BCPS School Bond Election, May 2

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 29, 2006 - 11:59 AM  •  Filed under: important
All registered voters are reminded of the upcoming BCPS School Bond Election this Tuesday, May 2. Please Vote!

More information on the Bond Proposal

State Solo & Ensemble Festival Schedule Available

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 14, 2006 - 03:35 PM  •  Filed under: important
Click the 'read more' link to view the performance schedule for the upcoming MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Festival on March 25, 2006 at Central Michigan University.


School Closed Thursday , March 2 [Update 12:03 PM]

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 01, 2006 - 10:49 PM  •  Filed under: important
Bay City Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather for Thursday, March 2, 2006 - this includes

closing of our Parent Involvement Education Center.

I hope that you took your instrument home!

UPDATE: 11:20 AM: Tonight's Basketball game has been rescheduled for tomorrow! (3/3)

UPDATE: 12:03 PM: According to Tom, The Dance is still tomorrow, but starts later. The Pep assembly will be during seminar A (which means tomorrow is a Thursday).

School Cancelled Friday, February 17, 2006 (updated 1:45 pm)

Posted by Ms_Schlosser on Feb 17, 2006 - 05:45 AM  •  Filed under: important
There is no school for February 17, 2006. We are assuming that the basketball game and dance are cancelled because there is no power at the school. Stay tuned for further updates.

We are also checking on the HS Solo & Ensemble Festival in St. Johns. There will be an update when we know more.

Enjoy your day off!

Update: Solo & Ensemble Festival will go on as scheduled on February 18 at St. Johns High School. link to S&E schedule and map

If you are still hoping to attend the jazz concert at CMU this evening, contact Aaron L. or Titiana Z. for details.

Update #2: Janel heard that the game tonight has been rescheduled for Monday, February 20. The Coming Home halftime events will be held at the game on Thursday, March 2 and the dance has been rescheduled for Friday, March 3.

School Cancelled Februrary 16, 2006 [updated 3:40]

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 15, 2006 - 11:05 PM  •  Filed under: important
Bay City Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather for Thursday, February 16, 2006.

[UPDATE 3:40] Jazz Band: We leave at 7:00 AM. Load at 6:40. If school is cancelled, we will *not* be going. If that happens and you still want to go to the concert, we can probably work that out (i.e. I can get you your tickets somehow).

Tomorrow will be a Thursday schedule. But times are not set (because of the assembly). The Band *is* playing in the assembly, but not marching in the halls.

BCPS Funding Meetings - Get Involved! [updated 2/13]

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 09, 2006 - 02:02 AM  •  Filed under: important
"What does the budget forecast for the 2006-07 school year look like? The budget for 2006-07 presents the biggest financial challenge we have faced yet. Among the issues are higher health insurance, higher retirement costs, fewer students … This all adds up to the need to restructure and/or reduce the budget by a minimum of $5.5 million." (Supt. Carolyn Weirda)

What does this mean for the Fine Arts and for the Western Bands? Only with your involvement, can you know for sure. Read more to get the details >>>

[UPDATE 2/13]: District Administration Announces Public Meetings on 06-07 Budget:

Wednesday, February 22: 7:00 p.m. / Central High - Media Center

Wednesday, March 1: 7:00 p.m. Western High - Media Center

[UPDATE 2/10]: Minutes from the 2/8 BPC Meeting are available here


High School Curriculum Reform - GET INVOLVED!

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 09, 2006 - 01:47 AM  •  Filed under: important
As many of you know, the State of Michigan Board of Education and Lt. Govorner Cherry have been working to reform the State's mandated curriculum. This process has moved very quickly and will have a definate impact on our school and the Fine Arts specifically. Please read more for additional information >>>


Bay Concert Band Scholarship Opportunity

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 09, 2006 - 01:28 AM  •  Filed under: important
Continuing in the tradition of promoting band participation in Bay County, the Bay Concert Band is one again offering scholarships up to $500 to qualified band students currently in 9th, 10th and 11th grades to be used for attendance at a 2006 summer band camp of the student's choice. Read more >>>


School Cancelled, Monday, February 6, 2006 [UPDATED 11:30]

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 05, 2006 - 10:38 PM  •  Filed under: important
Bay City Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather for Monday, February 6, 2006.

UPDATE 9:30 AM: Middle School Conferences for tonight are cancelled (they will likely be rescheduled, but no word yet)

The BPC Meeting is rescheduled to Wednesday, February 8 @7:00 pm.

High School Students can "study" today by listening to the recordings of last Friday's rehearsal (download)

UPDATE 11:30 AM: Tuesday 2/7 will be a TUESDAY schedule for the high school. High School Jazz band WILL meet as regularly scheduled!

School Closed Tuesday 1/17/05 [UPDATED 4:35 PM]

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 16, 2006 - 11:06 PM  •  Filed under: important
Bay City Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather for Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - this includes closing of our Community Education and Alternative Education programs.

UPDATE 4:35: High School JAZZ BAND **will** meet on Wednesday.

UPDATE 2:30: I've just been informed that Wednesday will be a Friday Schedule. Then exams will be Thursday, Friday and Monday.

Jazz Bands Will Meet

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 31, 2005 - 01:24 PM  •  Filed under: important
The High School Jazz Band will rehearse on Wednesday 1/4 and Thursday 1/5 during zero hour.

The Middle School Jazz Band will rehearse on Wednesday 1/4 after school.

Winter Band Concert Cancelled

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 16, 2005 - 05:04 AM  •  Filed under: important
The Winter Band Concert scheduled for Thursday, December 15 (for Middle school and High school) has been cancelled due to weather. All involved (including the directors) are disappointed that we will not be able to present the "fruit of all our labor" to you this season. Because of various schedule conflicts, the concert will not be rescheduled.

It is possible that the Sixth Grade Band may schedule a new concert sometime following the winter break.

The seventh - twelfth grade students will begin preparing for Band Festival in January. Please join us at Midland Central Middle School on March 17 & 18 for our next performance. Thank you for your understanding!

MSBOA All-State Band Audition times posted

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 19, 2005 - 12:43 PM  •  Filed under: important
The times and dates for the MSBOA All-State Band auditions are available here (it is a pdf big file, so it may take a minute to open). Western HS & MS are located on the third page. Be sure to read the information at the top of the first page!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 16, 2005 - 11:50 PM  •  Filed under: important
High School Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Monday, Oct. 17 and Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 5-8 PM. Middle School Conferences will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18 and Thursday, Oct 20 from 4-7 PM.

Ms. Schlosser will attend both Middle School sessions. Mr. Heydenburg will attend the Monday session from 5-8 PM and the Tuesday Session from 4-7 PM.

First Football Game Rescheduled

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 23, 2005 - 03:06 PM  •  Filed under: important
The first football game, which was originally scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2005 has been rescheduled and will now occur on Friday, September 2, 2005. We were not aware of this change until late last week. Obviously, this has great impact on our band.

The issue was discussed with band members during the rehearsal on Tuesday, Aug. 23. I know that some families will have a difficult time accomodating the schedule change due to previous plans for the extended holiday weekend.

Students than cannot adjust their plans and therefore cannot make it to the performance should submit their reason in writing as soon as possible and no later than classtime on Monday, August 29.

If at all possible, please consider adjusting family schedules to accomodate this change in schedule. The community expects us to be at the game and I would greatly appreciate your effort. thanks - H

Thanks to the Band Seniors of 2005 and 2004!

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 11, 2005 - 05:06 AM  •  Filed under: important
toledo zoo 2The last two years, the graduating senior class has been very gracious in offering a gift to me at the Band Banquet. I would like to thank all of your for your gracious spirit and kind gifts. I've included some pictures here to show how the gifts were used. Please read on to see them.


ALL Senior Opinions Wanted!!

Posted by Guard4Life06 on Jul 07, 2005 - 02:43 PM  •  Filed under: important
Senior Meeting

Monday, July 11th at 2:00 PM


(Including H!)



Summer Information Available [UPDATED]

Posted by Mr. H on Jun 28, 2005 - 09:45 AM  •  Filed under: important
The Annual Summer Band Letter will be in the mail in the next few days. In the mean time, you can get some of the information right here on the website! See the DOWNLOAD AREA for more information! (The calendar has also been updated)

Don't forget that our Rehearsal is coming up on July 16 and the Parade on the 17th! I expect you all to be there!

[UPDATE 6/30] The Student Leadership Team Letter was also mailed with the other letter. The optional activity that is listed will only cost $15 and begin at 9:00 AM. I need to hear from each person on the SLT as soon as possible regarding the activities.


Disney Trip Payment #2 due Thursday, April 28

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 24, 2005 - 08:40 AM  •  Filed under: important
The second Disney trip payment of $150 due Thursday, April 28, 2005 (if not before).

HS Band Camp Registration Due Friday, April 15!

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 13, 2005 - 06:34 AM  •  Filed under: important
Registration for HS Band Camp is due by Friday, April 15. The registration form is available online here.

Festival Itinerary HS & MS

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 11, 2005 - 02:20 AM  •  Filed under: important
Click the read more link to view the schedule for each band attending festival today and tomorrow. Also there is a map link. All Students are responsible to bring their own instrument and music to John Glenn High School. Transportation is not provided - students must provide their own transportation to and from John Glenn HS. Parents are WELCOME and ENCOURAGED to attend any and all performances!


Symphonic Band Rehearsal Reminder

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 05, 2005 - 05:14 AM  •  Filed under: important
WHS Symphonic Band members are reminded that we have scheduled additional rehearsals for Sunday, March 6 from 2-4 pm and Tuesday, March 8 from 7-9 PM. Help each other remember - call and remind section members - especially about the Sunday rehearsal.

Mr. Monroe has already agreed to come to the Tuesday rehearsal and I am trying to get someone else to come to the Sunday rehearsal if possible.

Come with a positive attitude and be prepared to work extra hard. We had a GREAT rehearsal on Friday and made a lot of progress. I know we can continue from there and improve. Make sure you are practicing on your own everyday.

Footnote: Concert Band members - make sure you are practicing extra hard too! We have a lot of work to do next week!

Public Budget Input Meeting Rescheduled

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 03, 2005 - 01:43 AM  •  Filed under: important
There will be a meeting of school administrators and interested members of the public to discuss the BCPS Budget for 2005-2006 on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Office (910 N. Walnut St., Bay City). All parents of students are strongly encouraged to attend to become informed and contribute to the decisions that must be made.

School Closed 3/2/05 [UPDATED]

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 01, 2005 - 10:35 PM  •  Filed under: important
Bay City Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather for Wednesday, March 2, 2005. [Official Announcement] I haven't heard yet, but I'm guessing that this means that the Parent Teacher Conferences are cancelled also.

The Band Parents Council Meeting will go on as scheduled. Please check back here throughout the day to confirm, but if the weather is OK, then we'll try to meet.

Symphonic Band Members - I think we should consider having BOTH of the additional rehearsals that we discussed (see calendar). We will talk more on Thursday. (hopefully).



HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Tuesday schedule tomorrow, then Friday on Friday

Tonight's choir concert is rescheduled to Tuesday, March 8 @7:00pm.

Parent Teacher Conferences have been rescheduled to March 16, 4-7 PM.

School Closed 3/1/05

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 28, 2005 - 10:33 PM  •  Filed under: important
Bay City Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather for Tuesday, March 1, 2005. [Official Announcement]

High School Schedule is still unknown at this point, but my guess will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday for these three days.

Symphonic Band Members - this assures us that we will have AT LEAST one of the additional rehearsals that we discussed (see calendar). We will talk more on Wednesday. (hopefully).

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