General Brown Central School District

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  • The mission of the General Brown Central School District is to prepare and inspire each student to meet future challenges.
     

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District News

  • With limited in-person contact with students and families this school year, staff members at all General Brown schools have been working hard to find ways to engage students during remote learning. They also have added activities to keep students connected to their school community and ensure their social-emotional well-being.
     
    General Brown eighth-grader Destiny Gist is being recognized for the “Spread the Kindness” campaign she initiated at Dexter Elementary School as part of a community service project through her Girl Scout troop.
     
    A team of General Brown CSD staff members are fully immersed in a project with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at SUNY Albany that will bolster inclusion efforts in the district and give teachers a strategic approach to challenging student behaviors.
     
    General Brown Central School District is making it easier for students to stay nourished so they perform at their best during the school day. Breakfast and lunch are currently available at no charge to all students. Families are encouraged to take advantage of these nutritious meals on days students are in school and when they are participating remotely. 

Announcements

  • Sunday, March 7, 2021
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  • 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration

    The General Brown Central School District is now asking residents who have a child eligible for kindergarten to pre-register them for the 2021-2022 school year. Eligible children must be five on or before December 1, 2021.

    General Brown residents can call Donna Keefer at 315-779-2300, Option 9, Option 3, betwen March 15, 2021-March 26, 2021 to pre-register for kindergarten.


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  • Fill out form to ensure free or reduced meals

    General Brown CSD is asking families that have not submitted the annual Free and Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL) form for this year to do so to ensure qualified students will continue to receive meals in the fall of 2021.

    Currently, all students in the General Brown Central School District can receive free meals whether attending in-person or remote classes. This USDA funding will continue until the end of this school year. Although parents/guardians do not need to fill out any forms to receive this year’s free meals, once this program ends, only those who qualified and completed the FRPL form will continue to receive the benefit.

    Read more about the benefits of submitting the FRPL form. 


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  • 2021-2022 Universal Pre-Kindergarten

    The General Brown Central School District will once again offer General Brown residents and their children the opportunity to attend Universal Pre-Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.

    If you have a child who is four years old or will be four years old on or before Dec. 1, 2021, that child is eligible for Universal Pre-Kindergarten.

    General Brown residents can call Donna Keefer at 315-779-2300, option #9, option #3, between March 1,2021-March 12, 2021 to be placed on the list for Pre-Kindergarten.

     


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  • Winter Sports Update 2-11-21

    Please see this letter from Superintendent Barbara Case concerning winter sports.

    Letter from Superintendent Barbara Case 2-11-21

    Jefferson County Press Release 2-11-21


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  • Survey aims to address broadband issues in county

    The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the need for strong Internet connectivity in people’s homes as students are learning remotely. Jefferson County officials recognize that there are areas in the county that are unserved or underserved. In an effort to improve broadband access in Jefferson County, residents and businesses are asked to participate in a survey to help determine the needs and opportunities for broadband in the county.

    Jefferson County is working with the Development Authority of the North Country to conduct the survey, which will help the Development Authority move forward with its efforts to expand broadband access in the county.

    Take the survey from any computer or mobile device at this link: www.jeffersoncountybroadband.com.

    For more information, contact the Jefferson County Planning Department at 315-785-3144.


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  • District Food Services expands meal pickup to cover weekends

    Beginning January 13, the District will offer free meals to all students to cover every day of the week.

    For fully-remote students, this means families will be able to pick up seven days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches during the weekly pickup between 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the school location of their choice, which will be arranged at the time of ordering. Students attending the hybrid model also will be able to pick up the extra meals (now five days’ worth of meals) at this time.

    Funding for the extra meals is made possible by the district’s participation in the USDA’s school feeding program, which is slated to run through at least June 30.

    Families must order their meals ahead of time by contacting Food Services Director Jim Nevers at (315) 779-2300, option 7, option 1 or by email at jnevers@gblions.org.

    Visit the Food Service webpage for more information regarding meal pickup and to view menus.


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  • Lead Testing

    All three General Brown Central School District builidngs were tested for lead.

    Click herer to view Lead test results


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  • Outdoor WiFi available

    Wi-Fi is available in the student parking lot of the General Brown Jr/Sr High School. 

    Students and staff can join the GBLIONS_GUEST Wi-Fi with their network username and password.


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  • School tax information available online

    Taxpayers can go online and print a copy of their 2020 tax bill. Taxpayers will also be able to check their payment status, which is updated within 24-48 hours of when the payment was made.

    • Visit: http://jefferson.sdgnys.com/search.aspx
    • Search for any parcel in Jefferson County by tax map number, name or address
    • Select a parcel
    • From here, you can view tax info, view tax bills or payment status

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  • Charter Communications offers free WiFi for students and teachers

    Charter Communications is offering 60 days of free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access to households with teachers and/or K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription, according to Charter’s website. In addition to offering in-home access, Spectrum has made its indoor and outdoor public hotspots open for public usage. Its full COVID-19 policy, which includes details regarding waiving of certain fees and shut offs for current customers experiencing hardships, is available on its website. A searchable link to a map of all of Spectrum’s public hotspots is also available on its website.


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  • Guide available to register for website updates
     
    Please click here to access the General Brown Central School District Website Registration/Subscription Guide. This guide provides information regarding how to receive notifications when selected portions of the district website have been updated.
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  • Schooltool parent portal information availableSchooltool
    The Parent Portal is available during the school year.
     
    To register for the parent portal, please Click Here for an application. Forms are also available in each main office. Completed forms should be submitted to your child's school's main office.
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  • Central registration available at district office 
     
    The General Brown Central School District has a central registration system. If you wish to register a student in one of the district's three schools, please visit the General Brown Central School District Office at 17643 Cemetery Rd., Dexter, New York.

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