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Message from the Superintendent

Dear Staff and Family,

We are writing today to share exciting news!

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that our District is among the 2024 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. Secretary Cardona is recognizing Falmouth Public Schools for our commitment to sustainable practices. We are commended for our leadership in facilities, health, and environmental education. FPS “is representative of promising practices to improve achievement and equity” for all students.

As a district, Falmouth Public Schools was nominated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). To help DESE prepare their nomination, we were asked to share how our work aligns with the three pillars of Green Ribbon recognition.


Here are just a few: 

Pillar 1: Reducing Environmental Impact

We are focusing on the elimination of single-use plastics and launching the Clipper Compost Program.

Pillar 2: Improving Health & Wellness

Clippers are preparing for lifelong wellness through social-emotional learning, nutrition, physical activity, and outdoor learning.

Pillar 3: Effectively Educating about Environmental Impacts & Sustainability

Our valued scientific partnerships help us create living classrooms for hands-on learning within our community.

This is a very short list that only begins to highlight the strides our Clippers are making to ensure a sustainable future for Falmouth. To learn more about this honor and our work, please visit our website.

Falmouth now stands among a distinguished cohort of nationally honored schools and districts intentionally making a difference. Across the country, 41 individual schools, 10 districts, 3 postsecondary institutions, and 1 early learning center are being honored this year for their innovative efforts. In the history of Massachusetts, 7 districts, 4 universities, and 12 individual schools were recognized. Falmouth is the first in our region to be honored with the Green Ribbon distinction. We couldn’t be more proud. You can learn more about all the winners at

We would like to especially thank Carmela Mayeski, our Learning Partnerships Specialist, for her leadership and forward-thinking to keep growing our learning opportunities that have led to this landmark moment. We also sincerely thank all of our partners for their commitment and ongoing collaboration. We could only achieve this honor by working together.


Lori S. Duerr, Ed.D.                                          Sonia L. Tellier, Ed.D.
Superintendent                                                 Assistant Superintendent