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District Accreditation Parent Survey

In order to determine how Richland One is meeting its mission, parents are invited to participate in a survey.

To complete the survey, go to



Please check out our Summer Reading lists, which are listed in the School Resources folder.  There is something there for everyone!  Happy Reading!

Please check out the Quick Links in the left column to see the many activities available to your child.
 If you go to www.richlandone.org and select Parent Resources you will see mathematics calendars filled with activities. In addition, the Richland County Public  Library is sponsoring the great Summer Reading challenge that can be accessed directly at www.richlandlibrary.com/summer.

The Brennen Drama Parent Survey:
We are preparing for a great year in drama next year, but we need your assistance.
Please consider letting Melania Trimble know  about your interests and skills, as well as the best contact information.
Thanks so much!
Melanie Trimble, Drama Teacher

Check out our newest Reading Rewards Program.  Go to "Quick Links" and find all the information that you need about the Blowfish Reading Rewards Program!

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We are Richland One/Brennen Elementary School, a leader in transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams.

Yearbooks are on sale in the front office.  Softcover yearbooks are $20 and hardcover are $25.

Check out all the new information for parents by going to our Parent Resources listing!

Summer Hours at Brennen
June 4-July 31
7:30 AM-5:30 PM
Closed Fridays and July 1-4, 2014 
phone: 738-7204

Congratulations!  Brennen has been awarded Palmetto Gold for General Performance!

Brennen Elementary School

Home of the Brennen Bulldogs
As a member of Richland One, we at Brennen Elementary School will prepare every student to be a successful, contributing citizen in a global society by providing an effective and high quality education.
Brennen Elementary School, in collaboration with an engaged community, is committed to ensuring that each learner achieves his/her potential in a safe, caring, and academically challenging and diverse learning environment that will develop responsible citizens for a changing world.

PTO Announcements

Brennen PTO has a new web page! Check it out at http://www.brennenpto.org/
It will be available all year under Parent Links as well.

Want to receive email updates about what's happening at Brennen?  Just send an email to
brennenelementary@gmail.com so that your name can be added to the distribution list.


Bulldog Brags

Congratulations to Kathryn McKinney, who won Honorable Mention for her book, The Patriot, in the Visual Literacy Book Production Contest!


Brennen raised the most money of any school in the school district for the March of Dimes Walk!  Thanks to all parents, teachers, staff and students who helped Team Brennen raise an impressive $4,430!

Read With the Gamecocks
We had wonderful participation in our recent Read with the Gamecocks reading initiative! As a school, Brrennen read 71, 676 pages!

Congratulations again, Brennen, and all you wonderful Brennen volunteers!

Congratulations, Bulldogs!  We collected more food for the Harvest Hope Food Drive Campaign than any other school in the entire school district!  Our  families went above and beyond the call in collecting food for less fortunate families in our community. 
1st Place Brennen Elementary collected  1,999 pounds of food!


Congratulations to Brennen Elementary School! 

Congratulations to the School Improvement Council

Accelerated Reader

Bulldog Awards

Red Carpet Award

Palmetto Gold Award Recipient
Palmetto Silver Award Recipient

Brennen Receives 'A' Grade


Brennen Elementary received an A grade on the Federal Accountability Report released  August 2, 2012 by the State Department of Education. We are very proud of this accomplishment and this is due to the hard work of our staff and students.  Please follow the link for more information: http://ed.sc.gov/data/esea/2012/district.cfm?SID=4001



Today, 7/22/2014
High: 88 Low: 75
Chance thunderstorms
46% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 7/23/2014
High: 92 Low: 73
Chance thunderstorms
33% chance of precipitation.

Upcoming Events

From the Principal


Welcome to Brennen Elementary School, known affectionately to all who know us simply as Brennen. We are so glad you are visiting our web site, and we hope it will help you get to know our school.
With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, dedicated teachers, and a rich tapestry of cultures representative of our community, Brennen is a wonderful place to teach and learn.
One of the goals I work toward as a principal is to find the best and brightest teachers in the Columbia area. As a community, we work hard to provide a high quality educational experience for all Bulldogs. With continuous family support and outstanding volunteers, our students leave Brennen prepared for the next step in their academic career.
Continuous professional development ensures that our teachers and staff are as prepared as possible to meet the instructional needs of our students. Most recently, we had over 20 teachers participate in the Project Read Institute. They learned best practices in meeting the needs of our students in literacy. Coaches from Project Read will be at Brennen throughout the year working with our teachers and students in the classroom.
There are many opportunities for parents to become involved-from volunteering in the classrooms and front office to helping with our wonderful Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Whatever you do, your active support and cooperation combined with our best professional efforts help our students be the best they can be-as students and community members.
See you around campus.
Mark Shea