Brooks Harbor School News


    Elementary Principals Receive Golden Apple Award from State Association

    Congratulations to Mr. Zepeda for being awarded the 2018-2019 North Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals (NDAESP) Golden Apple Award!

     Brooks Harbor Featured Artists

    April Art   


    Luis, Emmy, Megan, Channing, Claire, Natalee and Archer



    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.

    May Kindergarten Students of the Month


    Sampson A., Michael W. and Winston Y. 


      May 1st Grade Students of the Month

     First Grade

    Asher H., Andrew J. and Yanga A.


    May 2nd Grade Students of the Month

    2nd Grade

    Anna W., Dana Rose A. and Taylen T. 


    May 3rd Grade Students of the Month

     3rd Grade

    Sydney Z. and Landin S.


    May 4th Grade Students of the Month

    4th Grade  

    Karsen K. and Jayce L.


    May 5th Grade Students of the Month 

     Bria. B. and Gavin S.

    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. 😊

    Parents please remember to review our pick-up and drop-off procedures and our attendance procedures on a regular basis.

District News & Updates

  • 2019 - 2020 Academic Calendar

    To access copies of the 2019 - 2020 academic calendar, visit the district's calendar webpage.

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  • First Day of School

    The first day of school for grades 1 - 12 will be Tuesday, August 27. The first day of kindergarten will be Thursday, August 29.

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Notes from Brooks Harbor Staff

  • Red Flag Green Flag

    Posted by Alison Schmidt on 2/14/2019 1:00:00 PM

    2nd Grade Red Flag Green Flag Presentations Tuesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 21:

    Mrs. Melling’s Class 8:30AM – 9:30AM

    Miss. McCoy’s Class 9:30AM – 10:30AM

    Mrs. Hilscher’s Class 1:15PM – 2:15PM

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  • From the Principal

    Posted by Manix Zepeda on 2/11/2019

    KINDNESS WEEKKindness Week

    This week we embark on our Kindness Week, we kicked off with an assembly which feaured speakers from Dakota Medical Foundation.  They spoke to our kids about Giving Hearts Week and how they cn choose to be kind with actions as well and support charities that are trying to do the same.  Our students were challenged to complete a Kindness Bingo by Wednesday and turn it in to Mrs. Bitzegaio for a gift card ($10) and choose which charity they woudl like to donate to within Giving Hearts Day!  Mrs. Bitzegaio will draw the winners of the gift cards from the completed Kindness Bingo.


    I was sent this link from our resource officer, Officer Pearson, which is a news clip out of Montana that shares the new form of online bullying, and involves Momo. Please take the time to view the link adn be aware of this type fo cyber bullying, I have not seen it in our school, but wanted to bring it to your attention.


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  • Counselor's Corner

    Posted by Kelsey Anderson on 10/2/2018 9:30:00 AM


    My name is Kelsey Anderson and I am the School Counselor at Brooks Harbor. I am excited to be here to serve amazing students at such a wonderful school.

    What Is a School Counselor’s Role? School Counselors serve ALL students in the school setting. Our goal is to help ALL students have a successful and positive school experience.

    Counselors visit each classroom 1-2 times per month to deliver a guidance lesson using Second Step Social Emotional Learning Curriculum and other resources on various topics including School Success, Empathy, Respect, Being Assertive, Anti-Bullying, Managing Emotions, Problem Solving and more!

    School Counselors facilitate social groups on topics including: Friendship, Anger Management, Following Directions, Problem Solving, etc.

    School Counselors also meet with students 1:1 to provide social and emotional support as well as skill teaching and re-teaching.

    How Can a Student be Referred to Work with the Counselor? Students can be referred by parents, teachers, principals, or by a self-referral.

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

    Working Together, Mrs. Anderson

    Phone: 701-499-9704


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