Good morning Ferndale Schools Family, As many of you know, the state and federal governments continue to place our schools and school personnel in an uncomfortable position of serving as regulatory enforcement agencies. Please know that it is not and has never been our intention to interfere with the personal values and beliefs of our families. Yet, we are held accountable to uphold the laws, policies, regulations and public orders that we are given as well as uphold school procedures and rules. We understand that many families are not in support of a state requirement that will add the Covid-19 vaccine to the list of those required for school enrollment. We also understand that many families are in support of the vaccine and a vaccine requirement. This issue has become quite divisive and we do not want this division to cause us to disrespect one another or the beliefs of others. Ferndale Unified School District is proud of how we always listen to one another and care for one another. We have had very respectful conversations on many divisive topics and issues. If you are going to participate in a protest, walk-out or boycott, please don’t do so by disrupting learning at our schools. We have fought hard over the past year and a half to get students back to a regular routine of learning. Please also consider contacting your elected officials or protesting in a way that does not disrupt student learning. If your student is missing school for a protest, boycott or walk-out please be sure to have a parent/guardian notify the attendance office for absence verification as is our regular procedure. Verified absences do allow for students to make up their school work, but again we encourage you to find alternate, meaningful ways to be heard. Most importantly we need to listen to one another, respect one another and be kind. Take care, Beth Anderson Superintendent
Jr High Drive Thru Dinner Oct. 1st
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Ferndale Elementary School Picture Day: Tuesday, September 21 https://lifetouch.com Picture Day ID: EVTSMCVSH
Meet our new 2nd/3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Maxon: I have lived in Humboldt County for 17 years, I graduated from HSU with my BA in elementary education in 2008. My husband and I have 3 children that attend Ferndale Elementary School and we call Loleta home. I am so excited to be a part of the wonderful teaching staff here at Ferndale.
Welcome to our new TK-5 resource teacher, Josephine Finen. She grew up in the Sacramento area, and spent her childhood making frequent trips up to Humboldt County. This is her sixth year teaching, previously she taught TK-12 and TK-8 in Southern Humboldt.
We're looking forward to seeing our students Monday morning. Monday is an early release time, 1:00pm.
Best wishes to Mrs. Townsend and her family. She taught at Ferndale Elementary for the past 5 years, but won't be returning this year. Mrs. Townsend and her husband welcomed their baby Wade Goff last May and she's going to be busy taking care of him and enjoying time on the family ranch.
Wondering where Ms. Banke went? Not far. Our District Counselor was married last spring and is officially now Mrs. Bigham ! Her new email is: email@example.com Congratulations to Erin and Josh from their Ferndale Unified School family.
Positions available at Ferndale Elementary School 2021-2022: Special Circumstances Instructional Aide (SCIA) - Grades TK/K Resource Aide (Math) - Grades 5-8 English Language Development (ELD) - Grades K-8 Please contact Principal Landry at Ferndale Elementary School
Congratulations to Mrs. Fisk-Becker who retired in June after 27 years of teaching. We appreciate her dedication to Ferndale Elementary and wish her all the best in retirement.
Are you getting ready for school? We are! Thank you Mrs. Brazil for updating the bulletin boards in the Primary Building.
Parents and Students: All the 1st day paperwork has been mailed home, please return in it to the FES Gym on Thursday, August 26th from 12:00pm-6:00pm or Friday, August 27th 9:00am-12:00pm. Once an FES staff member has reviewed the packet, you will receive your child's assigned teacher for the 2021-2022 school year.
August 16, 2021 Dear Ferndale Schools’ Families, If you are planning to return to in person instruction for the upcoming 2021-2022, we look forward to seeing you on the first day of school, August 30! For those of you who are interested in at home learning, please read below: Assembly Bill 130 has changed the requirements for distance learning for the 2021-2022 school year and replaced it with independent study requirements. This independent study is intended for “individualized study for a pupil whose health would be put at risk by in person instruction”. As you will see below, independent study looks similar to last year’s distance learning, but with more requirements. Like some other small school districts, Ferndale Unified School District will not be directly providing an independent study option for our students, but will instead be contracting with another district, the Humboldt County Office of Education or an online school to provide an independent study option for our families who request it. Our teachers will be providing in person instruction for the full instructional minutes/full school days as required. Independent study requirements for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year include: A signed Independent Study Agreement, and a parent/pupil/teacher conference prior to executing the written agreement. Before signing a written agreement, and upon the request of the parent or guardian of a pupil, the LEA shall conduct a phone, video conference, or in-person pupil-parent-educator conference or other school meeting. For pupils in TK through grade 3, independent study must include a plan to provide opportunities for daily synchronous instruction for all pupils throughout the school year. For pupils in grades 4 to 8, independent study must include a plan to provide opportunities for both daily live interaction and at least weekly synchronous instruction for all pupils throughout the school year. For pupils in high school there must be some form of synchronous instruction. “Synchronous instruction” means classroom-style instruction or designated small group or one-on-one instruction involving live two-way communication between the teacher and pupil. “Live interaction” means interaction between the pupil and a staff member. If a student fails to meet these attendance or engagement standards, the law requires that they return to in person instruction. Attendance and engagement standards include participation as well as work completion by due dates. If you plan to enroll your student(s) in this Independent Study option for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, please notify the district office by Friday, August 20, 2021. Please call 707-786-5900 during school hours (leave a voicemail if there is not a live answer) or email Beth Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will then update you with the appropriate information for your child's independent study requirements and options. Thank you and take care! 16 de agosto de 2021 Estimadas familias de las escuelas de Ferndale: Si planea regresar a la instrucción en persona para el próximo 2021-2022, ¡esperamos verlo el primer día de clases, el 30 de agosto! Para aquellos de ustedes que estén interesados en aprender en casa, por favor lea a continuación: El Proyecto de Ley de la Asamblea 130 ha cambiado los requisitos para la educación a distancia para el año escolar 2021-2022 y lo reemplazó con requisitos de estudio independiente. Este estudio independiente está destinado a "un estudio individualizado para un alumno que pondría su salud en riesgo con la instrucción en persona". Como verá a continuación, el estudio independiente se parece al aprendizaje a distancia del año pasado, pero con más requisitos. Al igual que otros distritos escolares pequeños, el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Ferndale no dará directamente una opción de estudio independiente para nuestros estudiantes, sino que contratará a otro distrito, la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Humboldt o una escuela en línea(internet) para brindar una opción de estudio independiente para nuestras familias que lo soliciten. Nuestros maestros brindarán instrucción en persona durante los minutos de instrucción completos / días escolares completos según sea necesario. Los requisitos de estudio independiente para el próximo año escolar 2021-2022 incluyen: Un Acuerdo de Estudio Independiente firmado y una conferencia entre padres, alumnos y maestros antes de ejecutar el acuerdo por escrito. Antes de firmar un acuerdo por escrito, la LEA llevará a cabo una conferencia telefónica, por videoconferencia o una conferencia en persona entre el alumno, el padre y el educador u otra reunión escolar. Para los alumnos de TK hasta el grado 3, el estudio independiente debe incluir un plan para brindar oportunidades de instrucción sincrónica diaria para todos los alumnos durante el año escolar. Para los alumnos de 4 a 8 grado, el estudio independiente debe incluir un plan que brinde oportunidades para la interacción diaria en vivo y al menos una instrucción sincrónica semanal para todos los alumnos durante el año escolar. Para los alumnos de la escuela secundaria debe haber alguna forma de instrucción sincrónica. “Instrucción sincrónica” significa instrucción estilo salón de clases o instrucción designada en grupos pequeños o uno a uno que involucra una comunicación bidireccional en vivo entre el maestro y el alumno. “Interacción en vivo” significa interacción entre el alumno y un miembro del personal. Si un estudiante no cumple con estos estándares de asistencia o participación, la ley requiere que regrese a la instrucción en persona. Los estándares de asistencia y compromiso incluyen la participación y la finalización del trabajo en las fechas de vencimiento. Si planea inscribir a su (s) estudiante (s) en esta opción de estudio independiente para el próximo año escolar 2021-2022, notifique a su escuela antes del viernes 20 de agosto de 2021. Llame a la oficina de la escuela durante el horario escolar 707-786-5900 (deje un mensaje de voz si no hay una respuesta en vivo) o envíe un correo electrónico a Beth Anderson (email@example.com). Luego, lo actualizaremos con la información apropiada para los requisitos y opciones de estudio independiente de su hijo. ¡Gracias y tenga cuidado!
The 2020-2021 School year was brought to you by the elementary school administration, teachers and support staff. We;re so happy we could stay open the entire year- we did it, together.
School Supply Lists
Image of Mrs. Busher's 5th Grade year end picnic
Images of Field Day 2021
Thanks to these 7th grade students that were ushers for the 8th grade graduation.
Mrs. Calvi's 6th graders trip to the Cat Shack the last week of school