Student Activities

Art Club



Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, the Brownell Parent Club started working with local artist, Sheryl Cathers, to lead the Brownell Art Club in the process of beautifying the school through art. Additional murals have been added over the last year. 

The initial project, as seen on the Learning Center wall, was a Trompe L’oeil style design, which is a French term meaning "trick the eye." Sometimes called illusionism, it's a style of painting that gives the appearance of three-dimensions, or photographic realism. As part of this initial project, there was also improvements to the adjacent landscaping and "Library" lettered over the main entrance.

The murals will be located in high-traffic areas, help build pride by the students and staff and make the campus less institutional-looking.

The process includes Ms. Cathers helping students brainstorm concepts, guiding them in sketching out ideas, coordinating the final design and then directing the students as they paint the murals. Parent volunteers also help students prep the mural sites by general cleaning, scraping old paint, power washing surfaces, and planting appropriate greenery.



TBD, Club Advisor

Meetings: TBD


"A club where like-minded individuals can come together in a common space to create their own art and visit with one another."





Sheryl Cathers owns and primary art instructor at Dabble Art Center. She has many years experience teaching art, including 18 years at St. Mary School, grades K-8, for the City of Gilroy, just to name a few. With extensive experience teaching all ages, she was awarded Educator of the Year in 2007 by San Jose Magazine. A celebrated artist in her own right, she specializes on murals and acrylic on canvas.Many of jer murals can be found throughout Gilroy.

Associated Student Body (ASB)

Brownell's Associated Student Body represents all Bruins, and works to enrich the school day.  With students meetings on a regular basis, we provide the students with countless activities to participate in. 

  • School Dances: The dances are open only to students attending Brownell. Students suspended during the time between dances may not attend. When attending school dances, students must bring their ticket, a signed parent permission slip, and a current school ID card.  The school dress code is in effect at all dances, and students who arrive wearing clothing that breaks that dress code will be sent home.  Parents MUST pick up students from dances promptly.
  • Spirit Days: Held throughout the year, students have the opportunity to show their Bruin spirit by participating in a theme day.  


Appropriate student behavior is a requirement for participation in all students activities, including ASB. Student leaders are expected to represent high ethical standards. Students must attend at least half of the school day to be eligible to participate in ASB and related activities. GUSD board policy states that to be eligible for a position of leaderships, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher with no more than 1 failing grade. In addition, ASB students must have satisfactory citizenship. Eligibility shall be determined at the end of each quarter. 


OFFICERS - 2019/20

President:  Logan Corona

Vice President: Aliisa Rosti

Secretary:  Olivia Goldammer

Treasurer:  Harrison Lee

Parent Club Liaison:  

Spirit Day Commissioner:  

Dance Commissioner: Ella Donohue

Kymberli Brower - ASB Advisor



Every Tuesdays in room 44 @ 2:46 - 3:15 p.m., Officers 3:30 p.m.


October 25, 2019 - Halloween Dance 6-8pm in the MPR

Spirit Week - October 21-25

Monday - Meme Day

Tuesday - Disney Day

Wednesday - Decades Day

Thursday - Twin Day

Friday - Black, Orange, Purple Day




Mr. Adam Martinez is a new band director for the Gilroy Unified School District. Aside from being a band director, he is an active performing musician in both Santa Clara and San Benito County. Mr. Martinez has played double bass and electric bass for many local organizations such as the South Valley Symphony, San Benito Stage Company, and South Valley Civic Theatre.

Mr. Martinez received his B.M. in Music Education and teaching credential from San Jose State University.  His previous teaching experience includes teaching elementary classroom music along with middle school band, choir, and string orchestra.  Mr. Martinez is passionate about spreading his passion of music to all of his students.

He can always be contacted via email at

Bear Den


  • Bear Den starts immediately the first quarter of the school year.
  • This is a program designed to assist students in meeting standards, and credit recovery for students missing assignments.
  • Students that do not complete homework are referred by teachers to the main administration at scheduled intervals.
  • Once referred, students are placed on a Bear Den list, and are expected to gather their lunch and come into the Bear Den classroom for tutoring and completion of their assigned work.
  • Students are assigned for a two week block of time, Monday through Friday, and may exit early if all work is completed.
  • Students are assigned to Bear Den unless a parent opts their student out. Surprisingly enough, parents are very supportive of this program.
  • We strongly urge families not to opt out of the program as most students are able to get back on track academically within the first session.
  • Our goal is to assist students in not receiving 0’s for assignments and provide a place where they can get help needed for any assignments they did not understand.
  • This program allows students to still earn some credit, grow academically, and have the support of teaching staff and college tutors.
  • Students develop good learning habits by attending this program.
  • Since Bear Den is open during lunches, some students find this program a place for them to feel safe, meet another friend, and express their inner thoughts with their peers in a classroom environment.

Thank you to all students, parents, and teachers for making this program a success!


Mrs. Mukai, Advisor

Open during lunch in the Learning Center.

Bruins Believe in Kindness Club

Bruins Believe in Kindness Club with Mrs. Fortino in Room 34

Wednesday @ 2:45-3:45 p.m. You can make a difference!

Mission Statement: The club's main goals are to raise kindness awareness beginning on campus, then stretching into our community. Students will come up with their own ideas as I guide and facilitate activities. 




The Brownell Choir received $4,621 from the Gilroy Foundation.  Monies were received for this year's transportation as well as next year's transportation.  Along with this, the grant money will allow our program to purchase a couple of instruments as well as a piano cover for the choir room, to keep it from going out of tune with the hot/cold temps.  The Brownell Choir received $3,000 from Gilroy Assistance League (GALs).  This money will purchase performance gowns for the students for the first time in the history of the program!  The program also received $519 from the Latino Family Fund grant!  This will help purchase music and instruments that will encourage and celebrate our Latino community. The Brownell Choir and its Director, Mrs. Laurie Avey, are extremely grateful and honored by this community gift to our program.

Mrs. Laurie Avey has been involved in music since a very young age.  After singing solos in church at the age of 4, she started playing the piano at age 8 and has never stopped!  Mrs. Avey has taught piano since the age of 14 and still has a few students on the side.  She has been in and involved with Choirs of all ages, many different musical groups, and she currently plays in the Worship Band at South Valley Community Church.

Educationally speaking, she has a minor in music from Sonoma State University.  In 2000, she was hired by GUSD to teach Choir and Physical Education for Brownell Middle School.  This continued for 5 years, until Solorsano Middle School opened and a teacher was hired to teach Choir at all three middle schools.  Programs changed, things evolved, and Brownell is back to having its own Choir, beginning the school year of 2011-2012.

Mrs. Avey’s goals are to spread her passion for music to her students.  She hopes they find music to be an expression they can turn to when times that are tough, that music can give them opportunities to do things and meet people that they might not do or meet otherwise, that the confidence they gain from this experience, will spill into many other aspects of the students’ life.  She hopes that many will continue their music learning and involvement at the upper levels of education and beyond!

A Sampling of Choir Events?


  • District Concerts, which included singing with and listening to elementary choirs, elementary honor choirs, other middle school choirs, and high school choirs
  • Concerts with our own Brownell Bands
  • Memory Lane Concert, with just our Choir, singing songs from the entire year.  This is also the Choir where alumni from past Brownell Choirs join us on one song, "From the Heart."
  • Sing the National Anthem for Brownell's Promotion Ceremony.

Field Trips:  

  • Vocal Arts Festival at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo (CalPoly) where we sing and listen to other middle school choirs in California
  • Disneyland (if accepted), where we sing at the California Adventure Backlot Stage and attend a vocal workshop with their professional musicians
  • Live Oak Adult Day Center in Gilroy, where we spread holiday cheer
  • One of the High Schools to attend their Chamber Choir Class (advanced choir)
  • Building the Bridge for Music - where we visit the elementary schools and share about Brownell's music program.


  • Caroling through the classrooms
  • 1-3 students are selected to sing in the CMEA (California Music Educators' Association) Conference in January
  • 1 or 2 fundraisers, including the Spaghetti Feed held by the Choral Boosters at Gilroy High School
  • We get our picture taken with a professional photographer.  Individual photos and Buddy photos are also available for purchase.


Coach Avey, Advisor

School Tel: 669-205-5100

Cell: 408-828-2995


What Students Say

Besides singing, what else do we do in the Choir class?

We sing WARM-UPS to increase our breath control and to work on our pure vowel sounds.  We play creative games and share in reading and answering questions from our Music Book, to help with understanding the written part of music, so we can improve our scores for our Quarterly Assessment.  We get to invite friends to come and check out choir.  We have had guest presenters. We get two extracurricular activities stickers, one per semester, which allow us to participate in fun activities at Brownell.



We are so excited to have you join us for our Memory Lane/Legacy Concert.  Each year, at the end of May, or beginning of June, we perform all of our songs for the entire year.  Included in that, is our Choir legacy song, “From the Heart,” for alumni to sing with us.  


From the Heart accompaniment                  


From the Heart both parts​


 Part 2 - Altos and Tenors


Part 1 - Sopranos and Basses


ATTENTION All Returning

6th and 7th graders! 

If you are interested or possibly interested in joining Choir next school year, please let Coach Avey know.  You can reach her during your PE class  or through a current Choir Member.  We are getting ready to recruit all incoming 5th graders and we don't want to give away spots you may want for yourself. 

You are always welcome to check out Choir by coming to one of our Choir classes, held from 2:45-4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  We would LOVE to have you join this Fearless and Focused Family!"

-Upcoming Choir Schedule- 

WEDNESDAY, June 3rd @ GHS - 8th Grade Promotion.  More info to follow!



Founded in 1967, CJSF fosters high standards of scholarship, service and citizenship in the middle school grades. Like CSF, CJSF emphasizes service to the school and the community while fostering pride in scholastic achievement. 

CJSF Fabulous five OFFICERS - 2019/20

Aliisa Rosti

Shiven Bharol

Olivia Goldammer

Chiara Bouissou

Aubrey Archuleta


Barbara Kalman, Advisor

Meet Wednesdays during 8th grade lunch in Room 20

Multicultural Club

Multicultural Club with Mrs. PascualDomingo in the Library

Friday @ 2:45-4:00 p.m. 

Mission Statement: We are a club that promotes awareness, acceptance and an appreciation of diverse cultures.

Gamer's Guild

Gamer's Guild has no officers, no mission statement, no fees, no tournaments -- just a quiet place to come to plug in and game for 45 minutes. Gamer's Guild is a drop-in club, which means that students can come and join as they wish -- no commitments.

Games that encourage taking drugs, stealing things, or committing sexual violence is not permitted, but chasing Creepers and assorted mobs of roving dragon-kin is acceptable. Students may bring board games to the club as well. We meet every Thursday after school in room 22 from 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm.


Club Advisors

Mrs. Kalman, Mr. Bryde and Mr. Feisthamel

Meetings - Every Thursday in Room 20, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.




ROBOTICS Club - Every Friday

Robotics is being held in room 33 every Friday from 2:45 - 4:00 pm.  We have been blessed with a student volunteer from GECA, Gavin Jampani, a former Bruin, who has an amazing technological knowledge in  assisting Mrs. Groppe.  Robotics Club is a parental-driven after school program. This activity requires committed parents to participate and donate their time. The program consists of 1 Session for two (2) hours, once a week. If you have more questions and are interested in considering getting more involved please contact  Mrs. Groppe, our club advisor.

The Robotics Program’s objective is to enrich students’ learning experiences and expose them to the wonderful world of science through robotic engineering! The program emphasizes flexible approaches toward understanding, responding and solving problems through playfulness and practical application utilizing LEGO MINDSTORM Robotic Educational sets. The Students are exposed to computer programming, building, and critical thinking.

Currently, the program is for 6th through 8th grade students with maximum of 12 students per session. Our goal is to supplement grade level standards(ca) with this program. This requires committed parents to participate and donate their time. The Program consists of 1 Session for two (2) hours once a week.

If you have more questions and considering getting more involved please contact the front office or email Mrs. Groppe @

Urban Garden


The Brownell Community Garden Project's mission is to educate students in the art and science of horticulture while connecting the garden with other disciplines that allow students to relate the learning in the garden to both classroom and real life experiences. Our students will create a shared vision, work collaboratively, and cultivate a place to learn about and experience the rewards of gardening.


  • The Brownell Community Garden Project has been in the planning and development stages for several years, but it has only recently started becoming a tangible reality.
  • Our garden is operated with and funded by donations of both time and materials.
  • In the future, our garden will consist of trees, bushes, flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables with an area completely developed to native rocks and plants.
  • The garden area will also have outdoor classrooms for students, a green house, outdoor kitchen, benches, and workstations.


On hold until the new location determined!

Mrs. Kalman, Advisor

If our garden can be a peaceful place, then our schools will be peaceful, then our community, then our city, then our country, then our continent.........and then that peace will spread to the whole world!   

--Unknown student