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Welcome back!

Good evening,

I hope that you all had a restful week off. I am excited to get back to work this week with the students.

Week at a glance:

Tuesday: DHB rehearsal until 4:15

Wednesday: Jazz band until 4:15

I look forward to making music with the students tomorrow.

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Final night for Jacket Order

Good evening,

Tonight is the last night to order band jackets. All orders will be made through the following link: https://ozierapparel.com/carrolltonjrband/shop/home

I highly recommend paying the extra $5 to add the name and instrument to the jacket.

The jacket order will conclude at midnight tonight so that we can get the jackets in time for the holiday break.

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Chair Test Results

Good evening,

This has been one of the most successful chair tests that I have administered at CJHS. Students are performing their etudes with such maturity and are playing more scales than ever. I am SO proud of their hard work and cannot wait to hear them again in the Spring when we have our next chair placement test. You will notice that some students have “*Have not tested” beside their name. Once they return and perform their test or send in a recording, I will adjust the results as needed. At Home Learners are also welcome to submit a chair test and may still do so until the end of Thanksgiving break.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you see an error on the results. The spreadsheets are large and my small brain does make mistakes sometimes.


Spirit Jacket Order:

There is still more time to purchase a band jacket. All orders will be made through the following link: https://ozierapparel.com/carrolltonjrband/shop/home

I highly recommend paying the extra $5 to add the name and instrument to the jacket.

The jacket order will conclude on on November 22nd so that we can get the jackets in time for the holiday break.

Congratulations to you all and have a fantastic break!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Last week before break!

Good evening,

I cannot believe that we are a week away from Thanksgiving break. I am excited for another week with the students and then for some much needed time off. They have worked incredibly hard through this difficult semester in all of their courses.

Week at a glance:

Tuesday: DHB after school practice for those auditioning until 4:15

Wednesday: Jazz Band practice until 4:15

Thursday: Chair test during class


Chair Test on Thursday:

Our students have been working hard in class on their chair test etudes and scales. I look forward to hearing them in class on Thursday. Please encourage them to take their instruments home this week and put in some time on their music. We want for them to feel great about what they do on Thursday.


Have a wonderful rest of your night.

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

DHB, Jazz Band, and more

Good evening,

This week at a glance:

Tuesday: DHB after school help until 4:15

Wednesday: Jazz band rehearsal until 4:15

Spirit Jacket Order:

There is still more time to purchase a band jacket. All orders will be made through the following link: https://ozierapparel.com/carrolltonjrband/shop/home

I highly recommend paying the extra $5 to add the name and instrument to the jacket.

The jacket order will conclude on on November 22nd so that we can get the jackets in time for the holiday break.


Chair Test:

Our students received their chair test information last week. You should hear a lot of practicing in the next two weeks in preparation for our first test of the year. Our chair test will occur in class on Thursday, November 19th. At home learners may submit a video submission if they would like to be included in the results. They will sit in their chair upon return to in-person learning. If they would rather wait then they will be tested after their return to school when they are ready.


Jazz Band:

Jazz band is a non-auditioned group at the Junior High. All instruments are welcome and there is no fee required to participate. Our Jazz Band rehearses until 4:15 every Wednesday. This is an exciting group and I hope to have a lot of students participating this year!


District Honor Band:

Our students

Did your student bring home their District Honor Band form? If not then you can print off another copy below. We will have after school practice sessions on Tuesdays until 4:15 starting this week. Let’s challenge our students and give them a goal to practice towards!

District Honor Band Form

Have a wonderful night!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Band Jacket Orders, Chair Tests, and more.

Good afternoon,

Spirit Jacket Order:

Today we are beginning our annual band spirit wear order! The students will have the opportunity to show off their Trojan Band spirit by ordering a jacket. All orders will be made through the following link: https://ozierapparel.com/carrolltonjrband/shop/home

I highly recommend paying the extra $5 to add the name and instrument to the jacket.

The jacket order will conclude on on November 22nd so that we can get the jackets in time for the holiday break.


Chair Test:

Our students received their chair test information today. You should hear a lot of practicing in the next two weeks in preparation for our first test of the year. Our chair test will occur in class on Thursday, November 19th. At home learners may submit a video submission if they would like to be included in the results. They will sit in their chair upon return to in-person learning. If they would rather wait then they will be tested after their return to school when they are ready.


Cookie Dough:

The cookie dough was delivered today. Please let me know if you had any errors in your order ASAP.


Jazz Band:

Jazz band is a non-auditioned group at the Junior High. All instruments are welcome and there is no fee required to participate. Our Jazz Band rehearses until 4:15 every Wednesday. This is an exciting group and I hope to have a lot of students participating this year!


District Honor Band:

Our students

Did your student bring home their District Honor Band form? If not then you can print off another copy below. We will have after school practice sessions on Tuesdays until 4:15 starting next week. Let’s challenge our students and give them a goal to practice towards!

District Honor Band Form


Thank you so much and have a wonderful night!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Cookie Dough Delivery/DHB

Good morning,

Cookie Dough:

Our cookie dough is set to be delivered on Wednesday. Students will report to the band room at the end of the day (there will be an announcement made) and will collect their boxes to bring home. If your student sold more than 10 boxes then I recommend arranging for them to be a car rider on Wednesday. If they absolutely cannot and are a walker or bus rider then they will need a buddy to help them carry their boxes.

Thank you again for your participation in our first fundraiser of the year!


District Honor Band:

Our students have been working on their District Honor Band etudes in class. This is a great opportunity for students to compete to be in an honor band that is comprised of the highest level band students in our district. I have posted a few paragraphs below from the sign-up form that they will receive in class tomorrow as well as a PDF version of the form.

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Each school in Georgia is zoned to a specific district.  District Honor Band participation and All-State Band Participation is looked at very highly by colleges and employers because of the extra time and the personal responsibility it takes to successfully audition and make one of these prestigious bands. With the current pandemic, the district is still finalizing the details for the district honor band event. Tentatively, it is still scheduled for February 11th-13th. 

Students wishing to audition for the District Honor Band must pay a fee of $5 to participate.  This is recommended for 7th graders or first time auditioners.

Students wishing to participate on a higher level can pay an additional $25 ($30 total) in order to be considered for the All-State audition, if their District audition score is high enough.  This is recommended for 8th grade students who either auditioned or made the District Band last year.

Timeline and Calendar:

November 13th – All forms and Fees are due. $5 for DHB or $30 for DHB and All-State Fees.

December 3rd and December 4th –  Mock audition for Ms. Menendez in class or after school. I will notify the students if I feel that the student is not ready this year to submit an audition to the district. 

January 1st – video submission due to Ms. Menendez

February 11th- 14th: District Honor Band event. 

District Honor Band Form and Permission Slip

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez


10/26-10/30

Good evening,

Trojan Band Game:

Our CJHS Football team beat Central on Thursday and earned themselves a spot in the championship game this Thursday! Due to safety concerns traveling to away games, our band will not perform at this championship game. Many schools in the state are not allowing visiting bands at the high school level as well. We had an incredible season and I look forward to our season next year.

The parent volunteers made my job so much easier. I appreciate the parent volunteers, Mr. Carr and Mr. Nelson, and the family members that stepped in at the last moment to help with equipment each game.

I hope that you consider rooting on the Trojans this Thursday at Bremen as a normal spectator! We are so proud of our football players and wish them the best of luck this Thursday.

Cookie Dough

Our cookie dough is set to be delivered on November the 4th to CJHS. If your student sold cookie dough online then those boxes will be delivered to wherever the customer asked. The online sales gave the customer an option to have the cookie dough either delivered to the Junior High or their home. All in person sales will be shipped to the Junior high and handed out to your students on that day. More information on the specifics of that delivery date to come.

We will have our drawing for our grand prize winner and the runner ups in homeroom on Thursday. Thank you again for your participation in this fundraiser!

Have a wonderful night.

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Homecoming Week

Good evening,

Tomorrow begins Homecoming week! Homecoming week is always an exciting week for our students here at Carrollton.

Trojan Band: We will have our next Trojan Band Game on Thursday. We are hoping to win this week so that we can play in the championship next week! The students will receive their hats this week since they were not ready for our last game.

Please contact me if you are interested in volunteering on Thursday.

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

Itinerary for Thursday:

*At home learners may participate. Please have them check Google Classroom for more info*

3:30 PM 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

4:45 PM students who choose to go home and return need to be dropped off at high school band room (behind away bleachers of Grisham Stadium).

5:00 PM Set up in bleachers

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 picked up from high school band room to go home

Have a fantastic rest of your night and go Trojans!!!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Cookie Dough and Jazz Orchestra Opportunities

Good evening,

Tomorrow is the last possible day to turn in cookie dough. Thank you so much for your efforts and I will speak with the kids next week to announce the winners of our prizes. A delivery date will be announced once it has been given to me.


Jazz Orchestra Opportunity:

The Carrollton Jazz Orchestra is opening up their next two rehearsals to the students!

Read below for a message from Terry Lowry:

Dear all,

We are gearing our October 18 and 25 rehearsals toward jazz education/appreciation. I’ll give introductions to the music and have handouts to help the students engage as they listen.  We’ll rehearse at the Amp from 3-5 on both days.  I hope to have a great turn out.  You need not limit the invitation to your jazz band members.  Invite everyone and maybe some non-jazz kids will be converted!  Parents are welcome, as well.

Tell your students to bring their instruments.  We’ll close the rehearsal with a tune the students can play with the CJO.  I hope you come and bring your instruments, too.  It will be a blast!

-Terry Lowry

I hope that some of our students participate the next two Sundays! I look forward to starting up our own jazz band in November. More information to come soon!


Upcoming Schedule:

  • October 22nd Trojan Band Game (Playoffs)
  • October 29th Trojan Band Game (Championship)

I hope that you all have a great Friday tomorrow and a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

M. Menendez