Fairfield Woods Middle School
Fairfield Woods Middle School (originally named Jennings Woods Middle School) is a co-educational public school in Fairfield, Connecticut. The school was built in 1954 due to overpopulation of the other middle school, Tomlinson Middle School. Once construction began, there were issues with the layout. The construction company had to redesign the school due to a hill. Once that was finished, Fairfield Woods would be open. Then in 1972 the school changed the name due to another elementary school with the same name today, Jennings Elementary School.
The bus loop goes by the main entrance. As one drives into the bus loop, the 6th grade wing is on the left, while tennis courts are on the right. Inside the entrance is the rotunda, where one hallway on the left leads to the 6th grade wing and the Family and Consumer Science labs. The other hall is forward. It goes past the cafeteria. Forward is the 8th grade wing, with a set of stairs that leads to the 7th grade wing and health classes on the second floor. There is also a side hallway leading to a some classrooms and a gym, connecting to the music suite. The left hallway would go past the library and computer labs to the sixth grade wings, which, to the right, the art rooms are located. On the right there is a hallway that goes past the exit to the cafeteria, to the Tech Ed labs, faculty lounge, "Project Adventure" gym, fitness room, gymnasium, auditorium and music rooms.
NELMS Spotlight School award
In 2006 the New England League of Middle Schools visited Fairfield Woods. The League declared that this school was to be the first school ever in Fairfield County to be nominated for an award. Since it was first to be nominated in the county, the League wanted to create a name that the county would remember. The award was named the "Spotlight School" because the school was very special and it had the best acting activities in the district. In late 2006 the league announced the award and then gave the award to the principal, Susan Cox, as an honor of the school. This is what NELMS had to say:
"Fairfield Woods Middle School is a special place because the people here dedicated their lives and their energy to making sure all children learn and experience success. Building positive and nurturing relationships with students and parents is the key to making learning accessible and the culture of FWMS reflects this value."
The district is allowing renovations to the school. Since the population spike in 2009 and the overcrowding of Roger Ludlowe Middle School, the district decided to do a $24.4 million renovation to the school. The renovations will include:
- Auxiliary Gym, OT/PT, hallway
- Various small instructional spaces: Special Education, ELL, ISS, Speech
- New bus loop due to overcrowding.
They are already finished the following:
- 10 new construction classrooms
- 22 new renovated classrooms from captured current space
- Renovated media center/nurse area
- Cafeteria/Kitchen expansion
- The B.O.E says the construction should be finished in late February 2012.
Update: The school has finished construction and now also includes an auditorium, a new gym and hallway, with some various classrooms around the school.