Brooks Bulletin

Week of January 12, 2015

Welcome Back

As we close out the first semester and begin our journey into the remaining months of the 2014-2015 school year, I would like to take this opportunity to share with each of you highlights of our travels to this point.

From the very first day of school, teachers have worked to identify and address your child’s specific areas of strength, need, and growth to ensure that each child is successful through the year. Students in all grade levels have participated in ongoing common assessments in reading, ELA, math, science and social studies. These assessments are designed as a spiral review of all curriculum taught this year and a measure student’s progress towards meeting state standards and maintaining skills in reading/ELA and math. Teachers use these assessments to identify standards and elements that are strengths and growth areas for each child. Using this valuable information, teachers design learning opportunities focusing on the individual needs of each child. Report cards were sent home that provide detailed information about your child's progress towards mastery of grade level skills and content. Please take time to review the grades and any comments with your children. If you have any questions about your child’s progress this year, please contact your child’s teacher to schedule a conference.

Throughout the year, teachers have designed learning activities that are engaging, motivating, and meaningful for their students. Teachers have been challenged to replace worksheets with meaningful and authentic hands on learning tasks. We have continued to embed our school wide focus on STEAM. Through a focus on the use of science, technology, engineering process, and mathematics students have been engaged in real world problem solving and application of learning with a focus on the scientific process. Additionally, teachers have worked to integrate arts thinking to promote higher ordering thinking skills and relevance to students. We hope you have had the opportunity to walk our halls and see the amazing work our students have accomplished using learning tasks, writing, and STEAM integration.

I thank each of you for all you have done to help us reach these milestones and invite you to continue working with your child’s teacher as a team to ensure the success of each and every student at Brooks! I feel confident that 20145 will be the best year ever for our students, staff, and school.

Julie Raschen. Ed. D.

Gifted Referral Period

Referral Period for testing into the Gifted (REACH) Program is according to the schedule below:

Elementary – 1st – 5th Grade

January 1 – 16, 2015

Paperwork should be requested from and returned to the local school.

Please contact the REACH teacher at the student’s school for additional information.

Coweta Committed to Student Success

News from the Media Center

I would like to thank all those who supported the BOGO book fair in December. I know this was unexpected and was held at a different time than usual but we were curious to see what type of participation we would have. It was also an opportunity to offer some good buys on books close to the holidays.

We will be having our annual spring book fair in February (2nd-6th). This is also the week of French Toast for Families and our Valentine’s Book Bag Promotion.

In March we will have our Birthday Book Club celebrations. It still is not too late to sign your child up for the Birthday Book Club if you would like for them to celebrate this year. You can print forms from the Brook’s website or pick up a copy from the media center.

Thank you for your continued support of Brook’s media program.

Sherry Copeland