2020 will begin ALL VIRTUAL. In-person Learning Labs will be available for students Mon-Thurs.

Visit our Returning to Learning Hub  Return to District Homepage

UHS News

School News

Subscribe to RSS Feed View Archives
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.

September 3, 2020
Meal Pickup Days Move to Monday & Thursday

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 and lunch including milk. Vegetarian options are available upon request.


Due to Labor Day building closures, meals intended for Tuesday (9/8/20) were given on Wed (9/2/20), in anticipation for the holiday. 

We will be open for service 9:00 am–Noon on Wednesday the 9th and Thursday the 10th for this week only.

FMS exterior with glass awning

August 20, 2020
Returning to Learning Webpage is Live!

We have set up a complete guide to returning to learning for this fall on our website. You will find helpful information, upcoming dates & times, and all the documents you need start distance learning on August 31st.

Visit FerndaleSchools.org/Return today!

July 30, 2020
New High School Principals

Ferndale Family,

It is with great excitement that I announce the hiring of Radhika Issac as the new principal of Ferndale High School and the promotion of David Gardner as the new principal of University High School.

With 20 years as an educator, Radhika brings experiences as a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, and administrator to Ferndale Public Schools. Leading with empathy to build meaningful relationships is what defines both her professional and personal focus. Radhika actively facilitates opportunities to grow equitable access to curriculum and instruction for all students, families, and staff. She has been a learner, leader, and advocate for social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in both at the district and county level.


"I am eager to join the Ferndale Public Schools family. I look forward to connecting with each student, family, and staff member at Ferndale High School as we continue to build a community that honors our history and culture. I will strive to support students and staff as we develop our purpose, create a plan, and find our passions," Radhika Issac, Principal, Ferndale High School.

David Gardner graduated from Ferndale High School and has been a leader at University High School for more than a decade, first as a teacher, then counselor, assistant principal, and now principal. David inspires everyone around him to be a better educator, colleague, mentor, and person. The meaningful and authentic relationships he establishes with students and staff have lead to significant increases in student academic achievement and growth at UHS.

"I am excited and prepared to continue working on behalf of the students, families, and staff of UHS and Ferndale Public Schools. I recognize the strong work ethic and innovative practices of the UHS team and pledge to support them as we continue our journey of equity through inclusive and relevant curriculum and instruction and meaningful socio-emotional practices. UHS is a special place and I consider myself fortunate to be given the opportunity to continue the growth of its student-centered culture," David Gardner, Principal, University High School.

Our Ferndale Family is incredibly lucky to welcome these outstanding educational leaders to their new roles.

Dania H. Bazzi, PhD

Superintendent, Ferndale Schools

June 18, 2020
Remind Replacing Q Communications

Starting on July 1st, Ferndale Schools will be transitioning to a new communication platform, replacing Q Communication with Remind.  While we understand how frustrating it is to learn a new system, this decision was made after careful deliberation and consultation with many staff and community members.  

What is Remind?

If you're not already familiar with Remind, it's a classroom communication tool that makes it easy to stay involved with your child's learning. Remind is free to use, and you'll be able to get and send messages on any device—even a simple text message from your phone!  Remind uses email, text, and telephone calls to help you communicate with individuals or groups quickly and safely.  Many staff, parents, coaches, and students may already be experienced in using Remind.

How does this impact me?

Families are automatically signed up to receive communication from their child's school, teachers, and Ferndale Schools. In order to receive emails, telephone calls, and even text messages, all you have to do is maintain your contact information and manage your personal preferences within our student information system, MiStar. Click here to update your contact information in MiStar.  If you do not remember your login information, please email mistarhelp@ferndaleschools.org.

As part of this rollout, official accounts will be created for all the educators, parents, and students in Ferndale Schools. Around the 1st of July, you'll receive an email or text message from Remind. All you need to do is follow the steps in the message to finish setting up your account. Watch a video demo here to see how Remind works »

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we roll out this new system. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.

June 8, 2020
Seniors Sent Off in Style via Facebook Live

FHS and UHS seniors celebrated a major milestone this past weekend, and the commencement ceremony is available for viewing anytime at FerndaleSchools.org/grad or on our district facebook page. Congratulations, Seniors!

June 3, 2020
FREE 20 lbs of Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Boxes
Thursdays - 9:00-1:00 - St. David's, Southfield

In conjunction with Lighthouse, St David's Episcopal Church in Southfield will be distributing 20 lb boxes of fresh produce every Thursday through August. Boxes will contain potatoes, onions, celery, carrots, cabbage, apples and strawberries. The hours of the distribution are Thursdays,  9:30 am – 1:00 pm. The church is located at 16200 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48076.

Thursdays 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
St David’s Episcopal Church
16200 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48076

May 30, 2020
FHS Alum in Mission Control

2007 FHS graduate Katy Olesnavage, a Thermal Hardware Engineer for SpaceX, was on Mission Control for the Crew Dragon rocket launch. The rocket successfully delivered two astronauts to the space station. Way to go, Katy!

May 19, 2020
FREE Social Emotional Learning Support

 

During times of crisis, our students need extra support to process their emotions. The Michigan Cares Portal offers Michigan families and educators FREE digital lessons designed to help students in grades K-12 develop the skills required for social, emotional, and mental well-being. This portal will be freely available until the end of the 20-21 school year.

Register for Free

Topic covered include:

  • Mental health
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Goal-setting
  • Nutrition and wellness
  • Anger management
  • Social media use (pressures and responsible use)
  • Respect
  • And hundreds more!

Read More about Michigan Virtual's Social Emotional Learning

May 14, 2020
Thanks for the Positive Feedback
Survey results show 13-19% improvement in public perception of Ferndale Schools since 2009.

This week, we received the results of a community survey conducted by the City of Ferndale through the Cobalt Community Research Company.  This survey showed tremendous gains in the community's perception of Ferndale Schools compared to the previous time the survey was conducted in 2009.  Below you will find several slides showcasing the tremendous growth.

survey results showing improvement ratings of 13% - 19% across all school district metrics.

Bar graph showing 19% improvement of community experience related to Schools Overall.

Bar graph showing 13-19% improvement of satisfaction for Schools Overall, Meeting the Needs of the Community, Preparation of Students for Solid Careers, Preparation of student for College, and Communication with the public. The bar graph compares 2009 overall results with 2020 overall results, as well as like-sized district in Michigan, statewide scores, regional (midwest) scores, like-sized districts nationally, and nation-wide scores. Ferndale Schools ranks at or near the top in all categories and against all comparison metrics.

While we are very excited to see this renewed confidence you have shown in our progress, we also want to assure you, that as an organization committed to continuous improvement we will not rest on our laurels but rather continue our efforts to provide each student with the world class education they deserve.