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.
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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