Target 3 – Flexible Learning Environments. FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Action Step -Develop opportunities for students to collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize in all learning settings.

Indicator of Success -Students are engaged in answering authentic questions and solving problems in collaborative settings.

Yesterday students and staff members embarked on the twelfth year of Community Groups at BFA Middle School.   An important component of an effective middle school is an advisory program for all students. At BFA Middle School every student is a member of a “Community Group.” “Community Groups” match one teacher with a multi-age grouping of twelve to fourteen students for one half-hour, each week.


During this time, the students and teachers participate in team building activities, discuss issues facing adolescents, share about significant events happening in their lives, participate in service learning activities, and explore the meaning of the BFA Core Values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Community, Compassion, and Life-Long Learning.



Each Community Group follows a common process based on the Responsive Classroom and Developmental Designs models. For example, we participate in a greeting, a share, and then an activity. Today’s activity targeted relationship building:

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How to Play The Best Game:

  1. Arrange everyone into 3 or 4 groups. Each group must have participants from each grade.
  2. Explain the rules: You will be announcing a contest category for the 3-4 groups within your CG (for example, “The fasted alphabet song singer”). Each group needs to select one person (they only have a couple of seconds) who they think will win the category


-The Tallest thumb

-Traveled the farthest from VT this summer

-The Highest jumper

-The Fastest Alphabet Song singer

-The Smallest shoe size

-The Strongest thumb for a Thumb War

-The longest hair

-Shortest hair

-Read the most books this summer

-Play the most instruments

-Play the most sports

-Can do the best split

– Have the most siblings

– Had the most family members at BFA



Community groups are essential for the ongoing success of our BFA middle school students.

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