Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning at Skyline Elementary, students gather in the gym to jump rope, Double Dutch style, under the coaching of Skyline Paraeducators Pat Roegele and Michele Barmore. Mrs. Roegele says up to 45 students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade show up to jump for fifteen minutes before school starts. The boys and girls take turns jumping and turning the rope. Double Dutch is a style of jumping that involves two ropes turned “egg beater” style. There are Double Dutch tournaments held worldwide. More information can be found on the National Double Dutch League website at nationaldoubledutchleague.com. Watch the video to see Skyline jumpers in action.
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City of Ferndale and Ferndale School District Host Fourth Emergency Exercise—Operation Blue Panther
Safety continues to be a priority for Ferndale School District and the City of Ferndale. Last Friday, May 19, the district, in partnership with the City of Ferndale, Ferndale Police and Whatcom Unified, conducted its fourth table-top training exercise of this school year. The exercise, called Operation Blue Panther, was held at Central Elementary School.
The drill began at approximately 9:50 a.m. and concluded at 11:30 a.m. The scenario involved the breach of the Nooksack River over the Ferndale dike which would cause the flooding of the area surrounding Central School. Once the drill began, staff put the school's flood plan into action, evacuating students from an assembly to "higher ground," namely the second floor of Central School, and the library on the first floor. Teachers kept their attendance sheets and were able to assess that all students were accounted for. This part of the drill was completed in an impressive eight minutes. Then, students resumed their regular school day and the table-top exercise with agency representatives continued for another 90 minutes.
The purpose of our training exercises is to prepare the school district personnel, city personnel, law enforcement officers and other first responders to respond effectively to an emergency at one of Ferndale's schools. The exercise allowed the participants to make sure school district staff and students know what actions they should take in an emergency of this kind. We were able to identify areas of improvement in our emergency plans and our coordinated efforts continue to build strong relationships with the agencies in our community and greater Whatcom County.
The City of Ferndale and Ferndale School District share a common goal of keeping our children safe at school which means we are as ready as possible for any emergency.
Central Elementary School serves 319 students, and has 14 teachers and approximately 15 support staff. The exercise is named after Central Elementary’s mascot, the Panther, and school color, blue.
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We want to inform you that there was a fire in the kitchen area at Windward High School this afternoon. It occurred at approximately 2:14 p.m. and began in a microwave oven. The fire department responded to the school's 911 call, contained the fire and extinguished the fire.
All staff and students are safe. It was the end of the school day so most students were departing school. Afterschool programs will continue for today. School will resume tomorrow as scheduled.
An investigation will be conducted by the fire department.
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Ferndale High's Sports Medicine Team Members are State Campions at the 14th annual WESCO Sports Medicine Competition! Way to go! ... See MoreSee Less
Everett HS, 14th Annual WESCO Sports Medicine Competition FHS FIRST PLACE CHAMPIONS: Nate Roat, Alyssa Jackson, Robert Bishop, Jake Finkbonner, Brandon Wilhoite, Alexis Riley, Piper Dunn CONGRATULATI...