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January 13, 2023
TCEC Student Sings Her Heart Out on National Broadcast

TCEC student Michaela Elzie-Hicks is a member of the Detroit Youth Choir (DYC). DYC was invited back to America's Got Talent All-Stars, and Michaela was featured in the broadcast this week (on 1/9). "We're super proud of her," said TCEC Assistant Principal Megan Wilson. View the emotional performance here: AGT Golden Buzzer Video - Detroit Youth Choir

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October 10, 2022
Oakland County Manufacturing Day

 TCEC and UHS participated in the annual Oakland County Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 7th. We visited Hi-Tech Mold and Engineering in Rochester Hills, MI where students learned about careers in engineering, CAD, CNC operations and IT to name a few. Students went on a tour and watched plastic parts for automobiles being made from beginning to end. It was a great day with lots of new information and new career and internship opportunities.

   

October 6, 2022
Oakland County Offers Mental Health Services to Families

Oakland Community Health Network (OCHN) offers a free program that uses a brief self-report screening tool for children and youth (6-17 years), who may display concerning behaviors.

list of concerning behaviors, including: Chronic absences from school; Angry or aggressive outbursts; Legal involvement; Sad mood and/or withdrawn behavior; Unable to follow rules at home, school, or in community

The Oakland Community Health Network is here to help! Through the Mental Health Access and Juvenile Justice Diversion (MHA/JJD) project, Ferndale Schools is able to offer free services including a brief mental health screening (MAYSI-2/PSC) to children ages 6-17. This screening is for any child who may be exhibiting at-risk behaviors such as truancy, suspensions, appearing withdrawn, self-harming, etc. We then provide customized recommendations to the families which may include counseling, psychiatry, mentoring programs, and many more. Contact natalie.kulikowski@ferndaleschools.org for more information.

The OCHN also offers School Navigators to assist any children enrolled in school to connect to Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Substance Use, Mental Health, and/or Autism Services. The Navigators have also been critical in helping families connect with reimbursement programs that can assist with deductibles and co-pays for counseling. The navigators can be contacted at schoolnavigator@oaklandchn.org.

September 22, 2022
Board Appoints Mary Fulmer to Fill Trustee Vacancy

Last night the Ferndale Schools Board of Education appointed Mary Fulmer to fill the vacancy on the Board that was created by the resignation of Anna Ibrahim late last month.

Ferndale Schools Board of Education President Sandra Dukhie said, "We had a tremendous pool of candidates for the open Trustee position, and this was a difficult decision for the Board. Mary’s years of volunteerism in the district, her familiarity and dedication to the District’s Strategic Plan as an evolving and working document, and her knowledge and expertise in education and measurable growth data will be instrumental in furthering our District vision and mission. We thank all of the candidates for their commitment to the students of Ferndale Public Schools, and we welcome Mary as our new School Board Trustee!”

"I want to thank the members of the Board of Education for selecting me to serve our community. I also want to thank the other candidates who stepped forward for their commitment and dedication to the FPS.

A capable, competent public school system that provides a high-quality education to all the students in its care is a valued community asset. I have tremendous respect for the work being done by the educators, administrators and support staff of FPS.

Early in my professional career, I worked as a teacher in an adult literacy program in Baltimore, Maryland. Unlike my own positive experiences in K-12 education, my students represented those that the educational system had not served well for any number of reasons, often with far-reaching consequences for those individuals. In the ten years that I have been engaged with the FPS I have been impressed with the district’s commitment to strive for equity and inclusion, efforts that seek to eliminate the reality of some people being left behind by the system like my students in Baltimore were.

This is a challenging time for public education in our country. In these times, and as FPS strives to continue to meet the needs of its students, I am humbled by the opportunity to support our community and serve on the Board of Education," said Mary Fulmer, newly appointed Board of Education Trustee.

Mary Fulmer will serve the remainder of Anna Ibrahim's four year term which will expire in December of 2024.

September 10, 2022
Tri-County Educational Center Gets a Makeover

The Grant building, current home to the Tri-County Educational Center, was updated with a new boiler system, high-efficiency HVAC, and a roof improvement this summer. The interior also saw improvements, with new electrical, lighting, and flooring installed throughout.

    

June 15, 2022
Board Selects Dr. Bobbie Hayes Goodrum As Superintendent

Ferndale Schools Board of Education unanimously (7-0) moved to offer Dr. Bobbie Hayes Goodrum a contract to serve as the district’s next Superintendent on Wednesday.

“The Board of Education was very excited to have such an excellent pool of candidates to select from. I want to thank the community for providing input on what they were looking for in our next leader. This feedback was vital in developing the selection criteria which we used as guidance during the entire selection process.

Based upon our selection criteria, Dr. Hayes Goodrum continually rose to the top of our list at each stage in this process. We are so excited to welcome her to our Ferndale Family; she is the right fit to lead our school community forward," said Sandra Dukhie, President, Ferndale Schools Board of Education.

The selection of Dr. Hayes Goodrum marks the conclusion of an extensive search process. You can learn more about the search process by clicking the link. The Board of Education will now work with Ray and Associates to enter into contract negotiations with Dr. Hayes Goodrum. Once negotiations are complete the contract will be voted on by the Board of Education at a future meeting.

To learn more about Dr. Hayes Goodrum, view her Bio & Resume.

Bio
June 9, 2022
TCEC Awards JFK Honorees & All Graduates

TCEC Graduation was held in the Ferndale High School Auditorium on Thursday, June 9th. We are proud of all the graduates who completed their journey and earned their diplomas this year.

  Since 1964, Ferndale Schools has honored President John F. Kennedy and the aspirations, intelligence, and public conscience he stood for—which our schools strive to foster. This is done through a scholarship recognizing outstanding achievement both in academics and service. In addition to a plaque, these two students also receive a $1,000 college scholarship from the Ferndale Schools Board of Education.

This year's TCEC honorees are Braylon Bellamy & Ndye Diop.

Honorees, you are truly outstanding representatives of Ferndale Schools, and your dedication and achievements exemplify the principles of John F. Kennedy.  Congratulations to you on joining the ranks of more than 50 Years of Ferndale School’s John F. Kennedy Award recipients and best of luck in all you do in the future.

Two graduating seniors from each of our high schools are selected, students who represent their graduating class through scholarship, school involvement, community service, leadership, and individual responsibility.

May 5, 2022
Diversity Bookfest Brings Together Community

Families and students joined us in the FHS Courtyard this Wednesday for our first annual Diversity Bookfest! Samples of the new books were ready aloud in age-appropriate groups, and tables displayed some of our favorite additions to the school library collections focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. This initiative is made possible with support from the local community as well as our district staff and families. Anita's Kitchen also catered the event.

      

May 2, 2022
NOTICE: Free/Reduced Lunch in 2022-23

Meals have been free in 2021-22 for ALL students with the support of a COVID waiver, thanks to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This waiver program is expiring. This means that when the 2021-2022 school year ends, so do free meals for every student. This means all families will need to carry a positive balance in their student’s school meal accounts when school begins in the fall.

We understand this change may cause you to worry. However, there are important steps you can take today to be sure your student receives the meals they need next year.

If your student qualifies for free or reduced meals, they can still receive them next year, but you must take action to make it happen.

  1. The 2022-23 online application will be available at www.FerndaleSchools.org/freelunch after July 1, 2022.
  2. You may file the 2021-22 online application now to receive a 30-day extension for the following school year.

If you do not qualify for free or reduced meals, you may begin depositing money into student accounts at any time to prepare for the cost of school lunches next year. Information on meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year will be available soon.

If your student has a negative lunch account balance, we encourage you to pay it off as soon as possible and then begin depositing money into the account to prepare for the 2022-2023 school year.

Completing an application is the only way to be considered for free or reduced meals next school year. For assistance, please contact our Food Service Department at 248-586-8703.

February 10, 2022
Henry Ford Museum Offering Discount for SNAP Families

The Henry Ford Museum has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Association of Children's Museums. Effective immediately, all SNAP/EBT and WIC cardholders, plus four guests, can gain access to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation or Greenfield Village for just $3 upon presenting their card at any ticketing counter.

Recognize Black History Month with a visit to With Liberty and Justice For All, a permanent exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum that highlights the history of segregation and the struggle for civil rights throughout American History. There are many insightful displays and artifacts that help to illuminate the past, including an infamous city bus where Rosa Parks' initiated the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.

The Ford joins more than 800 museums across the country in offering discounted or free admission for EBT cardholders, including some neighboring institutions:

 

Museums for All