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Busy Days Ahead For Our Bees!

Greetings parents and community members! While I sit at home writing this this post on another “No Day,” I thought I’d take the time to reflect on some more great happenings and accomplishments at Brandon over the last week. While I’ve been busy finalizing our schools 19/20 strategic plan (to be posted soon) as well as our FY 19/20 budget, we continue to move through the school year as one school, headed in one direction with one purpose: to give our children the best, most enriching school experience they can have while in Elementary School! With Read-a-Thon right around the corner as well, there are so many exciting programs and announcements to make! 

First of all, I have to give HUGE Brandon congratulations to our 2018/19 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team that competed last Saturday at Therrell HS alongside other APS elementary schools. It was a hard-fought effort from our team of 4th and 5th graders and, when it was all said and done, our Bees put forth a valiant effort. They finished in 8th place out of 40 teams and there was only a 50pt gap from 1st place and 8th place! Another huge shout-out goes to our amazing Main Campus Media Specialist, Ms. Lander, and our tech teacher, Ms. Brown, for all of their hard work in preparing our young scholars for competition. I also want to thank all of our parents and staff that came out to support our students. While I was at a GADOE Dual Language Immersion conference, I was getting updates throughout the morning, keeping careful track of our team’s progress throughout the day. I also want to give another special congrats to a few more students who placed in the District’s technology fair two weekends ago. Marcus Kessler and Tommy Smith both finished in 2nd place in the Animation category, and Cora Butler and her partner Caroline E. finished in 3rd place in the Video Production category. Great job team! As we continue on our quest of learning, these students epitomize what it means to be 21st century learners! I’d like to also congratulate two of our students who helped kick off Youth Art Month in Georgia by having their own original pieces displayed at the State Capital. In front of all our State Representatives and the Georgia State Superintendent of Education, Richard Woods, our students will have the opportunity to perform a live art demonstration and have their pieces of work showcased for all to see. Thank you Ms. Dumont, our MC art teacher, for your hard work each and every day and way to represent Brandon!

There is so much to look forward to over the next few months, and, of course, I’ll be excited to share the great news of our faculty, staff and students! Our first ever Morris Brandon Talent Show is right around the corner, Read-a-Thon kicks off next week, and it’s an Auction year! Throughout it all, we will continue to roll with high-level instruction geared to meet the unique needs of all our students. We have several walk-throughs over the next few weeks from private and public schools alike, eager to learn about our new ELA program, Wit and Wisdom, and see it in action as well. Remember that any day where school is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances like *Snow, students should log into their google classrooms to find enrichment and remediation exercises from Weather Wise, posted from your teachers. While this is still a work in progress, if your children do anything on these days, make sure they play outside and continue to READ!

Until next time,
j

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