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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  • The Jefferson-Lewis County Music Teachers Association has named senior Phoebe Hall as its Senior Soloist Runner-up for 2021.
     
    General Brown is among 20 rural schools selected as part of the newly launched North Country Brilliant Pathways program that will provide staff and students college and career readiness support. The initiative, valued at $1.5 million, will provide the selected schools with a multi-faceted, comprehensive college readiness program that will put more of their students on a path to college.
     
    General Brown language teacher Jannell Pickeral and her husband, Rob Pickeral, shared the story of their cancer journey at a presentation called "Resiliency and Hope for a Patient with Multiple Cancers” on May 27 at Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse.
     
    General Brown Central School District is proud to announce the academic leaders of the Class of 2021. Allyson Wargo has been named valedictorian, and Libby Malcolm is the salutatorian. In addition, Ashley LaMarche has been named 2021 Outstanding Vocational Student.
     
    Two eighth-grade students received awards for their winning essays in the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen essay contest.
     
    The General Brown Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 33 new members with a ceremony in the gymnasium at the Junior-Senior High School.
     
    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.
     

Announcements

  • Monday, June 21, 2021
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  • Class of 2021 graduation ceremony details updated

    GBCSD is adjusting its Class of 2021 graduation plans based on updates in the NYS Health Department’s guidance regarding graduation ceremonies.

    Read the details here.


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  • Clinic offers free box of food with vaccine

    North Country Family Health Center is offering a free box of non-perishable food items to attendees of their vaccination clinic from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 17, 238 Arsenal Street, Watertown.

    The clinic will offer, at no cost, the one-dose J&J vaccine for anyone 18 and older or the two-dose Pfizer vaccine for anyone 12 and older.

    Appointments can be made by calling 315-782-2346 or online through this link

    Walk-ins also are welcome any time during the clinic. Those who need transportation to the clinic should call 315-782-2346.


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  • Jr-Sr High School yearbook to arrive this summer

    The Junior-Senior High School yearbooks are expected to arrive later in the summer. Information on distribution to those who ordered them will be posted on the school website and sent by email.

    For those who did not preorder a yearbook and would like to get one, some extras have been ordered and will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Please contact Mrs. Peckham if you have any questions.


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  • BGP’s Ms. Hunt a finalist for Teacher Hero Award

    Ayesha Hunt, a fourth-grade teacher at Brownville-Glen Park, is among the 25 finalists in the Utica National 2021 Teacher Hero Award, and voting is now open to select the winners.

    To vote, locate Ms. Hunt, (she is in row 5, column 1); click on her name; and then scroll down to click on “cast your vote.”

    Click here to visit the Teacher Hero Award site to vote.

    Voting ends at 5 p.m. June 18. The teacher with the most online votes will receive $500. Second place will receive $300, and third place will receive $200.


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  • Mask mandate lifted outdoors, still required indoors

    Following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement Monday regarding masks in schools, masks will still be required indoors, but General Brown Central School District is lifting the mask requirement for outdoor activities.

    This includes athletic events, physical education, recess, and outdoor class activities.

    See the full updated NYSDOH guidance for Pre-K-12 schools.


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  • Virtual ceremony honors area NHS graduates

    The Jefferson-Lewis School Boards Association is honoring 12th grade students who are members of the National Honor Society with a virtual recognition ceremony.

    Congratulations to all our General Brown NHS graduates!

    Watch the presentation on BOCES TV here.


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  • District playgrounds, outdoor facilities open

    The playgrounds at the elementary buildings and other outdoor facilities on General Brown Central School District grounds have reopened for community use. The district is pleased to welcome community members back to enjoy these opportunities for healthy outdoor activities.

    Visitors should bear in mind, however, that there should be no gatherings of people. The provided hand sanitizer should be used on site as well.

    Please contact the district office if you have any questions about the use of these facilities.


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  • GB voters pass $25.4M budget, elect 3 to BOE

    On May 18, General Brown Central School District voters approved the district’s $25.4 million 2021-22 budget proposal, elected three board of education members and approved the purchase of up to four new buses.

    The budget proposition passed 200 to 69.

    Read more here.


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  • Families should know their rights if discriminated against

    GBCSD wants to ensure that students and families understand they do not have to tolerate harassment and other discrimination stemming from prejudice and unfounded fears about the coronavirus.

    Families should be aware of their rights in school settings and how to access help, if needed, including from OCR in the Department of Education and the Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice.

    Please see this fact sheet for resources on what steps to take if you are harassed.


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  • Graduation Information Letter

    Follow up letter from Superintendent Barbara Case May 7 2021

     

    Letter from Superintendent Barbara Case May 5 2021

     


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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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  • 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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  • 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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