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!  

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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!