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March 13, 2018
66th Edition

Brookville Local Schools, (937) 833-2181 | http://www.brookvilleschools.org
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Brookville High School
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Brookville, OH 45309

Mr. Christopher Bronner
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Mrs. Lynne Sayre-NIckell

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Brookville Intermediate School
2 Blue Pride Drive
Brookville, OH 45309

Mr. Erin Wheat
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Mrs. Lynne Sayre-Nickell

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Brookville Elementary School
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The Mission of Brookville Local Schools is to challenge, prepare, and support all students to realize their full potential.
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Scott Rutherford

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Judy Hoover

John Gordon
Joe Mellon
Rick Phillips

2 Hour Delay Schedules
High School
9:50 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.

Intermediate School
9:50 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Elementary School
Grades K-3
11:00 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

AM 11:00 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.
PM 1:40 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
BHS Vocalist Leads in Thoroughly Modern Millie
Sophomore Soprano Alyssa Jenkins Ready for Lead

Millie Dillmount is a feisty young flapper in the early 1920's.  In the musical spoof, Thoroughly Modern Millie, she plans to leave Kansas and find a job in New York City.  The ultimate goal is for the young midwestern singer to find and marry a rich man. However, there is a catch when she instead becomes fond of a penniless paper-clip salesman.  The internal battle of chasing money or love makes for a delightful plot in this year's Spring Musical.

BHS Sophomore, Alyssa Jenkins, will take the stage for this production as the lead, Millie Dillmount.  It would be an understatement to say this articulate, engaging young vocalist is up for the challenge. "It hasn't been easy," says Alyssa, "it has been a tough challenge."  But, she goes on to add that, "performing, being in front of the lights, is a real adrenaline rush. Being on the stage to perform is like the feeling an athlete gets for the big game."  She leaves no doubt that the experience is one that she has really enjoyed.

Alyssa began singing around the fifth grade.  In the eighth grade she took a big step by joining the cast of Mary Poppins as part of the chorus.  Since that initial involvement, Thoroughly Modern Millie is Alyssa's 5th production. Most of her roles to this point have been smaller, less demanding.  But playing Millie Dillmount has been a huge step up. "I really have to rest my voice, be careful to stay hydrated and watch how much I talk," she pointed out. "The last two weeks have been long hours," she added, "we practice 3 to 4 hours each evening."
Jenkins glows with admiration when asked about her co-stars in the cast.  She calls Peyton Sampson, the lead male voice, "a fantastic singer. I have just been blown away by his talent!  We really work well together," she stated. And she didn't stop there, heaping praise on Lindsey Hinds, Kenzie Banta, Erica Florey, Kendall Garrett, Matt Hamm and Kya Getter.  "Everyone has worked really hard and been great in rehearsals," she said.

Alyssa finished by encouraging one and all to get to the musical.  "If you love music and comedy, you need to come out," she said. "It is both hilarious and heartwarming." The musical will run March 15 & 16 at 7pm and March 17 at 2 & 7pm.   

As for this young actress and musician taking on a part originally played by Julie Andrews; she is an active member of Shades of Blue, Drama Club and Future Teachers of America.  Her long term goal is to be a Special Education teacher and support children with special needs. We think she just may direct her own high school musical someday!!
Back on Familiar Turf
Graduates Return to Lead Classrooms

Miss Katie Boyd is a 2008 graduate and Mr. Logan Kindell is a 2011 graduate of Brookville High.  Both started teaching careers in other Miami Valley school districts. But, now they both have returned to their alma mater and serve in the Brookville School District.  Miss Boyd teaches high school math and Mr. Kindell is a kindergarten teacher.

Mr. Kindell began his teaching career in Fairborn Primary School.  But after one year in that district this year he was given to opportunity to bring his skills to Brookville.  He shared that "...it is a wonderful place to be. Between the support of our staff, community involvement, and positivity, this is a great place and I am glad to be a part of it."  He is working with others such as Mrs. Page and Mr. Arnett who were actually teachers when he attended the same elementary school. Mr. Kindell went on to say that, "It is great to be back in this community.  Growing up and going through the system, I feel Brookville did a wonderful job supporting our students. Now that I am back, it feels good to be able to be in the position to give support and impact the lives of present and future Brookville kids."     

Miss. Boyd started out teaching four years at Franklin High School.  She also indicated, "It is a great feeling to be back at my alma mater.  It is nice to be around family again and a privilege to be teaching alongside some of my favorite teachers."  She went on to add, "I am grateful each day for the opportunity to shape the lives of kids who walk into my room and it is an extra special privilege to do this where I once was a student."  Miss Boyd is now working alongside her parents Mrs. Amy Boyd and Mr. Brad Boyd who inspired her to become a teacher. She also works closely with Mrs. Stammen who helped shape her passion for math.  She went on to list several of the current high school teachers that she rubs elbows with in the teachers workroom now as individuals that taught her as a student. Like Mr. Kindell, she is glad to be in Brookville.  "I came back looking for a tight knit community, where hard-working individuals come together to make dreams reality. It is refreshing to see students work hard to achieve their goals. And even more so, it is encouraging to watch the parents and community come together to help kids succeed."  

Both Miss Boyd and Mr. Kindell encourage current Brookville students who may want to be teachers to chase that dream.  Mr. Kindell pointed out that "....while challenging, no other profession gives you the opportunity to be a positive role model to kids."  Miss. Boyd noted that, "teaching is something that you can practice early on, and practice makes you better!" "You can start by tutoring, coaching, volunteering, giving lessons, you name it, they are all skills used everyday when you teach!"

We are glad to have these two graduates back in our school system.  They each add experience from outside, but knowledge of their surroundings to our classrooms.     
NHS Holds Annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet
12 Mentors Recognized by Students

Wednesday, March 7th, many of the senior National Honor Society members stood at the podium at Kay's Restaurant to recognize teachers and other mentors who have been influential in their lives.  This annual event is always a special way for these students to reflect upon those that have helped them achieve at a high level.

After the Blessing was offered by the club's communication officer, Junior Jacob Vore turned the microphone over to senior vice president, Kaylee Wheat.  Kaylee introduced Mr. Larry Henry, the former superintendent of Brookville Schools, who served as the programs guest speaker. Mr. Henry recognized the pillars of NHS but challenged the students to add 'attitude' and 'gratitude' as important foundational pieces of their approach to life.  

Following Mr. Henry's comments the floor was turned over to the students who recognized their guest of honor.  Those honored included the following:

Mr. Scott Caudill.....Ian Williamson
Mrs. Amy Anyanwu.....Allora Hern
Mrs. Lynne Sayre-Nickell.....Katie Shatsby
Miss Emily Moler.....Abby Smith
Miss Katie Boyd.....Ashton Williams
Mrs. Anna Porter.....Jeremy Penick

Mrs. Deana Herbert.....Kaylee Wheat
Mr. David Weekley.....Connor Jones
Mrs. Paula Hutsell.....Colson McGriff & Jeremy Page
Mrs. Ann Stammen.....Caleb Florkey &  Erin Gardner
Mr. Dan Gudorf.....Katlin Pistone
Mr. Roy Horvath.....Jared Horvath

The students recognized mentors for their work in the classroom and as coaches and advisors. However, it was safe to say that all those honored were primarily recognized because of they cared.  They had given that extra attention to the student allowing for a rapport to be developed between them. Building relationships is a significant part of what these mentors do every day in an effort to help students realize their full potential.  

The program was very well done and we compliment NHS Advisor, Mrs. Ross and her students on the evening.  You can see pictures and video of this special event  HERE .
Upcoming Events At Brookville Local Schools
We invite you to take a moment to watch the video which highlights some of the exciting things that are coming up in the next fe w weeks at Brookville Local Schools.

Meeting the Needs of People in Our Community
Youngest Students Put Learning into Action

In late February, Mrs. Kemp's kindergarten students took a field trip to a nearby destination as the ending to their most recent Project Based Learning efforts. Every PBL experience begins with a driving or essential question. The driving question for the kindergarten classes had been, "How can we help meet the needs of people in our community?"  The teachers took this opportunity to address the Social Studies standard of students being able to understand the difference between wants and needs. The goal was that by grasping this difference, the students are better prepared to make good choices when deciding what to buy.

Initially the children decided they wanted to provide food for those community members in need.  This decision allowed them the opportunity to work on real life math problems and skills. They would need to count money and food items to purchase, then apply greater than and less than knowledge when determining how much money to spend on goods.

Along with this project, the students sold erasers at their class store to earn money for the food.  Counting money could then be checked off the list as a learning experience. A grocery list was developed, again stressing needs over wants.  The list was then balanced against the available budget. Finally, the culmination of the project was that the students took a field trip to McMaken's IGA to purchase their product.  The food was then given to community food banks to help those in need.

You can see a gallery of pictures of the children's trip to the store HERE .  We applaud them for such a meaningful choice on how to help those in our community.  We thank Mrs. Kemp for supplying this learning opportunity to her students!     
Boys' Tennis

With the weather blustery cold and signs of snow flurries still in the air, it may be hard to realize the spring tennis season is about to begin.  Head Coach Chris Beck has the troops working in the gymnasium right now with hopes to get on the courts soon. And, as a matter of fact, with thin numbers out for the team to this point he isn't even opposed to still picking up a player or two.  

"We really could use two more players, just to get our line-up filled," commented Coach Beck. Right now the team includes seniors, Tanner Marburger, Jeremy Penick and Ben Lawson - Junior Jagen Wilkerson - and Freshman Gavin McGriff and Caleb Vaughan.  The squad is about two weeks from their first match when they open the season at home against Bellbrook. Coach Beck pointed to improvement over the course of the season as the number one goal.  "Team goals this year will be to develop some of the underclassmen and sharpen the skills of the seasoned players," he pointed out. He went on to add that "....I believe our team will be able to use various tennis strategies to win some matches."  

When asked about the strengths of this team Coach Beck pointed to the young players on the team already showing great improvement.  "The team is also self-motivated and very eager to play tennis. They are having a lot of fun and at the same time learning to play a lifelong sport."

We wish Coach Beck and his players a successful season and hope to see you at the tennis courts rooting on these Blue Devil netters.    
Staff Spotlight
We would like to introduce you to Mrs. Susan Hollon, 8th Grade Teacher at BIS. The Staff Spotlight is a regular feature in the Blue Connector and is designed to assist you in getting to know our teachers and staff. Please take a moment to learn a little bit about Mrs. Hollon. 

Where is your hometown?
Centerville, OH
Where do you live now? 
How many years of teaching experience do you have?
20 Years
How many years have you taught in Brookville?  
17 Years 

What is your position in the school district?
I am  the Family Consumer Science Teacher.  I teach 8th Grade Principals of Food, High School Nutrition & Wellness, Culinary Fundamentals, Child Development and Career Search.
Tell us about your family and hobbies outside of teaching?
My husband and I have two amazing children, Nick and Maria.  I spend every minute with my family.  We like to travel, hike and bike.
What is your favorite thing about teaching in Brookville?
I love to watch the students get excited about what they are preparing in the kitchens.

How do you spend June and July?
I love to travel!  I have been to every state except four.  We go to Destin, Florida in June.  Now that our kids are getting older we are taking additional trips.  Last year, we traveled to Chicago, Hershey, Pennsylvania and Asheville, North Carolina.  I spend my time researching the next destination.  Also, I love to try different regional foods during our trips.  My kids love it!!
Where Are They Now?
Brookville Schools are proud of our series "Where Are They Now", which features profiles of past Brookville High School graduates. These graduates have responded to brief questions concerning their education or training after high school, their current occupation and their words of wisdom to the students in our buildings.

Our current profile is of Nathan Snedeker, a 2004 graduate.  Please take a moment to view this latest profile here.  You can also view our past profiles on our  website .                           
High 5's
Carly Webster
BHS Freshman, Carly Webster, competes in the junior division of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association.  Recently, Carly was recognized by the Midwest Conference of the Association for being on the All-Academic Team.  At this time Carly's grades far exceed those required to achieve this honor.  We congratulate this scholar-athlete for achievement on the court and in the classroom!

Tanner Marburger
BHS Senior. Tanner Marburger, was recently the recipient of the Dayton LaSertoma Club, 'Youth Service Award'.  This honor is bestowed each year to area high school seniors who are leaders in providing service to their school and community. His hours of service include being involved in Relay for Life and earning the Eagle Scout distinction.

Lauren Hinkle, Jeremy Pennick & Jordyn Rutherford 
Congratulations to Jeremy, Jordyn and Lauren who all qualified for the West District Science Fair.  They will travel to this Science Fair at Central State University Saturday, March 17. At stake is a trip to Columbus to compete at the next level  in the State Science Fair. High School Science teacher, Mrs. Anna Porter, is excited about the possibility for the continued success of these students and their great projects.   

Brookville Schools Employees
During the month of February school employees participated in a food drive.  This is a part of the district's Employee Wellness Program. Divided into teams, the staff collected 2,024 lbs. of food.  Shown here is the winning team captained by kindergarten teacher Michelle Loughman. This team alone collected 250 lbs. of food.  The food is divided between FISH and the Shepherd's Pantry supporting Brookville residents in need.