Students, staff, families, and our school community could never have known that the Fall of 2019 would be the last time for nearly two years that BFA Fairfax athletic teams and drama ensembles would participate in a traditional way. Fast forward to September 2021, and we are now experiencing the benefits of the patience, perseverance, adaptability and commitment to safety demonstrated by our students, staff and community, as our multiple fall co-curricular activities are in full swing.
High School football players are sharing their excitement in being able to wear their pads again and play full tackle. Last season was played under highly modified “touch football” rules, so our BFA/Lamoille Cooperative team athletes have been thrilled to experience the sense of brotherhood they say comes with playing the game under traditional rules.
Middle and High School cross country runners ran a smaller number of races last season, while much of the time wearing masks. Meets were limited in size, and did not allow for mass starts involving multiple schools, so each race more closely resembled a time trial as opposed to a true cross country meet. They are looking forward to their first “real” meet in almost two years, and experiencing the excitement and rush of competing against students from other schools in mass start formats.
Middle and High School soccer teams spent last season playing a limited schedule, and donning masks for the entirety of practices and games. This season has brought back increased participation numbers, a high level of skill, and enthusiasm like never before. Players and coaches are looking forward to building on last year’s success and playing deep into their respective tournaments.
The fall co-curricular activity most impacted last year by the pandemic was the Fall Musical. Given the strict guidelines at the time around singing, playing instruments, masking, distancing, and group gathering size, our talented ensemble was unable to perform the highly anticipated Mamma Mia. We are thrilled to have our students back on the stage this year, and eager to experience live musical theater once again! Although we may still have some slight adaptations on the performance that, if necessary for health and safety, will be determined closer to the show dates, Mamma Mia will most definitely be one of the highlights of this school year!
We look forward to your attendance at these multiple student activities, and greatly appreciate your support and continued commitment to health and safety. Our students are thrilled to be back on the stage, fields and trails, but most importantly, to be back in school. If we all work together and continue to make safe choices, we can ensure that our student activity participants have a fantastic 2021-22 school year!
Geri Witalec-Krupa is the Director of Student Activities at BFA Fairfax. Geri is a regular contributor to THE FWSU STORY. You can follow her @GLWit