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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.
GEMS BUDGET SITUATION
Everyone is invited to view this presentation that was shared at the most recent Georgia School Board meeting back in November.  For more information or if you have questions, contact Natasha Wheel at nwheel@fwsu.org  or 370-3113 x 111. The presentation is available as a PDF.
SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Holiday Building Hours

December 24th - CLOSED
December 25th - CLOSED
December 26th - CLOSED
December 27th - CLOSED
December 29th - Open 6:00 - 4:30
December 30th - Open 6:00 - 4:30
December 31st - CLOSED
January 1st - CLOSED
January 2nd - Open 6:00 - 4:30
 

Workshop with Susie Girardin
PARENT WORKSHOPS Series:  Encouragement and Tips for Parents of Middle Level Adolescents (gr 4-8). ​

Susie Girardin will offer a series of three workshops on
Tuesday evening on the following dates:
OCTOBER 28
DECEMBER 2
JANUARY 15

see the attached flyer for more details! 



Tardies and Absences
Pleaes remember to call the GEMS main office if your child/ren will be tardy or absent, even if you have told the classroom teacher.  You can call 524-6358 and leave a message if it is after school hours or on a weekend, or email Corrina at cfavreau@fwsu.org or Aleta at aburns@fwsu.org.  Thank you.