AYP Forms and Concert Tomorroq

Good evening,

A quick reminder about out concert tomorrow evening:

Pre-LGPE – February 25 (Tomorrow)

On February 25 our bands will perform a Pre-LGPE Concert at the Mabry Arts Center on campus. At this concert we will have adjudicators make comments on our performance to help us to better prepare for our Large Group Performance Evaluations in March. Students should wear their concert uniform which includes black dress pants, black dress shoes and socks, and their black performance polos. We will share this concert with the high school band. CJHS students are dismissed after the 8th grade performance concludes. I highly recommend staying though to hear as many high school performances as possible!

Notice that this concert starts earlier than normal. Once again, report time is 5:30 for all CJHS band students. 

  • 6:00PM CJHS 7th Grade
  • 6:30PM CJHS 8th Grade
  • 7:00PM CHS Concert Band
  • 7:30PM CHS Symphonic Band
  • 7:45PM CHS Wind Ensemble

AYP Fundraiser:

PDF version—————> AYP PDF

Please blast this all over social media and feel free to print off a copy for yourself!

Each card is $15. Sell 5 and earn one free!

I am looking for a volunteer to help sell these at the concert tomorrow between bands. Perhaps someone who has a JH and high school kid.

Your kids sound amazing and you will be blown away by the maturity of their playing tomorrow night!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Welcome Back

This week at a glance:

Monday: AYP fundraiser begins

Tuesday: Pre-LGPE at Mabry Arts Center (report time 5:30 PM) *required for all band students*

Wednesday: Jazz Band rehearsal until 4:15

Thursday: High school band trip meeting at CHS band room at 7 PM. (8th grade only)

Friday: Jazz Band before school at 7:30 AM. Vandoren reed specialist visit along with guest teacher at Jazz Band rehearsal until 4:30 PM. 


Pre-LGPE – February 25

On February 25 our bands will perform a Pre-LGPE Concert at the Mabry Arts Center on campus. At this concert we will have adjudicators make comments on our performance to help us to better prepare for our Large Group Performance Evaluations in March. Students should wear their concert uniform which includes black dress pants, black dress shoes and socks, and their black performance polos. We will share this concert with the high school band. CJHS students are dismissed after the 8th grade performance concludes. I highly recommend staying though to hear as many high school performances as possible!

Notice that this concert starts earlier than normal. Once again, report time is 5:30 for all CJHS band students. 

  • 6:00PM CJHS 7th Grade
  • 6:30PM CJHS 8th Grade
  • 7:00PM CHS Concert Band
  • 7:30PM CHS Symphonic Band
  • 7:45PM CHS Wind Ensemble

AYP Fundraiser

Our AYP Fundraiser has officially started. These discount cards have fantastic coupons and deals that our community loves to use. This fundraiser allows us to purchase music, instruments, and supplies for our band program. Thank you for your help!

Instructions for the fundraiser:

  1. Use your order taker card to show people the incredible deals that these cards have to offer.  Each card is $15 and has unlimited uses up to a year at participating locations.
  2. Bring the $15 to Ms. Menendez in a sealed envelope and you will receive an AYP card the next day to distribute to your buyers.

REWARDS:

  1. For every 5 cards sold you will receive 1 free.  (Try and sell 5 before you buy one yourself)
  2. 8th grade receives $3 off of their Carowinds trip for every card sold!

Students will receive a physical copy of this this week.

The fundraiser concludes when we sell out of cards.


Trip Meeting – February 27

If your student would like to go on the upcoming band trip to Philadelphia and Washington DC during the Spring of 2021, we will have an information meeting on February 27 in the Band Room at 7PM. This is for rising 9th graders who will be in the high school band program next year. It is an informational meeting.


Jazz Band Guest Artist:

On Friday, Brandyn Taylor, a professional saxophone player and Vandoren artist, will work with our reed players in our woodwind classes including demonstrations, free samples, and more! He will then stay after school and work with our Jazz Band students until 4:30 to teach improvisation and jazz style. Brandyn’s bio can be found here. Students who are not in jazz band may stay after to hear Brandyn’s amazing playing and teaching.

Brandyn Taylor Biography


Payments and Dues:

There are many moving parts in this band program right now. I wanted to take a moment to make sure that we are keeping up with our payments. The following payments are being collected at this time:

Aquarium Field Trip Form $10

Braves Game Trip $25

Carowinds Information 2019 – 2020.doc

Solo and Ensemble payments: $12 per performing ensemble

If the font is red, you may click on the link to pull up information.

Please ensure that you are all caught up on these payments. You may contact me at maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net to see what is missing.


Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to performing with your students on Tuesday at the Mabry Arts Center!

Sincerely,

M. Menendez

Rehearsals this week. District Honor Band

Good evening,

Week at a glance:

Monday: 7th Grade After School Rehearsal until 5:00 PM

Tuesday: 8th Grade After School Rehearsal until 5:00 PM (No theory club)

Wednesday: Jazz Band until 4:15

Thursday-Saturday: District Honor Band for those participating.


Symphonic Camp:

The students had an absolute blast at Symphonic Camp this Saturday and learned a lot! The staff taught them so much about their instrument and our concert music improved as well. Thank you so much to all of the volunteers and for the donation of yummy desserts! I appreciate the sacrifices made by all and hope that the students continue learning how important teamwork is through music. IMG_9597 284093620_10160418661959572_3383696186362822656_n (1)


Rehearsals:

Due to our new February break we will have our second batch of rehearsals this week since next week we will be out of school. On the Tuesday that we come back from break we will perform our pieces for the first time at Pre-LGPE in the Mabry Arts Center! Our time together is important so that we can combine both classes together and continue refining our product.

7th Grade rehearses on Monday from 3:30-5:00 PM

8th Grade rehearses on Tuesday from 3:30-5:00 PM

All rehearsals are required and for a grade so please make sure that your child attends.


District Honor Band

DHB is this weekend! I am so excited to travel with the students on Thursday to Ringgold, Georgia. Please send students with spending money for lunch and dinner for both Thursday and Friday. The itinerary and packing list are attached below. Our students will wear their normal concert attire for the DHB concert.

DHB 2020 Itinerary


I look forward to another amazing week with the students!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

Saturday Symphonic Camp

Good evening,

Tomorrow is almost here! We are so excited for our annual Symphonic Camp tomorrow!

Student report time is 8:30 AM to the Junior High School Band room.

Instruction will occur from 9 AM until noon. At noon, students may leave if needed or will (hopefully) stay and enjoy some Chik-Fil-A, chips, soda, and homemade desserts! If you are bringing a dessert you may place it in the cafeteria in the morning. Pick up time for students who are staying for lunch and free time is 1 PM.

Parent volunteers are needed at the following times:

8:30 AM

11:45 AM

12:45 PM

 

If you can make it to help then please show up at the Junior High. There are some small tasks that I could use your help with around those times.

Students may show up as early as 8 AM to the Junior High.

Please contact me with any questions and I look forward to seeing the students tomorrow morning!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

Weekly Announcements: Symphonic Camp and Rehearsals This Week

Good evening,

We have a busy week ahead of us!

Monday: 7th Grade After School Rehearsal until 5:00 PM

Tuesday: 8th Grade After School Rehearsal until 5:00 PM

Wednesday: Jazz Band until 4:15

Friday: Jazz Band in the morning at 7:30 AM

Saturday: Symphonic Camp from 9 AM-Noon. Report time 8:30 AM.


Rehearsals:

This week we have our first rehearsals of the LGPE season. 7th grade will have rehearsal on Monday until 5:00 PM and 8th grade will have rehearsal on Tuesday until 5:00 PM.

All rehearsals are for a grade. Conflicts have been worked out with other rehearsals and practices as far as I know.  Let me know if you have any questions.


Symphonic Camp:

Our annual Symphonic Camp is this Saturday! I am so excited for the kids to learn from professionals on their instrument and for them to meet and learn from Mr. Matthew Price. His biography can be viewed here: http://www.flatrockband.org/staff.html

Schedule:

9:00-10:20 8th Grade sectionals/7th Grade full band

10:20- Transition

10:30-12:00 7th Grade sectionals/8th Grade full band

12:00 Lunch/Fellowship for students. (Optional for students if they need to leave)

If you are willing to donate a dessert for Symphonic Camp let me know! We will have Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches, chips, sodas, and homemade desserts.

We are paying our staff money to come to Carrollton and work with your kids on Saturday. Please ensure that your student is present so that they can learn many great things that day!


Shoutouts:

Thank you to Terry Lowry and the Carroll Symphonic Orchestra Guild for donating a brand new audio recorder! This will allow for us to professionally record all of our concerts and will be a great teaching tool during class. This recorder has the capability to play back clips instantly. We will record segments of our rehearsal and listen back minutes later which will allow the students to hear what the full ensemble sounds like. They can hear what the audience hears and can make decisions on how to improve or alter what they are doing in order to produce a better product.

 

Congratulations to the CJHS Science Bowl team on winning 1st place at the Regional Science Bowl competition! They will compete at the State Science Bowl competition in Savannah, Georgia on March 7th.

Four of the five students pictured are band members, and active ones at that! I am so proud of Sarah Scholl, Eden Long, Hagan Russell, and Ian Larson for pushing themselves in many aspects of their lives. They are active in our school in many ways and exemplify great work ethic.

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I am so proud of our band students in our band program. The above example is just a fraction of what our students are doing other than band. They are athletes, school leaders, advocates, mentors, and incredible people.

If you have a student who is participating in a sport or another activity, please let me know. I would love to come and support them!


Please let me know if you have any questions about anything that is coming up.

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

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.


Carowinds:

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 maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net with any questions.

Sincerely,

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 maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net 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!

Sincerely,

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

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net

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!

Sincerely,

Ms. Menendez

maria.menendez@carrolltoncityschools.net