Author: cjhstrojanband

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

Carowinds/Instruments/District Honor Band

Good evening,


The next payment for all chaperones and students of $50 is due tomorrow. Please let me know if you have any questions.


All students should bring their instruments home tonight unless they are participating in Jazz Band tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM. No instrument should stay here over break. Tuba players are to arrange rides or speak with me if their instrument needs to be dropped off.

The second full week back from school is our next chair test. Students will have 1 minute to play as many scales as they can and will play a short etude. The date of the chair test is January 16th during class.

District Honor Band:

If your student has been awarded a spot in the District Honor Band then they will need to submit $70 at their earliest convenience to pay for the hotel. Students will be bused the morning of February 13th and will be under our care until Lunch on Saturday the 15th of February. Our hotel is a wonderful hotel and will provide breakfast for us each morning. Students will be taken to and from all meals and rehearsals until they are met by their parents Saturday. A very detailed outline is set to come out soon but please be patient as this trip is in coordination with the high school and Upper Elementary band programs. All Carrollton kids will travel together and will have a blast with the four band directors in Ringgold, Georgia in February. Keep those dates on your radar and stay tuned for information soon!

Have a wonderful time with your family the next two weeks and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.


M. Menendez

Carowinds Roster

Good morning,

This is my roster as of this morning. The following people are attending the Carowinds trip. Please let me know as soon as possible if you see any mistakes.



Cayte Ellison
Kim Jones
Sparkle King
Amanda Haley
Andrea Maxwell
Jennifer Braswell
David Trumble
Chris Carr
Zachary Nelson
Ashley Soulsby
Jennifer Schelp
Amanda Akin
Beth Scholl
Laura Malmquist
Chad Cook


Akin, Madison G
Arnold, Justin R
Balega, Peter W
Barber, Makailey S
Biggs, Emma G
Blackmon, Derrek L
Blanks, Lilly D
Braswell, Austin J
Bui, Bryan
Cabrera, Javohn M
Chandler, Christian P
Charles, Amaya J
Collins, Ruthie L
Cook, Emma C
Cook, Madelynn M
Curry, Zyesha J
Edwards, Alanna K
Ellison, Glenn R (Reece)
Freeman, Shanice D
Frye, Thomas K
Garcia Dominguez, Jasmin
Gay, Ethan L
Gilbert, Demarcus J
Glenn, Nya A
Gonzalez-Gabriel, Frankli Y
Gosa, Sade L
Griffin, Lleyton E
Grimes, Gideon M
Haley, Connor B
Hernandez Orellana, Joel E
Hewett, Mckenzie
Holland, Kaitlyn E
Holtzclaw, Jonathon C
Hull, Ali K
Hunter, Henry L
Hutcheson, Mary Elizabeth S
Johnson, Isabella L
Johnson, Joshua P
Jones, Destiny R
Jones, Taylor A
Jordan-Ervin, Kanate R
Langlo, Nathaniel H
Larson, Ian B
Lewis, Caleigh I
Long, Eden B
Lowry, Allison P
Malmquist, Eric D
Maxwell, Taylor G
Mazariegos, Steve
McKenzie, Ashton O
McClellan, Kaylani
Mejia-Carias, Cristofer J
Mitchell, Leah C
Morales Cabrera, Jaden M
Newsome, Samson C
Ordonez Vazquez, Alexander Y
Parrish, Gabriel E
Perez-Hernandez, Brandon A
Piedra Zamora, Marlyn
Price, Porter W
Redwine, Julian L
Remshagen, Kai K
Reyes Rivera, Eivy M
Richards, Spencer M
Rowland, Jackson T
Russell, Hagan G
Santos-Martinez, James W
Scholl, Sarah E
Smith, Alexis-Nicole L
Speck, Bryleigh O
Spoon, Tristan B
Stagliano, Nathan E
Stone, Tyler A
Studymine, Krislynn F
Terry, Landen S
Umiamaka, Ganon A
Vallecillo Lopez, Cesar E
Walker, Rhet H
Ward, Gavin A
Ware, Nevaeh A
Washington, Taejsha M
Watts, Madison L

Also, I am desperately looking for sponsors for students who are unable to make some or all of the payments. If you know anyone who is willing to sponsor a student for the trip or part of their trip let me know please!


Ms. Menendez

Schedule for the week

Good evening,

Our concert this past Tuesday was unbelievable! The students sure do know how to show off! I am proud of how they come into class daily and demonstrate their understanding that becoming the best version of ourselves takes hard work. It also takes dedication and mental toughness in which the exhibit in class. I can hear and see the students growing in so many ways and am so thankful that they continue allowing me to push them to where I know they can go! Thank you for attending the concert and I hope that everyone enjoyed it.


UGA MidFest Honor Band:

Seven of our 8th grade students traveled to Athens, Georgia to participate in the UGA MidFest Honor Band. The students auditioned well and had a great time playing beside new friends. They learned from the guest conductors and saw multiple performances including the University of Georgia’s Wind Symphony. Enjoy some photos in front of the school of music. Congratulations!


The next installment of $50 for the Carowinds trip is due this Friday. On Friday all students and chaperones should have $100 paid towards their trip. You may pay with cash, check (written out to CJHS BAND) or online here —-> Revtrak Online System

Tomorrow evening I will post a final roster of all of those attending the trip before sending a check to the travel company to secure our spots. Please stay tuned for that roster tomorrow and make sure that all is correct.

There will be NO after school rehearsals this week. Jazz Band will rehearse on Friday morning at 7:30 AM as usual and I will work with our students who are auditioning for All State individually after school. If your student is auditioning for All State please contact me so that we can pick a day this week to work on some sight reading and the second etude.


Have a wonderful evening!


Ms. Menendez