Lots of info for this week Happy FIRST WEEKish of SCHOOL!! :-)
Open House/Rehearsal Monday - This Monday 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. The admin team will also host a Q&A for all parents in the gym 7pm-7:30. We will have marching band rehearsal 7pm-9pm on Monday. Please plan to be ready for rehearsal prior to 7pm.
MHSBPA Monthly Meeting - This Tuesday the BPA will hold the August meeting at 7pm in the band room. We will be going over volunteer opportunities for the football season as well as other important business items and needs for this year. Remember, by having a student in the band, you are automatically a part of the Band Parent Association. If you want to know how to get plugged in with your child and band, please plan to attend these meetings.
School Stuff - The first day of school is Wednesday :-) I hope everyone is excited! I know we are!! This past Thursday nighty, we took time out of rehearsal to go over several expectations of the band for the classroom. These are for non-band classes as well as band during and after school. Here is what we talked about:
- Pep Rallies, early releases from class, along with participation in band events are privileges.
- Students must be in "good favor" with their teachers to participate in these
- How to stay in good favor:
1. Be Present and on Time
2. Be Respectful
3. Turn in assignments on time
4. Ask for help when needed/communicate with teachers
5. Use your recourses (Students in band at all levels have been their and done that)
Missed Rehearsal Policy - We are instilling an attendance policy this year for all missed after-school rehearsals. All rehearsals 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 most likely 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.
Director of Bands
Phone: (For Emergencies) (850)525-9551
Assistant Band Director
Phone: (For Emergencies) (910)849-7411
Missed Performance Policy - For the time being, any missed performance will result in a zero. We will communicate policy with make-up assignments for this at a later date. Communicate, Communicate, COMMUNICATE all absences beforehand.
Uniform Order Deadline - This Friday is the deadline to order Bibbers and Shoes. Please CLICK HERE for information on ordering. When you place the bibbers order, these will be shipped to the school and will be picked up upon delivery approximately a week later. Shoes will be shipped directly to you.
Fair Share Band Fee Payment Due - This Friday is also 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 Friday. 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.
Tri-M - We will be starting a chapter (club) called Tri-M this year and beyond. Tri-M stands for Modern Music Masters and is open to all music students (Band, Guard, Chorus). Tri-M offers students the chance to perform, places them in leadership positions within the chapter (Not necessarily band leadership positions), and gives them the opportunity to serve the community. It highlights the music programs, helps students grow in innumerable ways, and brightens their college applications, plus students that maintain a membership will receive a chord they can wear at graduation. More info about this will be released in time. We are excited about the opportunities this will create for students.
Shish Kabob Meat Sticking - On Monday, August 15th, we will have our first scheduled shish kabob meat sticking. This will begin with concert band at 1:30pm and continue with symphonic band till the end of school. AFTER SCHOOL, all students will join until done. We should be wrapped up by 6pm. Parents who are school board approved are welcome to sign-up to volunteer to help. Parents can sign up by CLICKING HERE.
That is all for now. I hope all of you have a wonderful first day and week of school!
No Birthdays this week according to Charms
5:30-7pm - MHS Open House
7pm-9pm - Marching Band Rehearsal
7pm - MHSBPA Monthly Meeting
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL :-)
6pm-9pm - Marching Band Rehearsal
Uniform Ordering Deadline - CLICK HERE
Fair Share Band Fee Payment No. 2 Due ($125)
Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Mon - Shish Kabob Meat Sticking
Tues - Marching Band Rehearsal
Thurs - Marching Band Rehearsal (4pm-7pm), Chaperone Training Meeting
Fri - Volunteer Pep Rally at East Milton ES (8am-9:30am)
Together We Are THE MIGHTY BLACK & GOLD!!!