Animal Science Class at Brookfield Academy Combines Love of Animals with Hands-On Learning

The Animal Science Class offered at Brookfield Academy is a hands-on experience for students, with many different animals both in and out of the classroom. The classroom itself includes chinchillas, guinea pigs and an agama lizard.

In this class, students learn many aspects of the small animal industry from veterinarian assistant to veterinarian. Exploring careers is a big aspect of our course, and by students researching the careers involving animals, it exposes them to the many possibilities to work with animals after high school. The instructor covers in depth the duties of a veterinary assistant and the certificates a student must acquire to enter this field when they graduate high school. Students who enjoy the course may want to volunteer at their local veterinary clinic or animal shelter.

In the Animal Science Class, we also cover animal nutrition, animal care and the safe handling of the animals. The instructor reviews proper handling techniques so that the animals and students are safe when they are picking up the classroom pets.

Students learn about the animals' many organ systems and zoonotic diseases that pose a threat to humans. As the course progresses, the class takes an in-depth look at many different classifications of animals including amphibians, mammals, reptiles, etc.

Our classroom is home for different animals that the students learn how to care for, including how to clean the animals' enclosures. Learning also takes place outside the classroom as students have the opportunity to visit a veterinary clinic. At the clinic, students are able to observe animals being treated by veterinary technicians, watch animal dental needs being performed and observe animals having surgeries.

While at the clinic, students are able to ask the professionals questions and enjoy hands-on time with some of the clinic's animals. During the month of May our students also visit the Philadelphia Zoo, and learn about such animals as lions, primates and reptiles.

Animal Science teaches students how to care for and respect animals. Contact with animals can be very calming to our students at Brookfield Academy. Our hope for the Animal Sciences Class is that it will continue to grow and support our students' curiosity and love of animals!

Students Are Learning and Growing at Brookfield Elementary 

We know that Winter is upon us, but in a couple months, Spring 2018 will be right around the corner! At Brookfield Elementary, our Horticulture Program will already be prepared to start growing herbs and vegetables.

Early this year, Brookfield Elementary students constructed four raised beds to grow herbs and vegetables. They filled the raised beds with organic soil and prepared them for planting. Students from different classes selected and cultivated various plants, including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, basil, cilantro and mint. The students watered and cared for the plants through the extended school year.

As the various plants ripened, the students and staff were able to prepare different food menus using the ingredients grown right here on campus for our Life Skills Kitchen. In the front of the school, the students planted dozens of sunflowers in the Summer, and in the Fall had planted dozens of daffodils that will sprout up in the Spring.

This coming year, the staff and students will be expanding the number of herbs and vegetables and hope to add a butterfly garden, too. The lessons learned about gardening will continue on with our students throughout their lives.
Technology at Brookfield Schools

At Brookfield Academy, students work in their classrooms with Chromebooks to access various online products, guided by their teachers. Our teachers also use Smartboards mounted in each classroom to present interactive lessons to the students. A high-speed fiber line Internet with many wireless access points throughout the building maintains a strong connection and speed on the devices. The Academy is equipment with a PC computer lab where our students work on projects and foreign language studies. Also, there is a MAC lab where students work on Health and Physical Education classes. We also have a new digital camera for the yearbook staff to use to photograph student activities and projects.

At Brookfield Elementary, students in the Elementary grades work on various projects using Apple iPads. The students in the Middle School are learning to use Chromebooks to help facilitate learning and prepare them for the Academy. Here, too, our teachers use Smartboards in the classroom to help diversify the learning environment. In the library, a new PC computer lab has been installed to provide students with time to explore the Internet and further their studies. The Elementary school also has a high-speed fiber Internet connection and many wireless access points throughout the school.

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Brookfield Schools Welcomes New Member to Board of Trustees

John M. Pyne, P.E. is a Professional Engineer and Principal of Grant Facility Management, a 100-member Professional Facility Management, Professional Engineering, and Construction Management Firm specializing in providing building system operations/management, engineering, construction management, capital planning, maintenance, and related support services for Healthcare, Educational, Institutional, and Public Sector clients.

John earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Drexel University, and is a licensed professional engineer in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia. John is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Born and raised in Cherry Hill, John now resides in Mickleton with his wife Colleen, and two young children. John is active in his community, coaching youth sports. John has served on the Board of Directors of the former Greater Camden Partnership, Member of the North Camden Neighborhoods Planning Committee, and Member of Our Lady of Lourdes Golf Committee. John enjoys spending time with his family, golf, and classic cars.

We're happy to welcome John as a member of the Brookfield family!
Brookfield Golf Outing Raised Over $40,000 This Year!

Proceeds from this year's outing will be used to fund educational and reward trips that enhance students' learning (e.g., trips to the animal shelter, local museums, culinary schools, recycling center, historical society, science/weather centers, the aquarium, visits to local state parks and amusement parks, ski trips, and collaborating activities at Brookfield Elementary).  Also, some of the funds will be used to defray the cost of purchasing a new school bus.

Thank you one and all for another successful Golf Outing ... and thank you to the staff at Woodcrest Country Club for making this another fun-filled and successful event.

Please plan to join us in 2018!

Immediate Openings
for Students Available

Brookfield Schools operates three independent sites for
classified students, ages 5 - 21, who require intensive
behavioral/therapeutic interventions:

Brookfield Elementary
(K - 8th grades)
Brookfield Academy
(9th - 12th grades)
Transition to College
(11th & 12th grades)

The mission of Brookfield Schools is to provide innovative, practical, and effective educational and therapeutic services for students with special emotional and behavioral
needs that will put them on the pathway toward success and becoming productive members of society.

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Dr. Dorothy K. Van Horn, Executive Director/Superintendent
Brookfield Schools, 1009 Berlin Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034    856-795-8228