On January 21, 2010, approximately 1000 sixth-grade students from across Utah Valley descended onto the BYU campus for an exciting day to be spent with their local sports heroes. Brockbank Elementary made up 57 of the over 1000 student. BYU calls this activity "Sports Hero Day". Its purpose is to provide sixth-grade students the opportunity to interact with BYU athletes, and to observe their positive examples in academics, athletics, and social circumstances up close and personal. The sixth-grade students were given the chance to try many different sports with the college athletes.
Happy Birthday Brockbank! Brockbank celebrates its birthday each year by hosting School Spirit Week. During this week, January 25-29, students and staff celebrate by dressing up according to a different theme each day. On Monday, Jan. 25 it was "Happy Feet Day" where slippers and silly socks were worn.
Dr. Cutler, a representative from Discovery Gateway, recently visited the fifth-grade students at Brockbank Elementary. The students enjoyed a fun science lesson on chemical and physical changes. After a demostration from Dr. Cutler, the students were then able to conduct their own chemical reations. It was a very fun way to learn!
Brockbank faculty recently put on a Marvin & Jessie assembly for the students on the topic of responsibility. Marvin and Jessie is a character education program where two "students" (Mr. Ryan Murray and Mrs. Kristel Peterson) experience difficulties and how they overcome them. Other teachers on staff take turns in the plays as supporting characters. The students enjoy these plays because they get to see their teachers acting like students on the stage and they can relate to the dilemmas Marvin and Jessie experience.
Robert Heward, pictured with Savanah Clark, is one of several kindergarten students who benefits every day from being paired with a sixth grade student for peer tutoring. Brockbank has successfully ran a peer tutoring program for several years. Sixth grade tutors undergo training with our literacy specialist on the basics of emerging reading skills and then are paired with a kindergarten buddy. Both kindergarten and sixth grade students enjoy forming new friendships and learning new skills together.
Mrs. Wilfreta Scheetz has been nominated by Brockbank Faculty as the outstanding employee of the 2009-10 school year. This award is sponsored by the Horace Mann Insurance Company and is specifically designed to recognize classroom aides and technicians. Wilfreta is our ESL technician and because of her conscientious efforts and positive attitude towards students, is extremely deserving of this award.
Brockbank fifth-grade students from Mrs. Alexandra Dedrickson's class had a great time making Christmas presents for their parents or grandparents. Each student made a hand-stitched Christmas picture that took many hours of hard work. The students were so excited that many students asked to make a second or even third hand-stitched picture!