Monday, May 1, 2017

Concert Mania!

Ford Evening in the Garden (fiddlers only)
Tuesday, May 2
Students stay after school and are transported by bus to Ford Elementary. We perform from 5:45-6:15pm. The Fiddlers will come back to Durham via bus. Students must have a ride back at Durham by 6:25pm.

6th Grade Orchestra, Fiddlers, and Cello Choir
When: Wednesday, May 3
Time: Students Report by 6:30 PM, Concert is at 7:00 PM
Where: Durham TheaterUniform for 6th Grade: DMS White Polo shirt, Black Dress Pants/Floor Length Skirt, Black Dress ShoesFiddlers: Green Fiddlers shirt, Jeans (no shorts!!)

Cello Choir: Blue Cello Choir shirts, Jeans (no shorts!!)

7th Grade Orchestra and 8th Grade Orchestra
When: Thursday, May 4
Time: Students Report by 6:30 PM, Concert is at 7:00 PM
Where: Durham Theater

Uniform: Tuxedos and Black Gowns, Black Dress Shoes

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Last Minute Disney Reminders

Last Minute Reminders for the Disney Trip

REPORT TO DURHAM NO LATER THAN 5:30 AM, PREFERABLY ARRIVING AT 5AM.  Chaperones MUST be at Durham by 5am. The sooner we get on the road, the sooner you get into the park.  Put luggage/instruments/case and water in designated areas outside. Go into theater and sit in chaperone groups. (Parents, this is a good time to meet your child's chaperone if you have not already.) Students, use the restroom before we leave.  The buses depart at 6:00 am sharp! Set multiple alarms if needed and pack EVERYTHING you can tonight!!

MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD BRINGS ANY NEEDED MEDICATIONS!! We will not have their medicines from school. so PLEASE make sure they bring their medicines, ESPECIALLY rescue items such as Epi-pens or inhalers. Please make sure to bring any needed medical forms as well. I have attached all forms in case you need another.

(The rest of this email was sent in a handout to students)

We are going immediately to Hollywood Studios when we arrive in Orlando. All items going into park, including money, sunscreen, etc., need to be on the bus with you.  You will not have access to suitcases when we arrive. We will give you the string bag Wednesday before departure so that you may organize your items.  

No pajamas are allowed on bus or public areas. Do not come to breakfast in the motel in your pajamas.

Always be quiet and listen when an adult is speaking.

No gum is allowed on bus. We keep our own buses clean, therefore, if you make a mess, you clean it up.

Remember to drink, drink, drink, water. You do not want to get dehydrated and get sick.

No flip flops are allowed in the park.  This is a safety issue.

Rest area stops are for restrooms ONLY. Do NOT go to concessions. Bring your snacks/drinks with you.

Band and orchestra students only need their instruments/supplies. No music or stands are needed.

Due to federal regulations for bus drivers, once you get off the bus at night, the buses are unavailable.  Please make sure you have everything.

Please bring only one small suitcase and one carry on bag per student.

Please bring G or PG DVD’s for bus.

We need one case of water per family. Just bring it tomorrow morning. Thank you!!

Please do not bring iPads, computers, or any device larger than a phone or mp3 player.

Bring a portable cell phone charger/cords for the park. Keep your phones charged!!

Please eat healthy while at the hotel and at the park.

Go to bed early and get plenty of sleep tonight!!

You are required to HAVE FUN!!

If you have any additional questions or concerns, PLEASE contact me today. We will be extremely busy in the morning loading buses and taking care of items. Thank you,

Jennifer Aikey

Monday, March 20, 2017

8th Grade Night at Harrison

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

8th Grade Night at Harrison will be on Thursday, March 30th at 7:00pm. Students will need to get a ride to Harrison after school at 5 if possible and will need to be picked up by 8pm. Please attend the concert if you can. This concert is graded but is NOT a part of the Disney contract since the date was changed for this concert. Students will be fed a FREE pizza dinner. Thank you,

Jennifer Aikey

Friday, March 17, 2017

Jamboree Info

Hello 6th Grade Orchestra Parents,

Your child’s next concert is the 6th Grade String Jamboree District 12 West. Your child will perform alongside other 6th Grade Orchestra students from Lost Mountain, McClure, and Lovinggood. This concert takes place at Harrison High School on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. We are requesting that all students bring in $13 for a pizza dinner and for transportation costs. They will come down to the theater that day during 7th Period and will bring their belongings on the bus with them to Harrison. Chaperones will meet us at Durham at 3:30pm. The itinerary is listed below. The concert starts promptly at 7:30 pm. We encourage all parents to come listen to their child perform; it will be a fun concert to watch! If you cannot attend the concert, please make arrangements to be sure that your child is picked up by 8pm.

Jamboree Itinerary:

5:00-5:15 - Set-up/Schools begin arriving at Harrison
5:15-5:30 - Tuning
5:30-6:30 - Rehearsal (approx.7 minutes/piece)
6:30-7:20 - Pizza/Dinner break
7:20-7:25 - Students back in place
7:28-7:30 - Welcome to audience
7:30-8:00 - Concert
8:00 - Concert ends/clean-up

Students will also need to bring the following items to school that day:

  1. A folding music stand--Labeled with their name!
  2. Instrument, shoulder rest/rock stop--Labeled with their name!
  3. Music
  4. Durham Music Department polo & nice jeans (please wear this to school!)

Thursday, March 2, 2017


Hello 7th and 8th Grade Parents,

I have some important information to share with your for LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation)! While 7th Grade will be able to take their normal mode of transportation home on March 13, please note we will need all 8th Grade students to have a ride at Durham at 5:30pm on Tuesday, March 14! I still am in need of chaperones for LGPE on March 13 (7th Grade) and March 14 (8th Grade). I would need these chaperones to assist students getting on the bus at Durham, getting off the bus at McEachern, and helping students unpack and prepare for LGPE. Note that we arrive at McEachern very early in case LGPE times are running early, which frequently happens. Students will need to bring their formal uniforms (including dress shoes/socks) to school on their designated day. 

Also, parents are more than welcome to come and attend the performances. Please join us for the performance at McEachern if you can! 

The day of your LGPE during Homeroom: Bring instrument and Formal Uniform to school. (Remember to label)
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.

March 13th Itinerary (7th Grade)
10:15am- chaperones arrive at Durham
10:30am- students eat lunch
11:15am- students change into formal uniform
11:30am- students leave DMS for McEachern
12:00pm- students arrive at McEachern, unload, tune
1:30pm- official warm up time begins
2:00pm- performance
2:30pm- Sight-reading
3:00pm- leave McEachern for Durham
3:30pm- arrive back at Durham

March 14th Itinerary (8th Grade)
1:00pm- chaperones arrive at Durham
1:15pm- students change into uniforms
1:30pm- students leave Durham for McEachern
2:00pm- students arrive at MHS, unpack, and tune
3:00pm- official warm up time begins
3:30pm- performance
4:00pm- sight-reading
4:30pm- students watch a performance (Lovinggood MS)
5:00pm- Students leave MHS for Durham
5:30pm- students arrive at Durham, picked up by parents

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

3rd Quarter Practice Logs

Today, all Orchestra students received a practice log. This log must be completed on or before next Friday, February 17. In order to receive a 100, you must practice 5 separate times/days for at least 20 minutes, with confirmation initialed by parents. If you play cello or bass, you are welcome to take an instrument home over the weekend, and all students are welcome to come to Early Morning practice at 8:15 every day. If you need an after school time to practice with me, let me know and we can arrange that. Thank you!

-Mrs. Aikey

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Disney Update for 8th Grade

8th Grade Parents,

There has been a slight change in the Disney payment amount. We will unfortunately not be able to take the group photo as we were planning to do, as Disney has a strict uniform policy with the photos. (everyone has to have the same shirt, same exact pants, same belt, etc.) Since the photo has been eliminated, you only need to pay $175 for the last payment due on Friday, February 17 (right before the Winter Break). If you have already paid the $840 Disney balance in full, which included the $15 for the group photo, please respond to this email so we can get you th $15 refund. We must have all refund requests in writing. 

If you have any questions about how much you owe, please respond to this email and I will let you know your balance as soon as the bookkeeper sends me the report. By February 17, you should have paid a total of $825 for the trip, or $1650 if you are chaperoning. 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact me at or . Thank you!