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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
Blessing Returning to Backpacks
family support program returns for 2020-21 school year with curbside pick-up

Blessings in a Backpack is up and running as of Thursday, September 17th. Bags will be available for pickup curbside at FECC, FMS, and FUEL from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

  • Ferndale Early Childhood Center – 2920 Burdette St in Ferndale
    • Bags will be available on the North Parking Lot
  • Ferndale Middle School – 725 Pinecrest Dr in Ferndale
    • Bags will be available in the north driveway.
  • Ferndale Upper Elementary – 24220 Rosewood in Oak Park
    • Bags will be available in the south driveway.
    • Note: if a bus is there and loading children, please DO NOT drive through. Please wait and proceed once the bus leaves.

Dates for curbside pickup:

  • September 17th, 2020
  • October 1st, 2020
  • October 15th, 2020
  • October 29th, 2020
  • November 12th, 2020
  • November 23rd, 2020 (Monday)
  • December 10th, 2020

Blessings in a Backpack is a “neighbor-helping-neighbor” program that is designed to help bridge the gap of the nutritional needs of children from the Ferndale School District. Please email Lindsay Gonska with any questions: lindsay.gonska@ferndaleschools.org

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!"

Curbside Meals Expanding
Snacks and Supper will be included, starting September 28th

Curbside, contactless meal pick-up will be including Supper and Snack beginning September 28th, 2020. All meals are FREE to all children during this challenging time.

More Info on Meal Distribution for Children »

September 15, 2020
Complete the Census
Official deadline is December 31, 2020

Have you completed the US Census? Effecting School lunches, plans for highways, support for firefighters, social services, and families in need, census results affect your community every day.

If you haven't taken the time to complete the U.S. Census, it is not too late. Federal statute states that the Census needs to be completed by December 31st, 2020. The census takes an average of 10 minutes to complete for an entire household. Please follow the link below to file your census data today.

US Census

Every citizen is legally required to fill out the census, and your information is kept private and secure. Census data is only used to provide statistical reports. The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.

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 3, 2020
Meal Pickup Days Move to Monday & Thursday

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 and lunch including milk. Vegetarian options are available upon request.

Due to Labor Day building closures, meals intended for Tuesday (9/8/20) were given on Wed (9/2/20), in anticipation for the holiday. 

We will be open for service 9:00 am–Noon on Wednesday the 9th and Thursday the 10th for this week only.

FMS exterior with glass awning

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
FB Live Special Education Session
Great Follow-up Resources


The wonderful Ferndale Special Education Staff created this curated list of follow-up parent resources that are linked to the questions/ topics of discussion from the SE Facebook Live session-

SE Facebook Live- Follow-up Resources for Parents

May 30, 2020
Ferndale SE Parent Resource Wakelet
Remote Learning Support & Resources for Parents


Hello Parents and Families! 

Please make sure to check out this Ferndale Special Education Parent Resource Wakelet, for great tips, information, and resources.  Content is previewed, selected and regularly updated by Amy Hawtin, Ferndale School Psychologist.

May 30, 2020
Ferndale Special Education Parent Group #2- May 28, 2020
Behavior Supports


Ferndale Parents/ Family Members, If you missed the May 28 Special Ed Parent Meeting, you can view the presentation re: Behavior Supports here- see the link below!


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.
  • Teacher - Mrs. Camille Guinn
  • Support - Ms. Shelby Martin
  • Teacher - Mr. Michael Peri
  • Support - Mrs. Susan Humphreys
  • Teacher - Mrs. Jodi Prince
  • Support - Ms. Hallie Griffin
  • Teacher - Mrs. Michelle Morden
  • Support - Officer Alison Shank
  • Teacher - Mrs. Shannon Lopiccolo
  • Support - Mrs. Kim Ellis
  • Teacher - Mrs. Amanda Goodson
  • Support - Mrs. Pat Tootikian-Hachigian
  • 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,



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
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 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