What a gorgeous fall!
What have we accomplished so far this year? We've had our first big, successful concert. We've kept a record of practice, with a second one on the way. We had a very successful fundraiser, and we had our first of four playing assessments. So, what is coming up?
Middle Level Honors Orchestra Recordings - Almost Done!
We will hopefully finish these recordings this week, and find out results December 8th, which isn't too far away. 6th or 7th grade students, if you didn't have a chance to prepare or wanted to audition but couldn't, let's make a goal to get ready and prepared to audition next year. MLHO is a great opportunity to perform with other middle school students around the state at an advanced and challenging level.
Cookie Dough Fundraiser - Pick Up on Friday, November 18th
Conway freight will be dropping off items at Simle from the fundraiser to be ready for you to pick up after school. Prizes can be picked up at the same time. Having never done this before, I have been asking where parents and family can go to pick up the goods, and it sounds like will either happen in the cafeteria or outside on the field. Thank you for your hard work, students and parents! I was able to purchase some new music as well as a cello rack, and eighth graders, you were able to put away some money for the NYC 2018 tour.
Our next practice record (under Resources) and playing assessment (under Assessments) will be posted soon, hopefully by the end of this week. I always take time to go over the material with students and post reminders on our classroom whiteboard. So that we are all aware, my philosophy as a teacher is to allow redo's and late work, as long as it is accomplished with the high standard that I expect of my students.
Our next concert is Tuesday, December 13th and will comprise of students from grades 4-8 in the Simle Gymnasium. This is always a fun concert for the elementary students and all families to see the progress made in such a short time. The concert will start at 7:00 PM and while concert dress remains the same (black), students are allowed to wear colorful accents or Santa hats in keeping with the holiday spirit.
If you have any questions, as always, please contact me. I feel sometimes like I'm treading water, but I do try my best to respond to your questions in a timely manner. Have a great day!