April 1, 2019

Twitter Highlights: Week 30

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!

Honor Roll Trimester 2, 2018 -2019

Congratulations on your academic achievement for the second trimester of the 2018–2019 school year.

Your commitment to excellence is evident in earning this academic honor. The effort you have given to your Academic performance here at Gwendolyn Brooks serves as an example and inspiration to so many.

You should indeed be proud of your work!

Straight A Honor Roll

A Honor Roll

B Honor Roll

IAR Testing Make-up testing Continues this Week

The IAR Make-up testing will take place this week: April 1 through April 5th.

If your child was absent, please have your child bring a pair of HEADPHONES.

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)

The Eco Eagles visits with Jane Goodall

The Eco Eagles were invited by the One Earth Film Festival to see Jane Goodall on Saturday 3/23. Not only did we get to hear her speak, but she took a photo with us!!! I hope the kids will remember this forever and be completely inspired by this experience.
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Math team takes 1st place

Brooks partnered with Julian to participate in the IMSA (Illinois Math and Science Academy) all day math competition. They did a full sweep of the program including first place overall.

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D97 News and Information

We are still receiving messages regarding the last day of the 2018 - 2019 school year. In terms of the pdf calendar listed on http://www.op97.org/school-calendars, the board, as it does on an annual basis in accordance with state law, isn't expected to finalize the calendar for this year until one of its meetings in April. Therefore, we cannot update this calendar until then. In the interim, we will be removing the pdf from our site and will repost it when the final calendar for this year has been approved.

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

Volunteer with the Brooks PTO next year

Planning is already underway for the next school year! The PTO is committed to enriching the experience of students at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School through supporting a positive school environment, facilitating the development of positive relationships within the community, advancing school equity initiatives, and creating an environment where all students have access to school resources and opportunities. See the positions that are available and sign up here! Email any questions to gwendolynbrookspto@gmail.com.

Brooks Community Meeting

Join us on Monday, April 15 from 7:00 - 8:30 for our next Brooks Community Meeting. We will be discussing the budget and planning for next school year.

Race in the Classroom

Please join us on Wednesday, April 17th at 7pm. See below for more information!
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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".

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

The Ultimate Frisbee club will start on Monday, April 8.

The club will play on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm and end on May 22.

There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 3, from 3:30pm to 3:45pm, we will meet outside of the main gym. If you are unable to make the meeting , please see Mr. Gillespie

For more information contact Coach Gillespie at mgillespie@op97.org

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 4/8 & 4/22 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 mturnerreid@op97.org or mpabellon@op97.org
  • Math Team: in room B204 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Mr. Sam Kahn with questions. skahn@op97.org
  • ORFF: Monday mornings 8am to 8:50am in D110 Contact Mr. Carrillo with questions fcarrillo@op97.org
  • Spoken Word Club: Mondays in B205 (3:30 - 5:00 pm) with Mr. Lee and resident poet Christian Robinson. Contact Mr. Lee with questions. mlee@op97.org
  • 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 lstamp@op97.org
  • Chess Club: meets from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room B305. Contact Mr. Hausfeld with questions mhausfeld@op97.org


  • Best Buddies: Here is the year long calendar that can be downloaded. Contact Ms. Beauprez with questions lbeeauprez@op97.org .
  • 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 vlagioia@op97.org
  • 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 aberman@op97.org
  • Art Club: Thursdays in room D301 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Ms. Murray with questions. kmurray@op97.org

  • Service Club: Friday mornings from 8am to 8:50am in room B209. Contact Ms. Walsh with questions swalsh@op97.org