Thursday, December 1, 2016

Next Week Fayston Students Engage in the Hour of Code!

Hour of Code at Fayston School

Students here at Fayston School engage in coding when they participate in Lego Robotics, WeDo Robotics, Coding Club, and now within our new science curriculum.

Next week, students in Kindergarten through sixth grade will participate in the annual Hour of Code; an initiative designed to increase student exposure to computer programing concepts. Each class will spend 30 minutes with an age-appropriate coding activity, and may follow up with further exploration during the the week in the classroom or at home. Find links to the tools we use on the FES Links page.

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Holiday of Laughter- Special Event

The Mad River Valley Schools and the Big Picture Theater invite you to join in for a day of laughter, community and giving.

The Warren, Waitsfield, Fayston, Moretown and Crosset Brook Schools are organizing a day of holiday cheer for all. Activities include funny movies all day, a student holiday market and bake sale that serves as a fundraiser for the Five Families Fund, joke tellers, and last but not least the decorating of the christmas tree with your funniest cartoons and jokes. 

The Holiday of Laughter starts at noon on December 11th and will continue throughout the day with movies showing at 12 p.m. (Home Alone) 2 p.m. (Elf), 4 p.m. (Diary of a Whimpy Kid) and 6 p.m. (The Simpsons Movie). 

For more information go to or call 802-496-8994

Monday, October 17, 2016

What You Say - What You Do... Makes a Difference!

Workshop Focusing on Adult/Child Interactions & Self Esteem
Wednesday, October 26th 5:30-7:00 pm                             @ Fayston Elementary School                     
Featuring renowned speaker and educator Scott Noyes            “Taking great care of children is possibly the most difficult endeavor known. With support, encouragement, respect, humor and a few positive methods, adults can succeed in this wonderful effort.” -Scott Noyes
This lively workshop addresses many hot topics: 
  • How we are talking with children 
  • The difference between praise and encouragement 
  • How to avoid self-defeating patterns 
  • Time to consider responsibility and independence 
  • Discipline approaches 
  • Looking into a day in the life of a child 
  • Humor and fast paced stories make this a workshop you'll be talking about.

Workshop is free and open to the public. We recommend that anyone who interacts with children attend. Childcare and light snacks provided. To pre-register for childcare contact Amy Yavitz @ 496-3636. For more information e-mail
CEU credits available for teachers and childcare providers. Event sponsored by Hannah’s House, Fayston PTO, The Waitsfield Children’s Center, and Spring Hill School.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Fayston/Waitsfield Food Service Program are Winners!

Fayston Food Service Program Awarded “One in a Melon”!  

Congratulations to Fayston and Waitsfield School’s Food Service Program for winning the USDA “One in a Melon” award for our farm to school program!  Chef Cheryl Joslin, deserves much credit for building and sustaining an enviable school lunch program that we all can be proud of here at Fayston School. I would like to take this opportunity to strongly encourage families to participate in our school lunch program. In order to keep programs such as ours, we need your participation!

How did our food service program win this recognition? Parents, teachers, community stakeholders, and students were invited to visit USDA’s Farm to School Census website and nominate their favorite farm to school program to receive the award. According to the Farm to School Census, a total of 5,254 districts participated across the U.S. From that pool, 50 school districts received the “One in a Melon” award.

All over the country schools are redesigning their menus to incorporate local foods, harvesting vegetables out of school gardens, visiting farms, and meeting farmers/food producers to learn more about where food comes from.

Monday, August 29, 2016

1st Day of School 2016

First Day of School!
Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety.  Below are 2 quick interviews checking in with students.  Rest assured there were similar positive sentiments expressed by most students I checked in with this morning! 

As for tonight.... Chat about what happened today and how tomorrow can be just as good or better!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

1st Day of School Breakfast Preparations

Fayston Parents Get Ready for Annual 1st Day of School Breakfast! 

Well the first day of school is only hours away and Fayston PTO members take time from their Sunday morning to prepare the gym for the 1st Day of School Breakfast.   

A special thanks goes out to Cari Wilson for coordinating volunteers today and tomorrow morning to assist in this potluck event.  Thank you Sarah Stavraky, Andrea Cheney, Tara Cohen,  Jill Ellis, and Kaiya Korb for working with us this morning to cut fruit, set tables, arrange flowers and anything else that needed to be done! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Help Us Repair a Foot Bridge for Our School!

Dear Fayston Families,

I'm reaching out to you in hopes that you might be able to participate in an important fundraiser that will help our community rebuild the footbridge across from our school. This footbridge allows our students easy access to the Town Forest and trails. It is used for our hikes to school, educational story walks, and other recreational activities. So please consider eating in OR taking a flatbread home this Friday evening Or spreading the word!

Thank you for your consideration and support.

Mad River Path Benefit Bake and Annual Meeting at
American Flatbread – May 27th
Mad River Valley, VT - On Friday, May 27th, American Flatbread will be hosting a Benefit Bake for the Mad River Path Association from 5pm to closing.  All are invited to attend the Benefit Bake and are also welcome to attend our Path Annual Meeting at 4pm.   Mad River Riders board Vice-President, Bob Kogut, will be the guest speaker at the meeting.
The Bake will benefit our fundraising efforts to replace the collapsed bridge across from the Fayston School.  The Mad River Path has received an exciting, $10,000 anonymous match donation so we are inviting the community to help us reach our target goal.  Proceeds from each flatbread pizza – take out or eat-in – will help us replace this important bridge.
Please join us on the 27th at American Flatbread to support the Mad River Path!
The Path connects the ecology and communities of the Mad River Valley. With sections throughout the Valley from Warren to Moretown, a walk, bike ride, or ski along the Path lets you travel through working forests and farms, stop into local shops and restaurants, catch a glimpse of Vermont history, pause for a swim, or encounter wildlife in their natural habitats.
For more information visit

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Help Harwood Win a $100,000 Grant!

One of our high school co-principals, Amy Rex, has been selected as Vermont’s representative for the Lawrence O’Toole Award through the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.  Vermont (Harwood) will compete with representatives from the other New England states for the grand prize of a $100,000 grant for the school.

Please see more info below, but PLEASE, pass this along to as many folks as possible… we need people to vote! We will have to make up for the population disparity, with a super effort!

Voting starts on Monday, May 23, but let’s get this out there!

Help Harwood Win a $100,000 Grant

At Harwood Union High School in Vermont, students are not only taking an active role in designing their own education, but they are leading efforts to change systems and make sure that student voices are heard and acted upon. As the Harwood's Co-principal, Amy Rex has served as a champion of student voice and student-centered learning at Harwood, leading efforts to develop personalized learning opportunities for every student.

Amy has been nominated for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s 5th Annual Lawrence W. O’Toole Award. This honor is bestowed upon a leader who has exhibited great leadership through innovation in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in New England. One educational leader from each of the New England states has been nominated. 

Each nominee will have an online profile on the Students at the Center Hub, where visitors will be able to vote between May 23rdat 12:00 PM EST – June 3rd, 12:00 PM EST, 2016. This year, the Nellie Mae Foundation has expanded the voting options. Individuals can cast their vote by email or text message - 1 vote per email address or text number. Voting instructions will be placed on the Students at the Center Hub (

The winner (nominee with the most votes by the end of the contest) will be presented with the $100,000 grant for their respective school at a ceremony to follow.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is New England’s largest public charity focused solely on education and has worked for over 20 years to help our region prosper by preparing all of its learners for success. Currently, their areas of focus are: Build Public Understanding and Demand; Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity; Develop Effective Systems Designs; and Advance Quality and Rigor of Student-Centered Practices.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Walk and Bike to School Day- May 4th

Walk and Bike to School Day 
and Vermont Intergenerational Walk to School Day 
May 4th is Walk and Roll to School Day and also Vermont Intergenerational Walk to School Day. Here at FES we focus more on the safe hiking routes that students can use to walk to school. Biking with family is strongly encouraged on Route 17 and German Flats Road.  Below are the hiking trails and when we will be starting our hikes to school.  Hope you can join us and that the weather is good for this annual spring hike!  We also encourage riding the bus as a safe and environmentally friendly way to get to school.  

Barton Rd - 7:15 start time
Shady Tree Lane - 7:15 start time
Millbrook Path - 7:05 start time

Monday, April 25, 2016

Performance of Greek Mythology for Kids -Wednesday, April 27th @7:45 a.m.-8:50

Hampstead Stage Company Comes to FES to Perform Greek Mythology for Kids!
The Hampstead Stage Company is one of the largest educational touring companies in the nation and is returning again to Fayston School on Wednesday, April 27th at 7:45 a.m..  This educational tour will be performed by two professional actors, each playing multiple roles.  Scripts are original adaptations, based directly on literary classics, and include children and adults from the audience. The play last one hour, with a question and answer session following the performance.

This year’s performance will be, “The Ancient Gods: Greek Mythology for Kids” and this is the first in a series of plays aimed at introducing younger audiences into the world of Zeus, Hera, and all the other residents of Mount Olympus. Homer, the famous poet and source of information about ancient Greece, narrates the play. Inspired by the idea of the Greek chorus, the play uses mask work and creative props to incorporate the audience into the action. Homer takes the audience on a journey through antiquity; the kids meet a slew of gods, philosophers, heroes and monsters engaged in a battle over the destiny of humankind. This melange of tales is an exciting introduction to the ideas and culture that shaped western civilization as we know it today, as it chronicles the adventures of the Greek Gods and ancient superheroes such as Agamemnon and Hercules.

Thursday, March 10, 2016


The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s “Symphony Reel” String Trio will perform at Fayston School on March 11 at 8:45.  The day is made possible by generous support of the Fayston PTO.
“Symphony Reel” takes students on a unique journey though a range of musical styles, including classical and folk.  The musicians—cellist John Dunlop, violinist Laura Markowitz, and violist Ana Ruesink—are all veteran performers with the Symphony, and experienced educators as well.  The presentation ends with the creation of a unique folk tune for our school!
These performances are part of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s statewide SymphonyKids education program, which reached over 23,000 schoolchildren last year with 266 presentations serving 151 schools in 113 different communities. The VSO’s traveling ensembles visit all corners of the state as part of an outreach program known as the Lois H. McClure “Musicians-in-the-Schools” Program. These lively concerts are met with overwhelming enthusiasm, as the musical ambassadors spread the word that classical music can be fun!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Vermonte Carlo Night! Sign-up & Support Needed!

Vermonte Carlo Night 2016

Our annual Vermonte Carlo Night is set for April 2, 2016 at Mt. Ellen Lodge at Sugarbush Resort!  This event raises a significant amount of funds for our P.T.O. and goes directly to supporting opportunities such as the Artist-in-Residence, our mobile computer lab, playground improvements, additional books for the Library as well as Community Building events throughout the year.  All of this would not be possible without your support!  This event is made possible through the many volunteers that lend helping hands!  Below are a variety of ways for you to get involved!  Some ways are "behind the scenes" and some happen on the night of the event!  Your choice!  Sign up quickly! Sign up with a friend!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fayston School's Community of Readers!

February is I Love To Read and Write Month!  
Today the Fayston School Community gathered to celebrate books and the joy of reading.  A special thanks goes out to Mrs. Wright and students Olie, Rubi, Izzy, and Bella for organizing and planning a wonderful Fayston tradition where we come together to read and enjoy good books together!
Our guest reader Mrs. Lewis read to us a great story about books entitled, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by Hugo Gernsback and Lester Del Rey.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pajamas, Books, and Bears, Oh My!

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Pajamas, Books and 
Bears, Oh My!
Come to Fayston School for
And Bears!
Be a guest reader and bring your favorite book!

Come on  Wed., Feb. 3, 2016 at 7:40 A.M for our Whole School Meeting.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact your child’s classroom teacher or MJ Wright

Monday, January 18, 2016

Principal's Report January 2016

Principal’s Report
January 19th, 2016

Rainbow Food Week Celebrated at FES
School lunches aren’t what they used to be and thank goodness for that! Here at Fayston School we are fortunate to have healthy and delicious food every day. This past week was a special lunch week for Fayston students, staff, and families… it was RAINBOW  Week! Chef Cheryl Joslin and Sandy Morriseau provided students with wholesome meals each day in a single color and we were all encouraged to wear the color each day. Monday was red day, Tuesday was orange, Wednesday was yellow, Thursday green, and Friday blue/purple. A special thanks goes out to Cheryl for making this happen.

1st Day of Winter Sports    
Last Thursday was our first day of skiing and riding at Sugarbush’s Lincoln Peak. It was a fantastic day with sunny blue skies and temperatures in the upper 20’s. Students had a wonderful time and parent volunteers provided us with a lot of great support and positive feedback.
This year, I am pleased to have the support of two parents. Jamie Godfrey and Dave Knoop stepped up to the plate to coordinate this year’s Winter Sports program. Jamie’s connection with Sugarbush and Dave’s connection with Mad River Glen provide us with the strong connections to our ski resorts. We are thankful to both Jamie and Dave for making this commitment to our school and students! They have already put in many hours in preparation that began in November for a successful volunteer training on January 7th and first day with students and staff! Together we work well to insure that all details are taken care of each week for a smooth and enjoyable experience for our kids.  

Parent Workshop with Scott Noyes 
Scott Noyes, renowned speaker and educator is coming back to Fayston Elementary School on Thursday January 21, at 5:30-7pm to present another dynamic workshop: "Help Children Develop Healthy Sleep Patterns"  Scott has over 30 years experience working with teachers, parents, professionals and children. His trainings are described as fast paced, humorous and memorable. "Taking great care of children is possibly the most difficult endeavor known. With support, encouragement, respect, humor, and a few positive methods, adults can succeed in this wonderful effort." Hannah's House, Fayston PTO and Early Education group, The Waitsfield Children's Center and Spring Hill School have partnered to bring Scott's workshop to our community. All are welcome free of charge. Childcare is available by contacting Amy Yavitz at 496-3636.

Personal Learning Plans with 5th & 6th Grade Team
As Vermont moves to implement Act 77, Flexible pathways to secondary education completion there ‘s a lot of discussion on the best way to implement personalized learning plans, or PLPs. Here at FES and other 5th and 6th grades throughout the WWSU professional teams are working together with students to engage them in goal setting and reflection in learning. Using the Vermont Transferrable Skills: Clear and Effective Communication, Self-Direction, Creative and Practical Problem Solving, Responsible and Involved Citizenship, Informed and Integrative Thinking students have identified a goal that relates to these skills or they have specific academic goals. All students have a blog in which they are using to document and reflect on their progress and learning that relates to these transferable skills.                  
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PLPs are non-traditional pathways by which students can navigate from entrance to middle school to graduation in a way that’s personally meaningful. By studying topics they’re passionate about, students continue to stay engaged; by collaborating on the plans with educators and family, students’ passions can be translated into real-world learning that oftentimes exceeds standards for learning.

We continue to work together with our 5th and 6th graders on developing their PLPs. A Personal Learning Plan (PLP) is a great way to plan and document growth, provide a framework for reflection, and gain a better understanding of how to connect students with what they are learning and how they learn.

Project Lead the Way (STEM Education)
The Washington West Supervisory Union is considering Project Lead The Way (PLTW) as a means to offer STEM education to students K-12. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs that offers world-class curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate and community partners that help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in our global economy.

PLTW’s success in preparing students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed has been recognized by colleges and universities, Fortune 500 businesses, and numerous national organizations including Change the Equation, the Social Impact Exchange, and more. PLTW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Doug Bergstein and I (among other administrators and educators in the WWSU) attended a conference in Concord, NH on January 8th to connect with teachers and students who presented and spoke about the PLTW curriculum and professional development. On Tuesday, January 19th classroom teachers and tech integrationists will attend a presentation on PLTW at Harwood.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Help Children Develop Health Sleep Patterns Workshop w/ Scott Noyes Jan. 21st

Scott Noyes, renowned speaker and educator is coming back to Fayston Elementary School on Thursday January 21, at 5:30-7pm to present another dynamic workshop,

"Help Children Develop Healthy Sleep Patterns"

Scott has over 30 years experience working with teachers, parents, professionals and children. His trainings are described as fast paced, humorous and memorable. "Taking great care of children is possibly the most difficult endeavor known. With support, encouragement, respect, humor, and a few positive methods, adults can succeed in this wonderful effort."

Hannah's House, Fayston PTO and Early Education group, The Waitsfield Children's Center and Spring Hill School have partnered to bring Scott's workshop to our community. All are welcome free of charge. Please preregister for childcare by contacting Amy Yavitz at 496-3636.  For more information or to RSVP contact