Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Disney Parent Meeting

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

The mandatory Disney parent meeting is Thursday, April 26th at 7pm in the Durham Theater for all parents. Students may attend also. One of our Assistant Principals, Shannon Thorpe, will be attending the meeting (as well as the trip) along with our travel agent, Mark Drury, to discuss important information. We will also make sure that everyone is squared away with paperwork, along with handing out an itinerary, packing list, etc. 

DISNEY CHAPERONES: your meeting is the same day an hour earlier at 6pm in the Chorus room. Students are NOT allowed to attend that meeting. If you are bringing your child, they must wait outside of the chorus room until the general meeting starts at 7. 

Thank you!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Jamboree 6th Grade

Dear 6th Grade Parents,

Your child's Jamboree concert at Harrison is Tuesday! Please make sure your child brings the following items to school Tuesday:

1. A folding music stand if they have one ~ labeled with their name
2. Instrument ~ labeled with their name (Cellos who have their own instrument need to bring their cello tuesday morning to school!)
3. Rock stop (cello and bass only) and shoulder rest (violin and viola) ~ labeled with their name 
3. Music Binder
4. DMS Music Polo, nice Jeans, and closed toe shoes (Please wear this to school, tennis shoes are fine) 

Chaperones, please arrive at Durham by 3:45 for a brief meeting, and make sure you have a way to get back to your car! Students will depart from Durham by county transportation after school. This is a one way trip to Harrison. You will need to provide transportation after the performance. Rehearsal for the concert begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Harrison High School gymnasium. There will
be a short supper break from 6:30 until 7:15. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m.
Parents: Please arrive no later than 7:20 p.m. so you may hear our performance. Please
allow plenty of time to find parking. If your child is using a school cello or bass, you will be responsible for returning the instrument back to Durham after the concert Wednesday morning. (if you need to return an instrument Tuesday night, please email us back.)  ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE A RIDE AT HARRISON BY 8PM! Please come attend their concert if you can! :) Email us if you have any questions or concerns. 

Thank you so much!

Jennifer Aikey and Selena Sanchez

Friday, March 2, 2018

LGPE Information

LGPE will be hosted at McEachern HS on March 12th and 13th

2018 LGPE Itinerary for the day of your evaluation 

Homeroom: Bring instrument and Formal Uniform to school (and lunch if not ordering CFA). (Remember to label)

 7th Grade: Monday, March 12
10:30am Depart Durham
11:00 Unload
11:30 Eat Lunch/Change
12:40 Unpack and Tune
1:00 Warm Up
1:30 Perform
2:00 Sight-reading
2:30 Depart McEachern
3:15 Arrival at Durham

8th Grade: Tuesday, March 13
11:00am Depart Durham
11:30am Unload, eat lunch
11:40 Eat Lunch/Change
1:35 Unpack/Tune
2:00 Warm Up
2:45 Perform
3:15 Sight-reading
3:45 Pack and Listen to 2 groups
5:00 Depart McEachern
5:30 Arrival at Durham

Things to consider:
1.  Students should get a good night of sleep the night before evaluations.
2.  Make sure instrument cases and uniforms/garment bags are labeled. Keep a record of your instrument’s serial number (located on the inside of the instrument).

3.  Encourage your child to practice at home!  We are counting on every member of the orchestra to do his or her part in being prepared for our evaluation. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

7th and 8th Grade Updates

Hello 7th and 8th Grade Parents,

Our Pre-LGPE concert is tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7pm. Please have your child at Durham by 6:30pm for sign-in and tuning. 8th Grade will perform first. 7th grade Parents, you will find this concert to be very informative and helpful in understanding the LGPE process. :)

Also, McEachern's Orchestra is doing an awesome thing in helping provide lunch the day of LGPE. Your child should bring in $8 BY THE END OF THIS WEEK to the safe if they would like to purchase a Chick Fil A lunch, which includes a CFA sandwich, chips, cookie, and water bottle. If your child does not want to order a CFA lunch, they should bring a lunch the day of LGPE. (March 12 for 7th Grade, March 13th for 8th Grade). Tomorrow night's program will have detailed information on those specific dates and times. 

We also need chaperones for March 12 (7th Grade) and March 13 (8th Grade). If you can chaperone, please email me back and let me know! 

Thank you all for your support!! 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

8th Grade Annoucements

Dear 8th grade parents,

Your child will be receiving their playing test assignment today as we prepare for LGPE. Your child's playing test is on specified measures of "M to the Third Power," which is the most challenging piece on their program. Please make sure they are practicing this at home or coming in for early morning practice to work on this! They will record this test on Charms, due Friday, February 16 (right before Feb break!). 

Students auditioning for Honor Orchestra: don't forget that auditions are this Saturday at Dodgen!

The final Disney payment was actually due last week (oops!). It is only $25. Please check your accounts to ensure that you have paid $725 if your child is going to Disney. We are so looking forward to their trip.

Please also make sure you have Tuesday, February 27th on your calendar, which is their Pre-LGPE concert at Durham at 7pm. The dress is casual for this preview concert and 8th grade will perform first.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Dear 6th Grade Parents,

The ASO field trip is tomorrow!  Students will wear Durham White Polo shirts and school appropriate pants (preferably jeans, NO shorts) and closed toe/heel shoes.  

Students will report to theater at the first period bell and we will depart at 10:00.  We will watch the concert and arrive back at the school at approximately 1:00 PM. Students will eat Chick Fil A (if they ordered it), change clothes and then go to their classes.  

Chaperone need to meet in the theater for a meeting at 9:00 am. 

Please make sure that they bring a beverage to eat with their Chick Fil A. 

Thank you,

Jennifer Aikey and Selena Sanchez

Monday, January 29, 2018

Practice Logs and 6th ASO Trip

Dear Parents,

If you have a 7th or 8th Grade student, your child should have hopefully brought their instrument home over the weekend OR are planning to come in for early morning practice, as they have a practice log due on Thursday. I handed this out to them this past Thursday. There is a section of this practice log where they are asked to write down any feedback from family or friends, so encourage your child to practice a little bit in front of you. :) You should initial next to the amount of minutes they practice each day, and if they practice 4 times for at least 20 minutes, they will receive a 100. (15 points off for each day less than 4.) They have received ALL the music for performance evaluations (LGPE) upcoming in March, so they have a LOT to work on! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to let me know...and keep encouraging them to take their instrument home!

6th Grade Parents: If your child is planning on attending the ASO trip, it is this Friday! More details will come later, but please make sure your child eats a good breakfast on Friday, since they won't have lunch until around 1:30pm Friday. The 6th Grade students do not participate in LGPE, so they are working on learning more notes on their instrument to be ready for our awesome West Cobb Jamboree concert in late March! They are doing an AWESOME job!