Brookwood eNewsletter 03/27/2009
Posted on: March 27, 2009
FROM THE HEADMASTER...
The month of March has quickly passed us by and it was an eventful month! Our school is doing great in spite of continuous dealings with the tornado damage, saying goodbye to the Middle School Cottage as it was finally hauled away, and moving the kindergarten again, this time out of the Academic Cottage! Our teachers continue to provide a quality education to our children every day. Athletics is in full swing with rarely a day that there isn't an event on campus or on the road or both.
There have been numerous educational field trips taken such as the
Washington trip, fifth grade to
Charleston next week, and a full day for the Kindergarten students in
Tallahassee during the one day move to their new classrooms in Flowers Hall. Don't forget about the Junior/Senior Prom tomorrow night.
We appreciate everyone's patience and kindness during Thursday's rainy day carpool. A special thanks to the Middle and
UpperSchool parents who waited to enter the circle as requested. We also are grateful to Mrs. Harper and the Lower School faculty who were instrumental in making lemonade out of lemons.
On March 14, our school was in "Full Bloom" as our annual Auction took place for the 29th year. We thank everyone who supported the Auction, especially Charnie Beverly, Chairman, and her many committees who made the evening so successful. It was truly a spectacular evening.
I hope by now you have seen our new bus that was purchased with funds from the Auction and the Booster Club. It is a practically new air conditioned 54 seat multi use bus that will be used by the entire school for field trips and athletic events. We have been in need of such a vehicle for quite sometime and are very grateful to the Auction and the Boosters for this invaluable purchase. When Aleks Arwood (K) was asked what she enjoyed most about the field trip to
Tallahassee, she smiled and said "the bus!"
Warriors of the Week
Congratulations to our "Warriors of the Week for the month of March, Thad LeGette and Susan Rumble. Way to go Thad and Susan!
Contracts Are Due!
Every year at this time, we try to finalize plans for next year. Scheduling has begun, staffing needs to be finalized, and acceptance letters must be mailed to new students seeking admission. Your reenrollment contract is due this Monday, March 30th. If you have not returned your contract, please do so by Monday. If you are not planning to return next year and have not notified us, please make it a point to contact me and let's talk about your concerns. We hope everyone plans on returning for an even better year in 2009-2010. Families whose contracts have not been returned by Monday will be called next week. Thank you for your attention to this very important planning detail.
I encourage all
BrookwoodSchool family members to "remember that this is your school" and to stay focused as our ambassadors. Our greatest source of retention and recruitment of quality students comes from positive word of mouth.
As we approach next Friday, the last day of school before Spring Break, I encourage all parents to remind their children that Spring Break does not start until
on April 3rd. I wish each and every one of our grand families a great, safe, and relaxing spring break!
Mike Notaro, Headmaster
UPPER SCHOOL NEWS (David Grooms)
Progress ReportsProgress reports for the mid-term of the fourth nine week period will be mailed home on April 17. Please review these reports carefully with your children.
Final ExamsThe final exam schedule has been posted under the announcement section of the website. Final exams are weighted at 25% of the semester grade. Only semester and final grades appear on the transcript. Cumulative GPA is calculated on semester grades.
AP ExamsAdvanced Placement Exams will be given on May 6, 7, 8 and 11 in Crozer Hall. Daily class rotations will vary during May based on the needs of faculty and students involved in the exam process. The rotation schedule will be posted on the website when it is available. Review for these exams is an essential component of success.
Brookwood Students Place at StateLiteraryMeetBrookwoodSchool students placed in three categories of the Georgia Independent School Association 2009 Class AAA State Literary & Music Competition on March 17.
D.J. Grooms won 2nd place in Boy's Solo, and Mickey Betters won 2nd place in Dramatic Oral Interpretation. Grooms, Davis Flowers, Will Hanna and James Farmer took 4th place in the Boys' Quartet category.
Independent Schools throughout the state participated in the competition at
ValdostaStateUniversity, with Stratford Academy of Macon winning 1st place overall.
Below are the results of our region literary team competition. Brookwood came in 2nd place in the region competition. We had several first and second place winners who advanced to the state competition, as noted above. Our students represented our school and themselves in a very worthy manner. Please take the time to congratulate our literary competitors.
Argumentative Essay Boys -
Jackson Brannon, 3rd Place
Argumentative Essay Girls - Abby
Lewis, 3rd Place
Personal Essay - Mickey Betters,
Will McGregor, 2nd Place
Extemporaneous Speaking International -
Stephen Holt, 3rd Place
Extemporaneous Speaking Girls -
Katherine Wolff, 3rd Place
Oral Interpretation Dramatic - Mickey Betters,
Rand Pope, 1st Place
Girl's Solo -
Maizie Jones, 2nd Place
Boy's Solo - D. J. Grooms, 1st Place
Girl's Trio - Katelyn Reed, Ellen Stauffer, Katherine Wolff, (alternate) Leigh Stauffer,
Boy's Quartet - James Farmer, Davis Flowers, D. J. Grooms,
Will Hanna, 2nd Place
Ninth Grade trip to "Our Body" Exhibit:
Ninth graders, accompanied by teachers
Anne Vereen, and
Phil Danner, visited the
MaryBroganMuseum last Thursday to see the "Our Body" exhibit. They saw the intricate circulatory system of the arm, the blackened lungs of a smoker, and the underlying layers of muscles in the leg. Some students also visited the museum's hurricane simulator. While watching "The Body"
IMAX film at the
ChallengerCenter, students marveled at a zit being destroyed, a stomach digesting food, and infrared pictures of a sweaty bicyclist. After lunch at Governors Square Mall, students returned to school. They were accompanied by teachers
Anne Vereen, and
Juniors and Seniors visit the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Ann Larson)
Celebrating Shakespeare's 445th birthday a little early, Brookwood students traveled to
Alabama to see two of the Bard's plays. One was the tragedy "Othello", attended by the senior class. The second was the opposite end of the dramatic spectrum, "The Comedy of Errors", a special treat for sophomores and juniors. Brookwood students study seven or eight of Shakespeare's plays between grades 8 and 12. All English teachers believe in reading the plays aloud and having students act out chosen scenes in class or in a production.
Youth Arts Competition (Maureen Harrer)
Brookwood students did very well in the Youth Arts Competition. Ashley and Kristen Yaun tied for
1st Place. Ashley and Kristen are twins in the 11th grade. The judges did not know who created the works of art when they chose the winners. What a surprise to have picked paintings by twin sisters! We also had seven students receive honorable mention: Jenna Odom, Julian Brown, Chelsea Vinson, Carter Vann, Ansley Harbin, Kaitlyn Roberts, and Katherine Wolff. Congratulations!
Senior Honors Assembly: The Senior Honors Assembly will take place in Crozer Hall Commons on Thursday, April 23, at
In addition to the seniors graduating with honors, four juniors will be recognized as marshals for the
Class of 2009.
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS (Ashley Harper)
DC Trip - The eighth graders enjoyed a fabulous trip to
DC from March 5th to March 9th. This annual Middle School trip included an itinerary highlighted by visits to the Capitol, the Pentagon, the Smithsonian's Museums of Air and Space, American History and Natural History, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and a nighttime illuminated monument tour.
A performance by the New York City Ballet and a comedy production at the Kennedy Center, plus visits to the ESPN Zone and the ice-skating rink at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden also were on the students' itinerary, along with participation in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns and a National Cathedral worship service on Sunday morning.
Mrs. Harper is especially proud of this group, who continued the Brookwood tradition of receiving compliments everywhere we went. Among the students' favorites were, "So, what college do you attend?" and "It must be a fine school you attend to receive opportunities like this."
ERB - Congratulations to the Middle School students for fine efforts on the annual Educational Records Bureau CTP4 standardized tests. We appreciate their dedication and hard work on the exams last week. Way to go Middle Schoolers!
FLORIDA CAVERNS - On Friday, March 6th, the seventh grade traveled to
Florida to visit the Florida Caverns. The students toured deep in the caverns discovering stalactites and stalagmites as well as bats and other animals. This hands on opportunity was a fantastic way to end the quarter in science.
PI DAY - Mrs. Unglaub's seventh and eighth grade math classes celebrated Pi Day on March 13. This annual 3-14 celebration is a time to enjoy mathematics in a new way. The Flowers Hall Commons was decorated with a Pi Chain representing hundreds of digits of the all important pi (3.14159265358979323846 . . . ). As well, the students brought in circular treats and celebrated their love of math culminating with an "American Pi-dol" competition. What fun!
AllMiddle School students are invited to join us for tonight's Middle School party in the Flowers Hall Commons from
. Drop off and pick up will be in the front of Flowers Hall. Admission to the party is a jar of peanut butter or jelly for the local food bank. We look forward to seeing you tonight!
LOWER SCHOOL (Ashley Harper)
Kindergarten - We welcome our kindergarten students to their new home in Flowers Hall. The move to place the students in a permanent home for the remainder of the year was completed in just one day. Thank you to the students and parents for their support and especially to the
LowerSchool teachers who pitched in to make the move possible. The new surroundings are wonderful.
ERB - Congratulations to the second through fifth grade students who worked diligently on last week's Educational Records Bureau CTP4 standardized tests. We are proud of their dedication and hard work. Way to go
LowerSchool On the Move - One of the fantastic attributes of
BrookwoodSchool is our commitment to extending learning outside the classroom. This month the
LowerSchool has had many opportunities to do just that.
On Tuesday, March 17th the kindergarten visited the FloridaMuseum of History in
Tallahassee to learn more about the earliest times of our area. Enjoying Granny's Attic, the Steamboat, and the Mammoth, they had a wonderful day including a picnic lunch.
On Friday, March 20th , the first through third grades visited the
ThomasvilleCulturalCenter for a fabulous fables performance. Special thanks to Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Green, and Mr. Earp for adding their dramatic prowess to the show. The children loved it.
On Tuesday, March 24th, the second grade visited the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab in Panacea to learn more about our local oceans. The touch tanks were a student favorite.
On Tuesday, March 24th, Mrs. Casanova's kindergarten class visited Sweet Grass Dairy and learned about Aidan's family business. The baby goats were ready to meet the children.
On Wednesday, March 25th, the fourth grade visited the San Luis Mission to learn more about the original settlers of our area.
Field Day - Friday, April 4th is Lower School Field Day. The students are looking forward to a great day, full of excitement.
LowerSchool dismissal will be at
on this day. ASK will be available until
, as usual. Parents are welcome to join us for this fun day. Seating for parents will be available in the football stadium stands. Thank you to the seventh and eighth graders for manning the various events for our
COLLEGE COUNSELOR (Vic Spigener)
Community Service Update: The deadline to complete community service is Friday, April 17. As outlined on Page 76 of the 2008-2009 Blue Book, students in grades 8 - 12 must complete Brookwood's Community Service Requirement: 10 hours for students in grade 8 and 20 hours for students in grades 9 - 12.
Juniors: Mr. Spigener will schedule his annual Junior Parent Night in April - notification is forthcoming. Next week, he will begin meeting with the juniors during their homeroom to begin the College Application Process.
Seniors: The seniors are completing scholarship applications. As a reminder, these scholarship applications must be submitted to him a week before the due date. Also, the last remaining college letters of notifications will be arriving in early April; students are reminded to submit copies of all letters to Mr. Spigener.
ATHLETICS (Robert East)
The Spring Athletic Season is in Full Swing
The campus of
BrookwoodSchool is alive with athletic competition. On the tennis court, the golf course, the track, the baseball fields, and the soccer pitch, Warriors are in action.
The Varsity Men's Soccer team is off to a 1 and 1 start. They will host Robert Toombs in a region match on Friday at
. Next week, the Warriors will face long road contests, traveling to
Savannah on Monday and
Dublin on Friday.
The Varsity Women's Soccer team currently stands at 4 and 1, with a 1 and 1 region record. The Warriors are lead by seniors Logan Petrey and Kaitlin Thompson. Brookwood's 1-0 loss came from Central Fellowship when the girls traveled to
Macon last Friday. It was a battle to the final whistle. The girls will be back in action Tuesday against
Westfield. They will play host to
Deerfield on Tuesday at
in an important region match.
Varsity Baseball is fighting hard in every game, turning in impressive battles like the early part of the
Westfield game early this week. Each game, this group shows improvement. Varsity Baseball at
BrookwoodSchool remains an entertaining way to spend a spring evening.
Middle School Baseball is also working hard on the diamond. This is a great group of kids with lots of talent and potential and they have great chemistry together. Coach Simpson and Coach Goodman are teaching them a lot of new drills and basic fundamentals, and the response from the kids has been incredible. It's safe to say that the Brookwood Baseball Program has a bright future with this group!
Brookwood Tennis is reaching the end of the regular season. The tennis teams will play in the region tournament at Doublegate Country Club in
Albany the week after Spring break.
Brookwood Golf will also enter postseason play shortly after spring break. The region golf tournament will be held at Doublegate Country Club in
Albany on Tuesday, April 21.
The Track teams have been in action already. The Varsity teams will run in a region qualifier on Wednesday, April 1, followed by the region meet at Hugh Mills Stadium in
Albany on Wednesday, April 22. The Middle Schoo will run in a meet on Saturday, April 4th here in
Football Family Meeting - There will be a Brookwood Football family meeting on Thursday, April 2 at
in the Commons Area of Crozer Hall. This meeting is for players, parents, and friends of the entire Football family - rising 5th through seniors (current 4th through juniors). The Brookwood Football family includes the Varsity, Middle School, and 5th/6th grade teams. Fans of Brookwood Football are invited to attend whether or not they currently have student athletes in the program. Please make plans for your family to be at this important meeting.
School Web Site - Please check the school website, www.brookwoodschool.org, daily for schedule updates. This is the single best source for
BrookwoodSchool athletic information.
The roster for concession stand and gate duty has also been posted, and a copy was mailed out to your homes. Please check the school website, www.brookwoodschool.org, for updated as the spring schedule is adjusted. The Booster Club thanks each member of the Brookwood family for their willingness to help with concessions.
School Store - The fan gear offered by the Brookwood E-store has grown. If you have not browsed lately, please point your internet browser to http://brookwoodschool.promoshop.com/featuredproduct/index.aspx?DPSV_Id=403507. A link to this site is on the school website, www.brookwoodschool.org , in the "Warrior Hotline" section. Please note that all proceeds form the sale of these items goes directly to support the programs of
BrookwoodSchool. The School does not receive any support from other businesses that stock Brookwood items.
Thank you for your support of all our athletes. Go Warriors!
EUROPE TRIP 2010 (Sherrie Callaway)
I can't believe that it is time to think about planning the Europe 2010 trip! It seems as though we just returned from the last trip abroad. The students and I had a fantastic trip last summer, and we created memories that will stay with us always. Tyler Stone recently stopped me in Target and said that he was ready to go back to Europe. Traveling to a new country the first time is exciting and educational; but when students return, they see everything from a different perspective—one of awareness and confidence.
I am looking at three itineraries for 2010: Across the Alps (12 days); European Heritage (14 days); London, Paris, Rome (15 days) and Peoples of Europe (19 days). Please go online at www.acis.com and search each of these program titles. They are all similar but, of course, different lengths. Online search will allow you to see the prices when departing from Atlanta and day-by-day itineraries. I am considering a change in policy to allow more parents to travel. So, if you are the least bit interested, this might be your opportunity. The Europe 2010 trip is open to students in the current 9th and 10th grades. Please contact Sherrie Callaway (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in this trip for your student.
Community Service Update for Students in Grades 8-12:
The deadline to complete community service is Friday, April 17. As outlined on Page 76 of the 2008-2009 Blue Book, students in grades 8 - 12 must complete Brookwood's Community Service Requirement: 10 hours for students in grade 8, and 20 hours for students in grades 9 - 12.