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Principal Welcome

Bromwell Families,

It is with great honor that I join the Bromwell Community as your principal. I am so excited for this opportunity and even more so to get to know all of the students, staff, and community members that make up this great school.

I am a values based school leader who prioritizes strong and trusting relationships. I believe through collaboration, transparent communication, and reflective conversations, we can create an environment in which every student succeeds. My student centered and service oriented approach is how I will engage all members of the community.

My career in DPS began as a special education teacher at McMeen Elementary. I then transitioned into leadership as a Ritchie Intern. Since that time I have served a few different roles all with the intention of expanding my leadership skills. I served as the assistant principal at Samuels Elementary, Data Culture Coordinator and Instructional Support Partner both in central office, and the past two years as the assistant principal at Carson Elementary in the neighboring HillTop community.

As a lifelong learner myself, I look forward to leading the Bromwell community in their mission and vision to ensure all students have the opportunity to explore and engage in their learning with creativity and passion. I am dedicated to maintaining an atmosphere of excellence for all students and will ensure that every child is safe, thriving, and discovering the joy of learning.

I look forward to sharing more with you about myself, and again getting to know all of you! I hope you have had a wonderful summer and you will be hearing from me again soon. I am truly honored to be your new principal.

Sincerely,
Valecia von Weise, Principal

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Principal Post: Happy New Year Edition 2019

 

Merry & Bright.

Dear Bromwell Families,

It is hard to believe that our winter break is here! I just want to take a moment to thank ALL of you for being an important part of Bromwell and wish you a happy new year.

The start to the 2018-19 school year has been amazing, and full of students and families exhibiting our core values of compassion, bravery, and being All In! I feel lucky to be part of this school community each and every day. Before we return from break I wanted to share some of the great things that have happened at Bromwell in 2018:

  • Assessment results from 2017-18 show that Bromwell students are continuing a long tradition of academic excellence, and also showed that we are significantly closing the achievement and growth gaps that have existed with our students of color. We also moved solidly in to the Green SPF category…and are on our way to a Blue/Distinguished rating! Your kiddos are crushing it!
  • Through generous PTA contributions and donations from parents, we have added two 3D printers, 5 touch screen TVs, 7 Ozobot robots, two soccer goals (debuting after break!), and 12 iPads!
  • Cheers to our Bromwell Annual Fund, which raised $107,000!
  • We have added a Bromwell app for sharing communication and updates – as well as our lunch menu!
  • The Winter Concert, showcasing the vocal talents of our ECE through 2nd grade students, delighted a full auditorium!
  • We added a full-time school psychologist, John Gallagher, who has been a great addition in working with students and teachers to create a compassionate and positive school culture.
  • Second Step Social Emotional Learning has been launched as a curriculum to all grades. The purpose of this is to provide students with good conflict resolution and develop strong social-emotional skills.
  • Bromwell classrooms have added over $4,000 in independent reading books, many of which feature diverse main characters, including race, culture, religion, and gender.
  • Students have shown great compassion this semester – gathering coats for a coat drive, caroling at Brookdale Senior Center, making winter care packages for the homeless, and putting together holiday baskets for Bromwell families.

Everyone here at Bromwell brings their best every single day, and works hard to put together a fun and rigorous experience for your child. The students come each day with bright faces and are eager to learn (which makes our job even better!)

I want to thank all of you for your commitment to your child’s education, and to our school community. Again, please accept our heartfelt wishes for a fun-filled and memorable winter break.

See you all on Monday, January 7, 2019!

Thank you for being ALL IN!

Andrew Hodges, Principal

It was a December to remember! Here are a few of our favorite things: preparing holiday baskets for Bromwell families, making care packages for the homeless (third grade), meeting a few new baby bear cubs, and filling our parents, friends and families full of holiday joy during the school’s second winter concert. Rock on Bromwell! And don’t worry, we’ve got lots of fun in store for the new year. Save these dates:
  • Cherry Cricket Dine Out Wednesday, January 16
  • Parent Party end of January (details coming soon!)
  • Principal Coffee & Science Fair January 25
 
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Innovation is alive at Bromwell: Spotlight on STEM

Students working on STEM project Trash is becoming treasure at Bromwell. Bags filled with recyclable goods have made their way into Ms. Takano’s technology classroom, and you’ve never seen toilet paper rolls and plastic straws looks so cool, or ignite so many brain cells! New this year, in an effort to boost the school’s creative and innovative curriculum, Bromwell launched a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Lab. Once a week, each grade uses a portion of their “Tech” class to engineer, explore, and imagine. Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades have been learning about the design process and how essential it is to solving real-world problems. They have also been participating in group design challenges that have teams brainstorming, designing, building, and testing. “I knew the challenges would push the children intellectually, but the most rewarding outcome so far is watching their emotional and social growth,” said Takano. “Collaboration is a critical success factor and it takes practice. Learning to listen and plan collaboratively are skills that will last our students a lifetime,” she added. With the younger grades, the STEM Lab has begun by teaching that scientists are more than just people in white lab coats who make potions! Through the incorporation of the scientific method, students are being encouraged to ask questions and observe and wonder about the world around them. They are discovering that they are super scientists, too! Thank you to all the families who have been sending in their recyclables. Want to see your cereal boxes take on a new life? Here’s a complete STEM Lab donation list.
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Meet Puppy and Snail!

Kids in classroomFirst grade has adopted a few pets. Their names are Puppy and Snail! A dog and a bug may seem like an unlikely duo, but that’s the whole point.

Puppy and Snail are actually puppets and they are part of a new curriculum Bromwell is piloting to help students explore their own unique differences and how to get along.

It can be a forgotten party of elementary education: social and emotional growth. Yes, there’s math and reading, but there’s also learning how to be a good negotiator, how to treat others fairly, and how to listen. “These are the skills that if we invest in now, the future pay offs are huge,” said Anne Marie Stevenson, 1st grade teacher. “We are building the child inside and out,” added co-teacher Alyssa Beski.

The program Bromwell is testing is called Second Step and it focuses on teaching empathy and helping children learn critical listening skills. “We create scenarios in which the students are pushed to put themselves in other’s shoes,” noted Stevenson. “We teach them about empathy as a foundational skill for problem solving and being able to recognize that feelings can look different on other people.”

In only a few short weeks the teachers have both seen amazing progress, especially when it comes to problem solving skills. The best part about the program: it’s fun and the children look forward to the songs, videos, and of course, the puppets!

Bromwell is also testing another unique social and emotional development program with older students. A portion of these pilots were funded by parent donations, and the plans are to expand the curriculum assuming this year’s fundraising goals are met. So, this is a final shout out from Puppy and Snail encouraging you to kindly buy your auction tickets!