Brooks Harbor School News

  • Battle of the Books

    On Monday, February 25th, the WFPS District Battle of the Books took place. Congratulations to our Bookcats and Bobcats 2.0 who placed  10th place  and 14th place out of 26 teams.   We are extremely proud of their hard work, but even more proud of their kind attitudes and excellent sportsmanship. A special thanks to EVERYONE who helped  with 3rd and 4th and 5th grade BOTB.  It has been a long haul and lots of work since October 1st but it has been worth every minute.  There are  a lot of sports competitions in our society but not many academic ones.  These students answered very difficult questions on TWENTY BOOKS!  Most adults could not do it.  Their memories are amazing.  Our students represented Brooks Harbor so very well.  Great job, Bobcats!   

    Battle of the Books


    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!

    The next Principal Party will take place on Wednesday, February 27th

    Double Bingo Winners:

    Here they are:


    Karuna S. (Laudal)

    Jase S. (Anderson)


    1st Grade:

    Aiden H. (Curry)

    Claire Y. (Curry)

    Luke Peter D. (Pribula)



    2nd Grade:

    Ronan H. (Hilscher)

    Dylan A. (McCoy)

    Cole M. (McCoy)

    Braxton R. (McCoy)

    Dana Rose A. (Melling)

    Sara D. (Melling)

    Zach H. (Melling)

    Logan N. (Melling)


    3rd Grade:

    Jack B. (Haugan)

    Sophie B. (Haugan)

    Skylar F. (Haugan)

    Natalie A. (Johnson)


    4th Grade:

    Saniyah D. (Becker)

    Harrison L. (Becker)


    5th Grade:





    Battle of the Books

    The 4th and 5th grade Battle of the Books competition was held at Brooks Harbor Elementary on February 12th. The winning team was the Bookcats with Annika, Kaya, Ava, Quinton, and Adria. The 2nd place team was Bobcats 2.0 with Jaylin, Lilly, Jenna, Bella, Harrison, and Landon. Our competition was so close we needed tie-breaker questions between our 2nd and 3rd place team, the Bobcat Bookworms with Lauren, Olivia, Gracie, Madison, Kia, and Wyatt. Our top 2 teams will compete at the District Battle of the Books on February 25th at Cheney Middle School. We had 2 students, Annika and Lauren, who went above and beyond and read all 20 books. A special thanks to the staff, students, and families who helped make our competition a success. Our PTO provided funds for our t-shirts and an upcoming pizza party to celebrate our accomplishment. Thank you, PTO!

    Battle of the Books

     Brooks Harbor Featured Artists


    March Art

    Gracie K., Kason, Macy M., Sydney, Libby, Tucker and Carter



    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.

    February Kindergarten Students of the Month


    Kara C., Cooper Z. and  Anthony L.

      February 1st Grade Students of the Month

    Grade 1

     Chloe C., Reese Z. and Hadley F.

    February 2nd Grade Students of the Month

    2nd Grade

    Andrew B., Callie L. and Liah F.

    February 3rd Grade Students of the Month

    3rd Grade

    Liberty B. and Travis F.

    February 4th Grade Students of the Month

    4th Grade

     Gracelyn G. and Madelyn L.

    February 5th Grade Students of the Month 

    Grade 5

    Jaida L. and Chase 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.

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District News & Updates

  • Online Registration

    Online registration is coming to West Fargo Public Schools! Look for further details and communications to be sent to families later this spring as we prepare for implementing the process for next year.

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  • High School & Middle School Names

    At the March 11 regularly-scheduled meeting, the School Board voted 6 - 1 in favor of naming the district's third middle school Heritage Middle School. The new middle school will open for the 2020-2021 school year and will serve students from Legacy Elementary School, Horace Elementary School, and Deer Creek Elementary School. Heritage Middle School will be located at 6350 76th Ave S, Horace, ND 58047. The School Board also voted 4 - 3 in favor of naming the district's third high school West Fargo Horace High School. The new high school will open for the 2021-2022 school year and will serve students from Heritage Middle School. The official address for Horace High School is to be determined, but it will be within the city limits of Horace, on the same campus as Heritage Middle School.

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  • Momo Challenge

    The Momo challenge is the latest online ‘challenge' that has understandably caused many parents concern. Although there have been lots of media stories in the last week, there is no verified evidence that this ‘challenge’ has caused harm to children, and more recent investigations have found it to be fake news. Despite this, it is clear that it is causing distress among parents and children.

    The Momo character — the disfigured face attached to a bird’s body — was, in fact, a prop named ‘Mother Bird’ made in Japan three years ago for an art exhibition. It was claimed that the Momo challenge was ‘played’ over WhatsApp. The Momo character allegedly asked would-be participants to contact ‘her’ and do a series of challenges — the final challenge being suicide. 

    Although the Momo challenge is now being reported as a hoax, the reports, warnings, and disturbing images could still cause distress to children. It’s important that parents talk to their children about it. The best way to start is to ask a general question about whether they have seen anything online that upset or worried them. Explain that there are often things that happen online that can be misleading or frightening and that some things are designed to get a lot of attention. Parents need to follow their child’s lead — introducing a worrying subject to a child who isn’t familiar with it might lead them to investigate. On the other hand, avoiding mentioning it won’t provide a chance for a good discussion. Take your child’s lead and whatever you decide about overtly talking about these kinds of topics, make sure that they know that contacting strangers and doing anything at all that they are asked to do online or off that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable is not OK.

    There are many great online resources available; here are three of our favorites: Common Sense Media, NetSmartz, and ParentZone.  

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  • Kindergarten Preregistration

    West Fargo Public Schools will hold kindergarten preregistration from 4:00PM - 7:00PM on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26.

    With the exception of Deer Creek Elementary School, all families go to their neighborhood school to preregister. Deer Creek Elementary School families should preregister at Legacy Elementary School.

    Each registered child must provide a copy of a current immunization record and proof of identity (birth certificate, visa, I-94, or other government-issued ID). Preregistration is still possible without these documents.

    Children must be five years old on, or before, July 31, 2019 to attend kindergarten in 2019-2020.

    If you do not know which school your child will attend, enter your address online at Preregistration is an opportunity for parents to complete the necessary paperwork; students need not attend. Students and families will be invited back to meet staff and tour the schools at August's Back to School Night.

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  • New Middle School & High School Transition Plan

    At the February 11 School Board meeting, the Board approved the grade level transition plan recommended by the Strategic Transition task force:

    • 6th-9th grade students to attend the new middle school in 2020-2021
    • 9th-10th grade students at the new high school in 2021-2022, 9th-11th grade students in 2022-2023, and 9th-12th grade students in 2023-2024
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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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