This year for the first time in Vermont’s history, the Vermont Holocaust Memorial and the Agency of Education are launching a Holocaust Education Week. The students in Sara Villeneuve’s Holocaust Studies Language Arts class played a very important part in helping to launch the project.
December was a busy month in all of our schools and it got away from us before we had the chance to recognize our Educators of the Month. Over the last two weeks, we were finally able to honor six FWSU educators who were nominated by students, families, and coworkers for their dedication to our students and schools.
This past December, all students in grades K-4 had the opportunity to participate in National Computer Science Education week. This annual week is devoted to inspiring students to take an interest in computer coding. Simply put, coding is a way to communicate with a computer and give it directions.
Students and staff at Fletcher Elementary School have a simple theme this year— Work Hard and Be Kind. If we can ingrain those two character traits into our everyday lives, we can accomplish anything. When students and staff are observed Working Hard and Being Kind, they earn tokens which are added to a large container. Once the container is full, we celebrate.
The GEMS middle school Unified Arts Explore classes are in full swing. Students select three different explore classes for each block. One of the options that students can choose is Design Thinking.
If you have not had the opportunity to meet BFA’s Interim Middle School Principal, please let me introduce you to Heather Baron. Ms. Baron joins the BFA team with 20-plus years of experience with expertise in school leadership, instructional coaching, and professional development.
For over a decade, the BFA Fairfax Athletic Department has offered an alternative learning opportunity for students through the ability to serve as athletic department assistants. This program has grown over the years to become an essential part of the day-to-day operations of the BFA Fairfax Athletics, and Buildings and Grounds departments, with a wide array of contributions including game day preparation, field lining and maintenance, equipment distribution and inventory, and assorted other essential tasks.
As part of our focus on supporting students, GEMS grades 5-8 start the day with their advisories. Each advisory has its own activities but the goal in grades 7 and 8 is to provide students with a consistent small group to form connections with.