Ferndale School District coverage
No. 2 pencils, glue sticks and backpacks are among the school supplies being sought for needy students in Ferndale schools.
Officials for the Ferndale School District, which is once again sponsoring the school supply drive, said donations have been slow coming in this year.
Last year, more than 500 students in grades K through 12 received school supplies, thanks to the drive.
Supplies will be distributed Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Vista Middle School to qualifying students.
School supplies may be dropped off in Ferndale at:
- Ferndale School District Office, 6041 Vista Drive.
- Ferndale Library, 2007 Cherry St. at First.
- Whatcom Educational Credit Union, 5659 Barrett Road.
- Ferndale Community Resource Center, 5694 Second Ave.
Other needed supplies include colored pencils, wide and thin markers, pencil boxes, loose-leaf paper, spiral notebooks, pencil sharpeners, ballpoint pens, yellow highlighters and dry-erase markers.
Donations of money also will be accepted. Send them to Ferndale Family Community Fund, c/o Alicia Roberts, FCC Special Events Coordinator, P.O. Box 698, Ferndale, Wash., 98248.
For more information, go online to www.ferndale.wednet.edu. Or contact Alicia Roberts at email@example.com or 360-410-7285
School supplies are being sought for 500 students in the Ferndale School District whose families can’t afford them.
The City of Ferndale is helping to collect donated supplies for the Aug. 22 Ferndale Back to School Fair.
Drop off donated items through Aug. 22 at City Hall, 2095 Main St. The drop box is in the foyer.
The needed items are below, as well as the rest of the city’s announcement.
Wide and thin markers
Loose leaf paper
Dry erase markers
The Ferndale Back to School Fair from 2 to 6 p.m. August 22 at Vista Middle School is an opportunity for the students to receive donated supplies, for families to get connected to community resources and for the community to come together and make donations to make even more possible!
For everyone $1 you donate, the district can turn it into $3 thanks to the ability to purchase supplies through district sources at wholesale prices.
The Ferndale School District is facing a $1.9 million deficit for the next school year, but officials said they will be able to close that gap without affecting programs for students.
The Ferndale School Board is set to approve the $51.3 million general fund budget Thursday, July 26. It will include drawing from reserves to cover the entire deficit if necessary.
Six Whatcom County high school graduates have received the 2012-13 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program award, Comcast Foundation has announced.
They were among 90 students named in Western Washington and Spokane.
Comcast asked schools to nominate students who showed leadership abilities in school activities and strong commitment to community service.
The Whatcom County students and their schools are:
- Emily P. Steelquist, Blaine High School
- Patricia M. Castrejon, Ferndale High School
- Fraser J. Shindruk, Lynden High School
- Kaitlyn M. Michaelson, Meridian High School
- Brett T. Copher, Nooksack Valley High
- Janice E. Liang, Sehome High School
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program gives $1,000 scholarships to students.
Lynden Christian, Lummi and Windward kicked off graduations in Whatcom County with their ceremonies on Thursday, June 7.
Lynden and Nooksack Valley high schools are up next, with their graduations beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, June 8.
Below is a round-up of high school and college graduation ceremonies this month. Ceremonies are open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
FRIDAY, JUNE 8
Lynden High School: 7 p.m. in the school gym.
Nooksack Valley High School: 7 p.m. at Sid Lambert Field or Kay LeMaster Gym, depending on the weather.
SATURDAY, JUNE 9
Ferndale High School: 11 a.m. at Civic Field.
Western Washington University:
- 9 a.m. College of Business and Economics, College of Fine and Performing Arts, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Huxley College of the Environment.
- 12:30 p.m. College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Humanities Division) and Woodring College of Education.
- 4 p.m. College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Social Sciences Division) and the College of Sciences and Technology.
All three ceremonies are in Carver Gymnasium. Tickets are required for seating in the gym, but there will be overflow seating in the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education building with the ceremonies broadcast on a screen. The ceremonies also will be broadcast live on Comcast channel 26 and streamed live on www.ustream.tv/channel/wwu-live-events1.
MONDAY, JUNE 11
Blaine High School: 6 p.m. in the school gym.
Community Transitions (Bellingham School District): 7 p.m. Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Dome Room.
TUESDAY, JUNE 12
Mount Baker High School: 6:30 p.m. at the school’s Bob Tisdale Field.
THURSDAY, JUNE 14
Meridian High School: 7 p.m. in the school gym.
Explorations Academy: 7 p.m. at Squalicum Boathouse. Space is limited so people need to contact Explorations before June 13 if they wish to attend.
FRIDAY, JUNE 15
Bellingham High School: 7 p.m. in the school gym. Tickets required.
Northwest Indian College: 4 p.m. in Wex’liem community building.
Whatcom Community College: 6:30 p.m. in the Pavilion. Tickets are required to sit in the pavilion; however there will be overflow seating in Heiner Theatre with the ceremony broadcast on a screen.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16
Squalicum High School: 11 a.m. at the school. Tickets required.
MONDAY, JUNE 18
Sehome High School: 6 p.m. in Carver Gym at WWU.
TUESDAY, JUNE 19
Options High School: 7 p.m. in the theater at Bellingham High School.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
Bellingham Technical College: 7 p.m. at Mount Baker Theatre. Tickets required.
More than 700 people showed up at Roosevelt Elementary School the evening of Thursday, May 24, to see student performances and artwork.
It was the Bellingham school’s second annual Children’s Art Festival Extravaganza.
The school’s 430 students each displayed several pieces of art.
Roosevelt also held a dedication ceremony for the Poet Tree — a sculpture created by artist Tony Hermanutz.
Hermanutz donated it to the school.
Three Whatcom County high school students have been awarded 2012 National Merit Scholarships, each worth $2,500.
The winners were announced Wednesday, May 2.
Whatcom County winners are:
- Katherine Cooke, Bellingham High School.
- Jacob Highleyman, Sehome High School.
- Mattie Carlson, Ferndale High School.
The trio were among five semifinalists from Whatcom County.
To become semifinalists, students had to take the PSAT and be among the highest-scoring participants in each state. The roughly 16,000 semifinalists represented less than 1 percent of all high school seniors.
To reach the finals, they had to have strong academic records, be recommended by their school principals, score high enough on the SAT and write an essay.
About 15,000 students were named as finalists for three types of scholarships in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Those scholarships are the $2,500 National Merit Scholarships (announced Wednesday), corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and college-financed scholarships.
About 8,300 students will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million during the 2012 competition.
BELLINGHAM — “The Boy Mir: Ten Years in Afghanistan,” will be shown 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Squalicum High School as part of a student’s senior project.
Bahara Naimzadeh, a first-generation Afghan-American, is presenting the documentary in the forum at the school, 3773 E. McLeod Road.
The event is open to the public. Admission is free, but donations to UNICEF’s Right to Education Fund will gladly be accepted.
The documentary by British filmmaker Phil Grabsky tracks the life of an Afghan boy from age 8, shortly after the fall of the Taliban, to 18 as he comes of age in his war-torn country.
Naimzadeh said she wants to spread the magic of the film and to educate people about the needs of Afghanistan, where she still has family.
“It’s an important cause for me with my family situation,” she said.
Click here to see the official theatrical trailer.
The next school year will be the last for Mountain View Elementary School in Ferndale.
The Ferndale School Board voted 4-1 on Thursday, April 26, to close Mountain View at the end of the 2012-13 school year as a cost-saving measure.
Board member Hugh Foulke was the lone no vote, saying that he preferred to close Skyline elementary instead.
“None of us wants to close a school,” board member Andrew McLaurin said. “Everything supports that decision.”
Cuts in state funding, the end of federal stimulus dollars under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a steady decline in student enrollment and how to best use aging buildings without increasing costs make closing an elementary school necessary, school officials have said.
“If we could find an answer that could legitimately avoid this decision, we would be talking about it tonight,” board member Kevin Erickson said.
In deciding to close Mountain View, the board was following the recommendation made in February by the school district’s Facility Advisory Committee.
Although the board’s vote was Thursday, most of the board members said in March that they supported closing Mountain View.
Unlike previous meetings, just one member of the public spoke .
Jenny Kubic, who said she had two daughters who attended Mountain View, asked the board to reconsider — noting that the Mountain View community had supported Ferndale school district’s levy request in February.
“We’re very disappointed that you’re making this choice,” she said. “I’m disappointed.”
Ferndale School District officials have stressed that closing an elementary school won’t affect just that school’s students.
All families in the district will be affected because attendance boundaries will be redrawn and sixth-graders will be moved to middle schools — for the 2013-14 school year — as part of the decision to close an elementary school.
District officials have said that closing an elementary school could save at least $350,000 a year in utilities, salaries and benefits — although no teachers will be laid off because of the closure — maintenance and transportation.
An independent assessment of the district showed that $90 million over the next 10 years is needed to get old school buildings up to current learning standards.
“We couldn’t ask the voters for that kind of money,” school district Superintendent Linda Quinn said of asking voters to approve a bond. “And we don’t have that kind of money.”
The Facility Advisory Committee recommended that Mountain View be closed after more than a year of study.
Mountain View topped the list of six elementary schools the district considered for closure. The volunteer committee provided a numerical ranking based on criteria of location, cost, building condition and/or limitations, safety, and effectiveness in supporting learning, as well as community input.
Board members said closing an elementary school made financial sense during tight budgets and as enrollment declined.
“We can’t support six elementary schools with five elementary schools’ worth of kids,” said Lee Anne Riddle, school board president.
Since the Facility Advisory Committee’s recommendation that Mountain View be closed, the school’s parents have raised a host of concerns about the committee’s recommendation, ranging from the effect of moving special-needs students from a program highly regarded for its approach, to the ranking itself, the information used to arrive at the ranking, and estimated cost savings.
They also expressed safety concerns about having Mountain View students who live in apartments near the school and are from single-parent families to walk farther to get to class. Foulke, in voting against the closure of Mountain View, expressed many of the same concerns.
In response to Foulke’s fears about safety, Riddle said: “We have to make sure those kids have safe routes. We have a year to work that out.”
The Ferndale School Board has picked Mountain View as the elementary school to close at the end of the 2012-13 school year to save money.
That was the board’s consensus Thursday, March 29, after hearing from supporters of Skyline and Mountain View — the two elementary schools that were on the table for closure.
The consensus isn’t a final vote. That is set for April 26, after a public hearing sometime in April about the plan to close Mountain View.
Hugh Foulke was the lone school board member to say on Thursday that he was leaning toward Skyline for closure.
Ferndale School District officials said tight budgets, declining enrollment and how to best use aging buildings without increasing costs make closing a school necessary.
“What’s clear is you guys love your schools,” said Lee Anne Riddle, school board president, after hearing from some of the estimated 55 people in the audience.
“Half of you are going to walk away sad, and I’m so sorry,” Riddle added.
In making their initial decision on Thursday, school board members talked about trying to separate emotion from a decision that they struggled with, one that came down to economics.
“You can only do so much with the dollars we have. Unlike the federal government, we can’t keep writing checks,” said board member Kevin Erickson.
In the end, board members said that the figures they had showed that closing Mountain View would save the most money.
Closing a school will allow the school district to take the savings and redistribute it among the remaining schools, school officials have said.
In February and after more than a year of study, the district’s Facility Advisory Committee recommended that Mountain View be closed.
Mountain View topped the list compiled by the volunteer committee, which provided a numerical ranking based on criteria of location, cost, building condition and/or limitations, safety, and effectiveness in supporting learning, as well as community input.
In response, Mountain View parents raised a host of concerns about the volunteer committee’s recommendation — ranging from the impact of moving special needs students from a program highly regarded for its approach to such students, to the ranking itself, the information used to arrive at the ranking, and estimated cost savings.
They raised those concerns again on Thursday, and also advocated for the number of students living within walking distance of Mountain View who often have to get themselves to school because their parents work.
“What makes Mountain View’s location unique is the concentrated number of students right around the grounds in the many local apartments,” said Mountain View supporter Sara Fassett. “If they ended up having to walk farther or be bused, there is a higher chance they would occasionally not make it at all if they were late or missed their bus.”
As they have previously, district officials on Thursday stressed that closing an elementary school won’t affect just that school’s students.
All families in the Ferndale School District will be affected because attendance boundaries will be redrawn and sixth-graders will be moved to middle schools — for the 2013-14 school year — as part of the decision to close an elementary school
District officials have said that closing an elementary school could save at least $350,000 a year in utilities, salaries and benefits (although no teacher will be laid off because of the closure), maintenance and transportation.
And an independent assessment of the district showed that $90 million over the next 10 years is needed to get old school buildings up to current learning standards.