Category Archives: From the Principal

First Friday Letter – January 6, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians, Mid-year feedback reports will be going home with all students during the week of January 29. 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 19. Martin Luther King Celebration: Newton’s 50th Annual Community Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Monday, January 15, 9:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Newton Centre, MA 02459. School will not be in session on January 15. Enrichment/Athletics: The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have begun their schedule of home games. Both teams generally play on the same day. Many of our students are already involved in Enrichment activities. If your child is not, please encourage them to explore the possibilities! 2017-2018 Yearbooks are now on sale : Although you can purchase through February, they are currently offered at a reduced price of $32 until January 15. This year the only way to get a yearbook is to purchase online so why not do it today? It’s a great keepsake of memories from your student’s time at Brown Middle School. http:jostensyearbooks.com/?REF A01044012 Brown Art Showcase: On Tuesday, January 23 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., our Art Showcase will feature a selection of 500+ Term 1 & 2 art pieces created by 6 th, 7th and 8th grade students. Please plan to join us in the Brown Main Lobby prior to the Winter Concert. Brown Winter Concert: On Tuesday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. (please note change), our Winter Concert will feature musical performances by all of our instrumental and vocal music ensembles. Please join us for this wonderful celebration of art and musical talent at Brown Middle School. Our Musical Production: The cast and crewmembers have been working hard at rehearsals for our all-school musical production of “Grease.” We hope that you will plan to join us on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 and Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Snow date is February 15, 2018) in the Brown auditorium for what promises to be two incredible evening performances of “Grease.” Winter Vacation: School will close at the end of the day on Friday, February 16 and will reopen the morning of Monday, February 26. Sincerely, John F. Jordan

Report Cards

Dear Parents & Guardians

Due to technical difficulties- Term 1 report cards may not be available until after 5:00PM today

Please try after that time-Thank you for your patience

Directions
1. Log on to Skyward Family Access website via the Brown or Newton Public Schools website. If you do not remember your password please use the “Forgot your Login/Password” link at the bottom of the login page.  Contact the Main Office or email us at skyward@newton.k12.ma.us if you experience any technical difficulty

2. Within Skyward Family Access,
Click “Portfolio” in the menu on the left,
Then click the document called “Term 1 Report Cards 2017-2018″

First Friday Letter December 2017

Brown Middle School

First Friday Letter

First Term Grades: The first term ends this Monday, December 4. Report cards will be available to parents electronically on December 13 after 11:00 a.m. through the secure Parent Portal. We will send you an email message detailing how to access your child’s report card via Skyward Family & Student Access.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: On-line registration will open on Monday, December 4 at 6:00 a.m. and will remain open until Wednesday December 13 at 11:00 p.m. Please go to: http://www.virtualparagon.com/brown/conference/ The password for this site is: meadowbrook
You will create a new account. It is helpful to write your username and password down so you don’t forget it later. Follow the onscreen instructions to sign-up for conferences. All conferences are 15 minutes.

Superintendent’s Community Forum: Please save the date Wednesday, December 6 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Newton South Auditorium for a special superintendent’s forum entitled: “Living in a Smartphone World: What does it mean for students, families, and educators?” Inspired by the Atlantic Monthly piece entitled “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?” The forum will provide information and resources on the impact of technology and social media, as well as the opportunity to discuss the role of educators and families in navigating this space. The panel discussion will be hosted by Boston Globe writer Beth Teitell and include both Newton educators and experts from outside the district. Please RSVP here: bit.ly/newtonforum

School Musical: Our all-school musical for this year will be a production of “Grease.” The two evening performance dates are Tuesday, February 13, 2018 and Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Early Release Day: On Thursday, December 7, 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.

Gift Drive/Social Action: Our annual gift drive is in full swing. Once again this year, we are sponsoring children from Brookview House, a homeless shelter in Dorchester. If you have signed up to sponsor a child, please make sure that all gifts are labeled with the child’s first and last name. Gifts must be in next week. Any donations of scotch tape or wrapping paper should be sent to Patricia Barry in room 146. It has been wonderful to see the excitement of our students as they gather and wrap the hundreds of gifts during extension block. The delivery to Brookview House is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13. We thank all of you for your most generous support of this incredible Brown tradition! And a special note of thanks to Ms. Patricia Barry and Mr. Henry Toulmin for organizing this school-wide community event.

Lost and Found: Before the December recess, please remember to check the “lost and found” for misplaced items. We have lots of clothing in our “lost and found.” There are jackets, jeans, sweatshirts, shirts, sweatpants, as well as, eyeglasses, notebooks and other school-related items. Lost and found items are placed on tables located near the gymnasium entrance.

December Recess: School will close at the end of the day on Friday, December 22 (3:00 p.m.) and will reopen on the morning of Tuesday, January 2. I want you to know how much all of us at Brown Middle

December 1, 2017

School appreciate the assistance and support we have received from you. On behalf of the entire staff, I wish you and your family a happy holiday season.

We are very proud of our Student Services and Special Education Department and want to share the following information prepared by Assistant Principal Jana daSilva.

Who we are and What we do

15 Special Educators

40 Behavior Therapists & Teaching Assistants

2Reading Specialists

4 School Counselors & 2 Counseling interns

2 METCO School Counselor

2 School Psychologists

1 Administrative Assistant

2 Board Certified Behavior Analysts

2 Occupational Therapists

2 Speech/Language Pathologists

2 Adaptive Physical Education Teachers

1 Music Therapist

1 Physical Therapist

1 English Language Learner Educator

 

Sincerely, John F. Jordan

Early Release December 7

Upcoming Early Release Day:  On Thursday December 7, 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.

Forum-Living in a Smartphone World

Dear Families

Please note the location for this Forum-Living in a Smartphone World  is now the Newton North Auditorium, Wednesday December 6 @ 7:00PM

Superintendent’s Community Forum:  Wednesday, December 6 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Newton North Auditorium for a special superintendent’s forum entitled: “Living in a Smartphone World: What does it mean for students, families, and educators?” Inspired by the Atlantic Monthly piece entitled “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?”  The forum will provide information and resources on the impact of technology and social media, as well as the opportunity to discuss the role of educators and families in navigating this space.  The panel discussion will be hosted by Boston Globe writer Beth Teitell and include both Newton educators and experts from outside the district.

 Please RSVP: bit.ly/newtonforum