Counselors’ Corner – Fall 2020

One of the greatest things about Brookstone is the multiple layers of support our students have. From teachers, to advisors, to grade chairs, to coaches, to counselors – our students are surrounded by amazing faculty and staff pouring into their lives and cheering them on. They are invested in the well-being of our students – not just as students, but as people. And as a parent, I am so very grateful. We have robust counseling department here at Brookstone – Kenneth Hoats and Deedee Gordon in the Lower and Intermediate […]

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Words of Wisdom and Gratitude

We are so incredibly grateful for the teachers and administrators here at Brookstone. They shower our children with love and grace while teaching them and equipping them with the tools they need to thoughtfully and successfully navigate this world. We are growing the next generation of leaders right here on Brookstone’s campus. Enjoy these excerpts from their Friday emails! From Leigh Anne Floyd: Our children are like arrows in our quiver, and it is our job to sharpen them while they are with us so that when they become a […]

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Halloween Celebrations!

Halloween, like so many other things this year, might look a bit different, but we still had a whole lot of fun! Our Preschoolers, all decked out in their Halloween Finest, got to parade by our Middle School kiddos (who had their own Halloween fun in class!) And a huge thank you goes to our Upper School thespians for putting on a “spooktacular” event for our Lower and Intermediate School students to enjoy! Happy Halloween!

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Middle School Mathematical “Operations”

Want to see how math is made fun? Just take a peek into Mrs. Leatherwood’s 6th grade math class as they take part in some serious “operations!” From Mrs. Leatherwood: I just love to see how excited the kids are collaborating with their partners to solve some really challenging math problems, and when they get through them (the Operation) their celebration.  At the beginning they sit down at the “Operation Table” and I hear them say there is no way they can solve these problems – they are huge!! (See pics below of some of the challenge problems). But after some collaboration with their fellow “surgeons ” they break them down using the Order of Operations and “save their patient!”  Math is not always every child’s favorite subject so years ago I decided that I wanted to find ways to make it fun and memorable for the students to give them a way to tie a really positive memory to a difficult but accomplish-able concept!  When students “scrub-in” for their “surgery” they come into the classroom and are assigned to an “Operating Room.” They have five minutes to use the Order of Operations to solve each problem on their patient. They rotate through six different ORs during class time, but must pay attention to the “Code Blue” that goes off! If a Code Blue goes off they must run to that center to solve a “Critical Care Problem” together before […]

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Blanchard Leadership Institute at Brookstone Launches This Fall

This past week the Board of Trustees of Brookstone School announced the launch of the Blanchard Leadership Institute. Brookstone has long held a foundational commitment to provide students endless opportunities to grow and thrive, to offer innovative processes that powerfully impact learning, to have a personal approach in all it does, and to always make sure people, families, our community, matter most. The Blanchard Leadership Institute will not only deepen these commitments but will provide students, faculty, and staff a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth, enabling them to […]

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Thank you, Teachers!

We’ve been in school for seven weeks now and we felt it was time to share the gratitude our parents feel for our teachers! Being a teacher in the best of times is always full of challenges, but teaching during a pandemic, balancing in-person and virtual learning, has elevated everything to new levels. So the least we can do is to THANK THEM! Because they are pouring themselves out on behalf of our children and we are so incredibly grateful for the work they do every day.  So below are […]

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College Counseling Goes Virtual

College counseling, just like so many other aspects of school, might look different this fall in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean our counselors are any less committed to seeing our families through the process. In addition to “hosting” college admissions counselors who are meeting with our students via zoom on a weekly basis, the college office is committed to being there for parents, too. So if you are a parent of a member of the Class of 2021, we hope you will take advantage of the […]

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Ms. Clepper Retires!

Ms. Marie Clepper, a fixture in the Upper School for generations and beloved by all, has officially retired from Brookstone School. After 48 years of dedicated service, the ever youthful 88-year old mother and grandmother finally decided, “It’s time.” Ms. Clepper started her journey here at Brookstone in 1973 at the age of 40. At the time, she had three school-aged children and was looking for work that would align with their schedules so she took a position as a fourth-grade teacher’s aid. She served the school in several capacities […]

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