Ferndale Middle School News
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!
Please join us in learning realistic techniques used to address the topic of grief and loss with your children. This free parent workshop will discuss the three tasks of grief, trends, resources and how to support children as they journey through the world of grief.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Ferndale High School (The Nest-Media Center) 881 Pinecrest Ferndale, MI 48220
Oakland Schools and the Oakland Schools Education Foundation have developed the Game and Invention Challenge, an event designed to inspire all Oakland County students in grades 1-12 to use creativity, critical thinking and STEM skills to develop games, inventions or solutions to problems.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 7, 2020. Deadline to register is Jan. 31, 2020 and the deadline to submit all entry materials is Feb. 14, 2020. Registration is $25. The Challenge is limited to 50 individuals or teams and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
Ferndale Middle School is looking for a volleyball coach.
Interested in leading our Middle School Eagles? Call 248-586-8662.
This week's eblast is all about travel, near and far, and just in time for holiday traffic! Students went to Campus Martius, to Stanford, and even to Merry Old England. Drive safe out there, everybody. See you next year!
Welcome Back! Watch our new showcase video and fill out our survey about the upcoming Bond proposal. We also have quite a few reminders, upcoming events, and opportunities you won't want to miss. Check it out!
We are so excited to share that, this year, Ferndale Schools will be moving to a new communication platform called “Q Communication.” This new platform will encompass all school-to-family communication. This new system will allow families to view communication from all of your students in a single dashboard. Q Communication is also embedded within MiStar, which will allow for a seamless experience for our parents. Now, with a single log-in, parents can access all district, school, and classroom announcements in one place!
We have a very full eblast this week to lead into a long weekend honoring our veterans. Read about Galileo Leaders, environmental clean-up, student poets & thespians, Middle School adventures far & near, and so much more. Enjoy!
We have great stories from around the district, as usual. College-bound athletes, an amazing board member, one of the Brightest and Best students in the state, a new book club, and so much more. Read the eblast to get all the news.
The orchestra is practicing their commisioned composition. Read a sneak peek, and stories about 4th grade camp, book club, teachers of the year, high school & college dual enrollment grads, and more!
It is with great excitement that I share an update on the Ferndale Orchestra's commissioned piece. Commissioning an original composition is a unique opportunity for a performance group. Thanks entirely to private donations and the help of OrchSupport and Ferndale Schools Fine Arts Boosters, the Ferndale Orchestra program was able to commission composer Costas Dafnis to compose an original composition for the orchestra to be performed at the Ferndale High School Spring Orchestra Concert.
I received delivery of the piece on Monday and today was the first ever play through of the piece. I tried to impress upon the symphony orchestra students what a unique experience this was. The very first time that this piece of music had ever been played into existence by actual instruments was what they played in class today. Before then it had existed only as a collection of dots and lines on a page, as an idea in the composers head, or as an electronically generated sound file from a computer. I wonder if they truly grasp how cool that is. Or maybe I'm just geeking out as a music teacher. :)
The piece is entitled "Like Planted Hearts" and composer Costas Dafnis drew inspiration from the wedding poem that J.R.R. Tolkien (author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy among other things) wrote for his wife Edith on their wedding day.
Lo! Young we are and yet have stood
like planted hearts in the great Sun
of Love so long (as two fair trees
in woodland or in open dale
stand utterly entwined and breathe
the airs and suck the very light
together) that we have become
as one, deep rooted in the soil
of Life and tangled in the sweet growth.
The students will continue to rehearse the piece in preparation for it's public performance debut at our spring orchestra concert on May 21st at 7 pm in the FHS Auditorium. We invite everyone to come be a part of this special once in a lifetime opportunity.
If you would like to be a part of this project in a more tangible way, we are still accepting donations to go towards the cost of the commission. Donations of $15 and above will be thanked personally in the program. For more details on how to donate please contact me.