Latest News

September Student of the Month

posted Oct 18, 2017, 6:35 AM by School Publications   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 6:43 AM ]



Attached is a photo of our September Students of the Month.  On the left is Carly Feltner.  Carly is the daughter of Charles Feltner, Jr. & Carrie Sidwell.  Carly is a junior.  On the right is Morgan Hall.  Morgan is the daughter of Kevin & Andrea Hall, & Lucas & Joanna Redman.  She is in seventh grade.

Manufacturing Day!

posted Oct 16, 2017, 8:39 AM by School Publications   [ updated Oct 16, 2017, 1:06 PM by Mike Shackelford ]

Students in school were excited about manufacturing day which took place on October 5th, and here's why.  A School Publications member interviewed Gail Hardiek about Manufacturing Day.  Here is what she told the student:  Students could choose up to three areas of interest.  Students had the opportunity to meet new people, learn about careers, and get information on possible internships.  The Effingham Chamber of Commerce, local area manufacturers, and local area sponsoring schools organized the trip.  High School students had the chance to tour the surrounding manufacturing facilities in Effingham, learn about career and job opportunities, and the skills needed for those positions.  Students were given a free lunch, and had the awesome opportunity to listen to a guest speaker.  

Sample career opportunities include entry level positions, and positions like Architects, Engineers, CAD Operators, Welders, Machinists, Computer Programmers, Accountants, Office Managers and much more.  Possible areas of interest to visit are Stevens Industries, Versatech, John Boos, Quad Graphics, Sherwin Williams, and Three Z Printing.  Students were asked to complete a survey.  Based on those results, students were assigned to attend those presentations.


By Bradley Schwarm


2017 Sports Booster Fish Fry

posted Oct 12, 2017, 12:50 PM by School Publications   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 1:00 PM by Mike Shackelford ]


On Saturday September, 16th, the Brownstown/St.Elmo sports boosters had the

annual fish fry. The fish fry was held in the Brownstown Elementary school cafeteria.

The sports boosters served 522 people, which is an increase from last year. Last year's total

for the 2016 fish fry was 503. This is the biggest fundraiser for the sports boosters and

the money that is raised each year helps pay for new uniforms for the athletic program.

The fish fry was catered by Country Rhodes. The sports boosters served: Fried Fish,

Chicken, Popcorn Shrimp, Steak Fries, Cole Slaw, Applesauce, and Potato Salad.


We have Amy Pruett, Jacy Schaub, and Deb Philpot to thank for putting the fish

fry all together as well as lots of help from parents, coaches, athletes, and

administrators. The girls basketball and volleyball teams helped during the fish fry with

refilling drinks, refilling the buffet counter, and other odd jobs. Our clean up crew

consisted of Cameron Callaway, Lane Himes, Bryton Pruett, and Jacob Baron. It took

six months in advance to coordinate all of the food. One month prior to the fish fry, to

get volunteers and raffle donations. Some of the people coordinating the sports

boosters had started thawing and breading fish at two in the afternoon. This year we

made $3,500.00 in profit after the cost of the catering this includes the money from the

tickets to get into the fish fry, raffle, 50/50, and dessert donations. Jacy Schaub says

that the best part about the fish fry is seeing both of the communities come together to

support the Brownstown/St.Elmo athletes. Jacy also wants to say thank you to

everyone for supporting our sports boosters and for another great year at the fish fry. It

was greatly appreciated. Thank you for supporting our sports boosters.


By Dalton Grames and Macy Cripe.

Pro Wresting Epic Returns to Brownstown on Friday, November 3, 2017

posted Oct 11, 2017, 1:19 PM by Mike Shackelford   [ updated Oct 11, 2017, 1:23 PM ]


Ronald McDonald House Charities Collection

posted May 17, 2017, 5:49 AM by School Publications   [ updated Oct 11, 2017, 1:12 PM by Mike Shackelford ]




        Students in the Brownstown School District, along with the staff, their families and community members collected Pop Top Tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities throughout the school year.  The collection of Pop Top tabs has been a project of the Sefton Unit of the HCE for many years and the tabs collected are given to the Sefton Unit to assist them with their ongoing project.

        The 52.9 pounds of aluminum tabs were given to the Sefton Unit on Tues, May 16.  Present to receive the aluminum were Phyllis Pryor, Bonnie Kramer and Sefton Unit President, Flo Allen.  

by Miss Sandra Stine 

The Class of 2017

posted May 15, 2017, 7:31 AM by School Publications   [ updated May 15, 2017, 7:31 AM ]

        Congratulations to the Brownstown High School class of 2017.  See the photo album below, courtesy of Miss Sandra Stine. 

Region 5 Outstanding Teacher Michelle Seabaugh

posted May 10, 2017, 6:53 AM by School Publications   [ updated May 10, 2017, 7:06 AM ]

   
             A big congratulations goes out to Mrs. Michele Seabaugh from BHS for her achievement as outstanding teacher of the year in IEA Region 5.   Michele Seabaugh was recently nominated by Miss Sandra Stine for all her hard work and dedication at Brownstown Community Schools. Michele teaches many different classes at Brownstown Jr./Sr. High School including computers, keyboarding, accounting, work-based co-op, and dual credit classes like strategies for success through Lakeland Community College.  After completing her master's degree she initiated this dual credit class with the local community college to allow her students more opportunities. She reaches out in other ways too by working with the local bank, The First National Bank of Brownstown, to set up savings accounts for her students to show the importance of regular deposits and account management.  She really brings real-life applications into all her classes and this is what makes her a truly great teacher and mentor.  In addition to her classroom duties, she is also the advisor for National Honors Society, a classroom sponsor, a School Community Club member and officer, a volleyball coach, and a critical part of many fundraisers and blood drives in the district, to only name a few.  This is Mrs. Seabaugh's  12th year teaching at Brownstown High School and her 18th year overall. The faculty, staff, students, and community would like to thank Mrs. Seabuagh for everything she does for this community and for making BCUSD #201 a great place to work.  Pictured above is Michele Seabaugh on the left and Sandra Stine on the right. Below are Mrs. Seabaugh and her colleagues from Brownstown Community Schools.



Travis Redden

Outgoing Board Members - Thank you!

posted May 9, 2017, 7:34 AM by School Publications   [ updated May 9, 2017, 7:38 AM ]

IMG_2310.JPG The Brownstown Community would like to thank Mrs. Teresa Barnick and Mrs. Barb Morrison for their hard work and years of service on the BCUSD #201 Board of Education. Teresa Barnick was elected in 2009, then re-elected in 2013 and served for a total of eight years on the board. Barb Morrison was elected in 2013 and served for four years. Teresa and Barb’s terms expire at the end of this 2017 school year. We would like to thank both these ladies for all their time and hard work over the past few years and their complete commitment to the Brownstown Community School District.


By Evyn Barker

FFA Banquet

posted May 8, 2017, 7:38 AM by School Publications   [ updated May 8, 2017, 10:20 AM ]

        The St Elmo FFA held their annual dinner banquet on Sunday May 7, 2017.  Awards were handed out to students, and they had a pie auction for the FFA Alumni Scholarship.  The FFA fundraisers for this past year included fruit sales, a gun raffle through Altamont Lock Stock N’ Barrel, and FFA shirt sales.  The 2016-2017 chapter office team was Alex Aderman, Madison Carson, Bo Sapp, Hunter Seaton, Makenzie Parkison, Hunter Strauch, Clayton Aderman, Dakota White, Madilynn Barker, Emma Gathe, Kolton Sapp, and Josie Strauch, led by their advisor Mr. Doug Thurnau.  The 2017-2018 chapter officer team is Luke Behl, Clayton Aderman, Emma Gathe, Hunter Strauch, Makenzie Parkison, Josie Stauch, Reagan Walker, and Kat Uptmor.  The FFA motto  “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve” rings true with this group of students. Congratulations on a great year FFA! 

By Samantha Long

Prom 2017

posted May 2, 2017, 7:11 AM by School Publications

    On Saturday, April 29th the students of Brownstown High School danced their night away from 8-11 for their 2017 prom. This year’s theme was Rustic Romance with burgundy and gold decorations. Coronation was at the BHS gym, then the dance followed at Summer Breeze Winehouse in St. James. Post Prom was later held at the BES cafeteria from 12-2 a.m. where students played games, had a hypnotist, and won prizes. We all had a great time.


BHS would like to congratulate our 2017 prom king and queen, Dylan Brooks and Brittany Siebert! The senior candidates were Alisa Rush, Delaney Schulze, Brittany Siebert, Melissa Wiley, Dylan Brooks, Colton Payne, Ryan Pontious, and Joshua Rolfingsmeier. The junior attendants were Sierra Stephens and Dakota White. Our little walkers were Ella Lach and Freddie Towler.


We would like to give a big thanks to the junior class and Ms. Alstat for all their hard work to ensure we had the best prom, Tammy Lash for letting us rent out the winery and doing an amazing job on decorating, the post prom committee for all their dedication to ensure we had a great ending to our night, Seth Powell for doing the spotlight, Bum & Co. for taking time out of their night to play good music, and Miss. Stine for always taking the best pictures, which you can view by clicking on the album link below.


Prom 2017 Photo Album


By Taylor Rine


1-10 of 513