Welcome to Fernan STEM Academy! I am excited to be your principal and will continue to work endlessly to ensure your kids are safe, challenged to their maximum educational potential and nurtured. This year Fernan will focus on two values.
Our first focus is on purposeful learning. Everything we do will have a sharp focus and be purposeful. Success is seldom found while wondering aimlessly. During our weeklong collaboration prior to the first day of school, the staff at Fernan STEM Academy created a roadmap for each child’s success. I seek parent’s support in this educational journey and ask families to help children complete homework assignments, read daily with your child and volunteer to make our school a strong, healthy and safe community for our kids.
Our second focus is on academic rigor. Every child will be challenged to perform to their maximum potential. I’ve extended each learning block to 90-minutes daily in grades 1st-5th with a purposeful focus on reading, language and math. One might ask, “What about social studies and science?” Social studies and science will be embedded in the language block of time. Also, four times a year, our school will celebrate social studies and science by holding three daylong academic fairs. During the academic fair speakers, field trips, assemblies and classroom assignments will focus on the state developed curriculum in these subjects.
I am at school early and usually stay late. If you wish to meet, have concerns or just wish to chat, please call and I will set up a meeting with you before or after school.
Bill Rutherford, Principal