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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

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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

Schedule for the week

This week at a glance:

Tuesday: District Honor Band practice until 4:15

 Wednesday: Pass off day during class. Extra pass off opportunity after school until 4:15

Thursday: Beginners may stay after since we missed Monday because of Labor Day (until 4:15)


Good evening,

I wanted to remind you of some upcoming dates on our calendar now that we have hit September!

September 10th: Trojan Band rehearsal until 4:30 at CJHS

September 12th: First Trojan Band game. Students stay after school. Volunteers needed.

September 17th: Cookie Dough fundraiser begins

September 19th: Trojan Band game. Students stay after school. Volunteers needed.

September 20th: 8th grade night. *Required for all 8th graders*


Cookie Dough Fundraiser: The cookie dough fundraiser will begin September 17th and end on October 1st. More information to come soon so tell your customers to be ready!


Trojan Band: Students will stay after school and walk over to the high school band room with Ms. Menendez. The band trailer will come and pick up our instruments and take them over to the HS for us. If you are able to volunteer around 4:30 to help set up for dinner and help me in the stands, let me know. Once we unload and warm up we will walk to the HS stadium and play for the first half of the game. At half time we will come back into the HS band room to eat dinner and prepare to get picked up to go home.

Students will have access to their phones and will be able to tell you what time they are able to get picked up. With a running clock some games and a normal clock for others, we have a difficult time giving an exact pick up time but I will estimate around 7 PM. Thank you for your patience with that!


8th Grade Night: Itinerary coming out soon! Please remember that all 8th graders are required to attend. Students will stay after school with me and will walk over with me to the high school band room. Students will attend a small rehearsal and then we will feed them and give them an awesome t-shirt to wear! Students may wear jeans and tennis shoes and will get into the football game for free as a marching band guest that night! This ends up being the highlight to many of our students during their 8th grade year and I am excited for our 8th graders this year to experience it!


District Honor Band: Please continue encouraging your students to attend our DHB sessions District Honor band will keep your kids focused, help them grow and will look incredible on their transcripts and resumes going forward. Let me know if you have any questions.


I look forward to another amazing week! Let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Shoutouts and reminders for Friday

Good evening,

Two quick shoutouts to our fantastic students! They have been working very hard on their pass off lines.

As of today, Connor Haley became the first student to pass off all 9 of his lines as well as all 6 of his CJHS Band Mentor lines!

Sarah Scholl performed all 9 of her pass off lines correctly in a row AND four of her CJHS Band Mentor lines as well for a total of 13 lines in a row!

Congratulations to both of you and great work band on your pass off lines!

All 9 pass off lines are due by the end of the 9 weeks. Keep encouraging your students to come in the mornings, stay after on Wednesdays or to pass off in class on Wednesdays.


Due this Friday:

Band Fee $40

Percussion Fee $25 (percussion only)

School Owned Instrument Fee $50 (or $25 a semester) (School owned instruments only)

Trojan Band $25 for new students and $10 for students who need a replacement of hat or shirt

All fees may be paid through cash, check (written out to CJHS BAND) or online below:

https://carrolltonjuniorhs.revtrak.net/


This year so far has been incredible. The 8th grade came back from the summer hungry for a challenge and the 7th grade has blown me away with their talent! Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for supporting your students and their music education.

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez