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Announcing Fairfield Public Schools 2022, Scholastic Art Award Winners

Please help us congratulate the following FPS art students for being recognized as some of the strongest young artists in the state of CT.  These artworks will be exhibited in the Silpe Gallery at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford between January 18 - February 4, 2022.

Student Grade Title Category
Fairfield Ludlowe High School
Cozette Butler 11 Block Island Mornings Painting
Delaney Dwyer 10 Marielle Photography
Keira McCollum 11 Glow Photography
Charlotte Pfenning 12 Ennui Photography
Bree Franco 10 Holding Me Back Photography
Cameran Lynch 12 National Emergency Photography
Ella Debrito 12 Anastasia Photography
ZhiLing Lin 12 Amita Photography
Abby Davidson 11 Falling Photography
Fairfield Warde High School
Connor Grenier 10 Seats of Identity Drawing/Illust.
Theo Keitt 10 Rumney at Sunrise Painting
Scout Oranzo-Root 10 Multiple Metals Drawing/Illust.
Roger Ludlowe Middle School
Ava Kwok 8 Loss Ceramics/Glass
Tomlinson Middle School
Brooke Dougherty 8 Pacific Paradise Painting


Special thanks to the FPS art teachers who support our students: 

FLHS: Mary Calkins, Johanna Estevez, Michelle Hermsen; FWHS: Maryclaire Woron; RLMS: Michael Friedrichs; TMS: David Ward.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and is the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. 


National Emergency, Cameran Lynch

Anastasia, Ella Debrito

Luca, Tatum Holderied

Rumney at Sunrise, Theo Keitt

Seats of Identitu, Connor Grenier

Multiple Metals, Scout Oranzo-Root

Block Island Mornings, Cozette Butler

Pacific Paradise, Brooke Dougherty

Glow, Keira McCollum

Falling, Abby Davidson

Holding Me Back, Bree Franco

Loss, Ava Kwok

Marielle, Delaney Dwyer

Ennui, Charlotte Pfenning

Amita, ZhiLing Lin

On the coattails of Scholastic's announcement, came more good news for FLHS students, Cameran Lynch, Tatum Holdereid and Ella Debrito.  Please congratulate these students for being accepted into University of Mass. Dartmouth's, Emerging Young Artist Competition of 2022.  

Luca, 2021, Photograph, Tatum Holeried

Anastasia, 2021, Photograph, Ella Debrito

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) has the pleasure to present the ninth annual Emerging Young Artists exhibition at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  The College of Visual and Performing Arts is thrilled to host this highly competitive annual high school juried exhibition and recognize the exceptional merit of art students from high school art programs in New England. The Emerging Young Artists 2022 Juried Exhibition received submissions from 656 young artists, from which the juror, CVPA’s Dean Lawrence Jenkens, selected 178 works for the exhibition.

Special Recognition to Cameran Lynch

Dear FPS Community,

Each month, we highlight some of the many good things happening in our district.  This month, we are focusing on award winning artwork produced by our students. Art is an expression of how we see our world. Great art inspires and evokes a response. It requires courage to put your heart and soul into your work, as these students have done. I invite you to view the gallery and enjoy their incredible work.

When I look at what our students have created, I am reminded that creating good work often requires change.  A change in perspective, a change in direction.  So this month, I would also like to discuss a change process with you.

In presenting the 22-23 budget to the Board of Education in January, we included several ideas that will help transform the school system.  Chief among these was the plan for a new middle school schedule.  This schedule increases the length of a class period.  This allows for students to dive deeper into their learning.  This allows teachers and students to get to know each other better and it gives time for students to receive additional support, whether remediation or acceleration, as needed. There will be fewer periods in the day, which decreases the amount of transition times and reduces the hectic pace of the current 7 periods per day schedule.  Longer instructional blocks more closely mirror the elementary and high school schedules.

We are still early in the process with some details still to be determined. We will continue to work with our teachers to determine the professional learning they need to prepare lessons for longer instructional periods. We are planning parent information sessions to gather your input.  We are planning to run a trial schedule to gather student and staff input and feedback.

Because of the work and conversations ahead, there is no doubt we will change some of our plans with student, staff, and parent input.  I have no doubt that further changes will come after we implement the schedule in August.  That is how a responsive system functions.  

I have been asked why we are implementing this change now, in the midst of the pandemic.  I am asked this question at the same time I am rightfully being reminded how much our students have lost and suffered over the past three school years.  My response to the question of why now is why not now?  If we see a problem, loss of engagement, loss of learning, loss of connections, should we wait until things are normal to attempt fixes?  We are compelled to act.  We move forward in a deliberative and responsive manner but we move forward.

More information on the middle school schedule ideas will be shared soon. We will be offering virtual workshops on the proposal so that everyone can attend.  Those meetings will be recorded for those not able to attend at the time of the meeting.  We look forward to your feedback and input.

Take care,

ECC Colors for Caring helps those in need

Our littlest learners practice giving back to others in need through their “Colors for Caring” food drive to benefit Operation Hope. Colors for Caring is a collection/donation drive that Early Childhood Center (ECC) holds every other month.  Thank you to the ECC community for feeding and caring for our neighbors in need. 


Wakeman Mentoring Program at McKinley Receives National Recognition

Wakeman Boys & Girls Club’s mentoring program at McKinley Elementary School draws teen mentors from area high schools, who work with mentees in a one-to-one mentoring program model. 


Fairfield Woods Grade 8 Science in Action

Fairfield Woods Middle School eighth grade students designing and testing roller coasters. So proud of their work! 

FLHS Future Engineers

Fairfield Ludlowe High School Engineering students attended the ACM Future Workforce Opportunities Fair at the Connecticut Convention Center. Students had the opportunity to meet with over 90 local aerospace firms to learn about different career opportunities, learn what employers look for when hiring new employees and see leading edge technologies that modern manufacturers are using. Several students met Governor Lamont who also attended the Fair.

Fairfield Warde Hosts Fairfield Firefighters

Fairfield Warde welcomed special visitors from @Fairfieldfire  who spoke with our students about fire service careers, details behind the test, about a day in the life and so much more! Thank you Brendan Murray, Andrew Batchelor and Caitlin Pereira!!

FWHS Mustangs Donate to the Will to Live Foundation

SpreadSmilesFfld raised & donated $21,003.38 to the Will to Live Foundation in honor of Kevin Kuczo and Suicide Prevention & Awareness. With this money, the foundation can return to Warde & continue spreading the message of hope & being a life teammate.

FLHS Bella Boutique Donates Proceeds to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Fairfield Ludlowe's Fashion Industry Standards Class conducted its annual “Bella Boutique,” a cumulative study experience. Students design, manufacture, market, and sell merchandise to the public. A portion of the proceeds are donated to causes the class sees as viable and important. Given the state of  mental health in our country, this year students donated to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to “Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide.”