School News

Teacher Tuesday - Ms. Harmon

Miss Susie Bird

Ms. Harmon is also new to Brookside.  She is our new second grade teacher. Ms. Harmon is from Mapleton, Utah, but lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for ten years prior to that.She went to, and graduated from, American Leadership Academy in Spanish Fork. She was born on April 2 and is the second oldest out of four children in her family. She grew up loving music and sports as her mom was always very involved in singing, and her dad and older brother spent most of their time on the wrestling mat towing them all around to wrestling tournaments around the state.She is a second-semester senior at Utah Valley University and this is her internship year teaching. Here are some things to get to know Ms. Harmon.  

On the weekends, Ms Harmon loves to spend time with her friends and family.  She also likes to workout, read and watch movies.

What fictional character would you have lunch with?  Ron Weasley!

Who was your favorite teacher?  Why?  Mr. Becker my high school English teacher! He really cared about making the lessons and what he taught us meaningful and impactful. We had some of the best discussions in his class. 

If you were given $1000, what would you buy? Knowing myself I'd put it in savings, buuuuuut if I want to be fun probably clothes or a couple nights at a nice hotel in Park City!

What song would you sing at Karaoke night?  Probably "If I don't have you" by Whitney Houston or "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice 

Who inspires you?  My mom inspires me the most out of anyone I know. She has always been such a rock in my life. I have never met anyone stronger, braver, funnier, or wiser than she is. I hope I can be half the mom and half the person she is one day. 

Share a memory or two of school:

  • I remember performing in the school talent show in the first grade. I sang "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" and I had a little blue raincoat and a blue umbrella to match. 
  • In high school, in my Honors Literature class, I remember being asked to write about a moment that changed us forever. That assignment was so impactful to me and honestly really therapeutic.

What is your favorite thing to teach every year? This is my first year, but so far I'm really loving math!

What is the best thing about your job?  Laughing with my kiddos everyday! I love to see them smile!


  • Pizza: combination
  • book/author: My mom- Amy Harmon!
  • Ice cream: Phish Food- Ben and Jerry''s
  • Sport: Wrestling- to watch   Softball-to play
  • Color: Green
  • Snack: Hot Cheetos
  • Zoo Animal: Elephants
  • Game at recess:  Jump rope

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Principal Beckert's Weekly Message

Principal Beckert

October 7, 2019

Dear Parents,

We started our 6th grade orchestra today. We are in need of more students to register to be able to keep the program. Please encourage your 6th grade student to register for orchestra. Registration and instrument rental information is in the office. Thank you!

It is National School Lunch Week! I just want to let our lunch staff know how much we appreciate all they do to help our students receive healthy food each day. Nationwide, there are nearly 30 million students served each school day ensuring all students, regardless of income level, receive nutritious lunches.

Just as a reminder - there will be no school on October 17th and 18th for fall break. Thank you!

Have a great week,

Dana Beckert

Principal, Brookside Elementary


Tiger Pride Fridays

Miss Susie Bird

Every Friday is Tiger Pride day.  We encourage every student to wear their new Brookside t-shirt to show their tiger pride.  We are so grateful that this year, every student in the school received a school shirt. We want to thank all the sponsors for donating.  TIGER PRIDE!

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Greek Gods and Goddess Wax Museum

Mrs. Cassie Crandall

The 6th graders had their annual Greek/Roman God/Goddess Wax Museum this Friday and they did an amazing job! Each student did research for and then created a board about their god and goddess. On Friday they dressed up as their God or Goddess and shared their god or goddess with the school and parents! They had a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed seeing them all dressed up!

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Friday Friends - Ms. Armstrong

Miss Susie Bird

We are so lucky to have a new PE teacher this year, Miss Ashley Armstrong.  

On the weekend, Ms. Armstrong loves to Coach soccer and go snowboarding (she even coaches some of the students from Brookside!)

What fictional character would you love to have lunch with? Dory from Finding Nemo

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Ms. Armstrong said, “My middle school PE teacher because he was also my basketball coach and he was very relatable.”

If you had a $1000, what would you buy? Nothing, she’d save it

What song would you sing at Karaoke night? One Thing Right or Beautiful People

Who or what inspires you? Ms. Armstrong answered, “One of my mentors that I learn from as a coach and person.”

Share a memory of school: On field day, I was the fastest girl in my class in 6th grade and ran the race against all the other 6th grade girls. I was in the lead the entire race until the last corner where I slipped because the grass was wet. Then I finished last place.

Favorite thing to teach every year? soccer

Best thing about your job? Being active!


  • Pizza:  Hawaiian
  • book/author: Harry Potter
  • Ice cream: Vanilla
  • Sport: Soccer
  • Color: Blue
  • Snack: Oreos
  • Zoo Animal: Monkeys
  • Game at recess: Four Square and Lava Tag

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Brookside Praise Note Students For October 4, 2019

Mrs. Beckert

Aubree Forbes is very helpful. She always helps out in my classroom, Brooke Engle is an amazing 3rd grade helper. She likes to help me be more organized, Wesley Knoebel is consistantly on task. He finishes his work and never complains. He is an amazing student, Jazmin Solorio is always sitting in whole body listening position when Mrs. Tautu is teaching and is an example to others, Brielle Churn said thank you this week for teaching and reading with her, she works hard and smiles all day, Ben Smith is very creative in his writing, Charlie Smith works hard and stays on task, Preston Ballard always works hard and is doing his best work, Carlos Carmona apologized when he made a mistake, Silah Rawlinson is always working hard on her class job, Lila Anderson helped Mya when Mya had crutches, Walter Sainsbury studies math facts before school starts so he can pass them off, Kamryn Witney is a quiet, hard, worker, Richard Harrigan always does his best. He is friendly to everyone and always has something interesting to share in class, Aisley Averett is such a hard worker. I am so proud of her and how mch she has already grown this year, Max Dietz and Caleb Hylton let Mrs Harmon borrow their grasshopper for a science lesson.

Great job students! #gotigers, #tigerpride, #praisenotes

School Lunch Week October 7-11

Ms. Kimberly Whitney

We are ce;ebrating school lunch week October 7-11 and our fabulous lunch ladies have a full week of fun planned.  This year’s theme is “School Lunch: What’s on your Playlist?” There will be a coloring contest and during lunch there will be stickers on the bottom of random trays.  Those who find a sticker can trade it in for a prize. Sounds like fun happening in the lunchroom!

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Mrs. Becky Jorgensen

Mrs. Jorgensen’s second grade are learning about communities.  The unit, Groups make Communities, goes along with our citizenship core.  During the week we read a story about Henry and his dog mudge, I brought my dog in for a text-to-world connections.

They learned that one of the things scientists do to figure things out is sort. In second grade they did a sorting activity.  The second graders learned that one community is our school community. Students were assigned to interview a staff member or videotape it. When all was done, we watch the videos to learn about the staff in our school community.

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