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Visual and Performing Arts Department

Bakersfield City School District
Education Center
1300 Baker Street
Bakersfield, CA 93305
Phone: (661) 631-4810
Fax: (661) 324-3182

Bakersfield City School District Recognized Nationally
As One of the Best Communities for Music Education,
District Heralded for Support of Music Education

The NAMM (National Association of Music Music Merchants) Foundation has again recognized the Bakersfield City School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with the prestigious Best Communities for Music Education designation. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the district’s music program has earned this honor.

In its 17th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum. The recognition rests on school district funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music program and community music-making programs. “Music education is a valuable component in the school curriculum. Music provides students a way to uniquely express themselves, develop strong interpersonal skills, and learn skills necessary for success in the 21st Century. The Bakersfield City School District is proud of the many accomplishments of its music program, faculty, and students.” said Michael Stone, Coordinator of the Visual and Performing Arts with the District. “The Best Communities for Music Education designation affirms the District’s belief that all children should have access to quality music education. Our students receive a first-class education!”

 

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The Bakersfield City School District Music In Our Schools Week Instrumental Music Program was presented a Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association. Pictured above are District Superintendent Dr. Robert J. Arias and Music Teacher Crystal Walker receiving the Golden Bell Award at the ceremony in San Diego on December 7, 2013.

The Golden Bell Awards program, now in its 34th year, promotes excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices of school boards in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.

 

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Visual and Performing Arts Department
Elementary Traveling Instrumental Music Teachers’
Commitment Statements

(adopted 2013)

1. We will keep student learning at the center of our work.

2. We agree that all students can benefit from instruction in music.

3. We commit to working in a collaborative culture to ensure that high expectations are realized for student learning.

4. We will work to ensure that all children have equal access to the instrumental music program.

5. We commit to address the individual needs of our students.

6. We commit to developing the musical literacy of all students.

7. We commit to providing a positive and nurturing learning environment that encourages and rewards student responsibility and effort.

8. We are committed to providing a professional, clean, quiet, and distraction-free classroom environment that provides maximum potential for student learning.

The Bakersfield City School District is committed to delivering services consistent with our adopted Values which include equity, integrity, caring, collaboration, and personal and collective accountability. The Vision for the District is to continue being a leader in public education and to ensure that all children are inspired to achieve academic excellence. The District’s Mission is to provide all students with a comprehensive curriculum, utilize research-based strategies, provide a state of the art learning environment, make data-driven decisions, and a create a welcoming environment for parents.

 

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IMG_3095The BCSD Elementary (Grades 4-6) Oral Language Festival was held on December 3, 2016, at CSU, Bakersfield. Students compete in five events: Serious Interpretation Solo, Serious Interpretation Duo, Humorous Interpretation Solo, Humorous Interpretation Duo, and Verse Choir. These students will join other winners selected in November at the District’s Junior High School (Grades 7-8) Oral Language Festival to represent the District at the Kern County Oral Language Festival.  The county event will take place on January 28, 2017. The full list of award winners may be viewed here.


Cato - Bakersfield Christmas Parade 2016Marching Bands and Color Guards from Cato, Chipman, Compton, Curran, and Emerson marched in the 34th Annual Bakersfield Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 1, 2016. The bands joined nearly 100 entries in this festive parade through downtown Bakersfield. The theme for this year’s parade was Stories of Christmas. Pictured here is the Cato Middle School Marching Band.


The halls of the Bakersfield City School District Education Center are adorned with new artwork created by dozens of young BCSD student artists for the Fall Art Gallery exhibit. A reception was held on Tuesday, November 15 to honor these student artists. The Fall 2016 Art Gallery includes 65 pieces selected from more than 400 entries. The gallery encourages and reinforces quality art instruction in the classroom, and it celebrates student achievement. Pictured is Leanna Lopez from Chipman Junior High School speaking about her piece, Acceptance.” To see all of the student art, visit the Fall 2016 Online Art Gallery, or past art galleries here.


Nine BCSD Junior High and Middle School Bands marched in the 97th annual Bakersfield Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 11, 2016. In addition to the nine bands, marching units from Chavez, McKinley, Mt. Vernon, Thorner, and Williams Elementary Schools also participated. Pictured is the Sierra Middle School Marching Band, directed by Tony Aguilar. More parade photos may be viewed here.


YPC Nov 2016 (2)Bakersfield City School District sixth grade students attended Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s Concert at the Rabobank Theater on November 4, 2016. The students enjoyed the interesting program led by conductor Stilian Kirov. This event was one of three Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s performances that are presented to students during the school year.


OLF.Logo.2016.RevisedThe Junior High (Grades 7-8) Oral Language Festival was held at the BCSD Education Center on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Students compete in five events: Serious Interpretation Solo, Serious Interpretation Duo, Humorous Interpretation Solo, Humorous Interpretation Duo, and Verse Choir. The award winners may be viewed here.


Choir Festival 2016 (74 edited)The Junior High/Middle School Choir Sharing Festival was held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Sierra Middle School Auditorium. Choirs from the district’s junior high and middle schools gathered for the 9th annual event. The district’s five traveling vocal music teachers each directed their schools’ combined choir in a performance, followed by an on-stage clinic by Dr. Angel Vasquez-Ramos, Director of Vocal Music, California State University, Bakersfield. More than 400 students participated in the event. Later the same day, the vocal music teachers participated in a professional development training lead by Dr. Vasquez-Ramos. More photos may be viewed here.


More than 800 singers from Kern County, including more than 100 from Bakersfield City School District, participated in the Real Men Sing choir workshop held at Bakersfield High School’s Harvey Auditorium on Friday, September 23, 2016. The purpose of the event is to bring together students from the top choirs throughout Kern County to learn under the direction of a guest clinician. This year’s clinician was Mr. Travis Rogers, Director of Choral Music at Napa High School. Teachers received professional development on working with male vocalists. The event was sponsored by the Kern High School District Choral Faculty. More photos may be viewed here.


The District hosted its Third Annual Musical Instrument Rental Fair at Garza Elementary School on September 8, 2016.  The purpose of the Rental Fair is to provide our families the opportunity to learn about the various musical instrument rental plans available in the community.  Attendance was strong, with the Cafeteria full most of the evening. The Rental Fair has helped the District expand participation in the Instrumental Music Program over the past three years, with participation at an all-time high last school year. Local vendors participating were California Keyboards, Music and Arts, and Nick Rail Music. Music teachers, parents, and students all participated in the event, hosted by the Visual and Performing Arts Department.


Music In Our Schools Week performances were presented at 32 Bakersfield City School District elementary Schools from August 26–31. This program has been awarded the Golden Bell from the California School Boards Association. The elementary traveling instrumental music teachers present the annual assemblies to educate students about the instruments of the orchestra, and to motivate students to enroll in their school’s instrumental and vocal music programs. Throughout this assembly, students have the opportunity to participate through singing, movement and playing rhythm instruments. For more information, click here, or view the Music in Our Schools Week highlights video.


The Elementary Festival Concert was in the Rabobank Arena on May 23, 2016. Students from every District elementary school participated in the event. Third grade students performed in the Flutophone Ensemble while fourth through sixth grade students performed in the String Ensemble, Honor Orchestra and Festival Chorus. The concert showcases the musical skills learned by the children in their music classes. Pictured is the Honor Orchestra, conducted by Traveling Elementary Music Teacher Karl Stratemeier.

 


The Academic Pentathlon Super Quiz was held at Stiern Middle School on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Teams from 4th, 5th, and 6th grades competed in the areas of Literature, Essay (6th grade only), Mathematics, History-Social Science and Science. The Super Quiz is the public portion of the competition where the teams answer questions in a format similar to a television game show. An awards ceremony follows with winning students and teams presented bronze, silver, and gold medals.

 


On May 16, 2016, the Junior High/Middle School Honor Concert was held at the Rabobank Theater. This annual event features the outstanding musical talents of BCSD Jr. High and Middle School students. The ensembles include the 6th Grade Festival Orchestra, Honor Orchestra, Honor Band and Honor Choir. Each ensemble presents three selections directed by a guest conductor. The concert concluded with all of the ensembles performing God Bless America.

 


The Bakersfield City School District offices are adorned with new creative art pieces prepared by dozens of young BCSD student artists for the Spring Art Gallery exhibit. A reception was held on Tuesday, April 26 at the BCSD Education Center to honor these student artists. The Spring 2016 Art Gallery includes 66 pieces selected from nearly 300 entries. The gallery encourages and reinforces quality art instruction in the classroom, and it celebrates student achievement. Pictured is Treasure O’Brien from Franklin Elementary School with her piece, “Blue Dog.” To see all of the student art, visit the Spring 2016 Online Art Gallery, or past art galleries here.


Nine Junior High/Middle School Advanced Choirs performed at the California Music Educators Association Choir Ratings Festival held at Norris Middle School on March 16 and 17, 2016. The ensembles are assessed on several elements of music performance by a panel of three highly qualified music educators. After the performance on stage, students participate in a clinic presented by one of the judges. This is the first year all nine BCSD choirs have performed in such an event. Pictured is the Emerson Advanced Choir conducted by their vocal music teacher, Nichole Heasley.


Congratulations to the College Heights Elementary School Orchestra for earning Unanimous Superior ratings at the California Music Educators Association Ratings Festival held at Independence High School on March 11, 2016. The Unanimous Superior rating designates the finest possible performance for ensembles. Elementary Traveling Instrumental Music Teacher Mr. Nick Olmos conducts the College Heights Orchestra. We can all be very proud of these students and their director!


Eighteen Junior High and Middle School  bands and orchestras performed at the Bakersfield City School District Band and Orchestra Standards Festival. The tenth annual event was held on March 10th in the Doré Theatre on the campus of California State University, Bakersfield. The ensembles are assessed on several elements of music performance by a panel of three highly qualified music educators. After the performance on stage, students participate in a clinic presented by one of the judges. Pictured is the Cato Middle School Advanced Strings conducted by their music teacher, Daniel Hernandez.


A reception was held on Tuesday, February 23 at the BCSD Education Center to honor the student artists whose artworks were selected for the Winter Art Gallery. Student artists and their families were invited to enjoy refreshments as they strolled the halls viewing the collection of outstanding artworks. The gallery encourages and reinforces quality art instruction in the classroom. Pictured is Marjorie Matthews from Downtown School with her piece, “The Great Wave.” To see all of the student art, visit the Online Gallery and the additional story here.


Henry Greve 2016 (9)The BCSD Henry Greve Speech Contest was held on February 18, 2016, in the Education Center Boardroom. Fifteen Jr. High and Middle School students delivered prepared speeches between 4½ and seven minutes in length. “Do Wealth and Possessions Equal Happiness?” was this year’s topic. The students are judged in the areas of content, language, and delivery. The four highest scoring speakers are invited to represent the district at the Kern County Henry Greve Speech Contest on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Pictured is first place winner, Emma Isabel Coleman from Chipman Jr. High SchoolMore awards and photos


Bakersfield City School District third grade students attended Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s Concert at the Rabobank Theater on February 5, 2016. The program, entitled Musical Natures, featured music by Handel, Beethoven, De Falla, Stravinsky, and the Disney movie Frozen. Musical Natures was the third of three Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s performances that are presented to students during the school year.


Chipman Jr. High School student Ethan Howard successfully auditioned for and was accepted into the 2016 California All-State Jr. High School Honor Band. The state honor band will rehearse for several days in February and present a concert at the state music conference in San Jose. The eighth grade student has been playing trombone for five years. Ethan’s music teacher at Chipman is also his father, Mark Howard.


The Bakersfield City School District Spelling Bee was held January 12 & 14, 2016, in the Education Center Auditorium. The schools are divided into two regions with eighteen schools in Region I and nineteen schools in Region II. The top four students from each region go on to compete in the Kern County Spelling Bee. Students have the opportunity to advance all the way to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. Pictured are: Aydan Olaez, Region I 1st Place winner from Owens Intermediate School and Joshua Vibal, Region II 1st Place winner from Stiern Middle School. Both students will compete at the Kern County Spelling Bee, organized by the Kern County Retired Teachers Association, on Monday, March 7, 2016 in the BCSD Education Center Auditorium.
Complete event results.


The district music programs have performed winter concerts at all elementary and junior high/middle school sites. The concerts feature diverse ensembles including 3rd grade Flutophone, bands, string orchestras, glee clubs, and choirs. Students enjoy the school-day performances, and family members have appreciated well-attended evening concerts. Pictured are the instrumental ensembles at Cato Middle School under the direction of Daniel Hernandez. Kudos to our district’s outstanding music teachers and students!


Junior High and Middle School Bands from Emerson, Curran, Cato, Compton, and Chipman marched in the 43rd Annual North of the River Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 12, 2015. This year’s theme was 60 Years of Christmas Cheer. Pictured is the Curran Middle School Marching Band directed by Robert Morales. More parade photos.


Junior High and Middle School Bands from Sequoia, Washington, Sierra, and Stiern marched in the 33rd Annual Bakersfield Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 3, 2015. The bands joined over 100 entries in the festive parade through downtown Bakersfield. This year’s theme for the parade was A Hometown Christmas. Pictured is the Washington Middle School Marching Band. The band is directed by Stephen JohnsonMore parade photos.


Nutcracker 121015 (96)More than 3,200 BCSD fifth grade students traveled to Rabobank Theater on December 10 and 11, 2015 to view a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. The annual production is presented by the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Dance Center. Pictured are the dancing snowflakes who welcome Clara and her Prince as they travel through the snowy forest. The Nutcracker is the second of three Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s Concerts presented to students throughout the school year.


The BCSD Elementary (Grades 4-6) Oral Language Festival was held on December 6, 2015, at CSU, Bakersfield. Students compete in five events: Serious Interpretation Solo, Serious Interpretation Duo, Humorous Interpretation Solo, Humorous Interpretation Duo, and Verse Choir. Pictured is the First Place Serious Interpretation Duo from Owens Intermediate SchoolLogan Jarrett and Jazleen Salinas. The Owens Intermediate teams are coached by Helen Cuevas, Kathryn Harper, and Ann Barrios.


A reception was held on Tuesday, November 17 at the BCSD Education Center to honor the student artists whose artworks were selected for the Fall Art Gallery. Student artists and their families were invited to enjoy refreshments as they strolled the halls viewing the collection of outstanding artworks. The gallery encourages and reinforces quality art instruction in the classroom. Pictured is Adrian Hernandez from Fletcher Elementary School with his piece, “Scarecrow.” To see all of the student art, visit the Online Gallery.


Nine BCSD Junior High and Middle School Bands marched in the 96th annual Bakersfield Veterans Day Parade on Tuesday, November 11, 2015. In addition to the nine bands, marching units from Chavez and McKinley Elementary Schools also participated. Pictured is the Stiern Middle School Marching Band, directed by Justin Milota. More parade photos.


BCSD students enjoyed the Stars Theatre children’s production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr. in the Education Center Auditorium on November 9 and 10, 2015. Congratulations to the wonderful student performers. Bravo!


The Junior High/Middle School Choir Festival was held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Sierra Middle School Auditorium. Students rehearsed in the morning with guest clinician Patrick Burzlaff, Director of Choirs, Centennial High School. Following the rehearsal, the 320-voice choir presented a brief concert. Choirs from the district’s nine junior high and middle schools gathered for the 8th annual event. Later the same day, the BCSD vocal music teachers participated in a professional development training lead by Mr. Burzlaff.


Congratulations to the following Bakersfield City School District students for earning awards at the 2015 Kern County Fair Student Art Competition.

Kindergarten Category
First Place: Emily Jimenez, Owens Primary School
1st Grade Category
Honorable Mention: Adrianna Garcia, William Penn Elementary School
3rd Grade Category
Honorable Mention: Angela Garcia, Munsey Elementary school
We can all be very proud of these boys and girls for their accomplishments!

The 2nd annual Musical Instrument Rental Fair was hosted by the Bakersfield City School District Visual and Performing Arts Department on September 10th at Garza Elementary School. This event provides families and students with a convenient opportunity to meet local vendors of musical instruments and learn of the many services they provide.


Music In Our Schools Week performances were presented at 32 Bakersfield City School District elementary Schools from August 21 – September 2. This program has been awarded the Golden Bell from the California School Boards Association. The elementary traveling instrumental music teachers present the annual assemblies to introduce students to the instruments of the orchestra. Through the program, students have the opportunity to participate through singing, movement and playing rhythm instruments. Music in Our Schools Week highlights video.


EFC_15The Elementary Festival Concert was held for the first time in the Rabobank Arena on May 18, 2015. Students from every District elementary school participated in the event. 3rd grade students performed in the Flutophone Ensemble while fourth through sixth grade students performed in the String Ensemble, Honor Orchestra and Festival Chorus. The concert showcases the musical skills learned by the children in their music classes. See the slide show.


AP_15The Academic Pentathlon Super Quiz was held at Stiern Middle School on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Teams from 4th, 5th, and 6th grades competed in the areas of Literature, Essay (6th grade only), Mathematics, History-Social Science and Science. The Super Quiz is the public portion of the competition where the teams answer questions similar to a television game show. An awards ceremony follows with winning students and teams presented bronze, silver, and gold medals.


HonCon_15On May 11, 2015, the Junior High/Middle School Honor Concert was held at the Rabobank Theater. This annual event features the outstanding musical talents of BCSD Jr. High and Middle School students. The ensembles include the 6th Grade Festival Orchestra, Honor Orchestra, Honor Band and Honor Choir. Each ensemble presents three selections directed by a guest conductor. The concert concluded with all of the ensembles performing Armed Forces Finale. Pictured is principal clarinetist, Alexander Sotero Roquemore from Chipman Jr. High SchoolSee the slide show.


Spring Art_15A reception was held on Tuesday, April 28th at the BCSD Education Center to honor the student artists whose artworks were selected for the Spring Art Gallery. The gallery encourages and reinforces quality art instruction in the classroom. The art gallery is changed three times each school year. The student art will be on display through October, 2015. Pictured is Sasha Cordova from Roosevelt Elementary School with her pieces, “The Sun Rise Beach” and “Out of the Ocean.” To see all of the student art, visit the Online Gallery.


David Dennis / All-Star Sports Photography , at the on 2/14/15Students from Washington Middle School and Stiern Middle School participated in the Pep and Pageantry Arts Association of Central California (PPAACC) competitions this winter and spring. PPAACC is a non-profit youth organization that hosts a series of seven Saturday competitions at area high schools. The events provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in cheer, percussion, and colorguard. Washington and Stiern each had one colorguard and one drumline participating. Pictured is Washington Middle School Colorguard student, Sandy Rodriguez. Photo courtesy of All-Star Sports Photography.


Curran Park PhotoStudents from Curran Middle School  traveled to Valencia on Saturday, April 11, to participate in the Music in the Parks Festival. The band, orchestra and choir each earned 1st Place trophies and were recognized as the Best Overall Junior High/Middle School. Following the competition, the students were treated to a day of fun at Disneyland. The Curran Middle School music program is under the direction of music teacher, Robert Morales.


Sequoia Band Standards FestivalEighteen Junior High and Middle School  bands and orchestras performed at the Bakersfield City School District Band and Orchestra Standards Festival. The ninth annual event was held on March 12th in the Doré Theatre on the campus of California State University, Bakersfield. The ensembles are assessed on several elements of music performance by a panel of three highly qualified music educators. After the performance on stage, students participate in a clinic presented by one of the judges. Pictured is the Sequoia Middle School Advanced Band conducted by their music teacher, Joshua Barr.


Lyric_Songwriting_15The BCSD Lyrics and Songwriting Contest recognizes and encourages talented poets and songwriters in grades 6, 7 and 8. This year’s theme was “Be a STAR: Stop Think Act Right.” Students wrote about positive attitude, respect of others, integrity, determination, enthusiasm, and effort. The winning students worked with American Idol Finalist, Amy Adams rehearsing and recording their compositions at AUM Studio. Pictured with Amy Adams are Dominic Guerra (1st Place) and Shakira Ross (2nd Place). Both are music students of Stephen Johnson at Washington Middle School.


Winter_15The Bakersfield City School District hosted the Winter Art Gallery Reception on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at the Education Center. The gallery provides an outstanding opportunity to display the exceptional talents of the students in the district. Many artworks from this exhibit will also be entered in the Kern County Fair Youth Art Exhibit. The student art will be on display at the Education Center through April, 2015. Pictured is Macie Abrego from Curran Middle School with her artwork titled “Waterfront.” To see all of the student art, visit the Online Gallery.


PandW1_15Bakersfield City School District third grade students attended Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf at Rabobank Theater on February 11, 2015. Peter and the Wolf was the third of three Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s performances that are presented to students during the school year. The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Dance Center performed the popular “musical symphony” based on a young boy capturing a big wolf and saving the forest animals.


HG_15_CoverThe BCSD Henry Greve Speech Contest was held on January 29, 2015, in the Education Center Boardroom. Twelve Jr. High and Middle School students delivered prepared speeches between 4½ and seven minutes in length. “The Influences of Media on Today’s Youth” was this year’s topic. The students are judged in the areas of content, language, and delivery. The four highest scoring speakers are invited to represent the district at the Kern County Henry Greve Speech Contest on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Pictured is first place winner, Emma Isabel Coleman from Chipman Jr. High School. Event results and photos.


Spelling Bee_15The Bakersfield City School District Spelling Bee was held January 13 & 15, 2015, in the Education Center Auditorium. The schools are divided into two regions with eighteen schools in Region I and nineteen schools in Region II. The top four students from each region go on to compete in the Kern County Spelling Bee. Students have the opportunity to advance all the way to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. Pictured are: Steven Kertis, Region I 1st Place winner from Chipman Jr. High School and Jose Rangel, Region II 1st Place winner from Harding Elementary School. Both students will compete at the Kern County Spelling Bee, organized by the Kern County Retired Teachers Association, on Monday, March 2, 2015 in the BCSD Education Center Auditorium. Complete event results.


EHowardChipman Jr. High School student Ethan Howard successfully auditioned for and was accepted into the 2015 California All-State Jr. High School Honor Band. The honor band will rehearse for several days in February and present a concert at the state music conference in Fresno. The seventh grade student has been playing trombone for four years and is the first BCSD student to be selected for the state honor band. Ethan’s music teacher at Chipman is also his father, Mark Howard.


Sierra_NOR_14Junior High and Middle School Bands from Sequoia, Sierra, Stiern, and Washington marched in the 42nd Annual North of the River Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 13, 2014. This year’s theme was Christmas Express. Also marching down North Chester Avenue were elementary school entries from Cesar Chavez, Franklin and Nichols. Pictured is the Sierra Middle School “Spartans” Marching Band. The band is directed by Tony Aguilar. More parade photos.


Nutcracker_14Over 3,200 BCSD fifth grade students traveled to Rabobank Theater on December 11, and 12, 2014 to witness a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. The annual production is presented by the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Dance Center. Pictured is a perennial favorite, Mother Ginger and the gingerbread children. The Nutcracker is the second of three Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s Concerts presented to students throughout the school year.


VC1The BCSD Elementary (Grades 4-6) Oral Language Festival was held on December 6, 2014, at CSU, Bakersfield. Students compete in five events: Serious Interpretation Solo, Serious Interpretation Duo, Humorous Interpretation Solo, Humorous Interpretation Duo, and Verse Choir. Pictured is the First Place Verse Choir from Thorner Elementary School. Pictured students are: Elyse Holladay, Lucia Jano, Alejandro Lopez, Mikaela Vargas, Tayler Vennihan, and Joseph Ybarra. The Thorner team is coached by Sylvia Guzman. More awards photos.


Emerson Christmas_14Junior High and Middle School Bands from Cato, Chipman, Compton, Curran, and Emerson marched in the 32nd Annual Bakersfield Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 4, 2014. The bands joined over 100 entries in the festive parade through downtown Bakersfield. This year’s theme for the parade was Here Comes Christmas. Pictured is the Emerson Middle School “Eagles” Marching Band. The band is directed by Rocky Montbriand.


Fall Art_14A reception was held on November 25th, at the BCSD Education Center to celebrate the student artwork selected for the Fall Art Gallery. Student artists and their families were invited to enjoy refreshments as they strolled the halls viewing the collection of outstanding artworks. Pictured is Adriana Padilla from Curran Middle School with her artwork, “The Life of the Hunt”. To see all of the student art, visit the Online Gallery.


Stiern1The Walter Stiern Middle School Marching Band wrapped up the competitive season by earning first place honors for the band, colorguard and drumline at the Centennial High School “Music in Motion” band competition. The band, directed by Justin Milota, participated in four marching band competitions held on Saturdays at various high schools in Bakersfield. About a dozen junior high and middle school bands routinely participate in the fall marching band competitions. Recap and more photos.


HID1_JH_14The Junior High (Grades 7-8) Oral Language Festival was held at the BCSD Education Center on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Over 30 District employees volunteered to insure that the students and coaches had a positive and enriching experience. Pictured are First Place winners in the Humorous Interpretation Due event, Audrey Anderson, and Claire Bellue from Downtown School. More awards photos.


CoverNine BCSD Junior High and Middle School Bands marched in the 95th annual Bakersfield Veterans Day Parade on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. In addition to the nine bands, marching units from Casa Loma, Chavez, Horace Mann, McKinley, Mt. Vernon and Nichols Elementary Schools also participated. Pictured is the Chipman Junior High School “Chargers” Marching Band, directed by Mark Howard. More parade photos.


11.01.14_5Several instrumental and vocal music teachers recently met at the Education Center Auditorium to make demonstration and accompaniment recordings of music for the Elementary Festival Concert. District music teachers and Glee Club Directors use the recordings to prepare students for the concert. The Elementary Festival Concert will be on Monday, May 18, 2015. For the first time, this spring the concert will move from the Rabobank Theater to the much larger Rabobank Arena. Pictured are Debra Duvick, Catherine Johnson and Carolyn Stewart recording I Am.


ChoirFest_14The Junior High/Middle School Choir Festival was held on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at the Sierra Middle School Auditorium. Students rehearsed in the morning with guest clinician Jenepher Lapp, Director of Choirs, East Bakersfield High School. Following the rehearsal, the 330-voice choir presented a brief concert. Choirs from the district’s nine junior high and middle schools gathered for the 7th annual event. Later the same day, the BCSD vocal music teachers participated in a professional development training lead by Ms. Lapp.


YPC1Over 3,000 Bakersfield City School District sixth grade students attended the Young People’s Concert at Rabobank Theater. The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra performed a blend of familiar classical music by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. The October 1st concert was the first of three that will be presented to students throughout this school year. Pictured are students from the audience assisting conductor Stilian Kirov as the orchestra performs the Toy Symphony.


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Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.