We apologize for the delay in delivering last week's eblast. Here is all the great news from last week, and more will be coming this Friday without delay!
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From the Superintendent

Dear Ferndale Family,

On Thursday, the State Superintendent of Michigan, Dr. Michael Rice visited Ferndale Public Schools. Dr. Rice spent time visiting Ferndale Upper Elementary and Ferndale High/Middle School where he connected with students and staff. He started his day at Ferndale Upper Elementary where he visited two classrooms. In Mrs. Prince's classroom Dr. Rice sat in on their morning routine and saw some of our Social Emotional Curriculum at work (to learn more about SEL click the link ----please insert link to sel page). Dr. Rice then visited Mrs. Lusk's class where he read to the students and talked to them about their future plans. After departing FUEL Dr. Rice visited Ferndale High School where he met with students from FHS and University High School where they discussed a wide variety of topics from Early Release Wednesday to standardized testing.  

What a great week for Ferndale!  Don't forget tomorrow, Saturday, February 1st, is the All City Concert! I hope to see you there.

In Education,

Dania H. Bazzi, PhD

From the State Superintendent

Dear Ferndale Family,

Whether you are a member of the education community, or an individual passionate about education, together we can build a strong education system for Michigan's children. The Top 10 in 10 Strategic Education Plan is the state’s plan to drive improvement in the education system for Michigan’s children. The current plan has been in place since February 2016.

As is good practice, a strategic plan should be evaluated periodically. Over the past few months, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Top 10 review team has been working to review and update the current plan. Based on recent interviews with State Board of Education members, education stakeholders and partners, tribal partners, and MDE staff, potential goals were identified and are included in a survey.

We value your input. What goals do you believe should be part of Michigan's education strategic plan?

Please fill out the survey completely. The survey will close at 11:59 p.m. on February 7, 2020. Thank you for your time and commitment to Michigan's children.

Michael F. Rice, PhD

State Superintendent

News Stories

PALs Get Together at Friendship Circle

On Tuesday, Positively Awesome Leaders (PALs) attended a field trip to Friendship Circle with Positively Awesome Learners (PALs) from Mrs. Williams's class. Our PALs program is designed to facilitate play and connections between students with neurological differences (students with Autism or other Intellectual disabilities) and their neuro-typical peers. Oftentimes Autism can make friendships a challenge therefore social activities and structured games are planned to help make interactions the most accessible and fun.

Friendship Circle is a facility that offers a simulated village with many life skills opportunities. Students were given a menu and a clipboard. The menu had visuals so any student could select activities. Together the Leader and Learner opened a checking account, went shopping at a convenience store, rode bikes while observing traffic signals, and even learned to use a medical card at a doctors office. FUEL is currently recognizing Kindness week and this trip was the perfect reminder that the best way to show kindness is to include everyone. To learn more about Friendship Circle and all that they offer visit

Ferndale Artists Excel

This week, Elliot Handyside and Robert Dockery took first and second place in VSN of Michigan's photography contest and won cash prizes! Congratulations, artists!

Additionally, FHS students competed in the Scholastic Art Awards for Oakland County, up against over 5000 submitted art works and came out better than last year. We competed against some strong programs like; Grosse Pointe, Cranbrook, Bloomfield, Birmingham and Country Day just to name a few. 1120 works of art were selected from schools in Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties. CASA won 40 of those awards. On average, most schools earned less than 10 awards.

FHS/CASA students secured 28 awards ranging from Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention. We are very proud of these talented students. They have worked very hard and deserve these awards and recognition. They are now part of an exclusive art community.

FHS Winners:

Emmit Zabor: Drawing & Illustration

Gold Keys: 9
Silver Keys: 8 + 1 Silver Key Portfolio & $1000 scholarship
Honorable Mentions: 4
Emmit has secured a $80,000+ scholarship from CCS!

Skyler Speedwell: Photography

Gold Keys: 2

Dawnjel Carpenter: Digital Art

Silver Keys: 1

Ava Montgomery: Photography

Gold Keys: 1
Honorable Mentions: 1

Quentin Arquero: Photography

Silver Keys: 1

Ethan Hart: Photography

Honorable Mentions: 1

Please join us in celebrating these talented students at the Scholastic Art Awards Ceremoney on The Detroit Film Theater on February 10th @ 7pm. Free Parking is available!

5th Grade Spelling Bee Winner

The champion for 2020, after a grueling 20 rounds, is Mary Kacir. Kudos to Julia Breuckman who went the final FIFTEEN ROUNDS in a head-to-head barn-burner! Kudos also to Daverick Pickering, Mia Paige, Meera Venugopal, and Kevin Tate as the other runners-up and classroom winners! Mary will represent FUEL at the Oakland County Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 29th.

UHS Entrepreneur Fair

On Tuesday, January 14th, UHS hosted its inaugural Entrepreneurship Fair.  At the event, students from Mrs. Patterson's Entrepreneurship class showcased their businesses and business plans that they created during the semester.  The students' businesses ranged from an art pricing app to a drop shipping company to a bakery where the customers can customize their own baked goods.  UHS students were able to visit and learn about different business ideas and Entrepreneurship options.

FMS Swimmers Headed to State Competition

Congratulations to the Ferndale Middle School Coed Swim Team members who qualified for the Middle School State Championships!

Isidora Purrier will swim the 100 Backstroke and Nick Foreman will compete in the 100 Breaststroke! Both are 8th graders, having swum all three years on the middle school team. Go Eagles!

Robotics Gear Up for Infinite Recharge

The robotics team has been hard at work prototyping launchers, climbers, drive trains and more to prepare for the start of the competition season. This year’s game is called Infinite Recharge. Two teams of three robots each collect and score power cells to help power the shield generator. you can watch the YouTube video explaining the game here.

For a recap of the Impi's past success and the upcoming season, watch this RoboZone feature.
Watch this RoboZone feature on the Impi Warriors.

Kindness Week Shares the Love

Our students joined the Great Kindness Challenge this week, with art, activities, and assemblies galore. Here's some photos of all the fun. We also recommend you read these 8 Reasons for Teaching Kindness in Schools.

Get Involved

Recognize Local Youth

Nominations are being accepted for the FYA Annual Youth Recognition Awards. This is a great time to recognize those that don't necessarily have the best grades or athletic ability but go above and beyond to make a difference in their community. This can be anything from shoveling their neighbors walks for free to working fundraisers to making the playground a kinder place and anything in between!

For questions, criteria, or nomination form, contact Melinda Hicks at (248) 586-8700 or

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Thank you so much for your help in showing our kids how proud they make us!

Pennies for Patients is calling all heroes to join our squad! 

FUEL has decided to take on blood cancer, and the mission is to help find a cure. Be on the lookout for more information in the upcoming weeks that will allow your child to participate in this rewarding event and gaining the experience of helping both children and adults in their fight against blood cancer. Our kickoff will be Monday, February 3rd - look for more information on Monday! 

Check out the school link and get started with online donations today.

Upcoming Open Houses

Do you know anyone who is looking for more information about Ferndale Schools Preschool, Kindergarten, or Montessori programs? Send them over to our upcoming Open Houses.

Lower Elementary Montessori Open House is Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 from 6pm to 7pm.
Kindergarten Open House is Tuesday, February 4th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Preschool Open House is Tuesday, February 27th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Upcoming Events


Sock Hop Dance

Friday, January 31st
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

FUEL Gym - 24220 Rosewood St, Oak Park, MI 48237

All City Concert

Saturday, February 1st
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

FHS Auditorium - 881 Pinecrest Dr, Ferndale, MI 48220


Monday, February 3rd
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

FHS Main Office Conference Room - 881 Pinecrest Dr, Ferndale, MI 48220

Kindergarten Open House

Tuesday, February 4th

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Ferndale Lower Elementary - 2610 Pinecrest, Ferndale, MI 48220

Montessori Open House

Wednesday, February 5th
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ferndale Upper Elementary - 24220 Rosewood St, Oak Park, MI 48237

Early Release Wednesday

Wednesday, February 5th

Skate Night

Thursday, February 6th
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Skate World of Troy - 2825 E Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48083
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