SPARC 2018

SPARC: Spring Potential And Reality Courses 2018
SPARC- Who, What, When, Why?
Complete SPARC Courses and Descriptions PDF
ALL local and On Campus courses will begin at 8:30 a.m.



How Things Are Made in 2018
Tyler, TX Area
Les Rhea
MS Grades 6-8

Tyler is the home of some famous industries. Join us as we travel each day to two different companies to find out how they make their products. Some possibilities are Tyler Candle Co., Tyler Newspaper, Tyler Candy Co., Janie’s Cakes, Goldenbrook Farms Ice Cream, Trane A/C & Heating and the list goes on!!  Included in the price is lunch at a restaurant each day to find out how they make certain things (tortillas, fried ice cream, pastries, etc…)!  We will learn a lot about industries in Tyler while enjoying some culinary delights!!


Box Gardening
Whitney Figueroa
MS Grades 6-8


Say good-bye to the hard work and endless maintenance of gardening in long rows, and say hello to Square Foot Gardening. This easy, foolproof, and ingenious method of gardening produces more herbs, fruits, and vegetables in less space and with less water than a traditional garden. In this course, students will learn about:

·       Geographic History of gardening
·       Chemistry
·       Botany
·       Environmental impacts of traditional gardening and Square Foot
·       Gardening
·       Symbiotic Relationships
·       Health and Nutrition
At the end of week, each student will own a fully functional, small-scale square foot garden and a plan for maintaining the garden throughout the year.


Local Missions/Service Project
Stephanie Williams
MS Grades 6-8

Join Mrs. Williams for a week-long service project fulfilling the needs of those right here in our own community. We will use SPARC week as an opportunity to learn through service and to carry out the command Jesus gave, “And He sat down and called the twelve. And He said to them, ‘If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.’” Mark 9:35


Middle School Trips

Hill Country Hiking and Beyond
Austin, TX Area
Kathryn Wilson and Ben Rogers
$300 – 400 (dependent on transportation needs)
6th grade only


The Sixth graders are taking on the Hill Country of Texas. We will be visiting Enchanted Rock, Hamilton Pools, and the Mammoth Site in Waco to discover the natural beauty and history of Texas. When we are not visiting these sites, we will be enjoying the fun and adventure of the Highland Lakes Camp on Lake Travis. Camp life will be full of action with opportunities like hiking, archery, zip-lining, paintball, and water activities!!


 Texas History Adventure
Austin, TX and San Antonio, TX
Danny Loudermilk and Ivan Johnson
7th grade only


Come experience Texas with the Brook Hill seventh grade. We will be visiting the Texas State Capitol and the Bob Bullock Museum in Austin, Missions San José and Concepción, the Alamo, outdoor market and the famed Riverwalk in San Antonio. The group will also be participating in leadership and recreational activities at the T Bar M Camp in New Braunfels.


Christianity and the Founding Fathers
Washington, D.C.
Tiffany Hubbard, Tammy Hayes and Jason Eslicker
$1649 students /$1814 parents
8th grade only


The eighth grade will be visiting the sites in Washington, D.C. to gain a better understanding of the relationship between our Christian faith and the founding of our nation. There will be tours of the various memorials as well as the Smithsonian Museums, the Holocaust Museum, Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, and other sites. A private tour of the Capitol with Representative Louie Gohmert will highlight the trip. Students will be given the chance to interact with the culture, politics, and heritage of our nation in a way that will ignite in them a love of country that will last a lifetime. The trip will end with a fun-filled evening on the Potomac River Spirit Dinner and Dance Cruise.


Local Courses (Upper School)

Lettering His Love
Erica Mattay
$100 – $200
Girls Grades 8-12

This year we will be staying local and learning the art of hand lettering!

You will have the option to explore and learn:

·       Canvas Making

·       Brush Calligraphy

·       Bible Journaling

·       Modern Calligraphy

·       Faux Calligraphy

·       iPad Lettering

·       Any other form of hand lettering you might be interested in!

We will also be taking a look at the Book of Romans throughout the week and using that as a foundation for our lettering. You will get to hear from professionals in the field on this subject and take trips into town not only to gather fun art supplies, but too eat good food too! You don’t have to have any background in hand lettering to join! We will all be learning together.

Understanding and Creating Comics
Kent Travis

BAM!THWIP!Snikt!Comics.Visual storytelling. Comic book movies are booming at the box office and graphic novel sales are on the rise. The stories are interesting the masses—and probably you, too. Have you ever thought about what makes comics work? Ever thought about creating your own comics? Well now’s your chance. In this course, we’ll learn about the art behind comics and the comic creation process—from writing to laying out to drawing to inking to lettering. Then, we’ll create our own comics and print copies at the end of the week.

Pat Brunson

Are you inspired by all the creative crafts you see on Pinterest, Instagram, and craft blogs? Looking for something fun and creative to do? Want to try new ideas in décor/crafts/repurposing/building? Learn some of the newest DIY trends or just be a part of the creative vibe! Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this SPARC course will guide you with instructions, tips, and techniques to create new projects. Unleash your creative side in this cool course and work alongside other like-minded girls as each day we will break down a new technique for you, bringing a project from raw materials to finished product. If you love to be creative and do it yourself, you will love this class!


local and on campus courses (Upper school only)

The Best Films You Never Saw
Kathy O’Brien
20 max.

This course connects literature, film and Biblical principles through classic films. Each day we’ll watch a film from a different genre, discussing literary elements and life lessons. Some of the movies the class will watch are: Les Miserables, High Noon, Empire of the Sun, Pride and Prejudice and a science fiction movie. All meals will be eaten on campus.

Sex, Dating, and Relationships
Jes Moore
11th and 12th grade boys

How far is too far?     What does the Bible say about sexuality?      How can I have a legit dating relationship?   Considering the sex-crazed, hook-up based culture we live in—not to mention the ever-climbing divorce rate—it’s clear that we need a better understanding of sex, dating, and relationships. Pastors Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas give us a paradigm-shifting view of purity and relationships—a view that accounts for the biblical evidence and helps us guard against unnecessary heartache.


Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman
Shannan McEuen


Ever feel like you don’t meet up to God’s standards? Does your brokenness keep you from fully experiencing God’s grace and love? If either of these are true, then this is the course for you!  We will explore how God turns imperfect to perfect. Throughout this course, the girls will learn about nutrition, and being Godly girls and women. There will be a guest speaker during the week. The girls will learn about dating relationships, friend relationships, cosmetology, massage, chiropractic care and how to live Godly lives.


Introduction to Shooting Sports
East Texas
Travis Bunger
Max 30

This class will travel to the Buffalo Creek Gun Club each day and be introduced to the shooting sports; including pistols, rifles, shotguns, and archery. Proper safety procedures will be taught and emphasized throughout the week. Students will learn about the different parts of each firearm and how they operate. Students will be taught basic marksmanship techniques to give them a firm foundation upon which to build and become proficient in each discipline. Students will spend time every day on each of the four disciplines and the week will culminate with a team competition on Friday. Prizes will be awarded to the top team and individual shooters.

Creative Kindness
Debbie Brinkley
Girls grades (9-12)

Each morning students will dive deeper into God’s Word through the Color Yourself Inspired Bible Study Coloring Journal. Then they will create simple floral arrangements and design inspirational signs in order to show kindness by gifting their creations to senior citizens who are residents at local nursing homes. Students will purchase the Bible study journal and some supplies and will be provided additional supplies for the crafts. Lunch will be provided on campus Monday through Thursday. Friday we will eat lunch off campus after visiting the nursing homes.


Behind the Scenes- Careers in Sports
East Texas
David Collins
$150- Open to M

Join Coach Collins as he brings back Behind the Scenes. This course will focus on the different aspects involved in the sports, entertainment, and media industries in the state of Texas. We will explore sports and entertainment venues, go behind the scenes of the nation’s largest manufacturer and distributer of sporting equipment, go behind the scenes for collegiate athletic healthcare and training insight, discover the science behind the sport, attend a professional and collegiate sporting event, visit with various experts in the field of sports and sports medicine, explore media coverage, and participate in team building adventures.


Competitive Gaming
Dr. Sloan Lee

Join Dr. Lee and learn about competitive board games, strategies, and rules. Students will train for a real competition in Dallas.


David Dickerson, Celia Tucker

Join Mr. Dickerson and Mrs. Tucker as they meet the needs of those around us through service. We will partner with Samaritan’s Purse in Houston to help with the rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Harvey.


Life Hacks and Skills
Greg Jones

Join Mr. Jones as he will literally make your life easier by showing and teaching you how to overcome daily struggles and problems as well as learn necessary skills such as changing a tire, tying certain types of knots, sewing on a button, etc.


Mountain Women
Melissa Adkins and Abby Rickards
Max 12 Upper School Girls or

Join Mrs. Eden and Mrs. Rickards as they bring back a past favorite course. The group will drive to the mountains of Arkansas, near Fayetteville. They will be staying at the Buffalo Outdoor Center in Petit Jean State Park for the week. They will hike, ride horses, visit local attractions, cook our own meals, and have a book study of God Loves Ugly by Christa Black. This book centers around relevant issues high school girls face.


Mere Masculinity: Catalina Island
Rod Fletcher, Shawn Rhoads
9th-12th males only max.30 or  

This week-long course is designed to challenge 9th-12th grade boys to explore Biblical masculinity in the wild and rugged environment of Catalina Island. On this remote island, located off the coast of California, students will study Biblical principles that are foundational to Godly manhood while exploring, engaging, and interacting with the “wild side” of Catalina Island. Students will catch and clean fish, search for moray eels, dive through wild kelp forests in search of marine life, kayak along the island coastline, hike the rugged terrain seeking wild buffalo, and possibly swim with dolphins—if their nerves can take it. This course is NOT for the “faint of heart”, but only for the young man who enjoys conquering the unknown, thrives on adventure, and wants to explore what it means to be a “Real Man.”

Education in the Outdoors
Jacob Agnew, Kyle Ford
Upper School Males Only or

Join Coach Agnew and Coach Ford as they travel to Oklahoma. In this course, our male students will learn outdoor education such as canoeing, fly fishing, etc. There will be a devotional theme for the week.

Smokey Mountain Adventure
Jenny Wallace

Join Mrs. Wallace for the opportunity to take a fun and educational trip to the Great Smokey Mountains with classmates for SPARC 2018. The trip is scheduled from ¾-3/8/2018. We will be using the professional travel company Grand Classroom to plan every aspect of the trip. Visit the school trip webpage at, click “Find My Trip/Register” and search “Brook Hill School.” We will enjoy God’s creation through white water rafting, hiking trails, among various other activities offered in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park

For the price of $1300 everything on the trip will be covered-all transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, sightseeing, and evening activities as well as medical insurance. Price is based on 20 travelers. The best way to register is online at

New Mexico
Glenn Ballard
max. 36

Join Mr. Ballard on an educational adventure to New Mexico. Our group will depart Monday, March 4th. Our first stop will be at the historic White Sands National Monument. This site is where the first atomic bomb was tested and the site of the first Space Shuttle landing. We will stay for lunch at the White Sands. Next, we will drive into Bonita Park in Ruidoso, NM. Next, we will spend two days at the slopes enjoying learning the art of snow skiing/snow boarding. After our ski adventure, we will explore Carlsbad Caverns National Park where your Earth Science lessons will come to life. Last, on our way back home, we will stop for a private star-gazing party at the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis.


Courage, Character and Leadership
Virginia, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania
Steve Dement
8 max.   Upper School males only

Students will examine the qualities of courage, character and leadership with particular emphasis on those qualities as exhibited on the battlefield by the students of the Virginia Military Institute during the 1864 Battle of New Market in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The course will include lectures on the campus of V.M.I. in Lexington, Virginia, assisted by V.M.I. faculty, close examination of the battlefield itself from the perspective of the V.M.I. Cadets, and personal application of lessons learned.  Additional highlights will include sight-seeing in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. with a performance at Ford’s Theatre and two very “Special Events”. We will also tour Jefferson’s Monticello (Charlottesville, Virginia), make a visit to the Bull Run battlefield (Manassas, Virginia), Stonewall Jackson’s home and Robert E. Lee’s office (Lexington, Virginia).


Rocky Mountain Experience
Bobby Brasher and Michelle Rozell
Upper School Girls Only


Join Coach Brasher and Upper School Principal Michelle Rozell as they explore the cultural and educational opportunities the greater Denver area has to offer. Students will also explore the Rocky Mountains and areas surrounding Denver. There will be visits to Colorado Christian University, University of Colorado, U.S. Air Force Academy, the Denver opry, and a Denver Nuggets game as they host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Art in the Big Apple
Suzanne Shelton

Join Mrs. Shelton on a historic art tour throughout New York City. Students will see and learn about various techniques, genres, artists, and styles of art throughout the ages.




Israel- Music, Ministry, and the Messiah
Dr. Gary Gardener and Patti Eden
Max 20

Music, Ministry, and Messiah! In Israel!

This year at SPARC we have a truly unique opportunity for you to travel, learn, and experience the places where Jesus walked, taught, and served.  We are planning a 10-day trip to Israel that will encompass SPARC week and a day or two into Spring Break.  The trip is open to Upper School students and families.  (Middle School students are also welcome with a parent or adult designate, with approval from Ms. Hays and Gary Gardner.)  The price is CRAZY low and includes all airfare from Dallas to Tel Aviv and back, ALL meals once we are in Israel, all tips, entry fees, hotels and a private bus and tour guide!  We will see the Galilee, Dead Sea and, of course, Jerusalem the eternal city.

One of the major differences of this trip are the experiences we want to add to the usual events.  We are planning to bless Israelis and ministries while we are in Israel.  The trip is planning to include an afternoon where the students and any willing adults help a local Israeli ministry or church with some of their needs.  At the same time, those on the trip who are musicians will be out performing some music we will prepare for the trip.  Being of service to God’s people in the Holy Land is an awesome opportunity.  (We will not be doing direct evangelism, just assisting with physical needs.)

An opportunity like this often only comes once in a lifetime.  Our trip planner has been able to bring the cost in at a price that is MUCH lower than expected and is inclusive of every necessity.  Our faculty leader for the trip, Dr. Gardner, is an experienced traveler and has arranged hotels and sightseeing events that will be imminently safe for everyone involved.

Music, as the musicians on the trip bring their gifts to Israel. Ministry, as we lighten the burden on residents of the Land.  Messiah, as we walk in His footsteps 2000 years later.  This is a trip to remember, a trip like no other.

P.S.  If you have a family member or friend who would like to join us but can’t fly out of DFW we can work that out and have them join us in NY.  For the trip to work we need 16-20 people, so feel free to talk to others in your church or extended family about this experience so that we can make this happen, this year.

Wally Dawkins and Laurie Dawkins
Max 20


The SPARC Italy Trip will be a trip of memories and history. The trip will be led by Wally and Laurie Dawkins.  We will begin on the afternoon of March 3rd flying out of Dallas, Texas arriving in Rome, Italy on Sunday morning arriving in Naples via train mid-afternoon. The group will stay in Naples for three nights with day trips to Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii, The Amalfi Coast, and The Isle of Capri.
The group will travel back to Rome for 4 nights with day trips to The Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, The Coliseum, The Ancient Ruins, and a tour of downtown Rome and government buildings. The trip will end with a flight to Dallas on March 11th arriving mid afternoon at DFW airport. Transportation to and from the airport, lodging, breakfast, two dinners, all transfers, ground transportation and day trips are covered in the trip cost of $3400.00 per person.
This SPARC Italy trip will be a journey that will make memories for a lifetime while living the history of this amazing country.
Parents are welcome to join their student on the SPARC Italy trip.

*Varsity basketball players: there is a conflict with the State Championship game and the time we leave on the trip. You may choose another option for SPARC that does not conflict with basketball dates or you can assume the risk in paying for the trip and not getting to go due to the basketball state championship game.


Guatemala Missions
Scott Ryle, Becky Knight, Austin Reed, Ronda Utz, Joey Wilson, Sonya Fox


The SPARC Guatemala trip will be a life changing experience for our students. We will stay at an orphanage named Casa on the Rock. Our students will be blessed with the opportunity to serve and live out the action God calls us to as believers mentioned in James (“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world: James 1:27).

The Trip will be one of memories, character building, and growth as well as an amazing opportunity to humbly serve orphans. Students will also have the chance to practice their Spanish speaking skills. The trip will be led by Scott Ryle, Becky Knight, Austin Reed and Ronda Utz.  We will begin with a plane ride to Guatemala City where we will then drive to the orphanage. Meals and lodging are provided through the orphanage. We will help with projects, play and love on kids, participate in devotionals, and grow as individuals and a group by serving as the body of Christ.

Please visit the following link to learn more about the orphanage:


Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand
Christie Adams


Join Ms. Adams as she visits the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia to visit a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake and an ancient temple in Angkor Wat. And discover Thailand’s rich history and sacred temples in Bangkok


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