Ferndale School District Employee Newsletter

This letter will reach you before the start of the new school year. I know many of you work through the summer, and many of you who don’t work all summer have already been preparing for the launch of 2019-2020. I hope this letter finds all of you ready to gear up as a whole district staff on September 3 and welcome students on September 4. As you know, all staff will be starting together at 8:00 AM on September 3 at the Silver Reef Event Center for a kick-off breakfast.

We are excited to announce a few new initiates!

There are a few important changes you will see coming out of Human Resources this year.

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a US Federal law that mandates that every school district appoint a “homeless liaison”, whose responsibilities include identifying and coordinating supports to eligible students. Our district liaisons are Dr. Paul Douglas, the Exec. Director of Student Services, and Kim Bunch, Program Assistant/Student Services.

The Prepared to Teach program is a partnership between the Ferndale School District and Western Washington University. The project is designed to increase interns’ skills, professionalism, and sense of agency as they work to support student learning in our Ferndale elementary schools. This partnership will focus on a cohort of 21 interns who are placed in all of our district elementary schools. These interns will also be provided paid work opportunities as possible throughout the district as opportunities arise in an effort to support their ongoing needs as well as freeing them up to focus on their internship. In a recent poll, 70% of college students reported having to work to support themselves. 40% of the undergraduates polled reported working more than 30 hours a week.

Dr. Quinn's monthly letter to employees.

Some may be aware that Graduation requirements are changing for the class of 2020.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy towards others, establish and maintain relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Starting in 2020, all Washington State school districts, educational service districts (ESDs), and charter schools will receive benefits for their eligible employees through the SEBB Program. These will replace the health and insurance benefits currently provided. The first SEBB Program open enrollment is October 1–November 15, 2019. Benefits begin January 1, 2020.

Students and teachers are, for the most part, out of school buildings for the summer. Empty buildings give us a good opportunity to do cleaning and maintenance projects that are hard to do when the buildings are fully occupied.

Dr. Quinn's monthly letter to employees.

We share information regarding the District Energy Program and a big change for Food Service.

Student driven, family directed, district and community supported. The mission of the Ferndale School District's Ferndale Family Connections program has been evident as the homeschool partnership approaches the completion of its first full year during the 2018-19 school year.

We explain what the Mobile Response Team does and how they help in times of crisis. Also included this month, an update regarding our Equity Team.

Here are a few important meeting dates in advance of the 2019-2020 School Year and information regarding changes to benefits.

Time is a funny thing. It keeps moving us along. As this Graduating Class prepares for Commencement, the District is also making plans to increase our investment in Early Learning for our very youngest students. Research tells us that increasing our investment in Early Education will make a difference in future school years, and we believe that is an investment worth making. In summary, that means we are hiring the equivalent of five additional certificated teachers to support students in grades K-3 grade. The new teachers will be assigned to Eagleridge, Cascadia, Skyline, Central, and Custer. Depending on needs in each building, the positions may be used to add a classroom or to support students in the areas of literacy, math, or social and emotional learning.

Our Community Transitions programs are growing. The programs, designed for young adults aged 18-21 with a documented disability and who have an IEP for services, are a bridge between high school and adult living.

The Ferndale School District and Sodexo Food Service have been partners for over three-decades to bring healthful meals to Ferndale students. Starting in the 2019-2020 School Year, there are changes coming.

Ferndale School District Summer programs will operate at Horizon Middle School and Eagleridge Elementary this year.

The Human Resources Team has planned outreach dates through the end of the 2018-2019 School Year. Make a note to come by, say ‘hello’ and get your questions answered!

Dear Team, It has been a busy season. We are well into the pre-design phase for the new Ferndale High School. We now have architects onboard, and they will be a big part of m...

Spring means hiring season in the Ferndale School District. That means bringing in new talent to fill roles we are not able to fill with existing talent. That also means that our current employees have the opportunity to change positions and/or locations throughout the District. Transfer forms have been emailed to those who qualify for transfers. Those who have an interest in transferring locations should complete the form and return them no later than April 12th.

Good news abounds in the Business Services Department!

Our schools are conducting an assessment audit to determine if the assessment we are using provide us with the information to best serve our students and inform our instruction.

The monthly update from Student Services includes a bit of information about a few key initiatives: WE Day, Equity and Social & Emotional Learning.