Month: September 2019

Announcements

This week at a glance:

Monday: After school for beginners until 4:15

Tuesday: Cookie Dough Due/No DHB practice due to faculty meeting

Wednesday: Pass offs and tutoring after school until 4:15.

Thursday: Trojan Band Game


Cookie Dough:

Cookie Dough is due on Tuesday. Please work on selling as many boxes as you can OR ask around for donations. Every little bit helps! There are great incentives for our kids for selling!


Sunday Pep Rally

Report time is at 5:15 at the high school band room. It is going to be a blast!


Chair Test Results

Once all of our students take their chair test on Monday that were absent last week we will post results. Thank you for your hard work!


Sporting Events

Does your child participate in a sport here at Carrollton? If so, please send me their schedule so that I can come and see an event or game.  Go Trojans!


Legacy of Champions Marching Competition

Volunteer!

Are you available on October 12th to volunteer at our band competition? We still have shifts to cover which can be found on the link above.

Students may earn service hours for their participation.


Have a great rest of your weekend!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

Weekly Announcements

This week at a glance:

Monday: After school for beginners until 4:15

Tuesday: No District Honor Band optional practice do to high school marching band exhibition at Central High School that I must attend.

Wednesday: No optional pass offs due to a meeting that I must attend.

Thursday: Chair test during class. No Trojan Band Game

Sunday: Optional Homecoming Pep Rally in Grisham Stadium 5:15-8:00.


8th Grade Night:

Where do I start? Our 8th graders were fantastic this past Friday! Not only was the game a thriller, but the 8th graders looked like they had an absolute blast! Students were smiling from ear to ear, voices were lost from screaming, and bodies were tired from all of that playing but the memories made were worth it all. I am beyond proud of our students for their behavior and their “all in” attitude on Friday. Go Trojan Band!


Chair Test This Thursday:

Please ensure that your student is practicing for his/her first chair test. This Thursday during class students will audition. This will allow for me to assign chair placements and put students on appropriate parts dependent on their ability level for our upcoming concert. Each student has 1 minute to play as many scales as they can and has one small piece of music to perform. Good luck!


 

Homecoming Kick Off Save the Date Homecoming Pep Rally for all CJHS Band Students:

Would your 7th or 8th grader like to play in a pep rally with the high school band? There is a new chance for them to do so this year! On Sunday, September 29th our school system is hosting our first ever Homecoming Community Kick-Off in Grisham Stadium. This celebration will occur from 5:30 to 8:00 PM and our band program will get to participate! Report time will be 5:15 for all of those interested in participating. Students will report to the high school band room and will wear either their Trojan Band shirt or their 8th grade night shirt. Let’s make this the biggest band in the stands that the community has ever seen!


Cookie Dough: Please continue selling cookie dough!

  • 8th Graders will earn $3 towards their Carowinds Trip for every box of cookie dough sold! If a student sells 10 boxes that would be $30 off of their trip. The Carowinds trip costs $220 so every little bit off of the trip will help!
  • All students will get their names put into a drawing for a chance of a $200 grand prize! This prize will be a shopping spree spent on a prize that Ms. Menendez and the winner’s family agree upon. This could be spent on fast food gift cards, toys, clothes, video games and more! Additionally, one student per grade will get a fast food lunch provided of their choice if their name is drawn.
    • Each student will get their name put in one time once they have sold 10 boxes of cookie dough. For each additional 5 boxes sold, their name will get added in two times! If a student sells 15 boxes then they would get their name put in 3 times for a chance to win!
  • Image result for crazy hair dye Apparently the students do not like my hair color and have decided that they would like to change it! We have 174 total band students at CJHS. If we sell 870 boxes of cookie dough (that is five per student) then the students will get to select my hair color! I have to admit that I am torn on whether or not I want them to accomplish this goal!

Cookie Dough money is due on October 1st and will be delivered after Fall Break.


Saturday, October 12th

Every year we host a band competition that is world class right on our campus! Our facilities and volunteers make this a competition that is talked about across our state by other bands. Our high school band members and families chip in each year to make this competition a success and our Junior High band also likes to help out with this huge event. Are you (adults) or someone you know available on October the 12th to help out?

Is your student available to volunteer as well? If so, they can let me know and I will assign them to a student position!

Students who need volunteer hours of service may earn hours that day! 

If so, please consider signing up in one of the areas below that we have empty spots in. I will be happy to answer any questions for you if they come up. The competition at the moment looks like it will have the first band performing around 3 PM so it will be mostly an afternoon-evening day of work for those of you who have plans in the morning. We could ALWAYS use help beyond these hours so if you are available all day, let me know!

I would love to see a lot of our students and parents there to bond and mingle with their future high school band family!

Please click on the link to sign up for your preferred shift

Gate Attendant: People to work a gate just as they would for a sporting event.

Equipment Needs: Trailers (6 ft by 12 or less), tents, ATVs, golf carts, and tables.

(We also need drivers for the ATV’s to pull equipment!)

Parking Attendants: 

Truck and equipment parking and accessibility parking.

Hospitality Workers:

People who cook, serve, and transport food for our guest staff and bus drivers.

Concessions:

People who cook, transport food, and sell food and drinks to our customers.

Food Donations for Hospitality:

For those who would like to help out but cannot be there to work that day.

Volunteer opportunities in each area include all-day, and 1st or 2nd shift, with shifts being approx 5-6 hours and all day is 10-12 hours.  We will not know the exact start/stop times of the event or shifts until band registration closes two weeks prior to the event. Full-timing details will then be communicated directly with each volunteer area, specific to your duties.


Our band program is thriving right now! I am so thankful for the hard work from the students and the support in various ways from our parents!

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions @ maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

Reminder of Trojan Band Game Tomorrow and 8th Grade Night

Trojan Band Game Tomorrow:

Info and the schedule are posted below:

4:45 PM students need to be dropped off at high school band room (behind away bleachers of Grisham Stadium).

*Students may stay after school with me at the JH and I will walk them down around 4:15 to the high school if they do not want to go home and come back*

5:00 PM Warm up in high school band room

5:30 PM play at football game and cheer on the football team

6:30 PM (roughly) Half Time: students come to high school band room to eat pizza.

7:00 PM (roughly) Students may be picked up from high school band room to go home

Volunteers:

If you are volunteering then we will need your help around 4:45 in the high school band room to get things set up for when the students come in at half time to eat.

Please email me at maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net if you would like to volunteer.


8th Grade Night:

This Friday is 8th Grade Night! This is a required event for all 8th grade band members. Students will stay after school with me to walk over. They can wear jeans and a T-shirt because we will provide them with a free T-shirt this Friday to change into that is made especially for them. This night is completely free to your students and they will be fed and spoiled all night!

 

The itinerary for Friday, September 20
  • 4:15pm rehearsal on the band field
  • 5:15pm dinner (student fed by high school band boosters!)
  • 6:15pm In Uniform for stands tune warm-up
  • 6:35pm depart for the CHAMP
  • 6:45pm perform at the CHAMP (amphitheater near the Mabry Arts Center)
  • 7:15pm perform for Pre-Game
  • 7:30pm Kick-Off
  • Approx. 9:00pm Half-time
  • 10:00 Optional Student pick-up time
  • Approx. 10:30pm Game Ends for students who wish to stay the entire game.
    • Students will be able to contact you during 4th quarter to give you a better estimate of what time the game will be ending. Hopefully most of our students will stay for the entire game so that they can participate in our very special Battle Hymn tradition at the end of the game!

-M. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

8th Grade Night/Cookie Dough and more!

Good evening,
This update will cover the following upcoming items:
CHAIR TEST
8th GRADE NIGHT
COOKIE DOUGH
CAROWINDS INFO
TROJAN BAND GAME
OPTIONAL HOMECOMING PEP RALLY
There is a lot of information below so please take the time to read through it carefully. Please refer back to this post on the website in the following weeks to help answer any questions.


Chair Test September 26th:

Our students will have their first chair test of the year on Thursday, September 26th during class. Students will have one minute to perform as many scales as they can and will also perform an etude (a short piece of music). They will be graded an accuracy and musicality. The scores will be totaled and will determine their chair placement within their sections. The harder parts of our concert music are assigned to the higher chairs players. Please ensure that your student begins practicing for this chair placement so that they can get placed on a part that is appropriate for them.

Music will be handed out tomorrow in class.


8th Grade Night:

This Friday is 8th Grade Night! This is a required event for all 8th grade band members. Students will stay after school with me to walk over. They can wear jeans and a T-shirt because we will provide them with a free T-shirt this Friday to change into that is made especially for them. This night is completely free to your students and they will be fed and spoiled all night!

 

The itinerary for Friday, September 20
  • 4:15pm rehearsal on the band field
  • 5:15pm dinner (student fed by high school band boosters!)
  • 6:15pm In Uniform for stands tune warm-up
  • 6:35pm depart for the CHAMP
  • 6:45pm perform at the CHAMP (amphitheater near the Mabry Arts Center)
  • 7:15pm perform for Pre-Game
  • 7:30pm Kick-Off
  • Approx. 9:00pm Half-time
  • 10:00 Optional Student pick-up time
  • Approx. 10:30pm Game Ends for students who wish to stay the entire game.
    • Students will be able to contact you during 4th quarter to give you a better estimate of what time the game will be ending. Hopefully most of our students will stay for the entire game so that they can participate in our very special Battle Hymn tradition at the end of the game!

Cookie Dough Fundraiser:

This Tuesday we will begin our annual cookie dough fundraiser! Fundraisers are an absolute necessity in order for our program to run the way that it does. Money raised allows for instructors to teach your students privately and for instruments and music to be purchased. Nothing is more important to me than making sure that your students have the best music education possible. Our cookie dough fundraiser will run from September 17th- October 1st. Cookie dough will be delivered mid-late October.

Information will come home on Tuesday but I want to give you a heads up about two things.

  • 8th Graders will earn $3 towards their Carowinds Trip for every box of cookie dough sold! If a student sells 10 boxes that would be $30 off of their trip. The Carowinds trip costs $220 so every little bit off of the trip will help!
  • All students will get their names put into a drawing for a chance of a $200 grand prize! This prize will be a shopping spree spent on a prize that Ms. Menendez and the winner’s family agree upon. This could be spent on fast food gift cards, toys, clothes, video games and more! Additionally, one student per grade will get a fast food lunch provided of their choice if their name is drawn.
    • Each student will get their name put in one time once they have sold 10 boxes of cookie dough. For each additional 5 boxes sold, their name will get added in two times! If a student sells 15 boxes then they would get their name put in 3 times for a chance to win!

Carowinds Trip (8th grade only):

Our 8th grade travels to Charlotte, North Carolina each year to have the time of their lives celebrating 4 years of band together! This trip is jam packed with fun including a performance in Carowinds Theme Park! Information on the trip will come out next week but I wanted to encourage you all to let the cookie dough fundraiser help with the payments of the trip. For each box of cookie dough sold, $3 will be taken off of their trip. The total cost is $220 for the trip. Our trip this year occurs on May 15th-16th. Keep this on your radar and look out for information that will be sent home next week.


Trojan Band Game This Thursday:

Info and the schedule are posted below:

4:45 PM students need to be dropped off at high school band room (behind away bleachers of Grisham Stadium).

*Students may stay after school with me at the JH and I will walk them down around 4:15 to the high school if they do not want to go home and come back*

5:00 PM Warm up in high school band room

5:30 PM play at football game and cheer on the football team

6:30 PM (roughly) Half Time: students come to high school band room to eat pizza.

7:00 PM (roughly) Students may be picked up from high school band room to go home

Volunteers:

If you are volunteering then we will need your help around 4:45 in the high school band room to get things set up for when the students come in at half time to eat.

Please email me at maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net if you would like to volunteer.


Optional Homecoming Pep Rally for all CJHS Band Students:

Would your 7th or 8th grader like to play in a pep rally with the high school band? There is a new chance for them to do so this year! On Sunday, September 29th our school system is hosting our first ever Homecoming Community Kick-Off in Grisham Stadium. This celebration will occur from 5:30 to 8:00 PM and our band program will get to participate! Report time will be 5:15 for all of those interested in participating. Students will report to the high school band room and will wear either their Trojan Band shirt or their 8th grade night shirt. Let’s make this the biggest band in the stands that the community has ever seen!


Whew! Need a recap?

CHAIR TEST: September 26th during class
8th GRADE NIGHT: September 20th
COOKIE DOUGH: September 17th-October 1st
CAROWINDS INFO: Will go home next week
TROJAN BAND GAME: September 19th
OPTIONAL HOMECOMING PEP RALLY: September 29th
Thank you so much for your support and I am excited that your students get so many incredible opportunities and experiences because of band! Please read through all that was posted above and let me know if you have any questions!
Sincerely,
Ms. Menendez

Trojan Band Game Tomorrow

Good evening,

Please ensure that your student is prepared for their Trojan Band game tomorrow if they are participating.

Uniform will include shorts, tennis shoes, sun glasses and the white t shirt and hat that will be handed out tomorrow. 

It will be HOT tomorrow and we will do our best to keep your kids as hydrated as possible. Please make sure that they are not wearing pants as that may not assist in keeping them cool. We will face the sun for the duration of the game because of how the Home stands are set up.

Please continue reading below for a refresher of how a game typically runs.


Trojan Band Game This Thursday:

Info and the schedule are posted below:

4:45 PM students need to be dropped off at high school band room (behind away bleachers of Grisham Stadium).

*Students may stay after school with me at the JH and I will walk them down around 4:15 to the high school if they do not want to go home and come back*

5:00 PM Warm up in high school band room

5:30 PM play at football game and cheer on the football team

6:30 PM (roughly) Half Time: students come to high school band room to eat pizza.

7:00 PM (roughly) Students may be picked up from high school band room to go home

Volunteers:

If you are volunteering then we will need your help around 4:45 in the high school band room to get things set up for when the students come in at half time to eat.

Volunteers are also needed around 6:45 to help Mr. Trumble (CUES Band Director) bring back the trailer to the JH band room and unload the instruments.

Please email me at maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net if you would like to volunteer.

Have a great night!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

Weekly Announcements

Good evening,

This is going to be an exciting week for our kids!


Monday: Beginners after school until 4:15

Tuesday: Trojan Band rehearsal until 5:30 *for those participating in Trojan Band

Wednesday: Pass offs and beginners after school until 4:15

Thursday: First Trojan Band Game for those in Trojan Band!


Trojan Band Game This Thursday:

Info and the schedule are posted below:

4:45 PM students need to be dropped off at high school band room (behind away bleachers of Grisham Stadium).

*Students may stay after school with me at the JH and I will walk them down around 4:15 to the high school if they do not want to go home and come back*

5:00 PM Warm up in high school band room

5:30 PM play at football game and cheer on the football team

6:30 PM (roughly) Half Time: students come to high school band room to eat pizza.

7:00 PM (roughly) Students may be picked up from high school band room to go home

Volunteers:

If you are volunteering then we will need your help around 4:45 in the high school band room to get things set up for when the students come in at half time to eat.

Volunteers are also needed around 6:45 to help Mr. Trumble (CUES Band Director) bring back the trailer to the JH band room and unload the instruments. 

Please email me at maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net if you would like to volunteer.


It is going to be another great week at CJHS!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez