Common Times" Weekly Newsletter 3/14-3/18
March 14th - Percussion Ensemble Concert @6:00pm at Arend Arts Center
March 17th - Fundraiser Ends
March 21-25 - Spring Break
March 28th - 8th Grade Sectionals Resume
April 1st-15th - Naturals Tickets on sale
April 27 - Bentonville 7th & 8th Grade Bands Combined Performance at Arkansas Naturals Game
Greetings Wildcat Band Family,
It was a BAND-TASTIC week for our band students! 7th graders continue to work hard, improve and tackle challenging new concepts. Our 8th grade band performed at the ASBOA Region Concert Assessment on Thursday and did incredibly well!! For this event we work on music that we must pick from a list. We are required to play grade 1 music for our classification (Music is graded 1-6). We played all grade 2 and earned superior (highest rating) from all 3 judges on stage as well as from our judge in sightreading which qualifies us to earn the sweepstakes award! Please congratulate your students on a superior performance made possible by superior preparation.
We will NOT have any sectionals or rehearsals after school this week. But we would LOVE to see our band family in attendance Monday night for the Bentonville Schools "Night of Percussion" Ensemble concerts beginning at 6:00pm at the Arend.
8th Grade Band Sectional will resume after spring break following a slightly modified schedule for 2 weeks due to 5th grade instrument testing nights that I will be involved in.
We also have one added performance that we are excited about. On April 27th the 7th and 8th grade bands from all 4 junior highs will combine to perform some pep music pre game of an Arkansas Natural's Baseball Game. More details coming after spring break!
We have changed the 7th Grade Silver Dollar City trip to May 7th to coincide with the Jazz Band Festival in Branson due to transportation issues on our original April date.
To review a complete copy of our calendar until the end of the year, you can find it here.
Our fundraiser will end this Thursday, March 17th. Please be sure to return money and paper orders no later than 3:30pm on this date. Online orders are due by close of business on March 18th so the fundraising team can process orders over spring break and get the products delivered as soon as as possible.
Even if you don't plan to sell any product, please consider creating the online account. If we have 50% of our students create an online account (even if they don't sell anything) the band is entered into a drawing to win $2,500 to help with the purchase of new instruments, assisting families financially with band related expenses, helping to cover the costs of transportation to events, band feeds, private lessons and band camp scholarships.
Homework Assignments this Week
There will be no homework assignments nor practice records due this week since it is the last week of the 3rd quarter. Students should use this time to turn in any missing assignments by Friday night. Grades are up to date as of 9:30am Sunday morning.
Students should, however, be practicing assignments given in class. Any day students arrive to class unprepared there could very well be a pop quiz during class to determine level of individual preparedness between classes.
7th Grade Band Family
The first week of August, the 8th grade band (currently 7th graders) will have 1 sectional and 1 full band rehearsal to knock off the summer rust, start preparing for the school year, and learn all of the pep music we will perform at pep rallies, Natural's Game, and other public performances the first quarter. Like last year 7th graders (current 6th graders) are welcome to attend!
I have spoken with all the coaches at WJHS and have crafted a schedule that does not overlap with any other activity that week and gives students some time between activities for those who are involved in multiple ones that practice this week.
These sectionals and rehearsals are essential as we will not learn this music once school starts. We will clean it up but not learn any of it from scratch. So please, put these dates on your calendar so your band student can be there.
August 1st 12:00p-3:30p: Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba Sectional.
August 2nd 12:00p-3:30p: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Trumpet Sectional.
August 3rd 12:00p-3:30p: Percussion Sectional
August 4th 12:00p-3:30p: Full Band Rehearsal
We will be using a program called "Band" app to communicate important reminders and updates. T
his is similar to Remind 101 but better suited for groups such as band. This also allows us to share photos and videos that we may not want public on our social media channels. Lastly, it is a one stop location for access to our calendar and other resources.
Click here to enroll in the 8th grade band updates: https://band.us/n/ada9685fD2mex
Click here to enroll in the 7th grade band updates: https://band.us/n/a5ad635eDbN7p
Click here to enroll in the Jazz Band updates: https://band.us/n/aea0675fD9N23
Grading Reminders (Click to expand)
"N" =I have received nothing from the student on that assignment. It factors as a zero but the student can still turn it in.
"Z" = The student turned something in but it was either the wrong assignment or did not meet minimum expectations to earn credit.
If your student desires to raise their grade they can do 2 things:
*Turn in missing assignments.
*Redo assignments with lower grades and turn back in. Students should ALWAYS read/watch/listen to feedback. Great care is taken to help each and every student grow from where they are. MANY times, I provide specific examples and exercises or additional resources for individual students to use to improve themselves. This is THE purpose of assignments.; for students to get better as an individual through specific feedback. The grade in and of itself is irrelevant. If I could give feedback without a grade, I absolutely would. Individual student growth is the only thing that matters. When growth happens via feedback, the grade takes care of itself.
It is important to review our calendar dates for the spring. The most updated calendar can be found linked here.
PRIVATE LESSONS ARE AWESOME! They are designed to be fun, engaging, supportive and focused on the individual student.
We have an awesome partnership with Arkansas Music Conservatory where your student can take a lesson or two on US to see what private lessons can do for your band student! We have set aside $1000 for lessons this year. We can also help pay for additional lessons and offset the cost of lessons for families who need financial assistance in this area.
Who should take private lessons:
Advanced students who need to be pushed and challenged
Students who need some 1-on-1 assistance to learn and master concepts covered in class
Students who were not in class the last year and a half due to covid.
Students who just began playing this year
Students who want to get better
To sign up for a free lesson:
Contact Mr. Jones so he can track who is taking the exploratory lessons
Contact Arkansas Music Conservatory to setup a lesson 479-268-3307 call or 479-430-2226 text
Support the WJHS Band AND make your life easier! It's a win-win for everyone. Fundshine is an online service that allows you to purchase paper and plastic goods that will shipped directly to your home. Spot checking prices come in a little cheaper than from local stores plus a portion of sales comes back to the band twice a year. Even better, you can sign up to have recurring shipments so you get set it up and forget about it. Also, family and friends can use this service anywhere in the US! :)
Check it out by going to www.fundshine.org,support the band and make sure your pantry is always stocked!
To stay in the know be sure to follow us on your social media platform of choice: Facebook, Instagram or Twitter - @wjhswildcatband and/or at www.wjhswildcatband.com
If you have any questions or concerns, please never hesitate to reach out. We are partners in your student's growth and need to work together for them to be as successful as possible.
Have a band-tastic week everyone!