Susan Bird is a delight to work with. She is an upbeat, positive, happy person who makes the best out of any situation. Whenever we are planning as a team, she has the ability to think through the plans and see the details and potential problems before they happen. She is always willing to share ideas and shoulder much of the team’s load. She befriends others on the staff and is quick to offer assistance when needed. Her students benefit from her thorough planning and she makes sure the activities are enjoyable. She cares about each student and goes the extra mile to make sure all succeed.
The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium came to Brookside on Tuesdays to teach 2nd grade students about the earths rainforests and some of the animals that live in them. Students were treated to a very animated presentation given by Holly and Kirsten. Children were able to see, up close, some live animals from the rain forest. They even got to touch some of them. Students saw animals from 4 of the 7 continents. From Asia, they saw a Crocodile Skink, Blood Python and a White's Tree Frog. From, Australia they saw a Crested Gecko. From Africa, the saw a Madagascar Hissing Cockroack. Lastly, from South America a Cave Cockroack and a Rainbow Boa Constrictor. As you can imagine, the children loved the Living Planet Aquarium's visit.
This year's Brookside Teacher of the Year is first grade teacher Amy Bird. Amy has provided interventions for those students that struggle. She is organized and a skilled teacher. Amy truly loves her students and loves what she does every day. Amy cares about each child and works extremely hard to help them. She is leaving a legacy for her students to become life-long learners.
The following is statement made by Miss Sahlin:I am so thankful for the Nebo Education Foundation and their willingness to support the use of technology in the classroom. They have helped add another iPad and avenue for learning into the hands of my students. Their support has helped to create a more engaging environment. I believe students will be more motivated in their learning. Having the use of an iPad will allow them to research topics they are curious about, practice different skills and bring their own creations to life.
The struggling readers in my class will enhance their phonics instruction by utilizing many different phonics and reading apps available for education. Many students will use the iPad to help in the memorization of math facts. The majority of my students will be using the iPad to play math games to support their math understanding.
2nd Graders took a field trip to Farm Field Days on Friday, April 4th. Before heading to the farm students made a stop at Spring Creek Park to run, play, explore and enjoy a picnic lunch.
After arriving at Farm Field Days, an annual event put on by Utah State University's Agriculture in the Classroom program, students learned about many aspects of agriculture. Students saw a sheep being sheared, a talking tomato, a honey bee hive and many other interesting facets of farming. Over the last 20 years this annual event has taught over 20,000 second graders about agriculture.
It was a great day and everyone enjoyed their time at the farm!
Student in Mrs. Wilber and Mrs. Smith's class have been learning all about the United States presidents. They have researched their president, written paper on their president, and are presenting to the classes all about their president. We have all learned some interesting and fun facts about United States Presidents.