Brookwood’s Upper School classrooms are pretty much empty this week although sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are all deeply immersed in learning. The division’s teachers and 169 students are in the midst of Steep Week, a unique five day period that happens just once a year when the regular class schedules are suspended and each student devotes him or herself to one intensive, singularly focused course.
Brookwood bid farewell last Friday to Exchange Educator Patrick Mujuni who completed a two-week stay in our school community. A 38 year-old Ugandan citizen who lives and works in Rwanda, Patrick heads chemistry and biology studies and is a highly regarded science teacher at FAWE Girls' School, Gisozi.
The Brookwood School Board of Trustees has voted to begin construction of a new Lower School in June 2013, taking a significant step toward making another component of Brookwood's innovative Strategic Plan a reality. Current parents can learn more about the project at a Headmaster's Coffee on Tuesday, May 7 and Groundbreaking ceremonies are set for May 30.
Congratulations to the winners of Brookwood School’s 2013 Harold W. Wise Declamation Contest: Lower Level winner Gus H. and Upper Level winner Andrew M. In the 42nd annual contest, Gus declaimed Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley, while Andrew presented Like Lilly Like Wilson, by Taylor Mali.
Brookwood’s Efficient Cookstove Project continues to garner praise and attention from the national media as well as regional and national educational institutions.Suzie Boss, noted journalist and education writer, has just published a feature story on Brookwood’s Grade 8 science teacher Rich Lehrer and the project on Edutopia, the website of The George Lucas Educational Foundation.
People choose a career in education for a variety of reasons. For most, it’s a love of children and young people and a sense of devotion to helping kids learn and reach their goals in life. The irony is, of course, that after a year of working with, caring for, and nurturing a class of students, we teachers say good-bye and send them on to the next grade.