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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.

Weather Warriors

The West Brook 7th grade Science classes just completed their Perfect 10 Climate Projects. One of the options for the project was a Weather Warrior. For two weeks, they studied and tracked the weather data of a specific city, then recorded themselves presenting a weather forecast. Everyone did a great job on this assignment and the kids had a blast creating stories, poems, raps, and weather forecasts. One of the students offered to share his video.

West Brook Music Department Student Winter Watch Party

The month of December usually brings several activities and performances for the West Brook Music Department. We are usually rehearsing more, and performing our winter concerts for our school, as well as special performances in the Paramus community.

To bring a bit of holiday cheer to the students in a time when we could not hold a concert, the West Brook Music Department put on a Winter Watch Party for each grade from Friday, December 18 through Wednesday, December 23. Students in the band, orchestra, and choir were able to submit a solo on Flipgrid from a given list of holiday and winter repertoire.

Students joined together with some snacks, hot cocoa, and festive attire to watch the solo performances and show support to their fellow musicians. Sharing a musical recording on zoom for only musicians from the same grade provided a safe space for students of all musical abilities to share their gifts. This builds trust and community within our department, and assists students in finding the courage to perform alone in larger groups settings, and future concert performances. We were able to enjoy our time together and celebrate the work we have been doing since October in our lessons. Bravo!

West Brook Music Department:
Lisa Ahrendt: Director of Bands
Rebecca Dugan: Director of Choirs
Kimberly Nimmo: Director of Orchestras

Screenshot of Winter Watch Party
West Brook Music - Home for the Holidays screenshot
Laptop and computer screens showing zoom meeting
Historical Tweets

Students in 8th grade social studies are currently participating in a simulation to investigate the increasing tension between the colonies and Great Britain and how these events ultimately led to war and the creation of the United States. Each student created a colonial identity to help take them through this unit where they were paid a weekly salary based on their jobs, taxed in accordance with the British tax laws placed on the colonies, and have a colonial political affiliation. Throughout the simulation, students responded and reflected after they were taxed, keeping in mind whether their colonist was a loyalist, neutralist, or patriot. Check out some of these colonists tweets on “No taxation without representation!”

Tweets by Ruth Alexander, Benjamin Carlyle, Gertrude Pettypool, Henry YatesTweets by Tweets by Miles Floyd, Lydia Yates, and Robert Campbell
School Safety

We care here at Paramus! We have carefully built a foundation to represent a school safety/school climate team. This team consists of anti-bullying specialists, teachers, psychologists, and many others that care for the well-being of your children. For more information, please see our safety/school climate team breakdown in its entirety.