On Friday, September 24, fourth-graders at Brockbank Elementary 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.
Brockbank Elementary's Preschool and Kindergarten class are now the proud owners of 3 workable 'Steam Shovels'.
The HAPPY FACTORY located in Cedar City, Utah, donated the steam shovels along with several wooden toy cars, trucks, vans, and jeeps to the classes. Charles Cooley, Founder, stated, "We take some wood that would be wasted, mix it with some time that would be wasted, and make a toy to stimulate a mind so that is won't be wasted."
On September 17th, Brockbank students observed "Constitution Day" by participating in several activities. This September 17 celebrates the 223rd anniversay of the ratification of the Constitution. Fifth-grade students in Mrs. Cynthia Loreen's class divided into groups and made posters with information they found in the newspaper.
On September 14, fourth-grade students from Brockbank had the wonderful opportunity to attend a performance by the Utah Symphony, which is one of the leading ensemble groups in the United States, at Maple Mountain High School. The students had a great time listening to the different pieces of music played such as the theme from Harry Potter. They also had the opportunity to hear what the different sections of the symphony sound like. The students had a great time on the field trip learning about music.
Brockbank PTA along with Brockbank faculty recently held their fifth 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 projectors and document cameras for classrooms. The school currently has three classrooms set up with projectors and document cameras, and their goal is to equip every classroom with those items.
Brockbank Elementary is happy to welcome some new faces to our staff this year. We have four new teachers; Mrs. Kellie Brandley is teaching first grade, Miss Brittany Nye is teaching second grade, Mrs. Louise Crook is teaching fourth grade, and Mrs. Eileen Oxborrow is teaching reading recovery. Mrs.Betty Baadsgaard will be teaching PE and Miss Kaylene Polley is our new speech therapist for preschool. Brockbank also has two new grandma aids this year - Mrs. Cleo Cox in Mrs. Lisa Bird's first-grade class and Mrs. Ruth Dahl in Mrs. Tara Farr's kindergarten class.
Brockbank students are excited to break-in a brand new playground! Back in the summer of 2009 Nebo District Patrons passed a bond and a portion of the bond money was set aside for improvements on existing schools. Brockbank's south playground was one of the first things on the list for improvement and students were thrilled with the news (teachers, too!). Throughout the 2009-10 school year, Brockbank's Staff, PTA, and Community Council reviewed proposals from various vendors and selected one that had all the components we were looking for. The new playground was installed in July.
Brockbank first-grade students learned about seeds and plants in class. They had the opportunity to plant seeds in cups and grow "hair" for their own "grass person". The student's cups are left at school for the students to make sure they have water and sunlight. After two weeks their "grass person" had long green hair. Before taking them home some of the students gave their "grass person" a hair cut. It was a fun way to learn about how seeds grow!