June 1 – 5 is Final Week of Band/Orch for ’19-’20

INSTRUMENT/MATERIAL RETURN: If you are an 8th grader, or a 6th or 7th grader who will not be continuing with band/orchestra in 2020 – 2021, and you have a school- or district-owned instrument/materials in your possession, fill out this web form as soon as possible, and bring everything you need to return to MMS on Monday, June 1st between 1:00 and 5:00 PM. Here are the procedures for the instrument/material return. See this post below for further details.

FINAL WEEK: June 1 – 5 will be the final week in which band/orchestra assignments will be given. After you’ve completed this week’s classwork, you’re done for the school year! I will NOT be assigning anything to be done on June 8th or 9th, which are technically the last two days of the school year. Additionally, this will be the last week of office hours and music chat. If you know you need help on any of this week’s assignments early in the week, stop in to the Zoom office hour on Tuesday rather than waiting until Thursday. I would love to get a big turnout for the last music chat as well!

GRADES: I have been gathering grades over the past few weeks on my own in Google Sheets so that I’ll have a permanent record of what was done during distance learning by each student. With the end of the school year looming, I will be slowly but surely entering them into PowerSchool. One of the many reasons that I won’t be assigning any work for June 8th or 9th is because I plan to dedicate those days entirely for grade input.

LATE SUBMISSIONS: If you’re going to get some late classwork in from previous weeks of distance learning, I’d highly recommend doing it by June 5th. SmartMusic, NoteFlight, Sight Reading Factory, and Google Classroom are not integrated with one another, and they’re definitely not tied into PowerSchool. Keep in mind that there are four separate classes and six weeks’ worth of assignments on each of those platforms. Therefore, it’s unlikely I’ll have time to trawl through each assignment of each class on each platform (a.k.a. “the haystack”) to find your late completion (a.k.a. “the needle”).

SUMMER HOLDS: If you’re in 6th or 7th grade and you plan on continuing with band/orchestra as your elective in 2020 – 2021 and you have school- or district-owned instruments/materials in your possession, please complete this web form to register your instruments/materials for a summer hold. Due to the COVID-19 situation, students in this situation can simply hold onto school- or district-owned materials over the summer and bring them back when school resumes in the fall.

SRHS MUSIC ZOOM MEETING: 8th graders, if you are taking music classes at SRHS, don’t forget to register for the important informational meeting happening on Zoom on Monday, June 8th at 7:00 PM. Students and at least one parent should “attend” the meeting. PLEASE NOTE: You need to register for this meeting in order to “attend” it! See the post below for the registration link.