We Are Ferndale

The We Are Ferndale blog series features stories from people throughout the Ferndale community and is curated by the Ferndale School District. Click on the title of a post to read it.

Ferndale School District Superintendent Linda Quinn was on hand with a tribute that included, “It is my honor to be here to celebrate the 2020 Masonic Teacher of the Year: Laurie Bianco. Laurie is a phenomenal music teacher at Skyline Elementary and an advocate for music education in our area and across the state. She is frequently asked to be a guest presenter at regional music education conferences. It is not surprising that this past fall, she was selected by the San Juan Region as their 2020 Music Educator of the Year.”

When schools closed in March all students, Kindergarteners and seniors alike, shifted to a remote learning experience that required connection with teachers and classmates in a different way. For seniors, the last few months have also meant adjusting expectations and reinventing traditions meant to honor the high school graduation milestone.

A senior class tradition at Ferndale High School is posting a countdown calendar in the student lounge when there are just 30 days of school left before commencement, and then ceremoniously crossing off the days one at a time. Like many senior class traditions, this one was hijacked by Covid-19 when school buildings across the state were abruptly closed.