University High School News
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.
Summer programs begin on June 27th for registered students. Bus times are listed below.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 FHS honorees are Ember Wood & Mohammad Al Zoubani
This year's UHS honorees are Sasha Wilson & Jazlyn Coles
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.
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.
Please contact Aaron Blatt with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduation season is in full swing, and we are so excited to share these moments with our Family. Here are just a few of the smiling faces.
FHS Convocation was held on Wednesday, May 25th in the Auditorium.
University High School graduation was held on the Golden Eagles Football Field on Thursday, May 26th. Fly high, Eagle grads!
UHS Student Council took a field trip to Forgotten Harvest on May 24th. They were able to pack 960 emergency food boxes for families. They had a great time bonding with each other while helping out the community, and can't wait to return next year.
“It was rewarding to support families who may need some assistance. It also inspires me to see what else I can do,” explains virtual sophomore Aniya Hall.
University High School supports students in planning their own futures. Decision Day is an opportunity for students to share their diverse career goals and plans with the entire student body. Students this year announced plans to attend barber and beautician schools, a variety of trade schools, and colleges and universities in programs including physical therapy, business, engineering, game design, marine biology, agriculture and many more. Counselors and advisors work closely with students in developing these plans and respect that some students feel the need to take a "gap year." These students are encouraged to make a plan following that gap year to continue their learning journey. Other students feel that they are ready to enter directly into the workforce, and this is a celebrated path as well.
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.
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.
- The 2022-23 online application will be available at www.FerndaleSchools.org/freelunch after July 1, 2022.
- 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.
Congratulations to Mariah Blunt who was named the winner of the “Food: Not Just for Thought!” Student Essay contest for 7th-12th graders. This contest, run by the Friends of Royal Oak Township, Inc. (FOROT), was intended to be fun and to allow students an opportunity to creatively offer their opinion on an important issue that impacts everyone collectively. Students who took part in the contest shared the importance of having access to school meals and how daily nutrition contributes to their ability to focus and learn. The contest was very competitive, but after review of several essays, Mariah was named the winner in the 11-12th grade essay category.
The essay contest calls attention to the Child Nutrition Reauthorization responsibilities of Congress, which supports families across the country with healthy meals provided through schools. Learn more about food justice bills in Congress from the Food Research and Action Center.
The UHS Student Union, an organization founded by UHS students Jazlyn Coles and Curtis Hines, recently held a community service event at the Genesis House II. The students collected donations, held fundraisers, and worked with sponsors Peteet Famous Cheesecake, The Southeast Oakland Coalition, and the OMPT Foundation to be able to hold an event for 150 people. They served over 200 cookies, 40 boxes of pizzas, 150 bags of toiletries, 50 bags of school supplies, juices, and water. The students were able to feed many people, supply needs for the homeless, and put a smile on many family faces as they carried out another event By The Youth For People! The UHS Student Union team consists of Jazlyn Coles, Curtis Hines, Aleris Jones, Anjanae Jordan, Andrew Hubbard, Sarah Rodgers (team Advisor), and Riyen Alston.