November 3

Book Adventure Contest

We are so proud of the many students who have been reading and participating in Book Adventure. Now, your child can participate in a contest through Book Adventure. It is the Walking with Dinosaurs Reading Contest. Here are more details!


NEW Walking with Dinosaurs Reading Contest

Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

Help children discover that reading can be fun!

From November 1 – December 20, read  books offline and then quiz online to earn points and enter for a chance to win prizes!

3 Grand Prize Winners each win:
4 movie tickets and a set of all official movie companion books

5 First Prize Winners each win:4 movie tickets

5 Second Prize Winners each win:
Select official movie companion books

25 Third Prize Winners each win:
Official movie posters


Let’s see how many Brecknock students can be winners in this contest!

September 6

The Morning Mile Club is coming to Brecknock!

Our physical education teacher, Mrs. Epler, will be coordinating a morning exercise program for Brecknock students during the 2012-13 school year: the Morning Mile Club! We will start the year offering the program to students in grades 3-6.

Breakfast students will be dismissed from the buses at 8:40 AM as usual. We will continue to encourage students who are in need of breakfast to attend breakfast each day. After breakfast students have cleared the buses, bus drivers will dismiss the Morning Milers. They will enter through the main lobby doors and walk through the center hallway to meet Mrs. Epler on the playground.

Starting Monday, September 10, the following groups of students will be invited to join in the “Morning Mile Club” according to the schedule below for the first week of the program:

Monday, September 10 – Grade 6

Tuesday, September 11 – Grade 5

Wednesday, September 12 – Grade 4

Thursday, September 13 – Grade 3

Friday, September 14- Since this is an EVEN day (14th), Grades 4 and 6 will participate in the Morning Mile club.

Monday, September 17 – Since this is an ODD day (15th), Grades 3 and 5 will participate in the Morning Mile club.
Students who join in the fun will be shown the Morning Mile track and be encouraged to walk, run, or jog laps until 8:55 AM, after which they will report directly to homerooms.

Continuing for the rest of the year after September 17, Grades 4 and 6 will report to MMC on even-days, and Grades 3 and 5 will report to MMC on odd-days. We may look to add grades 1 and 2 during the second semester. Stay tuned!

If your child is a car rider and wishes to attend Morning Mile club, please have your child walk to the car drop-off doors and inform Mrs. Hogan that they need entry to the building in order to walk to the playground to meet Mrs. Epler. They should follow the same even/odd days schedule as listed above.

Please encourage your child to take advantage of this opportunity to develop physical fitness and start the day off right!

Please feel free to contact Mrs. Hilt and/or Mrs. Epler with any questions or concerns!

March 22

What is it like to be Principal for the Day?

This is a guest post, written by a fabulous sixth grader, Haley, who earned the chance to be “Principal for the Day.” I enjoyed working with her! She is a responsible, enthusiastic, highly participatory young lady!

You’re probably wondering, “What is it like to be the principal for a day?” Well it it’s a very fun experience that you get to have with your principal.When I was her helper for that day I went on the iPad for a little (don’t worry it was learning games!) and then we went to go and visit some classrooms. I think that it is fun to go to classrooms to see the other students and what their teachers are teaching them. Each student tells you different things and each classroom is different.

Kindergarten students are very careful of what they to do make sure that they’re doing what their teacher told them to do. They love to share their art work that they and and anything else that their doing or that they made.

The first graders are either doing something with spelling or they have an activity their teacher has them doing. They are very curious when you come into their classroom and  they ask you questions. Some of them just stare at you like they ask, “What are you doing, and why are you here?” It’s pretty funny!

Now second grade is different. Some of them know me, so when I came in they said, “Hey, aren’t you Davin’s sister?” I always say, “Yes, I am.” Second graders have interesting facts to tell you and are good at working on computers.

We watched third grade rehearse for their upcoming concert. They listened to the music teacher very well. There were student speakers who gave good performances. Their singing was good and loud!

Fourth grade has different opinions on math some of them like it and others dislike it. Some of them thought that it was cool to be the principal for the day and others thought it wasn’t that great, but hey, everyone has their own opinions, right?

Fifth grade is on task and are quiet. They follow their directions very well. They all are very good students, in my opinion.

Sixth grade can be noisy. They joke around and are funny. Mrs. Twaddell’s class was eating pudding for a science experiment. LOL!

After I visited the classrooms I made cards for the people that had birthdays in April, and then I went to watch the third graders practice their concert. After that I ate lunch with some second graders and fourth graders with Mrs. Hilt in her office. We counted the Brecknock Bucks and then I visited fourth grades classrooms. Then I started to type this blog post.

The reason I shared on this blog is because I want to let you know that being the principal for the day is really fun and is a great experience to have. I hope you will get to have this day with Mrs. Hilt.

December 20

Teamwork treats!

At Brecknock Elementary, many of our classes “buddy” with one another to read together and do special projects. It’s so nice to see the interactions between our primary and intermediate students! Mrs. Twaddell’s 6th grade class and Mrs. Muhr’s 2nd grade class worked on a special project this holiday season: they created magnificent gingerbread houses together and read Jan Brett’s Gingerbread Baby. If you visit our school, you can see the delicious creations in our main lobby showcase display!

September 20

Students as leaders: Safety Patrol to begin soon!

CC licensed photo shared by Flickr user Vipal

This year, we are offering the opportunity for 6th grade students to serve as Brecknock Elementary School Safety Patrol members. Today at lunch, Mrs. Horbal and I will share the roles and responsibilities of safety patrol members to our students, and an informational form/permission slip will be sent home today as well. We are planning for our Safety Patrol members to serve on the buses, in the hallways, at the car drop-off/pick-up area, and at breakfast. If, after reading through this information, you and your child agree this is a great leadership opportunity (as we do!) and time can be committed to serving in this role, please return the permission form by Friday, September 23. Next week, student teams will be chosen and trained, with the hope to begin October 3. More details will be forthcoming! To read more about AAA’s Safety Patrol, visit this link.

Instill the lifelong learning benefits brought about by the AAA School Safety Patrol, and help your school become a safer place. Your young patrollers will benefit, too as they learn:

  • Leadership and organizational expertise
  • Safe mobility skills and proper traffic interaction
  • Responsibility and commitment
  • Volunteerism and duty                                                            –AAA’s Safety Patrol