Brown Weekly Message #31
March 21, 2017
Dear Brown School Family,
You may have seen a puzzling story in the media regarding our school community requesting that the official name of our school be recognized as the J. Graham Brown School. This proposal is being presented to the JCPS Board of Education at tonight’s meeting. I was puzzled as well when I recently learned that our district had our officially recorded name as Brown School – not even The Brown School. (My thought was, “we don’t even have our The?”) I even went home and dug out my son’s diploma and prominently on the front it listed “J. Graham Brown High School”.
I brought up this issue at a recent meeting of the J. Graham Brown School Alumni Association meeting; they were shocked as well. Jamie McMillin, retired Brown teacher, had been working at the school from the beginning in 1972. He asked how this had happened. Jamie shared that the official name of the school should be J. Graham Brown School, and that the school’s nickname is The Brown School. Jamie said that both references are used in the original working papers. Even the yearbooks dating back to the 1970’s that line the alumni association’s archives have J. Graham Brown School inscribed down the spine. Upon asking alumni who graduated from different decades and eras, all agreed that J. Graham Brown School is what they thought to be our official name.
Our SBDM, PTSA, FRYSC office, and Principal’s Advisory Board are all in agreement with our alumni association and support the official name change. In essence, nothing around here will change. J. Graham Brown School will continue to be imprinted on our letterhead, it will continue to be displayed on the outside of our building, and it will continue to be etched across our hearts.
Dr. Angela, Principal
Panera Bread Night!
Help support the Brown PTSA by eating a yummy dinner at the Panera Bread on Poplar Level Road! Bring the flyer on the last page of this message (in the attachment) with you on April 19th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and our PTSA will receive a portion of the proceeds from your purchase.
We are having an influx of students bringing blankets to school. Please make sure your student is leaving their blanket at home each day. These are not allowed at school.
A new police station is opening up at 400 S. 1st Street in the old Wellness Center location. As a result, the city will be removing all the parking meters on the west side of that block of 1st Street; there will be no parking allowed after that occurs. If you routinely park there when visiting our school, you’ll want to be on the lookout for a different parking location in the future.
As always, please do not park in the private parking lots behind our school building.
Tennis, softball, baseball, and track & field are now in season! Check our athletic calendar at http://www.mybrownschool.org/groups/15319/calendar?blockId=275234 for a complete schedule. Go Bears!
The SBDM Council will be meeting on Thursday, April 20th at 4:30 PM in the main office conference room. Meetings are open to the public. To enter the building, ring the bell at the main door on 1st Street near Muhammad Ali Blvd. and you will be buzzed in. Then proceed to the main office. The tentative agenda and other items are located at www.mybrownschool.org/sbdm.
Did you know that you can view all our SBDM policies online? Visit www.mybrownschool.org and scroll to the bottom of the page. There are links for all our current policies. New policies and revisions are updated on the website within 24 hours following a meeting.
The next PTSA general meeting is scheduled for 6:00 PM on April 18th in the auditorium.
Stock Epi-Pens at Brown School
Jefferson County Public Schools will be keeping stock EpiPens at the Brown School!
What is an EpiPen and what is it used for?
An EpiPen is an emergency medication that contains epinephrine. Epinephrine is a medication that reverses the effects of an allergic reaction and can be lifesaving. It is safe and easy to use and can be administered through clothing in a person’s outer thigh.
Why is it being stocked at the school?
First time allergic reactions can happen anywhere and at anytime. This is a lifesaving medication that will be available at the school location during school hours.
Do I still need to send in my own child’s prescribed Epinephrine?
YES! This program is for those who have no prior history of allergic reactions. A child with a diagnosed allergy requires appropriate authorization forms and their own dose of epinephrine. These stock EpiPens will not be available on field trips or some after school activities.
Who will be able to administer the EpiPen?
School staff that has completed the yearly Health Services Medication Administration training.
What happens if my child has a reaction and receives an EpiPen?
This is considered an emergency and 911 will be called and the parent/guardian will be notified. Any student that receives an EpiPen cannot remain in school and needs to be evaluated by a medical provider.
End of Year Ceremonies
When we receive notification from the JCPS Board of Education as to when our high school commencement ceremony is scheduled, we will be able to notify you that date/time as well as the dates/times of our kindergarten celebration, fifth grade promotion ceremony, and eighth grade promotion ceremony. The JCPS Board of Education will vote on the graduation schedule at their March 21st meeting. The options for Brown that will be voted on are: Option #1: May 25th at noon; Option #2: May 26th at noon.
Junior Ring Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, March 24th at 11:05 PM in our auditorium.
Comprehensive School Survey
JCPS will conduct its annual Comprehensive School Survey (CSS) from Feb. 1 to March 24, 2017. The CSS is provided annually to all staff, parents/guardians and students in grades 4 through 12 for the purpose of collecting data concerning academic indicators, school community, service, environment, safety and employee job satisfaction. All parents/guardians who have registered for Parent Portal will receive an email with a link directing them to the CSS online. Parents who do not have computer access or an email account will be provided with a paper-and-pencil survey.
Yearbooks are on sale for $46.00! Go to yearbookforever.com and type in Brown High School.
After School Student Supervision
Our SBDM approved a new policy last year, the After School Supervision Policy, regarding students who are remaining after school unsupervised, who are not engaged in a supervised after school activity or who are not enrolled in the YMCA Childcare Enrichment Program (CEP). Instances of students being found after school unsupervised will be documented and reoccurrences may result in students being placed on probation at the school. Please make sure that your student is being picked up each day be 3:00 PM or is enrolled in CEP. To help with locating a carpool, our PTSA has set up a bulletin board on their page on our school website at http://www.mybrownschool.org/ptsa.
Morning Drop Off
Morning drop off begins each morning at 7:30 AM. Please do not drop off students prior to this time as there is not adult supervision in the building. Students cannot be left unsupervised at any time. No student should be waiting outside the cafeteria or library, as these locations do not open until 7:30.
The doors to the school are locked until 7:00 AM.