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Week of December 17th

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Practice slips are due Monday, 12/17 (100 minutes.) Students will turn in their practicing for the week of 12/17 when we return to school on Monday, 1/7. Any practicing over Winter Break is extra credit.

8th graders will do their “Giving Bach” outreach Wednesday, 12/19 at 10:00 am at Bishop Place. We will be joined by residents of Bishop Place as well as some children from Building Blocks Childcare Center. I sent home an itinerary and permission form last week; please return the permission form ASAP. Students will need to wear their Giving Bach shirts on Wednesday.

Extra Credit concert: 12/19, LMS Bands, 7:30 pm in the LMS Gymnasium.

Students do not need to bring their instruments to school Thursday or Friday, 12/20 or 12/21 as we will be doing our MAPC activity those two days. Students need to bring a writing utensil and a notebook or binder to write on those days.

Don’t forget about our online store! All orders must be in by 12/21 at 10:00 am. https://www.collegehillcustomthreads.com/collections/lincoln-middle-school-orchestra

When we return to school in January, the 7th and 8th graders will have a performance come up fairly quickly. We will perform for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly on Thursday, January 17th at 9:15 am. Students will need to wear their black and white concert clothing to school that day. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend this wonderful performance.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 12/17 (150 minutes.) Students will turn in their practicing for the week of 12/17 when we return to school on Monday, 1/7. Any practicing over Winter Break is extra credit.

The Gray Orchestra students have been working on learning major key signatures and the scales that go with them. Their final over this material will be Wednesday, January 16th (the first day of PHS Finals.) They have many resources to use to study.

Thank you to those students and parents who participated in the PHS Boosters Christmas tree sales on Thursday! I know the Boosters appreciate our support. Parents, Boosters is a great organization and does so much for our school; please consider becoming a member if you are not one currently.

 


Week of December 10th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 12/10. (100 minutes.) Interim reports go out this week for any student with a D or F in any class.

A great app for working on note reading is “Staff Wars.” It is only .99 through the App Store (Apple devices) but it’s a lot of fun and reinforces note reading. I’m going to show it to the kids in class; if you’re able to download that app and let your child use it, I’d really encourage that!

6th graders will have a test over Unit 9 on Monday, 12/10. Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4. Grading criteria are as follows:

Counting out loud
Rhythm and bowing
Intonation and fingering
Posture and position

8th graders will have a test over the G major scale on Monday, 12/10. Students may choose to play half notes, quarter notes, or eighth notes. Grading criteria is as follows:

Whole bows, parallel to the bridge
Playing in “lane 2”
Intonation/Tone
Posture and position

8th graders: I will have a permission slip for “Giving Bach” this week. Next week we will be going to Bishop Place (still verifying the date) and playing for/sharing with some of the residents of Bishop Place as well as Building Blocks. It’s going to be great!

Our College Hill online store is still up and running through 12/21! Here is the link again: https://www.collegehillcustomthreads.com/collections/lincoln-middle-school-orchestra

PHS Orchestras

Excellent job on our concert last Wednesday! Everyone had a fantastic performance!

Practice slips are due Monday, 12/10 (150 minutes.)

Students who signed up to sell Christmas Trees on Thursday, 12/13 from 3:15-6:00 at Pullman Building Supply will receive a parent permission slip on Monday to be signed and returned. I’d really appreciate 1 or 2 parents each hour as well (so far no one has signed up for that.) Parents, please let me know if you can do an hour this Thursday! Inclement weather will cancel this event. Those students who signed up are listed below:

3:15-4:00
Blue: Lindsey, AJ, Helen
Gray: Connor L., Adam, Max D., Ambrose, Selma, Connor H.

4:00-5:00
Blue: James, Meghna
Gray: Hannah K., Heaven, Renee, Grace, Jenica, Connor H., Tyler, Thanhtham

5:00-6:00
Blue: Maria, Felicia, Elle
Gray: Max C., Nicole, Yiqing, Connor H.


Week of December 3rd

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Congratulations to all students on a wonderful concert last Thursday! I was so very proud of all of the kids…way to go!

Thank you to the 7th and 8th graders who were able to participate in the Kiwanis Pancake breakfast performance. Great job! Those students who performed on Saturday should add 60 minutes to their practice slip for the week.

Practice slips are due Monday, 12/3 (100 minutes.)

Interim reports go out the week of 12/12 for those students who have a D or an F in any class.

Students/Parents who wish to order an Orchestra t-shirt through College Hill Custom Threads may do so at this link: https://www.collegehillcustomthreads.com/collections/lincoln-middle-school-orchestra

The store will stay open until 12/21 at 10:00 am and items will be delivered after winter break. This is not required. Parents, family, and friends may also order if they wish. Items will be shipped to LMS.

There is a half day on Wednesday, 12/5 and we will have odd class periods. 6th graders will not have Orchestra that day but 7th and 8th graders will have Orchestra.

7th graders will have a test over G major scale on Thursday, 12/6. Students may choose to play the scale in half notes, slur 2 quarter notes, or slur 4 eighth notes. I will be looking for students using their whole bow, parallel to the bridge, in “lane 2,” good intonation, and correct left and right hand positions.

6th graders will have a test over Unit 9 on Monday, 12/10. Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4. I will be looking for students to be counting out loud, correct rhythms and bowings, good intonation, and proper posture and left and right hand positions.

I’m working on another “Giving Bach” date for the 8th graders in December. Stay tuned!

Looking ahead, Solo and Small Ensemble Festival will be Saturday, February 2nd at LMS. Students who are interested in participating either as a solo performer or in a small group should talk to Mrs. Covill ASAP.

PHS Orchestras

Thank you to the students who were able to participate in the Kiwanis Pancake breakfast performance. Great job! Those students who performed on Saturday should indicate their participation on their practice slip and they will receive 60 extra attendance points.

Practice slips are due Monday, 12/3 (150 minutes.)

Our Instrumental Holiday concert will be this Wednesday, 12/5 at 7:00 pm in the PHS Auditorium. This concert will also feature the PHS Jazz Band and Concert Band. Students should wear their black concert clothing. We will warm up in the music room at about 7:00 (when the concert starts and the band students are out of the room.)

We will have breakfast in class on Thursday…students may bring something to share if they wish.

We will be helping with the Booster Christmas Tree on Thursday, 12/13 from 3:15 to 6:00 pm. This will be at Pullman Building Supply. I will have sign-ups for this volunteer opportunity in class. We will need 12 people per hour. Students who volunteer will get 60 attendance points per hour of volunteering. There is a waiver and release of liability that parents will need to sign, and I will hand those out to the students who volunteer during class time. If we could have at least one parent attend per hour, I’d greatly appreciate it. Please email and let me know if you are able to be there.

Looking ahead, Solo and Small Ensemble Festival will be Saturday, February 2nd at LMS. Students who are interested in participating either as a solo performer or in a small group should talk to Mrs. Covill ASAP.

 


Week of November 26th

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Extra credit practice slips for practicing done the week of 11/19 can be turned in Monday, 11/26 for extra credit.

6th, 7th, and 8th graders have a concert Thursday, 11/29. Students should wear their concert black and white clothing (black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, white shirt or blouse, or an all black dress is also fine.) Students should be at LMS no later than 7:00 pm. 6th graders will meet in room 806 and 7th and 8th graders will meet in room 807. The concert will begin at 7:30 pm and will be in the Commons.

7th and 8th graders will perform for the Kiwanis pancake breakfast on Saturday, 12/1 in the LMS Commons. Students should be at LMS by 9:45 am and go to room 806 and we will perform at 10:15 until approximately 10:45. Students should wear concert clothing but can also add holiday accessories if they’d like. Students who perform are also allowed to eat breakfast for free; if your child would like to do that, they should arrive ahead of the 9:45 call time and eat prior to our warm up.

Extra Credit Concerts:
PHS Instrumental Holiday Concert, 12/5, 7:00 pm in the PHS Auditorium featuring PHS Bands and Orchestras
PHS Choral Musical Theatre Concert, 12/7 and 12/8, 7:00 pm in the PHS Auditorium. It is the same concert both nights, no need to go twice.
The Nutcracker, 12/9 at 3:00 pm, Beasley Coliseum. (Tickets cost $15-$45.)
LMS Bands Holiday Concert, 12/19, 7:30 pm in the LMS Gym

Looking ahead, Solo and Small Ensemble Festival will be Saturday, February 2nd at LMS. Students who are interested in participating either as a solo performer or in a small group should talk to Mrs. Covill ASAP.

PHS Orchestras

Extra credit practice slips for practicing done the week of 11/19 can be turned in Monday, 11/26 for extra credit.

Tuesday, 11/20 is the end of the 2nd grading period for PHS.

We will perform for the Kiwanis pancake breakfast on Saturday, 12/1 in the LMS Commons. Students should be at LMS by 9:45 am and go to room 806 and we will perform at 10:15 until approximately 10:45. Students should wear concert clothing but can also add holiday accessories if they’d like. Students who perform are also allowed to eat breakfast for free; if your child would like to do that, they should arrive ahead of the 9:45 call time and eat prior to our warm up.

Our Holiday concert with the Jazz Band and Concert Band will be Wednesday, 12/5 at 7:00 pm in the PHS Auditorium. Students should wear their concert black clothing and be at PHS by 6:45 pm. We will wait to tune and warm up until the concert has started so that there will be space in the rehearsal room.

We will be helping with the Booster Christmas Tree on Thursday, 12/13 from 3:15 to 6:00 pm. This will be at Pullman Building Supply. I will have sign-ups for this volunteer opportunity in class. We will need 12 people per hour. Students who volunteer will get 60 attendance points per hour of volunteering. There is a waiver and release of liability that parents will need to sign, and I will hand those out to the students who volunteer during class time. If we have some parents who are willing to help, that would be great too.

Extra Credit Concerts:
PHS Choral Musical Theatre Concert, 12/7 and 12/8, 7:00 pm in the PHS Auditorium. It is the same concert both nights, no need to go twice.
The Nutcracker, 12/9 at 3:00 pm, Beasley Coliseum. (Tickets cost $15-$45.)
LMS Bands Holiday Concert, 12/19, 7:30 pm in the LMS Gym

Looking ahead, Solo and Small Ensemble Festival will be Saturday, February 2nd at LMS. Students who are interested in participating either as a solo performer or in a small group should talk to Mrs. Covill ASAP.

 


Week of November 19th

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Practice slips for the practicing done the week of 11/13 are due Monday, 11/19 (100 minutes.) Any practicing done the week of 11/19 (to be turned in Monday, 11/26) is Extra Credit.

6th graders do not need to bring their instruments to school on Tuesday, 11/20 due to the Turkey Trot happening that class period.

6th, 7th, and 8th graders have a concert Thursday, 11/29. Students should wear their concert black and white clothing (black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, white shirt or blouse, or an all black dress is also fine.) Students should be at LMS no later than 7:00 pm. 6th graders will meet in room 806 and 7th and 8th graders will meet in room 807. The concert will begin at 7:30 pm and will be in the Commons.

7th and 8th graders will perform for the Kiwanis pancake breakfast on Saturday, 12/1 in the LMS Commons. Students should be at LMS by 9:45 am and go to room 806 and we will perform at 10:15 until approximately 10:45. Students should wear concert clothing but can also add holiday accessories if they’d like. Students who perform are also allowed to eat breakfast for free; if your child would like to do that, they should arrive ahead of the 9:45 call time and eat prior to our warm up.

Looking ahead, Solo and Small Ensemble Festival will be Saturday, February 2nd at LMS. Students who are interested in participating either as a solo performer or in a small group should talk to Mrs. Covill ASAP.

Have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips for the practicing done the week of 11/13 are due Monday, 11/19 (150 minutes.) Any practicing done the week of 11/19 (to be turned in Monday, 11/26) is Extra Credit.

Tuesday, 11/20 is the end of the 2nd grading period for PHS.

We will perform for the Kiwanis pancake breakfast on Saturday, 12/1 in the LMS Commons. Students should be at LMS by 9:45 am and go to room 806 and we will perform at 10:15 until approximately 10:45. Students should wear concert clothing but can also add holiday accessories if they’d like. Students who perform are also allowed to eat breakfast for free; if your child would like to do that, they should arrive ahead of the 9:45 call time and eat prior to our warm up.

Our Holiday concert with the Jazz Band and Concert Band will be Wednesday, 12/5 at 7:00 pm in the PHS Auditorium. Students should wear their concert black clothing and be at PHS by 6:45 pm. We will wait to tune and warm up until the concert has started so that there will be space in the rehearsal room.

We will be helping with the Booster Christmas Tree on Thursday, 12/13 from 3:15 to 6:00 pm. This will be at Pullman Building Supply. I will have sign-ups for this volunteer opportunity in class. We will need 12 people per hour. Students who volunteer will get 60 attendance points per hour of volunteering. There is a waiver and release of liability that parents will need to sign, and I will hand those out to the students who volunteer during class time. If we have some parents who are willing to help, that would be great too.

Looking ahead, Solo and Small Ensemble Festival will be Saturday, February 2nd at LMS. Students who are interested in participating either as a solo performer or in a small group should talk to Mrs. Covill ASAP.

Have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Week of November 13th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Tuesday, 11/13 (100 minutes.) Students will also turn in a practice slip next Monday, 11/19 for the minutes practiced during this week. Any practicing done over the week of Thanksgiving (11/19-11/23) is extra credit.

Congratulations to 8th grade Orchestra students on a very successful “Giving Bach” outreach last Monday! The Kindergarteners had a wonderful time, as did our students. Way to go!

Congratulations to Lily Mielke on being selected for Junior All State! This is a highly competitive process; we are so proud of you Lily!

6th, 7th, and 8th graders will have a concert when we return from Thanksgiving break: Thursday, 11/29 at 7:30 pm in the LMS Commons. Students should be at LMS by 7:00 (6th graders can go to room 806 and 7th and 8th graders to room 807.) Students should wear their concert black and white clothing: black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, and white shirt or blouse. All black dresses are also acceptable.

7th and 8th graders will also perform for the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, 12/1 at LMS in the Commons. Students should be at LMS no later than 9:45 am and we perform at 10:15. We should be done by about 10:45 that morning. Students should wear their concert black and white clothing for this performance and can add festive holiday accessories if they’d like.

Looking ahead, Solo and Small Ensemble Festival will be Saturday, February 2nd at LMS. Students who are interested in participating either as a solo performer or in a small group should talk to Mrs. Covill ASAP.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Tuesday, 11/13 (100 minutes.) Students will also turn in a practice slip next Monday, 11/19 for the minutes practiced during this week. Any practicing done over the week of Thanksgiving (11/19-11/23) is extra credit.

Congratulations to the Blue Orchestra students on a fantastic performance at the WSU Orchestra Festival on Friday! Students received “Superior” ratings from our clinicians.

Blue and Gray Orchestras will also perform for the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, 12/1 at LMS in the Commons. Students should be at LMS no later than 9:45 am and we perform at 10:15. We should be done by about 10:45 that morning. Students should wear their concert black clothing for this performance and can add festive holiday accessories if they’d like.

Our Holiday Concert with the PHS Bands will be Wednesday, 12/5 at 7:00 in the PHS Auditorium. Students should wear their concert black clothing and be at PHS by 6:45 pm.

Looking ahead, Solo and Small Ensemble Festival will be Saturday, February 2nd at LMS. Students who are interested in participating either as a solo performer or in a small group should talk to Mrs. Covill ASAP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Week of November 5th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 11/5 (100 minutes.) This is the first practice slip of 2nd quarter.

Upcoming performances:
8th graders will be doing their first “Giving Bach” outreach on Monday, 11/5. Students need to wear their “Giving Bach” shirts. We will leave LMS at 9:15 am on Monday, travel over to Jefferson, and doing our program for their Kindergarten classes from 10:00-10:45. We should return to LMS by 11:15 or so.

7th and 8th graders will be performing for the Veteran’s Day Assembly on Friday, 11/9 at 9:15 am in the LMS Gym. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Students need to wear their concert black and white clothing to school on the 9th.

6th, 7th, and 8th graders have their Holiday Concert on Thursday, 11/29 at 7:30 pm in the LMS Commons.

Concert clothing requirements: White blouse or shirt, black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes. All black dresses are also acceptable. Please be sure your child has their concert clothing prior to these performances.

 

PHS Orchestras

Here are your notes for next week:

Practice slips are due Monday, 11/5 (150 minutes.)

Blue Orchestra students should return permission slips for the WSU Orchestra Festival ASAP. Parents, please come listen to us perform on Friday, 11/9 at 8:00 am in Kimbrough Music Building Recital Hall. Students need to wear their concert black for this performance. We will leave PHS at 7:15 am by bus, so students will need to be at PHS prior to that. We will return to PHS by about 9:15 am that day.

Upcoming Performance:
Holiday Instrumental Concert Wednesday, 12/5 at 7:00 pm in the PHS Auditorium. This concert will feature all of our instrumental ensembles: Jazz Band, Concert, Band, Gray and Blue Orchestras, and of course our combined Full Orchestra finale. It’s going to be a great evening of music!


Week of October 29th

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LMS Orchestras 

Practice slips are due Monday, 10/29 (100 minutes.) The first quarter ends on Friday, 11/2. Students who turn in late practice slips need to turn them in by Friday in order to be counted toward the first quarter grade.

Thanks to all parents who were able to attend conferences. It was nice to see you all and be able to talk to you about your students.

Upcoming performances:

7th and 8th graders will be performing for the Veteran’s Day Assembly on Friday, 11/9 at 9:15 am in the LMS Gym. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Students need to wear their concert black and white clothing to school on the 9th.

6th, 7th, and 8th graders have their Holiday Concert on Thursday, 11/29 at 7:30 pm in the LMS Commons.

8th graders will be doing their first “Giving Bach” outreach in the next couple of weeks: stay tuned for more information.

Concert clothing requirements: White blouse or shirt, black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes. All black dresses are also acceptable. Please be sure your child has their concert clothing prior to these performances.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 10/29 (150 minutes.)

Gray Orchestra students will have tests over String Calisthenics #31 lines 2 and 3 on Tuesday, 10/30 and Thursday, 11/1 respectively.

Blue Orchestra students received their permission slip and Itinerary for the WSU Orchestra festival this past week. Please return permission slips ASAP. Parents, please come listen to us perform on Friday, 11/9 at 8:00 am in Kimbrough Music Building Recital Hall. Students need to wear their concert black for this performance. Also, I could use one or two more drivers to help transport cellos and basses. Please email me if you’re able to help.


Week of October 22nd

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Congratulations to the 7th and 8th grade Orchestra students on an excellent concert on Wednesday! So very proud of you all. Great work. Mr. Winchell recorded and live streamed the concert. Here is a link if you’d like to see it again! https://www.facebook.com/houndcentral/videos/1725235614255419/

Practice slips are due Monday, 10/22 (100 minutes.) First quarter ends Friday, 11/2, so there is one more practice slip turn in (10/29) before the end of the quarter.

This week is Conference week. We have half days all week. The schedule is as follows:
Monday: all periods
Tuesday and Thursday: Odd (7th and 8th graders will have Orchestra these days)
Wednesday and Friday: Even (6th graders will have Orchestra these days)

I will be doing student led conferences in room 806. (For 7th grade students, just come to 806 even though we don’t have class in there.) 

PHS Orchestras

Congratulations to all on a fantastic concert this past Wednesday! Great performances by both ensembles; I’m quite proud of you all. Mr. Winchell recorded and live streamed the concert. Here is a link if you’d like to see it again! https://www.facebook.com/houndcentral/videos/1725235614255419/

Practice slips are due Monday, 10/22 (150 minutes.) 

Gray Orchestra students will test over #31 in String Calisthenics over the course of three school days:
10/23 Line 1
10/30 Line 2
11/1 Line 3


Week of October 15th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 10/15 (100 minutes.)

6th graders have a test over Unit 5 on Wednesday, 10/17. Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4. Grading criteria is:

Counting out loud
Rhythm/bowing
Intonation/fingering
Posture/position

On Wednesday 10/17, there is a ½ day for teacher collaboration. We will have even class periods, so 6th graders will have Orchestra but 7th and 8th graders will not.

Extra Credit concerts:
10/15 PHS Bands, 7:00 PHS Auditorium
10/17 (extra credit for 6th graders only) 7/8 and PHS Orchestras, 7:30 pm PHS Auditorium
10/22 PHS Choirs, 7:00 PHS Auditorium

Concert clothing requirements: Please be sure your child has the following prior to our first concert. (First concert for 7th and 8th graders is 10/17 and first concert for 6th graders is 11/29.) Students need to wear black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, and a white shirt or blouse. Please no spaghetti straps and skirt length should be at least knee length or below. An all black dress is also acceptable. Please let me know if you need help getting concert clothing for your child. I have some donated clothing from previous students. Also, if you have outgrown concert clothing that you can donate, that is always appreciated.

Concert, 10/17 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Auditorium. 7th and 8th grade students should be at PHS no later than 7:00 pm and will meet in the Choir room. This concert will also feature the 2 PHS Orchestras. It’s going to be fantastic! I’m looking forward to this first performance. Invite your friends and neighbors!

8th graders should return their order forms for our “Giving Bach” t-shirts no later than THIS TUESDAY 10/16. All students need a t-shirt ($11.) Those who wish to order a “Spirit Pack” ($38 for Adult small-Extra Large and $42 for XXl and XXXL.) will receive a t-shirt and a hoodie. Personalization is $6.50 per item if desired. 8th grade parents are welcome to order “Giving Bach” shirts/hoodies as well!

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 10/15 (150 minutes.) This is the first practice slip of the 2nd grading period.

Concert clothing requirements: Please be sure your child has the following prior to our first concert on 10/17: Black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, black dress shirt or blouse. All black dresses are also fine. Please, no spaghetti straps and skirt length should be knee length or below.

Concert, 10/17 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Auditorium. Students should be at PHS no later than 7:00 pm and will meet in the Orchestra room. This concert will also feature the LMS 7th and 8th grade Orchestras.

WSU Orchestra Festival: The Blue Orchestra will be participating in the WSU Orchestra Festival on Friday, 11/9. Our performance time is 8:00 am in the recital hall at Kimbrough Music Building. We will need to leave PHS that day by 7:00 am.

Here is how parents can help:

  • I will need some parents who can help us transport our 8 basses and 6 cellos over to Kimbrough and back. Please email me if you are able to help us with this transportation. Vans, SUVs with seats down, etc. are good for this type of transportation.
  • Also, if you are able, please come to our performance! The other Orchestras who attend the festival are generally not there that early, and it helps our students to have an audience when they perform. Also, you’ll get to hear our awesome kids play!

 

 


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