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!
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!
As annual traditions go, 5th Grade STARBASE is a keeper. While last year disrupted many traditions, this Spring we were excited to bring this one back. For many years, the 5th grade has been involved in STARBASE. As things started to open up this spring, in partnership with the STARBASE staff, we worked to ensure … Continue reading Lift-Off!!
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning just doesn’t get any more exciting than watching a pair of sleek F-35 jets thunder off into the horizon. Or, does it? How about building flatulence molecules (yes, that’s a fart!) to learn about the periodic table of elements or designing actual working rockets that travel more than … Continue reading The FWSU Story: Fletcher Students Experience “Out of this World” Learning at STARBASE
When you think of school, do you think of making turkey calls? Learning strategy through board games? Designing T-shirts? Creating virtual and augmented reality? Would this fit in a regular school day? Can students have a voice in proposing and designing their learning? To affirmatively answer these questions in grades 5-8 we have F.L.O. (Flexible … Continue reading The FWSU Story: Flexible Learning Opportunities – Personalizing Non-Traditional Learning
In fifth grade at BFA Fairfax, every student completes a 6-7 week Lego Mindstorms robots unit. This opportunity grew from the makerspace that was created by Rhonda Siemons, Kendra Myers, Victoria Reynolds and Sandy Brown in 2016 with the encouragement and support from then FWSU Superintendent, Ned Kirsch and current elementary principal, Tom Walsh. The … Continue reading The FWSU Story: Do you Mindstorm? We do!
The 5th grade engineering club has worked diligently every Thursday after school for 6 weeks to problem solve one of two possible tasks. The two tasks they could choose from were a restraint system in a vehicle for an egg or a Rube Goldberg machine that either could pop a balloon or move a marble into … Continue reading Engineering Day for the 5th Grade at BFA!
The Fletcher Elementary School welcomed several new teachers to the school this fall, and they have begun the school year with tremendous enthusiasm and energy. We are fortunate to add the following professionals to our school: Blythe Baskette is our new preschool special educator. Ms. Baskette earned both a Master’s Degree in Education from Saint … Continue reading THE FWSU STORY: Fletcher Elementary Welcomes New Teachers
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