WELCOME TO BROWNING!
On behalf of the Browning community, we would like to offer a warm welcome to you and look forward to seeing all of you in September 2016. In the meantime, we hope this page will be useful as you plan your sons’ transition to his new school. Check back regularly as we will continue to add to the page. If a question or concern has not been addressed here, please do get in touch with us and we will be happy to help.
With warmest regards,
I-Ming Janetta Lien Christopher D. Dunham
Director of Admission for Middle and Upper School Head of Middle School
New Middle School Student Orientation
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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Summer Reading 2016
The Browning required Summer Reading list for rising Grades 2 - Form VI is now available, as well as the recommended reads list for all grades. You can view the lists, as well as information on ordering, here. We advise you to read the details and instructions carefully, and if you have questions, feel free to get in touch.
For those looking for more, the librarians and teachers have included some great options for non required books to enjoy over the summer, or anytime you're looking for a good read. Scroll down past the required lists to see these suggestions.
In addition to class specific required reading, all boys entering Forms II - VI are expected to join their teachers and the Browning Board of Trustees in reading our annual Common Book selection. This summer's Common Book is Joshua Davis’s Spare Parts, a nonfiction narrative about four Arizona high school students and their experience in a 2004 robotics competition. Inspired and given direction by two teachers, the young men defied expectations of their classmates and the limitations of their underfunded school by building an underwater robot capable of competing on the college level. There are two stories here: one a STEM fantasy of underdog triumph, and the other a far more complicated tale of immigration, poverty and the American dream.
All boys entering Forms II and above will receive a copy of Spare Parts in the mail. We encourage interested parents from all grade levels to join in our common experience by reading it as well.
All our best for a happy summer and happy reading.
Each student will receive a schedule from his homeroom teacher on the first day of school.
What can my son expect on the first day of school?
On Opening Day, students head to homeroom and receive their schedules and student planners. Homeroom teachers will also let their students know when/where to meet to proceed to the opening assembly. Individual student photos as well as class photos are taken on the first day of school, so dress sharply! Beyond these events, the first day of school will proceed as if it is a normal school day.
What is the dress code?
Students in Middle and Upper Schools must wear a sports jacket, dress shirt and tie, dress slacks, dress shoes, and socks. No sneakers, jeans of any color, work pants, cargo or painter’s pants, polo shirts, sweatshirts, or hats are acceptable. Boots may be worn on days when there is a great amount of precipitation, but dress shoes must be worn at all other times. Sweaters may be worn underneath, but not in place of jackets.
How will my son receive his gym uniform?
Browning boys are given a set of physical education clothing on the first day of class, consisting of a T-shirt, shorts, sweatshirt, and sweatpants. Additional sets may be purchased from the physical education department located in the Lower Gym. Uniforms must be worn at all times during physical education classes, along with white socks and sneakers. If a student is not in uniform, he may not be permitted to participate. Boys are also responsible for keeping their uniforms clean and free of rips and holes. Sharing or borrowing another student’s physical education clothing is prohibited.
When will my son receive his MetroCard?
At the beginning of the school year, arrangements for bus and subway passes are made through our front office. The New York City Bureau of Pupil Transportation makes the final decision as to whether the student is eligible for a pass. Homeroom teachers distribute passes to students in September and January. If a bus pass is lost, the loss should be reported to the receptionist who will submit a claim for replacement. Please note that the replacement cards are issued by the city only at the beginning of the next month after the loss is reported, so a student will have to pay for his own transportation until his replacement card arrives.
NYC Transportation policy for a Full-fare Pass:
- Grades Five and Six: Students must reside one mile or more from school.
- Forms I–VI: Students must reside 1 1/2 miles or more from school.
NYC Transportation policy for a Half-fare Pass:
- Grade Five–Form VI: Students must reside at least a 1/2 mile from school.
What are the school’s arrival and attendance policies?
Faculty supervision on the sidewalk begins at 8:00 am. Middle and Upper School students may not enter the school until 8:05 am unless they have special permission to enter earlier from a faculty member or an administrator. Middle and Upper School students are expected to attend homeroom from 8:15 am to 8:25 am, where information about the day, including any changes to the schedule, are announced. During this period, daily attendance is officially taken. All students are expected to be in their homerooms in dress code at 8:15 am. Students who arrive after 8:15 am are marked late.
Parents are required to call the school before 9:00 am to report an absence for that day. Browning is accountable to the State of New York for recording the daily attendance of all students. Browning requires parents to respect the school calendar and organize family vacations accordingly. The school reserves the right to determine whether or not an absence is excused. All planned absences must be approved in advance by the appropriate Division Head. In the case of an anticipated absence for which the student has received school approval, the student is required to obtain all assignments prior to leaving and complete the work during his absence. Examinations, tests, or quizzes that are missed during an unexcused absence cannot be made up. All absences require a parent’s and/or a physician’s letter.
Physical education classes are an important part of a boy’s Browning program, and they are mandated by the State of New York. When a boy is not well enough to attend P.E. class but is well enough to attend his academic classes, he should be sent to school with a note from a parent asking that he be excused from P.E. class for that day. In case of serious illness, the Division Head and school nurse should be notified.
How frequently can we expect to receive progress reports?
Formal reports are mailed twice a semester. Informally, advisors touch base with parents via email in October. For the fall semester, parents can expect interim reports in early-November and final semester reports in mid-January. For the spring semester, parents can expect interim reports at the end of March and the end of the school year.
How often do parent conferences occur?
Parent conferences occur in early December with your son’s advisor.
What types of learning support are available for my son?
Students are encouraged to speak with their teachers to set up additional meeting times as needed. In the upper school, students should take advantage of Faculty Office Hours to meet with teachers. Appointments can also be made with Ms. Kristen Sheppard, our Learning Specialist.
How can parents get involved with the Parents Association?
Browning has an active and indispensable Parents Association. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact your class parent representatives or Christine Bramble, PA Liaison.