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!
Third-grade students in Mrs. Carolyn Creer's class, once a week, go into Mrs. Tara Farr's kindergarten class and help the students. Each kindergarten student gets a third-grade buddy to work with, whether it be reading to each other, practicing flash cards, or just helping the student with whatever they are working on. Whenever there is a holiday, or at least once a month, the students get to do a fun activity together. On December 21, they got to make Christmas trees made out of ice cream cones, covered with frosting, and decorated with candy.
Brockbank fifth-graders in Mrs. Cynthia Loreen's class, as part of a creative writing assignment, made Christmas books in their class and then got to share these books with first and second-grade students. The younger students enjoyed having the older students come to their classroom and read to them.
For the past few weeks, Mrs. Larina Quispe's fourth-grade class have been learning about theater. The students worked in groups practicing and getting ready to perform their readers' theater Christmas plays. The students did an excellent job and had a great time preforming them for their family and friends.
Second-grade students at Brockbank Elementary celebrated the Christmas season by presenting a special program on December 22 to their parents and grandparents. The students entertained their families by singing several Christmas songs. After the program, the students and their parents returned to their classroom to decorate gingerbread houses. It was a fun way to get ready for Christmas break.