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May 12, 2020

Hey guys! We are excited to see you the next three days as you come to the building to get your personal items. Mr. B. or Ms. Hardy will be in the orchestra room (change from the atrium) if you need to get your orchestra notebook, lost and found items in our room, AND most importantly 8th graders-your trip t-shirts. Remember, every 8th grader is receiving the maroon word search shirt if you did not get it back in March. 

Sadly, it has to be quick and you are asked to exit the building through the E-wing doors (by the chorus room). So, if you need to come by, make it your last stop after lockers, PE, lost and found. Remember, no parents are to enter the building with you so plan ahead with a large bag or something to carry your items with you. 

Rising 7th/8th:  If you choose to not come to the orchestra room, all notebooks that are left will be collected from lockers and saved for the fall. This way, you can grab it from the bunch and have it ready to go. 

We hope everyone is doi...

May 7, 2020

Some families have emailed asking about accessing the building. Mr. Hill sent out information in last week's Junior Raider Report, along with the schedule for accessing the building next week. Here is the information in case you missed it. PLEASE watch the JRR for details and read info document carefully. This is the only time you will be able to get into the building. 

Junior Raider Report

Building Access Info

May 7, 2020

School Visit: I hope you have seen the information regarding the opportunity to access and retrieve your personal items from the building. Please note, you have a very limited time frame and no parents are permitted in the building. That being said, make your game plan and know what you need to access. Any instruments that were found in lockers have been delivered with the exception of ONE (no name, incorrect locker assignment...). If you may still have your violin/viola at school, email Ms. Hardy and I will attempt to locate and get it to you. All instruments have been delivered to student homes within the past week. It was lovely seeing many of you!!

8th Grade T-shirts and all class music notebooks: Shirts will be labeled and ready for pickup as 8th graders walk through the atrium to lockers. We will also have 8th grade notebooks only in the atrium. We would like to leave all 6th and 7th grade notebooks in the room. If you are a 6/7 grader and really want your notebook now instead of...

April 28, 2020

Attention Rising 8th graders,

 If you are interested in applying for Yearbook or VA Comp (high school level art), please acknowledge the deadlines below. Be aware, either of these classes will take one connection spot, with orchestra as your other connection. There is no flexibility of movement between classes once you are in one of the classes below. This means you would NOT participate in the rotation of other connections (PE, Music Tech, Business, Health). 

Hi, 7th Grade families!  We have two application deadlines approaching (May 8th).  If your student is interested in applying for our 8th Grade High School VA Comp connections class or our 8th Grade Yearbook connection class, please see the reminders below:

  • VA Comp applications will still be due by May 8th but will now be taken digitally.  Please do your best to take clear photos of the artwork and include these photos with the application.  Applications should be emailed to Mrs. Bronzino (Carole.Bro...

April 27, 2020

Grading Quarter Four: Unless otherwise instructed by the district, here is how grading will stand for orchestra this final quarter:

1. Students will not receive a lower grade than what they had at the end of quarter 3 (March 13). This currently shows in grade book. 

2. Students are highly  encouraged to continue with orchestra activities. These grades will be entered, but will only count if higher than your quarter 3 grade. Please do not freak out if you didn't do as well as you'd like on assignments this quarter. We simply want you to continue learning in some format for orchestra. There are students who still have done absolutely nothing for us this quarter, and that's okay. However, there are students that are continuing their musical instruction now will be more prepared when we return to school next year. If you have the ability, please strongly consider accessing the digital learning tab on the website and continuing your musical instruction. 

3. If your quarter four grade...

April 27, 2020

Refund Update:  A handful of you have emailed regarding refunds for the Universal trip. I moved as quickly as I could on my end weeks ago. We are awaiting the refund check from Universal, which informed us could be 6-8 weeks (this was about 4 weeks ago). Our bookkeeper is doing what she can to stay on top of the mail collection from the post office and processing any refund checks that come in. As soon as I have information on when your checks are processed, I will let you know. 

Nashville Refunds (Chamber):  Are currently being processed. These were easier because we hadn't yet paid for the majority of trip expenses since it was much further out than the Universal trip.

When can I get my instrument from school? Trust me, I would have loved for instruments to be in hands the first week we were out. However, this is a district decision. I have zero control over this decision. Our admin team will let us know of the soonest days and times when possible. It is frustrating for...

April 21, 2020

Final Call: If you attending the ASO concert with us this year and have NOT yet completed the refund link, please do so this week. After this week, we can no longer offer the refund option as we need to close out the account. *If you received an email stating you need to respond and requested a refund, please resubmit. Names were not included on the recent round of submissions, therefore we cannot tell who requested the refund. This only applies to those completing the form in the past two weeks, a personal email was sent to you. 

April 14, 2020

Hey musicians! We are having a group tuning guided tour on Wednesday, April 15th at 10:30am. This is open to any and all students who want some guidance in tuning. Even if you ARE in tune, join us in case you want knowledge in case you need to get in tune later. I can also post a video to reference later on. Many have emailed, happy to help via a personal Zoom. 

**Super helpful tip: download the free tuning all PanoTuner. Have this nearby during our tuning lesson. See you then!

Topic: Tuning Lesson

Time: Apr 15, 2020 10:30 AM 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 943 3845 6907

Password: 7p3VMq

April 9, 2020

Hello Orchestra Families! I hope you are having a peaceful spring break. We have had some concerned musicians and families in regards to keeping playing abilities up and progressing. We are doing whatever we can to help maintain the musical skills you have learned this year. We have two options to offer:

1. 10-15 minute Zoom lesson by one of your current orchestra teachers. We can review anything in the book, assist with any other material you have, or make some recommendations on music to work on. After spring break, we will post a signup genius with 15 minute time slots for anyone interested.

2. Private Zoom lessons by a string teacher other than Hardy or Bitinas. These private Zoom lessons would be approximately 30 minutes in length and cost $25. These lessons are highly recommended for students wanting to progress on their instrument, have musical goals such as auditioning for chamber orchestra this fall, or auditioning up in the Walton Orchestra program (it's never too early 7th gra...

April 3, 2020

To ALL of our orchestra family: please remember you are just that, FAMILY to us. Although we cannot be together right now, we are always here and are missing you a ton. You are important and we care about you so very, very much. If you need to reach us for any reason, please do not hesitate. This too shall pass... 

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