2020 continues to be ALL VIRTUAL. In-person Learning Labs continue for students Mon-Thurs.

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December 11, 2020
Curriculum Quarterly - Math & Our Students
December 2020

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 Mathematics learning goals and methods, presented by grade ranges. Please take a look, and stay tuned for future issues introducing our other pillars of education.

Read the Curriculum Quarterly for December 2020 - Math & Our Students »

October 24, 2020
Free Live Tutoring Tool through Ferndale Public Library

The library subscribed to Tutor.com this fall, which offers free live tutoring on top of a bunch of other cool stuff.  Students can get access to Tutor.com with their Ferndale Library card.

Gain Study Skills with tutor.com.  Get organized, set goals, take notes, create better study habits, and learn research skills. Get one-to-one guidance from our expert Study Skills Coaches-FREE.

October 22, 2020
Curriculum Quarterly - Literacy & Our Students
October 2020

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 literacy learning goals and methods, presented by grade ranges. Please take a look, and stay tuned for future issues introducing our other pillars of education.

Read the Curriculum Quarterly for October 2020 - Literacy and Our Students »

Click to view the Curriculum Quarterly for October 2020.

October 15, 2020
UHS National Honor Society Inducts New Members

UHS National Honor Society inducted 23 new members in an outdoor ceremony Tuesday evening, October 13th. The outdoor event was safely attended by the family members of the inductees as well as University High School staff and administration, including Superintendent Bazzi.

University High School is extremely proud of the newest National Honor Society Inductees as well as all of the UHS NHS members both past and present as they continue to set the standards for character, service, leadership and academics for all of our students.

Read the full story and see more photos by clicking the link.

October 12, 2020
Nutritional Support Continues

Ferndale Schools continues to provide contactless meal pick-up for children throughout building closures. Pick-up is available at the FMS North Entrance at 725 Pinecrest Dr. (glass awning pictured below):

  • Monday
    • 9:00 am – noon
    • Breakfast and Lunch for Mon, Tues, Wed
  • Thursday
    • 9:00 am – noon
    • Breakfast and Lunch for Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun

Meals include breakfast, lunch, supper & snack including milk. Vegetarian options are available upon request at curbside.

Special dietary needs and allergies will be accommodated, after a special form is filed with the Chartwells Food Service Office.

FMS exterior with glass awning

Learning Support Lab attendees are now receiving supper and snack at Ferndale Upper and Lower Elementary, in addition to breakfast and lunch. Children now go home with nutritious meals to be enjoyed daily!

This program receives support from the Children and Adult Care Food program to serve healthy meals to your children. For more information about the USDA nutritional standards used to guide meal preparation, please see the attached flyer.

October 10, 2020
UHS Haunted Homecoming

Student Council held a Drive Through Haunted Homecoming Celebration on Saturday, October 10th.  Students picked tickets at different arrival times and showed up in costumes. Upon arrival, they were able to get professionally photographed by our Picture Perfect student photography group led by Mrs. Sherri Bryant.

Student Council did all of the planning and decorating before the event including adding 9 full-sized skeletons scaling the sides of UHS and a 20-foot spider web! Each of our guests and families received a "U-Swag Bag" full of goodies and received pre-packaged catered subs and beverages.

Our Haunted Homecoming Court ran digital campaigns based on our UHS Character Rocks: Respect, Leadership, Compassion, Kindness, Integrity, Community, and Gratitude.  

Advisor Kenton Maki: "Our students had a wonderful time! It was amazing to connect...even at a safe physical distance apart."

October 8, 2020
OSTC Begins Hybrid Learning After November 5th
Oakland Schools Technical Campus students can attend in-person lessons twice a week

Beginning on Thursday, November 5th, Ferndale Schools students enrolled in Oakland Schools Technical Campus will be asked to attend on-site lessons on Thursday and Friday. The Monday–Wednesday will be asynchronous instruction.

  • Enrollment will be kept to half capacity.
  • Efforts will be made to maximize student and staff safety (smaller “bubble”)

Live ZOOM sessions/online instruction will no longer occur as of 11/5/2020 in each program (although pre-recorded content may be available.) Only asynchronous curriculum will be offered on off-site days.

Read the Letter from OSTC For more details, visit the OSTC section of our Building Info page in the Returning to Learning Hub.

OSTC Building Info Page

October 6, 2020
"Safe For School" Hotline from Oakland County Health Department
248-551-4242 for health guidance

Oakland Together has announced a new call-in tool offering guidance for parents and students. This telephone screening resource is available to assist parents in pre-screening and identifying potential illness in children prior to entering school buildings.

The hotline is supported by Beaumont, and all screenings are conducted by healthcare professionals. Hotline staff can help answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms, the need for testing, and what is considered high-risk.

"Safe for School" Hotline is supported by Beaumont

COST: No cost for parents/guardians of Oakland County school-aged children
WHEN: 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Monday through Friday
October 12 - December 30, 2020
 

Call 248-551-4242 to reach the hotline.

October 1, 2020
Parent University: Personal Internet Security Tips

Mrs. Jeffrey has started a Parent University series where parents teach other parents about different subjects.  With students learning virtually right now, the first presentation was on personal internet security. You can view the video on YouTube by clicking on the image below.

September 29, 2020
Guidance for tracking assignments
Canvas and Google Classroom guidance

We have put together some assistance for tracking student assignments in two virtual learning tools being used across the district: Google Classrooms and Canvas. You can find the guidance in the Returning to Learning Hub on the Distance Learning » Technology page.

You can also view the guidance on the webpage on the webpage linked below:

Assignment Tracking Guidance: Canvas & Google Classrooms

September 11, 2020
Athletics Update and Guidelines

As announced earlier, Ferndale Schools Fall sports season will continue due to the Governor Whitmer's new Executive Order 2020-176.  Please review the Spectator Guidelines and Student Athletics Participation & Release Waiver below.

September 4, 2020
Fall Athletics to Resume
Governor Allows Athletics with Limits

Yesterday, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-176 which removed restrictions on a number of activities including high school athletics. We are pleased to announce that, due to the Governor's new executive order, Ferndale Schools Fall sports season will continue.

The executive order stipulates several significant restrictions, including gathering sizes. Students will also be required to sign a COVID-19 waiver to participate. On Monday, the athletic department will send out contact information for our coaches as well updated practice schedules. More details will follow in the coming days as well.