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April 2, 2020
School Buildings Closed to Students for Remainder of the School Year

Dear Ferndale Family,
Earlier today Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan schools (PreK-12th) would be closed for the remainder of the school year. K-12 school sports activities and other in-person extracurricular school activities are also suspended while any state of emergency or state of disaster prompted by COVID-19 is in effect.

The safety of our students and staff will always be our top priority and we fully support the Governor's decision to take all necessary measures to keep our school family and community safe. 

This is a time of great uncertainty and unfortunately we do not have all of the answers right now.  However, here is what we do know. 

  • Online instruction will continue through the regularly scheduled last day of school in June.
    • Each school district will be required to develop a learning plan for the remainder of the year that must be submitted and approved by our Intermediate School District, Oakland Schools.  
       
    • The State of Michigan is currently developing a generic learning plan template for districts to follow.  Each school district’s plan will be slightly different to ensure they are appropriate, equitable and accessible for all students and families.  Plans must also include how districts will manage and monitor student progress.
       
    • Once our Ferndale Schools plan is finalized and approved we will share it with the public.  We do not have a current timeline for when this will be completed as we do not have the States full expectations as of yet nor do we know how long it will take to gain approval from Oakland Schools.  We will keep you updated on the progress of the plans creation and approval.
       
    • If you are in need of technology to help facilitate online learning, please fill out this Google Form.Google Forms
  • Additional packets/resources will be mailed home in the coming weeks.
    • During this crisis we understand that some families are quarantining together at a residence that we do not have listed in our system.  In an effort to ensure your students' school work packet reaches them please ensure the address you are currently residing is up to date in the MiStar system.  To temporarily update your address during the crisis please contact our MiStar help desk email at mistarhelp@ferndaleschools.org.  Please include the address you would like us to use during the crisis along with your student(s) name & grade.
  • Seniors on track to graduate, will graduate and all other students will move up a grade. 
    • To our Seniors, I am especially sorry. The last few months of my high school career hold some of my fondest memories and it breaks my heart to know you will not have an opportunity to have many of these experiences. I promise you that we will hold a senior prom and commencement ceremony as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so.
  • Current high school juniors will be given an opportunity next fall to take the SAT sometime in October, to make up for the state-funded college entrance exam they would have taken in April if schools had not been closed.
     
  • Food Service will continue through the end of the school year in June.
    • However, due to staffing levels we will be reducing the number of days we will be distributing food.  Please note that we will still provide food for the entire week, we will simply be distributing meals for multiple days at once.
       
      • During the week of Spring break will be distributing meals on Monday (April 6th) and Wednesday (April 8th) ONLY.
        • You will be able to pick up multiple meals on each of those days. 
    • After Spring break, Food Service will serve meals Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Ferndale Upper, Ferndale High School and University High School from 10am to Noon (you will be able to pick up multiple meals on each of those days). 
  • Next week we will pause instruction for Spring Break.  Instruction will resume on Monday, April 13th.

I am sure our entire Ferndale Family has many more questions about how this closure will impact our school community. As we learn more and finalize our plans we will share that information in the coming days.

Today’s decision from Governor Whitmer was not the outcome any of us wished for. We want nothing more than to return to the classroom to see all of your smiling faces, eager to learn. Unfortunately, at this time, that simply is not possible. We promise to do everything we can to ensure our students have the best educational experience possible moving forward.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Stay home, stay safe.

In Education,
Dania H. Bazzi, PhD

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 23, 2020
Spring Break Camps Cancelled

Due to today's extension of our school closure (until April 13th) according to Governor Whitmer's order, we regret to inform you all that we will have to cancel all Spring Break Camps.

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 10, 2020
Sadorian Robertson advances to National Merit Finals

FHS Senior scholar Sadorian Robertson has been selected as a finalist to be considered for a national merit scholarship. She has been selected as one of 15,000 students from more than 50,000 entrants to advance to the final selection process. Finalists must demonstrate consistently very high performance in grades 9-12 and in any early college coursework. Congratulations, Sadorian, on your achievements; and good luck in the final selection process!

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 23, 2020
Saturday Tutoring Begins at The Nest

Starting this Saturday: Saturday tutoring (or a quiet space to work) available for all FPS students in grades 6-12 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Nest. Chromebooks will be available for use, as well. View the flyer for all upcoming Saturday Tutoring dates.

 

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
Dancing Eagles Break a Leg

The 2020 Concert of Dance–titled "Fantasy or Reality"–was held on Thursday, January 9th. The dancers performed beautifully under the exceptional direction of Ms. Janet Whinham. Bravo to all!

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 6, 2020
FMS Math Club Starts Jan 30th

Ferndale Middle School Math Club (all grades) starting January 30 th! The aim is to foster a love of mathematics, develop problem solving skills, and appreciate math in the real world. (Directly after school until 3:45 pm) To sign up, please go to FerndaleSchools.org/mathclub

All meetings will be held in the 2nd floor Info Station with Dr. Bazzi & Mr. Maes.

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