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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."
Brandon Scholars Fun Run
Family Thanksgiving Luncheon, Tuesday November 17
Brandon Elementary Honors Our Veterans
Brandon Students Participate in Run for the Panthers
STEAM Family Festival Fun
Cardboard Arcade Built by GT 5th Graders Was A Hit During STEAM Family Festival
Student Council Sportmanship Exchange at Lufkin Panther Football Game
Brandon 2015-2016 Student Council
Congratulations Student Council President Cutter McPherson and Vice President Camari Taylor
State Representative Trent Ashby Speaks to Brandon 5th Graders on Constitution Day
Brandon Students Celebrate Grandparents Day
Meet the Teacher

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!


 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!!
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