Weekly Update – 1/31/17

Good afternoon all,

Happy pre-February! I hope you guys had a wonderful month!

First, I wanted to say a huge congratulations to the students who were involved int he District 3 High School Honors Festival last weekend! I am so proud of their hard work and dedication. The end result was a fabulous concert and a very meaningful experience for Mr. Priest AND our students.  I hope they enjoyed the weekend as much as I enjoyed listening to them grow and perform.

Calendar Events

Tonight – Tuesday

4:45 – Tuesday Prime

6:00 – Tuesday Jazz

Tomorrow – Wednesday

7:00 a.m – Tuesday Jazz Trumpet sectional

6:00 p.m – Music Boosters Meeting

– Please note, this meeting is earlier to accommodate the trip meeting at 7.

– We will be discussing upcoming fundraising opportunities.

7:00 p.m – Williamsburg Trip meeting

– My goal for this meeting is to provide a brief overview about the trip and also to discuss our plan for what we are going to do to provide fundraising opportunities. Most of these will be discussed at the 6 p.m meeting

– We will cover the cost breakdown and tentative itinerary

– PLEASE make every effort to attend


6:00 p.m – PEP BAND!! The game BEGINS at 6:30 which means we need to be in the gym no later than 6:10. PLEASE plan accordingly.

Thursday, February 16th

Mr. Chris Baribeau, coach of the Unified Basketball team here at BHS, has asked that the band perform at a unified basketball game again this year. Last year, our students were OUTSTANDING and provided such a great atmosphere for the student athletes and their parents.

The game is directly after school. This is by no means a “mandatory” experience, but I would like as many students as possible to attend. I will be polling the kids during band to make sure we have a number of instrumentalists there. Could you please help make this event a priority for your son or daughter? I know it may not seem like much, but the Unified students absolutely love having us there.

If you are unfamiliar with Unified basketball is, Unified Sports (a arm of the Special Olympics) is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

Unified Sports teams are made up of an approximately equal number of athletes (people with intellectual disabilities) and Unified Partners (people without intellectual disabilities). Our Unified teams dramatically increase inclusion in the community, using sports to help break down barriers that have historically kept people apart. Teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all.

You can read more about this outstanding program here: https://www.somaine.org/programs/unified-sports/



A huge Congratulations go out to Sarah Poutree and Ania Johnston! Sarah placed first in Oratorical Declamation, and is the new state champion.  Ania placed second in Duo Interpretation. There were 325 students involved in the competition! We are so proud of both of these amazing young women for representing themselves and BHS so well in the annual Speech and Debate State Meet! Best of luck as they compete to head to Nationals this coming weekend.

Trip info

Most of this will be discussed tomorrow.  Currently, we only have 60 responses for the band trip. Of the 60, there are only 50 positive responses. My assumption is that most parents are waiting for tomorrow nights meeting to hand in information. Following tomorrow night’s meeting, Mrs. Albert and I will make a determination as to whether or not it is a viable opportunity for either organization. There are not enough kids signed up in either discipline to field a representative organization that would best exemplify what we do here at BHS.

If you need a copy of the form, please see: http://brunswickmusic.org/williamsburg/williamsburg-letter-to-parents-pdf-2/

The form is at the end of the letter.


If you are looking for the recordings made by the Thursday night jazz ensemble, you can find them at this link: http://brunswickmusic.org/band/jazz-ensemble/jazz-recordings/  Once again, many thanks to Mr. Jud Caswell, local audio engineer and band parent, for donating his time to this exciting opportunity. The students and I are forever grateful.

I believe that is all that I have for this week!  Hope to see you tomorrow night at the meeting (and then again on Thursday at the game)

~ Mike