Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year!
A special welcome is also extended to the newest students in our school, the Class of 2019. The first day of school for students will be on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. The school day will begin at 7:50 a.m. Please see the schedule below for the dates of school pictures. Students will receive their schedules in homeroom on the first day, and homeroom assignments will be available as students enter the school building. Seventh graders should report directly to the auditorium on the first day of school.
Common Core Learning Standards
Teachers and administrators have been involved in a training which is focused on the New York State Common Core Learning Standards. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce (taken from
). Teachers will continue to work this year to incorporate the Math and ELA instructional shifts into their curriculums. Information regarding the ELA and Math instructional shifts may be accessed at
Please click here to access a letter from New York State Education Department Commissioner of Education, John King.
The New York State Education Department recently released test scores for all grades seven and eight students in math and English language arts. Parent reports will be mailed to parents of students who took the ELA and Math 7 and 8 assessments in April of 2013, during the month of September. The New York State Education Department continues to increase the rigor of these assessments. Learning labs will continue to be offered to students who do not score at proficient levels, and assessment data is being examined closely for the purpose of meeting each student's academic needs. Every academic resource will be utilized to ensure that our students are prepared to meet future challenges.
The New York State Education Department continues to increase the rigor of these assessments. Learning labs will continue to be offered to students who do not score at proficient levels, and assessment data is being examined closely for the purpose of meeting each student's academic needs. Every academic resource will be utilized to ensure that our students are prepared to meet future challenges.
There are also many opportunities for your child to receive additional academic assistance at General Brown Junior-Senior High School. Teachers are available from 2:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day. There is a 3:00 p.m. bus for those students wishing to receive additional academic support Monday through Friday each week.
I would like to encourage parents to review the student handbook that will be distributed in homerooms on the first day of school. The handbook contains important information pertaining to the grading procedures, the attendance policy, and opportunities for extracurricular participation. The newly-revised code of conduct is also contained within the handbook. Please review the handbook with your child and stress the importance of maintaining high attendance throughout the school year. Your child's attendance in school is an integral element in his/her academic achievement.
Please discuss the dress code with your child. Clothing that may be considered appropriate outside of school, may, in many instances, detract from student learning within the school building. Your cooperation in this area is truly appreciated.
I would also like to remind you of the following events that will be occurring at General Brown Junior-Senior High School in the weeks ahead:
•September 3 - First Day of School
•September 3 - School Pictures for Students in Grades Seven, Nine, and, Eleven
•September 4 - School Pictures for Students in Grades Eight and Ten and Twelve
•September 12 - General Brown Junior-Senior High School Open House - 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
General Brown Junior-Senior High School continues to strive to provide a safe environment which fosters academic and socio-emotional achievement for our students.
I wish everyone a safe and educationally rich school year!
General Brown Junior-Senior High School