Franklin West Supervisory Union is pleased to announce its recent recognition as a 2014-2016 Apple Distinguished Program. The Apple Distinguished Program 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."
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During January all students in grades 7&8 meet in small groups once a week to enjoy a luncheon, and discuss the next steps in their education. Teachers who lead the groups work with The Step Into Your Future Curriculum designed to help the students prepare for the transition to high school. This program is planned and implemented by the enrichment program and the guidance program.
The seventh grade strand provides a foundation for decision making and includes the following topics: role models and goal setting, developing self knowledge, understanding human behaviors, coping strategies for the demands of high school and planning for the future. The eighth grade strand has practical information about the value of an education, different types of education, earning potential as it relates to educational levels; drop out statistics, high school graduation requirements and college admission information, and self-advocacy strategies. Both strands include journal writing and maintain a focus on the importance of resilience. These groups meet on January 8, 13, 20 and 29. On the eighth grade students will also meet with a panel of high school seniors who are GEMS graduates.
Over the years GEMS students have shown a great deal of appreciation for this program, they tell us it helps with this big transition in their education.
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