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March 29, 2020

Rising 8th Graders: If you are interested in Visual Arts Comp class next year as an 8th grader, check out Ms. Bronzino's blog.

Please note: This is a high school level class taken ALL YEAR as your second connection where you will receive high school credit. If accepted, you would attend this class as one connection and orchestra as your other connection for the entire school year. If you are in VA Comp you cannot be in yearbook, as this also takes up a connection as well. 

March 27, 2020

Hey Kiddos! I am going to open an optional Zoom if you need anything or have any questions. I helped one of our 6th graders tune her violin today (she did awesome!). The invite is below, pop in sometime during the half hour if you need help tuning. It's super helpful to download the tuning app: PanoTuner or something similar and have it nearby. Happy to walk you through it and help adjust the best I can. 

 If you can't make it or want to request help before then, shoot me an email and we can set something up.

Topic: Tuning needs

Time: Monday, March 30, 2020 10:00 AM 

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https://zoom.us/j/7974708357

Meeting ID: 797 470 8357

8th Grade Trip Refund Update: A few parents have emailed regarding trip refunds. It has honestly consumed my past work week (along with keeping my two elementary kiddos on task). We are doing our best to do what we can at the moment. To put it in perspective: Universal Studios alone has informed us it will be 6-8 weeks before they can issue us ...

March 27, 2020

You've done a great job this week folks! We are proud of your dedication to keeping up your craft. Thank you for your patience as we are navigating new musical experiences. A few tips going forward: Smart Music is for people who have instruments, instead of or in addition to the alternate assignments. If you cannot get Smart Music to work properly, stick to the alternate assignments. 

Smart Music Tips: Be sure you are not attempting to use it on a phone, doesn't work so well. Also, use Chrome as your browser if possible.

Going Forward:  We are going to offer a few selections for each level/instrument, without smart music. Assessments will potentially be sent via a google form and eventually, a flip grid. Those without instruments can stick to the alternate assignments.

Hang in there! Stay happy and healthy. Get outside! We have been so fortunate to have wonderful weather. My next door neighbor plays viola in 6th grade at another middle school. He missed his concert this past week so we ha...

March 23, 2020

All Classes: Welcome to week two of online orchestra! We are so proud of the effort you are putting in at home. This week, we are encouraging those who have instruments to play as much as possible. You will continue to have a Friday turn-in with small daily activities/assignments. Those who are playing will have more practice time incorporated, others more writing activities.

**Please be sure you have registered for Smart Music. Stay on top of your assignments in the Digital Learning tab. The quizlets this week will begin with smaller, more focused chunking of words to help students review specific areas/groupings of vocabulary. Let's take advantage of this time to really wrap our heads around some of these terms.

As always, please feel free to contact a director with any questions or concerns. Happy learning!

March 19, 2020

Happy Spring! 

We hope everyone is healthy and enjoying time at home, getting outside to enjoy this beautiful weather. Her are some updates as we are closing out week one of digital learning:

1. Students should have the "routine" down. Each day, a short assignment is posted on the digital learning page. Students decide how to best log their work: either a notebook, word doc, etc. not turning it in.  On FRIDAY: the cumulative assessment for the entire week will be collected, posted as the Friday assignment. This is where you may want to reference your work from the week. If you have questions, please email a director. This is the one and only item you need to turn in at this point for each week.

2. Going forward: if you do not have an instrument at home, you may want to strongly consider reaching out to a music store to rent one (call them before you try to visit). We are going to begin posting more performance/playing checks that students will need to submit videos to a director. Assignme...

March 17, 2020

Hey everyone, PLEASE do not email your assignments to us. With almost 500 students in orchestra 6-8, it would flood our inboxes and make assessing nearly impossible. On Friday, you will submit a form that includes a little assessment from each day of the week. You keep track at home of your progress each day. We appreciate the enthusiasm, but please no more emails with assignments. Thanks and stay healthy!

March 17, 2020

All Classes:  Please be sure you are logging in EVERY day to complete the daily assignment. Each FRIDAY, students will complete and submit ONE form with components from the daily assignments of the week. Please do no submit or email an assignment each day.

We hope you are hanging in there! Please be sure to check out the two links added to the Digital Learning page. The Music Games page can keep you entertained and motivated for hours, great practice of note reading and counting (no alto clef, sorry violas).

March 15, 2020

All classes:  While we are out of school, students are expected to have class time each day. Please refer to the Digital Learning tab for a new assignment each day. We highly encourage you stick to a "class schedule" each day to stay on top of assignments and not allow material to pile up. Orchestra assignments do not require students to have an instrument, although it is encouraged that students still practice as much as possible. On occasion, a performance option will be offered as an alternate assignment. Please reach out to a director via the Contact page with any questions or concerns. Emails will be checked throughout the day. 

Walton Auditions:  Please check the Walton Orchestra website for updates on submitting auditions. 

8th Trip Update: The district has currently called off all trips. We are looking into the potential of rescheduling it to a later time this school year if possible. Please stay tuned for updates. 

March 9, 2020

8th Grade Trip Families: We are still planning on attending the 8th grade trip until we are told otherwise by the district. The following information is from the Cobb County School District pertaining to travel:

Student Travel:  Currently, travel scheduled within the US or for areas not identified as high risk will proceed as planned. We have communicated with all travel companies utilized by the district to ensure they follow the same CDC and/or DPH recommendations.

At this time, there are no trip refunds as stated in the trip handbook if you should elect to remove your child from the trip. 

March 4, 2020

6th Graders! What a fantastic performance last night. We are beyond proud of your musicianship and poise. Well done!! One more concert to go...

8th Grade Trip:  Many students still have not turned in overnight permission forms. Please get these in by this Friday. Trip packing list has been updated and is posted under "Events" tab. We have your two trip shirts that you will receive the week of the trip to pack. 

Luggage Drop: Thursday, March 25th from 4:15-6pm.  A parent or older sibling may drop your luggage and prescription meds with forms. Pillows, blankets, backpacks, etc can be brought the next day if desired. 

*You will be attending the first two classes of the day on Thursday, please plan for this. 

Chamber: Rehearsal Monday, March 9th

Final Concert Dates: 

Chamber: April 22nd at Walton

6th: May 12th

7/8: May 14th 

The end is coming quickly! Give it your best!

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