2020 will begin ALL VIRTUAL. In-person Learning Labs will be available for students Mon-Thurs.

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Welcome Letters & School Supplies

Even though we can't give you a high-five or a warm hug this year, we are glad to have our students continuing their education this fall. Building specific letters and information is contained below.

A Note on School Supplies:

Maintaining consistent organizational habits is just as important for students working from home. While we will be starting the school year all-digital, there will still be handouts and worksheets. Whether or not we are able to return to classrooms this school year, it is important to keep study materials organized and available as needed.


Early Childhood Center

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While it may look different, we are so excited to get to know you and your child and share a year full of growth, love, play and laughter!  Read about our educational approach in the Welcome Letter below.

Seesaw Login Help

If you are having trouble when trying to login to your child's SeeSaw account, try the steps below:

  1. Open the Seesaw app or go to app.seesaw.me
  2. Select I'm a Student:
    1. IF USING MOBILE, you may see this screen. Select Google/Email Sign In at the bottom:
  3. Select Sign In With Google button at the top :
    Seesaw login screenshot showing Sign In with Google button at the top.

Daily Schedule

Learning from home is not learning alone, which is important for our youngest learners. Review our schedule below.

Google Account

All Ferndale School students have google accounts. Using a Single Sign-On process, students can access most learning resources by clicking Sign On Using Google buttons where available and entering student account info.

Students' Google/Network Login Information can be found on the MISTAR Student Profile page (you must search for student first) under the Network Login section. This is where you can locate students' email addresses and associated password.

Parents also have access to view this information on the MISTAR Parent Portal, under Network Login.

MISTAR & Communications

If you are not receiving communications from Remind via either email, phone, or text, you may need to update your contact information in MISTAR. To do this, or to use MISTAR for anything else, access your account through the MISTAR Student Connect Portal or MISTAR Parent Portal.


Lower Elementary

Ferndale Lower Elementary (FLower) is ready to welcome our students to the 2020-2021 school year. Read Principal Keefe's welcome letter for all the details.

Welcome Letter - Webpage 

Kindergarten & First Fives Storybook

Principal Keefe and the K-2 family have prepared a storybook to help our Kindergarten and First Fives students begin their journey at Ferndale Lower Elementary

Daily Schedule

Whether your student is learning from home or at a Learning Support Lab, the daily schedule will remain the same. Students are expected to be logged into synchronous learning sessions using Google Meet at the times specified on the schedule. 

View the schedule on our Schedules webpage 

Lower Elementary Essentials schedule

School Supplies

Most student supplies will be provided by the school this year. Additional optional items are included in the supply lists linked below.

Optional School Supply List - Webpage

Picture Order Form

Details regarding school picture day have been sent home to families. The school picture order form is below. Please print and return with your student if you wish to receive pictures.

Google Account

All Ferndale School students have google accounts. Using a Single Sign-On process, students can access most learning resources by clicking Sign On Using Google buttons where available and entering student account info.

Students' Google/Network Login Information can be found on the MISTAR Student Profile page (you must search for student first) under the Network Login section. This is where you can locate students' email addresses and associated password.

Parents also have access to view this information on the MISTAR Parent Portal, under Network Login.

MISTAR & Communications

If you are not receiving communications from Remind via either email, phone, or text, you may need to update your contact information in MISTAR. To do this, or to use MISTAR for anything else, access your account through the MISTAR Student Connect Portal or MISTAR Parent Portal.

Lower Elementary Optional School Supply Lists (Printable version linked above)

Kindergarten

The staff will provide the following materials for families: 

  • Yoobi kit (includes 6 pencils, child scissors, 3 erasers, 5 colored pencils, 2 glue sticks, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 folder, 8 tiny crayons)
  • Whiteboard and a dry erase marker 
  • Notebook 
  • Journeys workbooks 
  • Envision Math Books 
  • Letter and Number cards
  • Book Bin and Pencil Box for supplies

The following are additional recommended items for home learning (but not required!): 

  • Earbuds or headphones  
  • Math manipulatives/counters 

All learners need a quiet place to learn.


First Grade

The staff will provide the following materials for families: 

  • Yoobi kit (includes 6 pencils, 3 erasers, 5 colored pencils, 2 glue sticks, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 folder, 8 tiny crayons, 1 6 inch ruler)
  • Whiteboard and a dry erase marker 
  • Notebook 
  • Journeys workbooks and Readers
  • Envision Math Books 
  • Book Bin and Pencil Box for supplies

The following are additional recommended items for home learning (but not required!):

  • Post it notes 
  • Earbuds or headphones  
  • Math manipulatives/counters 
  • scissors

All learners need a quiet place to learn


Second Grade

The staff will provide the following materials for families: 

  • Yoobi kit (includes 6 pencils, 3 erasers, 5 colored pencils, 2 glue sticks, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 folder, 8 tiny crayons, 1 6 inch ruler)
  • Whiteboard and a dry erase marker 
  • Notebook 
  • Journeys workbooks and Readers
  • Envision Math Books 
  • Book Bin and Pencil Box for supplies

The following are additional recommended items for home learning (but not required!):

  • Post it notes 
  • Earbuds or headphones  
  • scissors

All learners need a quiet place to learn


Upper Elementary

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Ferndale Upper Elementary (FUEL) is ready to start the new school year. Read the welcome letter from Principal Jeffrey below for all the details you need to know.

Welcome Letter 

Daily Schedule

Whether your student is learning from home or at a Learning Support Lab, the daily schedule will remain the same. Students are expected to be logged into synchronous learning sessions using Google Meet at the times specified on the schedule. 

View the schedule on our Schedules webpage 

Printable Elementary Schedule

Montessori Schedule

The Montessori classroom has a different schedule, located at the link below.

View the schedule on our Schedules webpage 

School Supplies

Most student supplies will be provided by the school this year. Additional optional items are included in the supply lists linked below.

School Pictures

Details regarding school picture day have been sent home to families. The school picture order form is below. Please print and return with your student if you wish to receive pictures.

Google Account

All Ferndale School students have google accounts. Using a Single Sign-On process, students can access most learning resources by clicking Sign On Using Google buttons where available and entering student account info.

Students' Google/Network Login Information can be found on the MISTAR Student Profile page (you must search for student first) under the Network Login section. This is where you can locate students' email addresses and associated password.

Parents also have access to view this information on the MISTAR Parent Portal, under Network Login.

MISTAR & Communications

If you are not receiving communications from Remind via either email, phone, or text, you may need to update your contact information in MISTAR. To do this, or to use MISTAR for anything else, access your account through the MISTAR Student Connect Portal or MISTAR Parent Portal.

FUEL Optional School Supply Lists (Printable version linked above)

Mrs. Williams’ Class                       

Bolded items are the MOST needed.

  • spare set of clothes
  • reusable water bottle
  • Ziploc Bags (any brand and any size)
  • - gallon, sandwich, snack size
  • 2 boxes of tissue
  • hand sanitizer
  • paper towel
  • paper plates
  • liquid dish soap (also can be found at dollar store)

These donations also appreciated:

  • Clorox wipes
  • diaper wipes
  • hand liquid soap

Montessori

The FUEL staff will provide the following materials: 

  • Yoobi kit (includes 6 pencils, 3 erasers, 5 colored pencils, 3 glue sticks, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 folder, 8 tiny crayons, 1 6 inch ruler)
  • 2 Highlighters
  • Whiteboard and 3 dry erase markers 
  • Composition Notebook 
  • Graph paper
  • Handwriting Without Tears Books
  • Envision Math Books 

Other materials may be available for pickup throughout the semester based on individual learning progress! 

The following are additional recommended items for home learning (but not required!): 

  • Post it notes 
  • Earbuds or headphones 
  • A learning space at home 

Third Grade

The FUEL staff will provide the following materials: 

  • Yoobi kit (includes 6 pencils, 3 erasers, 5 colored pencils, 3 glue sticks, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 folder, 8 tiny crayons, 1 6 inch ruler)
  • 2 Highlighters
  • Measuring tape
  • Whiteboard and 3 dry erase markers 
  • Composition Notebook 
  • Journeys Readers Notebooks & Writer’s Notebooks
  • Envision Math Books 
  • Multiplication Chart

The following are additional recommended items for home learning (but not required!): 

  • Post it notes 
  • Earbuds or headphones  
  • Math manipulatives/counters
  • A learning space at home (have your child get creative!)

Fourth Grade

The FUEL staff will provide the following materials: 

  • Yoobi kit (includes 6 pencils, 3 erasers, 5 colored pencils, 3 glue sticks, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 folder, 8 tiny crayons, 1 6 inch ruler)
  • 2 Highlighters
  • Protractor
  • Whiteboard and 3 dry erase markers 
  • Composition Notebook 
  • Journeys Readers Notebooks & Close Readers 
  • Envision Math Books 
  • Multiplication chart

The following are additional recommended items for home learning (but not required!): 

  • Post it notes 
  • Earbuds or headphones 
  • Math manipulatives or counters
  • A learning space at home (have your child get creative!)

Fifth Grade

The FUEL staff will provide the following materials: 

  • Yoobi kit (includes 6 pencils, 3 erasers, 5 colored pencils, 3 glue sticks, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 folder, 8 tiny crayons, 1 6 inch ruler)
  • 2 Highlighters
  • Whiteboard and 3 dry erase markers 
  • Composition Notebook 
  • Journeys Readers Notebooks & Close Readers 
  • Envision Math Books 
  • Multiplication chart

The following are additional recommended items for home learning (but not required!): 

  • Post it notes 
  • Earbuds or headphones 
  • Math manipulatives or counters 
  • A learning space at home (have your child get creative!) 


 

Ferndale Middle School

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Ferndale Middle School will be proceeding according to Secondary education guidelines with all virtual learning for the first semester of 2020. Read about important dates and info in Principal Petty's welcome letter below

Grade Level Newsletters

6th, 7th, and 8th grade teachers are now publishing a weekly newsletter. You can view the newsletter on the FMS News page.

FMS News Page

Learning Support Labs

Our Board of Education has approved an in-person Learning Support Lab at each of our buildings beginning September 14th. The lab is for students who need internet access or assistance navigating our online system for the first semester. Please note that these are not in-person instruction - students will be socially distanced with masks 10 feet apart in the commons area and will have access to a workstation with a computer to complete their synchronous (online) learning with their teachers. Learn more in the letter below.

FMS Learning Lab Info & Interest Form

Google Account

All Ferndale School students have google accounts. Using a Single Sign-On process, students can access most learning resources by clicking Sign On Using Google buttons where available and entering student account info.

Students' Google/Network Login Information can be found on the MISTAR Student Profile page (you must search for student first) under the Network Login section. This is where you can locate students' email addresses and associated password.

Parents also have access to view this information on the MISTAR Parent Portal, under Network Login.

MISTAR & Communications

If you are not receiving communications from Remind via either email, phone, or text, you may need to update your contact information in MISTAR. To do this, or to use MISTAR for anything else, access your account through the MISTAR Student Connect Portal or MISTAR Parent Portal.

FMS Supply List

Middle school students will need:

  • A trapper keeper
  • 4 spiral notebooks (one each: red, yellow, blue, green)
  • 4 pocket folders (one each: red, yellow, blue, green)
  • 1 student planner
  • 10 pencils
  • 4 blue ball point pens
  • 5 erasers


Ferndale High School

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FHS is welcoming our new Principal, Radhika Issac. Read her letter below for all the information you need to know before the start of the school year 2020-2021.

FHS Welcome Letter 

Picture ID & Tech Pick-Up

Though we will be virtual for the 1st semester it is important that we have student ID’s. The Class of 2021 will be taking Senior ID  and Gown pictures on August 27th. Students will also have the opportunity to pick up Chromebooks if needed. Details and schedule are in the document linked below.

PDF DocumentSchool Picture Order Form

FHS Picture ID/Tech Pick-Up Letter  

Learning Support Labs

Our Board of Education has approved an in-person Learning Support Lab at each of our buildings beginning September 14th. The lab is for students who need internet access or assistance navigating our online system for the first semester. Please note that these are not in-person instruction - students will be socially distanced with masks 10 feet apart in the commons area and will have access to a workstation with a computer to complete their synchronous (online) learning with their teachers. Learn more in the letter below.

Location

FHS Commons

Hours

Monday - Thursday, 9:45am - 2pm

Safety

Mask
 

  • All will wear a mask (unless eating) while in the building.

Temperature Check
 

  • Students will have their temperature checked prior to entry into the building.
  • Students with a temperature greater than 100.3 will be moved to the Dance Studio and Choir Room for pick-up.

Learning Support Labs at FHS are a drop-in service. However, to help us prepare for a productive and safe environment, we ask that students complete the Learning Support Lab Reservation Form for September.

FHS Learning Lab Reservation Form

Daily Schedule

Whether your student is learning from home or at a Learning Support Lab, the daily schedule will remain the same. Students are expected to be logged into synchronous learning sessions using Google Meet at the times specified on the schedule. 

View the schedule on our Schedules webpage Printable Secondary Schedule 

Monthly Material Pick-Up

Each month students will have an opportunity to pick up any materials needed for their classes.

  • Each student’s teacher will let them know if they have specific materials to pick up for their class.
  • There will be some general supplies available for those that may need them. These include pencils, erasers, folders, rulers, and coloring materials.
  • The pick up dates are 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, and 12/11.
    • 9-10am Last Names A-G
    • 10-11am Last Names H - M
    • 12-1pm Last Names N - S
    • 1-2pm Last Names T - Z
  • Students will enter the building at the student parking lot entrance and exit through the Commons. There will be tables set up along the path.

Freshman Orientation

Hello Class of 2024!

Please view the recordings below of our Virtual FHS Freshman Orientation from Friday, August 21, 2020. This orientation was presented by by Mr. Butler (Vice Principal/Athletic Director) and Mr. Bruner (Vice Principal).

Upcoming Dates
 

  • September 4: NO SCHOOL
  • September 7: NO SCHOOL
  • September 11: Materials Pick Up Day for students who have been notified by their teacher and / or need general school supplies.
  • September 14: Start of FHS in-person Learning Support Labs, Monday - Thursday, 9:45am - 2pm.
  • September 24: Curriculum Night and Senior Parent Night. Please note that senior parents will be able to attend both.
  • October 14: Parent Teacher Conferences will be held virtually 5:00-8:00pm.
  • October 14: Picture ID make up, Senior Gown Photos will be available at FHS. 2:30-6:30pm.
  • October 15: Parent Teacher Conferences will be held virtually 5:00-8:00pm.
  • October 16: Half Day of School

Google Account

All Ferndale School students have google accounts. Using a Single Sign-On process, students can access most learning resources by clicking Sign On Using Google buttons where available and entering student account info.

Students' Google/Network Login Information can be found on the MISTAR Student Profile page (you must search for student first) under the Network Login section. This is where you can locate students' email addresses and associated password.

Parents also have access to view this information on the MISTAR Parent Portal, under Network Login.

MISTAR & Communications

If you are not receiving communications from Remind via either email, phone, or text, you may need to update your contact information in MISTAR. To do this, or to use MISTAR for anything else, access your account through the MISTAR Student Connect Portal or MISTAR Parent Portal.

FHS Freshman Orientation Videos

Freshman - Last Names A-M

Freshman - Last Names N-Z


University High School

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UHS is welcoming our new Principal, and it is a familiar face: David Gardner. Read his letter below for all the information you need to know before the start of the school year 2020-2021.

Learning Support Labs

Our Board of Education has approved an in-person Learning Support Lab at each of our buildings beginning September 14th. The lab is for students who need internet access or assistance navigating our online system for the first semester. Please note that these are not in-person instruction - students will be socially distanced with masks 10 feet apart in the commons area and will have access to a workstation with a computer to complete their synchronous (online) learning with their teachers. Learn more in the letter below.

Learning Support Lab Sign-Up - September 2020 

Learning Support Lab Sign-up - October 2020

Daily Schedule

Whether your student is learning from home or at a Learning Support Lab, the daily schedule will remain the same. Students are expected to be logged into synchronous learning sessions using Google Meet at the times specified on the schedule. 

School Bussing

Bussing to and from Learning Support Labs will be available. Please fill out the application form below to be registered.

Bus Application Form 

Google Account

All Ferndale School students have google accounts. Using a Single Sign-On process, students can access most learning resources by clicking Sign On Using Google buttons where available and entering student account info.

Students' Google/Network Login Information can be found on the MISTAR Student Profile page (you must search for student first) under the Network Login section. This is where you can locate students' email addresses and associated password.

Parents also have access to view this information on the MISTAR Parent Portal, under Network Login.

MISTAR & Communications

If you are not receiving communications from Remind via either email, phone, or text, you may need to update your contact information in MISTAR. To do this, or to use MISTAR for anything else, access your account through the MISTAR Student Connect Portal or MISTAR Parent Portal.


Tri-County Educational Center

The TCEC is now offering an all-virtual Middle School option in addition to our core High School learning models for students and adults. Principal Karl Khoury has more important dates in the letter and notes below.

Important TCEC Dates

Student Technology Pick-up:

September 10th is the final pick-up date for students who need to borrow a chromebook or other technology for the coming school year. Technology pick-ups will be completed at the main entrance of Ferndale High School (871 Pinecrest, Ferndale, MI 48220). Please remember that you must be wearing a mask in order to enter the building. We ask that you please fill out the Technology Needs Survey prior to coming.

Technology Needs Survey

September 10th 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

**If you are a returning student and received technology last year, you are asked to hold onto that technology for the 2020-2021 school year or bring it to the technology pick-up to exchange**

First Day of School:
 

  • Monday, August 31, 2020

First Day of Synchronous Learning:
 

  • Monday, September 8, 2020

Count Period:
 

  • Wednesday, October 7 - Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Google Account

All Ferndale School students have google accounts. Using a Single Sign-On process, students can access most learning resources by clicking Sign On Using Google buttons where available and entering student account info.

Students' Google/Network Login Information can be found on the MISTAR Student Profile page (you must search for student first) under the Network Login section. This is where you can locate students' email addresses and associated password.

Parents also have access to view this information on the MISTAR Parent Portal, under Network Login.

MISTAR & Communications

If you are not receiving communications from Remind via either email, phone, or text, you may need to update your contact information in MISTAR. To do this, or to use MISTAR for anything else, access your account through the MISTAR Student Connect Portal or MISTAR Parent Portal.

MISTAR

If you are not receiving communications from Remind via either email, phone, or text, you may need to update your contact information in MISTAR. To do this, or to use MISTAR for anything else, access your account through the MISTAR Student Connect Portal or MISTAR Parent Portal.

Tech Support

Free Internet Essentials from Comcast & Ferndale Schools

Through a partnership with Xfinity, qualifying households can get free home internet essentials package including a modem and wireless router at no additional cost. Monthly subscription fees will be covered by the district at a reduced rate through this Internet Essentials Partnership Program. Eligibility terms and application is available from Comcast's website!

Eligibility

Eligibility is determined my Comcast's Internet Essentials terms and conditions:

  1. Household must qualify for programs like the National School Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI and others

  2. Live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available

  3. Have not had Comcast Internet in the last 90 days

  4. Households who owe money to Comcast may still qualify if approved by 12/31/20

Promo Code Request

During the application process, you must enter a unique promo code, provided to you by Ferndale Schools. To request a promo code, contact Aubria Agnello at Aubrie.Agnello@oakland.k12.mi.us.

Tech Support

Ferndale Schools is provided Tech Support services through Oakland Schools, or Intermediate School District. There are multiple ways to contact them.

Email

osservicedesk@oakland.k12.mi.us

Live Chat & Service Ticket Tracking

Create an account in the ticketing system with just your e-mail address so you can enter, update and track your technology requests, and receive Live Chat help.

Service Desk Sign-Up

Phone

During this time of the year, Oakland Schools is experiencing extremely high call volumes and encourages you to enter tickets through the customer portal or email to avoid long wait times on hold,

  • (248)209-2060