I would like to introduce you to your new principal for the 2017-2018 school year. Her name is Dana Beckert and she is wonderful. I've had many chances over the years to rub shoulders with Mrs. Beckert and know you will love her. I've already told her how amazing your children are and how supportive you, as parents are. I'm so grateful for the time I've been at Brookside and know she will continue making our school the best place for your children.
Here is a little more of her many accomplishments:
The Nebo School Board of Education appointed Danalee Beckert as Principal of Brookside Elementary for Nebo School District.
Danalee received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and master’s degree in Education and an Administrative License both from Southern Utah University.
Mrs. Beckert served as a facilitator at Sierra Bonita for the past six years. She taught fifth grade at Rees Elementary for eight years and at Art City for one year.
One of Dana’s favorite books is The Ultimate Gift, by Jim Stovall. The main character, Red Stevens, proclaims, “I believe the reason a graduation ceremony is called a commencement is because the process of learning begins – or commences – at that point. The schooling that went before simply provided the tools and the framework for the real lessons to come.”
“As educators, we have the great opportunity to provide those tools and framework,” said Mrs. Beckert. “I feel my responsibility as a school leader is to help students, teachers and staff members develop a bedrock foundation of confidence and determination to learn at high levels so they can face the challenges of life successfully.”
A colleague said, “Dana is a most extraordinary individual and leader. She is instrumental in bringing about success for students, staff, and the community. Dana helped direct the work of our school leadership team, coordinate faculty meetings and professional development. Dana works hard and cares deeply. She leads by example. Dana is a gift to the education profession.”
Mrs. Beckert is a PEAK Award recipient. She expressed, “I come from a long line of educators. My parents are both educators and the tradition is alive and well in my immediate family. My two oldest daughters are teachers, and my two youngest children are both attending universities with plans to go into teaching and coaching.
Dana enjoys reading, health and exercise, swimming, and spending time with children and grandchildren. She is married to Daniel, and they have four children and two grandchildren.
Hello Brookside Tigers,
Kindergarten registration is this Thursday, March 16th from 8:30-3:30. If you or anyone you know has a kindergarten age child, please help spread the word. If they have questions they may call the office.
Thursday is also our SEP long night. Please watch for a note with your time. This will be our last SEP so please attend to hear all the great things that your child has accomplished during the year.
Also, Friday there is no school. It is a Parent Conference (P/C) Comp day.
Saturday is the BYU State Chess Tournament. If you would like more information please check our school website under the Monday Message page.
And finally, a message from our wonderful PTA:
Dear Parents and Teachers, We are wrapping up putting the yearbook together for this school year and are looking for some fun pictures to add. If you have any pictures of a field trip or any "artsy" pictures (choir, playing of instruments, plays, fun class projects done, visits to art docents, etc.), we would love to have them! Please email them to Heather Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can. Our deadline is fast approaching. :) Thank you for your help! Yearbook chairs - Annette Lyons and Heather Benson
First Grade: Rachel Hansen, Paul Nance, Letley Strong, and Malachi Kentjana Putra
Second Grade: A.J. Carpenter, Amiah Bradley, Laney Hoffman, and Lyla Fry
Third Grade: Kiti Afemui, Daxton Pinnell, and Angelina Love
Fourth Grade: McKenzie Cooper, Victoria Yetter, Bringham Yeagley, and Lexie Antonino
Fifth Grade: Andrew Neth, Quinton Smith, and Trent Henstra
Sixth Grade: Crew Fullmer, Korina Ayala, and Shane Milligan
We are more than pleased to have Mrs. Gallagher win the crystal apple award. Every year an outstanding certified teacher wins the crystal apple award. Mrs. Gallagher has been teaching for 18 years and 9 of those have been at Brookside. She is the mother to 3 great boys. She is an amazing Kindergarten teacher and her students absoultely adore her. Thank you for everything you do!
Many classes at school had fun celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday. Mrs. Hobbs and Ms. Duston's class did an informational writing piece about Thedor Seuss Giesel all week. Then on Thursday, we celebrated with reading, art projects, treats, and writing assignments.
Mrs. Smith's first grade had a read across America party where they all brought their pillows and blankets and read.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!