Lucille Murray Brown Middle School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal Gaines

    Principal Gaines

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 virtual school year!  I am excited to serve as Principal of Lucille M. Brown Middle School for the fourth year!  I am committed to ensuring that we focus on student success.  We believe that each and every student has a gift to share with the world, and we work hard to unlock their highest potential. We have high expectations of our students, and expect all students to uphold our school vision--to become caring and respectful individuals who inquire, learn, reflect, and take action to better our global society!

    I ask for your continued support all through the school year to help us reach our academic goals.  Your encouragement and engagement makes a huge difference. Please continue to be involved in your child’s studies, continue to build relationships with our teachers, and continue to engage with the entire Richmond middle school community!  Our children are counting on us!

    It is a privilege to be a part of this community and I look forward to our continued collaboration!

    Dr. Stacy Gaines

  • New Office Hours: Beginning January 4, 2021, our school office will operate on a new daily schedule as follows:

    • Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: 12:30pm-4:00pm
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays: 8:30am-12:00pm


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School Office Hours & Contacts

LMBMS Help Desk

  • Still need tech assistance? LMBMS offers on-site technical support every Wednesday from 8:30am-12:00pm. Students and parents may come to the front of the school for technology help with Chromebooks or tablets.

    No Help Desk this Wedesday, January 20th. Will resume January 27th

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New Learning Centers provide academic support

  • Facilitated Learning Centers: Is your scholar in need of supervision and structure throughout the school day? If so, the YMCA has partnered with RPS to provide academic support. The weekly rate for RPS students is $33. Families who receive SNAP or TANF can attend at no cost. 

    Peter Paul Development Center is running a facilitated learning center at Martin Luther King Middle School for 2nd-8th grade RPS students. The full-day option goes from 9 am until 6 pm, and is completely free for low-income families. To learn more, click here.

    The YMCA is running facilitated learning centers at Miles Jones ES, Holton ES, and Huguenot HS for K-8th grade RPS students. The full-day option goes from 7:30 am until 6 pm, and is completely free for low-income families. To learn more, click here.

    There are also many other facilitated learning centers not housed in RPS schools across the city. To learn more, click here.

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District Announcements

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Update for RPS Employees - On Thursday, January 14, 2021, all RPS Staff should have received an email containing a registration link for the COVID-19 vaccine. Also please tune into a special COVID-19 edition of RPS Live! for staff on Friday, January 15 at 4:30pm on the RPS Facebook page.

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  • RPS Mobile Help Desk Temporarily Closed - Due to potential COVID-19 exposure, the Mobile Help Desk will be suspending services until January 25, 2021. For any technology needs, please contact

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  • RPS Family Academy - With live workshops and a virtual resource library, the Family Academy provides RPS families and advocates the opportunity to connect with each other and get engaged with our childrens' education and future. Learn more and register for upcoming sessions here.

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  • #ReopenWithLove - For the latest information and resources for families, visit the #ReopenWithLove section of our website. It includes the most current information about meal distribution and other critical information.

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  • Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helpline at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.

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  • Support RPS - There are many ways to support RPS and #ServeWithLove! Please consider volunteering, donating, or partnering with us, and for new and existing partners, don't forget to add your organization to our new searchable partnership database!

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ChildSavers Outpatient Therapy

Our RPS Lit Limo is rolling...

  • The Lit Limo is a neighboorhood book-mobile that is giving away free books to RPS students. Click here to find out when it will be in a neighborhood near you!

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School Spirit Week is January 19-22

  • It’s that time again!  We invite all students to participate in our monthly Spirit Week, January 19-22.  The theme for this month is “blast from the past”! We look forward to you dressing up as follows:

    • Early 2000's Tuesday
    • Fashion 80's Workout Wednesday Wear
    • 70's Groovy Thursday Fashion
    • 90's Pop/Hip-Hop Friday Wear

      In order to participate, students must turn on their cameras during class.  The top five students will receive recognition and win a prize!  See the attached flyer.
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LMBMS Office Closed January 20th

  • The LMBMS office will be closed this Wednesday, January 20th; therefore, we will not facilitate any book or technology services or distributions.  Food distribution will still be available during normal hours.

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  • School Closing: All RPS schools and offices will be closed next Monday, January 25, 2021, for our scheduled Teacher Work Day.

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Upcoming NextUp Sessions

  • Upcoming NextUp Sessions: Calling all middle and high schoolers! If math class can be online then why not dance, art, cooking or coding? LIVE, online enrichment classes led by area program providers are now available to RPS middle school and high school students through NextUp RVA’s new online portal. Through this online portal, students can participate in live and interactive enrichment classes led by local, quality program providers. Classes are offered at no-cost to RPS families. Please visit our online portal to get your kids started. Registration for the upcoming Winter II and Spring sessions begins on January 18, 2021. For more information about NextUp, visit

     ¡Llamando a todos los estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria! Si la clase de matemáticas puede ser en línea, ¿porque no danza, arte, cocina o robótica? NextUp ahora ofrece clases de enriquecimiento en línea y EN VIVO dirigidas por organizaciones locales para estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria de RPS. Las clases se ofrecen sin costo para las familias de RPS. Visite nuestro portal en línea para comenzar. El registro de clases para las próximas dos sesiones de invierno (II) y primavera comienza el 18 de enero de 2021. Para obtener más información sobre NextUp, visite

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  • 2nd Semester English and Math Textbook Distribution: We are distributing textbooks for all English and some math classes on Mondays from 1:00pm - 4:00pm and Tuesdays from 9:00am-12:00pm.  There are no new math books for students enrolled in Math 8, Algebra, or Geometry. 

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  • Chromebooks will be distributed on Wednesdays from 8:30-12:00, and on Mondays by appointment only. To be added to the waiting list for a Chromebook, or to make a Monday appointment, please email Ms. Varljen at

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Meal distributions

  • Meal Distributions at our school will continue to operate daily from 7:30-10:30am and 11:30am-1:00pm

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Parent Support Meeting coming in February

FREE STEM PROGRAM for 8th and 9th graders!


    Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) is a FREE educational program of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, designed to ignite a passion in students who already show an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our hope is that the BLAST 3-day residential, on-campus experience, which is packed with demonstrations and collaborative activities led by college faculty, will inspire students to envision a career in a STEM field and motivate them to expand the number of STEM-related classes they take in higher grade levels. 

    Many students who attend BLAST go on to participate in our advanced educational programs, two of which offer free college credits through dual enrollment with Thomas Nelson Community College. Participating students in these competitive programs develop advanced skills related to the 5 C's of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate: critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and citizenship, in addition to building STEM-specific knowledge and skills. While participation in BLAST is not a prerequisite to attending any of our other educational programs, it is an ideal opportunity for younger students to determine if STEM is the right path for them. 

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Attention 8th Graders: Register for Governor's STEM Academy

  • Attention 8th Graders:
    The Governor's STEM Academy at RTC is pleased to be included in the 'Common Application' process this year through Enroll RPS! 
    View our campaign video here  
    Visit us here for more information:


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8th Grade Physical Education Requirements

Need Technical Assistance?

  • Students who have technical issues are encouraged to  email The Technology Services team will address issues remotely as much as possible.  When you email the Help Desk, please include the student's name, school, date of birth, and student ID number (if you have it). This will help speed things up tremendously. 

    You may also watch this tutorial and review the accompanying slide deck from Instructional Technology Resource Teachers (ITRTs) Nicole Pfister and Ashley Bland.
    For issues that require hands-on support, a mobile help desk will be available throughout the community based on the schedule below.
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RPS Tech Website

  • We have a ton of tech support resources in English and Spanish. To access them, just go to


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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - January 19, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Lots to cover tonight, so let's dive in! First, I have a couple of updates about the vaccine registration process for RPS staff: As I noted on Friday, the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) had to cancel hundreds of appointments and disable the registration link that was previously shared. We've learned that a number of RPS staff had their appointments inadvertently canceled. I'm so sorry about the frustration and anxiety that caused. Please note that there will be a new registration system and new vaccination events scheduled for February. I'll share more information about this as soon as I have it. Finally, our nurses will be reaching out to any RPS employees who are currently working in-person (for example, bus drivers and nutrition workers) to ensure they are vaccinated – if they want to be – during the events scheduled for this week and next. If you have any other questions, please reach out to us at Click above to read more!

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  • RPS Direct Update - January 15 (PM), 2021

    Twitter Facebook Instagram LinkedIn YouTube Friday (PM), January 15, 2021 Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! I have a few very important updates tonight about vaccine registration: You may have just seen a news alert that thousands of registrations for the vaccination events next week at the Richmond Raceway were cancelled. To clarify, as I understand it, the intent was only to cancel invalid registrations. The upcoming events are strictly for school, police, and fire personnel. A number of individuals outside these fields signed up. Those are the registrations that were cancelled. The freed up slots will be distributed by each of the localities in central Virginia. I don't have more information on how that process will work just yet. As soon as I do, I'll share it with you. If you were not able to register yet, I'm told there will be more opportunities with a new registration system by early February. Again, as soon as I have more details, I'll share them. Like all of us at RPS, our public health officials are attempting to do something that's never been done before. So many people have extended us so much grace over the past year; I humbly ask that we do the same for our colleagues at VDH and RCHD. They are literally working day and night to distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible.

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