Students will be instructed by certified Ferndale Schools teachers in all core subjects. A combination of online and offline activities will be planned for students.
- All necessary educational materials will be provided.
- Participation, assignments, activities are required. Teachers will provide students with feedback and grades where applicable.
Support your child’s management of the school experience. Provide flexibility and consistency in your child’s virtual experience. Maintain communication with your child’s teacher.
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.
Learning Management System
All classes will be taught and directed by our amazing Ferndale Schools teachers. To help facilitate this online learning, the district has purchased Canvas–a Learning Management System which will provide teachers and students with a single sign-on location for accessing classes. Google Suite and other programs currently in use (Journeys, Envision, IXL) will be linked into your Canvas account when you login.
This will allow for a seamless transition between platforms for all students and their families.
What is Canvas?
Canvas is a single location Learning Management Platform that hosts all of your apps in one single-sign-on location. With its highly integrated learning products, teachers have built digital learning environments to meet the unique challenges faced by distance learning.
Because Canvas is a web-based system, it doesn’t need to be installed on your computer. However, you’ll want to make sure that your computer meets the basic requirements to run Canvas. You’ll also want to verify that Canvas supports your web browser before you get started.
Canvas Start-up Video Guide
Synchronous Instruction Explanation
To provide a classroom experience and an opportunity for students to interact with teachers and classmates, we will be using Google Meet video conferencing tools. Students are expected to virtually attend scheduled class periods regularly. Courses will begin promptly, and students should be ready to begin on time.
Google Meet Tutorials
The technology department will be the single point of contact in reference to technology related topics, issues, concerns, check-in and checkout. If you have a technology related question or need to request a Chromebook or other needed technology, please contact the service desk using one of the methods below.
Chromebooks, Kajeets (wireless internet cards) and additional wireless options are being provided to any family that requests technology.
FPS has developed a Partnership Program through Xfinity. Details are below. Learning Support Labs are also available with internet access for students who are able to attend.
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 is determined my Comcast's Internet Essentials terms and conditions:
Household must qualify for programs like the National School Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI and others
Live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available
Have not had Comcast Internet in the last 90 days
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.
Elementary Meet Codes
For live (synchronous learning), all K-5 students will use teacher nickname following this format: schoolnameteacherlastname
Example: fueldavis, fueltrolinger
Example: lowerperi, lowerrandle
Essentials class codes will follow the same format:
Where to Start
Start by logging into your student account on your Chromebook. Our Technology Department has loaded links and resources onto your Chrome browser to help you quickly navigate the virtual classroom.
- Every morning, log into Canvas to begin your day.
From Canvas, students will select their classroom and see content for the day. The video below will give you a brief tour of switching between views in the first minute.
Your teacher may be using other apps to share content or host classwork, such as SeeSaw or Google Classroom. All of this content will be accessible from Canvas.