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October is Disability History and Awareness Month

Let us see the “Ability” in Others #DisabilityAwareness Annually, during the month of October, each public school shall conduct or promote education activities that provide that provide instruction, awareness, and understanding of disability history and people with disabilities. The activities may include, but not be limited to, school assemblies or guest speaker presentations. ( RCW 28A.230.158). The legislature further finds that recognizing disability history will increase respect and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with […]

Reapply by Oct. 16 for Free-Reduced Meals

A Message from Food Services— A reminder that the grace period ends Monday, October 16 for students who received free or reduced meals last year. Beginning Monday, if families have not turned in a new application for the 2017-18 school year, their child(ren) will no longer have benefits for free or reduced meals, and they will be charged the cost of any meals incurred by their child(ren). Completing the application is quick and easy online […]

District Seeks Input on New Community Parent Partnership Program

Ferndale School District invites parents to help us design a new Community Parent Partnership Program for our Ferndale School District families. The purpose of these meetings is for us to simply listen to you and hear what we need to do to better meet your needs. The district is the only district in Whatcom County that does not have a Community Partnership program. That is about to change. We want to design a program that […]

National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day was first observed in 2012 and is held the fourth Tuesday of September which is today, September 26. The day has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). It is further supported by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED). Have you registered to vote? Do you need to change your name or address on your voter registration? It’s fast and simple to do by visiting […]

Vicente Role Expanded to Support ELL Program

Alvaro Vicente has an expanded role in Ferndale School District – providing coaching and support for our teachers and English Language Learner staff kindergarten through 12th grades. Alvaro will be expanding our parent outreach, building on the successes of his work at Ferndale High School. We are pleased to have Alvaro in his new position.   About Alvaro: Alvaro Vicente-Ortiz was born in Guatemala and immigrated to the United Sates at the age of 6. […]

District Seeking Bus Drivers

Bus Driver Hiring Slide

Drive Bus for Ferndale Schools Ferndale School District is seeking school bus drivers. Join our team and serve the children of our community. Training is provided at no cost. Competitive wages and excellent benefits. To apply, visit For more information: Executive Director of Human Resources Paul Douglas, 360.383.9206, Director of Communications Tammy Bengen, 383.9207,

Student Picture Information

Student and classroom pictures are taken during the fall. The district has designated Professional School Imaging as its contractor for this purpose. Should your student miss their school’s designated picture day, retakes are scheduled for: Ferndale High – September 12 & 13/ October 9 Windward High – September 14/ October 13 Horizon Middle – September 19/ October 17 Skyline Elementary – September 21/ October 26 Vista Middle – September 22/ October 27 Central Elementary – […]

Strengthening Families Workshops

Ferndale Schools and Washington State University Extension are offering a series of Strengthening Families meetings in October and November. Meetings begin October 9 and run for seven Mondays. This series is for parents and youth ages 10-14. Dinner will be served to families. Free childcare is provided for children under age 10. Cost is: $5 per family per session or $35 for the seven week class. Parents Learn: What to expect from their adolescent children, […]

Ferndale High Asst. Principal Hired

The district announces the hiring of Mr. David Rodriguez as assistant principal for Ferndale High School. Mr. Rodriguez fills the position that was open due to Assistant Principal Julia Besola moving to the director of teaching and learning role. Prior to joining the Ferndale team, Mr. Rodriguez served in the Burlington-Edison School District, where he was an administrative intern, summer school administer and grade one dual language teacher. Prior to that, he was a graduation […]

Back to School Information

Register for School School begins Wednesday, September 6. Kindergartners and students new to the district should register for school directly at their neighborhood school between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Elementary and middle schools open Wednesday, August 23. Ferndale High opens Monday, August 14 and Windward High opens Tuesday, August 22. A reminder that kindergarten students must be five years old prior to September 1. When registering, remember to bring with […]

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