September 27, 2011

All Music Classes

THE MUSIC FUNDRAISER WILL BE IN

TUESDAY

OCTOBER 4, 2011

YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR ORDERS BETWEEN

4:00PM -7:00PM

IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETERIA

THAT DAY!!!!!!!

We do not have room to store all of the products.  You must pick it up that day.  Please send another family member, a trusted neighbor or friend to pick it up if you are unable to.

Please check your order when you get home to make sure all of it is there.  Please let me know if there are any problems with your order the next school day.  The company is wonderful and we usually have minimal problems. We have to reorder and fix orders based on when the refrigerated truck can come. 

PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH THE PRODUCTS.  CHEESE AND COOKIE DOUGH MUST BE PUT IN REFRIGERATION.  LET YOUR CUSTOMER KNOW AND MAKE SURE THE PRODUCTS THAT YOU CAN'T DELIVER THE DAY OF PICK UP ARE PUT IN THE REFRIGERATOR!!!!!  BE CAREFUL, FAILURE TO REFRIGERATE COULD CAUSE SOMEONE TO BECOME ILL.

Money turn in times:  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 3:30-6:00PM.  Volunteers will be set up in the front part of the school to take fundraiser money.  Please turn in as much as possible by the Friday before Fall Break.  Mrs. Williams would like a majority of the fundraiser turned in before Fall Break.  Prizes will be given when students have turned in all of their money.  Please have checks or money orders made out to HCMS.  Mrs. Williams will have someone take up money after fall break on Monday.

AGAIN, THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS.  WE APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK!!!!

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September 20, 2011

6th Grade Band

We have started challenges this week.  Students will be playing for chairs.  They have auditioned and were placed according to how they played.  They will be given a chance each week to work their way up the sections.  This should help students focus on practicing.

Practice Journals are due each Friday, Monday and Tuesday.  Sheets turned in after Tuesday for students who have not been absent will receive a 65% at the grade.  Parents, please help remind your child to turn in their journal.

THE MUSIC FUNDRAISER WILL BE IN TUESDAY OCTOBER 4, 2011.  PARENTS NEED TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO PICK UP THEIR PRODUCTS BETWEEN 4PM AND 7PM THAT NIGHT.  PLEASE HAVE SOMEONE COME PICK IT UP EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO WORK OR HAVE BALL GAMES.  IT WILL BE IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETERIA.  MAKE ARRANGEMENTS ALSO TO REFRIDGERATE ALL CHEESE AND COOKIE DOUGH.  THANSK FOR YOUR HELP.

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7th & 8th Grade Band

8th grade students will be taking the Explore Exam tomorrow.  They need to get rest tonght and eat a great breakfast.  We will not be playing in class so students in both grades do not need their instruments.  I will have a music theory lesson for all 7th grade students.  We will be back to playing the next day(Thursday). 

Students are challenging for chairs on a weekly basis.  It is important for all students to practice their challenge piece so that they are prepared. 

Practice sheets are due each Friday, Monday or Tuesday.  Students who are not absent and turn them in after those days will receive a 65%.  I ask that you check with your child to make sure they are turning them in.

Our Concert will be Sunday December 11, 2011.  I need for all student to have black pants, white shirt that buttons all the way to the top and black belt, black shoes, black socks.  Please work on getting these items soon.  We will be performing in the high school auditorium.  The high school band will be with us this year!!!!  We plan to do a piece with them at the end.

THE FUNDRAISER WILL BE IN TUESDAY OCTOBER 4, 2011.  PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO PICK IT UP OR HAVE SOMEONE PICK IT UP BETWEEN 4PM & 7PM IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETERIA THAT DAY!!!!  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT ALL COOKIE DOUGH AND CHEESE BE REFRIDGERATED:)   WE WOULD LIKE FOR AS MUCH MONEY TO BE IN BY FRIDAY OCTOBER 7TH AS POSSIBLE.  THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.

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7th & 8th Grade General Music

Tuesday – Students are finishing up their questions on the Renaissance Period.

Wednesday – 8th Grade students will be taking the Explore Exam all morning.  7th Grade students will finish their work on the Renaissance Period and we will begin checking when everyone is finished.

Thursday – We will finish checking and discussing the Renaissance Period and move on to Baroque.  Students will read the Baroque information and answer questions.

Friday – Students will Begin watching a video over Johann Sebastian Bach.  I hope to finish on Monday and begin George Frederick Handel.

Not much time left in the nine weeks.

Fundraiser products will be delivered Tuesday October 4, 2011.  Parents are to come and pick them up that day in the middle school cafeteria between 4PM and 7PM.  Cookie Dough and Cheese must be refridgerated.  Please deliver and get your money in by Friday the 13th.  The next week is fall break.   Thanks for your help!!!!!

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September 13, 2011

6th Grade Band

We have auditioned for chairs and are now ready to have challenges.

I will assign a piece of music each week that students must practice.  Each child will try to play better than the child in front of them.  Some will tie, some will win and some will lose.  It is all life experiences and learning.  Students must learn to deal with a victory and also disappointment.  They will be expected to be nice to all of their peers and do challenges in a positive manner.  We do challenges to motivate the students to practice and get better.  Parents, please help them understand the purpose and also the results.  Challenges will definitely make us a better band.

Practice journals are due each Friday.  I ask that you sign them on Thursdays so that students can turn them in on Friday.  I remind the class on turn in days but some still aren't turning them in.  Late journals will be assigned a 65% but will be taken late.  Thanks for your support.

We will be learning about the Constitution on Friday.  I will have a substitute.  Students will not need their instruments.  They will watch a video called School House Rock.  I love how music can teacher history.  Students are expected to watch the video and not distract others.  They will need a pencil to do a short assignment.  They may have to do it as homework.  I will meet with parents and students who are a discipline issue that day and we will decide whether they shall remain in band.  Do not be a discipline issue.  Treat my sub with respect and do your best.

Fundraiser is coming Tuesday October 4, 2011.  Make arrangements to pick it up and deliver or store that night.  Make sure the cheese and cookie dough are refridgerated.

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7th & 8th Grade Band

We auditioned for chairs and many students did not get the chair they expected.

I hope this motivates them to put more effort into practice and making sure that they are accurately working on music. 

Our first challenges will be Wednesday and Thursday.  Students need to be ready for either day.  I hope this motivates everyone to dig in and make a difference in our band.  Each musical voice makes an impact on the entire band sound.  We need everyone to contribute in a positive way.

We are looking are short term goals and long term goals for band.  Students should be thinking about how they will make the band better.

Friday is our school rewards day and observance of the Contitution Day.  I will have a sub and expect all students to be on their best behavior.  They will not need their instrument and will be watching a video called School House Rock.  The video is a musical history of America.  I love how music can teach other things such as history.  I ask that students sit and watch without distracting other.  They will have a written assgnment at the end of the hour that may need to be done as homework. No instruments that day!!!

Students who's names are left or who must go to the bench will have to have a meeting with their parents and myself at school about their conduct and whether they should remain in band.  I expect only the best from my band students and will not tolerate disrespect or misbehavior while I am gone.

Many students are not turning in their practice journals.  I have announced the turn in dates on a daily basis.  Please ask your child each Thursday for their journal to sign.  Student may fill it out on notebook paper if they have lost the originals.

The fundraiser will be delivered Tuesday October 4, 2011.  Please make arrangements to pick it up and deliver or store that night.  Remember, cookie dough and cheese must be refridgerated.

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7th & 8th Grade General Music

We are focusing this week on music history.

Students are currently reading about Antiquity and the Middle Ages.  They will read for information and do questions.  We will grade these on Wednesday if everyone completes their work.

We will then begin the Renaissance Period.  Students will read for information and answer questions.  We will discuss the changes historically as well as musically from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

We will direct our efforts to the Constitution of the United States.  I will have a sub.  Students will watch school house rock.  This DVD has our countries history put to music.  I love it because you really do learn about history from music.  Students will be expected to watch and listen without being a distraction and do a short written assignment.

We will continue our study of music history for the next two weeks.  Students need to really concentrate of being good readers.

Our fundraiser will arrive Tuesday October 4, 2011.  Please make arrangements to pick it up after school and either deliver it or store it.  Remember, cookie dough and cheese must be refridgerated.  Thanks for your help.

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September 6, 2011

6th Grade Band

Mid Terms will be going out the week of September 6th.  Be on the look out.

Practice journals are due each Friday.  We have turned two in so far.  The next is due Friday Sept. 9.  I will accept Sept. 2nd journal until Wednesday September 7, 2011.  Please remind your child to turn it in.

Students must practice more at home.  I will be staying after school on Tuesdays for beginners starting Tuesday Sept. 12.  They will come to me at the 3:10 bell and work until 4:30.  Students must have a ride at 4:30PM or they cannot stay.  

Have them play a song for you.  Check to see if they have learned the first three notes.

The fundraiser will be in October 4, 2011.  Parents will need to pick up the items after school and begin delivering them.  We need to get the money in to the middle school by Friday of that week.  Checks need to be made to HCMS.  Thanks for selling and helping support the music program at HCMS.

Thanks for your help.  We are off and running and don't want to leave anyone behind.  Please make sure your child is practicing.

 The Christmas concert is Sunday December 11, 2011 at 2:00PM at the high school auditorium.  Warm up is at 1:00  Put this on  your calendars.

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7th & 8th Grade Advanced Band

Auditions for chairs is this Friday Sept. 9. for 8th grade and Tuesday September 13 for 7th grade.  Students were assigned their part the week before labor day break and should be working on it.

The fundraiser will be in October 4, 2011.  Parents will need to pick up the items after school and begin delivering them.  We need to get the money in to the middle school by Friday of that week.  Checks need to be made to HCMS.  Thanks for selling and helping support the music program at HCMS.

Two practice journals have already been turned in.  Students who forgot theirs on Friday Sept. 2 can turn them in on Tuesday Sept. 6 or Wednesday Sept. 7.  Our next journal is due Sept. 9.

We are beginning to look at Christmas music.  Our concert is Sunday December, 11, 2010 at 2:00PM.  All students in the 7th and 8th grade band must wear a white button down long sleeved dress shirt and black pants, dark shoes socks and belt.  We will be wearing ties.  Ladies can wear a man's shirt so that it buttons all the way up the collar.  Warm up is at 1:00PM in the high school auditorium.

I will be staying after school on Thursdays starting Sept. 8.  Students will come to me at the 3:10 bell and stay until 4:30.  Students who do not have rides should not stay.  This is not mandatory and is open to anyone who feels they need help.

I am also staying after with beginners on Tuesdays and have asked that advance band students help if they can.  We are also staying until 4:30.  Again, it is not mandatory.  Students wishing to help must abide by my guidelines and be mature instructors who want to help their fellow students.  Students not working well will not be allowed to stay.

 I am working on classroom behavior.  I ask that students be respectful of their classmates and me during class.  We need to keep talking down and work harder.  I will be sending home discipline slips for some who continually talk.  Please make your child aware that you support me and them in making this happen.

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7th & 8th Grade General Music

We will be having a test on Thursday over Melody.

Please utilize the study guide and learn the terminology.  It will be multiple choice.  Make sure you review your notes.

We will be playing review jeopardy on Tuesday to prepare for the test.

Friday we will begin Harmony.  Do you bellringers and keep up with classroom work.  

Mid Terms go out on Sept. 8 or 9th of this week.  Parents look for them.

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