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From the Superintendent


Dear Ferndale Family,

As we approach the March 10th election day, you will see more mention of the 2 ballot proposals that pertain to Ferndale Schools. While we are restricted from advocating for a Yes or No vote on ballot issues, it is our responsibility to inform the community about how we would be affected by the results of the vote. We encourage you all to learn more about the ballot proposals by: 

  • visiting FerndaleForward.com.
  • reading the upcoming issue of Local: The Community Education Magazine online now or as it arrives in your mailbox in the coming weeks. 
  • attending an upcoming informational meeting.

We will also be speaking with neighbors and distributing informational material this weekend. If you would like to help, please sign up using Sign-Up Genius.

Approval of the Non-Homestead ballot proposal would allow the school district to continue to levy 18 mills of Non-Homestead millage on all commercial, business, rental properties, vacant land and second-home properties in the event of rising taxable property values within the community. In order for the school district to receive its full operating revenue allowance, the district must levy this full 18 mills.

Approval of the March bond proposal would authorize the school district to sell bonds at 3 different times over the next 10 years (a 3-series bond) with zero projected tax-rate increase from 2019 tax rates. These bonds would total $125 Million, and would fund a 10-year strategic improvement plan.

Upcoming Info Sessions


Saturday, February 1st

9:00 am - 5:00 pm  – FHS
881 Pinecrest Drive

Thursday, February 13th

6:30 pm – TCEC
21131 Gardenlane

Tuesday, February 25th

6:30 pm – FECC
2920 Burdette

In Education,

Dania H. Bazzi, PhD

News Stories

Pizza & Politics Gets Fired Up

UHS had its first Pizza & Politics meeting today in partnership with the Ferndale Library. Our first guest was Julia Music, who serves as a Ferndale City Council member, and is a teacher at West Bloomfield High School. The program provides an opportunity for conversations about politics and civic engagement with local politicians. The kids asked some great questions at our first meeting.

Art Around Town

Ferndale Schools student art is being featured at two local pop-up galleries.

  1. The Ferndale Area District Library is currently featuring photographs by Ferndale High School students. The exhibition is curated by Visual Sports Network of Michigan.
  2. Biggby’s is currently featuring art by Mrs. Mickles Kindergarten class as well.
Stop in to view the student artwork.

MI Educators Watching FPS Social Emotional Learning

The Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) included our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum model in their latest issue of LEADER Magazine. The article was written by Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Dina Rocheleau and Superintendent Dr. Dania Bazzi, PhD.

Read the Article »

UHS Student Council Welcomes New Students

With custom locker displays, the student council made new students feel right at home. This is a wonderful example of what it means to be a part of the Ferndale family. Building relationships and connections is imperative in the educational process.
 

Saturday Tutoring Begins Jan 25th

Starting this Saturday: Saturday tutoring (or a quiet space to work) available for all FPS students in grades 6-12 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Nest. Chromebooks will be available for use, as well. View this flyer for all upcoming tutoring dates.

Get Involved

Lifeguard Needed

Attention Ferndale Students or any Community Member that has a lifeguarding certificate,

We are looking for two students or a community  that can work as a lifeguard during impact hour with the peer to peer students twice a week from 10:45am-11:15am.  You must have a valid lifeguard certificate.

If you are interested, please see Mr. Butler or email him as soon as possible.

Helping Strands to Aid Homeless

From now until March 31st, 2020, The Ferndale Library invites FPS students and the community to make mats for persons experiencing homelessness.

Want to be involved? Please call the Youth Desk at (248) 546-2504 x 694.
Our drop-in dates to help with this project are as follows:

Jan 25th & 26th
Feb 1st & 2nd
Feb 8th & 9th
Feb 15th & 16th
Feb 22nd & 23rd
Feb 29th
All sessions are open from noon to 5pm

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

Kindness Challenge Week

January 27th - 31st


Regular Board Meeting

Monday, January 27th

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FHS Media Center (Nest) - 881 Pinecrest, Ferndale, MI 48220

FYA Grief & Loss Parent Program

Wednesday, January 29th

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Media Center (Nest) - 881 Pinecrest, Ferndale, MI 48220

Facilitator Peggy Nielsen from the Henry Ford Sandcastles Grief Support Program will be presenting to parents on the topic of grief and loss.

8th Grade Parent Meeting

Thursday, January 30th
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

FHS Auditorium

Sock Hop Dance

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

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

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


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