Ferndale School District Employee Newsletter

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.

I want to start by wishing our school staff an excellent Spring Break. You have pushed hard and I appreciate the dedication you have poured into our students so far this year as always. Take care and we’ll see you on the other side of a restful week!

Dear Team, It has been a February to remember in our School District! As you all know, our bond proposal passed at 62.04%. We just received the OFFICIAL certification from...

ELPA 21 Spring Testing Window Summary from OSPI: The ELPA summative assessment is an online assessment given to all students who qualify for English language development ...

Kindergarten Registration for 2019-2020 School Year It’s that time of year again – Kindergarten Registration! Registration will be March 4th - March 29th, 2019. ...

Our Rockstar Accounting Team led by Director Holly Graham is at it again with another clean audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Washington State Legislature passed a bill in 2017 requiring para-educators to meet state certification requirements. Those requirements mean that beginning in September 201...