Brockbank students, in their music class, have been learning the letter names on the music staff. To help students remember where the letter names are located, they played the game "Musical Twister" using a musical staff on the floor. The teacher would call out left or right foot or hand like regular twister, only instead of a color spot, they had to put their hand or foot on a letter of the staff. The students had a lot of fun playing and learning at the same time.
On September 24, Brockbank sixth graders enjoyed "School of Rock" in their classroom. The students were given the assignment of creating a musical instrument from materials they found around their house. The instrument had to be able to make sound and vary in pitch level. The students then had to tell about their instrument and explain to the class how the sound is produced by using terms like pitch and vibration. It was a fun educational project and the students learned a lot.
Brockbank PTA along with Brockbank faculty recently held their fourth annual walk-a-thon fundraiser. It was a great success with lots of support from the students and parents. Students, along with many of their parents, walked laps around a track set up on the grass field as a way to exercise and raise money for the school. The funds will purchase four audio enhancement sound systems for classrooms that will complete our goal set several years ago to equip every classroom with these systems. They help every student better hear classroom instruction.
Fourth-graders at Brockbank Elementary recently attended a fun educational field trip to Canyon View Park located at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon. Several parent volunteers helped out to make the day successful. The students were divided into small groups and each group rotated around the many stations that parents or teachers instructed. All of the activities focused on the environmental issues, particularly conservation of resources, that are part of the science curriculum in fourth grade.
The sixth-grade students at Brockbank Elementary have been learning about heat for the past few weeks. Students learned about the different ways that heat transfers, as well as conductors and insulators. One of the assignments during this unit was for students to create the best insulating cups. The only stipulation for the cup was that it needed to be able to hold at least one ice cube.
Brockbank Elementary has a fantastic character education program! Each month, a different group of teachers act out a common scenario that could happen any day at school.
Marvin and Jessie (a.k.a. Mr. Ryan Murray, sixth-grade teacher, and Mrs. Kristel Peterson, second-grade teacher) are "students" at Brockbank who have differenet experiences each month that they share with the students.
Brockbank Elementary is getting ready for a great school year, but we can't do it alone. Brockbank is lucky to have great parent volunteers that are willing to come and help in the classrooms. Thursday, Sept. 3, the PTA held a room parent meeting where parent volunteers came in and met with teachers to help plan for the fun school year.
Mary Briggs has recently retired as the librarian for Brockbank Elementary School. Mary began working at Brockbank School at the beginning of the 1984-85 school year. In her twenty-five years at Brockbank, Mary has been a favorite among students and faculty. Mary has been a constant in a faculty that experiences changes each year. She is one of the first to welcome new faculty and staff members and instantly makes people feel welcome. She has worked for 3 of the 4 principals at Brockbank Elementary and has enjoyed positive relationships with each one.