Holicong Middle School
Updates From Mr. Bucher
Thank You To All Who Contributed to the Success of the 2012-2013 VH-1 Concert!
VH-1 Save The Music Charity Concert
Since 1997, The VH-1 Save the Music Foundation has operated under the guiding principle that music is an important part of every young person’s life. The VH-1 Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools. Since its creation, the VH-1 Save the Music Foundation has provided 49.5 million dollars in new musical instruments to 1,850 public schools in more than 192 school districts around the country. The Foundation has impacted over 2.1 million children.
Central Bucks School District is honored to have supported the VH-1 Save the Music Foundation’s Mission for the past 10 years. While the final dollars raised for this year are still approximate, in the first nine years, Central Bucks has contributed over 35,000 dollars to the Save the Music Foundation.
The money raised in the Central Bucks Community has benefited many schools across the nation. In 2002, Hampstead Hill Academy in Baltimore, MD received instruments to start a school band which attracted twenty-six students from the very beginning. In 2005, Christopher Columbus Middle School in Los Angeles, CA received a guitar lab and in 2007, John C. Daniels Middle School in New Haven CT was able to restore their instrumental program.
The 10th Annual VH-1 Save the Music Foundation Concert was organized by the following Holicong and Tamanend teachers: Jim Glaser, Joel Chodoroff, Jen DiVasto, and Ian Sanchez. They received much support from the Central Bucks incredibly supportive community as they put countless hours into organizing the concert.
The 10th Annual Concert celebrated the best music and best performances from the last nine years. Despite some winter weather, the events supporting the Foundation raised approximately 13,000 dollars. A special thank you to all the Central Bucks teachers who performed on both evenings. They included: Larry Werner, Bridgett Szychulski, Jessica Weber, Jason Morehouse, Chis Villante, Neil Delson, Brian Weaver, Mike Robinson, Linsey Griffin, Mike Gruver, Matt Oberecker, Sarah Strohl, Sue Talley, and Bill Weir.
Of course, with any musical performance in Central Bucks, we had many students involved in the concert. Members of Holicong’s Robe Choir, H-Factor, and Jazz Band performed at the concert. Additionally, Tamanend’s Chieftains and Gold’n Blues joined the Holicong students. The concert also involved various strings performances by students of the Holicong and CB East Orchestra Program.
Two Central Bucks graduates also displayed their talents at this year’s performance. It was great to see Kevin Feher (CB East) and Amanda Prezuhy Kelly (CB South) back on stage to perform in the Central Bucks Community.
One of the highlights of the evening was to be introduced to Jim Glaser’s and Joel Chodoroff’s former music teachers. A special thank you to Jim’s former middle school music teacher, Rick Bogle, and to Jim and Joel’s high school music teacher, Chris Simon. Both men have certainly inspired the love of music and teaching in both Joel and Jim.
The planning for next year’s VH-1 Save The Music Foundation Concert has already begun!
8th Grade PEN Murals At Holicong Are Complete!
Pennies For Patients
All of us at Holicong Middle School, especially the members of the National Junior Honor Society, would like to thank all of our students, parents and staff who participated in the “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser.
The total amount raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was $1456.61 ($250 over our goal of $1200!). Homeroom 205 donated the most money and will now receive a pizza party during their lunch time.
Thanks to everyone for their support – including the students who helped with the daily collections and counting the money.
Next Week's Athletic Events At Holicong.....
Monday: 8th grade boys' basketball VS New Hope away
Monday: Wrestling VS New Hope home
Tuesday: 7th grade boys' basketball VS Tamanend away
Tuesday: Wrestling VS Maple Point home
Wednesday: 8th grade boys' basketball VS Newtown home
Thursday: 7th grade boys' basketball VS Lenape home
Asset of the Month!
Minnesota, has identified 40 concrete, positive experiences and qualities -- developmental assets--that have a tremendous influence on young people’s lives and choices. Research shows that the 40 developmental assets help young people make wise decisions, choose positive paths, and grow up competent, caring, and responsible.
To further promote the 40 Assets in the community, the Boomerang Award was created. The Boomerang Award is a student recognition program sponsored by CB Cares, Outback Steakhouse in Jamison, and the Bucks County Herald. This program recognizes the students for living by a 40 Asset principle highlighted for the each month.
The Asset for February is School Engagement. The young person is actively engaged in educational activities inside and outside of school. They take learning a step further and by their actions and enthusiasm serve as a role model to others.
If you know a student who meets the above description, nominate that student by completing the nomination form .
Anyone can nominate a student for the Boomerang Youth Recognition Award. All nominations must be submitted to Mrs. Kleeman firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15.