Updates for the week

Good evening,

Tomorrow we begin our second semester of school! We will continue our jazz band rehearsals on Wednesdays until 4:15. Please take a moment to read over the Large Group Performance Evaluation schedule below. Also, please make sure that your student has their band polo, black dress pants, black dress shoes, and black socks (if necessary). We are so excited about our first concert of the year coming up in March!


Large Group Performance Evaluation:

We are ecstatic to have been approved to perform a concert this semester. Our first concerts of the season will be our Large Group Performance Evaluation concerts. Our first being a run through at the Mabry Arts Center followed by the final performance at the beautiful Carroll County Performing Arts Center. LGPE is an adjudicated event that our students participate in each year from 7th grade on. Each band will prepare a concert to be performed for a panel of judges and will receive critiques, feedback, and ratings on their performance. LGPE demands the highest level of focus and effort from our band students. All rehearsals and performances are required and are for a grade. Please let me know of any conflicts as soon as possible. 

Due to the size of our band room we will rehearse at the high school band room for all rehearsals. I will walk the students over after school. Please pick up your students at the CHS band room at 5 PM after both rehearsals. 

7th Grade Rehearsal Schedule:

  • February 18th: rehearsal until 5 PM @high school band room
  • March 2nd: Pre L.G.P.E. concert 6:30 PM at Mabry Arts Center (Live stream available)
  • March 4th: rehearsal until 5 PM @high school band room
  • March 16th or 17th: L.G.P.E. concert at Carroll County Performing Arts Center
  • My requested date will be the 16th. The final schedule for middle school LGPE will be posted in February. I will relay that information upon receiving it to you all. 

8th Grade Rehearsal Schedule:

  • February 11th: rehearsal until 5 PM @high school band room
  • February 25th: rehearsal until 5 PM @high school band room
  • March 2nd: Pre L.G.P.E. concert 6:30 PM at Mabry Arts Center (Live stream available)
  • March 11th: rehearsal until 5 PM @high school band room
  • March 16th or 17th: L.G.P.E. concert at Carroll County Performing Arts Center
  • My requested date will be the 16th. The final schedule for middle school LGPE will be posted in February. I will relay that information upon receiving it to you all. 

Carroll County Performing Arts Center Address:

775 Old Newnan Rd, Carrollton, GA 30116


Please take some time to add those dates to your calendar and remember that our calendar on this website can sync with your personal calendar! I look forward to making some more music with your students. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Week at a glance

Good evening,

We will have to alter our district honor band and jazz band rehearsals this week due to some conflicts. We will have our District Honor Band practice on Wednesday rather than Tuesday until 4:15 and will not have jazz band rehearsal at all this week. Thank you for your patience!

Tuesday: No rehearsal

Wednesday: DHB Rehearsal until 4:15

I hope to hear soon from Ozier apparel on the estimated delivery date of our jackets!

Have a wonderful night.

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Welcome back!

Good evening,

I hope that you all had a restful week off. I am excited to get back to work this week with the students.

Week at a glance:

Tuesday: DHB rehearsal until 4:15

Wednesday: Jazz band until 4:15

I look forward to making music with the students tomorrow.

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Chair Test Results

Good evening,

This has been one of the most successful chair tests that I have administered at CJHS. Students are performing their etudes with such maturity and are playing more scales than ever. I am SO proud of their hard work and cannot wait to hear them again in the Spring when we have our next chair placement test. You will notice that some students have “*Have not tested” beside their name. Once they return and perform their test or send in a recording, I will adjust the results as needed. At Home Learners are also welcome to submit a chair test and may still do so until the end of Thanksgiving break.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you see an error on the results. The spreadsheets are large and my small brain does make mistakes sometimes.


Spirit Jacket Order:

There is still more time to purchase a band jacket. All orders will be made through the following link: https://ozierapparel.com/carrolltonjrband/shop/home

I highly recommend paying the extra $5 to add the name and instrument to the jacket.

The jacket order will conclude on on November 22nd so that we can get the jackets in time for the holiday break.

Congratulations to you all and have a fantastic break!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Last week before break!

Good evening,

I cannot believe that we are a week away from Thanksgiving break. I am excited for another week with the students and then for some much needed time off. They have worked incredibly hard through this difficult semester in all of their courses.

Week at a glance:

Tuesday: DHB after school practice for those auditioning until 4:15

Wednesday: Jazz Band practice until 4:15

Thursday: Chair test during class


Chair Test on Thursday:

Our students have been working hard in class on their chair test etudes and scales. I look forward to hearing them in class on Thursday. Please encourage them to take their instruments home this week and put in some time on their music. We want for them to feel great about what they do on Thursday.


Have a wonderful rest of your night.

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

DHB, Jazz Band, and more

Good evening,

This week at a glance:

Tuesday: DHB after school help until 4:15

Wednesday: Jazz band rehearsal until 4:15

Spirit Jacket Order:

There is still more time to purchase a band jacket. All orders will be made through the following link: https://ozierapparel.com/carrolltonjrband/shop/home

I highly recommend paying the extra $5 to add the name and instrument to the jacket.

The jacket order will conclude on on November 22nd so that we can get the jackets in time for the holiday break.


Chair Test:

Our students received their chair test information last week. You should hear a lot of practicing in the next two weeks in preparation for our first test of the year. Our chair test will occur in class on Thursday, November 19th. At home learners may submit a video submission if they would like to be included in the results. They will sit in their chair upon return to in-person learning. If they would rather wait then they will be tested after their return to school when they are ready.


Jazz Band:

Jazz band is a non-auditioned group at the Junior High. All instruments are welcome and there is no fee required to participate. Our Jazz Band rehearses until 4:15 every Wednesday. This is an exciting group and I hope to have a lot of students participating this year!


District Honor Band:

Our students

Did your student bring home their District Honor Band form? If not then you can print off another copy below. We will have after school practice sessions on Tuesdays until 4:15 starting this week. Let’s challenge our students and give them a goal to practice towards!

District Honor Band Form

Have a wonderful night!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Band Jacket Orders, Chair Tests, and more.

Good afternoon,

Spirit Jacket Order:

Today we are beginning our annual band spirit wear order! The students will have the opportunity to show off their Trojan Band spirit by ordering a jacket. All orders will be made through the following link: https://ozierapparel.com/carrolltonjrband/shop/home

I highly recommend paying the extra $5 to add the name and instrument to the jacket.

The jacket order will conclude on on November 22nd so that we can get the jackets in time for the holiday break.


Chair Test:

Our students received their chair test information today. You should hear a lot of practicing in the next two weeks in preparation for our first test of the year. Our chair test will occur in class on Thursday, November 19th. At home learners may submit a video submission if they would like to be included in the results. They will sit in their chair upon return to in-person learning. If they would rather wait then they will be tested after their return to school when they are ready.


Cookie Dough:

The cookie dough was delivered today. Please let me know if you had any errors in your order ASAP.


Jazz Band:

Jazz band is a non-auditioned group at the Junior High. All instruments are welcome and there is no fee required to participate. Our Jazz Band rehearses until 4:15 every Wednesday. This is an exciting group and I hope to have a lot of students participating this year!


District Honor Band:

Our students

Did your student bring home their District Honor Band form? If not then you can print off another copy below. We will have after school practice sessions on Tuesdays until 4:15 starting next week. Let’s challenge our students and give them a goal to practice towards!

District Honor Band Form


Thank you so much and have a wonderful night!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Cookie Dough Delivery/DHB

Good morning,

Cookie Dough:

Our cookie dough is set to be delivered on Wednesday. Students will report to the band room at the end of the day (there will be an announcement made) and will collect their boxes to bring home. If your student sold more than 10 boxes then I recommend arranging for them to be a car rider on Wednesday. If they absolutely cannot and are a walker or bus rider then they will need a buddy to help them carry their boxes.

Thank you again for your participation in our first fundraiser of the year!


District Honor Band:

Our students have been working on their District Honor Band etudes in class. This is a great opportunity for students to compete to be in an honor band that is comprised of the highest level band students in our district. I have posted a few paragraphs below from the sign-up form that they will receive in class tomorrow as well as a PDF version of the form.

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Each school in Georgia is zoned to a specific district.  District Honor Band participation and All-State Band Participation is looked at very highly by colleges and employers because of the extra time and the personal responsibility it takes to successfully audition and make one of these prestigious bands. With the current pandemic, the district is still finalizing the details for the district honor band event. Tentatively, it is still scheduled for February 11th-13th. 

Students wishing to audition for the District Honor Band must pay a fee of $5 to participate.  This is recommended for 7th graders or first time auditioners.

Students wishing to participate on a higher level can pay an additional $25 ($30 total) in order to be considered for the All-State audition, if their District audition score is high enough.  This is recommended for 8th grade students who either auditioned or made the District Band last year.

Timeline and Calendar:

November 13th – All forms and Fees are due. $5 for DHB or $30 for DHB and All-State Fees.

December 3rd and December 4th –  Mock audition for Ms. Menendez in class or after school. I will notify the students if I feel that the student is not ready this year to submit an audition to the district. 

January 1st – video submission due to Ms. Menendez

February 11th- 14th: District Honor Band event. 

District Honor Band Form and Permission Slip

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez