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  • 12/13/2013 11:30 PM | Thomas Jefferon High School Alumni Association (Administrator)
    Mr. Charles L. Kuentz Jr., '54 is a Thomas Jefferson High School graduate and also served as the Director of the TJHS Mustang Band in the 70's. He and Ms. Maria Sanchez of the St. Vincent de Paul Society for the St. John Bosco Catholic Church were awarded the 2013 AACOG Regional Citizens of the Year Award on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Charles serves as the Director of the Helotes Area Community Band.

    According to AACOG:
    Charles established a community band in Helotes, building the band from seven members to 50 in less than four years. He oversees weekly rehearsals, researches music, programs concerts, and searches for venues to promote Helotes and the Band. Since their organizational meeting and their first concert in 2008, the Helotes Area Community Band has played 10 to 15 concerts every year before more than a total of 20,000 people. He has also mentored thousands of children since starting his career as a band director in Rocksprings, Texas in 1958. He was honored in 2009 with an Elementary School named in his honor in Helotes, and he was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame, Class of 2012.

    Article and Photo Credit: Alamo Area Council of Governments (
  • 11/20/2013 11:30 PM | Thomas Jefferon High School Alumni Association (Administrator)


    U.S. High Schools in the Running for Grants for Music Excellence Supported in Part by Converse, the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Hot Topic Foundation, and Journeys

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (November 20, 2013) undefined The GRAMMY Foundation® ( today announced that 123 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY® Signature Schools semifinalists ( for 2014. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.

    Each of the GRAMMY Signature Schools finalists will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program. The top programs are designated Gold recipients. The best of the Gold recipients is designated the National GRAMMY Signature School. The remaining schools are designated GRAMMY Signature Schools. For schools that are economically underserved, the GRAMMY Foundation established the Enterprise Award category to recognize the efforts in music education made by these schools. GRAMMY Signature Schools are made possible in part through the generous support of Converse, the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Hot Topic Foundation, and Journeys.

    "The GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes public high schools across the U.S. that are providing excellent music education programs for their students," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "Many of these schools face serious economic challenges, so it's truly inspiring to see this level of commitment to arts education and to the students who benefit from this type of curriculum."

    In mid-March 2014, the GRAMMY Foundation will announce the finalists for the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. These schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 up to $15,000 to benefit their music program.

    The 2014 GRAMMY Signature Schools Semifinalists:

    Abington Senior High School — Abington, Pa.

    Allen High School — Allen, Texas

    Arizona School for the Arts — Phoenix

    Ashland High School — Ashland, Wis.

    Athens Drive High School — Raleigh, N.C.

    Bangor Area High School — Bangor, Pa.

    Batavia High School — Batavia, Ill.

    Bay Port High School — Green Bay, Wis.

    Bay Shore High School — Bay Shore, N.Y.

    Bellport High School — Brookhaven, N.Y.

    Bergenfield High School — Bergenfield, N.J.

    Berkley High School — Berkley, Mich.

    Biloxi High School — Biloxi, Miss.

    Broadview Public School — Broadview, Mont.

    Buchanan High School — Clovis, Calif.

    Cabell Midland High School — Ona, W. Va.

    Canton High School — Canton, Conn.

    Cazenovia High School — Cazenovia, N.Y.

    Charles C. D'Amico High School — Albion, N.Y.

    Cherry Creek High School — Greenwood Village, Colo.

    Clear Lake High School — Houston

    Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy — Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

    Coral Reef Senior High School — Miami

    Davis Senior High School — Davis, Calif.

    Decorah High School — Decorah, Iowa

    Detroit School of Arts High School — Detroit

    Diamond Bar High School — Diamond Bar, Calif.

    Dover-Eyota High School — Eyota, Minn.

    Duke Ellington School of the Arts — Washington, D.C.

    Eastridge High School — Rochester, N.Y.

    Eden Prairie High School — Eden Prairie, Minn.

    Edinburg North High School — Edinburg, Texas

    Eldred Junior Senior High School — Eldred, N.Y.

    Elk Grove High School — Elk Grove Village, Ill.

    Esperanza High School — Anaheim, Calif.

    Ferndale High School — Ferndale, Mich.

    Ferris High School — Spokane, Wash.

    Flower Mound High School — Flower Mound, Texas

    Folsom High School — Folsom, Calif.

    Foothill High School — Henderson, Nev.

    Fox Lane High School — Bedford, N.Y.

    Foxborough High School — Foxboro, Mass.

    Freeport High School — Freeport, Ill.

    Garden City High School — Garden City, N.Y.

    Glenbard East High School — Lombard, Ill.

    Guilderland High School — Guilderland Center, N.Y.

    Harrison High School — Harrison, N.Y.

    Harriton High School — Rosemont, Pa.

    Harry D. Jacobs High School — Algonquin, Ill.

    Hellgate High School — Missoula, Mont.

    Hendersonville High School — Hendersonville, Tenn.

    Herricks High School — New Hyde Park, N.Y.

    High School for the Performing and Visual Arts — Houston

    Hilton High School — Hilton, N.Y.

    Hopkins High School — Minnetonka, Minn.

    Iowa City West High School — Iowa City, Iowa

    Irvine High School — Irvine, Calif.

    John Burroughs High School — Burbank, Calif.

    John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School — Great Neck, N.Y.

    John P. Stevens High School — Edison, N.J.

    John S. Davidson Fine Arts School — Augusta, Ga.

    Johnson City High School — Johnson City, N.Y.

    Kamiak High School — Mukilteo, Wash.

    Kenmore East High School — Tonawanda, N.Y.

    Kenwood Academy High School — Chicago

    Lake Braddock Secondary School — Burke, Va.

    Las Vegas Academy of the Arts — Las Vegas

    Lebanon High School — Lebanon, Ohio

    Legacy High School — North Las Vegas

    Liverpool High School — Liverpool, N.Y.

    Los Gatos High School — Los Gatos, Calif.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School — Detroit

    Mercer Island High School — Mercer Island, Wash.

    Metea Valley High School — Aurora, Ill.

    Milford Central School — Milford, N.Y.

    Mineola High School — Garden City Park, N.Y.

    Mira Costa High School — Manhattan Beach, Calif.

    Monroe-Woodbury High School — Central Valley, N.Y.

    Mt. Eden High School — Hayward, Calif.

    Naperville North High School — Naperville, Ill.

    Nederland High School — Nederland, Colo.

    Niskayuna High School — Niskayuna, N.Y.

    North Allegheny Senior High School — Wexford, Pa.

    Northland Preparatory Academy — Flagstaff, Ariz.

    Northville High School — Northville, Mich.

    Northwood High School — Irvine, Calif.

    Omaha North High Magnet School — Omaha, Neb.

    Osbourn High School — Manassas, Va.

    Pennsbury High School — Fairless Hills, Pa.

    Piscataway High School — Piscataway, N.J.

    Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School — Plainview, N.Y.

    Plymouth Whitemarsh High School — Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

    Pulaski High School — Pulaski, Wis.

    Randolph High School — Randolph, N.J.

    Red Hook High School — Red Hook, N.Y.

    Richland Center High School — Richland Center, Wis.

    Robertsdale High School — Robertsdale, Ala.

    Rocky Mountain High School — Fort Collins, Colo.

    Sayville High School — Sayville, N.Y.

    SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities — Greenville, S.C.

    Seaholm High School — Birmingham, Mich.

    Shiloh High School — Snellville, Ga.

    Spring High School — Spring, Texas

    St. Joseph High School — St. Joseph, Mich.

    State College Area High School — State College, Pa.

    Strath Haven High School — Wallingford, Pa.

    The Chicago High School for the Arts — Chicago

    Thomas Jefferson High School — San Antonio

    Toledo School for the Arts — Toledo, Ohio

    Walden III — Racine, Wis.

    Walnut High School — Walnut, Calif.

    Walter Johnson High School — Bethesda, Md.

    Warren Central High School — Indianapolis

    Waubonsie Valley High School — Aurora, Ill.

    Wayland High School — Wayland, Mass.

    West Ottawa High School — Holland, Mich.

    West Port High School — Ocala, Fla.

    William A. Shine Great Neck South High — Great Neck, N.Y.

    Williamsport Area High School — Williamsport, Pa.

    Windsor Central High School — Windsor, N.Y.

    Woodbridge High School — Irvine, Calif.

    York Community High School — Elmhurst, Ill.

    Yorktown High School — Arlington, Va.

    The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August when the GRAMMY Foundation mails notification to more than 20,000 public high schools from districts large and small, urban, suburban and rural, requesting information about each school's music program. Applications are completed and submitted online in October at After the applications are scored, finalists are identified and asked to submit additional documentation, such as recordings of school concerts, sample concert programs and repertoire, which is then reviewed by an independent blue-ribbon committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the schools that merit GRAMMY Signature School status.

    The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy®, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students' musical experiences, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present our first Music Educator Award. Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the Music Educator Award will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2014. For more information on the Music Educator Award, please visit For more information about the Foundation, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools®" on Facebook at, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter @GRAMMYFdn at and join us on Instagram @GRAMMYFdn at


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    Media Contacts:        

    Christina Cassidy/GRAMMY Foundation/310.581.8670/     

    Hannah Berryman/GRAMMY Foundation/310.581.8724/

  • 11/10/2013 11:30 PM | Thomas Jefferon High School Alumni Association (Administrator)
    Thank you to everyone who came out to the Tommy Bowl Mustang Mixer and participated in the Silent Auction. We had about 40-50 people come by and say hi! A few even purchased a TJHS Alumni T-Shirt. In the Silent Auction, we raised $232 towards scholarships! We hope you love your items! We'll have another Mustang Mixer and Silent Auction in spring!

    Pictured: Jesse Nino '66, Michelle Resendez Mata '97 & Jason Mata '97

    Our Silent Auction Items & Sponsors included:
    If your company would like to sponsor the 2014 Fiesta Mustang Mixer and Silent Auction or you would like to volunteer as a committee member, please email us at
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