2nd Grade Animal Report & Habitat Display

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Second graders spent the last month researching animals and creating habitats for their animals.  As a culminating activity they created an exhibit in their hall for the other grades to tour.  Parents were also invited to attend. It was a huge success!

April Tigers of the Month


Tigers of the Month for April were 1st Grade: Lauren Clark, Jeremy Franco, Sophia Melendez, Taven Castillo, McKenna Brand and Harlee Crandall.   2nd Grade: Sabrina Southern, Abigail Hansen, Devon Anderson and Charity Barlow.  3rd Grade: Blaise Toelupe, Allie Prestwich, Sophie Laing and Matisse Jorgenson.  4th Grade:  Zackery Antonino, Trevor Grover, Calianne Skinner and Lydia Brooks 5th Grade: Adi Whiting, Maia Kentjana Putra, Elizabeth Nunez and Anahi Magallanes.   6th Grade: Josh Clark, Jordan Pugmire and Brayden Archer.

Thanks for showing your Tiger Pride!


Monday Message for May 27

May 27, 2014

Dear Parents,

We are down to our final 2 ½ days.  Friday we will dismiss at noon. 

A few quick reminders to help us end the year:

  • Lunch-
    • Please make sure your child has enough lunch money to finish out the year. 
    • We will serve lunch that day starting at 10:30.  Due to the short day, if you do not want your child to eat school lunch, please send a snack for them to eat while they are in the lunchroom.
    • Library returns or fines-
      • We are trying to collect all library books or collect fines for any lost books.  Please look around the house if you have received a note from Mrs. Giles or your teacher.
      • Student Placement forms- due Wednesday, May 28th. 
        • Last day so please get the form to me if you would like me to know more about your child to help me make the most informed decision about classes for next year.
        • If you are moving-
          • If you know you will not be returning next year, please contact the office at 801-489-2830.  This will give us time to send off permanent records to your new school.  We will miss you if you go.
          • Summer Hours-
            • Tuesday Only-9:00-12:00
            • All summer questions can be emailed to Mrs. Clements or myself @



  • Registration for 2014-2015-
    • Thursday, July 31st from 8:00-4:00
    • Donation fee is $20 per child.  This money helps pay for many things students and classes do during the year.  It is greatly appreciated.
    • Classroom assignments are given on this day.
    • If you are not available that day, you may register early so please email Mrs. Clements or myself to set up a time you can come in.  Class assignments will not be given early but can be emailed to you on July 31st.
    • Reading Movie Passes to Watergardens 8
      • Movie passes earned this year need to be used before August 1st.
      • The design will be updated for the 2014-2015 reading program.

Thank you for a wonderful year! I love working with your family and I am already getting ready for the upcoming year.  See you all at registration on July 31st!

 Mrs. Rudd


Darla Stapel Receives The Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education

Mrs. Stapel, Karen Huntsman and Catherine Rich
Mrs. Stapel's 2nd Grade Classes
Mrs. Stapel's family, Karen Huntsman
Mrs. Stapel and nominating committee

Second grade teacher, Darla Stapel received the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education on Thursday, April 24th.  

Mrs. Stapel was quite surprised when her door opened and in walked Mrs. Huntsman, her family, several members of the facuty and PTA.  Mrs. Huntsman spotlighted Mrs. Stapel for quite awhile and didn't leave until she got her very own second grade "License;" something all of her students have.

The official award will be presented to Mrs. Stapel on May 16th at an awards dinner for all of this year's Huntsman Award recipents.

The following are quotes about the impact Mrs. Stapel has had on the lives of many people:

Candice Poole, PTA: “Mrs. Stapel tries to always be fair and consistent. To teach responsibility, it costs students $1 of classroom money to use the bathroom pass. Once when Mrs. Stapel had to use the pass, she felt it was only fair that it cost her also, so she paid out $1 to every student. It was a concrete lesson in fairness. That is the paradigm in which she operates.”

Bridgette Sahlin, 2nd grade team member: “In the past 7 years I have had the distinct honor and privilege of witnessing her influence on other faculty, students and members of her community. Darla has a way of making others feel important, valued, and welcome. She carries that same feeling through to the students in her classroom. Her students know she cares and they love being around her. It is my sincere belief that she is eminently qualified to be a recipient of the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education.”

Alicia Rudd, current Brookside principal: : "Darla is an excellent teacher. She teaches math and science to two different groups of students everyday. Her lessons are well-planned, fun and engaging. I love to walk into her classroom to witness the students with their hands “in math.” Darla’s students are touching and manipulating math problems and science experiments every day. Year after year her students score well on year-end tests, but more importantly, they walk away with the love of learning."

Emma Rich, former student: "One reason she is my favorite teacher is because she remembers my name."

Catherine Rich, parent of former students and nominating person: "Mrs. Stapel’s deep love of teaching and connection with her students was plainly evidenced last year during a unique event. During the last month of school she was diagnosed with cancer. Treatments began immediately and lasted throughout the summer and into the fall. Although she was seriously ill, she couldn’t wait until school started to meet her new students. She showed them how to face a serious problem with a positive attitude. Inspired by her courage, these brand new 2nd graders faithfully washed their hands and protected her from their sniffles. They took turns pushing her wheelchair. They learned a life lesson about bravery and not quitting. I can’t imagine a better person to teach and inspire my children."


5th Grade Hershey Track Meet


The fifth graders attended the Hershey Track Meet on April 24, 2014. The weather was perfect for competing in these events. The students worked hard and their effort paid off. Congratulations to all the winners.

 100 Meter Boys

5th - Wesley Mangum

1st - Clark Warren

200 Meter Boys

5th - Ryan Witney

1st - Clark Warren

200 Meter Girls

4th - Ashley Donahue

2nd - Paige Thompson

400 Meter Boys

Tied for 3rd - Elian Lopez and Mckay Francom

400 Meter Girls

4th - Ashley Donahue

3rd - Molly Hunter

800 Meter Boys

1st - Mckay Francom

800 Meter Girls

3rd - Jaydn Rees

Softball throw Boys

6th - Wally Averett

Standing Long Jump - Boys

6th - Wesley Mangum

5th - Daxton Ash

1st - Clark Warren

Standing Long Jump - Girls

2nd - Paige Thompson



Boys Book Club Gets a Nice Surprise!

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The Brookside Boys Bookclub has been reading about snakes.  Alison Whiting made their day by bringing in a snake collection.  She sure made reading come to life!!!

Springtime Chicks


Kindergarten students got a special treat! The Rich Family shared their baby chicks. Students got a hands-on experience as they held the chicks and learned interesting facts from Mrs. Rich. It was a fantastic day.

Exploring Seashells in Kindergarten

Kindergarten students have been learning about the ocean. Students enjoyed a hands-on activity with seashells. The students sorted the shells and compared the weight of the different shells.

2014 Crystal Apple Award Recipient - Susan Bird


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.

Learning About Insects in First Grade!


Mr. Mike Whiting, an entomologist from BYU came and shared his insect collections in Mrs. Smith's First Grade class.  He taught all about these amazing bugs and answered our questions too. Thanks, Mr. Whiting!