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It’s Art Show Time!
By: Holly McDow
The 2015-16 FMS Art Show will be held Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th from 1-3 PM in the commons area. This year’s show will be a display of work from our 5th – 8th grade students that were in an art class this school year. All sorts of projects will be displayed from drawings and paintings to sculptures and printmaking, even collages and a slide show of digital photography. Each student’s best work is to be showcased and the commons will become a very colorful and lively display for all to view. Come check it out and enjoy!
The Girls Tennis Team is the 2016 Southeast Conference Champs. The team ended the regular season with a record of 6-3. The Conference Meet was held indoor at the MUM Rec Center due to rain. Fairfield won the Conference Title with 16 points. Keokuk had 14 points, and Ft. Madison and Mt. Pleasant each had 12 points.
Fairfield took 1st place in #1 Singles with Anatta Charoenkul, #2 Singles with Dayna Price, #5 Singles with Cami Schaefer and #1 Doubles with Charoenkul and Price.
This school year began with the close of the construction project that added new locker rooms, new science rooms, new entries and renovated spaces for other classes and Fairfield students. Yet, tucked away on the top floor of the building were three rooms that people had a vision for, but no set plans were made. The idea was a 21st Century learning space with new and different furniture, flexibility, technology to make collaboration easier, as well as bright and stimulating colors. This was a vision, but there was not a plan as to when this would happen. So these rooms went under a little transformation through construction, but then they sat waiting for the next step.
That next step was taken as the year began. Plans were made and meetings took place, then in January, the demolition began. The first step was to take out a wall and the ceiling. Then new walls were built to provide flat surfaces that would later be painted for "whiteboard" space. Paint and laminate were put on the walls. Carpet was put on the floor and technology was installed. In some of the final stages, the ceiling was replaced and new furniture arrived. A lot of hard work went into this room from Fairfield's own maintenance staff to an outside contractor that specialized in areas beyond our abilities. On Monday, April 18th, the room was opened to the staff for the first time!
On Monday, April 18th, the staff at the high school was exposed to this room for the first time. They spent the afternoon experiencing the room as students might experience the room. This is a new space. This room is not all about the technology in the room, but instead it is a shift in how curriculum is delivered and the students research and share information.
During the first week the room was open, members of the technology team spent most of their day in the room being available to help plan class activities and learn how to operate the room. Even though there can be very "low tech" activities involving collaboration between groups, the room is still controlled by an iPad. This brings a new level of anxiety to some staff members, but with help and guidance, the staff became more and more comfortable with the room and the steps needed to engage students in this new idea about education.
While the district is waiting for one more delivery of furniture pieces, they are planning a public open house in the near future. Please keep your eye on the website and watch for announcements about this time to experience our new learning space.
Click on the slide shows below
to see some of the students at work
in the room in their classes, as well as some photos
before construction was complete.
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