Ferndale School District Employee Newsletter

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...

Dear Team,   I am writing to you as we wrap up January. We have accomplished a lot together this month including a recent celebration of our wonderful Ferndale School...

We have updates in every area of the Business & Support Services Department this month.

The State of Washington recently released a newly formatted version of the State Report Card. The Report Card can be sorted down to individual school district and down to individual school.

As we enter the month of February, Student Services has hired two fabulous new team members. Carla Lawrence and Penny Jefferson will be joining our team as Native American Student Advisors. We are excited to welcome them, learn from them, and improve our practices with them.

We have the same smiling faces on our Team but a newly articulated Mission and Vision Statements. We are excited to share both with you because they motivate our work on behalf of our District. In our opinion, both statements capture the essence of our Department ethos.

Our bond measure to modernize Ferndale schools will be back on the February 12, 2019 Special Election ballot. This is the bond to build a new high school, make critical facility repairs and upgrades, improve school security, and modernize our Performing Arts Center.

November Business Services update.

We are excited to share some big news on behalf of the whole Ferndale School District - our graduation rates have increased to historic levels! In 2018, our Graduation Rate hit 85.7 percent. We are enormously proud of that number and look forward to sharing this news widely with our community. In the 2017, 80.4 percent of the Ferndale High School senior class graduated on time. The 2018 rate of 85.7 percent means that the graduation rate has risen 17 percent since 2013.

Substitute Rate Increases We make every effort to have high quality substitutes available so that our employees can have peace-of-mind when called away from work. We have increased the amount we pay our subs in order to incentivize candidates to come to Ferndale on a temporary basis and, potentially, to see Ferndale as a great place to work long-term. We are always looking for good candidates in the Ferndale School District and competitive wages for subs gives us an advantage.

You may know that we recently expanded the number of Ferndale School District counselors from six to eleven. To read more about our continued emphasis on Social and Emotional Learning: https://www.ferndalesd.org/communications/blog/1616009/ferndale-school-counselors-grow-in-number-from-six-to-eleven

Have you heard the news? Our Energy Saving Program has reached $2.1 Million in Cost Avoidance. Small changes make a big difference. The energy program at the Ferndale School District has helped the School District avoid cost and put those dollars to work for students.

As we wrap up October, we look forward to November 6 – Election Day. We have worked to tell the story of our Bond proposal for the last 18 months. We always celebrate our right to vote, but this year that right feels especially poignant. Remember that postage is not required for this election – just drop your ballots in a mailbox or at a dropbox location.