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Ms. Schaal

posted Feb 9, 2018, 12:08 PM by School Publications   [ updated Feb 9, 2018, 12:27 PM ]



Ms Schaal is a Title Aid and a District Aid who works for the Brownstown school district.  She started in August of 2017.  She has a very busy schedule.  She serves breakfast at the high school, and teaches 8th grade art.  After that she helps 1st-4th grade with reading and math in classrooms and does recess duty.  She is the high school librarian in the afternoon.  She has recently taught the preschool class while Mrs Hingson was out for maternity leave.


Ms Schaal enjoys working with the kids.  She has her teaching degree and plans to teach full time in the future.  Her preferred class to teach is either 2nd grade or 3rd grade.  She is a very versatile educator and is a great help to the school.  We all hope to see her come back next year.  


By Bradley Schwarm


Hot Wheel Project

posted Feb 9, 2018, 6:52 AM by School Publications


Mrs. Larsen`s fifth grade class is currently doing a hot wheel project.  The kids have to design a hot wheel racing track.  The criteria required for the track is it has to be at least three meters high and the starting line has to be higher than the finish line.  The purpose of the experiment is to find out if whether or not the height of the starting point will change the average speed.  From this experiment, the kids will be learning about momentum, gravity, and average speed.  Another important aspect about the project is the kids are learning a lot about teamwork and what it takes as a team to make things work.  

Projects like the one Mrs. Larsen has incorporated into her classroom are very important for kids to learn team building and how to work as a team.  A hot wheel project is a very good way to show the kids disappointment and success.  The project is about trying different techniques to make the car go faster and stay on the track.  The kids will experience disappointment if the track doesn't work but they will try again.  Once they get the track right and the car goes, they will experience success.  Life is about trying different techniques and never giving up. Mrs. Larsen is doing an excellent job with teaching her students this by incorporating a hot wheel project into her classroom.
By Amber Sarchet

December Students of the Month

posted Feb 9, 2018, 6:41 AM by School Publications


School Publications has interviewed Makenzie Walk, Brownstown’s High School Student of the Month. Makenzie’s favorite book is, The Giver.  Her idol is her Parents.  She lives in Brownstown, IL.  She is a super student because she always works hard in her classes.  She has always wanted to do good in School.  Makenzie has two siblings, her two sisters.  Her parents are Leigh Anne and Terry Walk.  She will continue to do well out of high school by continuing to work hard and surround herself with people that will encourage her.  Makenzie is unsure what she wants to do after school, but she is thinking something in the Medical Field.  Makenzie is kind and tries to be nice to everyone.


School Publications has recently interviewed Parker Sidwell, Jr. High School’s Student of the Month.  Parker’s favorite book is, Percy Jackson.  His idol is Aaron Rogers from the Greenbay Packers, he says he is an amazing quarter and he loves his team. Parker lives in Brownstown, IL.  He is a good student because he studies and tries hard in school.  Parker decided to do good in school after his fourth grade year, he had made some F’s and his parents were disappointed so he decided to make better grades.  He has three siblings, two brothers and one sister, Parker is the oldest.  Parker’s parents are Ketra Sidwell and Ryan Sidwell.  He will carry his great work ethic out of high school by trying his best and making A’s and B’s.  Parker would like to maybe make video games or be a computer programmer.  Parker doesn’t consider himself popular but, he says if he were it would be because of his grades.  


We enjoyed interviewing these kids and hope that they continue to work hard.

Ugly Creative Christmas Attire Competition

posted Jan 30, 2018, 9:00 AM by School Publications   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 9:16 AM ]


On Tuesday, December 19th the Brownstown Jr. Sr. High School had an ugly creative Christmas attire contest.  Mrs. Hardiek and student council members designed and thought up the idea of the contest. All the members from the Brownstown Jr. Sr. High school were encouraged to dress up and compete in the contest.  Mrs. Hardiek’s idea of the contest was to inspire the students to have some school spirit.  The class with the most and best dressed up students would be awarded a pizza party at lunch.


            The senior class took first place in the contest and won the pizza party for lunch.  The seventh grade class came up just short and fell into the second place position.  The top five dressed students from each class were awarded a candy bar.


By Dalton Grames









New Brownstown Elementary School Principal

posted Jan 30, 2018, 8:46 AM by School Publications   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 8:49 AM ]

The Brownstown School District has had the pleasure of receiving Mrs. Sherry Harmon as the principal of the elementary school. She has had plenty of experience in the educational field. She has worked at Teutopolis Unit 50, Richland County Unit 1, and Effingham Unit 40. Mrs. Harmon says she loves the small school feel Brownstown has to offer. Growing up Mrs. Harmon went to a small elementary school and she said they were like one big family. The job is relatively close to home, only having a thirty minute commute to work. Her goal this year is to get to know and build a relationship with all stakeholders.


Mrs. Harmon says Brownstown School District is an awesome district to be apart of. There are no big problems that she notices with the district. She doesn't think she will further her education to become a superintendent, but she is not opposed to it. When asked if she has more work as a principal she said,” All educators work very hard during the day and usually take work home with them in the evening. My experiencing teaching was mostly in kindergarten and first grade, and there was a great deal of planning and preparation that I had to do. I probably put in the same amount of hours each day now as I did as a teacher, but the work as a principal is just very different.” We are glad to have Mrs. Harmon working to make Brownstown School District a better place.


By Lane Himes


November Students of the Month

posted Jan 30, 2018, 7:41 AM by School Publications   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 1:46 PM by Mike Shackelford ]


School Publications recently interviewed, Joel Bloemker, Brownstown High School’s Student of the Month.  Joel’s favorite book is the Harry Potter series.  His idol is his Minister of his church.  Joel lives in Brownstown, Illinois.  Joel is a good student because he makes good grades and turns his homework in on time.  He told us he decided to do well in school when he was in Kindergarten.  Joel has two siblings.  Joel’s parents are Don and Talisha Bloemker.  Joel also told us the way he will continue his good work ethic out of high school is by surrounding himself with good people that motivate him.  After high school Joel wants to go into the Science Department and maybe teach.  Joel is such a good student because he is a good kid.  


Recently School Publications has also interviewed, Lukas Miller, Brownstown Jr. High School’s Student of the Month.  His favorite book is Guts by Gary Paulsen.  Lukas said his idol is Jimmie Johnson.  Lukas lives in Brownstown, Illinois.  Lukas told us that he is a good student because he is quiet in class and tries his best in class.  He decided he wanted to do well in school when he had to make good grades for sports.  Lukas has 3 siblings.  His parents are Barry and Kelly Miller.  Lukas said, he will carry on his good work ethic out of high school by being a good kid for society.  Lukas is still unsure about what he wants to do after high school.  We enjoyed interviewing these students and hope that they continue to do well.  


By Emmett Chandler


Homecoming 2017

posted Jan 30, 2018, 5:35 AM by School Publications   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 5:45 AM ]

Brownstown Jr/Sr high school homecoming was held on December 2, 2017. The dance was from 
8pm to 11pm.  The senior candidates were Sami Long and Cameron Callaway, Taylor Rine and Dalton Lawson, and MaKenzie Parkison and Dakota White.  The 2017 King and Queen of the Brownstown Homecoming was Dalton Lawson and MaKenzie Parkison. Congratulations to both of you from the School Publications class. 

A huge thank you goes out to the student council for putting on another year of homecoming. The gym looked very nice and we appreciate all the student council does to put on the dance. A thank you goes out to the DJ too for playing the songs and putting up with all the students all night. 

By MaKenzie Parkison


Brownstown Schools Closed January 12

posted Jan 11, 2018, 8:32 PM by Mike Shackelford   [ updated Jan 11, 2018, 8:37 PM ]

Brownstown schools will be closed January 12, 2018 due to weather related conditions.  Have a great weekend and please be safe.

New Brownstown Jr/Sr High School principal

posted Dec 20, 2017, 5:18 PM by School Publications   [ updated Jan 9, 2018, 1:07 PM by Mike Shackelford ]

Brownstown Jr/Sr High School has had the honor to receive Mr. Jeff Wooters as their new high school principal. Mr. Wooters has had a lot of experience in the educational field. He worked at Dietrich High School as a P.E., drivers ed, and health teacher from 1992 to 1998. He then transferred over to Neoga High School to become an assistant principal and athletic director from 1998 to 2017. Mr. Wooters said there is no big difference between Neoga and Brownstown, and the transition was smooth. He also gave high praise to our former Principal, now Superintendent, Mr. Mike Shackelford, for how he kept up the school. The district was in such good condition that Mr. Wooters can take the time to get to know people.

Mr. Wooters has always taken great pride in his work ethic. He comes into school by 7:30 and leaves when the job for that day is done. The amount of work is the same because he has always given 100% effort into anything he does. He believes you get out what you put in. The one new experience the principal has had was the Beat Down in Brownstown. He has never been a part of a wrestling fundraiser which he says was very entertaining. A big inspiration to get in the educational field was his older sisters who were both teachers. The reason he chose becoming a principal was because he was tired of dealing with discipline and athletics only. Mr. Wooters knew he was close to retirement and wanted to become a principal before he left the educational field. He says he doesn't think he will become a superintendent because he is happy in his new role, yet, he has not closed the door on the idea.

By Lane Himes


Holiday Extra Credit Ornaments

posted Dec 20, 2017, 5:12 PM by School Publications


For the past two years, Mrs. Wakefield has been allowing students to make ornaments for extra credit. The requirement is, it has to have a science theme. This year Mrs. Wakefield had seven students participate. She allowed the students to have 3 weeks to work on their ornaments. They were due on Wednesday November, 22. After that she had the teachers come judge them and choose their favorite. When it's all done Mrs.Wakefield gives the students a choice to take them home or she keeps them. This year Mrs. Wakefield saw an ornament with her face on it she said “this one is my favorite for this year”.


The students and their ranks are Addie Matlock with 1st ,Caleb Atwood with 2nd, Max schrear with 3rd, Ashlen Richards and Elizabeth Austin tied for 4th and Chloe Haslett and Natalie Oberlink tied for 5th. The get extra credit points by what place they got 1st got 10 points, 2nd got 9 points, 3rd got 8 points, 4th got 7 points, and 5th got 6 points. There can be up to 10 people that get extra credit. A school publications member asked Mrs. Wakefield what she liked about doing this she said “it's fun and creative for the holiday spirit.”
By: Chloe Haslett

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