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  • Watch the 2020 General Brown Jr-Sr High School Graduation by clicking the link above
    Seniors Marissa Valvo and Robbie Hunter have been named Section III Scholar Athletes by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
    Sixth-grade Brownville-Glen Park Elementary School students celebrated June 10 with a Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony. Five ceremonies were held drive-through style by classroom to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Read the full story for a ist of the awards that were given out during the ceremonies
    Sandra Young Klindt, president of the General Brown Central School District Board of Education, received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA). 
    Jonah Dunn, a sophomore at General Brown Junior-Senior High School, recently received first place for his grade level in the Greater Thousand Islands Literacy Council writing contest. The topic for this year’s contest was, “The Person Who Means the World to Me.”
    The General Brown Central School District has announced the Class of 2020 valedictorian is Peter Harvill and its salutatorian is Zachary Longamore.
    Peter Harvill is this week’s 7 News Academic All-Star.  
    If families are unable to make it to a General Brown Central School District meals pick-up site, they are encouraged to reach out to one of the many regional sites offering free meals during this extended school closure intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 
    The General Brown Central School District National Honor Society Chapter is recognizing its grade 12 students for their excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. 
    This is great news to lead the district into March, which is celebrated across the country as Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM): General Brown Junior-Senior High School junior Phoebe Hall has been named a 7 News Arts All-Star!  
    Dexter Elementary School students were recently treated to an in-school performance by The Fabulous Chinese Acrobats. The General Brown Elementary PTO sponsored the performance, in which “Team Dragon” members wowed pre-K to grade 2 students with their teamwork, balance and strength. 
    What a great Valentine’s Day gift: On Feb. 12, the General Brown Central School District Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Chapter, along with faculty and staff, donated 85 heart pillows to the Gouverneur Breast Cancer Fund. 
    Congratulations to Colden Marks, a seventh-grade General Brown Junior-Senior High School student, for winning the district’s spelling bee by correctly spelling the word exposure. Nineteen students in grades 4-8 competed, and the runner up was eighth grader Natalie Farr. Colden and Natalie will advance to the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held March 5 at GB Junior-Senior High School. 
    Eighth-grade students Hannah Trimper, Julia Carrick and Isabelle Wetzel earned the first, second and third places, respectively, in the VFW Post 7227 Auxiliary's Patriot's Pen youth scholarship essay contest. The contest theme was "What Makes America Great." 
    Section III Coach of the Year - Phil Jenner
    Frontier League Coach of the Year - Lindsay Labiendo
    Two members of the General Brown Central School District have been named to the New York State Master Teacher Program. Susan Menapace, a seventh-grade math teacher and General Brown’s first educator to be selected for the program, and Natalie Hurley, a GB Board of Education member and Indian River Central School District math and academic intervention services teacher, were both accepted into the four-year program.


  • Friday, August 7, 2020
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  • Information on reopening our schools

    The General Brown leadership team has been working on the school reopening process for the fall of 2020 based on all available guidance from state and public health agencies. 

    Read the most up-to-date information on the district's reopening plans here.

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  • Summer Camp has come to WPBS

    With many camps and recreation centers across the country closed, WPBS-TV, working with education partners across the region, is offering preschool and elementary children a “virtual” camp experience.

    Camp TV on the WPBS main channel airs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each weekday. The shows include arts and crafts, nature activities, cool science experiments, and a variety of other activities for young students.

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  • Free, healthy meals available throughout summer months

    If your family is in need of healthy, free meals during the summer months, there are several options across the region.  

    The Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County and the Watertown City School District sponsor a Summer Food Service Program that runs from June 26 through Aug. 18. Through this program, children have access to free, nutritious meals at 34 sites in Jefferson County. Meals meet federal nutrition guidelines and are provided to all children 18 years old and under (up to age 21 for those with a disability). 

    List of program sites.

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  • 2020 Virtual Ceremony

    General Brown 2020 Virtual Ceremony

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  • 2020 Senior Slide Show

    2020 Senior Slide Show

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  • Board members recognize graduates with lawn signs

    The front lawn of the General Brown Junior-Senior High School is peppered with blue and gold signs congratulating each member of the Class of 2020. General Brown Central School District Board of Education members collectively purchased the signs that recognize each of the district’s 101 graduates. The signs face Cemetery Road, and students will be able to take their signs home after graduation, which will take place on June 26.

    Read the letter the board sent to seniors and their families.

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  • District selected to work with Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

    The General Brown Central School District was recently notified that the University at Albany’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities accepted the district’s application to be part of the center’s School Consultation Project for the 2020-2021 school year. The goal of the School Consultation Project is to help school district’s increase their capacity to service students with autism spectrum disorders by developing an in-house Autism Resource Team. The project provides training, resources and consultation to school faculty, staff, administration and parents to build capacity within the school regarding best practices in educating students with autism spectrum disorders, according to the project’s website.

    “We are so excited to share this news with our community,” Superintendent Barbara J. Case said. “One of our student’s parents brought this project to our attention, and we agreed it would be a fantastic opportunity for our staff members to receive additional professional development and training—and at no additional cost to our taxpayers.” Read the complete article for more information.

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  • General Brown voters approve $24.3 million budget; elect two board members

    General Brown Central School District voters approved the district’s $24.3 million 2020-21 budget proposal, elected Natalie Hurley and Scott Lytle to the board of education and approved the purchase of four new buses. Read the full story. 

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  • Superintendent Case reaches out to staff and families about racism and inequity

    On June 3, 2020, General Brown Central School District Superintendent Barbara J. Case sent a letter to staff and families within the district about racism and equity.

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  • Senior Portrait

    Senior portraits taken over the summer are due Friday, September 11 and the FREE senior portrait day is Friday, September 25.

    Senior Portrait Information

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  • Census data drives school and social service funding

    The U.S. Census Bureau began conducting the 2020 Census in January, administering a population count of everyone in the United States to determine federal funding distribution levels, political boundaries and more. 

    Participation in the 2020 Census—which only takes a matter of minutes—could have an impact on the programs and services that the General Brown School District offers its students and the community. 

    Read more to find out how census participation helps schools and the community.

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  • NNY Community Foundation awards grant to GB Backpack Program

    Thanks to the generosity of the Northern New York Community Foundation, the General Brown Backpack Programs received a financial boost to assist in the purchase of healthy food for General Brown Central School District students in need. 

    The Northern New York Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Support Fund donated $500 for the purchase of food to support the programs, which are run by volunteers who distribute backpacks of food to those General Brown elementary and high school students who rely upon school-provided meals when school is in session. The backpack programs ensure that these students have access to healthy foods when school is closed and have continued to supply food to families throughout the current school closure. 

    “We will get through this challenging time by helping and supporting one another,” Superintendent Barbara Case said. “We are grateful to the Northern New York Community Foundation for supporting these important programs, especially now as many of our families are negatively affected by the pandemic’s adverse effects on our economy."

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  • Maintaining connectedness and navigating requirements during school closures

    With the statewide school closure extended though at least May 15, the General Brown Central School District’s plan for continuity of learning will continue, and teachers are exploring more software and technology options to engage their students. 

    “We know how important it is to build a sense of connectedness with our families and students, especially now when we are separated by physical space,” Superintendent Barbara Case said.

    Staff members are continuing to take advantage of professional development opportunities so that they can enhance how they are meeting the needs of students, including those who do not have access to technology. 

    Read the full article.

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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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  • YMCA to offer emergency childcare for essential personnel

    The Watertown Family YMCA in collaboration with Jefferson County, local school district leaders and healthcare providers will open restricted Emergency Childcare Sites in Jefferson County, including in the General Brown Central School District at Brownville-Glen Park Elementary School. The YMCA will provide emergency childcare for school-age children at 10 sites and at the YMCA Daycare in Watertown for daycare-aged children. Only children of workers in healthcare, emergency services and other essential personnel are eligible to participate in the emergency childcare. 

    Space is limited at the emergency sites as guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Office of Children and Family Services and public health officials for screening, distancing and disinfecting for childcare settings will be followed. Registration is on a need-prioritized, first-come, first-served basis. To register, contact the YMCA at 315-755-2005 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Read the full article.

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  • How can the district help your family?

    The General Brown Central School District wants to ensure its families have what they need during this extended emergency school closure. Please click on the link below to complete a Google form on which you can share any urgent unmet needs your family is facing so we can assist.

    Google Form

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  • COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

    The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly. General Brown Central School District officials are currently focusing on four main priorities:

    • Communicating with students and families,
    • Providing meals to children,
    • Supporting instruction and
    • Cleaning and disinfecting school buildings.

    The district has created a frequently asked questions page to address what this emergency closure means for students and their families. The page will be updated as more information becomes available.

    COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Free school meals available at several locations

    GB Meal Flyer

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    Meals are available across the region. If families are unable to make it to a General Brown pick-up site, they can reach out to one of the many regional sites offerinig free meals during this public health crisis. 

    Regional meals information 

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  • 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 school year. Eligible children must be five on or before December 1, 2020.

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

    Further information regarding registration packets and screenings will be sent out in the spring.

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  • 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 school year.

    If you have a child who is four years old or will be four years old on or before Dec. 1, 2020, that child is eligible for Universal Pre-Kindergarten.

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

    Further information regarding registration packets and screenings will be sent out in the spring.

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  • Water testing completed

    All three buildings had their water tested in October 2017 and cleared with all locations testing below 15 parts per billion. New sinks and faucets were installed in the summer of 2018; they were tested in October 2018.  Click Here to view all of the results.

    Recent events in the news have highlighted water conditions in several locations across this country, including areas in our region. During the recent New York state legislation session, a bill was passed specifically pertaining to water testing in school districts. Water testing has been completed in all three buildings, and the results have been posted to our website for each building. More information is available here.

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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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