September 4th, 2018

Twitter Highlights: Week 2

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!

Brooks PTO News and Information

Wondering when you'll start receiving the weekly PTO email? You won't! This year, all PTO information will be included in the Middle Matters newsletter, making all of the information you need available in one place.

SMILE - Picture Day

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Pictures will be taken during PE/Health Classes.

Powerschool and Canvas - Observer account set up guides

If you would like to set up an observer account on Powerschool or Canvas, please refer to the help guide links below. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Ms. Vashti Carter at or by calling the main office at (708) 524-3050. We will also share more information during PTO Food Truck event on 9/17 from 5pm to 8:30pm.



Middle School Grading and Assessment Policy

Last spring, middle school administrators and teachers reviewed our grading and assessment policy. We made some changes in order to have more consistent practices for redos and retakes throughout the building. Please take some time to read this document.

Food Allergy Safety Guidelines

Please click on the link below to learn more about the Food Allergy Safety Guidelines for D97 and Brooks Middle School. We appreciate your partnership in promoting the health and safety of our students.

Please Reinforce at Home


Book bags/Backpacks are useful for carrying materials/books to and from school. If a Book Bag needs to be carried by the student throughout the building, a cinch sack or another smaller type bag is preferred, as the smaller the size the less congested and safer the hallways are. Additionally, the space available in classrooms for full-sized back packs is limited and makes navigating through classrooms difficult. Backpacks should be stored in lockers. Lockers measure 11 by 11 inches.


Personal Electronic devices are not allowed out in common spaces. Teacher discretion will be used in the classrooms. Personal devices should be left on silent while in the building.

Staff will take personal electronic devices if they are seen being used in common spaces during school time in the building. Multiple infractions will require the parent to pick up the personal electronic device. As with other personal items, the school will not be responsible if the personal electronic device is stolen, lost or damaged. We strongly discourage students from bringing valuable items to school.


Eco Eagles will be meeting TUESDAYS at 3:30 to 4:30 pm in Room C202 starting, September 4th. If you’re interested in the school garden, creating award-winning films, taking field trips and being an environmental activist, join us! Eco Eagles is the best club ON the planet FOR the planet!

Young Filmmakers Contest Information

Create your own film! The One Earth Film Festival is sponsoring a Young Filmmakers Contest. Middle schoolers are eligible to win scholarship and cash prizes and have their film premiere at the Festival in March 2019. Check out the details here.

Explore your talents by attending a workshop just for fun or to create a great entry for the contest. Live Action filmmaking workshops coming up this December, more info here.


Starting this week:

  • Ulmtimate Frisbee Clubs - Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 to 4:30pm. Meets on the field. Contact Mr. Gillespie with questions
  • EcoEalges - Tuesdays 3:30 to 4:30 pm in room C202. Contact Ms. Stamp with questions
  • Best Buddies: First meeting Wednesday, 9/5 from 3:30 to 4:30pm in the commons. Here is the year long calendar that can be downloaded. Contact Ms. Beauprez with questions
  • Unified Soccer: Any questions please contact Tim McDonald

Starting in September:

  • Chess Club: First meeting 9/10 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room B305. Contact Mr. Hausfeld with questions
  • Rainbow Tribe: Here is link to permission slip. First meeting will be on 9/20 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.
  • Service Club: First meeting is Friday 9/29 from 8am to 8:50am in room B209. Contact Ms. Walsh with questions
  • World Language Club: Date TBD

Coffee with Capuder - Friday, September 7th @8:30am to 9:30am

Please join us in the commons this Friday for the first Coffee with Capuder. We look forward to seeing you there!

GBMS Curriculum Night

Thursday, Sep. 13th, 6-8pm

325 South Kenilworth Avenue

Oak Park, IL

During this time, you will be visiting each of your student’s classroom teachers by following their schedule. As you visit each of your student’s classes, you will learn each subjects “Year at a Glance”, “Top 3 Take-a-ways” and “How you can support your student at home”. You’ll be able to see each of the classrooms where your student spends their time learning as well as meet your student’s teacher.

Here is link to download a graphic organizer you can complete prior to the evening. The first class you will visit will be your student's advisory teacher (listed as period 10 on your student's schedule).

PTO Welcome Learning Session & FOOD Truck Fun!

Monday, Sep. 17th, 5-8:30pm

325 South Kenilworth Avenue

Oak Park, IL

Welcome Back Night and Food Truck Fun! 5-6:30p Food Truck & Social Time, followed by our first Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Community Meeting 7-8:30p. All parents and guardians are PTO members!

TOPIC TONIGHT: Our focus will be learning more about the Canvas and Powerschool apps.