Ferndale Middle School

Ferndale Middle School

Serving Grades 6-8

Ferndale Middle School is incredibly unique. FMS offers the small-community feel and personalized attention that Ferndale Schools is famous for, with unprecedented opportunities that come with being located on the Ferndale High School campus.

The mission of Ferndale Middle School is to challenge its school community to attain its highest levels of achievement while providing an environment that is safe, orderly, and respectful of individual and cultural differences.

A Welcome from new FMS Principal Seth Petty

I appreciate the chance to serve as the new Ferndale Middle School principal. Before coming to Ferndale Middle School, I have been working as a building principal for the last five years. I am bringing with me a track record of improving student achievement and reducing suspensions, with experiences ranging from a National Blue Ribbon School to schools previously on the State of Michigan’s priority list and state’s school closure list before making some dramatic turn arounds. At the heart of this success is my dedication to developing strong relationships with families, students, staff and community partners. 
 
Superintendent Bazzi has a vision that inspired me to accept this position. I look forward to both supporting and implementing this vision at FMS. Ferndale Middle School has a strong foundation in place, and I look forward to working with vigor to improve upon student achievement while creating a positive school climate and a safe and nurturing environment for students. Finally, I look forward to meeting with you all on January 31st at 6:00 pm during our scheduled Meet and Greet.

Let’s Get It Started.

Points of Pride 

  • Opportunities for advanced students to take high school classes and compete in high school band
  • 3 years of Spanish
  • 25% of student body in National Junior Honor Society
  • 6th grade Overnight Camp
  • 8th grade trip to Washington D.C.
  • Student Activities: SAFE Night, Green School, charities, athletics, clubs

 

students in hallway

Academic Excellence

Nearly 25% of FMS students are inducted into the FMS National Junior Honor Society for high academic achievement. FMS also offers many honors classes to its students. FMS students interested in extra homework and studying help can participate in after-school tutoring sponsored by the Ferndale High School National Honor Society and Ferndale Youth Assistance.

Electives 

Ferndale Middle School offers more elective classes than any other middle school in Southeast Michigan. These electives allow students to customize their education to what interests them.


World Languages

Beginning in the fall of 2018, Ferndale Middle School will offer Spanish classes for all three years, from 6th-8th grade. Students completing three years of Spanish in middle school at a satisfactory level will be able to enroll in AP Spanish when entering Ferndale High School.

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STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, Engineering)

PLTW provides engineering and biomedical science curricula that challenges and inspires middle school students. Students get rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning. They use industry-leading technology to solve problems while gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity. 

PLTW is the nation's leading STEM solution and is taught in over 6,500 schools across the country. Ferndale Middle School is the only middle school in the area to have PLTW and is currently offering two foundational units: designing and modeling, and automation and robotics. 


Cambridge Program

The Cambridge approach aims to develop learners who are:

  • confident in working with information and ideas - their own and those of others
  • responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others
  • reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn
  • innovative and equipped for new and future challenges
  • engaged intellectually and socially, and ready to make a difference in the world.

Beginning in 2017, Cambridge ELA curriculum will be used to deliver ALL middle school ELA course content.

Cambridge Curriculum for all students:

 

 Social Studies (Global Perspectives)

Language Arts (ELA)

 6th - 8th

6th - 8th 

 

Honors Classes offered for those who qualify:

 

 Math

Language Arts (ELA)

 6th - 8th

6th - 8th 

 

Performing Arts

One of the hallmarks of a Ferndale Schools education is the opportunity to participate in the district’s award-winning fine arts program. FMS students are offered opportunities to participate daily in Wind Ensemble; Symphony and Jazz Band; Symphony, Concert and Fiddlers Orchestra; and Advanced, Concert and Jazz Choir. All ensembles participate in concerts and large group festivals, where they consistently receive superior and excellent ratings.

Educating the Entire Child 

Ferndale Schools is dedicated to educating the entire child. That is why we offer awesome athletic electives like Gym and Swim, but also encourage students to leave their comfort zones and be leaders in electives like Speech and our Peer-to-Peer class, in which a mentor student is matched with a special education student for one-on-one support.

After-School Programs

Ferndale Middle School school provides an active after-school program that includes additional opportunities to participate in sports. All sports are available for both 7th and 8th grade students who are eligible.

FMS courtyard

 

 

Clubs & Activites

FMS Clubs & Activities

 Anime Club
 Book Club
 National Junior Honor Society
 Power Hour Tutoring
 Recycling Club
Jazz Choir
Jazz Band
 Language Club


 Peer to Peer
Geography
 STAND
 Student Council
Student of the Month
WEB Leader Program
 Yearbook

 

FHS Early Start

One of the greatest FMS Advantages is early access to High School level clubs & activities at Ferndale High School.

 Color Guard (8th Grade Only)
 First Robotics (7th & 8th Grade Only)
 Marching Band (8th Grade Only)

 

Athletics

 Fall 

 Winter 

 Spring 

Girls Basketball 

Boys Basketball 

Baseball 

Football  

Co-ed Wrestling 

Softball

 

Volleyball

Track & Field

 

Co-ed Swimming

 

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

FMS Principal: Seth Petty

Seth Petty is appreciative of the chance to serve as the new Ferndale Middle School principal, beginning in January 2019. Mr. Petty has a track record of improving student achievement and reducing suspensions, as a building principal for the last five years.

"I look forward to developing strong relationships with families, students, staff and community partners, and to supporting and implementing Dr. Bazzi's vision at FMS. Recognizing that Ferndale Middle School has a strong foundation in place, I look forward to working with vigor to improve student achievement and maintaining a positive school climate and a safe and nurturing environment for students."

Contact Mr. Petty at Seth.Petty@ferndaleschools.org  or call 248/586-8830. 

 

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Upcoming Events

  • 17 Apr
    • FMS: Early Release Wednesday (Apr.)
      Date: Apr 17
      Time: 7:45 AM to 1:45 PM
      Location: Building Wide
      Calendar: FMS Calendar
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  • 19 Apr
    • FMS - NO SCHOOL - Good Friday
      Date: Apr 19
      Time: 7:45 AM to 2:45 PM
      Location: Building Wide
      Calendar: FMS Calendar
      FMS Students - NO SCHOOL. School resumes for FMS students on Monday, April 22, 2019. View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fms/event/fms---no-school----good-friday/
  • 24 Apr
    • FMS: Early Release Wednesday (Apr.)
      Date: Apr 24
      Time: 7:45 AM to 1:45 PM
      Location: Building Wide
      Calendar: FMS Calendar
      School start time: 7:45 AM School end time: 1:40 PM View the full event details here: https://eventpublisher.dudesolutions.com/ferndaleschools/site/fms/event/fms-early-release-wednesday-apr/

FMS Staff

Administration

Name
Position
Phone
Seth Petty
Principal
Bob Francis
Assistant Principal
248-541-1783
Jean Bokram
Secretary
248-586-8759
Deborah Lofton
Secretary
248-586-8900

Curriculum & Instruction

Name
Position
Phone
Tom Maes
Math Curriculum Coordinator
248-586-8666

Special Education

Name
Position
Phone
Torre Church
Physical Therapist
Theresa Harvey
Reading Specialist
248-547-1700
Amy Ceglarek
Teacher
248-586-8600
Michael Huff
Teacher
248-541-1783
Nicole Kata
Teacher
248-586-8600
Angela Perri
Teacher
Kimberly Eby
ParaProfessional
Corbin Newman
ParaProfessional

6th Grade

Name
Position
Phone
Aaron Blatt
Teacher
Caitlin Klaper
Teacher
Michelle Morden
Teacher
248-547-1700
Mike Sigler
Teacher
248-547-1700
Elaine Zold
Teacher
248-547-0880

Art

Name
Position
Phone
Lori Tousignant
Art Teacher

Dance

Name
Position
Phone
Jan Whinham
Teacher
248-586-8600

Drama

Name
Position
Phone
Melissa Smith-Muarer
Teacher
248-586-8600

English

Name
Position
Phone
James Pagonas
English Teacher

ESL

Name
Position
Phone
Mihaela Niculescu
Teacher
248-541-1783

History

Name
Position
Phone
Scott Jeffrey
Teacher
248-541-1783
James Pagonas
Teacher
Todd Whalen
Teacher
248-586-8600

Language Arts

Name
Position
Phone
Derek Adams
Spanish Teacher
248-586-8782
Spanish Teacher
Mary Ferrini
Teacher
248-541-1783
Rick Piornack
Teacher
248-541-1783

Math

Name
Position
Phone
Rachel Haddad
Math Interventionist
Nathan Austin
Teacher
Philip Jeena
Teacher
David Murdock
Teacher
248-586-8846

Music

Name
Position
Phone
Tim Burke
Band Director - Jazz
248-547-0880
Elon Jamison
Band Teacher
248-547-0880
Orchestra Teacher
248-547-0880
Kim Schroeder
Vocal Music Teacher
248-547-0880

Physical Education

Name
Position
Phone
David Garlow
Teacher
Anthony Warkoczeski
Teacher
248-541-1783

Science

Name
Position
Phone
Samantha Coram
Teacher
Ryan Dunlap
Teacher
248-586-8600
Akilah Evans
Teacher
248-541-1783
Philip Jeena
Teacher
Jeena Philip
Teacher
1-248-586-8831 x2222

Social Studies

Name
Position
Phone
James Pagonas
Social Studies Teacher
Todd Whalen
Teacher
248-586-8600

Staff

Name
Position
Phone
Alison Shank
Police Liaison
Barbara Ponkey
staff
Akisha Allen
ParaProfessional
248-541-1783
Jenan Kakos-Nieman
ParaProfessional
248-548-1950

Student Services

Name
Position
Phone
Carolyn Nicholson
Counselor
248-541-1783 x8839
Sandra Bruner
Resource Room
248-548-1950
Anne Kelly
Social Worker
248-541-1783 x4094

Maintenance

Name
Position
Phone
Eric Newton
Custodian

Food Service

Name
Position
Phone
Yolanda Johnson
Cafeteria Director
248-541-1783