Mustang Minute

Friday, January 20th

From the Principals' Offices

Greetings Mustangs!

Semester II is officially underway! This past week has been an amazing one filled with reflection and goal-setting for the rest of the year. Our students at BMS are now beginning some new related arts classes as well, and it has been exciting to see them learning through different vehicles! Please be advised that Semester I Grade Reports for both schools were sent home with your student TODAY. If your student was absent from school today, they will get their Grade Report from their Homeroom teacher when they return to school. We thank you in advance for perusing these with your student, and for having conversations about your student's learning and future growth. Please sign the report card envelope and send the ENVELOPE back to school with your student; the grade report is yours to keep. Students should return the envelopes to their homeroom teachers before next week Friday.

Have a great weekend, Mustangs!

Mr. Braden

Principal, BES &

Mrs. Franz

Principal, BMS


  • 1/20 - Mustangs Playgroup ages 3-4 @ BES, 8:30-10:00am

  • 1/20 - Ski Club: 4th - 8th grade @ Grand Geneva, 2:40-8:00pm

  • 1/21 - Doughnuts with Grownups@ BMS, 8:00-10:00am

  • 1/23 - Boys’ Basketball Practice @ BMS, 2:50-4:15pm

  • 1/23 - Cheerleading Practice @ BMS, 3:00-4:30 pm

  • 1/23 - Community Yoga @ BES, 6:00pm

  • 1/23 - Community - Men’s Basketball @ BMS,7-9pm

  • 1/24 - Boys’ Basketball game @ Raymond, 4:00-6:00pm (Cheerleaders)

  • 1/24 - Community - GCJ2 Fitness Room @ BMS, 6:00-8:00pm

  • 1/24 - Community - Lions Club Meeting @ BMS, 7:00-8:30pm

  • 1/25 - Mustangs Playgroup ages 3-4 @ BES, 8:30-10:00am

  • 1/25 - BMS Morning Show@ BMS,7:10-7:40am

  • 1/25 - Forensics Practice @ BMS, 2:45-4:25pm

  • 1/25 - Boys’ Basketball Practice @ BMS, 2:50-4:15pm

  • 1/25 - Cheerleading Practice @ BMS, 3:00-4:30pm

  • 1/26 - BMS Morning Show@ BMS,7:10-7:40am

  • 1/26 - Boys’ Basketball HOME game vs.Trevor-Wilmot (Cheerleaders)

  • 1/26 - Community - GCJ2 Fitness Room @ BMS, 6:00-8:00pm

  • 1/27 - Mustangs Playgroup ages 3-4 @ BES, 8:30-10:00am

  • 1/27 - Ski Club: 4th - 8th grade @ Grand Geneva, 2:40-8:00pm

  • 1/27 - Yearbook Club Planning Meeting: 6th - 8th grade, 2:45-4:15 pm @BES

  • 1/28 - Forensics Meet, 8:30 am-12:00pm

  • 1/30 - BES Kids Heart Challenge Kickoff

  • 1/30 - Boys’ Basketball game @ Williams Bay, 4:00-6:00pm

  • 1/30 - Becoming a Badger @ Badger High School - 8th Graders

  • 1/30 - Community Yoga @ BES, 6:00pm

  • 1/30 - Community - Men’s Basketball @ BMS,7-9

  • 1/31 - 8th grade Badger Tour @ Badger High School - 8th Graders

  • 1/31 - Becoming a Badger @ Badger High School - 8th Graders

  • 1/31 - Community - GCJ2 Fitness Room @ BMS, 6:00-8:00pm

Little Caesar's Fundraiser

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Little Caesars Fundraising Account

Sign your child up for their fundraising account here!

Donuts with Grownups

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Read S'more Books Night

SAVE THE DATE! Feb 24th 5-7pm at BES! Stay tuned for RSVPs that will be coming home soon!

The Brookwood Family Engagement Team invites you to Read S'more Books Night! Families are invited to come in and visit various classrooms where teachers will host different reading strategies. As you visit rooms you will have to check off your "Bingo" sheet so you can then be admitted to the gym where we will have lights dimmed and families can come in with their sleeping bags, tents, and pillows to read s'more books together while enjoying yummy s'mores!

Join in the fun with community guest speakers and a free book exchange (bring a gently used book exchange for another book to bring home)

Questions or interested in being a guest speaker? email:
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Hot Chocolate Sales

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6-8 I-Ready Pilot to Start Semester II at BMS

We are excited to announce that select teachers in grades 6-8 will soon be piloting a program called I-Ready®. I-Ready® is a personalized instructional program for reading and math. Students begin by taking a diagnostic online test that is adaptive in nature, in that the questions adjust to pinpoint each child’s level of proficiency on specific math and reading skills. The results of the test are then used to generate individualized practice modules designed to target specific areas in need of growth and enrichment. Since the I-Ready® curriculum spans grades 1-12, this program will enable us to support students in overcoming learning gaps and also challenge students who are ready to learn beyond grade level.

Parent letters containing additional information were sent home with report cards today. If you have any questions about the pilot, or if you do not want your child to participate, please contact Mrs. Franz at: by the end of the school day Monday. Thank you!

The Golden Horseshoe Moves On!

Mrs. Hughes has passed the Golden Horseshoe along to...Mrs. Bobula, BES Science Teacher! According to Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Bobula is a wonderful teacher that makes learning about science so much fun. She believes in her students and they know they matter to her. Even if a student may not having a liking for science, she is able to get them engaged and excited about exploring the world of science. Mrs. Bobula is so passionate about teaching and is making a difference in her students' lives. She certainly has found her niche in life! Congratulations, Mrs. Bobula, on earning the horseshoe!

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BES: Be Brookwood

Congratulations to the following students for going above and beyond in Being Brookwood:

KG- Dante, Cozette, Avery, Ethan, Dallin, Levi

1st- Logan, Aria, Mia, Novalei, Hazel, Nora, Olli, Sebestian

2nd- Logan, Presley, Serenity

3rd- Rylan, Lily, Tucker, Lola, Jaxon, Kensley


What's Happening in Mrs. Cassaday's First Grade Class?

Our First Grade Students have been busy busy busy! In reading, they have been working really hard on building our reading stamina and reading independently for at least 15 minutes. The whole school was rewarded with finger flashlights when we read. These flashlights are fun but also a great tool to help us track the words as we read. We had a blast using our finger flashlights as we read independently and with a partner too! In writing, they just finished the second unit as we learned about animals. They researched, asked questions, and filled out graphic organizers. Then they took those organizers and wrote a book full of animal facts and got to share our stories with a partner in class. In math, they are having fun playing math games to help with math facts. They learned a new game called Capture the Squares. In this game they roll two dice, find the sum, and then draw a line around that number. The goal is to capture all the numbers!

What's Happening in 7th & 8th Grade?

A NEW semester means NEW Related Arts class offerings for our 7th and 8th grade students! Student Empowerment is always at goal at BMS, and this is illustrated in our rich Related Arts course offerings especially. New RA offerings for semester II are the following classes:

*BOOK CLUB: Taught by Ms. Metcalf, students in this class get to READ for the love of READING! They will engage in various literature circles to read and discuss books and elements of storytelling together.

*WINTER SOWING & GARDENING: Taught by Mrs. Kanthack, this is a class for students who enjoy hands-on learning and who are looking to develop a "green thumb." Students learn about the planting process, from seed to harvest, as they work together to prepare our school garden. They will also enjoy sampling various organic foods and even engaging in some cooking. This week they're sampling lettuce and making their own homemade salad dressings - yum!

*3D ART: Taught by Mrs. Garrett, this class teaches the skills necessary to think, plan, and build artworks in 3D, using materials such as clay, wire, paper mache and more!

*ADVANCED TECH CLASSES: We've got several advanced Tech, taught by Mr. Granahan. Offerings to include Advanced Robotics, Advanced Game Design, and Arduino Circuits and Programming. Students in these classes can put the basic skills learned in semester I intro classes to the test as they work together to iterate and create!

*WORLD LANGUAGE LAB: Taught by Ms. Mohr, students will explore in depth a language and culture of their choice using technology apps, programs, and hands-on projects. From Japanese to Sign Language - the sky is the limit in this class!

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Taught by Ms. Bullock, students in this class will explore why money matters as they learn about money management and the responsibilities of running a business. Students will engage in hands-on activities in market analysis, advertising, inventory and more, working with real products and real clients!

*LEADERSHIP 7: Taught by Ms. Mohr, students in this class will reflect on leadership of oneself and in one's school. A portion of the class will involve completing five hours of community service as they engage in leadership opportunities at Brookwood and the community at large.

*HOPE SQUAD: Taught by Ms. Metcalf, students in this class were chosen by recommendation of their peers as someone who makes them feel emotionally safe. Students will engage in hands-on event planning to bring awareness to student mental health needs, and they will be trained in how to navigate conversations with peers ,involving mental health concerns, and when to turn those conversations over to a trusted adult.


From the Athletic Director...

The Mustangs played two exciting games at home this week but unfortunately lost to both Wheatland and Union Grove. Next week, the Mustangs play at Raymond on Tuesday, and then we host our last home game against Trevor-Wilmot on Thursday. Come out and support our athletes!

Saturday Morning Basketball will begin on February 4th! Please use this link to sign up your child(ren)! If you have any questions, contact Jess Metcalf: Can’t wait to see you in the gym!

Link to sign up for Saturday Morning Basketball:

Go Mustangs!

Coach Metcalf



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Ski Club

We are SO excited to announce our first ever Ski Club at Grand Geneva!! This event is open to not only students but family members as well!! Are you an advanced skier or a beginner? It doesn't matter!! This is a steal of a deal and is open to all levels of skiers! Please fill out the following form if you are interested:

This event is open to students but also open to family members. If there are children outside of the grade levels of 4th-8th grade attending, it is asked that parents oversee those other children.

$39.58/per person/per date: this payment of registration includes a 90 minute ski lesson, ski/snowboard rental and lift ticket!!

OR through the registration link from Mrs. Horak you can specify exactly what package you would like to order:

$15.83/lift ticket and/or

$10/ski/snowboard rental

and/or $13.75 per week

**There are no snowboarding lessons available for this event**

Come one week or all six weeks!!

Our Dates: Jan 13, Jan 20, Jan 27, Feb 3, Feb 10, and/or Feb 17

ALL STUDENTS that rode the bus MUST check out with Mrs. Horak with their parents between 7:30pm-8:00pm at Grand Geneva. The homebase for check out will be decided upon the arrival at Grand Geneva.

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We need your help to get more families to support the Box Tops program. The more people that participate, the more our school can earn to help get the supplies it needs!

PLUS, you can earn a bonus for our school by inviting your friends, family, and other parents to sign up and participate in Box Tops.

To refer friends to sign up, go to the Invite Friends section of the Box Tops app. (You can get there by tapping on the person icon in the upper-right corner of the app home screen.) You'll get a referral code that you can send to a friend. You'll BOTH earn Bonus Box Tops for our school when they scan their first receipt — that's extra cash that counts towards our Box Tops earnings goal of $1,000 this year.

Thanks for your help!

Email the BFO at with any questions regarding box tops.

For Brookwood schools use referral code WY7S80A1

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Guth's Games is ON!

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Academic Lab at BMS

Academic Lab will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays when school is in session.
  • Students will begin their study time with one of their teachers, right after school in that teacher’s classroom.

  • At 3:20pm, students will then report to the Academic Lab in the library. A team of Academic Lab teachers will continue to help students in working on the tasks of focus, as assigned by their teacher.

  • Academic Lab teachers will also assist students with putting any unfinished assignments needing to be completed into their assignment notebooks, so that families are in the loop of tasks that still need attention at home.

  • Academic Lab will end at 4:25pm. Students will not be allowed to leave early unless a parent needs to pick them up sooner.

  • The Late Bus will continue to be offered as afternoon transportation home from the Academic Lab, and will depart promptly at 4:30pm. (Note: The Late Bus will also still be available on Tuesdays for students in athletics).

Families: We need your help in giving our students the attention they need and deserve. We hope that you will take full advantage of this resource when your student is in need of additional support.

Gearing Up for Parent Volunteering

Throughout the school year Brookwood has many opportunities for parents to partner with the school through volunteering. Some of these will include, but not limited to, chaperoning field trips, assisting during classroom activities, large school or district wide events, etc. To ensure the safety of all our students, all volunteers need to submit and pass a background check. These forms can be completed ahead of time and individuals will be added to the approved volunteer list. This is good for the school year. If you intend to volunteer, feel free to complete the attached forms and send the forms to your child's school office. Thank you for your cooperation and involvement.

Get Connected!

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