Brownell's Associated Student Body represents all Bruins, and works to enrich the school day. ASB provides our school community with fun opportunities to be involved, including:
- School dances
- Spirit days
- Lunch-time activities
Appropriate student behavior is a requirement for participation in all students activities, including ASB. Student leaders are expected to represent high ethical standards. Students must attend at least half of the school day to be eligible to participate in ASB and related activities. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher with no more than one failing grade. In addition, ASB students must have satisfactory citizenship. Eligibility shall be determined at the end of each quarter.
Brownell Band Director, Mr. Aaron Shemas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Shemas joined the GUSD Band Team in fall of 2020 as Director of Bands at Brownell Middle School and Ascension Solorsano Middle School, as well as an Associate Director of Bands at Christopher High School.
Mr. Shemas is a native of Ohio and graduate of Dublin-Coffman High School in the Columbus Metro. Prior to coming to Gilroy, Mr. Shemas taught in both New Mexico and Texas, producing highly successful ensembles. Bands under Mr. Shemas’ direction
An accomplished clarinetist, Mr. Shemas has also performed in orchestral, chamber, and wind ensembles, as well as a soloist, in various collegiate, community, and professional ensembles across the United States. His experiences include performances at the College Band Directors National Association Conferences, numerous music festivals, and the 2018 Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago as part of The Woodlands Concert Band.
Mr. Shemas holds membership in the California Music Educators Association, the New Mexico Music Educators Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity. His primary teacher was Mr. Richie Hawley, Principal Clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Clarinet at the Rice University Shepard School of Music.
Mr. Shemas holds Bachelor of Music degrees in both Music Education and Clarinet Performance, as well as Master of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of
The Brownell Choir received $4,621 from the Gilroy Foundation in 2019. Monies were received for this year's transportation as well as next year's transportation. Along with this, the grant money will allow our program to purchase a couple of instruments as well as a piano cover for the choir room, to keep it from going out of tune with the hot/cold temps. The Brownell Choir received $3,000 from Gilroy Assistance League (GALs) in 2019. This money will purchase performance gowns for the students for the first time in the history of the program! The program also received $519 from the Latino Family Fund grant in 2019! This will help purchase music and instruments that will encourage and celebrate our Latino community. The Brownell Choir and its Director, Mrs. Laurie Avey, are extremely grateful and honored by this community gift to our program.
A Sampling of Choir Events
- District Concerts, which included singing with and listening to elementary choirs, elementary honor choirs, other middle school choirs, and high school choirs
- Concerts with our own Brownell Bands
- Memory Lane Concert, with just our Choir, singing songs from the entire year. This is also the Choir where alumni from past Brownell Choirs join us on one song, "From the Heart."
- Sing the National Anthem for Brownell's Promotion Ceremony.
- Vocal Arts Festival at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo (CalPoly) where we sing and listen to other middle school choirs in California
- Disneyland (if accepted), where we sing at the California Adventure Backlot Stage and attend a vocal workshop with their professional musicians
- Live Oak Adult Day Center in Gilroy, where we spread holiday cheer
- One of the High Schools to attend their Chamber Choir Class (advanced choir)
- Building the Bridge for Music - where we visit the elementary schools and share about Brownell's music program.
- Caroling through the classrooms
- 1-3 students are selected to sing in the CMEA (California Music Educators' Association) Conference in January
- 1 or 2 fundraisers, including the Spaghetti Feed held by the Choral Boosters at Gilroy High School
- We get our picture taken with a professional photographer. Individual photos and Buddy photos are also available for purchase.
School Tel: 669-205-5100
ATTENTION All Returning 6th and 7th graders!
You are always welcome to check out Choir by coming to one of our Choir classes, held from 2:45-4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We would LOVE to have you join this Fearless and Focused Family!"
Founded in 1967, CJSF fosters high standards of scholarship, service and citizenship in the middle school grades. Like CSF, CJSF emphasizes service to the school and the community while fostering pride in scholastic achievement.
CJSF Fabulous Five Officers - 2022-2023
(elections to be held soon)
Barbara Kalman, Advisor
Meeting days and times are TBD
Typically, seasons run approximately eight weeks. Start and tryout dates are set by coaching staff.
Some sports have tryouts for a limited roster (volleyball, softball, basketball and soccer) and some sports are no-cut (cross country, track and field, and wrestling).
For more information, email Athletic DirectorJulian Santiago (Julian.Santiago@GilroyUnified.org).
|Cross country (co-ed)||August 30, 2022|
|Softball||August 25, 2022|
|Basketball (Girls)||October 3, 2022|
|Basketball (Boys)||November 14, 2022|
|Wrestling (co-ed)||October 3, 2022|
|Soccer (Boys)||January 23, 2023|
|Soccer (Girls)||January 23, 2023|
|Volleyball (Girls)||January 23, 2023|
|Volleyball (Boys)||January 23, 2023|
|Track & Field (co-ed)||March 20, 2023|