Recap and Glimpse Ahead

Greetings Brandon Families, Community Members, and Supporters,

I hope this letter finds you well into the relaxed pace of the summer. Now that we have successfully sent our students on their way to enjoy their summertime and our faculty and staff are enjoying their well-deserved time away with their families and friends, I have caught my breath to be able to provide you a recap of the school year and glimpse into the year ahead for our Brandon Bees.

First, thank you all for being what surely must be the most supportive school community around! This first year as your Principal has been remarkably rewarding, enriching, and satisfying. I have enjoyed collaborating with parents, faculty, community and students to look forward and plan for how we demonstrate that we at Brandon are “Intentionally Exemplary”. Specifically this year, we worked hard to improve communication channels, to build consistency of experience at each grade level, to improve our writing instruction school wide, to evaluate our implementation of the IB PYP, and to improve the quality of our Special Education program. We met the goals we set in these areas and find ourselves in a great place to continue to build on this work in the year ahead. At the same time, we worked on some non-instructional items with the help of our PTA, Foundation, and Local School Council like beautifying the lobbies at both campuses, fixing the outdoor clock at Main Campus, improving the cafeteria experience for our students, and starting video morning announcements. There are so many things to celebrate that occurred this year due to the collaboration of parents, staff, community and students.

Looking ahead to the 2015-2016 school year, we are excited about the facilities improvements that are occurring this summer! If you have driven past either campus, you have seen that there is a mass of construction activity. The HVAC renovation is fully underway at the Main Campus, and the renovation at the Primary Campus is in full swing. We have many teachers who are moving classrooms for next year; at the Primary Campus, we are excited about our Kindergarten floor as the Kindergartners will take over the downstairs of that building. We look forward to August 3, the Celebration of Learning, when students and parents will meet their new teacher and see all that has occurred over the summer months. Class lists will be made available the week of July 27th, and a blast will be sent out to notify you when posted.

Please be reminded that the Main Campus will remain closed to visitors all summer due to the construction. All business is being conducted out of the Primary Center this summer, but Main Campus will be open for business by August 3, the Celebration of Learning, and certainly for Day One on August 5! Enjoy the summer; it will go fast, and I will be ready to see everyone in August!

Kara Stimpson

June 9, 2015

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