Brooks Harbor School News
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications
If you did not get a chance to apply for Free and Reduced Meals, you can still do so. Please apply online at www.MySchoolApps.com. Even if you have had Free and Reduced Meals in previous years, you must reapply each year.
If you cannot access the application online, we have paper copies available in the school office.
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Brooks Harbor Families,
Our staff has been working hard to make sure your children are arriving and dismissing safely to and from school. Please view the video for a reminder on our arrival and dismissal procedures.
Brooks Harbor Featured Artists
Jordyn,Aries,Aubrey,Ciel,Ziah,Natalee,Kennedy,Quinn,Peyton,Hadlee, Joshua and John
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
Hudson W., Maddison F. and Taylie F.
February 1st Grade Students of the Month
Winston W., Hayden M. and Liam H.
February 2nd Grade Students of the Month
Katlynn M., Emily R. and Jack L.
February 3rd Grade Students of the Month
Dylan A., Julia M. and Tyler C.
February 4th Grade Students of the Month
Libby B. and Cody J.
February 5th Grade Students of the Month
Grace K., Macy M. and Rylee E.
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. 😊