Please note that there is a cell phone number for Ms. Botkin for emergency purposes while we are at the park.
For 6th/7th graders coming to Cedar Valley MS in 2017-2018
This week your student was given an order form for tickets to the March 4th McNeil Band and Guard Pancake Breakfast. Our band program receives $5 from each ticket sold before the breakfast using these forms, so please look for the form, fill it out, and join the McNeil Band at this fun event!! Feel free to take orders from friends and neighbors as well. Orders will be filled at school and sent home with your student. Please make checks out to McNeil Band Boosters.
This year’s breakfast will be held from 7:00-11:00 am Saturday, March 4 at St. Philip’s United Methodist Church on Great Oaks Dr. near Cedar Valley Middle School. There will also be a bake sale and a huge silent auction at the event. A slideshow showing high school band activities will be running throughout the morning, and the McNeil Drumline is currently scheduled to perform at 9:00 am with the Jazz Band following at 10:00 am. Other student ensembles will be performing as well.
It should be a lot of fun, so please come out, support our band program, and order your tickets today! 🙂
If you have any questions or want to make other arrangements to obtain tickets, please contact Lana Harris firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-733-0063.
You can access the order form here.
1. Practice Logs! From here on out the students will be graded on how much they practice. This will be logged in MusicFirst. I’ve shown the students how to do it in class, but if they’re having trouble accessing them, please let me know and I can get you on track!
Here is the grading rubric for practice logs:
140 min or greater 110
110-139 min 100
90-109 min 93
70-89 min 86
50-69 min 79
1-49 min 72
0 or Unsubmitted 0
Practice logs are assigned on Fridays and due on the following Thursday. Full credit is given for a practice log that is turned in ON TIME and has at least 4 days of practice. 10 points are deducted for every day late or less than four.
Since the students are doing practice logs, you should see instruments coming home very often!
2) Music Passoffs! Every week the students will have 3 passoffs to complete. They will be assigned on Friday, Monday and Tuesday. These will be done through MusicFirst, which will redirect them to PracticeFirst. Please make sure you are following the tempo directions. Once again, I’ve shown students how to do this in class. Feel free to email me if you have any problems.
We recommend you do these with a computer, but you can actually do it with a tab or smart phone. If you’re using an iPad or iPhone, please use the musicfirst app instead of your browser. The app is FREE!
I’m very excited to see how far the students have come in just 6 weeks. The first concert on Friday, December 2nd is going to be amazing!