Category Archives: From the Principal

Back to School Night


We look forward to seeing you this evening at Brown MS Back-to-School Night –Thursday, September 20.

I will be providing opening remarks at 6:30PM in the auditorium.

Please confirm with your student that you have the information you need for this evening‘s event.

Thanks for your help with this request.


School Supplies 2018

Dear Families.

There will not be a specific list posted this summer. Students will only need something to write with and a notebook for the opening days of school.

Attached is a suggested list of supplies.

Suggested School supplies.pdf

Summer Letter 2018

Charles E. Brown Middle School
125 Meadowbrook Road
Newton Centre, Massachusetts 02459
Phone: 617-559-6900
August 7, 2018
Fax: 617-552-5541

Dear Families,
We hope that you are enjoying a restful summer break and would like to share some important information regarding the upcoming academic year. The beginning of a new school year is filled with excitement and perhaps some jitters. This letter is intended to provide information and answer some of the questions that you or your child may have about the opening of school.
Information about your child’s home base classroom and team assignment will be available via the Secure Parent Portal on Friday, August 24
Our incoming sixth grade students and parents are invited to visit and tour their team classrooms on Thursday, August 30 from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m.
Please note that Tuesday September 4, 2018 will be the first day of school for the 2018-2019 school year. On Tuesday September 4, (Day 1) the students will follow a special schedule. All students should report to their home base promptly at 8:30 a.m. Dismissal will be at 2:15 p.m. On Wednesday, September 5 students will begin their regular yearlong schedule. The Brown calendar and school schedule for the upcoming school year are available on the school web site, so that you may note the daily schedule rotation, as well as, six-day cycle.
We are eager to help all of our students, both new and returning, at all grade levels, to feel comfortable. During the first few days of school, students will participate in team building activities designed to help students become familiar with the school building, schedule, daily routines, their teachers, advisor, and each other. During the first week of school, your child will need only a pencil or pen and $3.60 if the student wishes to buy lunch in the cafeteria. On the first day of school, every student will receive a Brown Assignment Notebook. Attached is a list of suggested school supplies.
With an anticipated total school enrollment of approximately 770 students for the upcoming school year, we will continue to have nine teams school-wide. The team structure will be the following: Sixth Grade (Coral, Purple and Red); Seventh Grade (Blue, Green and Teal); and Eighth Grade (Emerald, Orange and Turquoise)
It is with great anticipation that I look forward to the beginning of the school year. I hope to see all of you on or before Tuesday, September 4.
Please mark your calendar for the following upcoming events at Brown:
• Mon., September 10 – No School in Observance of Rosh Hashanah
• Tues., September 11 – School Picture Day
• Wed., September 19 – No School in Observance of Yom Kippur
• Thurs, September 20 – Brown Back-to-School Night
• Thurs., September 27 – Early Release Day (all middle school students dismissed at 11:30 a.m.) Sincerely,
John F. Jordan, Principal

8th Grade: Details for Canobie & Time Change for Moving On

Dear Families,

On Thursday, June 21, our eighth grade students will be traveling to Canobie Lake Park.

Students should report directly to the coach buses parked in front of Oak Hill M.S. on Wheeler Road for the prompt 8:30 a.m. departure time.

Our “Eighth Grade Moving-On Ceremony” will be held in the Newton South H.S. field house on Friday, June 22 promptly at 8:15 a.m.

All eighth grade students and their families should report directly to the Newton South field house at 8:00 a.m.

This event will run until 9:30 a.m.


Navigating the Cyber World: Parent Presentation

Tuesday, March 27

Now in its third year at Brown, this informative Parent Workshop is sponsored by Brown Middle School and the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. – the outreach division of the Middlesex DA’s Office. It will take place on Tuesday, March 27 from 6:45-8:00pm in the Brown Auditorium.

Geared for parents, this workshop reviews the challenges that may arise through use of the Internet, social media and smart phones. It is important for parents to be aware of the popular apps, social media sites and programs used by youth online. This workshop explains the issues and possible consequences from cyber bullying, sexting and revealing identifying information to strangers.

Even if you attended the workshop last year, you’ll learn something new this year, as the online environment for teens and the latest apps are constantly changing.

For more info, check out the slides from last year’s presentation in the QUICKLINKS section at the bottom of this newsletter (and in every issue of the Brown Bear Report). We will update it after this year’s presentation with the latest info.