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Ronald McDonald House Charities Collection

posted May 17, 2017, 5:49 AM by Travis Redden

        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 Travis Redden   [ 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 Travis Redden   [ 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 Travis Redden   [ 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 Travis Redden   [ 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 Travis Redden

    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

New Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Jessica Sefton

posted Apr 28, 2017, 7:32 AM by Travis Redden

Mrs. Sefton is the newest addition to the BCUSD as she will replacing Miss Stine at the start of the 2017-18 school year.  She recently has been in the building observing and assisting Miss Stine and told us she “really enjoyed it”.  She said she has been thinking heavily about her new position.  Mrs. Sefton also told us “I am super excited and anxious to start my new teaching position”.  We are also excited to welcome our new teacher.

Jessica Sefton grew up in Vandalia, but she has lived in Brownstown for the last ten years with her husband and two kids.  She has been married to her husband, Dustin, for almost ten years.  Dustin graduated from BHS in 1997.  Jessica has a daughter, Sydney, who is currently attending BES and a son, Grady.  She is 34 years old and enjoys “attending concerts (usually country music), hanging out with family and friends, camping, playing outside with my kids, and playing sports”.  In the past 11 years she has taught in a variety of positions at the Alternative Education Programs in Effingham and Vandalia.

Jessica went to college hoping to become an athletic trainer, but she decided to change her major halfway through her junior year.  Her original plan was to graduate with a teaching certificate and a degree in athletic training, but she realized quickly she had a passion for teaching.  Mrs. Sefton graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in physical education instead and never looked back.  

Mrs. Sefton says her biggest motivation is her family, followed by her students.  She also gave some inspirational words to the seniors as they are starting a new part of their lives.  She said "Do what you are passionate about BUT don't be afraid to change your major/occupation in the process. It's okay to change your mind. I did and it was the best decision!".  At the moment, Mrs. Sefton is not sure what classes she will be teaching, but it is safe to say she is excited to join the Brownstown Community School District staff.

By Delaney Schulze

Interview with the Cooks

posted Apr 26, 2017, 7:18 AM by Travis Redden

            The education support professionals who work at the Brownstown Community School District work tirelessly to help make our buildings better.  Their interactions with students are priceless when it comes to fostering relationships and providing educational opportunities.  Recently, the school publications class visited the cooks to discover a little more about these three important ladies and even took a guided tour of the kitchen.  This is what we learned.   

Karen Portz has been a cook at the the Brownstown School District for nineteen years.  She is head cook and is responsible for ordering all food and laying out meal plans. Her favorite meal to cook is turkey and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, and fruit and the hardest meal to make is nachos because they have to prepare over eighty pounds of beef. In October, Karen sends the state a list of how many kids eat in the cafeteria. The state grants the school money for the entire year based on enrollment. Karen takes out two to three thousand dollars just for fruits and vegetables with that money. The state also mandates what is being served in the cafeteria by requiring healthy options such as whole grain breads, beans, red vegetables, and green vegetables.  The students must have half a cup of fruits or vegetables on their tray every day. We also learned about her personal life.  Karen is married to Dave Portz, a bus driver at Brownstown, who also works at Red Hawk Propane and farms on the side.  Together they have a thirty year old son, twenty six year old daughter, and a three year old grandson. She went to school at Brownstown High School.  After high school she went to work in the pencil factory until it closed, then she started to sub at Brownstown until she became a cook. Her favorite thing about her job as a cook at Brownstown is seeing all the little kids and how happy they are everyday.  Also, she loves having summers and holidays off to spend with family.

Another cook students had the opportunity to meet was Diane Smith. Diane’s greatest accomplishment in life is having her family and being able to go on mission trips. She recently went to Kenya for one of the most amazing and grateful experiences of her life.  Her family consists of two daughters, Amber who has three girls, and Chelsea who has three boys. Diane lives on a farm with her husband Gary. She is originally from Vandalia where she also graduated from high school.  Diane decided to become a cook because she loves working with young children and is able to spend summers with her grandchildren. She started substituting for three years in the kitchen before becoming a full time cook at Brownstown, and has now been here for fifteen years. Diane stated, “Seeing the student’s faces is what I like most about my job”. She enjoys preparing nachos because the students love the meal. The most time consuming meal for her is chicken fried steaks.

Nikki Sidwell is another cook at BCUSD and was born and raised in Brownstown, Illinois. She has two kids, Ryan and Breann, who also graduated from Brownstown High School. She now has five grandchildren that take up most of her free time. When she's not with her family she spends her Saturday nights at the Fayette County Speedway. When asked about her biggest accomplishment she responded with “ raising good kids”.  After fourteen years at Brownstown her favorite part of the job is always seeing the students come in with a smile.  Nikki’s favorite meal to prepare is nachos, because who doesn’t like the school’s nacho supreme? The hardest meal for her to prepare is turkey and noodles, but in the end the hard work is worth it.  We would like to thank all the cooks and all the education support professionals at Brownstown schools for everything they do. Their hard work is not the only thing we value, but the fact that they care about the kids and the food make Brownstown a great place to be.  

By the schools publications class

Graduation Preparations

posted Apr 25, 2017, 7:40 AM by Travis Redden

Preparations are being made for graduation.  This year’s seniors will be switching their tassels on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 3 PM.  Baccalaureate is Thursday, May 11th at 7PM, where there will be music and a guest speaker.  Also, the academic awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 4th at 6:15PM at BHS.  The seniors are experiencing some bitter-sweet moments as the days are counting down.

As underclassmen are picking next year’s classes, the class of 2017 is choosing colleges and senior quotes.  These students only have a few more days to make their last mark on Brownstown High School.  They are busy preparing for their big day and the start of adulthood.  Some are applying to college while others are entering the workforce.    The most important date for the Seniors will be their graduation day.  They have all ordered their cap and gown, just don’t forget to watch them rock it across the stage on May 13th, 2017!

By Delaney Schulze

Brownstown High School Prom

posted Apr 24, 2017, 7:36 AM by Travis Redden   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 7:30 AM ]

The Brownstown High School 2017 prom is this Saturday, April 29th. Coronation will begin at 7:45pm in the BHS gym, and prom will be held at 8pm at Summer Breeze Winery in St. James, Illinois.  Ms. Tracey Alstat is the sponsor for this year’s prom and had done a great job organizing and decorating for this upcoming event. On this special night, upperclassmen will be recognized along with a prom queen and king.  The senior candidates include Alisa Rush who will walk with Colton Payne, Melissa Wiley accompanied with Joshua Rolfingsmeier, Brittany Siebert with Dylan Brooks, as well as Delaney Schulze and Ryan Pontious.  The junior attendants are Sierra Stephens and Dakota White.  It seems the juniors will make this a night to remember with their “Rustic Romance” themed decorations.

By Delaney Schulze

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