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School News

At West Brook, we appreciate our involved parents and community members. We also enjoy broadcasting our latest news and information here on our News page, where we will chronicle school activities and student achievements and publish announcements. We’ll also offer helpful resources and information. So check back often; we’ll update it regularly.

Viva i Nonni - Long Live the Grandparents!

Teachers, grandparents and students sit at tablesOn November 13, West Brook Italian classes brought their family unit to life by celebrating grandparents with the Festa dei Nonni to honor the importance of their special role within the family: a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend. 

Over 30 relatives were in attendance and several of these “community experts” spoke on their individual immigration journeys to America from Italy and elsewhere. The emotion in the room was palpable as cracked voices and tears described sacrifices and struggles, followed by smiles and hugs with their grandchildren. In traditional folk costumes, students danced the “tarantella” and everyone enjoyed authentic Italian sweets. Teachers Signora Campagna and Signora Cirillo had their own native Italian parents represented in person and through video footage. A grand time was had by all!

Honor Roll

Each marking period, all students have the opportunity to attain recognition for either of two levels of academic achievement: high honors (all A's in all subjects), or honors (all A's and up to two B’s.) Please take a moment to check out our list of students who recently made the honor roll. Congratulations students, and keep up the great work!

West Brook Dance Performs Thriller

Students dance to ThrillerThe West Brook Middle School dance classes recently performed their version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Students collaborated with Mrs. Claudine Ranieri to demonstrate fundamental dance moves in sync as well as original "Thriller" choreography. Mrs. Ranieri reminded her students that character embodiment and attitude are vital when they perform this dance. Inspired by "Thriller’s" zombies, ghosts, and werewolves, students improvised their own movements to enhance the classes’ choreography. Yesha Upadhya reflected "My favorite part of dance is that we got to improvise and the song was really fun to dance to. I learned that you need to listen with your eyes, ears, and brain. The thing that surprised me is that dance is very freeing.”

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video was released in 1983. This was the first music video to tell a story in the form of a short film. It made such an impression that people still perform this zombie dance thirty-five years after it first exploded onto the music scene. 

Great job, West Brook dance students!

Nutrition Advisory Committee Works with Lunch Service

Members of the West Brooks School Nutrition Advisory Committee sits in a cafeteria with representatives from Pomptonian Food ServicesThe West Brook School Nutrition Advisory Committee met with representatives from Pomptonian Food Services to discuss new ideas for school lunches. The committee included student council members, teachers, parents, and administrators. Throughout the meeting, student voices asked clarifying questions about the food services and products. Students were also able to articulate a wish list for food products they would like to see served in the cafeteria. The continued partnership with Pomptonian Food Services allowed West Brook students to practice communication skills. Student representatives for grades 5-8 represented their school and peers as Pomptonian Food Services reviewed nutritional laws that govern all school lunches. Great job and thanks to all who serve on the Advisory Committee for keeping our lunch options current.

    Technology and Research

    Recently, Ms. Burke’s seventh grade students worked in cooperative groups to explore testimonies about child labor in the 1800s. Using their Chromebooks, students analyzed differentiated text, posted their thoughts about child labor on Nearpod, and explored further questions they had about the topic using Google Classroom. Students created a 19th century vocabulary word study board with the terms they read in the testimonies. In their exit reflections, students were able to make connections related to today’s child labor situations in other countries.

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