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Welcome to Fairfield Community Schools
Fairfield Community Schools is comprised of Benton, Clinton and Jackson Townships in the southeast corner of Elkhart County. The school district encompasses approximately 124 square miles. The school corporation is under the direction of a five-member board elected by the people to represent each township and provide two at-large seats. 
Current families are invited to click on the "Parents" and "Students" links above.  Families interested in joining the Fairfield family can click on the "Prospective Students" link for information about enrolling in the district. 

Fairfield Administration Contact information
Phone: (574) 831-2188
Fax: (574) 831-5698
Address: 67240 County Road 31
Goshen Indiana 46528      
 Email:   sthalheimer@fairfield.k12.in.us 
Fairfield Schools Awarded Monsanto Grant

Fairfield Community Schools has been named a $10,000 grant recipient for the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, and will be celebrating with a check-presentation ceremony Oct. 13th before the home football game at 6:35 p.m. The district plans to use the grant to enrich Life Science programs in grades K-8 which will have a significant impact on the students and the local community. The grant was awarded as a result of nominations by four local farmers and a competitive grant application.

Representatives from Monsanto, FCS administration, and the School Board will be in attendance at the event. Our local framers are also invited to attend. We would like to thank the four who nominated FCS for the grant; Joe Hibschman, Syracuse; Kristen Morehouse, New Paris; Paul Whirledge, Millersburg; and Steve Showalter, Goshen.

Fairfield Jr-Sr High School Makes Top 20 in State
Fairfield Jr-Sr High School was ranked the 14th highest high school in the most recent US News and World Report ranking of Indiana High Schools based on graduation rates, student-teacher ratios, test results, and college & career readiness.  Click here to see the rankings announced in May 2017.
Two FJSHS Students Awarded International Borlaug-Ruan Internship
2 of 24 awards nationally go to Fairfield students

The World Food Prize Foundation awarded an opportunity for students to work abroad for the Borlaug-Ruan internship program at renowned international research centers and NGOs this summer during an eight-week, all-expenses-paid internship in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The unique program, which was created by Dr. Norman Borlaug and John Ruan, Sr. in 1998, allows student interns to participate in projects with distinguished researchers at leading agricultural research centers around the globe. While getting a firsthand view of real and pressing food security issues and nutrition problems in poverty-stricken areas, the students become an integral part of a project, spending time in the lab as well as days or weeks at a time in the field conducting research and interviews, and gathering data.

Nate Bowswer will be stationed for two months at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) in Londrina, Brazil. While there, Nate will be working with Dr. Fancismar Correia Marcelino-Guimaraes, who is working with molecular/biotechnological tools, such as genes, gene prospection, and functional genomics to prospect genes that can be useful in developing resistance and tolerance to diseases such Asian soybean rust and nematodes.

Emily Miller will be stationed at the China National Hybrid Rice Research & Development Center (CNHRRDC) in Changsha, China. More information will be updated in regards to her experience shortly.

To see all the awardees, click here
 
Technology in Learning
After using the past four years to bring Fairfield Schools technology up to what is required for today's teaching and learning, the district is poised for laptops to be provided to students 1:1 at Fairfield Jr-Sr High School for the 2017-2018 school year.  A committee from the school is looking at the best phase-in of the plan.  An outline and vision of the plan endorsed by the school board can be found here.
New Paris Elementary Recognized as Four Star School
New Paris Elementary School was named as one of the top 25% of schools in the May 24 announcement by the Indiana Department of Education of the Four Star Schools.  For the press release and the link to the IDOE''s Four Star website, click here.
State Board of Education Honors District for Teacher Evaluation System
Fairfield Schools was recognized for the transparency and equity of its teacher evaluation system by the State Board of Education at its February 3, 2016, meeting.  Read more about it in the Goshen News and Elkhart Truth.
Additionally, on April 1, the district was recognized by the Indiana Department of Education as a school of Promising Practice in this area. Fairfield’s Promising Practice is one of 200 education or wrap-around service programs to be recognized by the Department in honor of Indiana’s bicentennial celebration. Identified programs, like Fairfield's, are student-centered and focus on positively impacting students through innovative programming and activities that provide a high-quality learning environment and experience. This Promising Practice will be shared with educators across the state of Indiana as an example of best practices that are having a positive impact on Hoosier students. 
 
See the resolution from the State Board and the letter of recognition here.
Watch the video of the State Board recognition here beginning at the 25:20 mark. 
Additional information about the Promising Practices initiative can be found on the Department’s website: www.doe.in.gov/outreach/promising-practices.
 
2016 Regional Scholastic Art Awards

From the 18 counties in our region, South Bend Museum of Art received over 3000 artworks to judge. Only 7-10% of entries receive a Gold Key, the top award which then moves on to National Scholastic judging. Fairfield received 26 awards this year, shattering the record last year with 21 total awards. New this year is an impressive 12 Gold Keys! View the artwork here. 

Junior Achievement Volunteers Needed
Click on this link to see how you can help students learn about personal finance and economics within Fairfield Schools.
News at Fairfield
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Fairfield Student Artwork Published
Students from Wendi Sparks's high school art classes are featured on pages 16-19 of Schoolarts at this link. 
Future Veterinary Assistant Career Pathway Featured
Indiana Prairie Farmer featured the veterinary lab space and program to begin fall 2017.  See article here. 
New Paris Elementary Featured in Goshen News
See the Goshen News article highlighting New Paris's focus on collaborative learning within the STEM model. 
Millersburg Elementary Featured in Focus on Millersbug
The project-based and hands-on learning at Millersburg Elementary was featured in a January 29 feature in the Goshen News. 
Benton Enrichment Clusters Featured
The Elkhart Truth's "Classroom Chronicles" highlights the student enrichment clusters that are a Friday staple at Benton Elementary. 
Fairfield Senior Chosen to Attend Global Conference
Senior Emily Miller has earned the opportunity to attend the World Food Prize global conference in Iowa in October.  Read details of her research essay and the trip here. 
Benton Elementary Receives Recycling Grant
WNDU and Martin's provided Benton Elementary a "One School at a Time" grant of $1,000 to support its recycling program.  See the link here. 
Fairfield FFA Featured by WNIT
Fairfield's FFA instructor Kraig Bowers talks about soil judging in "Outdoor Elements" feature by WNIT public television  See video at WNIT link at about the 16:20 mark. 
Fairfield Awarded Grant for Buses
Fairfield Schools was awarded a $40,000 grant from the EPA for the replacement of two school buses with newer emissions buses. See the EPA announcement. 
"Our Community, Our Schools" Project
Find resources for families and community members regarding the changes coming to Fairfield Community Schools.
 
 
Fairfield Named to AP Honor Roll

Fairfield Community Schools Placed on the College Board’s 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

 
WNDU 16 Spirit Award
Fairfield Falcons win the Spirit Award for Week 8 of the 2014 season
See coverage at WNDU.com    
See presentation of award
 
Read with a Falcon
September 2014: "Chalk Talk" article about high school football students reading to elementary schools          See Goshen News coverage 
Scholarship Established for FJSHS Graduates

April 2014: Ernest Sailor establishes scholarship in wife's memory for FJSHS graduates. See Goshen News coverage.

 
Pearson Success Story
Fairfield Schools was recognized as a Pearson Celebrating Success story for its implementation of PowerSchool student management system and AlertSolutions notification system. 
Fairfield Transportation

November 2013: Fairfield Schools was featured in District Administration article on bus rides

 
Our Mission

Fairfield Community Schools: Empowering a resilient, reflective, and responsible community to learn and lead boldly.

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67240 County Road 31    Goshen Indiana 46528      P  574.831.2188