Don’t miss the Wildcats in action! Although tickets and venue capacity are limited, I’m so thankful to see our winter activities in full swing. We have been so blessed with state of the art facilities and it is energizing to see the flurry of activity around the campus.
If you can’t attend in person, I would like to invite you to check out the action through the live web feeds. The Jenison Athletic and Music Departments are utilizing Facebook pages and events to bring you a front row seat, without the trouble of finding a parking spot. It’s such an exciting way to honor our students and all their hard work.
The Jenison Bowling, Basketball, Wrestling, Competitive Cheer, Hockey, Boys Swim/Dive and Dance teams are currently enjoying their first season back in the OK Red.
You can also follow @JenisonWildcats on Twitter for all the game day info and reminders.
The staff at the Jenison Center for the Arts and the Jenison High School music programs also worked very hard to present safe and socially distanced concerts this week. The students work so hard and they deserve this time to show off! Check out the links below for upcoming broadcast of concerts this week.
To watch the junior high band performances TONIGHT (Thursday, February 25) at 6:30p, for 7th graders and 7:45pm for 8th graders, check out the live Facebook event.
To watch all the the high school orchestras perform TOMORROW NIGHT (Friday, February 26) starting at 5:30pm, check out the live Facebook feed.
In the midst of a challenging spring, it is refreshing and uplifting to receive word that Jenison Public Schools has received recognition for multiple awards. I’m so grateful for everyone in the JPS family who has employed a relentless attitude and taken ownership to push our district to be the best it can be. Way to go Wildcats!
The Jenison Music department has earned our district the NAMM 2020 Best Communities for Music Education.
Our Tradition of Excellence continues because of outstanding building leadership, exemplary teaching, a terrific student body, supportive parents, and a generous community! The outstanding work being done by our K-12 students, teachers, and support from our Jenison community truly make Jenison High School an exceptional place to learn – it also placed us in top 95% of the country.
Capturing Kids’ Hearts is the foundation on which Jenison Public Schools is built. It is about building relational capacity with our students and with each other. It is a terrific tribute to Bauerwood Elementary School to be recognized as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts Showcase School for the 3rd year in a row. Being a showcase school means every adult makes student relationships a priority not only in their words but through their actions. Bauerwood is in very select company across the nation. I am very proud of Principal Crystal Morse and her staff.
The NAMM Foundation Music award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education an important part of a well-rounded education. This definitely applies to high school directors Grant Carmichael, Dan Scott and Dave Zamborsky; they also represent a team of hardworking music educators we have at Jenison Public Schools. From parents to teachers, students to administration, all have worked together to make beautiful music and achieve this acknowledgment.
*COMMUNITY FOOD DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION*
Hudsonville: Grace Community Church – 3500 New Holland Street Tuesday & Thursday, 4 – 7 pm
As of Monday, May 4, all Jenison School lunch program distribution will be done at the Jenison High School – 2140 Bauer Road, Jenison. Stop by the West Parking Lot on Monday for Monday and Tuesday meals, or on Wednesday for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday meals.
After the first week of COVID-19 school closures, minds everywhere quickly began seeking creativity and stimulation. Our rock-star Jenison High School music directors even went to work on a fun, challenging project to engage their student musicians from afar. Dave Zamborsky, JHS Band Director and Dan Scott, JHS Orchestra director decided now was the time to perform the Jenison High School fight song – virtual edition.
The first challenge of this project was that the music had never been created with vocal parts – or violin, viola and cello parts for that matter. Mr. Zamborsky wasted no time in creating the parts needed and had them ready for the kids within 24 hours.
The next challenge would be to create virtual ensembles; getting the band, choir or string musicians to perform music “together” when they are indeed not together. With no director standing in front of them to provide instructional cues, a tool called a ‘click track’ was needed. A click track is a series of digital audio cues used to synchronize sound recordings. Senior percussionist, Jarod VanderVeen agreed to record the track for the fight song to accompany the students’ digital performance. He recorded his part while listening to a metronome to stay perfectly in tempo. If you have a metronome in your house you can set it to 150 beats per minute and you’ll notice that Jarod is right on.
The instrumentalists were now set, but the vocalists needed a harmonic reference for their performance. Mr. Scott tapped into the talents of his wife, Diane for the recorded piano part. The students now had what they needed to perfect their individual parts. You’ll notice in the video that they all have some sort of headphone in their ear. This is the click track of either the drummer or the piano player. Each student recorded their performance as they listened to the track. This gave them a rhythmic or harmonic reference for their performance.
The performance itself came as another challenge. None of the orchestra and choir students had even performed the fight song before and some band students were performing on instruments that they don’t use during marching season. After practicing their part, each student recorded their portion and emailed the file to Mr. Scott. There were about 75 video submissions and all of them are included in the video.
Mr. Scott expanded his resume to include “video editor” as he used GarageBand and Final Cut Pro X software programs to compile each performance submission to give us this amazing final product.
Life has been dealing us all a rhythm of unpredictable change these last three weeks. But I want to remind you that TOGETHER – WE ARE JENISON! And together, we march to the beat of a strong community that prides itself in supporting one another.
Click on the video below to check it out…May the performance of these fine musicians brighten your day as we move onward and upward!
(To the tune of “On Wisconsin”)
Onward Wildcats, ever onward, fight to victory!
Green & White, forever fighting, here’s our cheer for thee! Rah! Rah! Rah!
Fighting Wildcats, loyal boosters, here’s to do or die.
All for the fame of our school, Jenison High.
Food distribution is available at the following locations and times:
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Grace Community Church – 3500 New Holland Street Tuesday & Thursday, 4 – 7 pm