UIL 2017


Make sure you know the call time for your choir and arrange a ride if it is before school.

Tuesday, April 11

3rd period Concert Chorale:

-Call time 8:30 in full uniform (BHS choir room)

-Return to school around 12pm.

-Go to B or C lunch.

2nd period Bel Canto:

-Call time 10:30 in full uniform (during class)

-Bring your lunch to eat early in class

-Return to school around 2pm

Thursday, April 13

4th period Varsity Men:

-Call time 7:00am in full uniform (BHS choir room)

-Perform with Varsity Men and Varsity Mixed

-Lunch at Cici’s

-Return to school around 2:00pm

4th period Varsity Women:

-Call time 9:30am in full uniform (BHS choir room)

-Perform with Varsity Mixed

-Lunch at Cici’s

-Perform with Varsity Women

-Return to school around 4:00


Pre-UIL Concert & Upcoming Clinics


Pre-UIL Concert

Tomorrow (Tuesday, 3/21) is our pre-UIL concert!  Remember, this is a regular concert, so ALL members of ALL choirs are required to attend for a mandatory test grade.  Student call time is 5:30pm in full uniform.  Please refer to the handbook for the grading policy, including absences.

We highly encourage parents & family to come support their students – they’ve put a lot of hard work and love into the music that they’ve been preparing!  The concert begins at 7:00pm and will be finished some time around 8:00pm.

UIL Clinics

Several of our choirs will be performing at UIL contest in April.  To help them be at their best, we invite some of the top choral directors in DFW to work with them.  This clinic is the only opportunity these students will have to learn from their clinician, and students gain the most when all members are present (having several members missing creates a different ensemble, with a different sound and different challenges, but we want our clinicians to spend time working with the actual UIL ensemble and its unique sound and challenges).  For this reason, clinics are mandatory, and cannot be made up.  Please move any appointments that may conflict with your choir’s scheduled date, and plan on arriving by 4:15pm.

  • 2nd period Bel Canto clinic: Thursday, April 6th, 4:30-6:30pm
  • 3rd period Chorale clinic: Friday, March 31st, 4:30-6:30pm
  • 4th period A Cappella Mixed Choir clinic: Monday, March 27th, 4:30-6:30pm
  • 4th period A Cappella Women clinic: Tuesday, March 28th, 4:30-6:30pm

Eligibility Reminder


Just a quick reminder that the 3rd quarter determines eligibility for UIL contest as well as the Corpus Christi trip.  (The 3rd quarter ends the Friday before spring break, so this is the last chance to bring your grades up.)  That means that a failing grade in any class can prevent students from attending – by state law, not just RISD or BHS policy.


What about pre-AP and AP classes?

They do NOT count against eligibility.

What about regaining eligibility?

There is not an opportunity before UIL to regain eligibility.

What about Pre-UIL?

Pre-UIL is an on-campus event and a test grade.  Eligibility does NOT apply to Pre-UIL.  ALL students are required to attend Pre-UIL.  As a reminder, Pre-UIL is in the BHS auditorium on Tuesday, March 21st.

What if I paid to go on the trip?

If you are expecting not to be eligible, TOMORROW, Firday 3/3, is the last day to request a partial refund.  After that, we have paid the travel agency and are not able to provide refunds, EVEN if you are failing and unable to attend, or experience some kind of emergency that prevents you from going.

Beauty and the Beast


The BHS fine arts department will be putting on Beauty and the Beast next weekend.  It will be a great show and we hope to see you all there!

Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:00pm

Friday, Jan. 27, 7:00pm

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2:00pm matinee* and 7:00pm

Adults $12, Students/Children/Seniors $10 – Tickets available at the door

*Half-price matinee for those wearing a Disney costume

Tumbler Fundraiser 1/10-1/23


We are starting our final fundraiser of the school year!  Get a discount on your activity fee by helping us out and selling (or buying!) some custom water bottles and tumblers.

There are 3 different models, $16 or $20 each, with a variety of designs, including 3 totally new, unique Berkner Rams designs.  Students can also very easily set up a personal web store to sell from that has additional items and allows them to raise funds with almost no effort beyond sending a link and a simple note via text or email.

Fundraising packets (order forms and money) are due Monday, January 23rd.

Ideas for who to sell to: Berkner staff (including counselors, librarians, secretaries, principals, etc.), Berkner alumni, current and future Berkner students, family, parents’ coworkers, church or religious community members.  Use the online store to sell to family and friends who live out of state – their items will be shipped directly to them!

This fundraiser is run by CashCow, which gives prizes to top sellers.  The top seller by tomorrow, 1/11, can earn $50 if they bring their order form and a signed note from their parent stating the number of sales they’ve made to class tomorrow.  Plus, anyone who sells over 55 items gets 30 seconds in the Money Machine and can take home whatever cash they can catch.  Both of these prizes are cash prizes given directly to you, not applied to your activity fee.

We hope you will help support Berkner choir by participating in this fundraiser!

Winter Concert 2016


This Thursday, Dec. 1st is our annual winter concert.  Concerts are mandatory test grades for everyone in choir.

  • 5:30pm – Call time for all students
  • 7:00pm – Concert begins
  • 7:45pm – Estimated concert end time (please pick your student up promptly after the concert)

For a passing grade, students must be wearing their full uniform and in their assigned places by the call time.  They also must behave appropriately during both the concert and dress rehearsal.

Full concert uniform includes:

  • Women: the black choir dress issued by the fine arts department, black dress shoes, and black nylons
  • Men: the black tux pants, black tux jacket, and white tux shirt issued by the fine arts department, black dress shoes, and black socks.  The black cummerbund and bowtie will be passed out during dress rehearsal on the night of the concert and turned in after the concert ends.

Dresses and pants must be hemmed to the proper length.  A tailor near Berkner that can hem your uniform for a low price and a short wait is Alterations Express at 1551 E Spring Valley Rd.

If you have a conflict, please see the handbook or contact your director for what constitutes an excused absence.  Unexcused absences cannot be made up.