family! Just text the word "kids" to 21555

March 2, 2020
UHS Student Council visits Forgotten Harvest

UHS Student Council visited Forgotten Harvest today. We packaged 3,240 pounds of grapefruit! The kids had a wonderful visit!

March 1, 2020
FMS Decorates Doors; Recognizes Black Culture

In February, FMS Impact Hour classes decorated their classroom doors in honor of illustrating a person or event as it relates to Black History month. The winner was Mrs. Bruner's classroom.

February 29, 2020
United Student Assembly Attends Student Government Conference

Great news from a successful United Student Assembly(USA) of Ferndale High School trip! Four of our students went to the MASC/MAHS conference this past weekend. This conference is a gathering of the student government organizations (Student Councils and Honor Societies) from schools all across Michigan. Firstly, they made connections with student leaders from different schools while getting useful and motivational information from various speakers such as A’ric Jackson and Chris Fields.

Then they participated in an extensive community service project in which they donated–with the addition of positive messages of support–different foods to the Feeding America non-profit. Additionally, these students had the opportunity to share and receive presentations from different schools on events like coin stalls and other successful fundraisers, as well as Ride with Pride, a program to incentivize positive behavior in young adults for the betterment of the community.

Our students had the ability to participate in leadership and decision making activities. These activities included working as a delegation with other students to create a new mental health law. They also had practice with money allocation in an activity where they were presented with different high-need roleplay situations and had to debate and decide which situation would receive a grant of $1000.

Thank you to Branden Nicholas, Kaiya Scott, Alondra Hopkins and Jackson VanderMeer for representing Ferndale High School at the highest level. Thank you to the USA advisors Julie LoPiccolo and Jacob Mell for chaperoning the trip.

February 26, 2020
Oakland County Warns of a Phone Scam Impersonating Oakland County Health Division

Oakland County authorities warn the community of a phone scam targeting older adults with the caller impersonating Oakland County Health Division employees. Numerous older adults reported receiving a phone call from the Health Division requesting social security and Medicare numbers for: Medicare billing, a Medicare breach, or because their doctor said they qualified for a knee brace. Oakland County Health Division does not contact residents to request personal or protected information over the phone.

“This scam targets older adults to obtain their sensitive information by impersonating our organization,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “If you receive a call and are unsure if it is a scam, ask the caller for their name, a return phone number and avoid sharing any personal information over the phone. Then report suspicious behavior to authorities.”

February 25, 2020
Madelyn Porter and Tony Lucas performed for Black History Month

Madelyn Porter and Tony Lucas performed at Ferndale Upper and Lower in celebration of Black History Month. Thank you for the wonderful lessons and experiences. A brief video is available on our Facebook page.

February 24, 2020
Ferndale SEL In the News

The Detroit News featured Ferndale Schools in a recent article about Social-Emotional Learning. Here's a short excerpt:

“It’s really important to know our students on a deeper level,” [Ferndale third grade teacher Jodi] Prince said. ”We know if they come to school hungry, did they sleep last night? These are the ways for students to feel they belong. It’s a strong desire to feel like they are walking into a family here.”

These rituals are part of the district’s social emotional learning curriculum, which teaches children as part of their school day to understand and manage emotions, feel and show empathy toward others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Follow the Link for the full story.

February 24, 2020
FHS Thespians Prepare for Play, Perform for Politicians

Tonight, members of the cast of “She Loves Me” did a showcase at the Ferndale City Council meeting. Ferndale Mayor Melanie Piana took a photo with the students after their performance!

The musical - while fairly unknown in our community - is based on several popular movies: 

  • "Shop Around the Corner" with Jimmy Stewart
  • "In the Good Old Summertime" with Judy Garland
  • "You've Got Mail" with Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan

It is the story of 2 co-workers who dislike each other at work but come to find out that they are pen-pals who really love each other.

Performances run the weekend of March 23rd and March 27th.

February 22, 2020
Joshua Cook Heads to State Wrestling Meet
26 straight years of FPS representing

On February 15th, the Ferndale Eagles wrestling team took the District Championship title for the second year in a row. At the Regional Meet on the 22nd, FHS Sophomore Joshua Cook placed 2nd at 189lbs, making him our newest state qualifier. This marks 26 straight years in which Ferndale High will be represented at the State Championship Meet! Good luck Joshua, and go Eagles!

February 13, 2020
UHS Leaders Deliver Donations to Youth in Crisis

As part of the Leadership class at University High School, small groups of students are planning and implementing service projects for the UHS community or the community as a whole. UHS students Bobbie Bolden, Robyn Bolden, Tatiana Wilbourn, Anthony Boudreaux, and Lamoune Meeks held fundraisers and donation drives to support Common Ground Sanctuary in Oakland County. Common Ground Sanctuary helps teens and young adults suffering from substance abuse, housing insecurity, suicidal tendencies, and other challenges. Last week, they delivered their donations, which will go to these young people in the residential crisis centers.

February 12, 2020
FHS ACE Early College Student named to All-Michigan Academic Team

Ferndale High School ACE student Sage Porter, in her final year, has been named to the All Michigan Academic Team for Phi Theta Kappa.

February 12, 2020
Robotics Team Engages Community

The FHS Robotics team is an excellent opportunity for students to get active in the community, on top of learning 21st century applied science skills.

The team regularly participates in charity events. Last week, the team packed lunches for the homeless and delivered them to a local church for distribution. “It’s always a good reminder of how fortunate we are.”

The team will also be holding a Blood Drive at FHS on March 3rd from 8:00 am -2:00 pm in the FHS Nest. To join us, sign up at RedCrossBlood.org Event Page

February 12, 2020
TCEC Inducts 7 Honor Society Members

TCEC is excited to induct their first National Honor Society members. Students were nominated by staff based off of their commitment and dedication to their personal successes. These students embody the characteristics of the Honor Society's four pillars which include scholarship, service, leadership and character and we couldn't be prouder to have them represent TCEC.  Our seven members are: Deanna Ashford, Chanj Barnes, Devon Cooper, Makayla Drew, Devere Fogle, Avonte Patterson and Ahmajaye Williams-Jackson.

February 11, 2020
FOROT and FUEL Jump for Joy

Friends of Royal Oak Township's (FOROT's) after-school Double Dutch activity at FUEL was a jumping success! Students were introduced to a creative social activity which included fun, fitness and friends. The activity created a teamwork environment through basic jump rope skills (turning and jumping in the ropes), unity circles, and encouragement from peers and volunteers. Students were confident, anxious, and impressively able to jump in the ropes from the onset. Our volunteers made it happen. Jill Echols, Tiana Starks, and Blake Howard, thank you for your time, energy and dedication to the youth, Double Dutch and our mission. #Jump4Health #FOROT4Health

February 8, 2020
Wrestling Takes League Championship, Again!

THe FHS wrestling team captured the league championship for the second consecutive year. Way to go, Eagles!

February 7, 2020
100 Donations in 100 Days
Mrs. McNeil's Kinders donate 100 items on 100th Day

To celebrate the 100th day of school, Mrs. McNeil’s Kindergarten class collected 100 items (canned foods, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.) to donate to Open Hands Food Pantry.

February 7, 2020
National Honor Society Donates lunches to Warming Center

On Friday, 2/7, the FHS NHS made 80 lunches for the South Oakland Warming Center shelter program.

The lunches were delivered to Genesis in Royal Oak where adults are provided shelter at night. Transportation is provided between a network of churches where different services are provided during the day.

February 6, 2020
Support Scholarships with FEA Swag

Support the Ferndale Educational Association with some cool gear! A portion of all purchases will go to the FEA Scholarship Fund.

FEA Swag ShopFor more info about our Technology Integration strategy and past projects, visit ferndaleschools.org/magazine/techgrants/

January 15, 2020
UHS Student Nya Williams Codes for the Win
Williams Reaches Finals in Women in Tech Web Design Competition

Nya Williams made the University high school family proud as our first Finalist in the Advanced Web Design contest sponsored by Michigan Women in Technology. Her impressive website highlighted a Braille development aid. Using HTML and Javascript, the website had outstanding functionality and sleek design. Nya was awarded an honorable mention, a cash prize, and a backpack full of tech goodies. Way to go, Nya!

January 13, 2020
Chiropractor Teaches 6th Grade
Students Learned About Skeletal and Muscular Health

Dr. Andrea Whedon from Claddagh Chiropractic Wellness center visited Mrs. Philip's sixth grade science classroom to discuss the importance of our skeletal system and muscular system. Students learned how our body systems have to work together to keep us healthy. Thanks, Dr. Whedon!

Dr. Whedon shows sixth grade students spinal posture using a skeletal model.

January 10, 2020
Ferndale High BBall Defeats the Undefeated
52-48 comeback win over North Farmington

Story and images from MLive:

Despite turnover issues, missing a lot of shots in the paint and trailing by as much as 11 points in the first half, Ferndale was able to claw its way back in the second half on its home court for a 52-48 win over previously unbeaten North Farmington on Tuesday night.

 6-foot-6 senior Colin Golson was in the paint, scoring 10 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter. Scoring his points in the paint -- an area where both teams struggled to convert throughout large portions the game -- Golson made Ferndale's biggest buckets down the stretch.

"It started off pretty rough," Golson admitted. "… I don't know, it just started clicking."

Read More on MLive.

January 9, 2020
Wrestling Wins Again

The Ferndale Eagles Wrestling team continued their winning ways last night at Avondale High School. The Eagles raised their season record to 7 wins and 2 losses with victories over Avondale 49 to 27 and North Farmington 56 to 12.

Last nights victories gave the Eagles a 2-0 League record as the quest for league and district titles begins in 2020.

January 5, 2020
Ferndale Students Talk about Winter Play on ABC 7

Some awesome Ferndale students showcasing the importance of play. Thank you Playworks Michigan!

Watch the Video on YouTube