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January 2020

Friend Friday - Mrs. Antonino

Submitted by susan.bird on Fri, 01/31/2020 - 13:36

Today, for our Friends Friday, we are spotlighting Mrs. Kandice Antonino.  Mrs. Antonino is our facilitator her at Brookside which means that she teaches the teachers.  But, she does more than that. She helps kids, teaches lessons, listens, gives advice, helps wherever it’s needed and more.  Mrs. Antonino works as our mentor to our new teachers, but really, to everyone here. We love having Mrs. Antonino here at Brookside!

On the weekend, Mrs. Antonino loves to watch her kids at their sporting events. She also likes to go to lunch/dinner with family and friends.

If you could have lunch with any fictional character, who would it be? Dumbledore

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mrs. Peery - She was older and grandma-like, very loving, caring, and firm. We would sit around her piano and sing songs and I always won playing multiplication around the world!

If you were given a $1000 - what would you buy? Airline tickets to someplace warm and fun!

What song would you sing at Karaoke night? NONE!

Who or what inspires you? My kids - they work so hard, face challenges, try new things, build up their teams, fail, succeed, have fun, love others and repeat these actions daily.

Share a memory of school: We created a newscast and I got to be the weatherman and I LOVED it! I remember creating the posters for it, dressing up and even recording ourselves!

What is your favorite thing to teach every year? You can do hard things!

What is the best thing about your job? I get to work with everyone in the school! The teachers, techs, lunch ladies, office staff, students, parents, EVERYONE! and 99% of the time it is a happy, fun, positive way! 


  • Pizza :BBQ Chicken
  • book/author: Right now - Harry Potter
  • Ice cream: Oreo
  • Sport: Gymnastics
  • Color: Purple
  • Snack: French Fries!!
  • Zoo Animal: Elephant
  • Recess game:  Jump Rope

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Brookside Praise Note Students For January 31, 2020

Submitted by liz.porter on Fri, 01/31/2020 - 10:38
Principal Beckert

Zoe Mortensen always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude, Quinn Rummage is working extra hard at home on her reading, Carlos Carmona volunterred and participated in class, Chase Zufelt stayed after school to help clean up art supplies, Matthew Christian stayed and cleaned up art supplies after the bell, Crosby Cutler worked hard on his writing and reading at home, Jake Simpson stayed behind and put away all of the chromebooks, Averee LeRoy willingly holds the door for everyone coming in from recess, even when it's cold, Charlie Smith helped another student understand his math, Preston Ballard always is kind to his classmates, and Madilynn Robbins learned an extra part for the second grade program last minute yesterday. She was great.

We have a lot of praise notes waiting to be handed out, keep working hard students and you'll get one too. Brookside tigers are hard workers and kind to others. #praisenotes, #brooksidetigersearnpraisenotes

Mrs. Crandell's Class Eats Bugs

Submitted by susan.bird on Fri, 01/31/2020 - 08:12
Mrs. Cassie Crandell

This week Mrs. Crandell's class finished their argumentative essays on bugs. We finished by having two cookies one made with cricket flour and some people were even brave enough to try a chocolate cricket, even Mrs. Crandell!

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Second Grade Performance

Submitted by susan.bird on Thu, 01/30/2020 - 15:13
Miss Hannah Harmon

The entire second grade put on a program on Thursday, January 30th for the whole school. This program includes songs about friendship, diversity, and our great country, The United States! Each student has a speaking part that plays an important role in the program. The students have been learning the songs for this program since the beginning of the school year. Mrs. Fitzgerald, our amazing music teacher, has been teaching them the songs and fun actions to go with them. Mrs. Jorgensen, Mrs. Stapel, and Miss Harmon, are already so pleased with how well the programcame together.  These second graders did an amazing job! 

#brooksidetigers #tigerpride #brooksidestudents #DiscoverPowerWithin #nebohero #NeboSchoolDistrict #studentsuccess #empowerstudents #engagestudents #focusonstudents #loveUTpublicschools #utpol #uted #ThankATeacher #LoveTeaching #iteachtoo

Fun Times in Mrs. Hall’s Class

Submitted by susan.bird on Tue, 01/28/2020 - 16:32
Mrs. Mijken Hall

There are fun happenings in Mrs. Hall's class. They decided to celebrate the 101st day of school. They also did some treasure hunting. It all looks like too much fun!

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Teacher Tuesday - Miss McNab

Submitted by susan.bird on Tue, 01/28/2020 - 13:48

It’s Teacher Tuesday and we are spotlighting Miss Jordyn McNab.  Miss McNab is our resource students and does an amazing job. She works with students in reading, writing and math.  We love having Miss McNab at our school. 

What do you love to do on the weekend? I really enjoy painting and baking and being outside!

If you could have lunch with any fictional character, who would it be? Elizabeth Bennet

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Arnold, a high school history teacher who could make any story interesting and memorable.

If you were given $1000 - what would you buy? $1000 worth of peanut M&Ms

What song would you sing at Karaoke night? I'm not a singer, but if I could, Don't Stop Me Now by Queen 

Who or what inspires you? Anyone dedicated and passionate to their craft is inspiring to me, but I am really inspired by classical professional musicians, who are truly masters of the basics and use that as a foundation to create beautiful, complex music!

What is your favorite thing to teach every year? I love to work with my students on their phonetic awareness, and using that to unlocking reading and spelling skills!

What is the best thing about your job? Getting to work with all of my students, and all of their teachers!


  • Pizza: Hawaiian
  • book/author:Anne of Green Gables L. M. Montgomery
  • Ice cream:Chocolate with Peanut Butter
  • Sport:Swimming
  • Color:Yellow
  • Snack:Peanut M&Ms
  • Zoo Animal:Grizzly Bears
  • Recess game: wall ball

#brooksidetigers #tigerpride #brooksidestudents #DiscoverPowerWithin #nebohero #NeboSchoolDistrict #studentsuccess #empowerstudents #engagestudents #focusonstudents #loveUTpublicschools #utpol #uted #ThankATeacher #LoveTeaching #iteachtoo

One Hundredth Day of School

Submitted by susan.bird on Tue, 01/28/2020 - 07:44

Brookside celebrated the 100th day of school on Monday.  We had lots of fun activities going on during the day. Here are a few of the celebrations. First and second grade dressed up as 100 year-old ladies and gentlemen.  First grade build cup towers out 100 cups and make necklaces. Mrs. Jorgensen decorated her door and her class wrote a poem. And the fifth grade figured out how many licks it took to get to the center of a lollipop.  It was a fun day with lots of activities!

#brooksidetigers #tigerpride #brooksidestudents #DiscoverPowerWithin #nebohero #NeboSchoolDistrict #studentsuccess #empowerstudents #engagestudents #focusonstudents #loveUTpublicschools #utpol #uted #ThankATeacher #LoveTeaching #iteachtoo

Principal Beckert's Monday Message For Jaunary 27, 2020

Submitted by liz.porter on Mon, 01/27/2020 - 14:21
Principal Beckert

January 27, 2020

Dear Parents,

Here are a couple of reminders for the upcoming week:

Our Box Tops competition is in its final week. Students are encouraged to bring in their box tops throughout the week. Please refer to past messages for instructions to submit box tops electronically or contact our PTA president, Rachel Cardenas, at

Also, you will be receiving an email from Nebo School District with a link to access the Stakeholders Surveys for 2020. The planned distribution date is February 1, 2020. Please be watching for the email.

Finally, don’t forget our Parents and Pastries event on Friday, February 7th, at 8:15.

Thank you!

Dana Beckert

Principal, Brookside Elementary


Friends Friday - Mrs. Hill

Submitted by susan.bird on Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:01

It’s Friends Friday and today we are spotlighting another of our great technicians - Mrs. Lexi Hill.  Mrs. Hill is a favorite among students and teachers. She is reliable, smart and willing to fill in whenever necessary.  She subs in classes, works one on one with students, runs small groups and endures the heat and cold for recess duty. She is amazing!  We love Mrs. Hill. 

What do you love to do on the weekend: Ride horses in the mountains and spend time with my husband.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? “My 5th grade teacher Mrs. Smith. She really made me love learning and made school so fun.”

If you were given $1000 - what would you buy? Clothes. Lots of clothes!

What song would you sing at Karaoke night? Somethin' Like That by Tim Mcgraw

Who or what inspires you? “My Opa (grandpa) is my biggest inspiration.” 

Share a memory of school: “I was always the biggest teachers pet. Mrs. Tautu and I got the job of typing all of our classes personal narratives when we were in 3rd grade because our teacher loved us so much haha.”

Mrs. Hill says the best thing about her job is the students! I love the kids and I am lucky to be surrounded by them everyday.


  • Pizza:  Pepperoni with olives
  • book/author: Patricia Polacco
  • Ice cream: Brownies on the Moon
  • Sport: Baseball
  • Color: Yellow
  • Snack: Dr. Pepper
  • Zoo Animal: Elephant
  • Recess game:  Double Dutch

#brooksidetigers #tigerpride #brooksidestudents #DiscoverPowerWithin #nebohero #NeboSchoolDistrict #studentsuccess #empowerstudents #engagestudents #focusonstudents #loveUTpublicschools #utpol #uted #ThankATeacher #LoveTeaching #iteachtoo


BYU Women's Basketball game Field Trip

Submitted by susan.bird on Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:51
Miss Susie Bird

Our fifth and sixth graders enjoyed a field trip on Thursday to the BYU Marriot Center to watch the Women’s basketball team take on the San Francisco Dons.  This was an extremely fun field trip. We were right there, starting on the front row, the cheer squad was right in front of us and so was the action. The kids got crazy and dance just to see themselves on the Jumbotron.  We were entertained by Cosmo and the BYU Dunk Team at half time. To make the experience even better, BYU played a great game and came out as victors.

#brooksidetigers #tigerpride #brooksidestudents #DiscoverPowerWithin #nebohero #NeboSchoolDistrict #studentsuccess #empowerstudents #engagestudents #focusonstudents #loveUTpublicschools #utpol #uted #ThankATeacher #LoveTeaching #iteachtoo


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