Toyota Foundation Makes Huge Grant Donation Towards JPS STEM programs  

October 24, 2014

Dr. Cedrick Gray, Superintendent for Jackson Public Schools (JPS) and Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber held a joint press conference to announce a huge grant award that will mean significant improvements to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs in the district's elementary division. The conference was held October 21, 2014, at Brown Elementary School where the District's first STEM focused school is housed.

Through the Toyota USA Foundation and the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation (MSCEI), Jackson Public Schools is the recipient of $412,945 in direct assistance over the next three years. The funds will provide pre-K through fifth grade students and teachers hands-on STEM experiences that will create opportunities to expose and excite them about the field and to create a culture for further career exploration and possibilities.

“We are extremely excited about the awesome, unlimited possibilities this funding will provide as we implement strategies to improve the quality of ducation for JPS students,” said Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray.

Mayor Tony Yarber said investing in STEM programs is how JPS sets the standard, not only for Jackson, but for Mississippi.

The Toyota U.S.A. Foundation is distributing grants to 23 organizations that offer innovative K-12 programs, which focus on STEM and serve diverse communities across all 50 states.

"This year’s grant recipients are among the most innovative education programs in the country, said Michael Rouse, Toyota USA Foundation President, in a statement on the Foundation's website. "We are inspired by their work and look forward to seeing what their students will accomplish, both this school year and beyond."

Watch a video on WJTV: http://www.wjtv.com/story/26845388/big-grant-equals-big-changes-for-brown-elementary

First Garden Harvest
October 24, 2014

We were so excited about our first garden harvest of the year!  Our amazing FoodCorps fellow, Rebecca Rosenthal, worked with our cafeteria staff today to cook sweet potatoes and serve then along with lunch in the cafeteria.  Scholars enjoyed trying the new food cooked with cinnamon and a dash of sugar.

Principal Luckett receives District-level Recognition
October 13, 2014

JPS Partners in Education Recognizes Brown Elementary Principal, Serenity Luckett, as the PIE Outstanding Principal of the Year.  The Outstanding Principal Award recognizes efforts by JPS principals to build and sustain partnerships in the community.  Currently, Brown’s Adopters are: Galloway UMC, Central UMC, Baptist Healthcare Systems, and Millsaps College, but we have many other Specialty Partners that can be viewed on our Community Partners page. 

Way to go Principal Luckett!

4th and 5th graders Attend Make A Splash Day at the MS Museum of Natural Science
September 21, 2014
Our 4th-5th graders recently had the opportunity to participate in the annual Make A Splash Day at the MS Museum of Natural Science 
(Funded by the Museum - THANK YOU MMNS!). 
What is a water festival? 
Water festivals consist of multiple structured learning stations where students actively engage in 
hands-on water activities and investigations. 
What topics are addressed?
Subjects that are typically addressed include the water cycle, water conservation, wetlands, 
pollution, weather, soils, and water management. 

3rd Graders Make 'Improbable Gains' on the 2013 MCT2
September 5, 2014
Last year, our 3rd graders set a precedence in student achievement in math and reading.  All teachers and parents who have supported and encouraged these scholars over the last four years are to be commended.  In reading, 67% of our scholars scored Proficient and Advanced, and in math, 77% of our scholars scored Proficient and Advanced.  Congratulations for an almost 50% increase in both areas over the previous 3rd grade classes!  We also exceeded Federal expectations for Annual Yearly Progress in all areas overall (3rd-5th) and for all subgroups.  This is a testament to the hard work of scholars, teachers, parents, and the community!  
We are on our way TO THE TOP, Team Brown!

Team Brown Celebrates Record Number of Students Designated as Readers:
September 5, 2014
This year, our scholars exceeded summer reading expectations: 86% of our scholars read their required 3 books (an increase of 45%).  We rewarded our scholars with a Popsicle party, and Millsaps students joined us to play kickball.  Thanks to the local chapter of Phi Beta Phi, every scholar who met the summer reading challenge received a new book.
Brown Families: 
We are so excited about the 2014-2015 school year!  

Sign up for ActiveParent!
The goal of ActiveParent is to provide parents and guardians the ability to say their ABCs—check students’ Attendance, Behavior and Course Performance.  
Click here to sign up: http://www.jackson.k12.ms.us/content.aspx?url=/page/activeparent.

Below are highlights from the 2013-2014 School Year.
Our 3rd-5th Grade Scholars are currently participating in the Brown Elementary Spring Olympics!  Each week, scholars have the opportunity to earn points based on saying their ABC's with pride: Attendance, Behavior, and Course Performance.  Every two weeks they are recognized with a gold medal if they earn a predetermined amount of points.  Additionally, each Wednesday, homeroom teachers engage scholars in competitive academic games.  Scholars who earn enough points will be formally recognized at graduation with a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Medal.  

What's the BUZZ at Brown?
Principal Luckett took the Book-It Principal Challenge!
Principal Luckett challenged all scholars to read as many minutes as possible for the Principal Book It! Challenge celebrating National Young Readers' Week.  Our Scholars exceeded expectations!  During school hours November 2-14, our scholars read OVER 40,000 minutes! To celebrate and honor this accomplishment, Principal Luckett read all day on November 15, 2013, and allowed the top readers fromevery class to throw a pie at her at the end of the day (and she was STILL reading).  Our Scholars had an amazing time!

Owl Pellets

5th Graders Dissect Owl Pellets in Science Lab:  Owl pellets are formed when an owl 
disposes bones of animals it has eaten.  Our 5th grade scholars dissected owl pellets and categorized the bones to determine what kind of animals the owls had eaten. 

Thank you, MAC!
We received a Mississippi Arts Commission Mini-Grant to provide our scholars African arts learning experiences to support our school-wide theme.  Artist Jerry Jenkins works with our scholars to educate them about African rhythms through traditional drumming techniques.  

Our Scholars now have the opportunity to play chess during breakfast.  Scholars who understand the rules of the game mentor other scholars.

Our 5th grade scholars run our school store during breakfast each morning.  Scholars may purchase school supplies with PBIS Bulldog Bucks or real money.  Our store is entirely self-sustaining.  

We are so Grateful for UMMC!
Our UMMC clinic provides our scholars healthcare and resources to stay well and healthy.  UMMC students recently conducted screenings for our scholars.

And that's not all!
UMMC Pharmacy Students recently provided our 3rd-5th grade students hands-on learning experiences to educate them about the daily duties of a Pharmacist.


We held our 2nd meeting of the Principal's Book Club with St. Andrews School on Oct. 7!  We had an amazing discussion about The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, by Charles de Lint.  Join us at Lemuria Bookstore in Jackson on Nov. 4, for our next Club Meeting.


Congratulations "Readers" who turned in Summer Reading Logs!

Thank you Galloway UMC for providing our summer readers with a quality text focused on African-American history and culture! 

The Faculty and Staff of Brown Elementary strongly believe that all children are capable of success and are determined to create a learning environment that fosters each child’s full academic potential so that they become functioning and productive members of society.  We strive to be a leader in academic excellence!