Month: January 2020

Weekly Announcements with corrected dates

This post has been resent with the corrected dates for LGPE. I apologize for the confusion. 

Good evening,

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! Please read below for important announcements.

Week at a glance:

Monday: 2020 Braves Game parent meeting for those interested in helping to plan the trip. 4:30 CJHS Band room

Tuesday: Theory club until 4:15

Wednesday: Jazz band after school until 4:15

Friday: Jazz Band 7:30 AM. Carowinds next payment due ($50)

At this part of the year I am often asked why multiple rehearsals and concerts occur. Below are some explanations about the upcoming LGPE Concert and our annual Symphonic camp. For those of you who would like to skim over and know the “what” and “when”, those times and dates are typed in red. For those of you who want to know the details of what all of this means and why we do them, continue reading. 

LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation):

At this part of the year I always like to give a short summary what exactly “LGPE” is.

To summarize, L.G.P.E. is a concert that occurs once a year in our state where judges listen to ensembles and provide feedback and ratings to each performing ensemble.  Each of the elements of judging criteria is based on the National and State Music Standards. Judges offer commentary on the strategies and pedagogy needed for improvement on individual and sectional performance.  We use the ratings and feedback from this performance almost the same way that a school uses Georgia Milestone scores. We assess where we are as teachers and as a band program and use the results to keep band programs standardized and at the highest performing level possible. If not for LGPE, our band program and students would not have any form of assessment to know that our music is being appropriately taught and performed.

My favorite part about LGPE is that our students learn to set a performance-based goal and reach it. We perform each year in the beautiful Carroll County for Performing Arts and learn immensely from this experience. Great recordings from LGPE (because they are professionally recorded) are used to submit for acceptance into honor bands like UGA’s MidFest, Reinhardt University Middle School Honor Band, The University of Alabama Middle School Honor Band, the Georgia Music Educators Association In Service Conference, and more! Being invited to perform at events like that means that the band program is performing at the highest level. Also, it is just fun to perform for others and travel!

Because of the importance of this concert, we have more than our usual one rehearsal for this concert. I have scheduled three rehearsals and spread them out so that we can continue perfecting this music as a band. Rehearsing in class is useful, but it takes time and practice to combine both classes with such difficult music.

Our rehearsals can be found under “calendar” on our band website and have been posted since August of this year. Please ensure that students are at all rehearsals. Missing a single student impacts our sound and progress in band.

We will have a Pre-LGPE concert at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, February 25th. This allows for us to get a run through in front of an audience and in an actual auditorium rather than our band room. Judges are hired to give us comments in order to better prepare us for the real thing on March 17th. On Tuesday, March 17th, 7th grade will perform at 3:00 PM and 8th grade will perform at 6:45 PM at the Carroll County Performing Arts Center. A detailed itinerary will come as we get closer to the concert. As said earlier, this is our biggest concert and our students will be showcased to our entire district. I cannot wait for other band programs and directors to hear what your kids are doing.

I hope that this sheds some light on the importance of this concert cycle in the first part of the Spring Semester. To our students this ends up being one of their favorite concerts of the year! Thank you for supporting us as we strive for excellence.

Symphonic Camp:

In order to prepare for LGPE, many band programs across the state host a Symphonic camp (typically on a Saturday) so that professionals can come and work with the students. Having the camp during school hours would not allow for many working professionals and the guest conductor to attend since they hold other jobs. Each year, the CJHS band uses one Saturday to have an instructor on each instrument and one guest conductor work with our kids to perfect their music. Instructors provide tips that help students grow beyond the LGPE concert.

This year’s Symphonic Camp is on February 8th from 9 AM – 12 PM (Noon) at CJHS. 

  • Students report at 8:30 AM at CJHS.
  • Teaching occurs from 9 AM – 12 PM.
    • Half of the time in sectional rehearsal with a professional while the other half is with our guest conductor in full band rehearsal.
  • At noon students are dismissed if they need to leave but are encouraged to stay for fellowship time in the cafeteria. We will have Chick-fil-A along with chips, sodas, and homemade desserts. Students will play board games, video games, dance to music or play outside if desired! Pick up time for those staying is 1 PM .
    • If you would like to donate a dessert please let me know!

I ask that all students are in attendance as information given out that date will directly impact our LGPE performance. Just like all rehearsals, this camp is a graded rehearsal so please inform me as soon as possible if there is a conflict. I inform the students and you all of the date in August so that you have time to prepare. I appreciate the students sacrificing a few hours on a Saturday and enjoy the optional fellowship time afterwards where we can discuss what we learned and enjoy our time with each other.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Our next payment for our annual 8th grade trip to the Carowinds theme part is due this Friday, January 31st. On Tuesday, I will give an updated payment form to show you what you have paid and how much you owe. I have applied the cookie dough fundraiser so some of you may owe less than you think! You are free to pay just the $50 due on Friday or the rest of the trip if you are able to.

Braves Game Trip Planning Session:

I will meet with all parents who are interested in planning this trip tomorrow at the CJHS band room at 4:30. Thank you in advance for helping out!

I am so excited for you all to hear your students and am thrilled that our school system supports our band program and all that we do! Yes, we are busy, but the joy that they have playing and making music with eachother is worth it.

Contact me at with any questions.


Ms. Menendez

Braves Game Trip Info

Good afternoon,

In April of every year we allow any 7th and 8th grade band member to travel to Suntrust Park to attend an Atlanta Braves Game. The band does not perform but instead has a night to just celebrate another fantastic year of being in band together.

Last year was our first trip and I would like to have some parent help in planning the trip this year. We are attending the game on April 25th but I would like to get everything going now.

If you are available next week on any day around 4:30 PM I would love to have a group of parents to bounce ideas off of. Once I meet with the parents then I can have all of the info and the forms ready to send out to our students.

Please email me at to let me know if you are interested in attending the brainstorming session.

Please list which days you would be available and I will pick the date where most people are able to attend. 

Thank you so much!


Ms. Menendez

Chair Test Results

Good evening,

We had an incredible week at CJHS! The students enter the classroom full of joy each day yet know exactly how to turn their focus on and get stuff done. They are retaining information and just from our chair tests, I am able to hear individual improvement in all students. They are such a delightful group to teach.

Below are PDFs of the chair test results. If you see an error, please be patient and let me know. Congratulations to all students!

Chair Test January 2020 – 1st Block

Chair Test January 2020 – 2nd Block

Chair Test January 2020 – 5th Block

Chair Test January 2020 – 6th Block


Ms. Menendez

Weekly Announcements

Good evening,

This week at a glance:

Tuesday: Music Theory Club until 4:15 PM (no sign up or payment needed)

Wednesday: Jazz Band until 4:15 PM

Thursday: *Chair Test during class*

Friday: Jazz Band 7:30 AM

All State:

On Saturday we had seven students audition for a spot in the All State Band. Although we did not have a student earn a spot we did have a student who is first alternate. Congratulations to Makenssy Reyes!

I can never emphasize enough about how the process leading to things like this is extremely important. It is about setting a goal, pushing yourself, and sacrificing parts of your life to potentially achieve something great. I am so proud of all students who have worked since August towards District Honor Band and All State. Our band is better because you went through the process. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates:

1/16 Chair test for all students during class

1/31 Next installment of $50 for Carowinds due

2/3 7th Grade after school rehearsal until 5:00 PM

2/4 8th Grade after school rehearsal until 5:00 PM

2/8 Symphonic Camp * required for all students. 9AM -Noon*

2/10 7th Grade after school rehearsal until 5:00 PM

2/11 8th Grade after school rehearsal until 5:00 PM

2/13-2/15 District Honor Band *$70 due for each participant to pay for hotel* Very detailed outline to come out soon!

Have a great evening!


Ms. Menendez

Weekly Announcements

Good evening,

I hope that everyone had a fantastic break and got some much needed rest! I am excited to see all of the students tomorrow and begin another semester of making music together.

After School Rehearsals:

There will be no after school commitments this week other than our usual Jazz Band rehearsals which occur Wednesday until 4:15 and Friday mornings at 7:30 AM.

If your student is auditioning for All State then it would be wise for them to work after school this week with me on their audition materials for this Saturday the 11th.

Chair Test:

We will have our chair tests next Thursday the 16th during class. Please make sure that your student is practicing diligently for these!


Our next installment of $50 is due on the 31st of this month. At the end of the month all students and chaperones will have $150 paid towards their trip. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Bring your instruments tomorrow and get ready to have some fun!


M. Menendez