Updates

Good evening,

I hope that you all are continuing to enjoy your time with your loved ones. It seems that most of us are picking up new hobbies and putting time towards things that we have neglected in the past. I continue to be thankful to have my job and that our school system has our students still actively engaged in school for a couple more weeks after Spring Break.


Chair Tests:

Information has been posted in Google Classroom for both 7th and 8th grade.

Our class code is: 2eg77eh

7th graders will submit their chair test video (or audio if it is being very stubborn) to the Junior High Band Google Classroom.

8th grade will use their individual instrument’s Google Classroom to submit their chair test. 8th Grade Audition Information

Chair tests were due on April 1st. Please get these in as soon as possible if you have not done so already.


 

Liberty Tour 2021 Trip

Since we are out of school we will be accepting trip deposits until May 1. We understand that it is hard to imagine taking a trip with current situations, but by the time we take the trip, we will have overcome this new obstacle and will be in need of celebration! This is going to be a wonderful experience for all of our students, please sign up as soon as possible. We still have the ONLINE PAYMENT OPTION, although there is a service charge associated with online payment. Currently, this is the only method of accepting payments due to the “stay-at-home” order implemented by the Carroll County Board of Health and the City of Carrollton, but we will happily accept payments in person once we return to school.

So as a reminder – a $50 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is due by May 1, 2020 to secure your spot on the trip.

More info about the trip including the Make Me A Whole Person Fundraiser can be found on our trip page.


A reminder about refunds:

Unfortunately, both the Braves and Carowinds trip have been cancelled. I need to know where you would like for your money to go.

Options are:

  • Band fees for next year (junior high for 7th and high school for 8th)
    • typically around $40
  • District honor band/all state fees for 7th grade next year
    • between $5-$25
  • Carowinds payments for next year (7th grade)
    • Trip is usually around $220
  • *8th Grade* may pay towards their high school band fees ($300).
    • If you are interested in why the high school band fees seem high I will attach a link from the high school website. The information is not updated for next school year yet, but will give you an idea. Fundraising opportunities to help with fees are provided.
  • You may also transfer Chattanooga trip reimbursement money (8th grade only)  to high school band trip or fees rather than being reimbursed.

Good News:

I spoke with Mr. Thomaston about using some funds that we intended to use for LGPE to help out our community durning this time. I know that if school was in session that our students would have wanted to help out in some way.

One of our band parents own three SUBWAY locations. Earlier this week she had posted that she loved that people were ordering big orders for them to deliver to those who are working to keep us safe and healthy. Mrs. Demartino has worked with our high school and junior high school program in the past to give us discounted and healthy meals for our band students. I chose to use our money to donate 80 SUBWAY Meals to people who she felt needed the meals.

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Thank you to Mrs. Demartino, her employees, and for those who are working so hard for our community.

Please contact me individually if you all would like to do this again next week. We can either support the same business or a different one. I would like to pull from private donations though since our budget for this has been used.


Please continue staying safe and let me know if I can assist you in any way.

Sincerely,

Ms. Maria Menendez

Important Updates on Trips and Money

Good afternoon,

Important Announcement:

Please watch video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATcgfAL-ifM

Summary: Cancelation of both the Braves and Carowinds trip. I need to know where you would like for your money to go.

Options are:

  • Band fees for next year (junior high for 7th and high school for 8th)
    • typically around $40
  • District honor band/all state fees for 7th grade next year
    • between $5-$25
  • Carowinds payments for next year (7th grade)
    • Trip is usually around $220
  • Anything that you usually pay for in band that you would like to knock out.
  • You may also transfer Chattanooga trip reimbursement money (8th grade only)  to high school band trip or fees rather than being reimbursed.

Least favorable option is to have a check mailed to you. Our treasurer has to reimburse many people at the JH so if we can take some of that off her place she would appreciate that.  It is your money but I am just trying to make our treasurer’s job easier!

Please email me privately at maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net with your answer.


Band Auditions: DUE APRIL 2nd

7th grade auditions are here in Google Classroom and listed as an assignment.
8th grade auditions are linked here —> https://chstrojanband.com/bandauditions/
You must join the appropriate Google Classroom and submit your audition there.

8th Grade Percussion: Mr. Nelson is creating your audition right now. Go ahead and join the Google Classroom now and it will be posted shortly.


High School band trip to Philadelphia and Washington D.C.:

Downpayment has been extended to April 17th.
Payments online here —–> https://chstrojanband.revtrak.net/band-spring-trip-2021/


 

To all:

  • Remember that I can take money that you have already paid and apply it to something of your choice!! Thanks for being flexible.
  • Make sure your classmates are on the CJHS Band Google Classroom because after Spring Break I will post assignments. Class code: 2eg77eh
  • OFFICE HOURS: I will host an office hour from 3-4 today for you to drop by and say “hi”, or ask any questions that you have. Click on the link below anytime between 3-4 PM to join.
    Link——-> https://meet.google.com/uyu-qyri-kzzMiss you all.

    Sincerely,

    Ms. Menendez

Instrument Pick-up/Google Classroom

Good morning,

Welcome to week two! I have enjoyed getting to check in with some of our students through Google Classroom. Your student must join in order for us to continue our learning for the rest of the extended break. If your student does not have access then please have them contact me so that we can create alternate assignments.

The Google Classroom for all band classes is:  2eg77eh

Click the + symbol at the top of screen and click on “join class”.

Our chair tests have been posted and are due on April 2nd.


Field Trips:

Both of our field trips are in the air as of this moment. I am in contact with the Braves staff and the travel company that takes us to Carowinds and will update you as soon as I know something. Thank you for staying patient. In the event that we are unable to go and unable to reschedule, I will work on refunding us all or ask you if you would like to move that money to next year’s band fees, a future trip, etc.


Instrument pick-up:

Students who have not brought home their instruments may schedule a time with me to pick it up this week. Please contact me to set up a time.


Remember to sign up for Google Classroom and to knock out your classwork. I miss you all and hope to see you all in next month or so.

Sincerely,

Ms. Maria Menendez

Google Classroom

Good morning and happy Friday!

I have enjoyed communicating with some of you through email or Google Classroom. I am glad to hear that you are doing well and are safe.

Students: Please check with your entire section and ensure that all members are on Google Classroom. I ask that section leaders contact me and inform me of who does not have access to Google Classroom.

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

The Google Classroom for all band classes is:  2eg77eh

Click the + symbol at the top of screen and click on “join class”.


Continue staying safe and enjoying your time with your loved ones.

I miss you.

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

Google Classroom/Chair Test

Good morning,

I hope that everyone has enjoyed their time at home so far and that you all have started working on your classwork for school. I am not extremely knowledgable in all subjects, but I do know people who are and who are willing to help should you run into any problems.

We do not have any assignments for band but I would like to go ahead and post our chair test information.


If you are a brass or woodwind player your chair test is posted in Google Classroom.

Click the + symbol at the top of screen and click on “join class”. Your code is: 2eg77eh


If you are a percussionist your chair test is posted in Google Classroom.

Click the + symbol at the top of screen and click on “join class”. Your code is: lmyg3yt


I will communicate with our students through Google Classroom and will also post challenges, hangouts for questions, links to fun videos and website, and more!

Let me know if you have any questions and remember that you may text trbandhelp to 81010 if you need to contact me through Remind101.

Happy practicing!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

 

 

LGPE Cancellation and important info

Good evening,

As a preventative measure, Carrollton City Schools is cancelling all school and activities beginning Monday, March 16th. School will not be in session for two weeks. I am sad to say that Large Group Performance Evaluation has been cancelled as well. At this time there is not a make-up date planned.

To say that our students have worked hard is an understatement. If you could see what your students are asked to do in class each day you would be blown away by their work ethic and their perseverance. Students are asked daily to push themselves and their peers as well as reflect on their performance multiple times throughout class. They are asked to create and collaborate with other student in too many ways to count and are told many times what they are doing well, yet told more that I care to admit what they need to correct. Our band students are incredible and resilient individuals.

It saddens me that our 7th graders will only have one experience at LGPE (next year) and that our 8th graders will not get to experience their last one this year. I could not be more proud of the growth of the bands that I have seen during this concert cycle. Thank you so much for your support with the after school rehearsals, Symphonic Camp, and Pre- LGPE. Although we did not get to put a check mark on this concert, we did get to experience some beautiful music making with music that will stick with us for a long time. Please forward my pride to your students should they not attend school tomorrow.

Students will be asked to bring their instruments home tomorrow and may check back to this website for videos to watch, practice challenges, and more. Thank you for supporting their music education. 


On another note, there will be students who will be without for these two weeks. For some of them it may be the free food that they received at school. For others it may be transportation to certain places or even someone to keep them safe as their loved ones are at work. I am going to ask all students tomorrow to fill out a questionnaire regarding their needs for this two week break. It will be filled out in private and I will be the only individual to read it.

If you know a student who is in need during the two week break please contact me directly at maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

I also ask that you encourage your student to privately ask their friends if there are any needs as I assume most students will be too shy or embarrassed to ask me for help tomorrow.  Let’s use social media and technology in a positive way to ensure that our Carrollton family is taken care of during this break.

Please stay safe and have your student reach out to their friends to make sure that they are covered.

Sincerely,

Ms. Maria Menendez

High School Band Trip to Philadelphia/Washington D.C.

Good evening,

The high school band website has added a section for the upcoming trip. Please click on the following link for information. https://chstrojanband.com/2021-philly-dc/

Please make note that the non-refundable deposit is due April 1st. Students may pay through the high school Revtrak link or may drop off their money in the CJHS drop box. Cash and checks written out to “CHS Band” are permitted.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez