Hello. My name is Brenda Wideman. I am really looking forward to getting to know your child. I teach 6th-9th grade sciences. My “door” is always open to any questions, concerns, or suggestions you may have in regards to your child and their education. Please feel free to communicate with me as often as you like.
A little about myself… I grew up on a 400-acre farm about 30 miles northwest of Waco, Texas. I went to a small school, worked on the farm, and showed cattle through 4-H. Living on a farm helped foster my love for animals and sparked my curiosity in science. After high school, I attended Texas A&M University where I graduated with a degree in Animal Science through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I also completed courses towards my teaching certification in agriculture sciences.
After graduating from Texas A&M, I spent three years working in the cattle industry, specifically in the areas of reproductive physiology, embryo transfer, and in vitro fertilization. I loved my job and the travel that came with it. Then I met my husband, Dean, and we eventually moved back to San Antonio where he started his own forensic consulting business and I became the Laboratory Administrator for a consortium of human pathology laboratories.
Dean and I have two beautiful daughters, Ally (3rd grade) and Kailey (K5). We also have a bulldog named Bruiser, an orange tabby cat named Amos, and two cuddly hamsters named Cutie and Rocky.
Come join us on Saturday, November 7th at Bracken Christian School from 11-3pm for BrackenFest! We are excited to bring back this tradition from years ago where families can come and have fun together on our campus. We will have music, game booths, food, prizes, fun and lots, lots more!! This event is OPEN to the public.
What better way to get to know Bracken then by blog posts by our very own students!
On occasion we will have guest bloggers who will talk about what is currently happening on campus from their viewpoint. Here is our very first blogger - well done!
Welcome to Bracken 2015
By: Michael Ray
Summer came and went this year. I can definitely say it went because high school sports start in early August and it feels a bit like school has practically started already. Other than wondering what happened to my summer vacation, I came to the school year with tons of excitement. I knew that it would kind of a wild card this year, new students (one out of four students was new this year), new teachers and staff, just a very new year at Bracken. I must say though, it has been a great start for the school year.
I have found myself really enjoying being involved in the Bracken Student Life, which is a very easy way to be a part of your school. Instead of just sitting at your house playing Xbox or watching Netflix all evening, why don’t you go out and support the Bracken football or volleyball games? I find it as a great way to socialize with friends, enjoy a good game, and support your school all at the same time. I realize as a cross-country runner that my meets are far away and tough to watch but you can enjoy supporting our football and volleyball teams. They will really enjoy your support at their games.
For high school students, whether or not you think you have time to go to the student council and run for office, this year you don’t have to. High school student council is an open meeting this year and you can find out what is going on at your school and give your ideas on what you would like to do. Go out there and share your ideas and be your voice at the student council meetings. When I went to the student council meeting, we helped plan Spirit Week and I can tell you, it will be really exciting.
Also, High School Camp is coming up on September 24 - 26 and will be followed by Middle School Camp on September 30 - October 3. Camp is not something that you want to miss. It is also a great time to get to know other students and spend some time away from doing homework and classwork.
A lot has been going on at Bracken this year and I am sure that you would love to be a part of it. So welcome (or welcome back) to Bracken and have a blessed year.
As the new school year begins, we want to share with you our vision. Not only do we want to strive for excellent education, Bracken Christian School is also dedicated to make an impact, not an impression. What does that look like? Teachers, staff and parents partnering together. Our mission statement states:
"Bracken Christian School will partner with Christian families through the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit to provide an excellent education within the context of a biblical worldview, equipping students to impact their culture for Christ."
Is it perfect? No, but that is what we strive for as Bracken family. We are empowering our students to become future leaders and you will begin to see their involvement in the upcoming weeks through the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society and Student Council. Student led worship has begun in our middle school/high school chapel and Students And Leaders Together (S.A.L.T.) will be connected more often this year.
The energy on campus is contagious! There are middle school and high school retreats around the corner, fall sports in full swing, and SEE YOU AT THE POLE day is on Wednesday, September 23rd. All around the globe, in every time zone, students will be gathering at their flagpoles, praying for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities. SEE YOU AT THE POLE is a day committed to global unity in Christ and prayer for your generation. It is an important tradition at Bracken Christian School.
Thank you for partnering with us.