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Newsletter for The Briarwood & Tuttle Schools | S u m m e r E d i t i o n 2017 Briarwood, A School for Children with Learning Differences The Tuttle School, A School for Children with Intellectual Disabilities


spirit & soul The Dedication of the Briarwood Mustang


n Tuesday, May 20, 2017, we welcomed Kath and Glenn Boles, their family and friends, students, faculty and administrators to the Dedication of the Briarwood Mustang in loving memory of Brian Patrick Boles, 1977-1998. Brian entered Briarwood in the Fall of 1988 as a 6th grader, and he was a 1995 graduate of Briarwood. He loved sports and learning and was so proud that his older brother Brett was a student at Briarwood and his mom taught here. While at Briarwood, Brian excelled no matter where – on the tennis and basketball courts, on the stage in drama, and in the classroom.

an opportunity to study the federal government. In addition to his role as a student leader, he has participated every year in our sports program. Brian is State ranked in tennis, a sport in which he excels.” Since the Spring of 1999, The Brian Boles Award has been presented annually at the Upper School Sports Banquet to an athlete who demonstrates a “heart and soul” for others through the athletic program at Briarwood. Brian was a great athlete and a person of strong character

with compassion for others. This recognition is the most coveted award of all and as of this year, twenty-one athletes have been honored. Brian’s legacy will continue, for he made a difference in many lives; his heart, spirit and soul will remain with us forever.

Thoughts were written about Brian in a letter to the Director of Admissions at St. Edward’s University: “Brian is such an outstanding young man who has clearly demonstrated leadership skills, as is evidenced by the fact that this year, his senior year, he is the President of the Student Council. In his junior year, Brian represented the Briarwood School as a delegate to a weeklong internship program in Washington, D. C., where he had

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Above: Glen & Kath Boles with family and friends, Founder Yvonne Streit, Austin Baldwin, recipient of the 2017 Brian Boles Award, and Carole Wills, Head of School.

Contents ›› FEATURE STORY Linda Ellerbee, American journalist, celebrates Briarwood's 50th at the Community Speakers Breakfast

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Message from Head of School


Community Speakers Breakfast


Internet Safety

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Middle-Upper Sports


Summer at Briarwood


Team Yearbook!


Tuttle School Loves Science!


Proclamation for Briarwood's 50th Year Alumni Highlights


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Founder, Yvonne Streit, in 1974


School Highlights

Journey down memory lane in photos taken from Briarwood's archives

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A Glimpse Into the Past.

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From the Head of School

Carole C. Wills | 1998-Current

A Fond Farewell to New Beginnings

We beat the odds. Some of us were told it wasn’t realistic for us to graduate from high school. Some of us were told college wouldn’t be an option, but the Class of 2017 said: BRING. IT. ON! We have always reached further, pushed harder, and fought for everything we want. And we succeeded because of our drive and our determination!

As the familiar and regal melody of Pomp and Circumstance announced the beginning of Commencement for the Class of 2017, the largest graduating class in Briarwood’s history began their processional walk. The standing-room only audience, filled with proud parents, grandparents, friends, alumni, current and former faculty cheered throughout the processional. In addition to being the largest graduating class in the fifty year history of Briarwood, the Class of 2017 was unique in many ways. A high percentage of the graduates entered Briarwood’s Lower School as young children and, although they could easily have transitioned along the way, they chose to remain with us throughout their middle and high school years, for they recognized and experienced the value of a Briarwood education.

The Class of 2017 was noteworthy in that they were a cohesive team, a team of stand-out leaders who excelled in the classroom, in Student Council, in athletics, theatre and community service. They accepted and appreciated all that Briarwood offered – on-going intense remediation that pinpointed and addressed not only their most deficit areas – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADD and other language-based learning disorders – along the way they were also ‘stretched to their strengths’! They persevered and represented the ‘best of the best’.

~ Sarah, Class of 2017

Farewell Address

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Briarwood graduating class of 1978

Quotes from their commencement addresses included phrases that epitomized their strengths, their perseverance and their confidence. Matt, who spoke on behalf of the Class of 2017, shared poignant words of encouragement:

Be Bold and Courageous! We have climbed many mountains to get here, and I know we will continue on our pursuits to greatness. So in the words of Dr. Seuss, ‘You’re off to great places. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting... so get on your way.’


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~ The Class of 2017

| Founder Yvonne Streit in 1972

Our graduates overcame obstacles in their learning, defied the odds, and ARE off to GREAT places. Twenty-six graduates will continue with their education through universities and colleges, such as Brigham Young University, Florida Atlantic College, Houston Community College, Lamar University, Liberty University, Lone Star College, Lynn University, Sam Houston State University, Schreiner University, Texas State Technical College, Texas Tech University, Tyler Junior College, University of Houston, University of the Incarnate Word, University of Utah, and Utah Valley University. Three graduates are pursuing their passions for careers in the arts, military, and music.

Leadership Retreat for Heads of LD Schools The Gow School, one of the premier LD schools in the world, hosted its third annual Retreat for Heads of LD schools in June. Attendees, sixty-five in number, represented 33 schools from across the nation.

€ Lucca Incerpi, Kerry Yonushonis, Dean Bragonier, founder of NoticeAbility, Carole Wills, Jakob Turpin, Courtney Turpin

Head of School Carole Wills and Director of Admissions Debbie Etheridge attended and participated in small group meetings that were specific to topics such as admissions, enrollment, financial stability, succession planning, as well as on-going research in the LD world. The Retreat represented collaboration at its best. Keynote speakers included two of Briarwood’s own! Kerry Yonushonis, parent of Lower School student Lucca, is a marathon swimmer, motivational speaker, psychotherapist, and an undiagnosed dyslexic. Despite struggling in school her whole life, Kerry graduated from college and earned two master’s degrees. In late Spring Kerry successfully completed a solo, open ocean swim of 22 miles across the Catalina Channel in California. She recently qualified to swim across the English Channel in September. Kerry will also deliver the Luncheon Address at the upcoming HBIDA Fall Symposium on September 23. To promote awareness of dyslexia, Kerry swims for NoticeAbility, a nonprofit whose founder is Dean Bragonier, Dyslexic/CEO. Kerry has chosen to support and bring attention to NoticeAbility, which offers an inquiry based experience in professional subject matters that cater to the neurological continued on next page


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strengths of the dyslexic mind. The subject matters include Engineering, Arts, Architecture and Entrepreneurship. This project based curricula, designed in partnership with Harvard, Tufts, and Boston University, is grounded in social emotional learning and executive function methodology. Briarwood is proud to be the first school in Texas to pilot a course, designed by Mr. Bragonier, in Entrepreneurship. Prior to its implementation in a Middle School Class, Mr. Bragonier visited Briarwood for several days to introduce his curriculum, to talk to students and parents and to provide professional development for administrators and Dr. Yvette Tumminello, who taught the 10 week class. ‘The Path Not Taken’ was the title of Carole Wills’ presentation to her colleagues at the Retreat. Sharing vignettes of her childhood in a small Texas town and her love for music, Carole reflected on a decision she made, following fifteen years of studying piano, to choose another path. In the Fall of 1986, her journey finally led her to The Briarwood School and, as is often said, ‘the rest is history.’ In 1998 she accepted the invitation to serve as Head of School, a decision for which she will always be thankful. Carole shared the history of Briarwood, stories of countless student

A glimpse into the past: Top: from one of Briarwood's first newsletters; Left: newsletter photos from 1992.

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successes, the responsibilities and privileges of a leader and, above all, a heartfelt passion to serve others. Emphasis was placed on the ‘balance of responsibilities’ of preserving Briarwood’s Mission and 50-Year history while leading with Vision. As Briarwood enters its fifty-first year with excitement and a profound spirit of ‘all that can be’, we carry the torch of our Mission, Purpose and Vision into the next 50 years with pride and with respect to our Founders, Dave and Yvonne Streit. They saw a need and responded by establishing a school, now world-renowned, that has served well over 11,000 students. Our Founders lit the torch and they, with a dedicated Board working alongside, set the stage for a lifetime to teach with expertise and with passion, to serve children and their families with a highly specialized education based on a diagnostic-prescriptive approach that truly meets the needs of each and every child. We welcome the 2017-2018 school year with excitement. As Head of School, I celebrate our history, rich, robust and solid. I also recognize and hold in honor the responsibilities of leading a stellar school into the future. Our spirit of what ‘can be’ fuels us to heights unknown–and yet possible! Briarwood is the very place where dreams and hopes do become realities.

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Linda Ellerbee Inspires at Community Speakers Breakfast


icking-off its fiftieth year, Briarwood was seeking someone who was an inspirational speaker to invite to its Community Speakers Breakfast - Linda Ellerbee delivered! Briarwood attendees were enthralled by Linda's poignant message on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at The Junior League of Houston. Linda is an American journalist who is most known for several jobs at NBC News, including Washington, D.C. correspondent, and also as host of the Nickelodeon network’s Nick News with Linda Ellerbee. In addition to her work in broadcast as an award-winning producer, writer and anchor, Ellerbee is also a best-selling author, speaker, cancer survivor, mom, grandmother and, as she puts it, “one more proud, loud, storytelling Texan.” Linda was born in Bryan, Texas and moved to Houston where she attended River Oaks Elementary School, Lanier Middle School,

and Lamar High School. Briarwood honored long-time supporter, The Assistance League of Houston, as their Honorary Chair. All proceeds benefited The Briarwood School Tuition Assistance Fund.


Middle Upper School

Seniors take their final walk down Briarwood halls; Juniors receive Senior Rings during Heart & Ring Ceremony; MU Biology Lab, MU Photography students showing off their new camera equipment; Science students designed their own periodic chart t-shirts; Spring Drama production.

NoticeAbility by Yvette Tumminello

Briarwood participated in the NoticeAbility Education program. NoticeAbility is an organization that designs curricula for students with dyslexia. It is an enhanced entrepreneurship program of academic learning that encourages students to think outside the box. They learned to work as a business team brainstorming product ideas, researching designs, production, output, product marketing and advertising. These teams then presented their product to a group of potential Briarwood staff "investors." We have some very creative and bright minds at work!!

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For the third year in a row, the Middle Upper School Student Council was awarded the National Gold Council of Excellence Award for its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities to improve the school and surrounding community. Student Council sponsored a canned food drive benefiting West Houston Area Ministries, made care packages for veterans suffering from PTSD, and sponsored a team for the AAMDS Walk at University of Houston. Every month, Briarwood Student Council performed community service at local area agencies. Above: Student Council members participate in Kicks for a Cure benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Above: Homecoming, Mr. Finger’s Class.


It's Debatable

Junior History students are filled with excitement when they step into Coach Gore’s class at the beginning of the school year, for they know that they will begin the process of preparing for the acclaimed Debate, held annually in December. Students are formed into teams, and each team is then provided a topic to research so that all groups are well prepared to defend their arguments or opinions. The debates encourage student participation and foster collaboration, public speaking and critical thinking skills. Facilitated by History teacher Coach Gore, the debates are always spirited and informative!

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Sports Feats

Middle Upper School Sports

Varsity Football placed 2nd in State Varsity Cross Country qualified for the State Championship Varsity Boys Basketball qualified for Regionals Varsity Women's Golf Placed 4th in State Championship Varsity Men's Tennis Doubles qualified for State Varsity Track 9 athletes qualified for State


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In te r n e t Safe ty In May, parents, Lower and Middle school students learned about Internet safety during a NetSmartz presentation by Melissa Rangel with the Texas Center for the Missing. With the help of Webster, Nettie, and Clicky – characters featured in fun, animated video lessons - Ms. Rangel taught younger students about the importance of following internet safety rules, such as telling an adult about anything that makes them uncomfortable, not sharing any personal information online, using “netiquette,” and never-ever meeting face-to-face with someone from the Internet. Older students also learned about safety rules and to be aware of online safety risks. How to respond to cyber-bullying was a hot topic! Parents heard and shared some great Internet safety tips and resources, such as TeenSafe and Life360. There was a serious discussion about the most dangerous apps that are 8 For more information used by online predators to target children – including the about Internet safety, please popular children’s game, Roblox! The NetSmartz Workshop visit is an educational program sponsored by the National Center for age-appropriate for the Missing & Exploited Children.

resources on how to keep kids safe online.

Congrats, 6th Grade Grads!

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Tuttle School

Kindness Runs Deep

Thanks to the Charity Guild of Catholic Women (CGCW) several Tuttle School students have attended overnight summer camps at Camp for All and Camp Aranzazu for the past 3 years. These weeklong camps are held in June and August, to allow our families a bit of respite, and peace of mind knowing their child is with friends and teachers who they know and trust. The experiences at these two camps help our children gain independence while having fun with their friends and peers. In February, a reception was held at the Charity Guild Shop to present 40 non-profit organizations with grants from money raised by a group of dedicated volunteers to help children who might otherwise lack access to enough food, safe and acceptable housing, affordable healthcare, adequate clothing, satisfactory education, supportive recreation and enrichment services, and restorative and psychological assistance. Karen Rice, a Charity Guild member, has sponsored the Tuttle School for the past 3 years. We are so blessed to receive the support and encouragement from her. Thank you, ladies of the Charity Guild!


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Above: Tuttle School sponsored and teachers participated in the Annual Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome

Some exciting enhancements are


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coming to Tuttle School’s Perceptual Motor Lab and PE Program through the incorporation of Ready Bodies Learning Minds strategies. Students will benefit from new equipment such as spinning boards, upgraded balance beams, stepping stone patterns, and a multipurpose indoor swing. The goals are to develop sensory motor systems to their fullest by providing positive practice in the areas of sensory motor integration activities which develop reflexive, vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, visual and auditory systems until skills become automatic. The addition of baseball to the Tuttle School PE Program brings a new dimension to the existing line-up of sports! After students learn the skill steps for the game of baseball, taught by Jessica Rivas, Motor/PE teacher, opportunities to join Special Olympics Baseball competitions will be extended to the students.


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50 Years

Never looked so good.

Gone are the days when turning 50 meant you were past your prime. Now 50 is fabulous, just look at Briarwood. Sure she's had some work done, but look at her accomplishments...and she's only getting better! A big party was just the ticket to commemorate a 50th milestone. Hundreds of party-goers mingled at Lakeside Country Club on Friday, March 31 to wine, dine and partake in auctions, live entertainment and dancing. The Annual Benefit, "Building on our Legacy, Embracing our Future" was a celebration of the past and excitement for things to come. With stars in their eyes, Benefit Chairs Christina Morse and Terri Pitner led their team to outstanding feats, including raising over $503,000! The celebratory energy of the evening was palpable, especially felt in the toast by Tom Wilson, Chair of Briarwood/Brookwood. Thanks to everyone who came together to honor Briarwood...see you at the 100 Year Celebration!

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"Building on our Legacy, Embracing our Future" $25,000-$50,000 Gallery Furniture Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation, Inc. Ursula & Mike Sharp

$15,000-$24,999 Friend of Briarwood Christina & Steve Morse Angela Munoz & Luis Gonzalez

$10,000-$14,999 Jeannie & Trey Able The H.G. Ash Foundation Tissie Bean & Susan Williams Ellwood Foundation Phillips 66 Mary & Greg Whalley

$7,500-$9,999 Marvy Finger Family Foundation

$5,000-$7,499 Ann & Clarence Cazalot, Jr. Debbie & Jerry Gurley William S. and Lora Jean Kilroy Foundation Lanier Law Firm Rynda & David Lofton Julie & Louis Mayer/BCT Printing Shelly Dompier Mulanax/Jennifer Vastola Soley Edward T. Ogden Terri & Matt Pitner/Ann & Paul Sirota

$2,000-$4,999 Emily & Stuart Bodden Paul & Ella Dolan Ellen & Drew Elam Paula & Louis Faillace Felicia & Jay Fogal/J.F. & Associates Nancy & Dan Garrison Mr. and Mrs.. Kausar Hashmi Aileen & James Ivy Marty & Denny McGuire Jane P. and Wiley L. Mossy Jr. Foundation Kim & Seth Rubinson Rolland & Sherry St. Aubin Jeannette & Scott Stevenson Yvonne & Dave Streit Carole & Jim Wills

$1,000-$2,499 Joan & Stanford Alexander Natalie & Rick Alexander Angela Avery Rosemary & Ken Cash Charlotte Christman Donald Condon Teri DeFazio Linda Decker James Earley Dr. Deborah Gennero, DDS, FAGD, AAACD

Susan & Randall Klein Eleonora & Bryan Leibman Mary K & Kent Lenertz Gloria Neumann Judy & Robert Olsen Martha Keller & Ron Ripley Pam & Greg Roche Mr. & Mrs.. Gary L. Rosenthal Linda & Jerry Rubenstein Tawnya & Rusty Rubenstein Annie & Steve Seay Jeanie & Steve Simonich Naomi & Adam Soffar Cindy & Bill Sudela Ann Tidwell Lynda Underwood Wendy & John Welch Julie & Chris Whitten Kathryn & Tom Wilson

$500-$999 Melissa & Joe Allaire Harrietta & Miles Baldwin Laura & James Bates Barbara & Larry Bellatti Barbara & Tom Blocher Briargrove Pharmacy Angela & Ronald Brown Molly & Tim Church Alice & Bill Cook Deborah Gennero & Craig Curd Brenda & Bobby De La Rosa Marcela & Julio de la Colina Melissa & Mano DeAyala Dan L. Duncan Children's Neurodevelopmental Clinic Kristin & Randy Dykman Colleen & Clay Elkins Debbie & Randy Etheridge Rita & Brian Fader Katharine Farnham Erica Craven Fazande & Jermaine Fazande Federico & Alejandra Gonzalez Fidelity Investments Jordan & Harry Folloder Amy & Richard Ghiselin Dian Ginsberg Allison & Brock Griffiths Susan & Michael Hanna Nancy Nash Harper Kathleen & Glenn Harper April & Nick Hiemstra Kathi & John Hopkins Carole & Larry Huelbig Jeff & Jane Hurley Meredith & Marshall Iler Erica & Brian Jordan Shelly & Geoff Kaplan Gloria & Essa Kawaja Penelope & Paul Khuri Koetter Fire Protection Pam & Bill Krocak Lorena & Terry Kubera Julie & James Kuenstle

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Lisa & Michael Lallinger Linda & Paul Lynn Suzi & Steve Mahoney Kim Martin Kristin & Davis Mayfield Colleen & Edward McLaughlin Teri & Sonny Milos Neuhaus Education Center Cindy Price Magda & Heriberto Ramos Lee & Todd Reeves Amber & Brian Reynolds Arish Rustoniji JoAnn & Robert Schaffer Deb & Dave Schultz Elizabeth & Alan Seidensticker Pamela & David Smith Wendy & Laurence Sombito Lyndsey & Damian Stead Shauna & Gregg Steffen Kathleen & James Stevens Jamie & Rodger Sumicek Sandra & Paul Swofford Mr. & Mrs. Michael TerLouw Paula & Steve Thomas Thompson Custom Homes Mr. & Mrs. Scottie Thompson Anna & Matt Tremblay Courtney & Wayne Turpin Nancy & Dennis Vaughn Chris & Bree Walker Niki & Brett Warren Gina & Brian Watson Sandra & Ralph Weaver Kay & Danny Williamson Francisco & Rocio Zorrilla

$250-$499 Dr. & Mrs. S.K. Ajmani Aversano & Gold Heather Bohan Jennifer & James Brolan Laurie & Paul Carl Phyllis & John Chancey Lori Clark Lori & Brian Combs Amy & Keith Considine Andrea & Bob Crawmer Twila & Bill Day Patti & Richard Driscoll Elizabeth Dybell, Ph.D., P.C. Epicurean Group, LLC Katie & Ted Farnham Margaret Herzog Lillian & Michael Howard Jane & Jeffrey Hurley Maria & Frantz Jean-Louis Katy Child Psychology Associates Jill & Kevin Keenan Chris Keller Stephanie & Rich Langenstein Dea L. Larson LeMistral Fay & Paul Lewis Lydia & Alfredo Lira

Susie & Wayne Love Sarah & James Mallon Lilah Malosky Natalie & Chris Martin Mr. & Mrs. McConville Colleen & Edward McLaughlin Kirsten & Richard Meadow Paula & Tom Munson Jordan Novelli Parker School Uniforms Christi & Rob Parker Jane Petty Candice Rafiei Melissa Reichert Mr. & Mrs. William Rice Patricia & Tom Ritter Anna Catherine & Stefan Roosa Securance/Rodger Sumicek Ann Pickard & Dan Smith Liliana & Tony Staples Lyndsey & Damian Stead Laurie & Charles Swihart Town & Country Orthodontics Teresa & Lance Witt Debbie & Jim Wood

$100-$249 Brooke & Cody Armbrister Ann & Keelan Adamson Ashford Animal Hospital Aspire Accessories Mr. & Mrs. Philip Baker Balfour Laura & Jimmy Bates Nancy & David Baxter Dr. Lawrence Beckman Sarah & Erich Bell Trina & Michael Blood Frank M. & Rita Blumenfeld Fund Christy & Byron Bright Alison & Harry Brookby Liz & Phil Buelow Amy Burke Elvia & Paul Cardinal Becky & Dan Carter Ana & Hector Castro Karen Cecil Kim Chiovitti Melissa & Mano DeAyala Chandra Hall-Dixon & Brian Dixon DLR Properties LaTonya & Walter Earl Karen & Blayne Eversole Catharine & Grant Faulconer Tiffany & David Ferrari Teresa & Sal Ferruzzo Dave & Randy Feuer Jordan & Harry Folloder Robert Freedman Laura Brown Gauss Jackie & John Gaylord Amy & Richard Ghiselin Annabel & Richard Gonzalez Suzi & Trey Grant Jolyn & Marc Greer


"Building on our Legacy, Embracing our Future"

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Peggy & Michael Gregg Debra & Jerry Gurley Tandy & Jonathan Harris Stephen & Monique Hazell Marjorie Nicol & Matthia Heinkenschloss Lisa Ann Henkel Josefina & Jose Hernandez Teresa Hilt Stephen & Jill Hockett Kerry Yonushonis & Jon Incerpi Lynn & Ronnie Jacobe Jennings Orthodontics Guy & Carl Johnson Vermeille Jones Kahn Educational Group, LLC. Shelly & Geoff Kaplan Barbara & Leonard Kaplan Amy & Josef Klam Robyn & Steven Kleiman Avrohom & Deena Kravetz Rebecca & Luke Kuwertz Lisa & Michael Lallinger Carol LeBlanc Le Mistral Restaurant Gary Lew & Ronnie Kurtin Diane & Rick Koeb Cindy & Ed Long Karen & Nick Lopez Cathy Lorino Johna & Judd Lowe Michelle & Roddie Mackenzie Melinda & Pete Maillet Maria & John Mannion Brandy Martinez Ann & Alton McDowell Susan & Joe McDuffie Sally & Don McGinty Patricia & Phil McGraw Janice Melcher, honor of Katherine Schrock Samantha & Gil Melman Mesquite Cottage Michael & Kelly Miller Minnie More Vacations Dr. Michael Mizell Barrie & Kyle Nichols Natasha Pieper Karen & Tom Rickard Susan & Marc Rieke Ritter's Custard~Burgers~Glaciers Aaron & Leonor Rouse Katherine & Joel Schrock Annie & Steve Seay Karim & Gihan Semine Sarah & Jeromy Sherman Lisa & Daniel Skillern Mr. and Mrs. David Smith Steve Smith/Anchor Communications Speech & Language Remediation Speech Language Learning Dee & Steve Staley Lyndsey & Damian Stead Holly Strapulos Strutton Plumbing

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Mary & Rich Jones Erin & Todd Jones Klara & Kirt Keelan Sonya & Paul Kelly Rachel Kosoy Marcine & John Kowpak Lauren Krocak Janet & Mark Lauritsen KariAnn & Rob Lessner Matthew Lightfoot Lydia & Alberto Lira, Sr. Susie & Wayne Love Eva & Spencer Marmelstein Cheryl & James McAnear $25-$99 Sabiha & Darin McConnell Judge & Mrs. Richard Abrams Kathy & Patrick McLane Sarah & Lane Amos Jacquelyn Mercado Angela Ashley Oliver Middleton Chandra & Adam Attayi Kathryn & Erik Mignault Gayla & Bryan Baird Ashley Mims Angie & Don Baughman Rena & Hugh Mobley Monica & Ben Berg Selma Naeem Pragna & Hitesh Bhakta Muna & Alexander Nassar Michelle & Kenneth Bordelon Amy & Robert Nuttall Marion Berman Bowytz & Eliot Bowtyz Lori & Jerry Ordeneaux Kristen & Joshua Briggs Derinda Oufnac Judson Bryant Nadia & Nader Amir-Parviz Martha Buck Sheila Patterson Patricia & Matthew Buck Carrie & David Pena Kristelle & Mark Castiglione Kemi Peters Carole & Frank Ceraudo Jenifer & Chad Points Stephanie & Mark Cheney Nancy & Michael Polychronopoulos Johanna & Raymond Cook Cynthia & David Portugal Armelle & Emmanuel de Guillebon Rachel & James Poysky Gina & Steve DePamphilis Cindy & Paul Price Karla & Gino DeRanieri Cynthia & Mike Ratliff Carolyn DeRusso Renee Ricca Kelli & Dan DesChamps Telecia Rittiman Amy & Rusty Desormeaux Kristen & Jonathan Rosenberg Charles Dewhurst Emily Saathoff Vanessa & Jason Egan Michael & Loreal Sample Lanie Ellis Tamara & Manuel Sanchez Wael Essam Elizabeth & Chad Schorre Michaela & Robert Filla Jackie & Michael Schwenn Amy Finger Belen & Roark Smith Linda Finklea Kathleen & Mark Spangler Sonya & Matthew Fisher Mr. & Mrs. Steve Staley, Amy & Kevin Flusche Honor of Cody Hundley Lisa Malosky & Don Friedell Johnelle & Terry Stroud Juliana & Bryan Gaige Jean & William Therriault Ellen-Claire & Victor Gibson Paulo Thompson Trish & Cory Glass Mayda Valentin Debra Grade Gloria & Ronald Villanueva Bryan Greer Beth & Jim Watt Mellissa & Matthew Guidry Laurie & Doug Wendler Sari & Rubin Gutman Nora Dobin & Chris Wolfe Alice & Bobby Hatfield Kenna Worthington Shelly & Wendall Hayes Matching Gifts Jennifer & Scott Heitshusen Chevron Adriana Herrera ConocoPhillips Yana & Doug Hohertz Schwabb Mollie & Eric Huelskamp Shell Oil Angela & Greg Hyzak Phillips66 Lee & Rebecca Jackson Jeannine & Joseph Joiner Tracy & Ron Sullivan Cynthia & Lawrence Thomson Kiesha Upshaw Joette & Hans Van Doesburg Martha Vance Paul & Barbara Walker Pam & Bill Wallace Julie & Manuel Walters Melissa & Daryl Waterwall Gina & Brian Watson Patricia Whitten Tanya & Michael Wood Kim, Richard & Nicole Yeh

Auction Donors A.D. Players abientot Susie & Asche Ackerman Jessica & Surainder Ajmani Natalie & Rick Alexander Missy & Joe Allaire Alley Theater Ann's Fine Gifts & Clocks Bradley Archer AREA Armando's Mr. & Mrs. Michael Arnett Ashford Veterinary Hospital B&B Butchers & Restaurant Beautique Day Spa Beck's Prime Frank Billingsley/KPRC Biron Youth Sports Center Jerry Black Kim Black Barbara & Tom Blocher Trina & Michael Blood Blue Willow Books Emily & Stuart Bodden BowlMor Marion & Eliot Bowytz Briarwood Students Christy Bright/Shaggy Dog Eats! Elizabeth Brook Designs The Brookwood Community Sharon Brougher Suzanne Bruce and Associates Brush & Blush Buchanan's in the Heights Liz & Phil Buelow Buju Jewelry Calientne Capital Grille Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano Carrabba's Kristelle & Mark Castiglione Cheesecake Factory Kimberly Chiovitti Chuck-e-Cheese Molly & Tim Church Chuy's Charles Clark Teri Cohn Ami & Keith Considine Copper State Rubber Gina and Larry Corbin Melanie Criswell Drs. Craig Curd & Deborah Gennero Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Cypresswood Golf Club Dairy Ashford Roller Rink Melissa & Mano DeAyala Demeris Bar-B-Q Kelli & Dan DesChamps Devi Rao Dimensions in Fashion Josh Dolan Double Daves Pizza

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"Building on our Legacy, Embracing our Future" Elizabeth Sledden Dybell Eddie V's The Egg & I Elegant Portraits Elizabeth Brooks Designs Ellen & Drew Elam Christa Elliott Train with Lanie Empower Fitness Lab Houston Golf Association Brian & Rita Fader Fadi's Rick Farmiloe Catharine & Grant Faulconer Erica & Jermaine Fazande Teresa & Sal Ferruzzo Fig Tree Jewelry Figlia Linda Finklea Sonya & Matthew Fisher Fleming's Amy & Kevin Flusche Flyways Dove Shooting Lisa Malosky & Don Friedell The Fritz Kennel Juliana & Bryan Gaige Gallery Furniture Gamm, LLC Kelly Gartner House of Gauss/Laura Gauss George's Pastaria Ghiselin Familiy The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston Dr. Dian Ginsberg Trish & Cory Glass Annabel & Richard Gonzalez Goode Co. Suzi & Trey Grant Monterrey Grant & Corky Palmer The Great Rug Company Peggy & Michael Gregg Hand & Stone Massage Spa The Henkel Family Josefina & Jose Hernandez April & Nick Hiemstra Teresa Hilt Jill & Stephen Hockett Yana & Doug Hohertz Home Media Solutions/ Matt Lightfoot Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market Houston Rockets The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa Mollie Hellige & Eric Huelskamp Karen & David Hume Jamie Humphries Jane & Jeffrey Hurley Angela & Greg Hyzak Ignas Family India Hicks Mrs. Aileen Ivy IW Marks Jewelers, LP Rebecca & Lee Jackson Glenda Jamail

James Avery Craftsman Jimmy Changas Guy & Carl Johnson Mary & Rich Jones Jos A. Bank Shelly & Geoff Kaplan Katie Scott Design Martha Keller & Ron Ripley Sonya & Paul Kelly Kendra Scott Jewelry Kickapoo Ranch Pet Resort Amy & Joseph Klam Cynthia & Brad Kornegay Christiane & Frank Kretschmer Esta Kronberg Dermatology Lorena & Terry Kubera Rebecca & Luke Kuwertz Matthew & Lisa Lallinger Lam Bespoke Janet & Mark Lauritsen Fay & Paul Lewis Rynda & David Lofton Karen & Andy Lopez Susie & Wayne Love Johna and Judd Lowe Dr. Steve & Suzy Mahoney Main Street Theater Melinda & Peter Maillet Kim Martin Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom LLP/Natalie & Chris Martin Hall Martin's Watch & Jewelry Masraff's Masterson Design Julie & Louis Mayer Kristin & Davis Mayfield Kathy & Patrick McLane Laurie-Anne McElreath Meadowbrook Farms The Melting Pot Memorial Yard Greetings Memorial Athletic Club Bonita & Bill Merrill Mi Golondrina Kathryn & Erik Mignault Teri & Sonny Milos Moderno Taco & Tex Mex Christina & David Morse Paula & Tom Munson Museum of Fine Arts Nacol & Co. Neiman Marcus Niko Niko's Greek & American Café Nothing Bundt Cakes Jordin Novelli Maria Oakum Marvin & Verlina Oliver Palazzo's Trattoria/Westchase Christi & Rob Parker Carrie & David Pena Linda Peters Jane Petty Terri & Matt Pitner

Pleasant Hill Winery West Houston Dermatology Nancy & Michael Polychronopoulos Mary & Greg Whalley Rachel & James Poysky Julie & Chris Whitten Magda & Heriberto Ramos Who Dats Crawfish Heriberto Ramos & Associates Carole Wills The Redneck Country Club Teresa & Lance Witt Dianne & Joe Reeves Taya Wright/Just Organized Lee & Todd Reeves Melissa and Ryan Reichert Renovate Amber & Brian Reynolds Karen & Tom Rickard Briarwood Revenue/Expenditures Cheryl Rinehart for the 2016-17 School Year Ritter's Custard Burgers Glaciers Royal Oaks Country Club Pam & Greg Roche AnnaCatherine & Stefan Roosa Robert's China, Crystal & Gifts Roshanak Skin Care Kim & Seth Rubinson Ruth's Chris Steak House Rustic Cuff Arish Rustomji Revenue for the 2016-17 Sam Houston Race Park School Year Katherine & Joel Schrock Annie & Steve Seay Elizabeth Seidensticker/O.N.E. ▲ Tuition & fees Sensia Studio: Japanese Day Spa net tuition assistance Sewell Automotive Companies $6,662,856 Ursula & Mike Sharp ▲ Donations (unrestricted) and tuition assistance Shudde Brothers $278,449 Grace & Robert Sickler ▲ Prior year earnings $120,000 Simone Jewelry Designs ▲ Endowment earnings Ann Sirota $110,000 Sky High Sports ▲ Interest and other income $25,000 Society for the Performing Arts Total $7,173,805 Naomi & Adam Soffar Laurence Sombito/Lakeside Spec's Fine Wines Cynthia Stange Lyndsey & Damian Stead Shauna & Gregg Steffen Stella & Dot Studio Mary Jane Expenses for the 2016-17 Rodger & Jamie Sumicek School Year Sweet Bambini, Inc. Sweetwater Country Club Sandra & Paul Swofford Tall Plants ▲ Salaries/Benefits Tara's Studio $6,276,305 Taste of Texas ▲ Classroom curriculum & student activities Theater Under the Stars $387,500 Kendra Thomas ▲ Building & utilities Dr. Steve Thomas $285,000 ▲ Insurance & other Anna & Matt Tremblay $70,000 Robert Tucker ▲ Technology Urban Chef $75,000 ▲ Capital Expenditures Urban Kitchen $35,000 Veronica's Jewelry ▲ Professional Fees $20,000 Jekkt Vesoer ▲ Administrative & Bree & Chris Walker Julie Walters Debbie Wearing Weidner Hasou & Co. Wendy & John Welch

Development $2,500




The Annual Giving Fund/Directed Gifts

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Annual Giving Fund 2016-17

Legacy Circle ($10,000+)

Tiffany and Bob Koort Friend of Briarwood Cathy and Neil Gittleman

Founder’s Circle ($5,000-$9,999)

Friend of Briarwood Missy and Joe Allaire Stacey and Jim Earley Marvy Finger Family Foundation Wiley L Mossy Richard Scalzitti Jared von Plonski

Head of School Circle ($2,500-$4,999)

Mary Crow and Sam Jones Marie Fay Evnochides Luis and Angela Gonzalez Stephanie and Rich Langenstein Joan and John Scales Carole and Jim Wills Kathryn and Tom Wilson

Leadership Circle ($1,967-$2,499)

Baker Family Fund Marion and Eliot Bowytz Charlotte Christman Nora Dobin Debbie and Randy Etheridge Catharine and Grant Faulconer Harvey Friedman Nancy and Dan Garrison Jackie and John Gaylord Juarez Family (LVM Foundation) Martial Arts Training & Techniques Ellen and Leo Linbeck III Susie and Wayne Love Susan and Vernell Ludwig Sally and Don McGinty Christina and Steve Morse Jan Neuenschwander Ruth and Anthony Nocella Ellen and Edward Randall Foundation Tawnya and Rusty Rubenstein Paul and Cindy Smith Martha and Dave Swift Wendy and John Welch Rex Young

Educator’s Club ($500-$999)

Pat and Mike Brady Craig and Galen Brown Foundation Rosemary and Kenneth Cash Deborah Gennero/Craig Curd Paul Dolan William R. Donnell Mary Beech Finger Bryan Greer and Kiesha Upshaw Nancy Nash Harper Josephine H. Helland Yana Hohertz Eleanora and Bryan Liebman Dr. Gary Lew and Ronnie Kurtin Samantha Melman Annie and Steve Seay Holly and George Strapulos Julie and Chris Whitten

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Mustang Club ($250-$499)

Laurie and Paul Carl Katharine Farnham Shelly and Wendell Hayes Lennard Johnson William P. Koempel Lydia B. Lira Talley Melton Kip and Vona Morefield Karen and Richard Ogden Deb and Dave Schultz Joshua Soybel Diana Strassmann and Jeffery Smisek Edith and H.J. van Wageningen Debbie and Jim Wood

Blue & Red Club ($100-$249)

Tayo and Kemi Akinkunmi Michelle and George Alvarez Mr. and Mrs. Philip Baker Karen and Howard Batt Janis and Stephen Block Frank and Rita Blumenfeld Judy and Harry Brookby Gerry and Leonard Broussard Paul Castiglione Gina and Dan DiLuzio Jan and Billy Doherty Lucinda and Brad Fleming Garrett Boyd Orthodontics Gerald Gehm Amy and Richard Ghiselin Mark L. Hobson Angela Hyzak Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Jordan Carolyn Lange Karen and Nick Lopez Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Lorino One Ashford Owners Association Frances "Tan" Parker Jennifer and Robert Reichek Anna Catherine and Stefon Roosa Peggy and William Samuels Mr. and Mrs. David K. Smith Rose and Roy Spradling Mr. and Mrs. Michael Terlow Elizabeth S. Vester Gloria and Ronald Villanueva Katherine Miller Walker Paul D. Walker Sandra and Ralph Weaver Nancy and Frank Wilson Hallie and Barry Zietz

Friend (Up to $100)

JDr. Judith Craven, M. D. Janet and Tom Frobase Pamela and James Gasper Kurtin Joyce and Ran Loy Frances McNear Cathy Moran Steve and Dee Ann Staley

Directed Gifts 2016-17

Matching Gifts

Apache Corporation Chevron

ConocoPhillips Exxon Goldman Sachs Phillips 66 Shell Oil Company HERO Program

Capital Expense

Cody Hundley Dee Ann and Steve Haley Tyler Saathoff Jan and Billy Doherty Keatyn Lessner Joyce and Ran Loy

The Brown Foundation The Hamman Foundation The McNair Foundation

James Wills Scholarship Fund

Gay Roane

Community Donors

Albertsons/Safeway Randalls Office Depot Comerica Bank Kroger Target

Brian Boles Scholarship Fund

Chris Dooley

Linda Ellerbee Community Speakers Breakfast

General Operating

Jubilee ($10,000+)

The Ellwood Foundation

George Fleming

Golf Program

Virtue ($2,500)

Lillian Bean Mary and Greg Whalley

Twila and Bill Day

Staff Development

Honor ($1,000)

M. D. Anderson

Tuition Assistance

Fred and Mabel Parks Foundation Hamman Foundation The Hamill Foundation Woodforest Charitable Foundation

Tuttle School

Charity Guild of Catholic Women

MU Student Council

A Friend of Briarwood

Booster Club

A Friend of Briarwood

In Memory (of/from)

Stephen Beasley Charlotte Christman Alan Shelhamer Charlotte Christman

In Honor (of/from)

Judy, Marc, and Hayley Herzstein Janis and Stephen Block Paige Suvalsky Frank M. and Rita Blumenfeld Isabel Bodden Baker Family Fund Eli Witt Garrett Boyd Orthodontics Baker Watt Wiley L. Mossy Linda Decker Carol Lorino

Ellen and Drew Elam III Mary Ellen and Leo Linbeck III Jeanette & Scott Stevenson Mike Hall/Scott Thompson

Friendship (Up to $999)

Susie Ackerman Barbara Bellatti Cynthia and Todd Breton Paul Dolan James Farb Lona Forester Mary Fuchs Alejandra Gonzalez Zach Hodges Jo Helland Lisa Henkel Mary Jane and Jay Holm Jamie Humphries Aileen Ivy Amy and Josef Klam Stephanie Langenstein Lydia Lira Cathy Lorino Johna and Judd Lowe Sally McGinty Kirsten Meadow Christina Morse Shelly Mulanax Paula Munson Nancy Polychronopoulos Gay Roane Greg Roche Vivian Shudde Jennifer Soley Yvonne Streit Cynthia Sudela Lynda and David Underwood Paul and Barbara Walker

For omissions|corrections|giving opportunities, please contact Linda Peters in the Development Office, 281.493.1070 or at

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P r o f e ss i o n a l D e v e l o p m e n t

Summer continued to be an exciting time at Briarwood! In addition to the Summer Remediation Program, Briarwood also offered LETRS Training to its Lower and Middle Upper School teachers, Speech & Language Department and to the community. Taught by Lisa Landi, a Trainer of LETRS and Head of Lower School, the seminars represented the importance of professional development for all educators. Cora Box, Lower School teacher and math specialist, attended the Landmark School Institute at Landmark School in Putney, Vermont in July.‘Teaching Mathematics Using Alternative Strategies and Modalities’ was one of the classes that Ms. Box attended. It was taught by Christopher Woodin, Mathematics Department Head at the Landmark Elementary-Middle School. Mr. Woodin has also been a consultant to the Lower and Middle Upper Math Departments at Briarwood for the last three years.

Tuttle School teachers Beverly Brinkmeyer and Lauren Krocak attended the National Down Syndrome Congress in Sacramento, CA in July. Workshops offered included those specific to enhancing outcomes for students with Down Syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, such as autism.

Skills Grow Over Summer Months Highly Specialized Summer Remediation Program Through Speech & Language Department For the fourth consecutive year, Briarwood offered three weeks of intense language remediation to students entering K – 6. Students who participated represented those from Briarwood, along with those from the community. An outstanding team of Speech and Language therapists delivered services that reflected Briarwood’s diagnosticprescriptive approach to a highly individualized program, focusing on the development of descriptive, spatial and sequential language concepts.

Above: Beverly Brinkmeyer and Lauren Krocak with outgoing president of the National Down Syndrome Congress, Marilyn Tolbert


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Astronomy On Wheels Returns November 2! The Fort Bend Astronomy Club, a phenomenal team of volunteers, will return to Briarwood on the evening of Thursday, November 2 at 6 p.m. With their expertise through the lens of an amazing array of telescopes, the crew of Astronomy On Wheels will guide our focus toward the heavens for some star and planet gazing! Save the date for another fantastic school-wide event! Come one, come all!

P.A.W.S. P.A.W.S. partners individuals with dogs that help them build pro-social skills, such as listening, respect, commitment, and being accepting of others. Tuttle School students in Mrs. Easton’s class participated this spring in the P.A.W.S., Partnering Animals with Success, program presented by Gordon and Lesley Zentz. Students participated by meeting Bronx and Focus, dogs trained and skilled in helping children learn about behaviors. After listening to a social skills story about following directions, the students took turns giving commands to the dogs and practicing the social skill steps first-hand.

New! Tools for Students with Reading Disabilities The Briarwood School is excited to have a new institutional membership to Learning Ally. Formerly known as Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Learning Ally is the world’s largest provider of audio-textbooks and literature, with an extensive library of over 80,000 human-narrated audiobooks with text highlighting to help students follow along visually as they hear the text. Cindy Witte, Briarwood Middle/Upper reading lab teacher and Certified Academic Language Therapist, says Learning Ally is a valuable tool for students who may struggle with the mechanics of reading, but who still need to access textbooks and literature at their grade level. This valuable accommodation for students with dyslexia and other reading disabilities, which also features word look-up and audio and speed adjustments, is accessible through apps for computers, smartphones, and tablets. 22

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At the end of the school year, Ms. Georgia Stanton, a vital and vibrant member of the Administrative Team since early 2003, announced her retirement. For the past four years, Ms. Stanton has served Briarwood’s newest families well as Director of Admissions. Bidding Ms. Stanton farewell was bittersweet. We wish her joy and happiness in her new adventures.


Accepting the position of Director of Admissions is Ms. Debbie Etheridge, who has served as Head of Lower School for the past five years. Prior to her move into Administration, Ms. Etheridge taught Briarwood’s sixth graders for many years; her ‘first year’ sixth graders graduated from Briarwood’s Upper School in May! Congratulations to another outstanding educator!


Ms. Lisa Landi, long-time Briarwood teacher and leader, stepped into a new leadership role in June as Head of Lower School. For the past year, Ms. Landi served as Lower School’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Congratulations to Ms. Landi in her new role.


In June Ms. Allison Fernandez transitioned from a classroom in Lower School into an Administrative position as Assistant Head of Lower School. Ms. Fernandez joined the Briarwood team in the Fall of 2012. Welcome to the Administrative Team and congratulations!




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What comes to mind when you hear the words "ice cream?"

Unequivocal happiness? For most, yes. For Briarwood, definitely! The fiftieth day of school in the fiftieth celebratory year was a good day for a school-wide ice cream party. But, the party didn't start or stop there, Briarwood spent the last year celebrating a milestone. Thanks to everyone for sharing in Briarwood's anniversary bliss!


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Briarwood Makes Repeat TV Appearance In the Spring, Briarwood’s Film Committee was once again honored to appear on Great Day Houston with Debra Duncan on KHOU-11. Students, Henry and Abbie, joined Henry Winkler to discuss the Briarwood Film Committee.

Film Committee Presents at Dyslexia Summit

Guests from Mitchell College in Connecticut visiting during College Fair with Lisa Landi and Toni White.

Siti Shukri and guest from Dyslexia Association of Singapore tour Briarwood with Carole Wills.

Briarwood's Film committee was also invited to present at the Harris County Department of Education Dyslexia Summit. Pictured here with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Keith Magee.

Toni White, MU Counselor and Carole Wills with Jake Weld, M. Ed., Director of Admissions and Business Development, Mansfield Hall Vermont. 24 T h e B r i a rw o o d S c h o o l

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Team Yearbook

Briarwood's 2018 Focus Yearbook Staff had an extremely productive weekend at Yearbook Camp, earning several recognitions for their work along the way! This group of young adults were praised for their enthusiasm and work ethic. Go team!

Left to right, back row: Caroline Swihart, Kelli Reichert, Mackenzie McAnear, Henry Bean, Kate Munson, Lucas Blocher; front row: Jenna Baird, Colten Gonzalez, Grant Baird; Unable to attend camp: Rebecca Mannion, Lila Gutman, Tate Grant; Not pictured: Natalie Semine, Mika Bowytz

The Yearbook Staff received awards for: Excellent Theme Concept: Yearbook Staff; 2018 Editors: Henry Bean & Mackenzie McAnear; Photography Genius: Kate Munson; Willingness to Help Others: Colten Gonzalez

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Family LD Simulation Parents and siblings of Briarwood students are invited to participate in our first-ever, Family LD Simulation on Saturday, October 14. The simulation includes hands-on activities that provide participants an opportunity to experience some of the challenges and frustrations that frequently occur with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADHD. LD simulations are an effective way to promote better understanding of LDs and empathy for children who struggle in school. Briarwood siblings in grades 1-12 will be grouped according to age, while parents participate in a concurrent adult group. Registration forms will be sent to current Briarwood families in the fall.

Saturday, October 14

Professionals & Parents Welcome!

Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills in the Classroom and at Home Wednesday, October 25 12:30 - 4:00 pm Afternoon Workshop for Educators & Professionals Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP, will be presenting hands-on, practical strategies to boost executive functioning with examples of how to adapt the strategies to all age levels. Participants will gain a better understanding of the relationship between motivation and executive control and learn how to teach students to:

• Develop situational awareness skills • Follow routines and make transitions with fewer prompts • Break down complex tasks into smaller steps • Plan, organize, and initiate tasks Space is Limited. Please RSVP • Manage tasks, time, space and materials

6:30 - 8:30 pm Evening Parent & Community Program

to Kim Black at kblack@

About our Presenter

Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP, and Co-Director of Cognitive Connections in Massachusetts, is an internationally recognized expert on executive function. Ms. Ward is a popular presenter at national conferences, providing her audiences with practical, hands-on strategies that can be implemented for students of all ages. In addition to her clinical practice, Ms. Ward holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.


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Tuttle School kicked-off its first science fair! Informational posters filled the lunchroom and each class gave science demonstrations and experiment results to fellow classmates, teachers and parents.

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Proclamation Commemorating Briarwood's 50th Anniversary

celebrating 50 years ALUMNI REUNION

Everyone was eager to celebrate Briarwood's 50th year - especially alumni! The Alumni Weekend began with a panel of alumni who met with current students, parents and teachers to share their individual post high school journeys. Excited to return to Briarwood, the panel fielded excellent questions from the audience, offered advice and also shared the many options and opportunities that are available to our students following high school. Quick to praise the value of their Briarwood education, the panelists represented a myriad of colleges.

Midway through the Annual Alumni Basketball game, a longtime and respected tradition at Briarwood, Al Farb, Class of 2005, presented a Proclamation to Carole Wills, Head of School, on behalf of The Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, Proclaiming January 6, 2017, as Briarwood School Day, 50th Anniversary. The true spirit of Briarwood was felt throughout the entire evening. Briarwood is Mustang Proud! Congratulations, Briarwood!

Alumni who served on the Panel included: Emily Hallmark, Class of 2015, Auburn University; Jonathan Hanna, Class of 2012, Weber University; Sarah Munson, Class of 2014, University of St. Thomas; Evan Kelly, Class of 2012, Trinity University; Kiersten Schrock, Class of 2013, The Art Institute of Houston; and Travis Short, Class of 2015, Schreiner University.


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The Alumni Basketball Game


A Briarwood tradition, the Annual Alumni Basketball Game lets current and past students show-off their skills...and their Briarwood spirit!

Memories, camaraderie, tradition and basketball


for one spectacular night as Briarwood welcomed graduates and alumni to its Annual Alumni Basketball game. Briarwood alumni faced-off against the current Varsity Basketball team. Briarwood alumni, coached by Ross Roach, Class of 2010 and a graduate of Southwestern University, proved to be a formidable team.


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Following the scrimmage, many Briarwood Alumni gathered at

a neighborhood restaurant to reminisce, reconnect, reflect and share fond memories old and new. It was a great celebration!


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Josh Frank, Former Briarwood student Author of four books, businessman, entrepreneur extraordinaire and the epitome of an ‘out-of-the-box' thinker, Josh Frank is very thankful for the education he received at Briarwood during his middle school years.

During his first trip ‘home’ to Briarwood in the Spring of 2015 and through subsequent emails and phone calls to Carole Wills following his visit, Josh recently shared his memoirs of musings that will evoke any and every emotion one can imagine! Having been told early on that he would never be able to read or write, Josh had the good fortune to meet with a speech and language specialist who helped his parents – and Josh – to hone in on what was going on with his brain that made him different. Options were presented with Briarwood being recommended as a school that was at the forefront of LD learning. “It saved my life,” pens Josh Frank, author!

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Briarwood knew, even then in the early 80’s, when everything was standardized and “think different” wasn’t yet the war cry of Apple, they knew that this time was the time to figure out how each one of us needed to learn, in order for each of us to become something wonderful and different. Briarwood is an education in thinking differently, something most people don’t ever get the opportunity to learn. It is a lifetime gift.

Josh entered Briarwood as a sixth grader in the Fall of 1986 and remained through his eighth grade year, at which time his family relocated to Maryland. After Briarwood, “I lucked out with Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland as well because the teachers worked with my strengths in ways I never thought they would allow.” Positioned with an unabashed passion for the film and music industry, Josh was accepted at SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory because of his creativity.

Josh’s passion for film, his business acumen and his abilities to think differently, brought to life the world’s first miniurban drive-in movie theatre – The Blue Starlite, located in Austin. Josh also has a location in the High Rockies of Colorado and runs a seasonal series in Miami. “Whatever success I have achieved so far is due in large part to my beloved Briarwood School and its incredibly dedicated teachers. And because my parents found this unique place for me to hone my skills...”

Alex Humphries, "14 Alex Humphries received an Associate Degree from Lonestar College and is planning to attend Texas State University in the Fall.

Mark Williams, "94 Mark is married with a son and loves working for Golfsmith.

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Scott Frederickson, ‘06 Scott Frederickson ’06 with wife Sarah and son Ezra. They currently live in Arkansas where Scott works with the Methodist Church Retreat Center.

Alex Ferchau, "09 (below) Alex is currently working for Coca-Cola, Houston.

Matthew Ferchau, "09 Matthew works for Silver Eagle Distributors.

Kian Adkins, former student, Ree Krezer ‘16, Ashton Precht ‘08, Andrew Stark ‘06, Josh Dolan ‘99, Jake Reiner ‘02, Vincent Canella ‘08,

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You can see her amazing photography skills throughout this publication, thanks Kian!

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