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    Week of June 11th

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    LMS Orchestras

    This is my last weekly message for the school year. Thanks to all for a great year, and thanks to parents for so much support of the Orchestra program in so many ways. I hope everyone has a great summer!

    All late practice slips and all extra credit concert programs/reviews are due Monday, 6/11.

    A PHS Orchestra alum and current music student at PLU is in Pullman for the summer and let me know she is teaching violin and piano lessons for the summer. If you are interested in either, please contact Kate Schneider. Her email is keschneider100@gmail.com She is great and I highly recommend her!

    If you are interested in lessons for your child this summer please email me and I can send you the contact information I have for area teachers for all instruments.

    PHS Orchestras

    This is my last weekly message for the school year. Thanks to all for a great year, and thanks to parents for so much support of the Orchestra program in so many ways. I hope everyone has a great summer!

    Congratulations to seniors on your graduation! Wishing you the very best for your future.

    Congratulations and thank you to the Orchestra students on a fantastic performance for Graduation! You all sounded terrific.

    All late practice slips and all extra credit concert programs/reviews are due Monday, 6/11.

    For zero period students who wish to make up some absences or tardies, Monday and Tuesday you can come in and help with filing, cleaning, etc. Each day is worth 50 attendance points.

    The schedule for first period this week is as follows:

    Monday: 6 period day (8:20-9:20)
    Tuesday: 6 period day (8:20-9:20)
    Wednesday: Finals schedule, periods 1, 3, 5 (8:20-10:10)
    Thursday: Finals schedule, periods 2, 4, 6
    Friday: shortened schedule, 1st period is 8:20-8:35

    We will use Monday and Tuesday as study sessions for our minor scales final on Wednesday.

    A PHS Orchestra alum and current music student at PLU is in Pullman for the summer and let me know she is teaching violin and piano lessons for the summer. If you are interested in either, please contact Kate Schneider. Her email is keschneider100@gmail.com She is great and I highly recommend her!

    If you are interested in lessons for your child this summer please email me and I can send you the contact information I have for area teachers for all instruments.

     


    Week of June 4th

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    The last practice slip of the year is due Monday, 6/4 (100 minutes.) All practice slips and/or extra credit must be turned in no later than Monday, 6/11.

    Extra Credit Concert:

    Friday, 6/8 at 8:00 pm in the PHS Auditorium: PHS Treble Triad will have a graduation concert.

    The students were fortunate to have Dr. Ruth Boden visit classes this past week. She brought her carbon fiber cello and performed for the students on both cello and bass. She had some encouragement for the students and gave them some great commentary on their playing. Dr. Boden hikes with her cello and performs on mountaintops each summer. (Hence the carbon fiber cello.) For more information, here is her website: https://www.musicoutsidefourwalls.org/home.html. There is a short movie of one of her hikes in the Wallowa mountains. Check it out!

    Plans for the coming week:

    6/4: 6th and 7th graders will do a music terms review with Music Jeopardy. 8th graders will have pizza. Students, please remember to bring what you signed up for:

    Drinks: Jenica, Max C, Max D, Hannah, Max B
    Chips: Max C, Meghna, Thanhtam
    Dessert: (no peanuts or tree nuts) Meghna, Nicole, Max B (?), Skyla (?)
    Napkins: Nicole
    Plates and cups: Mrs. Covill

    6/5 and 6/6: We will do our Classroom Based Performance Assessment during classes. Students need to bring a pencil and something to write on for this activity.

    6/7 and 6/8: We will do our Musical Analysis in Popular Cinema activity. Students need to bring a pencil and something to write on for this activity.

    PHS Orchestras

    The last practice slip of the year is due Monday, 6/4 (150 minutes.) All practice slips and/or extra credit must be turned in no later than Monday, 6/11.

    Extra Credit Concert:

    Friday, 6/8 at 8:00 pm in the PHS Auditorium: PHS Treble Triad will have a graduation concert.

    Graduation will be Saturday, June 9th at Beasley Coliseum. We will begin playing prelude music at 4:40 and the ceremony begins at 5:00. Students need to wear their concert black and be at Beasley by 4:15. The ceremony generally lasts about an hour and a half.

    We will be going to Beasley in the morning on Friday, June 8th for graduation practice. We will leave at the beginning of the school day and will return to PHS at about 11:15. Students who play large instruments (cellos and basses) may leave their instruments at Beasley after the practice and take them with them after the ceremony on Saturday. Those students who play a school bass, Maintenance will move the basses to and from Beasley.

    0 period will be extra credit on Monday and Tuesday, 6/11 and 6/12. Students who attend those days will be filing and helping with cleaning, inventory, etc. Each day is worth 50 points toward making up absences and/or tardies.

    1st period students will have their Final Wednesday, 6/13. They have a study guide for this test.


    Week of May 29th

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    7th and 8th graders: Congratulations on a marvelous concert last week! You were outstanding!

    Practice slips are due Tuesday, 5/29 (100 minutes.) This is the second to last practice slip of the school year. The final practice slip will be due Monday, 6/4. All late practice slips for the week of 6/4 must be turned in by Monday, 6/11. All Extra Credit is also due by Monday, 6/11.

    Dr. Ruth Boden, professor of cello and bass, will be coming in Tuesday, 5/29 to play for all Orchestra classes and also to listen to them and give some feedback. It will be a great day!

    6th graders will have a test over Unit 21 on Wednesday, 5/30. Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

    8th graders will be testing on Thursday, 5/31, so they do not need to bring instruments to school that day.

    For all students, the last day to bring instruments to school is Friday, 6/1. I will collect all school instruments on that day. Students who have their own instrument at school should take it home on 6/1 and not bring it back to school.

    8th graders: please bring in $2 for our Pizza celebration by Friday, 6/1.

    Monday, 6/4, we will be doing a review of musical concepts with Music Jeopardy with all classes. We will do our State Classroom Based Performance Assessment Tuesday and Wednesday, 6/5 and 6/6, and then we will do our “Musical Analysis in Popular Cinema” activity Thursday, 6/7 through Tuesday, 6/12. For the CBPA and the MAPC, students only need to bring a writing utensil and something upon which to write for class.

    PHS Orchestras

    Practice slips are due Tuesday, 5/29 (150 minutes.) This is the second to last practice slip of the year. The final practice slip will be due Monday, 6/4. Late practice slips for the week of 6/4 are due by Monday, 6/11. All extra credit is also due by Monday, 6/11.

    Graduation will be Saturday, June 9th at Beasley Coliseum. We will begin playing prelude music at 4:40 and the ceremony begins at 5:00. Students need to wear their concert black and be at Beasley by 4:15. The ceremony generally lasts about an hour and a half.

    We will be going to Beasley in the morning on Friday, June 8th for graduation practice. We will leave at the beginning of the school day and will return to PHS at about 11:15. Students who play large instruments (cellos and basses) may leave their instruments at Beasley after the practice and take them with them after the ceremony on Saturday. Those students who play a school bass, Maintenance will move the basses to and from Beasley.

    0 period will be extra credit on Monday and Tuesday, 6/11 and 6/12. Students who attend those days will be filing and helping with cleaning, inventory, etc. Each day is worth 50 points toward making up absences and/or tardies.

     


    Week of May 21st

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    LMS Orchestras

    Practice slips are due Monday, 5/21 (100 minutes.)

    7th and 8th graders: Please come to our two extra rehearsals with the 8th grade Band on Tuesday, 5/22 and 5/23 from 3:00-3:30 in the Commons. This is in preparation for our concert Thursday, 5/24. Students may put the time spent in these rehearsals on their practice slips.

    Extra Credit Concerts:

    5/21, 7:00 pm at St. James Episcopal Church in Pullman: Sunny Hu and Nanette Erickson’s Senior Recital. Sunny plays violin and Nanette plays viola. This will be a terrific performance!

    5/21, 7:00 pm, PHS Auditorium: PHS Bands.

    6th graders only: 5/24, 7:30 pm, LMS Gym: 7th and 8th grade Bands and Orchestras.

    7th and 8th graders: Please be at LMS on Thursday, 5/24 by 7:00 pm and go to the small Gym for tuning and warm up. Black and white concert clothing is required: white shirt or blouse, black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes.

    Due to testing, 6th graders do not need to bring instruments to school Thursday, 5/24 and 8th graders do not need to bring instruments to school Friday, 5/25.

    PHS Orchestras

    Practice slips are due Monday, 5/21 (150 minutes.)

    Great job to students on our Silverwood trip this past week! The students played extremely well and also conducted themselves beautifully while at the park. They are a quality group of people. If you haven’t paid your trip fee yet, please do so ASAP. You can pay Mrs. Lacy directly.

    Many thanks to our drivers for transporting cellos and basses: Carrie Lundgren, Kate Gross, and Alec Galloway.

    Next week 1st period has a bit of a different schedule due to Senior Boards and SBAC testing.

    Monday: 11:40-12:40
    Tuesday: no 1st period
    Wednesday: regular Wednesday schedule, so no 1st period
    Thursday: regular Thursday schedule (8:20-9:50)
    Friday: Tuesday schedule (8:20-9:50)

    So, Gray Orchestra students only need to bring instruments Monday, Thursday, and Friday.

    Graduation will be Saturday, June 9th at Beasley Coliseum. We will begin playing prelude music at 4:45 and the ceremony begins at 5:00. Students need to wear their concert black and be at Beasley by 4:15. The ceremony generally lasts about an hour and a half.

    We will be going to Beasley in the morning on Friday, June 8th for graduation practice. We will leave at the beginning of the school day and will return to PHS at about 10:15. Students who play large instruments (cellos and basses) may leave their instruments at Beasley after the practice and take them with them after the ceremony on Saturday. Those students who play a school bass, Maintenance will move the basses to and from Beasley.

     


    Week of May 14th

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    Practice slips are due Monday, 5/14 (100 minutes.) Interim reports go out this week for those students with a D or an F in any class.

    Extra credit concerts:

    5/21: Nanette Erickson and Sunny Hu, PHS Seniors, doing a Senior recital at 7:00 pm at St. James Episcopal Church.

    6th graders: 5/24: 7th and 8th grade Bands and Orchestras, 7:30 pm, LMS Gym

    There is a half day this Wednesday, 5/16, with odd class periods. 7th graders should bring their instruments, but 8th graders are testing that morning so they don’t need to bring instruments. 6th graders also don’t need to bring instruments on Wednesday, as they are an even class period.

    7th and 8th graders: we will have 2 extra rehearsals with the 8th grade Band in preparation for our concert on 5/24. We will rehearse from 3:00-3:30 on Tuesday and Wednesday, 5/22 and 5/23 in the Commons. Students may put the time spent in these rehearsals on their practice slips.

    PHS Orchestras

    Congratulations to all students on a fantastic concert last week! I was very proud of all performances. And, thank you Seniors for the thoughtful gifts. You will be missed!

    Practice slips are due Monday, 5/14 (150 minutes.)

    Silverwood trip: we will leave Thursday, 5/17 at 8:45 am from PHS and return to PHS by 6:30 pm. Students, be sure to wear your PHS Orchestra shirt or any other PHS shirt (or blue/grey if you don’t have a PHS shirt.) Please also bring a folding music stand, money for food and souvenirs (if desired) and extra clothes/towel. Right now the forecast doesn’t look great, with thunderstorms predicted. Hopefully that will change!

    We will not have zero period on Friday, 5/18.

     

     


    Week of May 7th

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    Practice slips are due Monday, 5/7 (100 minutes.) Interims go out next week on 5/16.

    6th graders will have a test over Unit 19 on Monday, 5/7. They may choose to play either lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

    Extra Credit Concert: PHS Orchestra Spring Concert and Awards Ceremony honoring our Seniors will be Wednesday, 5/9 at 7:30 in the PHS Auditorium. I encourage middle school students to attend this great concert!

    7th graders will have a test over Unit 34 on Thursday, 5/10. They may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

    Testing: On Thursdays and Fridays beginning this week, LMS will have a “flipped” schedule, in which periods 6 and 7 will happen in the morning during the time slots that are ordinarily 2nd and 3rd periods. This Thursday, the 6th graders will be taking their ELA test during their 6th period class, so they do not need to bring their instruments to school on Thursday.

    There will be a half day on Wednesday, 5/16 and we will have odd periods. 7th and 8th graders will have Orchestra that day and 6th graders will not.

    PHS Orchestras

    Practice slips are due Monday, 5/7 (150 minutes.) This is the final practice slip turn-in for Seniors!

    Our Spring Concert and Awards Ceremony is Wednesday, 5/9 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Auditorium. Bring your friends and neighbors! It is going to be an excellent concert, and I look forward to honoring our graduating Seniors.

    On Wednesday, students should be at PHS by 7:00 in their concert black clothing. Blue Orchestra will meet in the large music room, Gray Orchestra will meet in the small music room.

    For both classes, we will have breakfast on Thursday, 5/10 during class. Please bring something to share! I will be making pancakes. For Blue Orchestra, Sophomores will take their state CBPA during class on Friday, 5/11. (Only Sophomores need to come to class on Friday for zero period.)

    For those students who are going on our Silverwood trip, please turn in your permission slips ASAP.

    PHS Graduation: for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors, we will be playing for PHS Graduation on Saturday, June 9th at 5:00 pm. Students will also go over to Beasley the morning of June 8th for graduation practice. I will send out more information about that soon.


    Week of April 30th

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    Practice slips are due Monday, 4/30 (100 minutes.)

    The 8th graders did a great job of “Giving Bach” last week at the Elementary schools. One of the beginning Orchestra students commented that hearing the 8th graders play was “better than going to recess.” That’s pretty high praise! J

    Extra Credit Concerts:
    5/1: LMS Band Concert, 7:30 pm in the LMS Commons
    5/4 & 5/5: PHS Choir Rock Show, 7:00 pm in the PHS Auditorium (same show both nights.)
    5/9: PHS Spring Orchestra Concert and Senior celebration, 7:30 pm in the PHS Auditorium
    5/29: LMS Choir Concert, 7:30 pm in the LMS Commons

    PHS Orchestras

    Practice slips are due Monday, 4/30 (150 minutes.) This is the first practice slip of the final grading period.

    Lettering point sheets and senior information sheets are due this Wednesday, 5/2. Please be sure to turn these in!

    Our Spring concert is coming up Wednesday, 5/9 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Auditorium. It will feature both the Gray and Blue Orchestras as well as celebrating our Seniors. Invite your friends and neighbors! This is going to be an awesome concert.

    We will be going to Silverwood on Thursday, 5/17. We will leave at about 8:45 am and will return to PHS by about 6:30 pm. If anyone is interested in going on this trip to drive instruments (large vehicle needed) and/or chaperone please let me know. You will get into Silverwood for free.

    Congratulations to Evie Aguilar, Meghna Dutta, and Rebekah Heo who represented PHS at the State solo and ensemble contest this past Saturday in Ellensburg!

     

     


    Week of April 23rd

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    Congratulations to the 6th graders on a wonderful concert last week! I am so proud of these students. They have worked so hard and learned so much. We will continue to work and improve even more in the remaining weeks of school. These kids are fantastic!

    Practice slips are due Monday, 4/23 (100 minutes.)

    6th graders will have a test over Unit 18 on Thursday (4/26). Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4

    8th graders will do some “Giving Bach” outreach this week. I sent home the itinerary and permission slip last Thursday; please return the permission slip on Monday. We will be going to each elementary school and visiting their Orchestra students as well as a Kindergarten class at Jefferson. I’ll do my best to get some pictures!

    PHS Orchestras

    Practice slips are due Monday, 4/23 (150 minutes.) This is the last practice slip of the grading period, which ends Friday, 4/27.

    Blue Orchestra students: Lettering points are due Wednesday, 5/2. I handed the forms out in class last week. Also, senior information sheets are due that day too.

    Our Spring concert is coming up Wednesday, 5/9 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Auditorium. It will feature both the Gray and Blue Orchestras as well as celebrating our Seniors. Invite your friends and neighbors! This is going to be an awesome concert.

    We will be going to Silverwood on Thursday, 5/17. We will leave at about 8:45 am and will return to PHS by about 6:30 pm. If anyone is interested in going on this trip to drive instruments (large vehicle needed) and/or chaperone please let me know. You will get into Silverwood for free.

    Good luck to Evie Aguilar, Meghna Dutta, and Rebekah Heo who will be representing PHS at the State solo and ensemble contest this Saturday in Ellensburg!


    Week of April 16th

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    LMS Orchestras

    Practice slips are due Monday, 4/16 (100 minutes.) This is the first practice slip of 4th quarter.

    Congratulations to those students in Cantabile string ensemble on a great concert this past Saturday!

    7th and 8th graders will have a test over the E flat major scale on Monday, 4/16. Students may choose to play half notes, quarter notes, or eighth notes for their performance of the scale.

    There is a half day Wednesday, 4/18. We will have even class periods, so 7th and 8th graders will not have Orchestra that day, but 6th graders will.

    6th graders will have their Spring Concert Thursday, 4/19 at 7:30 in the LMS Gym. This concert will also feature the Beginning and Advanced Elementary Orchestras. Students should be at LMS no later than 7:00 and go to room 806 for tuning. Students should wear their concert black and white clothing: white shirt or blouse, black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes. All black dresses are also acceptable.

    Students may get 100 extra credit points for staying to help set up for the concert on Thursday, 4/19 after school. We will begin at about 3:00 and should be done no later than 3:30; it is likely we will be done before that.

    PHS Orchestras

    Practice slips are due Monday, 4/16 (150 minutes.) The end of the grading period is Friday, 4/27. There will be one more practice slip turn in for this grading period after 4/16.

    Congratulations to those students in Cantabile string ensemble and GPYO on a great concert this past Saturday! In particular, bravo to Nanette Erickson, Sunny Hu, and Dmitri Saberi on beautiful solo performances!

    Spring trip: we will be going to the “Music in the Parks” festival at Silverwood on Thursday, 5/17. Tickets are $20 (quite a discount.) Fundraising money from our Butter Braid sale will go toward the cost of the ticket. For those who did not participate in the fundraiser, the $20 will need to be paid to Mrs. Lacy to participate in the trip. I will let students know how much money they owe for the trip in the coming weeks.

    If any parents are willing to help chaperone and/or drive a vehicle with cellos and basses that would be much appreciated! Please let me know if you’re willing to help out.


    Week of April 9th

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    LMS Orchestras

    I hope everyone had a fantastic Spring Break! We only have 10 more weeks of school left, and many performances to fit into that time. It’s going to be great!

    Practice slips are due Monday, 4/9 (100 minutes.) This is the practice time from the week before Spring Break, the week of 3/26. Any practice done over Spring Break is extra credit. This is the last week of 3rd quarter, so this is the final practice slip of the quarter. All late practice slips must be turned in by Friday, 4/13.

    6th graders who did the Spring Break Bingo challenge should turn in their cards on Monday, 4/9. Late cards will not be accepted (except for absences.) Note: parents must initial all of the completed squares in order for students to be eligible for prizes.

    Extra credit concert:
    Saturday, 4/14 Cantabile and Greater Palouse Youth Orchestras, 7:30 in the U of I Administration Auditorium. This concert is free, please come out and support our local youth orchestra program. Several of our PHS seniors are being featured on this concert! (This is not extra credit for those performing on the concert.)

    6th graders have their Spring Concert with the Beginning and Advanced Elementary students Thursday, 4/19 at 7:30 in the LMS Gym. Students should be at LMS no later than 7:00 and go to the Orchestra room (room 806) for tuning and warm up. Students should wear their concert black and white clothing: white shirt or blouse, black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes. All black dresses are also acceptable.

    Extra credit concert set up:

    Thursday, 4/19 at 3:00 in the LMS Gym. Students who are able to stay and help set up for the Elementary and 6th grade Orchestra concert will receive 100 extra credit points (the equivalent of a practice slip.)

    We will have a half day on Wednesday, 4/18 and will have even class periods. 6th graders will have Orchestra and 7th and 8th graders will not.

    PHS Orchestras

    I hope everyone had a fantastic Spring Break! Only 10 weeks left of school (hard to believe.)

    Practice slips are due Monday, 4/9 (150 minutes.) This is the practice time from the week before Spring Break (week of 3/26.) Any practicing done over Spring Break is extra credit.

    Extra credit concert:
    Saturday, 4/14 Cantabile and Greater Palouse Youth Orchestras, 7:30 in the U of I Administration Auditorium. This concert is free, please come out and support our local youth orchestra program. Several of our PHS seniors are being featured on this concert! (This is not extra credit for those performing on the concert.)

    Students in Gray Orchestra will have their auditions for next year’s Blue Orchestra this week. The audition consists of 2 scales, a short exercise called “Turkish March” and a short sight reading excerpt. Students will have a minute to look over the sight reading music before performing it. We have been working on this music for over a month; I have every confidence that all students are well prepared!

     

     


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