May 2015
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FACET has partnered again this summer with Fairport Central School District educators to offer the Summer Enrichment Institute. Click the link below to see the diverse course offerings for FCSD students entering grades 7-12. Early Bird registration through 5/22--$5/per course!

FCSD Staff, please watch your district email in July for an invitation to apply for a classroom grant through FACET's Teacher Grant Program.  Applications can be submitted throughout the summer,  deadline is 9/22/2015. The application will be on our website in early July also. To date, FACET has funded nearly $10,000 in grant projects that have benefited district students!

FACET will be manning the Fairport-Perinton Merhants Association booth at the Farmers' Market on 5/16 and 5/23.  Stop by to say hi and purchase your Duck Race (Sunday 6/7) tickets as well as pick up association coupons and Summer Enrichment Institute registration forms.
Recent Events
Thanks again to all who made our first Community Spelling Bee such a success...nearly $3,000 was raised to support our Teacher Grant Program as well as initiatives in the Arts,STEM, and academic enrichment! Congratulations to the Minerva DeLand Word Wizards team of Patti Hickey,Heather Smolowyk and Don Young for taking the trophy and to Katie Castro of Ameriprise Financial's new Fairport office for sponsoring them.  SAVE THE DATE for next year's Community Spelling Bee--Friday night, February 26th!
More Spelling Bee pictures here 
(thanks Darren Miller!)

Spoonflower Textile Competition:  
FHS Art Teacher Elissa DeChick challenged her Graphic Arts students to create unique designs and devised a contest that allowed the entire student body to vote for their favorites.  The top three vote-getters (L to R), Hannah Netzker, Christina Luciana and Casey Semler, received fabric imprinted with their creations at the March Board of Education meeting.
Sand Mandala Experience with Lama Tenzin:
Gayle Rachford, FHS Social Studies teacher, was awarded a FACET grant to invite Lama Tenzin Yigyen, a visiting professor at Hobart William Smith College, to FHS for a six-day sand mandala experience. Lama Tenzin captivated his audience through both construction and instruction, as he shared with students, staff and visitors the central tenets of Buddhism,compassion and goodness, while constructing the mandala. He was very open to questions and the majority of FHS students were able to observe and learn from him during this unique experience.

NASA HUNCH Program Tool Box: 
Donna Himmelberg and Gene Gordon, advisors to the  FHS NASA HUNCH Club,
(High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware)
requested funds to purchase tools to establish a permanent supply chest for the club, something that had been provided by NASA in the past. FACET obliged with funding for the tools and the district's STEM Department provided the tool chest. 
HUNCH is an innovative school-based program that partners NASA at Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Fight Center, and Langley Research Center with high schools and middle schools across the nation. The partnership involves students fabricating real-world products for NASA as they apply their science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills as well as learning to work in teams and think creatively. Advisors and four students just returned from NASA in Houston to test their experiments...follow Fairport's NASA Hunch Team to see the results!

Fairport Rotary...
for inviting FACET to speak at their 3/9 meeting. We enjoyed meeting area residents so passionately committed to supporting our community. See how you can become involved with this international organization by visiting Fairport Rotary
Learning Links...
for welcoming FACET to their April Board meeting. We observed first hand the critical support Learning Links volunteer tutors provide to elementary and middle school students, many of them English Language Learners. Please visit Learning Links  to volunteer or donate school supplies to this thriving, vital program.

Fairport-Perinton Merchants' Association and Chamber of Commerce...
for partnering with FACET via social media to publicize and promote the happenings in our school system. Follow their pages to keep up with all that is going on in our vibrant community: Merchants Association    Chamber of Commerce