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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.

June 10, 2022
Virtual Program Will Return

The K-8 Virtual Program and the UHS Virtual Program will both be continuing in the fall. Students and families have appreciated the support from teachers, like these two parents with high praise for Mr. Williamson:

Thank you for being an amazing teacher this year, and for being such understanding of the needed accommodations! We wouldn't have survived the year without them! So, really really thank you!

and also:

You have been such an excellent and fun facilitator. We are going to continue doing virtual next year. If it is not you, I hope we have someone just as wonderful as you have been. Enjoy your summer because I know, you deserve it.

The 27 students in 3-5 grades virtual program also had several opportunities to gather with classmates this year outside of learning time. Including playground pop-ups, pumpkin painting, popcorn and movies, Mrs. Jones brought students together for several fun in-person events. Other gatherings were online, like a video meet-up just to draw, chat, and sip cocoa with friends.


June 9, 2022
Summer School Bus Schedule

Summer programs begin on June 27th for registered students. Bus times are listed below.


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June 8, 2022
Pizza Party for Safety Patrol

FUEL Safety Patrol students celebrating the end of the year with a pizza party. These community servants kept students safe all year by making sure they have S.O.A.R. behavior and supporting them during arrival and dismissal.

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 2, 2022
Camp Cavell Welcomes 5th Grade

This week, 5th Graders at FUEL travelled to Camp Cavell in Lexington, MI for Overnight Camp Tuesday 5/31 – Thursday 6/2. The outdoor learning opportunities included:

  • Tree climbing
  • Sling Shot
  • Petting Zoo
  • Beach walk
  • Great Lakes expedition
  • Nature Walk
  • Swim
  • Ga-Ga Ball


Students also found time to relax and enjoy the sun and surf of Lake Michigan. We would like to extend a special thank you to 5th grade camp coordinator and Elementary Connections Group lead Adrianne Quinn for organizing all of the K-5 camps.


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 26, 2022
Preregister for SACC Before & After Care

A preregistration form is now available for AM and PM childcare through our School-Aged Child Care (SACC) program. This is a fee-based service offered to Ferndale Schools families. Pricing can be found at FerndaleSchools.org/SACC

SACC Preregistration Form

May 6, 2022
7th Grade Overnight Camps Take Learning and Fun Out of the Classroom

The 7th graders enjoyed amazing weather for their overnight camping trip at Camp Cavell. The students traveled to Lexington on May 5th and 6th with Mr. Wallace and Mr. Turner.

They learned to skip stones, kayak, hike, make s'mores, climb trees, and so much more!


Students were also invited to play games and complete challenges that build community while teaching cooperation, problem solving,and creative thinking.


We look forward to planning next year’s camp, and hope to see even more families and students there.


May 5, 2022
5th Grade Marches to the Detroit Zoo

FUEL's 5th graders walked to the Detroit Zoo this Thursday with Mr. Davis!  It was the first time in several years that this tradition was able to come together. The Oak Park Police helped the group cross the service drive and everyone had a great time in the perfect weather.


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 4, 2022
6th Grade Camp Explores Camp Cavell

6th graders had an overnight camping trip with Mr. Turner and Mr. Wallace at Camp Cavell this week. The students travelled all the way to Lexington on May 3rd and 4th.

Despite the rain, it was a blast! Students kayaked, met alpacas, threw spears, made s’mores, and explored problem solving together with some team building activities.


We look forward to start planning 7th grade camp for this group next year.