Friday Notes

May 11-15

Final Game Speech

I really cannot believe we have FINALLY completed ALL state testing for this school year and are down to the last 10 amazing days of another fabulous year!

Over the past week I have watched some of our MOST AWESOME teachers struggle with 9 days of testing through deep compassion for their students, a fierce never wavering "we've got this" spirit, and an unrelenting determination to question meaning and purpose. Although it has been rough, I could not be more proud of the team they have become and the difference they make every single day for their students and their peers.

As the days all too quickly speed to May 22, my daily reflections grow longer and longer on what we have accomplished at Brooks in six short years. We began as a collection of teachers and staff from seven different schools and the University of West Georgia and 615 students from four different elementary schools and have truly become one team!

We have defied expectations and remained at the very top of academics since the first day we opened. Our students soar in arts and athletics and our teachers are continually asked to lead our system's teachers to greatness! While each of these things alone is more than enough to make our school the BEST, it is not what we have done but who we have become that brings me my greatest joy!

I could not be more proud to have been a part of our journey than I have been while watching with you interact with your students the past three weeks. When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw each of you going above the call of duty to take all stress off our your broncos place it firmly on your shoulders for their benefit. Even though these tests (at the end of the day) had no impact on your students academically, you knew they would impact your future TEM score and yet you never let on to your students. You encouraged, cheered, supported, and calmed them through out the month of April and beginning of May and for that I applaud each of you!

Coach Carter's does a much better job than I ever could of summing up what it feels like to take a group of boys and come together as men than I ever could. Yes I know we were not boys (at least not all of us) but you will get the meaning. :)

The only difference is he is trying to bring his team up from defeat when today I celebrate all you have won!!!! WE ARE BROOKS! We ARE BROOKS! WE ARE BROOKS!

coach carter Final game speech

This Week's Events

Pledge Duty: Haralson

Specials Rotation: Week 4 of New Specials Schedule (Friday will be Thursday's schedule)

Monday May 11

**Kim Pelletier to visit Fifth Grade

**Posting Window Opens

**Advance Ed School Committee training 8:30-11:30 at Werz (Brooks, ward, Wilkes, Terrell, Nicolls, Hill, Jones, Zachry, Owens, Haralson)

Tuesday May 12

**STEM club 7:30-8:00 am (Hill, Brooks, Spence)

**Second Grade Field Trip to Centre

**Raschen Grand Jury Duty

Wednesday May 13

**Teacher of the Year Banquet 6:30 at Centre (Hill and Raschen)


Thursday May 14

Friday May 15

**Fourth Grade Wax Museum

**DOPDP Class Athens/ 14-15 (Raschen)

Upcoming Events

May 18 Slip N Sliding into Summer

  • 9:00-9:45 4th grade

  • 9:50-10:35 3rd grade

  • 10:40-11:25 2nd grade

  • 11:30-12:15 Kindergarten /PK

  • 12:20-1:05 1st grade

  • 1:10-1:55 5th grade

May 19 1:00 pm Faculty vs Fifth Grade Kickball Game

May 21 Awards Programs

  • Kindergarten: 8:15
  • First Grade: 9:30
  • Second Grade: 10:45
  • Third Grade: 12:00
  • Fourth Grade: 1:15

May 22 Last day of School and Fifth Grade Breakfast 8:15 am