Month: May 2019

Saturday June 1st Work Day

Good afternoon,

After speaking with my administration they suggested that we work before June 3rd and 4th due to the floors being waxed.

The work day will be from 9AM to noon on June 1st at the CJHS Band room. With this schedule change please let me know if you are still available so that I can have an estimated head count for lunch that day.

I will see some of you soon and thanks again to the volunteers!


Ms. Menendez


June 3rd/4th Volunteer Work Dates

Good morning,

I sincerely hope that you all are resting and enjoying your well deserved summer! I am excited to begin mine as well. A quick thank you to all of you for your help this year but also for the gifts that I received at the end of the year. I am truly thankful for all of you and your thoughtfulness.

I am looking to have a work day in early June to do some tasks in our band room and could use some help. We will spray the music stands black, organize instruments and textbooks, and give the band room a deep clean. We may even knock some copies out for August as well as put together some new instruments!

If you are available to volunteer please let me know at your earliest convenience what day will work better for you. We will work from 9- Noon on whichever day works for most of us and I will provide some lunch for the volunteers.

Please let me know if you are interested by emailing me at

I am also looking to speak to donors or companies who are willing to donate instruments or money to purchase instruments. If you for some reason know someone who is interested in making a contribution to our band program, please let me know. Our school system is generous and provides adequate funding for our band program but as our program grows, so does our need for high quality instruments!

On top of that, if you have any ideas for new fundraisers for next year, please let me know.


Thank you!


Ms. Menendez

Rookie Camp and Last Week of School

Good evening,

Schedule for the week:

(8th Grade Only)

Monday: Rookie Camp 4-6 PM

Tuesday: Rookie Camp 4-6 PM

Wednesday: Rookie Camp 4-6 PM

Our class schedule for the week is as follows:

Monday: Last day of playing. Instruments go home.

Tuesday: Kickball during class (wear appropriate clothing)

Wednesday: Movie in class with chips and soda. Students may bring extra snacks (leftovers from the dance)

This week shall be a fun one! See you all tomorrow!


Ms. Menendez



Good afternoon,

We have had an incredible couple of weeks!

This past weekend our 8th grade band enjoyed their highly anticipated trip to Charlotte, North Carolina to perform in the Carowinds Amusement Park. Thank you students for a great time and chaperones for working so hard to keep our kids safe! Enjoy some pictures below of our trip!

Our Spring Concert on Tuesday was unbelievable! Jazz Band, 7th Grade, and 8th Grade had fantastic performances of their pieces and played with focus and energy. I personally felt like that was our smoothest run concert so far and could not be more proud of the hard work that our students put in, especially with two weeks of Milestone testing. The band staff and parents that helped before, after, and during the concert are part of what made the concert run so smoothly. Please know that our program would not be the way it is without your support.

This has been an unbelievable year. There are many times where a students or a parent stepped in and helped. They made our year run smoothly and allowed for me to focus on my teaching and making sure that our students had fun. I feel spoiled rotten with this band community and am so excited to continue working with many of you next year and beyond. Thank you!

Coming up:

Rookie Camp 5/13-5/15 required for all 8th graders participating in marching band. 4-6 PM

Marching band fees: Due 5/17 (8th grade only)

Last day of playing instruments: 5/13

-M. Menendez

Spring Concert Today

Good morning,

I am so excited for our Spring concert this evening! We will conclude a great year together at 7 PM at the Mabry Arts Center. Please make sure to report at 6:30 PM in full uniform. 7th grade will warm up on stage around 6:45 and Jazz Band will warm up shortly after that. I will see you all tonight!

Please keep these dates in mind as well:

Marching Band percussion rehearsal Wednesday from 4-6 PM

Rookie Camp for all marching rookies Monday through Wednesday of next week from 4-6 PM

Marching band fees and forms due May 17th

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Ms. Menendez

Carowinds Packing List/Itinerary

Good evening,

As you pack tonight please take a moment to read over our itinerary and packing list. Also keep the following in mind:

  • We may run into some rain on the trip, pack accordingly
  • No energy drinks or video game systems allowed on the trip
    • I will allow personal reading devices such as Kindles and iPads
  • Make sure that you bring $40-$50 worth of spending money to cover the cost of souvenirs and a few meals.
    • Students will purchase their own meal at the Varsity for lunch tomorrow and their lunch and dinner in the park Saturday. All other meals are covered by cost of the trip.

I look forward to seeing you all bright and early tomorrow morning. Remember to check into your homeroom, drop your luggage off on stage in the cafeteria, and then report to the band room for full rehearsal.

Carowinds 2019 Final Itinerary

Carowinds Packing List


M. Menendez

Jazz Band Performance

Good evening,

Our jazz band has been invited to perform tomorrow at the high school band’s Band BBQ. The students spoke with me in class and are excited the opportunity to perform! Report time is 5:45 (or earlier) at the Away bleacher of the high school stadium. Our Jazz band will perform at 6:00 PM and will conclude our portion of the concert at 6:30 PM. When we are done you are welcome to stay and hear the other ensembles perform while enjoying some delicious BBQ!

Please let me know if you have any questions.


M. Menendez