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FWSU NEWS
RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES
Interested in serving on your local school board? Town Meeting Day is coming and the deadline to petition to have your name added to the ballot is usually late January in most towns. To learn more, see candidates video as well as a 30 second public service announcement and a 60 second public service announcement provided by the VT School Board Association.
FWSU NAMED APPLE DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL SYSTEM
   
Franklin West Supervisory Union is pleased to announce its recent recognition as a 2014-2016 Apple Distinguished School. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.  FWSU began implementing a 1:1 iPad program three years ago.  The program now includes all students in grades 5/6 through 12 across three member schools including BFA Fairfax, Fletcher Elementary, and Georgia Elementary Middle School.

“I’m excited for all of our schools to receive this recognition from Apple.  Over the past three years, FWSU has gained incredible momentum in realizing its four goals: student-centered learning, student leadership, community engagement, and flexible learning environments.  The 1:1 iPad implementation has developed unparalleled customized learning opportunities for our students,” states Superintendent Ned Kirsch.  “The selection of FWSU as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our rising success.  We are designing innovative and compelling learning environments that engage students in the digital age."

Read the full press release here.
BFA BUDGET SITUATION
Everyone is invited to view this presentation shared at the Fairfax School Board Community Budget Input Forum on November 10th. The presentation begins with a brief video of the statewide education Situational Analysis, followed by specific slides addressing BFA. For more information or if you have questions, contact Natasha Wheel at nwheel@fwsu.org  or 370-3113 x 111. You can also access the slides as a PDF.
SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Parent Workshop with Susie Girardin

January 15, 2015
6:30-7:45 pm
Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax
Room 353
Building Strong Parent-Teacher Relationships
This session will present key strategies that parents can use to build
partnerships with their child’s teachers so as to focus on the strengths
of your child. What is the compact that the school has with parents
and that parents have with the school? 

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE IF POSSIBLE
at http://goo.gl/forms/CmKIZef0ih
If you have questions, please contact us at 370-3113 x 111
Lost and Found
if you are missing anything you can always check in the main office lost and and found. After a month, anything here will be going to GoodWill or Planet aid. 
BFA Weather Station


Bellows Free Academy Weather Station Information
 

Davis Weatherlink Pro Plus
 

Internet Links


Davis

CWOP (Citizens Weather Observation Program)
Weather Underground

 

Mobile App Links

 

iOS (iPad/iPhone)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weatherlink/id329190236?mt=8

 

Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.indianic.wl

 
Vermont Department of Health EBOLA Information
Please click the link below to see official information from the Vermont Department of Health pertaining to the EBOLA Virus

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Supplemental Services Information
Secretary of Education Holcombe's Letter to Parents/Caregivers on Vt's Commitment to Continuous Improvement
Low Cost Internet Available for Families
BFA Fairfax Essential Expectation Self Assessment for high school students
Find the PTSA on Facebook
Looking for information on PTSA happenings?  Find them on Facebook by clicking this link: 
Bellows Free Academy iPad Resources

iPad Resources:

Click here to access the
     HS iPad Presentation (YouTube)

     iPad Procedures & Information Guide (iBook Format)
     iPad Procedures & Information Guide (PDF Format)


 Worth Avenue Group offers an insurance discount for all BFA issued devices.
     Worth Avenue Group Insurance Portal
     Worth Avenue Group Claims Portal
     Worth Avenue Group General Information