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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.

June 6, 2022
Curbside and Summer Food Service UPDATE

Our last curbside meal pick-up of the school year will be available on Monday, May 23rd. This is due to the Holiday Schedule and the frequent half days the last week of school. Contact lindsey.torres@ferndaleschools.org with questions.

Summer Meet Up and Eat Up food service will begin serving breakfast and lunch on the dates and locations below:

  • June 20th at the Detroit Curling Club in Martin Road Park, 1615 E Lewiston Ave
  • June 27th at FHS, 881 Pinecrest Dr
  • June 27th at Ferndale Lower Elementary School, 2610 Pinecrest Dr.

View the flyers below for time and location details.

FHS Summer Food Flyer | Lower Elementary Summer Food Flyer | Detroit Curling Club Summer Food Flyer

June 1, 2022
Summer Plus Tutoring

Ferndale Schools is offering individual and small group tutoring for any Ferndale student ahead of the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. Tutors will engage students in skill-building, reading remediation, and district-approved programs to help students prepare for the upcoming school year in 30-60 minute sessions.

Who: Any Ferndale Student in grades K-12 is eligible for tutoring.

When: August 8-11 & August 15-18 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

Once you sign up, we will work to get your student as many sessions as possible. Each session is about 30 minutes and will take place at Ferndale Middle School. 

Register Today

Please contact Aaron Blatt with questions: aaron.blatt@ferndaleschools.org

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

December 15, 2021
Curriculum Quarterly – Fine Arts & Our Students

The latest FPS Curriculum Quarterly is now available. Our Curriculum & Instruction Department will be releasing a new issue 4 times a year that will briefly highlight areas of teaching and learning in Ferndale Public Schools. We look forward to sharing our programming overviews with you.  If you have questions, please contact Johanna Mracna at johanna.mracna@ferndaleschools.org.

This issue focuses on our Fine Arts Instruction goals and methods, presented by grade ranges. Please take a look, and stay tuned for future issues introducing our other pillars of education.

FPS Curriculum quarterly December 2021

Read the Curriculum Quarterly for December 2021 - Fine Arts Education and Our Students »

December 7, 2021
Headspace App Now Free for 13-18-year-olds

Headspace, the internationally recognized mental wellness, and meditation app, is now FREE for children 13-18 years old in the US. Featuring mental health exercises, guided meditations, and other tools, Headspace is an amazing tool for developing and maintaining self-regulation practice in your daily life. You can get an account through the Peer Health Exchange.

Get Your Free Account Learn More

December 6, 2021
Meet our Newest Curriculum & SACC Leader

Please join us in welcoming Tiwanya Robinson to our Ferndale Family. Tiwanya joins the district as a Curriculum Coordinator & SACC Coordinator. She brings over 20 years of experience in education to her new role with Ferndale Schools. She has served in a variety of capacities in education, including Instructional Coach, District-wide School Improvement Coach, and Climate & Culture Supervisor. Even with these amazing experiences, she is most proud of the years she spent teaching and earning a National Board certification for teaching. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Child Development/Education from Michigan State University and a Master’s of Education from Wayne State University in Reading.