Category Archives: From the Principal

Early Release Day

On Wednesday February 6, all middle school students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for professional development workshops for teachers and staff.  Lunch will be served at school before dismissal.

First Friday Letter – February 1st 2019


Dear Families,

The school year seems to be flying by!  Next week, mid-year feedback reports will be be going home with all students.  We ask that you please review the mid-year feedback report(s) with your child.  The mid-year feedback reports provide an opportunity to have a conversation with your child about their progress this school year.  The second term ends on Monday, March 25.

Upcoming Early Release Day:  On Wednesday, February 6, all middle school students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for a system-wide professional development workshop for teachers and staff.  Lunch will be served at school before dismissal.

Our Musical Production:  The cast, crewmembers, costume & set designers, and directors of “Mary Poppins” are all working hard, and continue to be very busy focusing on final preparations and rehearsals for their upcoming performances.  We hope that you will plan to join us on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 and Wednesday, February 13, 2019 in the Brown auditorium for what promises to be two incredible evening performances of “Mary Poppins.”

Winter Vacation:  School will close at the end of the day on Friday, February 15 and will reopen the morning of Monday, February 25.

High School Course RegistrationAfter February vacation, our eighth grade students will be receiving registration materials from either Newton North or Newton South High Schools.  Their teachers will make recommendations for the courses they will take.  Please look carefully at your child’s registration sheet and the high school course catalog so that you may decide if the recommended course is appropriate for your child.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s subject teacher and/or school counselor.

Parents of eighth grade students are invited to meet with Joel Stembridge (principal) and members of the Newton South High School faculty and staff on Wednesday, March 6 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Newton South. If your child will be attending Newton North High School, there will be a meeting on the Thursday, February 28 with Henry Turner (principal) and members of the Newton North High School faculty and staff from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Newton North.  These meetings will initiate the process of transition into ninth grade.  You will have an opportunity to learn about the high school’s academic program, the course registration process, school activities, as well as the orientation process that has been designed to support your child(ren) as they move into a new school at the end of this year.

2019 MCAS Testing: This year, students in all three grades at Brown will be participating in the computer-based version of the Next-Generation MCAS testing.  During the Spring of 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) upgraded MCAS to better measure the critical thinking skills students need for success in the 21st century.  There will be two testing sessions in English language arts and two testing sessions in mathematics during April 1 – May 24, 2019.  Specific MCAS testing dates are listed in the schedule below:


Grade         Tests                                   Dates                          

Grade 6      ELA (English Language Arts)                      Tues., April 23

(ELA testing sessions on two days)             Wed., April 24

Mathematics                                              Wed., May 8

(Math testing sessions on two days)           Thurs., May 9

Grade 7      ELA (English Language Arts)                      Mon., April 29

(ELA testing sessions on two days)          Tues., April 30

Mathematics                                              Wed., May 15

                              (Math testing sessions on two days)           Thurs., May 16

Grade 8      ELA (English Language Arts)                      Thurs., April 25

(ELA testing sessions on two days)             Fri., April 26

Mathematics                                              Fri., May 10

(Math testing sessions on two days)           Tues., May 14

Sci./Tech. Eng. MCAS                                Mon., May 20

(Sci/Tech.Eng. testing on two days)           Tues., May 21


Spring Ahead:  Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10.  Yes, once again this spring it is several weeks earlier then in previous years!  Don’t forget to move the clocks ahead one hour.

Looking ahead to June:  Our “Moving On” Ceremony for eighth grade students (and their families) will be held on the last day of school.  In April, the specific date will be confirmed when the Newton School Committee votes to establish the last day for students.  Thus far, there have been no snow days and the “tentative date” is Monday, June 17 at 8:15 a.m. in the Newton South High School field house.  However, the date will change if there are additional snow days.  Perhaps tomorrow morning the “Ground Hog-Punxsutawney Phil” will provide some wisdom regarding our spring weather.


John F. Jordan

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