Happy first day of school to all! :-)
Open House/Rehearsal Tuesdayy - This Tuesday MHS will be hosting an open house 5:30pm-7pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for all students and parents to meet your other teachers and figure out your path from class to class. We will have marching band rehearsal 7:30pm-9pm that Tuesday night as well. .
Missed Rehearsal/Performance Policy - As we begin another year, just wanted to remind everyone about the band absence policy. All rehearsals and performances have been individually placed as assignments in the Focus gradebook. Any missed rehearsal for any reason will result in a zero for that rehearsal. Students can make this up for full credit by having a 1 hour practice session per missed rehearsal outside of normal school/rehearsal hours. This means either before school or after school. These sessions MUST take place at the band room (or practice field during marching season). Students must check in with Ms. Ruiz or Mr. Schultz before and after the practice session. We will have a log book for this process. Rehearsals and performances are just like assignments given in any academic class. When assignments are not turned in, students will receive zeros until turned in at the teacher's discretion. We reserve the right to modify this policy at any point. As we told the students, "just show up" and you will not have to worry about making up the rehearsal. Communicate, Communicate, COMMUNICATE all absences before rehearsals. We DONOT want to guess where you are. Perpetual absences will forfeit participation in band. The Band Office phone number is (850)983-5611
Director of Bands
Phone: (For Emergencies) (850)525-9551
Assistant Band Director
Phone: (For Emergencies) (910)849-7411
Fair Share Band Fee Payment Due - Next Friday is the due date for the second fair share band fee payment. This is a payment of $125. To date, you should have a total payment of $175 posted to your charms accounts. That means that $175 is left to be owed for your balance. Charms is up to date with all payments as of this past July 24th Please check as soon as possible. CLICK HERE for information on accessing you Charms account. CLICK HERE for information on paying online. We can also take cash or checks to the moneybox in front of the band office.
Meat Sticking - We will have our first mass shish kabob meat sticking on Monday, August 14th. Concert Band will kick it off at 1:30 immediately followed by Symphonic Band. All students will join after school along with any parents who would like to volunteer. We should be done by 6pm that night. This is required for all students. Parents are able to sign up to help as well on the calendar or by CLICKING HERE.
Lumpia Fundraiser - We will kickoff our second fundraiser of the year on August 14th. This is our annual lumpia sales. This year, our own band parents on the lumpia committee have been working hard all summer to perfect incredibly delicious lumpia to sale. These are hand made rolls. More info will be given next week once we kick off everything.
Band Trip - This past week, we talked with the band about the band trip this year. For our newest members, we try to offer an optional trip for students each year. These trips rotate from year to year. We were trying to plan a Washington DC/New York Trip, however, the prices for this were ridiculously expensive. $1800 per student and $2300 per adult. That is simply too much to try to raise in 7 months. We have been shopping around for alternate trips with our travel company and have decided to offer a cruise trip this year. Our travel agent stated that prices for this have come back below $1000 per person. I do not have an exact price as of yet. The dates for this cruise is March 18th-23rd. This is the week before Spring Break. This is on the Carnival Valor leaving out of New Orleans and visiting Cozumel and Progresso. I know you have A TON of questions. As soon as I have more details, I will schedule a trip meeting for all that are interested in going. The main reason for letting everyone know now is so you have time to order passports or official birth certificates.
That is all for now, I hope you have a wonderful week!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the following students according to Charms:
Mattalyn Hall - Wednesday
Sarah Speck - Wednesday
5:30-7pm - MHS Open House
7:30-9pm - Marching Band Rehearsal
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL :-)
Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Mon - Lumpia Fundraiser Kickoff, Shish Kabob Meat Sticking
Tues - Marching Band Rehearsal, MHSBPA Monthly Meeting
Thurs - Marching Band Rehearsal, Chaperon Training
Fri - Band Fee Payment Number 2 Due $125
Sat - Percussion Rehearsal 6pm-9pm
Together We Are THE MIGHTY BLACK & GOLD!!!