Brookside Elementary had an amazing assembly today, we got visted by Utah Opera Symphony. They are part of the POPS (Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools). It was impressive and very engaging for the whole school. They performed by using a game show that the whole school got to participate in. They would ask questions that had to do with music and open it up to the students for the answer first. I didn't see any students who were engaged and happy the whole assembly. We are so grateful they came to perform for us and hope they come back every year.
The fifth graders are working with division and recently we performed some reader's theater's script to learn how to interpret the meaning of remainders. We learned about dropping the remainder when it isn't important, sharing the remainder, and rounding the remainder up.
First Grade: Henry Lewis, Tyler Fay, Grace Wilkerson, and Penelope Escobedo
Second Grade: Brynn Jones, Layla Miller, Nixon Young, and Charlie Smith
Third Grade: Chesni Clawson, Michael Mayo, and Nikki Ellison
Fourth Grade: Sophia Melendez, Emma Burris, Christine Cardenas, and Brynlee Johnson
Fifth Grade: Bennett Averett, Esmeralda Luna, and Cristal Lopez
Sixth Grade: Avery Oman, Tommy Wilde, and Emily Stewart
This year Brookside Elementary wanted the focus of their student council to be on true leadership. The sixth grade students were able to pick up an application to apply for this position. They were required to fill out and return the application, provide a teacher recommendation form, and write a short essay on what makes a good leader, what qualities they have that make them a good leader, and activities that would like to see our school do. Of the more than 40 applicants, the student council board narrowed them down to 24 based on their anonymous essays. Those 24 students were then professionally interviewed by the 4 member board committee. The students were given a score based on things such as mannerisms, professional appearance, responses to the questions, and ideas they had for the school. The scores were tight and every single student did amazing in their interview. After lots of discussion and weighing everything, the board selected 10 students to represent our school as the student council or leaders of the year. They are Sadie Crandall, Kate Peterson, Ellie Esplin, Madelyn Maccabee, Ginny Peterson, Julia Oberg, Georgia Wilde, Caroline Simpson, Abbie Burris, and Lindzee Lugo.
Mrs. Stapel's class had two very special visitors. Dr. Stapel and Kista came by to show off Kista's amazing tricks. The kids loved it. Kista knew that the students had been reading stories about a dog named Mudge and thought they might like to have a dog come to school. This also gave the students a great opportunity to learn how to write a "Friendly Letter" to say thank you! Thanks Kista! Thanks Dr. Stapel!
Brookside 6th graders were given a STEM task to develop "non-traditional" uses for rubber bands. They were put into collaborative groups and given time to brainstorm ideas and make a prototype. From there, they were to take and gather mathematical data and present their idea in the form of a commercial. This was an educational activity that allowed the students to think out of the box as well as show off their sense of humor! We're so proud of our 6th grade students at Brookside Elementary!
In Social Studies this year, the fifth graders are studying American history. We start by researching explorers that discovered America (usually on accident). The students researched an explorer, finding information that they could use for a talk show. They were acted to write a script for their talk show and then they presented them for their classmates.