Ferndale Middle Parent Update

Ferndale Middle School January 17 - January 21

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From the Desk of Our Proud Principal

Greetings Trojan Family,


This is a message from your Proud Principal, Leslie Kinard.


We have reached the mid-point for the school year and when students return this Wednesday they will start earning quarter 3 grades. There will be no school for students Monday due to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and no school for students Tuesday as it is a teacher's workday. Again, we will welcome back all well and symptom-free scholars on Wednesday, January 19th.


As a district and school, we are taking every precaution to ensure the continued safety of our students. Here's how you can help:


  • Make sure your student comes to school with a mask daily and wears it so that it covers both their nose and mouth.
  • Be aware of the new CDC policy stating isolation and quarantine periods have been reduced from 10 to 5 days from the date a positive test result was received, the onset of symptoms, or possible exposure to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.


  • If your student is sick, please keep them at home. Our teachers will be updating assignments on Canvas. Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and get a test for COVID-19 on day five.
  • Students experiencing cold or flu symptoms should stay home and contact their healthcare provider for guidance.
  • If you suspect or confirm that your student has COVID-19, please report it immediately by contacting the school at 336-819-2855 or emailing our data manager Ms. Pierce.
  • Students should continue to practice good hand hygiene and sneezing/coughing etiquette and maintain a physical distance of three feet or more where possible.
  • Due to the bus driver shortage, GCS encourages anyone who can transport their student to school to do so. Our district is thankful to everyone involved, including our bus drivers.



Social Media and Our School

Parents, we need your help. If you allow your student to have social media, please monitor their activity and accounts. Unfortunately, many of our young folks have not made the best decisions on social media. Your help would greatly be appreciated.

Interim Assessments

This week our students will be taking their 2nd GCS Interim Assessment. Interim assessments help us target where students need additional help and support, but they also showcase areas where students are excelling. Please encourage your students to do their best this week on their assessments.


Wednesday - ELA Interim Assessments

Thursday - Math Interim Assessments

Friday - 8th Grade Science Interim Assessments

End of Quarter 2

We ended quarter 2 last Friday. Any student with a failing grade will have 10 days to work with their teacher to improve their grade by one letter grade. Students will need to work with their teacher to secure a remediation project and complete by February 1st.

Visitors on Campus

  • To protect the health of students and staff, GCS campuses remain closed for non-essential visitors and volunteers, except for deliveries and essential personnel or parents by appointment.

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FMS: We are IB

International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile of the Month

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