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.


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


Ms. Menendez