School Improvement Plan
Summary of Programs/Activities Not Included in Plan
Open House / Back to School Night
An afternoon/early evening before school begins is scheduled for an Open House for parents and students to see their classroom and meet their teacher. Important information is shared with parents and the PTA is set up to give information for upcoming events as well. Students may purchase school T-shirts, buy lunch, and sign up for School Community Council Elections.
All sixth grade students interested can be on student council – students are then divided into “action groups” and each action group elects a chair & co-chair. Each action group has various tasks throughout the year such as our school fundraiser for a charity, our annual food drive, a peer tutoring group, and a school spirit group.
To help recognize each child on his/her birthday and to promote reading, each child comes to spend a few moments with the principal in her office on his/her birthday. The birthday child gets to select a book and have Mrs. Nelson sign it with a special message individualized for each child.
Each year, we have a large number of students participate in the PTA Reflections contest. Students create art projects, choreograph musical numbers and dances, and take pictures all centered on a national theme.
Monthly, our students participate in our Brockbank Friends and Family Groups. These are multi-age groups where our students are taught important life-skills concepts. This year our focus was on our new motto and mission statement. We focused on building a community that cares, engaging in lifelong learning, setting goals for growth and success, and taking responsibility for our actions.
Rise Above Wall
Each month, teachers post examples of good work from their students along our Rise Above Wall. At the end of the month, Mrs. Nelson takes the good work and a certificate to those who had their good work displayed.
Our fifth grade students have the opportunity of having high school students come to their classes for a period of about 6 weeks. These high school students teach our students to code.
Grade Level Programs
All of our grades share a part of their curriculum with parents in an evening performance. We have programs such as a Renaissance Fair, where students chose people from History as well as where they lived and researched information to share. Our students also danced and performed as if living during that time period (6th grade); a wax museum where students pick a character from American history and dress up and act like that character (5th grade); a hoe-down with pioneer square dancing where girls dance with their fathers and boys with their mothers (4th grade); an author’s party where students share their illustrated, published stories (1st grade); a Christmas celebration (2nd and 3rd grade); and a graduation program (Kinder & 6th grade).
Assemblies and/or field trips
Various assemblies and field trips scheduled throughout the year exposing students to multiple performances – we have visitors perform such as the Utah Arts Association, NetSmartz-an Internet Safety Assembly, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, and additionally, our 4th grade students go to a local high school to hear the Utah Symphony perform.
PTA Book Fair
Twice a year, our PTA hosts a book fair along with a kick-off event of Dads and Doughnuts!
All 5th grade students learn about the scientific process and conduct and display an experiment following that process. Winners are encouraged to attend the district science fair.
Monthly Reading Rewards
Once a month we have an activity for those students that reach their monthly reading goal. These activities include a “store”, games, treasure hunts, and karaoke singing.
The Diamond Fork Riding Club and Justin Boots sponsor a reading incentive during the month of March. Those students who complete their reading goal are able to enter their names into a drawing. One winner is drawn from each grade level and receives 2 tickets to the Fiesta Days Rodeo in Spanish Fork. Two winners are drawn from that group, and they each receive a pair of Justin boots, levis and a cowboy hat.
Diabetes Service Learning Project
Our 6th grade Power Kid Council put together a fundraiser for diabetes. The school had a penny war and raised over $1400.00 for the Diabetes Foundation of Utah.
In May our PTA combines a fundraiser with an end of the year celebration. Families are invited to attend a carnival with bounce houses, games and food.