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2020 Final Four — COVID, Mascot, Well Wishes and More


Dear Members of the Brighton School Community,

Although usually the result of March Madness, today’s “final four” comes at the end of 2020, a year that could generally be considered madness in ways that far exceed that of a basketball tournament played over a month’s time. We have a new mascot, COVID updates, well wishes for you, and a thanks to a long-term leader in the District. Please review each item below:


1. Thank you and best wishes! You have done a remarkable job in managing the most challenging of circumstances, Brighton. You continue to set the standard for keeping others safe and healthy. The numbers show how conscientious and thoughtful you have all been. Thank you.

We hope that all of you have a healthy, albeit toned down, holiday season and a restful break. My children have reminded me often that wishing people a great time with their family and well wishes on reconnecting might be superfluous given the time we have all spent together since March. Perhaps they’re just sending me a message, but in any case, I really do hope you are able to enjoy each other’s company and are able to disconnect after such a different year. Be well and be happy.


2. We have a new mascot! The students have spoken and we will now be the Brighton Bruins!

Official Tally

Bruins: 603

Bobcats: 485

Bulldogs: 422

We’ll now work on a consistent logo and branding scheme. The committee did an incredible job of narrowing your community feedback down to these three and then narrowing the logo options down to one for each. As we said to the committee and in our vote announcement last week, we will now have the design team finalize the logo, lettering, and colors for consistency. The Bruins logo as currently constituted would require purchasing the rights to use, so we will use it as an inspiration for the final design to be shared after the new year. Thanks to the community for all of the feedback throughout the fall, to the committee for their hard work to narrow the choices, and to the students for participating in the final vote. Let me be the first to say to you … GO BRIGHTON BRUINS!


3. COVID-19 Updates:

  • Since our last update, there have been 15 additional positive COVID cases as confirmed by Monroe County.
  • 9 of these cases were at BHS, 3 were at TCMS, 2 were at FRES, and 1 was at CRPS. 3 of the 15 are in the all-remote program.
  • 10 of the cases are considered open. In other words, the others have already resolved and the individual is no longer considered COVID positive.
  • 24 members of the school community are in official quarantine as directed by the Monroe County Department of Public Health. Other individuals are self-isolating or quarantining at the request of their doctor, school personnel or of their own accord while awaiting additional contact tracing.

Please don’t forget to mask, avoid gatherings, keep your distance, monitor your symptoms, and practice good respiratory and hand hygiene.

Most importantly, please carefully review the NYSDOH travel guidelines and strictly adhere to their requirements. This will make a big difference in slowing the spread after the break. They can be found here:


4. It is with both deep regret and incredible gratitude that I write to you today to announce that Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Debby Baker will be retiring July 1, 2021.

Dr. Baker joined the District in 2007. Before coming to Brighton, she was the Director of Curriculum for LeRoy Central School District. Prior to that, she served as a district and BOCES technology director and taught in both general and special education classrooms.

Dr. Baker has been a collaborator with every one of us in efforts to improve, continuously grow, and further develop in the curriculum and instruction areas of the organization. She has been a steadfast advocate for all efforts related to teaching and above all else, student learning. Her exceptional intellectual capacity is rivaled only by her leadership capacity and her tenacious commitment to getting the most important goals accomplished. A local leader and prominent voice in the area of curriculum and instruction, Dr. Baker was recognized by the local Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development as their administrator of the year in 2017.

Details regarding the search to hire a new Assistant Superintendent will be shared in the new year.

Thank you in advance for joining me in thanking Dr. Baker for her service, her commitment, and her long career of improving outcomes for all of us.

Again, my heartfelt wishes to each of you for a wonderful break, happy holidays, and a very happy and healthy New Year! Best wishes!


Kevin McGowan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools