As a preventative measure, Carrollton City Schools is cancelling all school and activities beginning Monday, March 16th. School will not be in session for two weeks. I am sad to say that Large Group Performance Evaluation has been cancelled as well. At this time there is not a make-up date planned.
To say that our students have worked hard is an understatement. If you could see what your students are asked to do in class each day you would be blown away by their work ethic and their perseverance. Students are asked daily to push themselves and their peers as well as reflect on their performance multiple times throughout class. They are asked to create and collaborate with other student in too many ways to count and are told many times what they are doing well, yet told more that I care to admit what they need to correct. Our band students are incredible and resilient individuals.
It saddens me that our 7th graders will only have one experience at LGPE (next year) and that our 8th graders will not get to experience their last one this year. I could not be more proud of the growth of the bands that I have seen during this concert cycle. Thank you so much for your support with the after school rehearsals, Symphonic Camp, and Pre- LGPE. Although we did not get to put a check mark on this concert, we did get to experience some beautiful music making with music that will stick with us for a long time. Please forward my pride to your students should they not attend school tomorrow.
Students will be asked to bring their instruments home tomorrow and may check back to this website for videos to watch, practice challenges, and more. Thank you for supporting their music education.
On another note, there will be students who will be without for these two weeks. For some of them it may be the free food that they received at school. For others it may be transportation to certain places or even someone to keep them safe as their loved ones are at work. I am going to ask all students tomorrow to fill out a questionnaire regarding their needs for this two week break. It will be filled out in private and I will be the only individual to read it.
If you know a student who is in need during the two week break please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
I also ask that you encourage your student to privately ask their friends if there are any needs as I assume most students will be too shy or embarrassed to ask me for help tomorrow. Let’s use social media and technology in a positive way to ensure that our Carrollton family is taken care of during this break.
Please stay safe and have your student reach out to their friends to make sure that they are covered.
Ms. Maria Menendez