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Brandon STEM Team Takes Top Honors

brandon-stemThe Brandon Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Pathways Academy attended the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) State Bridge Building Challenge on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Brandon High School was represented by a record fifty-one students on seventeen teams in the ninth and tenth grade division. In the 2014 challenge, students designed and built a cantilever through truss bridge. On competition day, their bridges were tested for their strength to weight ratio and the three person teams made a seven to ten minute presentation to MDOT Civil Engineers about their engineering experience. In this fifth year of competition, Brandon STEM students brought home a 1st Place finish! With a strength to weight ratio of 2311.3 and an excellent team presentation to challenge judges, Team Squad: freshmen Kevin Bickett, Ethan Hunt, and Nolan Tews, claimed the top spot in their division. One hundred twenty-eight teams from all over the state of Michigan participated in the challenge this year in Lansing at the Lansing Center.

The Brandon STEM Pathways Academy is a highly focused program that begins in ninth grade at Brandon High School. The program is for learners who are highly motivated and are looking to enter careers in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

BPA Students Shine at State Competition

bpaMr. George and Mrs. Leslie escorted five Brandon High School students from the Business Professionals of America organization to the state competition in Grand Rapids March 20-23. Tyler Saint Amour, Carolyn Quigley, Clayton Peters, Taylor Reid and Katelyn Craghead qualified for the state competition by placing high at the regional level.

Congratulations to Carolyn Quigley, who was the State Champion in the Management, Marketing, Human Resources Concepts event. She received a Gold medal and the chance to compete at the National Level in Indianapolis this May.

Clayton Peters placed eighth in the state in the Computer Security event.

Congratulations to all competitors!

Brandon Expands Its Virtual Offerings for Next Year

bvs-logo-bThe Brandon School District continues to develop partnerships to expand online offerings for students. For the 2014-15 school year, Brandon will offer online International Baccalaureate courses along with classes through Michigan Virtual. Included in this will be American Sign Language I and II, which may count as a student's foreign language requirement for high school graduation. Brandon will continue to offer AP and honors classes through its partnership with the Virtual High School out of Boston.

For more information, visit the Schools tab and select Brandon Virtual School or email Brian Moore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Brandon Beat Now Online

The Brandon Beat digital editions are now archived under the Quick Links section of the web site. The Beat is a publication that highlights many of the activities available in our schools and the accomplishments of our Brandon students. Issue 3 will be out soon!

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Your Voice!

your-voiceLast week, the Brandon School District launched 'Your Voice' on the district web site. 'Your Voice' is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and ideas about the Brandon schools with school personnel. We've all had an idea about something without knowing what to do with it. Now you can go to 'Your Voice' and be sure your message will be directed to the appropriate person or department. If you request a response, you will be called or emailed depending on your selected preference.

We realize there are a lot of great ideas about our school district—this is a great way for you to share yours. We also understand there can be questions that, left unanswered, can lead to unnecessary frustration. This is the place to get your questions answered if you're not sure where to ask.

Take a moment and get to know the 'Your Voice' section of our site. We think you will like it.