Brookwood eNewsletter 05/22/2009
Posted on: May 22, 2009
FROM THE HEADMASTER...
We now have completed another outstanding academic year. Although this year had some trying times, most of which we had no control over, I feel very good about what we have accomplished and overcome. Through our collaborative efforts, this year was probably the most successful during my three years at Brookwood. I am confident we have grown stronger in many ways, we have experienced some events that challenge our fortitude, and our school's community bond has grown closer and stronger.
Our year began with another record enrollment and a completely renovated campus, for the most part. With the opening of Crozer Hall, we now truly realize the importance and need of that facility. As the year progressed we performed very well in our new athletic classification of AAA, and reached the playoffs and farther in a number of sports as well as Literary. The year seemed to be running very smooth until
February 19, 2009.
The early morning tornado in February brought this school family together, I would bet more than it has ever been since it's founders vision 39 years ago. Through the collaborative efforts of many, led by
Charles Allen, and the Administration, as well as our Alert Now system, a plan was in place and only two days of school were lost. In most school communities I venture to say they could not have pulled off such a dramatic cleanup and turnaround of classroom usage. We have moved forward and feel we will be a better school because of it.
Each year I am overly impressed with our Graduation ceremony. This is a dignified ceremony that has so many behind the seen moving parts that it amazes me how every detail comes together for an extremely memorable evening. Thank you to all faculty, staff, Board members, volunteers, and especially
Ann Larson, for their diligent efforts to be sure every "t" is crossed and "i" dotted. We also want to express our appreciation to the lovely Julie Moran for returning to Brookwood to give the commencement speech.
Unfortunately or fortunately, we discovered that our Alert Now Emergency system that has the ability of notifying families, students, and faculty of important situations was a very worthwhile investment. Thanks again to the Auction for providing this service for this year. There will be a $5.00 fee per student next fall to continue this valuable service.
Plans for Technology
Through the work of our Parent Council and the success of our Auction, we have also improved and upgraded our fleet operation vehicles that in the immediate future will save us money and increase the safety of our children. These two organizations have also earmarked dollars to help supplement a revamping of our entire technology system. This will include replacing our servers, all computers in classrooms, and our labs. We will also review all of our licensing agreements and update those so that we have the most up to date programs in place. We will also implement a plan to further develop our teachers understanding and use of this technology through faculty development. This is a huge undertaking that we will begin immediately in order to have all equipment in place well before school begins in the fall.
You may have heard from you children that over the past few weeks Mr. Otis was not present in the lunchroom and a substitute was in his place. As you know last summer we made a very good decision to change food service providers from Sage Dinning to Sodexo Food Services. Mr. Otis had been employed with Sage for almost thirteen years and hurt his back on the job during the fall of 2008. After a number of doctor visits, it was recommended that Otis not return to work until he was cleared by the doctors with a clean bill of health. In short, Sage Dinning was not satisfied with the information they were provided by the physicians and eventually let Mr. Bass go. We, in turn, made the decision to let Sage Dinning go. Already unhappy with the service Sage was providing, we made a decision to investigate other food services and eventually choose Sodexo on the condition that they interview and strongly consider hiring Otis and his wonderful staff of Gloria,
Casper. When Mr. Otis began working for Sage many years ago within his contract a no compete clause was included. Sage has recently enforced the no compete clause and for the time being will not allow Otis to be at all present on Brookwood's campus. Sodexo is in the negotiating process with Sage and we hope to have this ridiculous situation solved in the very near future. Perhaps now you have a clearer picture of what kind of company we were dealing with and another reason to move to another food service.
With the summer months upon us all the administration, staff and many teachers continue the planning process for the next academic year. I am often asked, "Now that school is out and you have the summer off, what do you plan to do?" There is a general perception by the public that we "have the summer off." Nothing could be further from the truth as we take advantage of this time to put the final touches on the upcoming year. A great deal of work will be done by all
IndependentSchool personnel to ensure all details are covered before you return in August.
Our review of the Blue Book will take place immediately and it is important if you have pertinent information that has changed such as address, phone numbers, or email addresses, you should contact the front office now.
In addition to the normal work that takes place we will once again be moving classrooms back to their original locations prior to the tornado as the Pre-K building is completed. Repairs will also be made to Chubb Hall and extensive work will be done on Stoddard Gym, including replacing the roof, insulation, damaged beams on the interior, removing completely and replacing the gym floor. This work cannot be completed until the bleachers have been disassembled and removed. Relocating the items stored in the semi trailer out front that was graciously provided by Tom Simmons is another priority.
With the exception of the tornado, I could not be more pleased with the year we have just completed. As I have said numerous times, our work is not complete, we must continue to evaluate and look beyond the upcoming year at ways we can not only get better but be the best we can be. As with any successful program it will take a great deal of teamwork from everyone. We must continue our positive attitudes and everyone must maintain their positions as ambassadors throughout the community.
The Faculty and Staff
Great Independent Schools are only as good as their faculty and staff, and we are no exception. Although there may be occasions that you may not agree with some decisions that a faculty member, coach, or I make, I am certain that you would agree for the most part, our children are very fortunate to have such a high quality and caring faculty and coaching staff. I want to publicly thank all of our employees and our Board of Directors for another fantastic year.
I will periodically write over the summer to keep you updated and informed on how things are going at this great school. I wish you a wonderful and safe summer and thank you from my heart for your continued support.
God bless you all,
Brookwood Photo Site
Have you checked out the Brookwood online photo site? If not, take a look at: http://brookwoodschoolphotos.shutterfly.com/ You probably won't need a password, but if you do, it's "Blue & White." Faculty, parents and Brookwood staff may view photos of the campus and events, download pictures to your computer or order prints from Shutterfly. You may even order photos online and pick up prints at Target.
Faculty and alumni are invited to upload photos of classrooms, field trips, special events and other campus scenes reflecting life at Brookwood.
Thanks to Sherrie Callaway, Lissa Worthey, Ann Larson, Annette Lee, and other photographer contributors who have helped make this a valuable addition to Brookwood's photo archives. Please check with Debbie Quinton in Crozer Hall if you need assistance in accessing and using this Website.
ATHLETICS (Robert East, Athletic Director, Head Football Coach)
During the summer months, the Brookwood Family heads in separate directions, yet there is always a need to stay informed. The best source for athletic information is the school website, www.brookwoodschool.org. Please check often for schedule updates. If you have questions about the operation of the website, please contact Coach
Robert East at 226-4799 ext 19.
Men's Soccer Qualifies for GISA Final Four
Congratulations to the Brookwood Men's Soccer team for qualifying as a semifinal team in the GISA State Playoffs. The Warriors came up just short, losing 1-0 to a very good Pinecrest team near
Atlanta on Thursday night.
Spring Athletic Season Summary
It has been a great spring for the Warriors. Many of our athletes have reached state competition. Many others reached personal goals. Teams represented the mission of
BrookwoodSchool very well! The three Warrior teams still in action in the month of May were the Varsity Baseball team and the Varsity Men's and Women's Soccer teams.
The Varsity Women's Soccer team finished the season at 7 and 5. This group of Warriors reached the postseason but fell to
StratfordAcademy in the first round. Thanks to Seniors Cecile Shea, Mallory Jones, Kaitlin Thompson, and Logan Petrey for their dedication to Brookwood Soccer!
The Varsity Men's soccer team has finished with a record of 10 and 2 with 1 tie, placing them as region champions for the second straight season! These Warriors lost a close semifinal game to Pinecrest on Thursday night, bringing their season to a close. This group holds a
20-3-1 record over the last 2 seasons. Thanks to Seniors Harrison Avera, DJ Grooms, Blair Austin, Chris Brewer, Stephen Holt, and Julian Brown for their dedication to Brookwood Soccer!
Varsity Baseball won the right to play in the postseason as well, but fell at the hands of
Tattnall Square in the first round. The Warriors finished with a record of 6 and 12. The following players were named All Region and All Area: 1B
Kevin Hudson, SS Brent Kinsey, and C Drew Balfour. Two Warriors were named All Region Honorable Mention: P Terry James Chastain and CF Ethan Howell. As a special note,
Kevin Hudson led all area teams in batting average (.612), including Central, THS, and
Cairo. Thanks to the following seniors for their dedication to Brookwood Baseball: Brent Kinsey, Terry Chastain,
Kevin Clark, Drew Balfour, Colin Harrell, and Ethan Howell!
Thanks to all the Warriors for a great year of athletic competition!
Fall is Just around the Corner
The fall sports season will be here before you know it. Plans are in place for another successful year. Already, Varsity Football has completed spring practice and is looking forward to summer workouts beginning June 1. Middle School Football (rising grades 7 and 8) will begin their summer work on June 2. Go to the school website and look up the football pages for a calendar. Call Coach
Robert East at 226-4799 ext 19 for more information.
Anyone willing to work a fall concession duty, especially Varsity Football games, please contact Coach
Robert East at 226-4799 ext 19 or email@example.com. Feel free to volunteer for a specific date or sport as it conveniences you.
Special Note about LowerSchool Football
Due to the changing environment at other schools within our area, it is no longer possible to offer a
Lower School Football program. Instead,
BrookwoodSchool will offer a football team for 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2009 and beyond. The 5/6 level is unique to the sport of football at
BrookwoodSchool. The purpose of this level is team and skill development. Playing time will be spread as equally as possible. All players will be encouraged to continue with football into the Middle School program. While this program is designed for 5th and 6th grades, any male Brookwood student who has turned 10 before September 1 is eligible for play.
Basketball CampOpportunities for Middle Grades
The 2009 camp is established with a purpose of providing instruction of the basic skills of basketball. Each camper will receive individual instruction and participate in games each day. The camp is for everyone including those who want to develop the skills used in basketball and for those who just want to have fun.
WHO: Boys and Girls 5th - 8th Grade
WHEN: June 15-19 or/and July 13-17
BrookwoodSchool - meet each day in the Gym (this may change due to tornado recovery
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!
Robert East, Head Football Coach/Athletic Director