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Important Information about Posts on an Instagram Account
We want to let you know that yesterday a community member brought to our attention that some displeasing posts about Ferndale School District students were being made on an Instagram account. We believe that the account people were posting to was instagram.com/fhsburn.book/. Ferndale High School administrators are working with local law enforcement to address this matter.
We know use of devices by our students to communicate with others is increasing. Each year, the district provides Digital Citizenship education in its classrooms and also offers education for parents. Topics addressed in the Digital Citizenship curriculum are digital footprint, safe social media use, cyber bullying, digital etiquette, and health & wellness. We know that a majority of our students are using social media for positive interactions, but we would ask parents to partner with us to remind students about safe practices when using devices, especially on social media channels.
For more information about internet safety and digital citizenship, visit the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's webpage www.k12.wa.us/safetycenter/InternetSafety/default.aspx.
Thank you to the community member who brought this matter to our attention. We appreciate the care and concern from our community in keeping our children safe. ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to Windward High School Student Mason Waller and Ferndale High School Student Ellie Baader who were selected as student school board members.
“I am thrilled that Ellie and Mason will be joining our School Board for the upcoming year. As we head into our fourth cycle of selecting and including student members, the Board is more convinced than ever of their importance. We are strengthened as a leadership team and our services are improved as a result of their youthful energy, perspectives and insights," said Superintendent Linda Quinn.
At Wednesday's special school board meeting, school board members interviewed nine students for the two board positions: Ellie Baader, Logan Browne, Jordyn Fassett, Ariana Fox, Yelena Kazantseva, Alexandra McBeath, Cordelia Pallares, Taya Shuey and Mason Waller. Each of these students had strong convictions about serving their school district.
“We are grateful to each of the students who applied. The process of selecting just two new student members for the 2017-2018 School Board was difficult because we had so many wonderful candidates. Because each applicant has unique insights that can shape our district governance, I plan to invite all of them to be part of an advisory committee during the year ahead," added Quinn.
Ellie and Mason will be sworn into office at next Tuesday's regular board meeting.
The role of the student school board member is to provide a student perspective into the decision-making process at the board level. They will sit at the board table at all board meetings, participate in discussions with other school board members, and exercise non-binding (advisory) votes on matters brought before the board in open session.
Welcome, Mason and Ellie!
1 Ellie Baader
2 Mason Waller
3 Yelena Kazantseva, Ariana Fox, Alexandra McBeath
4 Mason Waller, Cordelia Pallares, Taya Shuey
5 Jordyn Fassett, Logan Browne, Ellie Baader ... See MoreSee Less
Ferndale Students will Provide Recordings for Whatcom Museum Coast Salish Exhibit
Ferndale High School Teacher Smak i' ya' (Matt Warbus) and members of the Ferndale High School Lummi Language Class have been busy preparing audio recordings for an interactive exhibit at Whatcom Museum called "People of the Sea and Cedar: A Journey Through the History and Cultures of the Tribes of the Northwest Coast." The exhibit will share the history and art of the Coast Salish people, focused on the Lummi and Nooksack tribes. It will feature artifacts and hands-on learning experiences.
The exhibit will open July 19 at the museum's Lightcatcher building located at 250 Flora Street in Bellingham. Exhibit hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. More information is available at whatcommuseum.org.
Ferndale serves more than 600 students who are Native American, the majority of them are Lummi tribal members. Over the past several years, the focus of our support programs for our Native students have shifted from a more traditional teach-reteach-remediate model to one that honors students' culture and traditions and shines a light on their individual strengths. Lummi Language is taught in our schools at the secondary level. ... See MoreSee Less
From the Lummi Language class at Ferndale High School yesterday, 6/19/17: "The Whatcom Museum is putting together a permanent exhibit and will be called "The People of the Cedar and The People of th...