When Ned Kirsch was Superintendent of Franklin West, he developed the FWSU vision- “A belief in what is possible” which guided our work during his tenure. The vision remains as part of our culture, and along with our Action Plan, informs our work. As I have gone through this year as Interim Superintendent and am … Continue reading A belief in what is possible
After a two-year Covid hiatus, the Vermont All State Music Festival was back in full swing this year. Put on by the Vermont Music Educators Association and hosted this year by Colchester High School, this three-day festival brings together the best high school musicians the state has to offer, from Rutland to Newport. Auditions are … Continue reading Vermont All State Music Festival Returns!
On March 17, 2020, our experience at BFA Fairfax and in our greater world changed. Little did we know that the duration and magnitude of our pandemic-altered world would extend for so long, and impact our lives even to this day. As I reflect on the time that has passed since that March day, one … Continue reading WE ARE BFA FAIRFAX!
On Tuesday, May 3rd, for the first time since the COVID-19 Pandemic began, our elementary school community came together to participate in a school assembly. It seems like a rather small development, but it marks another positive step forward as we continue to emerge from the health and safety restrictions that have been required over … Continue reading Puppets in Education
What is Manie Musicale? It’s a competition that was created by two French teachers in Maine to coincide with the March Madness basketball tournament. Sixteen French songs are selected and students fill in their brackets after listening to all them, trying to predict which songs will move on to the next round and which one … Continue reading Manie Musicale 2022!
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
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
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