March 18, 2019

Twitter Highlights: Week 29

Please click on the above link to see highlights from this past week. We are working to create a positive learning environment that is equitable, inclusive and focused on the whole child. No need to have a twitter account to view!

IAR Testing Continues this Week

The IAR testing window will take place from March 11th through April 26th.

Grade Level IAR Testing dates are as follows:

6th grade: LA- 3/18

7th grade: Math- 3/18 LA-3/20, 3/21

8th grade: Math- 3/18, 3/19, 3/20 (including ISA (science test) on March 22nd)

Please have your child bring a pair of HEADPHONES for the LA portion of their grade level testing dates: 6th Graders on 3/18; 7th graders on 3/20 & 3/21.

Students will be unable to take a test ahead of the class. IAR/ISA test make-ups will occur the week of April 1st.

Parents and guardians, please assist your child in being prepared for testing. Eating breakfast and being well-rested will help your student to do his or her best. Discussing the importance of the test while minimizing any anxieties your child may be feeling is helpful as well. These steps will support our collective efforts for having each child achieve the best possible results. Students should make every effort to be present and on time to school during the testing window. Should an illness or unforeseen absence occur, the student will participate in make-up testing after the scheduled testing date.

The IAR assessments help us understand how our students are growing academically, compared to their peers across the state. The state uses this information to provide more support and resources to the schools in the greatest need and are the academic factors considered when determining the summative designation on our State School Report Card. Please see the graphic below regarding IAR assessments.

Angelica Kamysz (Team 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, & 7.2)

Antoine Bland (Team 7.3, 8.1, 8.2, & 8.3)

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Brooks Spirit Week Calendar

Monday- March 18th-Pajama Day: “Dreaming about Inclusion for all.”

Tuesday March 19th- Sports Day: “We are all a part of the same team”

Wednesday March 20th- Twin Day: “Dress up with a friend”

Thursday March 21st-“College Day: “We are college and career ready; dress in your favorite college/university apparel”

Friday March 22nd- Kind Eagles Day: Wear your Brooks gear to show respect and do something kind for a fellow Eagle.

8th Grade Graduation Pictures

The graduation picture retakes will take place on Tuesday, March 19.

If you would like to have your student re-take their graduation photos, there is a $10 retake fee payable to Van Gogh Photography. Monday, February 25, your child's graduation picture proofs went home with students.

For questions regarding photos, please contact Van Gogh Photography at (847) 382-2282.

Yearbook Ordering

TreeRing, our yearbook vendor, has a new process for ordering yearbooks. You must enter a passcode and set up an account to place an order. Please use the link provided below:

If you are asked for a pass code, please use: 1014096931934358

Student Announcements

If you're would like to see the Student Announcements that are shared with students at the top of each week, you can always find them on our Brooks Home Page by clicking on the button along the left-hand side that is entitled, "Student Announcements".

Algebra class for Parents/Adults offered by Math Teacher at OPRFHS

Neal Weisman, a math teacher at OPRFHS offers an algebra class for parents/adults. The class has been running on Monday evenings from 6:00 - 7:30pm. It is free. Attendance has been small and he would like to open it up to parents at the middle schools. The class spends about half the time working through the high school algebra curriculum and half the time working on challenging problems, not necessarily algebra problems. There is no prior knowledge necessary and all are welcome to join.

Any interested parents/adutls should email, Neal Weisman at if you are interested in attending.

Assessment Re-Do/Re-Take Policy

Please find information regarding the student re-do/re-take policy in our Brooks Website.

Recognizing Staff who Make a Difference

If you or your student would like to recognize any staff member (a teacher, a teacher assistant, social worker, librarian, front office staff, lunchroom staff, custodial staff or school administrator) please take a moment to complete this form. The staff member will receive a certificate detailing the information shared through this form.

Clubs and Sports Information

Intramural Ultimate Frisbee

We will be hosting a Spring Intramural program beginning in April.

Activity dates and signup information to follow.

For more information contact Coach Gillespie at

Brooks Service Club

Service Club is collecting travel size toiletries all year! Donations will be used to make care packages for Housing Forward. Please send any small, unopened toiletries to Ms. Walsh or Ms. Martínez. Thank you for your help!

Girls on the Rise

January – May 2019 is our 8th grade Girls on the Rise portion of the program. Attached a flyer for the upcoming session.



  • Yearbook Club: Next meetings 3/11 & 3/18 in room B202 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Here is link to the entire year meeting dates schedule. Contact Ms.Turner-Reid or Ms. Pabellon with questions or
  • Math Team: in room B204 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Mr. Sam Kahn with questions.
  • ORFF: Monday mornings 8am to 8:50am in D110 Contact Mr. Carrillo with questions
  • Spoken Word Club: Mondays in B205 (3:30 - 5:00 pm) with Mr. Lee and resident poet Christian Robinson. Contact Mr. Lee with questions.
  • BRAVO Guitar Club & Dance Hip Hop Studio started on Monday, September 17. There is still time to sign up! Click on links above to access permission slips. These clubs are FREE to ALL Brooks Students.


  • EcoEalges - meets from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in room C202. Contact Ms. Stamp with questions
  • Chess Club: meets from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room B305. Contact Mr. Hausfeld with questions


  • Best Buddies: Here is the year long calendar that can be downloaded. Contact Ms. Beauprez with questions .
  • Girls on the Rise: Meets week on Wednesdays from 3:45pm to 4:45pm in room C105
  • World Language Club: Every other Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30pm in C209. Contact Mr. Lagioia with questions
  • BRAVO Dance Hip Hop Studio started on Monday, September 17. There is still time to sign up! Click on links above to access permission slips. These clubs are FREE to ALL Brooks Students.

  • Rainbow Tribe: Contact Ms. Berman with questions
  • Art Club: Thursdays in room D301 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Ms. Murray with questions.

  • Service Club: Friday mornings from 8am to 8:50am in room B209. Contact Ms. Walsh with questions