In order to successfully increase funding to increase or improve educational opportunities for the students of Willits Unified it’s important to please complete the Educational Benefit Form every year. Please complete the Educational Benefit Form online here => https://willitsunified.rocketscanapps.com/default.aspx Without these forms completed, we may lose funding that directly supports our students' education. This form is also used to determine eligibility for participation in various programs including reduced or free fees for After School Education & Safety (ASES), waiver of fees for taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams, and other programs.
Good evening Brookside families. Tomorrow November 11th is Veteran's Day. There is no school. Friday November 12th is a normal school day. Enjoy your day off and we will see you on Friday.
Dear Blosser Lane and Brookside Families of Bus Riders, Please be informed that a person on your child’s bus for Blosser Lane Elementary School and Brookside Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. The person was on the bus today, October 26, 2021. There will be no bus service tomorrow morning; it will resume tomorrow afternoon for those students who have tested negative. Please bring your Brookside student to Brookside at 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. for drive-thru testing. If negative, your child can come to school and then take the bus home as usual. If positive, more information will be provided. The Kids Club bus was not affected; it will run as usual. If you do not want your child tested at school, you have two options. You can have your child tested at your health provider’s office, or with the County. If you do not wish to have any testing, your child will need to quarantine at home for 10 days, and may return on Monday, November 8th. If you have questions, please call the Blosser Lane office at 459-3232 or the Brookside office at 459-5385. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Sincerely, Nancy Runberg and Kathy Crossman, Principals
Good evening Brookside Families. Your school pictures should have come home today. If for any reason you need to do a retake, please send the original package with all contents inside back on Wednesday, October 27th. Your child will give the package to the photographer. Class photos will be printed after retakes are done. If it is raining, retakes will be done inside at a location to be determined. If inside, the natural background will not be available. We are going to do our best to take them outside. We are at the mercy of the weather. Have a good weekend.
Good evening Brookside Families. A class dojo went out a little while ago. All students at Brookside will now be eating inside for brunch and lunch. Please refer to your dojo for more information. Thank you.
Good evening Brookside Families, picture retake day has been rescheduled. The new date is Wednesday, October 27th. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. There are picture forms available in the office.
Good evening Brookside Families, Next week is parent/teacher conference week. Every day next week is a minimum day. School will get out at 1:10 pm. A friendly reminder that Brookside is a peanut free school. Please do not send anything to school that has peanuts in it, including peanut butter.
Good evening Brookside families. Tomorrow Sept. 14th is a minimum day for grades K through second. School will get out at 1:10 pm. Wed. Sept. 15th is TK and K picture day. Thursday Sept. 16th is first and second grade picture day.
Good evening, Brookside Families. Monday, September 6th there is no school. Tuesday, September 7th begins full days for kindergarten and will be a minimum day ending at 1:10 pm for kindergarten through 2nd grade students. Enjoy your three day weekend.
In 2021/2022 Brookside will be a peanut and peanut butter free school. We will have a student with a severe airborne allergy to peanuts. If your child only eats peanut butter, please work this summer to ensure your child learns to enjoy other options before next year as absolutely NO peanuts or peanut butter will be allowed on campus next year. Thank you!
Enrollment for the Emergency Broadband Benefit is now open. The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. Families of WUSD all qualify under the CEP free lunch food program. Please check to see if your service provider is participating under the Emergency Broadband Benefit and go to https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit for more information now! La inscripción para el beneficio de banda ancha de emergencia ya está abierta. El beneficio de banda ancha de emergencia proporcionará un descuento de hasta $ 50 por mes para el servicio de banda ancha para hogares elegibles y hasta $ 75 por mes para hogares en tierras tribales elegibles. Los hogares elegibles también pueden recibir un descuento único de hasta $ 100 para comprar una computadora portátil, computadora de escritorio o tableta de los proveedores participantes si contribuyen más de $ 10 y menos de $ 50 al precio de compra. Todas las familias de WUSD califican bajo el programa de almuerzos gratuitos de CEP. Verifique si su proveedor de servicios participa en el beneficio de banda ancha de emergencia y visite https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit para obtener más información ahora.
Message from our Superintendent re returning to school after travel: If you travel over spring break, please be aware of the current guidelines for NON-Vaccinated individuals. Voluntary travel outside of the area (usually 120 miles or more) should be done cautiously, wear face masks, maintain social distance and wash your hands . If you are going somewhere and participating in higher risk areas like parks, hotels, etc., the current CDC guideline is to quarantine for a minimum of 7 days after traveling. It is further recommended to take a COVID test 3-5 days after you return, if negative you may return to work/school 7 days after travel. If you do not test you must stay out for 10 days and continue to monitor for COVID symptoms for 14 days.
Reopening for on-site instruction. This is the phased in process that will be used. March 15/16 There will be no school for students at Brookside, Blosser, BGMS to prepare the staff and site for the return of students. March 17 Wednesday 0n-site and Dist.Learning resumes - Brookside K-2, Blosser 3-5, BGMS 6th grade only. March 22 Sherwood K-8, Sanhedrin 9-12, BGMS 7-8 March 28 WHS 9th and 10th, Ind. Study students where space is available April 12 WHS 11th and 12th Bus runs, start times and schedule changes will be sent out by the schools sites on Friday.
Good Morning Brookside Families. We are happy to announce that electricity has been restored to Brookside. Please contact your child's teacher if you would like more information. Thank you.
Hi Brookside Families... we have electricity at Brookside! Thank you, PG&E! We are planning to resume our schedule as it was before the storms. If your child comes to school tomorrow, it would be wise to verify with your teacher, via Dojo or email, that your teacher and/or para-educator will be there. Some people are still greatly affected by the storm. Thanks for your patience through this. We appreciate you very much and hope that you are doing well.
The Willits teachers will open up today on their online classes if they’re able to and we would like students to connect if they can. We understand that there are still some power issues around town but if you have access please login.
Good evening Brookside families. Due to a power outage at Brookside School, there will be only distance learning for Brookside students. There will be no students at Brookside School on Thursday 1/27. Thank you.
Because of bad driving conditions and multiple power outages throughout the district, Willitst unified schools will be closed today.
Weather Update! Based on the expected conditions, WUSD will not have any on-site instruction on Wednesday the 27th. However, unless there is a power outage at home online instruction will continue on Wednesday as normal.
Good evening Brookside Families, Picture make-up day is tomorrow, Jan. 21st. This is a drive thru event just like last time. The times are 9-3pm.
Brookside Families, As you know, Brookside staff and teachers are not seeing students at school this week. We will be continuing that through next week, as well. We plan to resume our individual in-person instruction, beginning Tuesday, January 19th. Until the 19th, we will not be working in person with students or having in-person meetings with parents and guardians. We will still be meeting with students and families on Zoom. Our teachers of students in special education classes will let families know individually how they plan to meet with students. If you have questions about the schedule next week, please send your child’s teacher an email or a message on Class Dojo, or call your teacher at 459-5385. Thank you very much for your understanding and patience. Most sincerely, Kathy Crossman, Principal
Parents and Students: We are still operating under our Seemless Summer program. Anyone who is 18 years old or younger, enrolled or not, can receive at no cost a breakfast and/or lunch. Households can pick up to five days at a time including weekends. Meals can be picked up at the Willits High School cafeteria Monday through Friday from 8am to 2 PM. Deliveries are available upon request on a daily or weekly basis. During winter break, meals can be picked up Monday and Tuesday, December 21st and 22nd and Monday and Tuesday the 28th and 29th from 8 to 2 PM. You can call the cafeteria to set up delivery or with any questions you may have at 707-459-7700 ex 1555.
Parents and Families, in an abundance of caution, Brookside Elementary is limiting on-campus interactions for general education the week after we return from break, January 4-8. General education teachers and para-educators will not be working in person with students or having in-person meetings with parents and guardians. Teachers will still be meeting with students on Zoom and will send an updated schedule, if changes will be made. Our special education classes plan to meet as usual. If you have questions about the schedule that week, please send your child’s teacher an email or a message on Class Dojo, or call the teacher at 459-5385. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Padres y familias, con mucha precaución, la primaria Brookside está limitando las interacciones en el campus para la educación general la semana después de que regresemos de las vacaciones, del 4 al 8 de enero. Los maestros de educación general y los para-educadores no trabajarán en persona con los estudiantes ni tendrán reuniones en persona con los padres y tutores. Los maestros seguirán reuniéndose con los estudiantes en Zoom y enviarán un horario actualizado, si se realizarán cambios. Nuestras clases de educación especial planean reunirse como de costumbre. Si tiene preguntas sobre el horario de esa semana, envíe al maestro de su hijo un correo electrónico o un mensaje en Class Dojo, o llame al maestro al 459-5385. Gracias por su comprensión y paciencia.
Good evening Brookside Families, Our school pictures are in. To pick them up you will need to drive to the front of the school and call the office at 459-5385 to let us know you are here. We will then run your pictures out to your car. Please do not come to the office window. Stay in your car. There will be a picture make-up day in January. We will let you know the exact date soon. Class pictures will be available shortly after the make-up day.
Good evening Brookside TK and Kindergarten Families. Please remember to return your Willits Unified School District Educational Benefit Form. This form was mailed to you before Thanksgiving Break. You can either mail it back to us with the pre paid envelope included or return it to the Brookside Office by Wednesday, December 9th. Thank you and have a nice evening.
Here is the link to the Spanish Version of the Parent Survey on reopening. https://forms.gle/qpe4rKuCHWmHo5Hu6
Hello Brookside Families. Just a reminder that you have until November 30th to purchase insurance for your students new WUSD iPad or Chomebook. You will be unable to purchase insurance after this date. Insurance can be purchased online at https://www.worthavegroup.com/gpo/willits. Thank you and have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Break!
So far WUSD has only received responses representing 370 of approximately 1500 students in the district. In order for us to get a clearer picture of your wishes, we must hear from more of our families. Below are the current results. If you have not filled out the survey please click on this link. https://www.willitsunified.com/o/wusd/page/school-reopening
WUSD has developed a draft plan with input from administration and teachers on how to reopen schools safely. I expect that this plan will have changes to it as time, data and procedures change. A major goal before coming back on site is to develop a viable academic plan, share it with our parents and then poll our parents to determine who wants to send their students back to on-site learning. Without question, WUSD will be following all the County Health Department guidelines for example; masks will be required, social distancing as much as possible, and small cohort sizes. I envision there is a group of parents who are not going to send their child back regardless of the hybrid model we have in place and others who are passionate about getting them back in even if it’s for a short period of time. WUSD wants to provide what the community needs and will have options for either on-site or to continue with distance learning. In order to provide our parents with choices it may require some staff movement and could take some time to put in place. WUSD will be doing a survey with the parents of all students to get information back to help plan for a reopen, whenever that can take place. The district has all the PPE necessary for staff and students. Every classroom will have a hospital grade air purifier and daily disinfection. Each site will have a set of health standards protocols. (Attached) At this time, COVID numbers are growing daily and reopening in a fully hybrid model is in not a good idea. The District also has several import safety items on back order, such as air purifiers. Currently WUSD is allowing students on campus to meet one on one with their teachers as needed, and providing direct services for our students with special needs. In the next few weeks, I would like the coaches to begin athletic conditioning with our students, following all the rules established by the athletic department. With the holidays approaching this is an opportune time to refine the practices and protocols. After the holidays, in mid-January we will have data to determine if it is allowable to reopen. Mark Westerburg Parent survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdTNwoD3lYplGUpOBaDjXqVJnggfkQrExjieJOdR5_ts_jzAQ/viewform More information and Health and Safety Protocols https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1005611/WUSD_Health_and_Safety_Procedures_and_Protocols.pdf
Hello Brookside first grade families, Don't forget that tomorrow is first grade picture day. The times are 8-12pm and 1-3pm.
Hello Brookside second grade families, If you missed today's picture day, you can still come tomorrow or Wednesday to have your picture taken. The times are 8-12pm and 1-3pm.
Happy Halloween Brookside Families! Be sure to check out this years Student Halloween Parade and Spooky Story Time! Have a safe and very Happy Halloween!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPzhSkrhLL4&feature=youtu.be
Brookside and Blosser Lane School Picture Clarifications. There has been some confusion about school pictures, Grades TK-5. Brookside and Blosser Lane Elementary Schools' photos are being taken by Jordan Eads Photography. Jordan Eads is offering, in a Covid -safe way, photo packages, as well as class pictures, and is providing teachers with extra copies for art projects, ect. Brookside families will receive a photo order form by mail or online and Blosser Lane families can get an order form online. Please contact your child's school if you have any questions about dates and times. Picture days/locations are: Brookside November 2nd-4th at Brookside Elementary Blosser Lane: November 5th,6th and 9th at Blosser Lane Elementary
Brookside and Blosser Lane School Picture Clarifications There has been some confusion about school pictures, Grades TK-5. Brookside and Blosser Lane Elementary Schools’ photos are being taken by Jordan Eads Photography. Jordan Eads is offering, in a Covid-safe way, photo packages as well as class pictures, and is providing teachers with extra copies for art projects, etc. Brookside families will receive a photo order form by mail or online and Blosser Lane families can get an order form online. Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions about dates and times. Picture days/location are: Brookside: November 2nd-4th at Brookside Elementary Blosser Lane: November 5th, 6th, and 9th at Blosser Lane Elementary
Student Photo Opportunity. Maureen Moore will be at Baechtel Grove Middle School this weekend - Saturday, October 24 from 9 am to 3 pm and Sunday, October 25 from 9 am to 1 pm for school photos! Please see flyer below for details and please let others know. Please contact your school with any questions.
Hello Brookside Families! Looking for a fun way to celebrate Halloween with your student? Come and join us online for a Halloween Parade 2020 style! We are asking Parents for a video or picture submission of their child, in costume, to be included in our 2020 Brookside Student Virtual Parade. Please submit your video or photo for the Brookside Virtual Parade no later than 10/23/2020 so we will have time for processing. Video's should be 6 to 12 seconds in length. Watch https:youtu.be/Pgs5CMtick for ideas and requirements. Be creative and have fun! Submit your entry to JeffCramer@WillitsUnified.com
Hello everyone! Brookside's class pictures from last school year have finally arrived. We will be mailing them home very soon. We are just waiting for the envelopes to arrive. Be on the look out!
If You Want Your Taxes to Stay Local, Choose Measure I Willits public schools are in desperate need of maintenance and repairs. Every single school in the Willits Unified School District leaks when it rains, and that’s just the beginning. The longer we defer maintenance, the more expensive repairs will become. The question is how do we, as a community, raise funds to pay for those repairs? In the upcoming election, there is a statewide proposition and a local ballot measure that address school funding. California Proposition 15 would only guarantee an additional $15,000 per year for Willits schools (or $180,000 over 12 years). Measure I would allow Willits schools to raise $17 million over 12 years. If Prop. 15 passes, California schools will get 40 percent of the revenue. Of that, community colleges will receive 11 percent. The remaining funds would be divvied up among K-12 schools statewide. Prop. 15 isn’t polling very well, so depending on it to fund local school repairs is a big risk, but even if it does pass, it only guarantees $100 per student per year, not nearly enough to pay for the upkeep required for Willits schools. It’s possible that more revenue could come our way, but there’s no guarantee. On the other hand, if Measure I passes, 100 percent of revenue would remain local and go toward repairing and maintaining Willits public schools, including charter schools. Because the general obligation bond will be issued in four or more stages, the school board can reduce the burden on taxpayers should economic conditions change or other funding, such as Proposition 15, become available. As a reminder, Measure I would cost property owners a maximum of $40 per $100,000 of assessed value (not market value) per year. Assessed value is determined by the Mendocino County Assessor and is listed on your property tax bill. If, for example, your house is assessed at $250,000, your overall annual bill would be $100 (that’s about $8 per month). With these funds, public schools in Willits would have the funds to responsibly fix what is broken and keep school facilities in good repair. Willits Unified projects include replacing broken furniture at schools districtwide, repairing the roof at Blosser Lane Elementary, purchasing portable classrooms at Brookside Elementary and cafeteria tables at Baechtel Grove Middle School, paving parking lots at Willits High and the District Office, updating science classrooms at Baechtel Grove and Willits High, and similar projects. Proposition 15 is a whole different deal. I’m not recommending a vote for or against Prop. 15; that’s a personal decision. I’m just letting you know that Prop. 15 is unlikely to provide the funds needed to maintain local schools. Please realize that a vote in favor of Proposition 15 does not replace the need for Measure I. With Measure I, you will be able to see your tax dollars at work here in Willits. In the last election, 162 people skipped over the school bond—leaving it blank rather than voting yes or no—presumably because they didn’t feel they knew enough to make a good decision. My goal here is to provide information so voters feel comfortable taking a position one way or another. Please don’t leave it blank. If you need more information, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. You can reach me at the district office at 707-459-5314.
If You Want Your Taxes to Stay Local, Vote on Measure I Willits public schools are in desperate need of maintenance and repairs. Every single school in the Willits Unified School District leaks when it rains, and that’s just the beginning. The longer we defer maintenance, the more expensive repairs will become. The question is how do we, as a community, raise funds to pay for those repairs? In the upcoming election, there is a statewide proposition and a local ballot measure that address school funding. California Proposition 15 would only guarantee an additional $15,000 per year for Willits schools (or $180,000 over 12 years). Measure I would allow Willits schools to raise $17 million over 12 years. If Prop. 15 passes, California schools will get 40 percent of the revenue. Of that, community colleges will receive 11 percent. The remaining funds would be divvied up among K-12 schools statewide. Prop. 15 isn’t polling very well, so depending on it to fund local school repairs is a big risk, but even if it does pass, it only guarantees $100 per student per year, not nearly enough to pay for the upkeep required for Willits schools. It’s possible that more revenue could come our way, but there’s no guarantee. On the other hand, if Measure I passes, 100 percent of revenue would remain local and go toward repairing and maintaining Willits public schools, including charter schools. Because the general obligation bond will be issued in four or more stages, the school board can reduce the burden on taxpayers should economic conditions change or other funding, such as Proposition 15, become available. As a reminder, Measure I would cost property owners a maximum of $40 per $100,000 of assessed value (not market value) per year. Assessed value is determined by the Mendocino County Assessor and is listed on your property tax bill. If, for example, your house is assessed at $250,000, your overall annual bill would be $100 (that’s about $8 per month). With these funds, public schools in Willits would have the funds to responsibly fix what is broken and keep school facilities in good repair. Willits Unified projects include replacing broken furniture at schools districtwide, repairing the roof at Blosser Lane Elementary, purchasing portable classrooms at Brookside Elementary and cafeteria tables at Baechtel Grove Middle School, paving parking lots at Willits High and the District Office, updating science classrooms at Baechtel Grove and Willits High, and similar projects. Proposition 15 is a whole different deal. I’m not recommending a vote for or against Prop. 15; that’s a personal decision. I’m just letting you know that Prop. 15 is unlikely to provide the funds needed to maintain local schools. Please realize that a vote in favor of Proposition 15 does replace the need for Measure I. With Measure I, you will be able to see your tax dollars at work here in Willits. In the last election, 162 people skipped over the school bond—leaving it blank rather than voting yes or no—presumably because they didn’t feel they knew enough to make a good decision. My goal here is to provide information so voters feel comfortable taking a position one way or another. Please don’t leave it blank. If you need more information, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. You can reach me at the district office at 707-459-5314.
Congratulations to the following certified staff, you have attained permanent status with WUSD! We greatly appreciate your dedication to the students and district. Lucas Brown, District School Psychologist Melissa Coughlin, Teacher at Brookside Katrina Hall, Teacher at High School Trisa Hall, Teacher at Brookside Patrick Keough, Teacher at BGMS Kirsten Myers, Teacher at Brookside Speech and Language
All of Brooktrails has been reopened with the exception of third gate.
Due to fire conditions WUSD schools will be closed on Tuesday Sept. 8th.
Hello Brookside Families! Do you need help setting up your devices or have questions about your student's apps? We are here to help you with your tech needs. Please contact our Brookside office at 707-459-5385. We are happy to help!
Hi Brookside Families, August 21, was supposed to be a school picnic on the field, but obviously we won’t be having it. I’m sorry for the cancellation of this event. You should all be getting a call from our office and a call or letter from your child’s teacher soon. It has been fun speaking with families! Everyone is sounding positive and upbeat for the kids- and that’s fabulous! Together we can make a great year for our students! If you have questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you! ❤️
HOTSPOT at home For people who have cell service this is how you make your iphone a hotspot so your chromebook can connect to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NToTQfrdNHg This is how you turn your Android phone into a hotspot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-Y1HS4j8SU This would work for people who have good phone service but don't pay for home internet service. This is how you can check to see if a hotspot will work in your location. The hotspot is simply just like the phone for access to the internet.
All WUSD schools will open on August 31, 2020 with a Distance Learning program. This plan is based upon the Governor’s order for school districts within counties placed on the state Watch List. Even though our county is not currently on the Watch List (as of August 4, 2020), Dr. Doohan has advised that our county data meets the criteria and is therefore recommending that all schools in Mendocino County open with a Distance Learning model. The state has defined the requirements for schools in order to provide high quality learning for all students. Our instructional program will be very different than it was in the spring, when we were mandated to close with little to no planning time. Teachers and staff have been working throughout the summer to develop methods and curriculum that will be effective and engaging. All students will be scheduled to be online daily at specific times to receive instruction from their teachers and to participate in activities where they will interact with their peers. Independent activities will also be part of the instructional program and will take place during specified time periods. Teachers will create a daily schedule for their classes that will outline the specific times and activities that students must complete. You will receive information regarding the specific schedules within the next couple of weeks. The district is committed to helping our families and will be reaching out with phone calls beginning August 17th. We appreciate your support as we continue to fine-tune all of the many details involved in our instructional delivery method. I have every confidence that with the help of our parents, our staff can provide an excellent program that addresses your students’ needs. For households unable to receive Internet we are looking at the possibility of opening school campuses on a limited basis, we also purchased equipment to have Wi-Fi on our school buses that will be placed around the community for internet access, as well as working with our local businesses to open up Wi-Fi to the public. WUSD will also provide devices such as chrome books, iPads, and headphones for all students who need them. In most cases grades 3-12, your child should have their own device. We truly miss you and look forward to the days when we can reopen schools, please stay tuned for more detailed information in the near future. Thank you all for being a part of Willits Unified School District. Mark Westerburg
At the July 17th WUSD School Board Meeting, two important decisions were made. First, we will start school on Monday August 31st. Secondly, the WUSD schools will begin the year in a remote (distance) learning environment. It is the goal of the staff to provide a much improved educational experience for students. In grades TK-2 we will focus on packets for students that go with our curriculum and will allow parents to follow the process. In grades 3-5 we will be using workbooks and technology provided by WUSD to enhance the work. Baechtel Grove Middle School will be using a schedule that provides four periods of core instruction, one of PE and an elective period. They will have live online instruction every single day from the district adopted curriculum. We are also providing parent support for technological and other questions and concerns, as well as informational training. You will be able to call the school directly and get a response from designated staff. We all believe that you need to be adequate and meaningful partners in this work. At the High School students will have a three period schedule where the courses last six weeks. Each school will be providing parents and students with many details and procedures in late August before we start. We will transition to on site classroom instruction as soon as the health guidelines allow us to do so. If we want our children back at school, as a community we need to continue to follow health guidelines, to not get on the county watch list with the state. The district is working with other local governmental agencies to provide more free internet access, as well as exploring opening up our school libraries to download assignments. The CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Sports have been shifted to two seasons with one beginning in mid December and the second season starting in mid March. The majority of sports will be offered, just compacted into two seasons. Their online instruction will look very different this year, as teachers increase their knowledge of virtual instruction. We will be in communication with families as the situation changes. Please stay patient as we transition to this changing environment.
The WUSD School Board is meeting tomorrow night to do some needed business and discuss the reopening options for the fall. There will not be a decision made, it is to soon to know what it will look like on Aug. 31st. When we do consider opening in the fall it will be in a more Covid prepared schedule or remotely. Our goal is to allow parents choice of doing independent study or back in classroom instruction if the conditions allows it. I use the restaurant mentality, if we can’t be in the inside of the restaurant, we can’t be in the classrooms. If the rules are some percentage capacity in the restaurant with masks we will try and provide that option in classrooms. In mid-August our goal will be to call each family and ask parents to choose an option of in class or independent study and we will make the staffing adjustments needed. Beyond staffing we will need to make building specific plans for situations that may occur. Our goal is to provide the safest environment we can and give parents options. If we had to start tomorrow our data is trending the wrong way and the guidelines are locking down more not less, so we would be on home instruction. If you would like to give the board information please use my email address to do so. ( email@example.com ) If you would like to participate in the zoom board meeting this is the address https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9782489039?pwd=V0U2cUtHZUMzQk5xR3d5Vy9wT1JkZz09 There is also a chat box to ask questions or use your time during the public comments section. The WUSD staff is working hard this summer to get ready for this new situation that provides the safest and best academic environment we can financially afford to do.
Hello Brookside families! Tomorrow, Friday May 29th is our last homework drop off opportunity for Brookside students. Please return all work, whether complete or not. The drop off times are 8:30-12:30 pm and 4:30-6:30 pm. We look forward to seeing all of your hard work!!
Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency. Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020.
It certainly appears that we will not be returning to normal classroom settings for the remainder of this school year. All school sites have made plans to continue with modified school instruction through the end of May. The first week of June will be used for students to turn in all assignments and for teachers to assign grades. All students will be moved to the next grade unless discussions about retention have already taken place. Although very unlikely- if it is possible before this school year ends to bring back a limited number of students, the District would consider the following: Brookside grade 2 only, Blosser Lane grade 5 only, BGMS grade 8 only and all seniors at WHS. In regards to graduation our preference is to wait it out, meet as a group and make it happen. As I have stated before, we can do it in August if necessary. I prefer this idea over a virtual ceremony. Middle school and high school campuses are planning to hold a summer school session from July 27th through August 14th. WUSD is willing to provide support to all other summer session programs which use our facilities so they may become operational. In regards to the governor's comments about starting school July 1st. There are more problems with that Idea than good. A major issue for a third of our students is transportation, can they get on the bus, with such a confined space we would have to limit buses to 12 students and this is a problem. Another large issue is the heat in July, only about 40% of our facilities have air conditioning and classrooms would be very warm. Along with this are summer jobs, summer school, cleaning facilities, adding 20+ days to teachers' work year, new teachers who won't be here yet, plus all the added cost for operations for a month and half. Although we are anxious to all be together again an early start is not the best plan. When all the students come back in August we will all work aggressively to get back on track. I commend all of our parents and staff for working through this situation, hang in there. My biggest concern in coming back together is the health of our adult staff, the impact from the virus can be harsh and we have a small number of substitutes available. The need to social distance even with a small group is very tough with young kids. If we do have to create A and B days for students to limit the exposure we will do so. Bus routes, siblings, teachers, children and creating off day work for students will be a challenge but we will do it if necessary. In conclusion, we are waiting it out and hopeful that summer will get us a little closer too normal. Our goals for Willits Unified are to finish the year in distance mode, have a graduation ceremony, provide whatever educational services we can in the summer and get ready for next school year. Mark Westerburg
Hi Brookside families. Your next independent study packets were mailed out today. You should receive them in the next couple of days. Packet drop off dates are May 4th,15th, and the 29th. Please drop off your finished packets in the cans in front of the Brookside office between the hours of 8:30-12:30 and 4:30-6:30 pm. May 29th is our final drop off day. We miss you all and hope you are all safe and well.
Hi Brookside Families, We hope you are all doing well. We miss our students so much! Here is an updated Packet Schedule, for getting packets mailed to you at home, and for dropping packets off at school. If you miss a drop-off day, don't worry, just turn in all packets on the next Drop-off Day. Please try to stay current with dropping off packets, though! Be sure to drop off all packets by the last Drop-off Day, May 29th! April 29, Wednesday: We will mail packets home. May 4, Monday: Packet Drop Off Day: 8:30-12:30 and 4:30-6:30- Drop Packets in the cans in front of the school May 15, Friday: Packet Drop Off Day: 8:30-12:30 and 4:30-6:30- Drop Packets in the cans in front of the school May 29, Friday: FINAL Packet Drop Off Day: 8:30-12:30 and 4:30-6:30- Drop Packets in the cans in front of the school
Homework Packet Cover Sheet Update... Good news... Our Superintendent said that you, Parents and Guardians, only need to sign one 'contract' sheet for the entire time of our homework packets! That's a great change that will cut down on some of your weekly paperwork. Reminder: It is important to include your child's name and the teacher's name at the top of each week's packet. More information about packet drop off and mailing will be coming soon! Thank you for your support!
I have attached a link to the CENSUS 2020. It is very important for school funding to have an accurate census for the district. Federal funding inTitle Programs, food service and grant opportunities come from census data. It is very quick and easy to do. https://my2020census.gov/
Hello Brookside Families. We miss you all. We hope you are all safe at home. We will be mailing home your next set of work packets this week. There will be cans out front of the office on Tuesday, April 14th. from 8:30-6:30 pm for you to drop off completed packets.
Check out Mrs Saperstein's 2nd Grade Class Webpage! She will be updating it with great resources for her classroom students. You can find it here => https://goo.gl/ARvgzv
Willits Unified Schools has extended the Modified School period through Friday May 1st. All the Mendocino County Schools will be under this extension. We will be monitoring the situation. I look forward to returning to school as soon as it is safe for staff and students to be together.
We have been using this program at grades 3-5 for the past two years. Based on the situation we are in, I have expanded the use of it and added Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. If you have a student in grades 3-5 they know all about it. IXL has grade Level Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. (Science and Social Studies start at 2nd grade). The program is linked to California State Standards for all areas and is set to work in conjunction with the Math book series we use in grades K-5. This is new to the K-2 teachers, they will be able to see your child's progress and what the struggle with. The 3-5 Grade teachers already know who to use it and will now be able to use it for Language Arts as well. If you go to the district website and click on the Modified School Information Button you will see a video named IXL to watch. DOWNLOAD the App for tablets, Ipads, Iphone and smartphones https://www.ixl.com/apps Login Websitie https://www.ixl.com/signin/willits Username Firstname lastname @Willits (Example: johnsmith@willitsPassword abcd1234 ( you can change it if you wish once your are up and running. ) Thank you for all your efforts at home.
Hello Brookside Families. We will be doing an independent study packet exchange today, Monday March 23rd from 8:30-12:30 and 4:30-6:30. Please bring week 1 signed by you and your student and we will give you weeks 2 and 3. This will be a drive through process. Please do not park; stay in your car and follow directions to drive through the parking lot. Please be very patient in line. In addition to the option of picking up independent study packets at school tomorrow, you can choose to download and print packets at home. Here is how... 1. Get the Willits USD app (it’s green with a redwood tree) 2. In the app on the left side, is a list of options. Click on the bottom option, ‘Modified School Instruction.’ 3. You will see the 8 weeks of modified assignments our school has available. Use Weeks 4, 5 and 6. Download and print Weeks 5 and 6 if you wish, or you can pick them up at school tomorrow. You can save the completed packet 1 and turn it in with packets 2 and 3 when we return to school. Thank you very much.
Hello Brookside Families. We will be doing an independent study packet exchange on Monday March 23rd from 8:30-12:30 and 4:30-6:30. Please bring week 1 signed by you and your student and we will give you weeks 2 and 3. This will be a drive through process. Please do not park; stay in your car and follow the car in front of you. Please be very patient in line. We are hoping to be quick and efficient. Thank you and stay safe.
The best way to contact staff is through email. All district emails are first and last name @willitsunified.com. For example firstname.lastname@example.org Important information for WUSD is located on the district website under the Modified School Information link. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19avYBzh8L5XfvixXwXPz6-Yg23G08uyF
Mendocino County will be going into a shelter in place at 10 PM tonight. Based on that all buildings will be closed on Thursday until further notice. The phones will be monitored and checked remotely. Student food pick up at WHS will continue as scheduled.
I have put together a folder of information to share with parents and students during this non-classroom instruction time. It is my intent to continue to add to this as we go through the weeks. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19avYBzh8L5XfvixXwXPz6-Yg23G08uyF?usp=sharing
Let me tell you what I saw today on the first day on non-traditional school for WUSD. https://drive.google.com/file/d/179V-ymN3MUqEwGKiAo7HeEmePOVhLJZN/view?usp=sharing
Families of Brookside Students: To turn in the first packet of homework and to pick up the next two packets, please come to the school parking lot and our teachers will be out to take the completed packet and give you a fresh packet. Please stay in your car and drive through the parking lot! Dates: Monday and Tuesday, March 23 and 24 Times: 8:30-12:30 and 4:30-6:30, each of those days
All school sites will be open on Monday for students to get any materials they need, but normal in-class instruction will be suspended until April 13. Students will be expected to begin their packets or online instruction. Please say turned into information because this is a changing situation. It will be our hope to have our libraries open for students who need access. Breakfast and lunch will be provided through the high school in a pick up and go fashion.
I am meeting with the county health department, doctors and the other superintendents from the county today at 12:00. We will be determining when and for how long schools will need to be closed. This is a unique situation and it is important to get the best information available. Please look for a posting at 2 pm for an update. I am fully aware of the reasons to close and stay open.
Opportunity available for students to access reading at home at the student's ability level! Brookside students can read at home using an app called Kids A-Z (https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login). This is set up by teachers; each class has its own code, and each student has a separate username and password. At home, students can practice reading and advance through reading levels. If you are not sure how to log-on to Kids A-Z, contact your child's teacher. https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login (each class has its own class code)
Possible School Closure Information. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X2u4VIP0WIb3GZNR1xeqlw15ud0ehOYu/view?usp=sharing
Brookside students go online to the Clever website and practice your math fun! Here is the website: https://clever.com/in/willits-unif-school-district Your child's username and password were sent home on Friday 3/13/2020 on a sticker on the manilla envelope with the independent study packet. The username is the 6 digit Perm ID. The password is the child's birthdate in this format: x/x/xxxx (EX: 1/3/2012 or 10/31/2012). Once you log-in, it will prompt you to make a new password. Have fun!
Opportunity available for students to access reading at home at the student's ability level! Username and password are on the label of the manilla envelope that went hoe with students on Friday 3/13.2020. Brookside students can read at home using an app called Kids A-Z (https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login). This is set up by teachers; each class has its own code, and each student has a separate username and password. At home, students can practice reading and advance through reading levels. If you are not sure how to log-on to Kids A-Z, contact your child's teacher. https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login (each class has its own class code)
Helpful Online Resources for K-2 Health Information For kids: Mystery Science Lessons Germs https://mysteryscience.com/mini-lessons/germs?code=ae494d29793589f8a5eec825ccaf68fd Why do we have tears? https://mysteryscience.com/mini-lessons/tears?code=000b1e8164ccc742de92c8086ab30d54 Brain Pop Video https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/ https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus
K-8 Parent Survey on Minimum Days. I have had trouble with Google forms getting this out. Please use the link if you did not get the chance to respond. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCFU7HeuT4SOkmS1b2sd3ef-65ulnyAKoxgk_dy6L7kmhmmA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1
Here is the most current county information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/novel-coronavirus
WUSD will be putting a plan together this week for a home study program for students if the health conditions require it. All buildings were disinfected this weekend. Please watch this video. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-facts-about-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
Just a reminder! February 27th and 28th are minimum days. School will be released at 1:10 p.m.
Parents of K- 5 students who ride bus 8. Bus 8 is running late today due to mechanical issues. This has been resolved, but there is a 1 hour delay in the normally scheduled bus route. If you have any question please contact the transportation department at 459-5111. Thank you and have a wonderful evening.
Just a reminder! Our 1:10 Early Release Days for the month of February will be on Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th. Thank you!
Measure G Information Nights- Open Community Forum Please join School Board President, Alex Bowlds and WUSD Superintendent, Mark Westerburg to discuss and ask questions about Measure G; the school bond initiative for Willits Unified School District coming up on the March 3, 2020 election. There will be two meetings held at Willits High School, Media Center, 299 N. Main Street. For more information please contact the District Office 459-5314 ext. 1101 February 4, 2020, 6:30 p.m. February 10, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Measure G Information Nights- Open Community Forum Please join School Board President, Alex Bowlds and WUSD Superintendent, Mark Westerburg to discuss and ask questions about Measure G; the school bond initiative for Willits Unified School District coming up on the March 3, 2020 election. There will be two meetings held at Willits High School, Media Center, 299 N. Main Street. For more information please contact the District Office 459-5314 ext. 1101 February 4, 2020, 6:30 p.m. February 10, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Due to snow and weather conditions Willits unified school district will be closed today at all sites.
Just a reminder: Next Tuesday, January 14th will be an Early Release Day. School will be out at 1:10 p.m. Mark your calendars!
Good evening Brookside Families. We would like to remind you that tomorrow December 20th is an early release day. School will end at 1:10 pm. We will be out for winter break for two weeks. School will resume on Monday January 6th. Please check the lost and found for any missing jackets or clothing. Our lost and found is very full and overflowing. We would like to wish you a very happy holiday.
Just a reminder! Tuesday, December 10th and Friday, December 20th are early release days. School will get out at 1:10 p.m.
Brookside PTO Meeting today, Wednesday, November 13th in Room 10 at 3:00 p.m. Help make a difference!
Just a reminder! Minimum days for the month of November are this coming Thursday and Friday, the 14th and the 15th. School will be dismissed at 1:10 p.m.
It is the end of the first trimester for this school year. Minimum days have been adjusted to allow for final exams and teacher grade reporting time. All schools will have minimum days on Thursday and Friday this week. Only WHS/SHS will release on Friday at 11:15 a.m.
Willits Unified Schools will not be in session tomorrow October 30. The school has planned in-services days for Thursday and Friday. So there will be no school for students on Thursday or Friday as well. The football game scheduled for Friday night will be played at its regular time if we have power, if not it will be played at 1 o’clock and 3:30 on Friday afternoon.
Due to power outages Willits unified school district will be closed on Tuesday the 29th. There is a pending Wind advisory for Tuesday night that may prolong the power shut down. I will keep you posted on our status as soon as I know definite information. Stay safe and alert to changing conditions.
Due to power outages there will be no school for Willits Unified on Monday the 28th. I will post again Monday afternoon to let everybody know our status for Tuesday.
This is a reminder for Monday morning. If you do not have power at home you can assume that the school does not have power either and we will be closed. I will keep you posted on the power situation at our school as time goes on.
Your student's school pictures are coming home in the next few days! Picture Retake Day is October 23rd. If you are unhappy with your student's picture, please have them retaken! Please send your picture packet back with your student on Retake Day.
All of the Willits schools have power and will be open today.
Good Evening. Please be advised that there is a chance of a power outage in the Willits area scheduled for tomorrow October 9th. If you have power at your residence tomorrow morning, assume that school will be in session during regular scheduled hours. If you do not have power at your residence tomorrow morning, assume school will be canceled. In the event of a power outage during the day, school will continue to be operational until the end of the school day. We will continue to update you as we receive further information. Mr. Westerburg
So very proud of our three Brookside team members who were recognized by parents of our students for their great work! Send me an email to recognize a staff member who has made a difference for your child. The staff member will be publicly recognized and win a nice prize! Thank you, Rachel Cash, Heather Miya and Tracey Douglas!
Bring your mug and come join us this coming Friday, September 20th for Coffee and Kids on the Playground! 7:45 am to 8:10 am. Let's enjoy some delicious April May's coffee, chat and watch our kids have fun!
Attention all Parents and Guardians! The 2019/2020 Bus Schedule has been updated. Please check your student's stop to verify their location and pick up time. A copy of the new bus schedule can be located on the Brookside website under Documents. You can also pick up a copy at the Brookside Office.
If you are going to volunteer with WUSD this year you need to have your fingerprints done. The company Print Your Mitts, will be at Brookside Elementary Open House on Thursday at 6 PM until 8. WUSD has a form that the DOJ charges us $32 for us to have processed and Mitt Your Mitts will charge you $30 for their service. If your interested please have 2 checks available to use. We greatly appreciate our volunteers. We don't have any choice on the rules or cost. I would get there early, last year there was a line.
Good evening parents and guardians. Just a reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday August 27, is an early dismissal day. School will end at 1:10 p.m.
Hello Parents. Our Brookside Back to School Night will be on Thursday, August 29. The schedule will be as follows: Preschool- 6:00 p.m. TK/Kindergarten Classrooms 6:00 p.m. First Grade Classrooms 6:30 p.m. Second Grade Classrooms 6:30 p.m. Principal's Welcome and a presentation about suggestions to help parents support reading will be in the Cafeteria at 6:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.
Reminder: All WUSD schools are on regular schedule today. Our first minimum day of the school year will be next Tuesday, August 27th.
Great Brookside teachers working hard to help kids learn to read.
Hello Parents! Just a reminder to please update your Parent Portal. This should be done at the start of each school year. Check your address, phone number and contact list. Your student's teacher is now posted! If you need help with the Portal, please contact the office at 707-459-5385.
Brookside Elementary would like to welcome you back to school. We will be having a Meet and Greet your Teacher Day. The dates are TK/Kindergarten Friday, August 16th from 4-5 pm, First grade Friday, August 16th from 4:30-5:30 pm, and Second grade Thursday, August 15th from 4-4:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you all. Your child's teacher will be posted in the Aeries Parent Portal on Wednesday, August 14th. Thank you, Brookside Elementary School
Brookside Teacher Meet and Greet! Kinder and TK- August 16th 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm First Grade- August 16th 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm Second Grade- August 15th 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm Come meet your teacher and check out your classroom. We can't wait to see you!
Every Friday is Spirit Day at Brookside! Show your school spirit by wearing your Green and Gold. Earn spirit points for your class. Go Bobcats!
Brookside's Back to School Night will be on August 29th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. See you there!
Frist Day of School is August 19th, 2019. School begins at 8:10 a.m. We are ready for a great year ahead!