Anna Sargent Selected as VSADA and NIAAA Top Scholar-Athlete

Each year the Vermont State Athletic Directors Association (VSADA), in coordination with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), awards ten scholarships to senior student-athletes in Vermont. These scholarships “recognize the distinguished scholastic, leadership and sportsmanship attributes of high school student-athletes, and the importance of high school athletics in each student’s life” (NIAAA, 2021). BFA … Continue reading Anna Sargent Selected as VSADA and NIAAA Top Scholar-Athlete

Vermont & FWSU Welcome a New State Assessment this Spring

Since 2015, Vermont has participated in a state summative assessment known as the SBAC, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.  This year our students will sit for a new spring assessment, Cognia.  The spring of 2022 is the last hosting of SBAC in Vermont.  If you would like to know more about the State’s procurement process and … Continue reading Vermont & FWSU Welcome a New State Assessment this Spring

BFA Fairfax Elementary Implements Art Integration Opportunities

Addresses all FWSU Action Plan Targets: Proficiency-Based, Personalized Learning Distributed Leadership and Student Agency Safe, Equitable, Healthy, Flexible Learning Environments Engaged Partners: Parents and Community Contributions by Kim Desjardins and Julie Wasilewski We are so excited at BFA Fairfax Elementary to re-engage our students in a learning opportunity that integrates art and core curriculum. This … Continue reading BFA Fairfax Elementary Implements Art Integration Opportunities

Welcome Hannah Welburn to FWSU’s Central Office!

Hannah has recently joined our office on October 10th and she graciously sat down for a quick interview.  We are excited to introduce Hannah Welburn, our new Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Director of Curriculum! What are some details about your role at FWSU? Right now I’m learning the ropes and everyone has been … Continue reading Welcome Hannah Welburn to FWSU’s Central Office!

Accepting A “Different” Normal

Thomas WalshBFA Principal, PreK-4 Addresses all FWSU Action Plan Targets:1. Proficiency-Based, Personalized Learning2. Distributed Leadership and Student Agency3. Safe, Equitable, Healthy, Flexible Learning Environments4. Engaged Partners: Parents and Community We have experienced a positive start to our school year at BFA Fairfax. It has been wonderful to return back to school and re-engage with our … Continue reading Accepting A “Different” Normal

Proud Principal: A GEMS Tradition

It has been a long standing tradition in Grades K-4 for students to be recognized by their teachers and Principal Emery.  On Tuesday, October 11th several students were recognized for their respectful behavior they demonstrated during the month of September. Awards are given out by Principal Emery (and Mrs. Fisher, Dean of Students) during their … Continue reading Proud Principal: A GEMS Tradition

Fletcher Students Hit the Trails

"Keep putting one foot in front of the other and then one day you look back, and you've climbed a mountain."  – Tom Hiddleston Life can be like that. Grit, determination, persistence, dedication... and then, at some point, the mountain peak... with a thought-stopping view. The kids of Fletcher Elementary experienced that this September. Fourth, fifth, and … Continue reading Fletcher Students Hit the Trails

Mandarin in Fairfax!

Beginning last year, Principal Noonan and I, in partnership with Spiral International, began a grant application process to fund and bring a native-speaking Mandarin-Chinese Language instructor to Fairfax. You may remember our announcement that we had won the grant late in the spring of 2021.   After an extensive vetting process and working through logistics, we … Continue reading Mandarin in Fairfax!

Tod Granger – FWSU Director of Buildings and Grounds

Keeping every aspect of all three of our schools in working order is no easy feat. It requires a vast amount of knowledge (about plumbing, carpentry, air quality, water quality, playgrounds, and routine maintenance…), dedication, and connection to resources when they are needed. FWSU is fortunate to have Tod Granger as our Director of Buildings … Continue reading Tod Granger – FWSU Director of Buildings and Grounds

Morning Meetings and Advisories: Creating Connections and Community

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

BFA Fairfax Homecoming Week 2022 – A Celebration Of Senior Athletes, Tradition, 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

Inspiring and Encouraging the Growth of Each Student

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

StarBase Lift Off! 

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! 

Green Thumbs & GreenHouses: Growing New Ideas at GEMS

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

Highlighting Our Students in Flexible Pathways!

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!

BFA FAIRFAX STUDENT’S ORIGINAL COMPOSITION TO PREMIERE ON THE PROFESSIONAL STAGE

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

Acting Locally and Thinking Globally in Grades 5-8

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

GEMS Students Make Community Connections to Global Issues

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

Bernie Sanders State of the Union Essay Contest

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

Championship Dreams Fulfilled For BFA Fairfax Ice Hockey Players

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 8th Graders learn about the powerful and precious right

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