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Back To School Night

We are reinventing Back to School Night this year to be held remotely.  The goal of our Back to School Night is to share with families a curricular overview and information regarding the team and how they are working to support students in this unusual environment.  They will also share specifics regarding expectations and technology platforms such as schoology.

Teams will hold zoom meetings with parents  by grade level on the following dates:

Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7PM – 8th grade teams (Turquoise, Emerald & Orange)

Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7PM – 7th grade teams (Green, Blue & Teal)

Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7PM – 6th grade teams (Red, Purple, Coral)

Team teachers will be sending the zoom links to these meetings the week before the event.  

Families of students in our Metco Program:  We will have a 30 minute meet and greet prior to the team zoom meetings listed above with our administrators and Metco counselor, Gillian vanDelft.  Links will be shared the week before the meeting. 

Multi-team teachers (World language, Physical Education & Health, Fine and Applied Arts) will be creating videos to share their curriculum overview and expectations along with contact information so you may reach them with any questions you have.  These videos will be shared by the teachers during the week of October 19.

Join the Debate Club!

We are thrilled to announce the creation of Brown Middle School’s first-ever Debate Team.

Spend one afternoon a week, on Tuesdays, from 4:30-5:30 learning how to debate from fabulous and experienced Newton South high school debaters. Students will learn the fundamentals of Public Forum Debate, a style of Debate in which students learn how to convince a judge from any background.

Debaters will learn about researching interesting real-world topics such as climate change and animal testing. They will also learn how to write arguments, and learn how debate rounds work. 

This club will be fully remote.  Interested students should email Sarah Hildebrand to ask to have the event added to their GoogleCalendars.  

Opportunities for Students to Engage in Activities at Brown (all activities are optional)

Chorus, Band and Orchestra: Our ensembles will look different this year: live, virtual, full ensemble performance isn’t a reality for our current technology. We will be working hard to provide alternative learning tools to make this year a musically rich and rewarding one for our musicians at all levels.  Mr. Bailey-Adams, Music Teacher and Chorus Director and Ms. Nelson, Music Teacher and Band/Orchestra Conductor have created this google form for students to sign up for their offerings:  Brown Middle School Ensemble Sign Ups.  Please note that the link requires you to be logged into your NPS Google account.  

These activities will happen during extensions starting the week of October 5 as outlined below.  Weeks will alternate “Gold Week” and “Silver Week”.  To simplify this for students, the teachers will send a google calendar invitation that will show up on students calendars at the specific time each occurs.  

Gold Week (Starting Oct. 5)*

Monday Extension – 6 Chorus, 7/8 Band.
Wednesday Extension – Orch (sectionals)
Friday Extension – 7/8 Chorus, 6 Band

Silver Week (Starting Oct. 13)*
Monday Extension – 6 Chorus, 7/8 Orch.
Wednesday Extension – Band (sectionals)
Friday Extension – 7/8 Chorus, 6 Orch.

*Weeks alternate Gold, Silver, Gold Silver, throughout the year.

Art Extension: Starting on September 30 during Extension one of our art teachers, Ms. Walsh, will be offering Art Extension for students interested in exploring their artistic side.  These will be organized by grade level (see below for specific days).  Please email Ms. Walsh at if your child would like to participate.  Team teachers will also be communicating about this opportunity with students.

Mondays at 11:15 – 6th Grade

Wednesdays at 11:15 – 8th Grade

Fridays at 11:15 –7th Grade  

Brown After School Athletics and Enrichment: Please click here to see the various enrichment activities that will be offered to students at Brown this year. 

SEPAC Zoom Group Meeting

If your child is on an IEP or 504 plan or if you are interested in academic or emotional support services for your child, Kim Gallaugher, Brown SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) Liaison, will be hosting a Zoom group on Thursday October 29 at 7:30pm.

This will be a chance for parents to get to know each other and for you to share general concerns, questions, and thoughts on any programming you’d like to see provided this year.   All information gathered will be shared with Shari Engelbourg, Assistant Principal for Student Services.

See The Brown Bear Report for the ZOOM link

Please  email Kim Gaullaugher with any questions.


The year the Brown PTO will publish a digital directory for use by the Brown community. To make sure we have your correct contact information, please read the following important information and follow the link to add or edit your information. 

Here’s what you need to do: 

  • Go to
  • Click on the Register/Login button.
  • If you already have an account with another organization that uses Membership Toolkit you can use the same email and password to login. You can then proceed to the numbered steps below.
  • Select “Create Account” and fill in the name, email, and password information.
  • Click “verify my email” and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.
  • Once you have verified your email address, log back in and finish the registration process: 
  • Complete/Update the Parent/Family and Student Information. Please note if there are needed changes and you do not make them via the confirmation process, your information will appear in the directory as it did last year.
  • Complete the Directory/Publish Preferences.
  • Once these forms are complete, you will be given access to the online directory. The online version is secure and can only be accessed by authorized members of the Brown community.

Once the Primary Account is set up, the Primary User can “invite” other email addresses to access his/her account.  This allows the Secondary User to have their own login information, but still have access to the family account.

If you have a 2-household family, each household can have a separate account. Child(ren) in that household will be listed twice in the family portion of the directory, with each families’ respective information.

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