Second graders have been studying matter. They perfomed many experiments to investigate all the properties of matter. To demonstrate how matter can change states, students turned heavy whipping cream into butter. To investigate how heat can be used to change matter students popped popcorn using air, microwaves and a hot surface. Students learned matter can can state, but can never be destroyed.
Principal Alicia Rudd addressed the Nebo School Board of Education and introduced the School Community Chair, Shannon Pexton and music directors, Tami Evans and LeAnn Andrews.
The three main areas of focus for Brookside Elementary are mathematics, literacy and the arts. Brookside teachers participate in numerous professional development opportunities. Some extracurricular activities developed include reading and writing clubs, chess club, orchestra, choir, and even a homework lab. Technology has also been an emphasis.
Brookside students delighted the Nebo School Board of Education with energetic music conducted by Tami Evans and LeAnn Andrews.
KSL Teacher Feature--Brenda Wesson, Foothills & Brookside Elementary
Foothills Elementary and Brenda Wesson were surprised when a KSL reporter and manager of Zion’s Bank, Ed Christianson, awarded Brenda Wesson with the KSL Teacher Feature Award in February.
Brenda receives season tickets to Hale Centre Theatre, an overnight stay at the Anniversary Inn, and a certificate for dinner at The Roof Restaurant. Additionally, the teachers that receive this award can choose to enter the KSL Teacher Feature Car Contest where they can become eligible for the chance to win a two-year lease on a new 2015 vehicle, provided by Burt Brothers Tires and Service.
Brenda’s nomination letter written by Karl Wesson stated in part:“Brenda Wesson is more than a teacher. When Brenda's children were raised she went back to school at 8YU to get her MA degree and become a School Psychologist. Brenda not only finished top in her class, the year she finished her degree at BYU she was awarded with Student School Psychologist of the year by the Utah Association of School Psychologist in 2006. Devin Healey commented on her performance at this award 2006 ceremony in these words: Brenda Wesson currently serves as a School Psychologist at two Elementary Schools in the Nebo School District, a position she has held over the past eight years. All who work with Brenda acknowledge her great care and unending patience in the needs of students, parents, teachers and administrators. She helps parents feel at ease and better understand their children. She has promoted PBIS and the RTI model. She is a strong team player with great people skills. This year's school psychologist of the year is Brenda Wesson.”
Brenda is currently working at Brookside Elementary and Foothills Elementary in the Nebo School District. The following tribute is from Keri Huntsman, principal at Foothills Elementary:
“Brenda is a school psychologist at Foothills Elementary. I am privileged to work with her. She is a tremendous asset to the students, parents, teachers and administration. Her expertise has and continues to help many students who have severe academic, social and/or emotional needs. She provides parents and teachers with strategies to help individual succeed at school. Brenda organizes biweekly Special Education Team meetings to identify students who need SPED interventions and to discuss student progress. She is a master psychologist, trusted colleague and friend. Thanks Brenda for all you do!!”
This is why Brenda is more than teacher.
Ed Christianson stated, "On behalf of Zions Bank and KSL NewsRadio, I would like to congratulate you on being recognized as an outstanding teacher in the state of Utah!"
The Brookside PTA selects a person from the school community each year for the PTA Excellence in Service Award. This year’s recipient was none other than outstanding teacher; Ruthann Roach. Ms. Roach teaches 5th grade Language Art. Thank you for your service and sharing your amazing talents with us!
The Brookside Science Fair was held on February 12. The fifth and sixth graders that participated worked hard and completed some amazing projects.The sixth grade winners were: Jadyn Rees; Emma Creer and Scout Benson; Aubree Erickson and Allie Tranchell; Lydia Felix; and Addison Arevalo and Tracy Segeberg.
The fifth grade winners were: Maegan Talbot, Jack Taylor, Elizabella Francom; and Erik Kallaker.
Kindergarten children used the week of Feb 2-6 to celebrate 100 days of school. Some of the activities the students participated in were: Giving a hundred cheers, doing 100 exercises, drawing 100 shapes on a crown, being silent for 100 seconds, counting 100 treats in groups of ten and glueing 100 dots on giant butcher paper teddy bears. What a great week!
The fifth graders received a visit from Discovery Gateway. The Reaction Time assembly taught the students about physical and chemical changes. Our presenter, Skye, showed the kids what would happen if they set certain chemicals on fire, different kids of acid and bases in cabbage juice, what goes on inside Mrs. Rudd's stomach, and introduced the students to Freddy. The student's also participated in a lab where they were able to mix solids and liquids to test the chemical and physical reactions.