The first 30 minutes of the day at GEMS are spent sitting in a circle with classmates. Why a circle? A circle allows for everyone to feel included in their classroom community as they are face to face. We call this circle, “morning meeting.” The purpose of morning meetings is to: Promote opportunities for social … Continue reading Morning Meetings and Advisories: Creating Connections and Community
The BFA Fairfax school community would like to welcome all alumni, friends, and families to BFA Fairfax Homecoming events being held October 7-15, 2022. Whether taking in the talents of our students and staff at Coffee House, viewing creative costumes at the ever-popular Fairfax cross country relays, or cheering on our high school soccer and … Continue reading BFA Fairfax Homecoming Week 2022 – A Celebration Of Senior Athletes, Tradition, and Community
In early August, principals, superintendents, curriculum directors, and other central office leadership attended the Vermont Principals Association Retreat in Killington. There were many inspiring keynote speakers, but one that made a particular impact on Franklin West's leadership was Principal Kafele. “As a middle and high school principal, Principal Kafele led the transformation of four New … Continue reading Inspiring and Encouraging the Growth of Each Student
Dear Members of the Fairfax Community, We are thrilled to welcome our students back for the 2022-2023 school year. The year is off to a great start and everyone seems to be settling into a positive routine. Fairfax is truly an amazing community, and the knowledge of that appears to be spreading, evidenced by PK-12 … Continue reading BFA Bond Update
Franklin West Community, On September 9th, an actual Falcon visited the Fletcher Elementary School--along with some of her friends. The Falcon is our School Mascot. Many of us had never seen an actual Falcon, especially up close. Starting the school year with a visit from VINS, to connect our School Mascot with the Real Deal, … Continue reading A Falcon Visits the Falcons
The start of another school year is upon us, and GEMS is buzzing with excitement. Teachers and students are eagerly beginning a new year of learning and growing together. Building a culture of learning is something all of us at GEMS focus on, even before the first day of school each fall. Teachers spent time … Continue reading Signs of a New School Year
In addition to welcoming our students back on the “best day of the year,” we also welcomed new faculty and staff from all three schools. During our convocation ceremony, on August 25th, I shared that it takes a village for our school to function and be successful. Every employee directly contributes to our schools being … Continue reading Meet Our New Hires!
Early last week six BFA high school students and HS science teacher Mr. Lane returned from doing fieldwork in Alaska. 3 years ago six students and Mr. Lane had traveled to Alaska to complete the same study of tundra vegetation. That trip was so successful a repeat of the field study with different students was … Continue reading After a 3 year Hiatus BFA HS Students Return to Alaska
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so to wrap up the 2021-22 school year at FWSU, we are sharing pictures of the celebrations and joy happening at all of our schools this week. From a bike rodeo, pirates, and 8th grade graduation at Georgia Elementary and Middle School (GEMS) to Fields Days, … Continue reading A “thousand” pictures to end the year
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What does it mean to be a Fletcher Falcon? It means that you belong to the Fletcher Elementary School community. Our community is made up of students, teachers, staff, and townspeople. It also means that when you walk down the long hallway everyone knows you by name. Being a Falcon means that you have … Continue reading Fletcher Falcons
During the month of May, BFA Fairfax 5th graders traveled to the Vermont Air National Guard base to participate in a science program known as STARBASE. During their 4 days at STARBASE students participated in a variety of hands-on STEM activities that incorporated science and engineering practices. Students conducted several experiments and investigations that required … Continue reading StarBase Lift Off!
On my way into Fletcher this morning I was behind one of our school buses and began to wonder how they map all of the routes? Now, to get to Fletcher from my house involves a series of turns on windy dirt roads. The first time I drove that route I was questioning where my … Continue reading Our Transporation Team Goes the Extra Mile
It’s that time of year, our gardens are coming to life! GEMS students have been redesigning and reimagining our garden spaces. Throughout May and June, our flower and vegetable gardens will be undergoing major transformations. During our Wonderful Wednesday time, GEMS 1st grade students spent time planting sunflowers with Mrs. Edgerly. Students planted seeds in … Continue reading Green Thumbs & GreenHouses: Growing New Ideas at GEMS
When Ned Kirsch was Superintendent of Franklin West, he developed the FWSU vision- “A belief in what is possible” which guided our work during his tenure. The vision remains as part of our culture, and along with our Action Plan, informs our work. As I have gone through this year as Interim Superintendent and am … Continue reading A belief in what is possible
This month, third grade students at Fletcher Elementary School took the SBAC test for the first time! While this test can induce some anxiety and worries for some, all of our students approached this experience with grit and perseverance. The SBAC test consists of four separate tests, a math and literacy computer adaptive test, as … Continue reading Fletcher 3rd Graders take the SBAC Test
After a two-year Covid hiatus, the Vermont All State Music Festival was back in full swing this year. Put on by the Vermont Music Educators Association and hosted this year by Colchester High School, this three-day festival brings together the best high school musicians the state has to offer, from Rutland to Newport. Auditions are … Continue reading Vermont All State Music Festival Returns!
For the school year 2022-2023, the Georgia Elementary and Middle School will be implementing a new administrative approach with the goal of unifying the school. By physical design, the school is set up as two buildings, but the new team's mission is to bring the schools together as one PK-8 school. The resources in each … Continue reading Georgia Administrative Team 22-23
On March 17, 2020, our experience at BFA Fairfax and in our greater world changed. Little did we know that the duration and magnitude of our pandemic-altered world would extend for so long, and impact our lives even to this day. As I reflect on the time that has passed since that March day, one … Continue reading WE ARE BFA FAIRFAX!
On Tuesday, May 3rd, for the first time since the COVID-19 Pandemic began, our elementary school community came together to participate in a school assembly. It seems like a rather small development, but it marks another positive step forward as we continue to emerge from the health and safety restrictions that have been required over … Continue reading Puppets in Education
The 7th and 8th grade Spanish class at Georgia took its first field trip since before COVID and had a blast! Students toured the VT Tortilla Company with the owner Azur Moulaert. A forestry engineer turned entrepreneur, Mr. Moulaert was born in Belgium, grew up in Costa Rica, speaks three languages, and gave a tour … Continue reading GEMS 7th & 8th Grade Spanish Class Field Trip
Learning can be most powerful when it is driven by the learner. The personal growth that is experienced through self-directed learning expands confidence, skills, and executive functioning capacities. At FWSU our high school students explore learner-driven learning both within and outside of our classrooms, with many seeking additional experiential environments called flexible pathways. Flexible pathways … Continue reading Highlighting Our Students in Flexible Pathways!
We read books every day. We love it when Mr. Tague visits with us. Sometimes he even stays to read with us. Thanks for reading books to us Mr. Tague! Everyday we play during Explorer Time. After reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, we did an alphabet sort in water beads. We play fire station! Maybe … Continue reading Fletcher Elementary School Preschool
What is Manie Musicale? It’s a competition that was created by two French teachers in Maine to coincide with the March Madness basketball tournament. Sixteen French songs are selected and students fill in their brackets after listening to all them, trying to predict which songs will move on to the next round and which one … Continue reading Manie Musicale 2022!
This winter, BFA Fairfax participated in the Music-COMP Opus 36 music composition program for the first time. Through this program, students try their hand at composing with guidance from a mentor composer. Student composers are required to follow guidelines regarding what instruments they may use, length of the piece, and number of revisions they must … Continue reading BFA FAIRFAX STUDENT’S ORIGINAL COMPOSITION TO PREMIERE ON THE PROFESSIONAL STAGE
In November of 2021, Franklin West Supervisory Union Preschool Teams were notified by Diana Langston, the Act 166 coordinator, of the opportunity to apply for a grant awarded by the Vermont Department of Children and Families and the Federal Government. The grant was designed to help support child care providers and the social and emotional … Continue reading Pre-Kindergarten Secures A Grant
At BFA Fairfax, amidst all of our teaching and learning, our hearts (and, at times, classroom discussions) return to the situation in Ukraine. In support of persons impacted by the conflict, the Fifth Grade Team, in conjunction with the 8th Grade Student Council, is organizing a school-wide fundraiser to benefit the people of Ukraine through … Continue reading Acting Locally and Thinking Globally in Grades 5-8
Dear School Board Members, Today’s blog post is a message of appreciation to past, present, and future board members! School boards are an essential component of our educational system. As elected members, you work hard and devote many late evenings and weekends to providing the support and guidance needed to carry out the FWSU mission … Continue reading Our School Board Members
As part of a year-long project-based learning unit, students have been exploring issues that impact our town and region. Working independently and in groups, they were able to meet, virtually, with a group of local partners to learn more about how these organizations support our community and work to address critical issues such as food … Continue reading GEMS Students Make Community Connections to Global Issues
Fletcher Falcons soared this year! Fifth and sixth graders attended Starbase this February. Students were on the airbase, in South Burlington, as part of this exciting five-day program. Starbase is an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Defense. Fletcher fifth and sixth graders spent about 25 hours in the Starbase facility and the instructors also … Continue reading Fletcher Falcons Soar!
Pictured: Samantha Haselman Senior Samantha Haselman was named a finalist in the Bernie Sanders State of the Union essay contest. Each year students are asked to write about the major issues facing our country. Haselman wrote about the impact of the opioid crisis’ on Vermont citizens and offered suggestions to help navigate addiction. Her piece … Continue reading Bernie Sanders State of the Union Essay Contest
Pictured: Alden Kalbfleisch, Kaden Labor, Janaya Parsons, Victoria McQuillen Slocombe, Jaidyn Morrill, Ella Stafford, Laurel Coleman, Charlotte Wood, Madeline King Poetry Outloud is an annual competition for students looking to take their love of poetry and public speaking to the stage. Nine students competed at the school level this year. The panel of judges were … Continue reading Poetry Outloud
On Friday, March 11, at the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Field House, the Milton High School boys ice hockey team made history by winning their first state championship in 40 years! BFA Fairfax ice hockey players Teddy Munson, Zorion Seaman, and Braden Mathieu are members of this history-making team through the Vermont Principals Association Member … Continue reading Championship Dreams Fulfilled For BFA Fairfax Ice Hockey Players
BFA Fairfax third and fourth-grade students in Mrs. Farrar’s and Mrs. Myers’ classrooms have recently been learning about energy and the transfer of energy. As the classes explored ways to demonstrate this science concept, our students inquired about doing something that would also give back to our community after the past two years of challenges. … Continue reading Service learning at BFA Fairfax
John F. Kennedy Presidental Library, Boston, Massachusetts On March 10 8th grade students in Jennifer Skerrett’s US History class participated in a virtual program with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The program, “The Most Powerful and Precious Right”: Ensuring Voting Rights Past and Present was the culmination of a unit on voting rights in … Continue reading BFA 8th Graders learn about the powerful and precious right
Have you ever considered that perhaps your teacher is a scientist? Well, they might not all work in a lab, but they certainly do other things that scientists do. For instance, teachers are always observing. Scientists observe. Teachers observe how students respond to learning, interact with adults and their peers, and observe how students grow … Continue reading My Teacher is a Scientist?
Dear FWSU Community, Today, I’m reaching out with a request for feedback! FWSU has been allocated $2,175,544 in ESSER III grant funds as part of the American Rescue Plan. We have engaged a variety of stakeholders to be able to share some possible investments with these funds. The survey at the bottom of this post … Continue reading Feedback and Suggestion Requested for the Use of Grant Funds
Georgia Middle Schools are always looking for ways to stay physically healthy and keep moving. Midday opportunities including offerings like Team Games or Gaga Ball at recess continue to be popular ways many of our students maintain their physical wellness. Physical Education classes are always filled with music, fun, and laughter whether kids are learning … Continue reading GEMS Middle School Students Keep Moving!
Sugaring season is upon us and nowhere is that more celebrated than in Fletcher! Friday, March 4th we enjoyed our “Sugar on Snow” tradition. Local families answered the call for maple syrup donations with the Gillllan’s and Mauck’s sharing some of their finest! Genuine Foods, our food service company, worked hard to support this special … Continue reading Sugaring season is upon us
So many great things continue to happen in all of our Franklin West schools this year, but unfortunately due to safety protocols associated with COVID (which continue to loosen up as we approach spring), our community is not able to appreciate them fully. When you walk the halls of Fletcher Elementary, Georgia Elementary and Middle … Continue reading A picture is worth a thousand words
The Fairfax school woods give students a place to be active and observe nature. This past fall, the high school life science classes surveyed the woods in search of squirrel middens (the pinecone waste and storage structures built by red squirrels to keep themselves fed through the winter). A particular hillside caught the students’ attention … Continue reading BFA Woodland Wildlife
2022 Georgia Elementary Winter Olympics
WYETH HADDOCK SELECTED AS VSADA and NIAAA TOP SCHOLAR-ATHLETE We are extremely proud to announce that BFA Fairfax Senior Wyeth Haddock has been selected as one of this year’s NIAAA and VSADA scholarship winners. Each year the Vermont State Athletic Directors Association (VSADA), in coordination with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), awards ten … Continue reading WYETH HADDOCK SELECTED AS VSADA and NIAAA TOP SCHOLAR-ATHLETE
3rd & 4th graders at BFA learn about investigation skills!
Music & creativity at BFA Fairfax
FWSU 2022 Budget Season
Check out the latest projects in the Fletcher Elementary Art Room!
Alejandro, Csenge, Magda, Beatrice, Karin Magda (Germany) This school year BFA welcomed five exchange students to our high school. This group represents Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, and Spain. We are thrilled to have their joy and positivity in our school. They have participated in our athletic programs, Coffee House, and even showed the high … Continue reading Exchange Students at BFA!
“It takes a village to raise a child” is an African proverb that means an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to grow in a safe and healthy environment. And with that said, the Georgia community, their families, along with the Georgia Elementary and Middle School, are modeling just that. … Continue reading A Village Full of Gems!
Fairfax and our surrounding communities are fortunate to have a school with so many opportunities for students, that also has such a responsible budget. While this year was intended to be a recovery year, what we have all learned in so many aspects of our lives is that we will be recovering from the global … Continue reading BFA Fairfax Budget Preview (AKA: Tax Decrease!)
Students at Franklin West Supervisory Union schools returned on Wednesday! I was able to visit every classroom in all of our schools over the course of the day. Morning meeting at BFA Elementary It was great to see all of our students at BFA, Fletcher, and GEMS back and excited for the start of school. … Continue reading The Best Day of the Year (2022 Edition)