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Brandon Elementary:  The Center for Excellence
"The mission of LISD is to educate and equip all students for success through exceptional learning experiences."
SCHOOL HOLIDAY - Monday, September 7


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Bridge at Brandon

Bobbi Robinson, grandmother of fifth grader, Carter Williams, sponsored a Bridge Club at Brandon over a 12 week period.  This is part of a national initiative sponsored by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates to get kids playing bridge. Gates and Buffet  believe that bridge will improve math and thinking skills  in students. The bridge club will continue into the summer and next year at LMS. Fifth graders, Beth Tatum and Rohan Sohini, were named outstanding players at the end of year celebration, held Monday, May 18.
Dunbar Second Graders
Participate in a Brandon Tradition

Golfing Green is a fourth grade GT project held each spring.  This is an engineering/research project that incorporates a Texas history theme.  Fourth graders design and create a golf course out of recycled materials.  Dunbar second graders participate by playing a round of golf while on a visit to Brandon to tour the campus prior to enrolling as third graders next fall. 
Brandon Honorees

The following individuals were recognized at the LISD Service Awards Banquet held Thursday, May 7: 
Para-professional of the Year, Lisa Martin; Retiree - Counselor, Brenda Walker; Newcomer of the Year, Pam McClendon; and Teacher of the Year, Marca Ramsey.  Congratulations to these four deserving ladies.  Brandon is a better place because of you!

        Proud To Be Texans

Fourth grade gifted and talented students, along with their teachers, principal, and many parents, visited Austin yesterday for their annual Texas History Field Trip.  The day began with a tour of the Bob Bullock Museum and the State Capitol.  While at the Capitol, Representative Trent Ashby acknowledged Brandon Elementary on the floor of the House, a very proud moment for our school.  Other memorable events included a Q&A session with Rep. Ashby, a visit to the Governor’s Mansion, and a tour of the Texas State Cemetery.  Students visited the memorial for U.S. Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle, as well as many others.  Thank you to Representative Trent Ashby’s office for providing lunch for our students. Also, thank you to the many parents who assisted in fundraising and chaperoning.  It was a great day to be a Brandon Bear!

Highlights of the Austin Field Trip...more pictures coming soon!

Powder Puff for Scholars
In an effort to raise funds for the Brandon Scholars Program, a number of Brandon fifth graders participated in a Powder Puff Football event on Thursday, April 23 and Monday, April 27.  Fifth grade girls who participated in the games and fifth grade boys who served as their cheerleaders paid an entry fee to go toward the scholarships.  Students in all grades, along with parents, were allowed to purchase tickets to view the event.  All proceeds will go to fund scholarships for former Brandon Bears, graduating from LHS this May. The Brandon Scholar Committee and the entire faculty would like to thank everyone who contributed to this worthy cause.  Brandon Pride Never Dies!



Click on the link below for details:
10th Annual Summer Programs & Sports for Kids

Lufkin Convention & Visitors Bureau 
 Bridge to Brandon

Attention Dunbar 2nd grade parents

You are cordially invited to a parents’ informational seminar.  Transition from second to third grade is often a challenge for children and parents.
In an effort to introduce you to our campus, please join us on

Wednesday, April 29 at 1:15 p.m. or Thursday, May 14 at 5:00 p.m.
Brandon is located at 1612 Sayers Dr.

To reserve a seat, please call Ms. Bridges at 936-630-4225.  We will share pertinent information and give you a tour of our campus. 

Welcome to Brandon!
“The Center for Excellence”




Principal and Good News Awards

Brandon students, each nine weeks, are awarded with two very special honors, the Principal Award and the Good News Club.  Pictured above are fourth and fifth graders who received this special recognition during the week of April 13.  Third grade photos will be added soon. Congratulations to these outstanding boys and girls!

Father-Daughter Dance
Our 2nd Annual Father-Daughter Dance was held at Brandon on March 20.  We would like to express our thanks to our DJ, Mr. Justin Burnhauser, our photographer Ms.  Lisa Crow, and our fabulous Brandon committee members who arranged a beautiful evening!  We hope to see this event continue to grow each year, as it provides our young ladies with a unique experience to be shared with the male role models in their lives.


    "Brandon Bears Educating Brandon Bears!"

Seniors 2015 - see below for participation guidelines and application.

Thank you to the following donors for your generous contributions:

Mr. and Mrs. Srinivasa Rao
Dr. and Mrs. Sudheer Karnati
Bobbi and Ronnie Robinson in honor of Kelly and Kathryn
Michael and Lorraine Dorman
Julie Scott
Stephen & Jennis Peikert
David & Kelley Moore

Chris and Anita Caraway


Accelerated Reader T-Shirt Incentive
Each month students who have earned points according to the AR reward system are recognized for their efforts.  Students receive T-shirts according to the following distinctions for total points earned:  50 points (yellow), 75 points (purple), 100 points (green), 150 points (red), 200 points (blue), and 300 points (gold). Third grade students also earn t-shirts for 25 points (white).  February t-shirt recipients are featured in the slideshow below:

Students Proudly Honor Black History Month

Enthusiasm, pride, and great respect were all evident in Brandon’s annual Black History Month Program held Tuesday, February 17.  Student council president, Peyton Mathis, served as master of ceremonies, while Reverend Bettie Kennedy, guest speaker, provided a history of Juneteenth.  Brandon students, under the direction of music teacher Lori Meadows performed a number of beautiful selections and a drum/chant performance.   The Brandon Girlfriends Club performed a praise dance to “Dream Your Dreams” while dressed in costumes representing their future career goals.  Third graders Chloe Camp and Sarah Thornhill provided of history of Professor W. H. Brandon, for whom Brandon Elementary is named, and Journey Thomas repeated his popular rendition of Martin Luther King’s, “I Have a Dream” speech.  Joslyn Goffney, district oral reading champion, recited the much loved, Maya Angelou poem, “Still I Rise;” Camari Taylor delivered the well-known Gettysburg Address, and Gustavo Garcia presented the poem, “Once a Buffalo,” recognizing the contributions of the African American regiments of the U.S. 10th Cavalry.  Many honored guests were on hand for the program, and the Brandon family very much appreciates their participation.  Many thanks go out to all who helped make this program possible and to Dr. Walter for ensuring that this program, each year, is a poignant reminder of our history, demonstrating that WE ARE BRANDON! 
The video below provides highlights of the program events.


Winter Festival and Book Fair Bring Much Excitement to Brandon

Principal Award Winners - January 2015

Good News Award Winners - January 2015

GT Community Project - Ellen Trout Zoo
Each December GT students make enrichment items for the zoo keepers to fill with treats as presents for the animals at the Ellen Trout Zoo. Students in grades 3-5, under the direction of Teresa Roe, make these items in the science lab. The pictures from the zoo's Facebook page are fantastic and show the animals investigating the brightly colored projects.  Please click on the link below to enjoy these photographs:

Brandon Students Take Top Awards in District UIL Competition 

Congratulations on a job well done to all of the Brandon students who participated in the LISD District UIL competition.  An awards ceremony was held Thursday, December 18 at the Middle School Auditorium.  A big thank you goes out to everyone who helped make this event possible.  Pictured above are the Brandon students who placed in the various events academic events.  The video below contains some pictures of the students at the awards ceremony and following at the Museum of East Texas and Grace Dunn Park.


Christmas Door Contest
Brandon staff and students did an outstanding job decorating doors for the Christmas Door Contest this past week.  Winners are as follows:  Mrs. Denman, support staff (top left); Mrs. Mullins, third grade (top right); Mrs. Dorman, fourth grade (bottom left); and Mrs. Friesen, fifth grade (bottom right). Thank you to all who participated and to the students and teachers for their creative ideas and hard work!
Proud of our Bears

Current and former Brandon Bears perform in The Nutcracker, representing the Academy of Gymnastics and Dance.  Congratulations, girls, on an outstanding show!

State Quarter Collection
Fifth grade academic social studies classes participated in a learning activity that resulted in giving back to the community.  Mrs. Belcher, social studies teacher, initiated this effort at the beginning of the fall semester.  Students from each of the homerooms collected quarters and brought them to school, placed them in the state books, and then located and colored the specific states on a US map.  Congratulations to Ms. Scott’s homeroom for completing their book first. The money raised through this effort was donated to the humane society, a charity that Brandon Elementary proudly supports.


A Joyful Noise

Fifth grade Brandon students participated in a Christmas Caroling field trip on Thursday, December 11.  Students visited and sang Christmas carols for residents of Larkspur, Pinecrest, and The Meadows as well as for LISD employees at the administration building. 

'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Brandon third grade HOSTS students were in for a real treat on Wednesday, December 10.  School and community members, Mark Keith, Ella Kegler, Julie McReynolds, Brent Rich, and Allyson Langston, entertained the various classes with the beloved Christmas story, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas!  Thank you to each of these enthusiastic volunteers for sharing their talents and time with our Brandon students.

Science Spectacular

Fourth Grade GT classes at Brandon conducted a science fair, held Thursday, December 4.  The event was a huge success, with coverage by our local news.  Sponsors of this event were Mrs. Barnett and Mrs. Usher, both fourth grade science and math teachers.  Thank you to all those who supported this event.  We look forward to continuing this worthwhile learning experience next year.
T-Shirts Galore!

Approximately 100 Brandon students earned Accelerated Reader t-shirts this month for outstanding achievement in reading. Congratulations to all of these excellent readers, and keep up the great work!
Brandon Parents are the Best

Members of the Brandon PTK provided the faculty with a delicious and beautifully prepared Christmas breakfast on Thursday, December 4.  Thank you so much for all you do to support the children, faculty, and staff of Brandon Elementary!!
Scripps Spelling Bee: Important Dates
Monday, December 1:  Following the morning announcements, students, who are interested in participating, will pick up the spelling study list from Mrs. Taylor in Room 137. 
Monday, December 8:  The written spelling bee will take place in the cafeteria at 1:00 pm.  No guests allowed, please.  The top 25 spellers will be chosen from this test, and their names will be announced on Tuesday, December 9.
Tuesday, December 16:  The public spelling bee will be conducted in the cafeteria at 1:15 pm.  Guests and families are invited to attend.  If you  have any questions, please contact Cinda Taylor, Brandon Instructional Coach, or Dr. Walter, Brandon Principal.

Brandon Students Travel in Style

Students who sold 15 or more items in the recent Big Kahuna Fundraiser for Brandon Elementary were rewarded with lunch at Cici's Pizza via a limo ride filled with music, fun, and excitement.  Thank you to all students and parents who helped make this year's fundraiser a big success!

Former Brandon Bear Making a Difference

Former Brandon Bear and 2014 LHS graduate, Joshua Marcotte, visited Brandon Elementary and his former teacher, Cathey Friesen, on Friday, November 14.  Marcotte recently completed basic training with the Marines and is beginning his service in the department of Intelligence.  Marcotte visited with a class of fifth graders regarding the benefits of an education.  His words were quite profound, as he stated, "Your education is the only thing someone can't take away from you!"

Honoring Our Veterans

The annual Brandon Veterans Day program was held on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.  Thank you to the many veterans who participated in this program.  It was a pleasure and a privilege to have you as our guests on this special day.  The program was organized by Brenda Walker, Brandon Counselor, and the Brandon Student Council.  The program included the posting of colors, poetry readings, the President's proclamation, and several musical performances by Brandon students, under the direction of music teacher, Lori Meadows.  Thank you, veterans, for your service to our country. 

LISD Turkey Trot

Congratulations to our Brandon students who were medal winners in the LISD Turkey Trot held at LHS on Friday, November 14. Students from all elementary schools in the district participated.  Congratulations to all on an outstanding job!
Celebrity Reader Day
Wednesday, November 12, was designated as Celebrity Reader Day at Brandon Elementary.  The celebrity guests read to our students for approximately two hours, as they rotated through the campus classes and grade levels.  Celebrities included a special guest from Romania, invited by one of our Brandon students, volunteer community members, LISD middle school principal, LISD school board member, Miss Teen Texas, and members of the football team, cheerleading squad, and drill team.  Children were entertained with storybooks and biographical works, as well as an informative slideshow presentation on Romania.  We would like to extend our thanks to the many who participated in this effort.  The following individuals made this exciting day for children possible:  Eric McCoy, Terry Mark, Trey Cumbie, Worth Gabriel, Victor Travis, Ghazala Khan, Tara Watson Watkins, Tom Paxon, Dennis and Joan Rankin, Kassidy Brown, Kristen Carr, Rev. Cindy Doran, Marcus Williams, Abby McCarty, Macy Moore, Flora Avant, Ella Kegler, Jeff McReynolds, and Allyson Langston. 

Red Ribbon Week
Students actively participate in various dress up days to support awareness of the dangers of drugs.  In addition to the creative slogan days, students participated in classroom activities, enjoyed and gained insight from a creative lesson by their counselor, Brenda Walker, and listened to guest speakers from the community.     Love drug free!!

HOSTS:  Help One Student to Succeed
HOSTS is a volunteer program at Brandon in which community volunteers and GT fifth graders work one on one with third graders on reading activities. We certainly appreciate the time and interest our mentors provide to this program.  If you are ever interested in serving as a mentor, please contact HOSTS director, Sheila Skelton, at 936-633-7629. 
Brandon Students are Standouts
in Lufkin ISD's Panther Run

Accelerated Reader Incentive
Monthly, during morning celebrations, students are recognized for AR achievement.  When students reach specified point goals, they are presented with shirts.  Students earning this reward will be allowed to wear their shirts on Mondays with standardized dress and Fridays with jeans if they choose.  Congratulations to our October recipients, and we look forward to many more Brandon Bears earning t-shirts throughout the year!
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Fourth Grade:

Third Grade:

Toothpaste Tasters!
Fifth grade GT students made Panther Paste while studying mixtures and solutions in the science lab with instruction from Brandon teacher, Teresa Roe.  They invited Dr. Goffney, Mayor Brown, their school nurse, and several LISD principals to complete the consumer testing of their toothpaste product. This was a wonderful learning experience for the students and a lot of fun as well.  Students enjoyed the school and community members who volunteered their time to use and critique their product and, again, would like to thank them for their participation.



Way to Go Awards for the Week of October 6!!

Homecoming Spirit Week at Brandon!

Lufkin High School students and Dr. Walter successfully encouraged Brandon students to participate in Homecoming Spirit Week!
Way to Go Awards for the Week of September 22!!

Congratulations to all Brandon fifth graders who participated in the student council elections for president and vice-president.  We are pleased to announce that Peyton Mathis has been named Student Council President and that Helen Klare Keith and Journie Thomas were elected as Co-Vice Presidents.  All students participating prepared and delivered exceptional speeches during a school-wide morning assembly on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.  The additional outstanding candidates were Pierce Parks, Tangela Ross, Cierra Giles, Ci’Nya Berry, Fenley McCullough, Rohan Sohini, and Aidan Henson.  We look forward to a wonderful year with our student council membership under the direction of these fine leaders. 

From left to right, Helen Klare Keith, co-vice president, Peyton Mathis, president, and Journie Thomas, co-vice president. (See slideshow below.)


Fantastic Turnout for Grandparents Day
Brandon celebrated Grandparents Day on Friday, September 6 with an amazing number of grandparents and relatives participating in the event.  Visitors enjoyed a delightful music program, refreshments, pictures with their grandchildren, and a record breaking book fair.  Thank you to all the family members, staff, and volunteers that made this such a memorable day for our students.

                         Way to Go Awards

The following students received the Way to Go Award for the week of September 1:  Cathan Deason, Desirae Giles, Gracie New, and Paris Rains!! Way to go Brandon Bears!!
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