Welcome to the HMHS Music Departments

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AMAZON SMILE HELPS BUILD FUNDS  
AmazonSmile is another means for the Music Boosters to fundraise without too much membership involvement (passive).  The only thing you need to do is just click on this link to set up your account: 
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/43-2024981 to check out on Amazon.  There will be no additional fees added to your purchase.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase to our organization.


SNAP! RAISE ON-LINE FUND-RAISING OPPORTUNITY

Music students involved in this fund-raising effort have sent out email messages with the link https://snap-raise.com/fundraisers/34046.  Check it out for the details and plan to include your donation for this fantastic opportunity.  But hurry as the effort ends on October 26, 2017, the date of the Fall Concert.

 
POPCORN FUND-RAISER COMING!

The Fall season certainly brings the craving for popcorn in a variety of flavors!  You are in luck because the Middle School and High School music students will soon be provided with order forms to make available to willing buyers.  It is anticipated that between October 13 and October 30, 2017 (when the completed order forms and money is due).  And, after the deadline is met, the popcorn will be available for pick-up at a designated location on campus before the Thanksgiving holiday break.  The flyer with details can be found in the Fund-Raising - Educational Excursions section on the menu to the left of this announcement.
 

HERCULES MUSIC BOOSTERS ASSOCIATION MEETINGS
Meetings are open to all.  As it was in the 2016-2017 school year, in 2017-2018, there will be two Music Departments with Sharon Calonico as the Middle School Music Director and Anthony West as the High School Music Director.  You can find their email addresses on the right hand side on this announcement page.  The dates for the board meetings in the 2017-2018 school year will appear on the calendar.  Agendas for each meeting, as they become available, will be attached to each date. And, once they are approved at a Board meeting, the minutes will be posted there as well.  The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 2, 2017 so  look for the agenda by clicking on the Hercules Music Boosters Association section and on the Calendar for the meeting date.

MUSIC DIRECTORS' SYLLABUSES POSTED 

The information about the music classes, expectations of music students, and other important details that families need to know are posted on this web site under each Middle School or High School music section on the list to the left of this message.  Each syllibus includes a page that the parent/guardian signs and returns to the Music Director by the announced deadline date.


2017-2018 HMBA BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED
At the potluck and Hercules Music Boosters Association meeting on September 20, 2017, the HMBA board members were unanimously elected to their positions.  To see the list, click on the Hercules Music Boosters Association menu option to the left of this message.

SUPER BOOSTERS
Students, parents, and community members are encouraged to become Super Boosters.  Click on the Super Boosters menu option at the left of this message to read the details listed on the form provided there.  Once your Super Booster membership is received and recorded, you can get your membership card for the 2017-2018 school year when you attend a concert.  The card will have a membership number on it and will be on the master list next to the name you used when you joined.  The persons checking in attendees at each concert will make sure your number is ready to be drawn for a surprise to be awarded during the concert.  At any time during the 2017-2018 school year, check the list by clicking on the Super Boosters menu item to the left of this message.  The form can be downloaded, completed, and provided with payment to Mr. West or Mrs. Calonico.  Important:  there is a contest going on between the Middle School and the High School music students that seeks to encourage an increase in the number of Super Booster sign-ups.  The end date for this contest is October 26, 2017 (the Fall Concert).  After the winning group is determined, a Pizza Party will be scheduled.

MUSIC CONCERTS SCHEDULED FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Posted on the Calendar to the left of this announcement are the scheduled music concerts for the 2017-2018 school year.  All concerts (except the All-District Music Festival at the Richmond Auditorium) will take place in the Hercules High School Gymnasium with performances starting at 7:00 p.m.  In the days leading up to each concert, the Hercules Middle School and Hercules High School Music Directors will be reminding their students and the students' families about the details.  As they are made available, flyers with pertinent details will be attached to each concert date on the calendar.


SPRING STUDY TRIP FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL WOMEN'S CHORUS

It is now an annual tradition to take one of the music ensembles on an academic outing and on March 14-17, 2018 it is the chorus' turn to go.  At Disneyland in Anaheim, the chorus members will have a Disney-themed soundtrack recording session in a professional-grade recording studio.  A letter to the music students' families about the trip is attached to the High School Women's Chorus menu item to the left of this message.


2018 MATTRESS SALE FUNDRAISER - DETAILS TO FOLLOW

The Mattress fundraiser event held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 was a great success!  Thanks to those who came to purchase or just look at the selection and ask questions.  Students who referred buyers benefited also.  $7,300 was raised (including $375 for individual student trip accounts).  The remaining $6,425 went towards the Hercules Music Boosters Association's general fund.  A photograph of the over-sized check is posted here. 


The next sale will be on January 13, 2018.  Look for the details here. 


PHOTOGRAPHS OF MUSIC EVENTS


All those who attend a musical event on the Hercules Middle School and Hercules High School campus and take photographs are encouraged to submit them directly to the Facebook page, the address of which is shown at the right hand side of this message.  Also, photographs taken at other events such as those occurring in the Hercules community and competitions outside Hercules can also be submitted to the Facebook page.  The Photo Gallery section on this web site has been discontinued and all previously-posted photographs were removed as of May 5, 2017.
 
CHECK THE CALENDAR OFTEN
Click on Calendar at the left of this message to see, a month at a time, what events are coming up.  

ARTICLE ABOUT ANTHONY WEST IN THE 2015-2016 TITAN TEMPLATE
An article about Hercules High School Music Director Anthony West was published in the Titan Template.  Read it here:  http://titantemplate.wixsite.com/hercules/single-post/2016/04/15/West-Realizes-His-Dream-as-a-Music-Teacher.













 














Links and Email addresses

ACCESSING, DOWNLOADING, AND PRINTING DOCUMENTS FROM THIS WEBSITE

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           3.  Sign in with the Google Account that has access to this file.


WEST CONTRA COSTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS CALENDAR

Check the calendar at http://www.wccusd.net/Page/4697 for other events in our District



FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE HMHS MUSIC DEPARTMENTS


CONTACT THIS WEB SITE'S WEBMASTER  - Lynn Fissell
Send email to:  Lynnfromhercules@gmail.com


CONTACT HERCULES MUSIC BOOSTERS ASSOCIATION




MUSIC DIRECTORS' WCCUSD EMAIL ADDRESSES

Anthony West - Hercules High School Music Director:  Anthony.west@wccusd.net

Sharon Calonico - Hercules Middle School Music Director: scalonico@wccusd.net


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