Brooks Harbor School News
Kindergarten Student of the Month
Henry V., D.J. H., Yenessi L., Aurora O. and Avie W.
Grade 1 Student of the Month
Kyler H., Caleb R., Rose P. and Brinley B.
Grade 2 Student of the Month
Nora F., Emmie G., Adalynn S. and Dakota W.
Grade 3 Student of the Month
Avery D., Lennon L. and Sampson A.
Grade 4 Student of the Month
Sam O., Claire S., Harper K. and Max H.
Grade 5 Student of the Month
Lauren R., Ayla A. and Kole M.
BROOKS HARBOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OFFERING LIMITED LIBRARY SERVICES THIS SUMMER
The Brooks Harbor Elementary School library is scheduled to be open during limited hours this summer. Learners wishing to access the library and its materials are encouraged to visit during the following dates and times:
Wednesdays, June 1 – August 10 from 9:00AM – 6:00PM
For assistance, contact Rosemary Tompkins, Library Media Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISTRICT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
West Fargo Public Schools has numerous employment opportunities available, including science teachers at Sheyenne High School and West Fargo High School ($38,423/year), a school psychologist ($44,961/year), and custodian positions ($17.24/hour). West Fargo Public Schools offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package. The salary listed for these positions is the base cash salary and excludes retirement contributions and benefits.
Additionally, the district has an extensive list of substitute opportunities for those seeking part-time work. Current openings include food service substitutes, special education paraprofessional substitutes, substitute custodians, substitute bus drivers, and various long-term substitute teaching positions.
REGISTRATION SUPPORT SESSION START THURSDAY, APRIL 7
West Fargo Public Schools has scheduled registration support sessions between April - August to assist families in the registration process.
Registration allows parents/guardians to update emergency contact information, medical records, and permission forms. It also confirms a student's enrollment for the upcoming year, allowing them to be placed in the applicable class(es).
Families requiring technical assistance in the registration process are invited to attend one of the scheduled support sessions to complete online student registration for 2022 – 2023.
To register for a support session, please contact the district’s registrar, Kylie Hess, at (701) 499-1067.
The first registration support session is scheduled for Thursday, April 7 from 4:00PM - 6:00PM at L.E. Berger Elementary School.
NOW AVAILABLE: 2020 - 2021 ANNUAL REPORT
The 2020 - 2021 Annual Report is now published and available for viewing online. This yearly publication highlights the news, achievements, financial summary, student learning, and various demographics from the year at West Fargo Public Schools.
School Attendance Policy
Please review our District Student Attendance Policy.
It is so vital to have our students on time and in school learning every day when they are healthy.
Please note that now with the colder weather and the additional snow clothes needed, it does take our students more time in the morning to get ready and they may need to get dropped off to school a few minutes earlier to make it to class on time. Please make sure your child/children are coming prepared to school each day with the necessary snow clothes.
Our school doors open at 7:30am for those students that eat breakfast or go to the homework room. Other morning options include going outside, when the weather permits, or morning library which is open a few days a week.
The first bell rings at 7:50am and our second bell rings at 8:00am. All students need to be in their classrooms ready to learn at 8:00am or they are marked tardy.
Thank you for your help with this!
Please let us know if you have any questions!
Dean of Students
Important Bus Information:
Federal law requires anyone using public transportation, which school buses are considered, to be masked while onboard. If a student boards the bus without a mask, one will be provided to them. If your student is a bus rider, please send them with a mask and/or encourage them to wear their mask consistently and correctly while on the bus. Since the driver is often the only adult onboard, your help in encouraging mask-wearing would be greatly appreciated!
Why Regular Attendance Matters
Research shows school absences can have a lasting impact on learning. One study on third grade reading level found the following:
- Only 64 % of third grade students who missed nine days or fewer in both kindergarten and first grade were reading at grade level.
- Only 43 % of third graders who missed more than nine days both years were reading at grade level.
- Only 41 % of students who were absent 18 or more days in either kindergarten or first grade could read at grade level. (Chronic Absence)
- Of the students who missed 18 or more days in consecutive years, only 17 % were reading at grade level. (Chronic Absence)
All school absences have a negative impact on learning, the effects of which can be particularly hard to overcome for student with pre-existing barriers to learning. Students with disabilities, English Learners, students from low income families, students in foster care, homeless students and students who have experienced trauma are all likely to have incurred gaps in their learning. Absences from school, excused and unexcused, only add to these losses. Among middle and high school pupils, poor attendance is one of the key early warning signs that a student is becoming disengaged from school and is at high risk for dropping out. One study found that a student who is chronically absent any year between eighth and 12th grade is 7.4 times more likely to drop out of school. Unfortunately, many schools, including WFPS schools don’t know if they have a problem with chronic absenteeism. Schools typically focus on Average Daily Attendance (ADA) figures and track truancy when children miss school due to unexcused absences. Both of these responses to absenteeism allow chronic absence to remain hidden. WFPS has average attendance rates over 94%, but absences are not spread equally among the 10,000 students.
CHAMPS in the Lunchroom
CHAMPS is our schoolwide Positive Behavior Support Plan that is implemented in our common areas of Brooks Harbor including the hallways, lunchroom, recess and also in classrooms.
CHAMPS Stands for:
- C-Conversation (voice levels)
- H-Help (how to receive help when needed example raise your hand, ask 3 before the teacher, etc.
- A-Activity (what the students task is at the time, for ex. Eating lunch)
- M-Movement (where the students should be or remain)
- P- Participation (how the students actively participate in the task)
- S-Success (when the students follow the above expectations they have success! 😊)
Our students have 20 min. for lunch and 20 min. for recess each day. With this tight schedule, we want to ensure all students have enough time to eat and finish their food. In order to help with this, once students go through the lunch line, we have them sit down and start eating right away at a level 0 which means voices are off. Once all students are seated and have had 5 or so minutes to start eating, we allow the students to move to a voice level 1 which is a whisper. Students can then still have time to eat, but an opportunity to also visit with their classmates. We do encourage students to eat and finish their food first. After about 5 more minutes, we allow students to move to a voice level 2 which is a conversation voice level. We then start dismissing tables, starting with the students that sat down first so all students get the same amount of time to eat.
We feel that the lunch routine is getting smoother and smoother as time goes on and students are getting more time to eat now that they are familiar with the routine and procedures. 😊