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

Feedback and Suggestion Requested for the Use of Grant Funds 

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 

GEMS Middle School Students Keep Moving! 

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! 

WYETH HADDOCK SELECTED AS VSADA and NIAAA TOP SCHOLAR-ATHLETE

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