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Week of February 20th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Wednesday, 2/20 (100 minutes.)

Congratulations to Lily Mielke for an outstanding job with the Washington Junior All State Orchestra this past weekend! Way to go Lily…we are proud of you!

Upcoming concert:

Monday, 2/25 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Auditorium. Students should be at PHS no later than 7:00 pm in their concert black and white. This concert will feature 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Orchestra students as well as both PHS Orchestras. LMS students will meet in the choir room for tuning and warm up.

After performing, students should put away instruments, and then go into the auditorium to listen to the remaining groups. Students should NOT hang out in the choir room or roam about in the school.

Concert clothing expectations: Black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, white shirt or blouse. All black dresses are also acceptable. Please adhere to these concert clothing guidelines.

The 7th and 8th grade orchestra students will be participating in the Southeast Washington Music Educator’s Association Large Ensemble festival in Palouse on Thursday, March 21st. I am hoping that some parents would be willing to transport cellos and basses for us to and from the event and/or chaperone. Please email me if you are able to help us out! I don’t have an exact time schedule at this point, but should know by the first week of March.

Concert date change for 7th and 8th grade Orchestra students: The May 23rd concert has been changed to June 4thdue to a scheduling conflict. The concert will still be at 7:30 pm in the Main Gym of LMS. I apologize for any inconvenience.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Wednesday, 2/20 (150 minutes.)

Congratulations to Heaven Gebremedhin and Rebekah Heo who performed with the All State and All Northwest Orchestras, respectively, this past weekend! Way to go Heaven and Rebekah…we are proud of you!

Monday, 2/25 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Auditorium. Students should be at PHS no later than 7:00 pm in their concert black. This concert will feature both PHS Orchestras as well as the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Orchestras of LMS. PHS students will meet in the orchestra room for tuning and warm up.

Concert clothing expectations: Black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, black shirt or blouse. All black dresses are also acceptable. Please adhere to these concert clothing guidelines.


Week of February 11th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 2/11 (100 minutes.)

Upcoming concert: Monday, 2/25 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Auditorium. This concert will feature 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Orchestra students as well as the Blue and Gray Orchestras at PHS. Students should be at PHS by 7:00 that Monday wearing concert black and white clothing.

Concert clothing expectations: black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, white shirt or blouse. All black dresses are also acceptable.

We wish Lily Mielke the best of luck as she travels to Jr. All State over President’s Day Weekend. We know she will represent LMS well! Congratulations Lily!

There will be a half day on Wednesday, 2/27, we will have odd class periods. 7th and 8th graders will have Orchestra and 6th graders will not.

PHS Orchestras

Fundraiser orders are due Monday, 2/11. Please be sure to fill in totals on the coffee/hot cocoa order form. Double check that the student’s name is on the order forms. It is very helpful if order forms and money can be together in an envelope or Ziploc bag with the student’s name on it. This helps me to keep track of who sold what. Thanks for your help with this! Also, if any donations were given, please account for that, e.g. a note with the amount donated is helpful. Checks may be payable to PHS Orchestra. Items will arrive in approximately 10 business days.

Practice slips are due Monday, 2/11 (150 minutes.)

Upcoming concert: Monday, 2/25 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Auditorium. This concert will feature the Blue and Gray Orchestras as well as the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Orchestra students from LMS. Students should be at PHS by 7:00 that Monday wearing concert black clothing.

Concert clothing expectations: black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, black shirt or blouse. All black dresses are also acceptable.

We wish Rebekah Heo and Heaven Gebremedhin the best of luck as they will perform with the All-Northwest and All-State Orchestras over President’s Day weekend. We know they will represent PHS well. Congratulations Rebekah and Heaven!

Congratulations to our State Solo/Ensemble qualifiers:

Violin: Heaven Gebremedhin, winner
            AJ LaRiviere, 1st alternate
Viola: Meghna Dutta, winner

On Tuesday, 2/12, Dr. Boden (cello and bass professor at WSU) will be working with both the Blue and Gray Orchestras. The bass players in zero period who are in Jazz Band will attend Orchestra that day. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such distinguished educators and performers!


Week of January 28th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 1/28 (100 minutes.) The end of the semester is Friday, 2/1. All late practice slips and any extra credit are due Friday, 2/1.

We have a half day this Wednesday, 1/30. We will have even class periods, so 6th graders will have Orchestra that day and 7th and 8th graders will not.

6th graders will have a test over measures 36-40 in “Classic Sinfonia” on Wednesday, 1/30.

Solo and Small Ensemble Festival is Saturday, 2/2 at LMS. The schedule is below. Warm up time is 10 minutes prior to performance time. Please plan to be at LMS at least 10 minutes before the warm up time. Performance times are listed below. All performances are in the Commons. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend the performances. Please make payment to Mrs. Deeds in the office. Solos are $8 and Ensembles are $12 (total.) Checks may be made payable to LMS.\

Students should dress nicely for their performances. I recommend that ensembles have matching clothes if possible (e.g. concert black and white or some other combination.)

LMS solos/groups:

9:10 Rhoda Wang, piano

10:10 Julian Gossard, cello

10:20 Josie Belzer, cello

10:40 Craig Collar, viola

10:50 Lily Mielke, viola

11:20 The R Squared Duet (Rhoda Wang and Reed Brock)

11:30 The BC Duet (Brian Fugh and Colin Dreewes)

11:50 The Dynamic Duo (Josie Belzer and Naomi Carter)

12:00 The LAV Trio (Leo Hoffman, Aditya Bose-Bandyopadhyay, and Vishal Achanta)

12:10 The Caribbean Kitty Cats (Ariel Lin, Katie Krivsky, Haven Cowan, Kierra Fairhurst, Leah Rector, Sonora Lee, and Joyce Schertenleib)

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 1/28 (150 minutes.)

Blue Orchestra will have our final sectional on Tuesday, 1/29 with the violas. Students should bring their own music and a pencil to their sectional. Great job to the violins, cellos, and basses on productive sectionals this past week!

Solo and Small Ensemble Festival is Saturday, 2/2 at LMS. The schedule is below. Warm up time is 10 minutes prior to performance time. Please plan to be at LMS at least 10 minutes before the warm up time. Performance times are listed below. All performances are in the Commons, unless otherwise noted. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend the performances. Please make payment to Mrs. Lacy in the office. Solos are $8 and Ensembles are $12 (total.) Checks may be made payable to PHS.

Students should dress nicely for their performances. I recommend that ensembles have matching clothes if possible (e.g. concert black or some other combination.)

PHS solos/groups:

8:50 Ambrose Wang, piano

9:20 Meghna Johnson, voice (perform in room 807)

9:30 AJ LaRiviere, violin

9:40 Heaven Gebremedhin, violin

9:50 Jessica Edwards, violin

10:00 Grace Peschel, cello

10:30 Meghna Dutta, viola

11:10 Edwards duet (Jessica and Cassidy Edwards)

11:40 Zingara Trio (Connor Lee, Aidan Crossler, Sage Brock)

Our fundraiser will begin on Monday, 1/28 and go through Monday, 2/11. We will be selling premium coffee, hot cocoa, frappe, and pure Wisconsin maple syrup. Students earn $5 from each item sold. We will use these funds for our spring trips.


Week of January 21st

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LMS Orchestras

Congratulations to the 7th and 8th graders on a great performance for the MLK Assembly on Thursday! Way to go!

A special shout out to Neveah Lacy who recited an original poem during the assembly. Not only was the poem wonderful, but her recitation was excellent. (It was memorized!) Also, it was her birthday. J Great job Neveah!

Practice slips are due Tuesday, 1/22 (100 minutes.) The semester ends Friday, 2/1

Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough orders to do another shirt order. We only wound up with 7 and we needed 15.

7th and 8th graders will have a test over the e minor scale on Wednesday, 1/23. Students may choose to play half notes, quarter notes, or eighth notes.

We have a half day coming up for collaboration on Wednesday, 1/30. We will have even periods on this half day, so 6th graders will have Orchestra, and 7th and 8th graders will not.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Tuesday, 1/22 (150 minutes.) This is the first practice slip of second semester.

This has been a great week for our Orchestras. The Blue Orchestra students are making amazing progress on their music for our February concert. We are playing “Simple Symphony” (it is anything but simple) and the students are playing extremely well. The Gray Orchestra students are also making excellent progress on their music. In addition, students in Gray Orchestra scored VERY well on their music theory final on Wednesday. Grades are updated in Family Access, check it out!

We will be starting a fundraiser on Monday, 1/28. It will last through Monday, 2/11. Both Blue and Gray orchestras will be participating in order to raise funds for their respective trips. (More information on the trips will be forthcoming.) We will be going through a company called CFA Fundraising. We will have coffee available (regular and decaf, whole bean and ground) as well as 3 different types of hot cocoa. We will also have real Wisconsin maple syrup. I’ll be sending home order forms and information this week.


Week of January 14th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 1/14 (100 minutes.) The semester ends Friday, 2/1, so there are 2 more practice slips due after this one: 1/22 and 1/28.

The 7th and 8th graders will perform for the Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly on Thursday, 1/17 at 9:15 am in the Main Gym. Students should wear their concert black and white clothing to school that day. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

T-shirt/sweatshirt/hoodie order update: in reference to my email from earlier this week, I have had people respond and we currently have 7 items toward our 15 item goal. Please let me know by Monday, 1/14 if you would like to order a t-shirt, hoodie, or sweatshirt (or more than one). It would be nice for the folks who missed out last time to be able to order if at all possible. If I recall correctly, the t-shirts were $14 and sweatshirts/hoodies were $20. (I may be a little off on the pricing, but it was close to that.)

7th and 8th graders will have a test over the e minor scale on Wednesday, 1/23. Students may choose to play half notes, quarter notes, or eighth notes.

6th graders will have a test over Unit 10 Wednesday, 1/16. Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4. We have been working on this unit all of this week.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 1/14 (150 minutes.) This is the final practice slip of first semester.

Gray Orchestra violin and viola students who are interested in the solos in “Warrior Legacy,” we will audition for those solos on Tuesday, 1/15.

Gray Orchestra students will have their final on Wednesday, 1/16. The schedule for the week is a little different next week due to finals and the Teacher Professional Day on Friday.
Monday: 6 period day (assembly schedule)
Tuesday: 6 period day
Wednesday: Finals in periods 1, 3, 5
Thursday: Finals in periods 2, 4, 6

Blue Orchestra will have sectionals on the following dates:
Thursday, 1/24 Violins
Friday, 1/25 Cellos and Basses
Tuesday, 1/29 Violas


Week of January 7th

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LMS Orchestras 

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful break!

Practice slips for practicing that was done the week of 12/17 (100 minutes) are due Monday, 1/7. Any practicing above 100 minutes is extra credit.

7th and 8th graders will have a performance for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly next Thursday, 1/17. The assembly will be at 9:15 am in the Main Gym at LMS. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Students should wear their concert black and white clothing to school that day.

Solo/Small Ensemble Festival sign-ups: I have some students who have already signed up for this festival written down. This is a “last call.” Anyone who wishes to participate needs to talk to me this week.

More information about Solo/Small Ensemble: The Festival is Saturday, 2/2 at LMS. Performance time slots are 10 minutes. I will have a schedule of performance times by the week prior to the Festival. Students who participate should be at LMS at least 20 minutes prior to their performance time. 10 minutes prior to their performance time is their warm up time in a designated warm up room. Cost is $8 for solos, $12 for ensembles. I will let the students know when they need to pay these fees. Payment should be made to LMS and students should take the money to Mrs. Deeds in the main office. For students who plan to perform a solo, I also need to know who their accompanist will be (or if they will not have an accompanist) ASAP.

PHS Orchestras

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful break!

Practice slips for practicing that was done the week of 12/17 (150 minutes) are due Monday, 1/7. Any practicing above 150 minutes is extra credit.

Blue Orchestra students will have sectionals this week and next week. The schedule will be as follows:
Thursday (1/10) Violins
Friday (1/11) Cellos and Basses
Tuesday (1/15) Violas

Students need to bring their own music and a pencil on their sectional day. We will go over areas that we will need to work on in the days leading up to the sectionals.

The Gray Orchestra has been working on learning major key signatures/scales this semester. Their final will be over this material on Wednesday, 1/16 (the first day of Finals.) Students have many resources to use to study for this. We will spend some time reviewing this week and next week for this assessment.

Solo/Small Ensemble Festival sign-ups: I have some students who have already signed up for this festival written down. This is a “last call.” Anyone who wishes to participate needs to talk to me this week.

More information about Solo/Small Ensemble: The Festival is Saturday, 2/2 at LMS. Performance time slots are 10 minutes. I will have a schedule of performance times by the week prior to the Festival. Students who participate should be at LMS at least 20 minutes prior to their performance time. 10 minutes prior to their performance time is their warm up time in a designated warm up room. Cost is $8 for solos, $12 for ensembles. I will let the students know when they need to pay these fees. Payment should be made to PHS and students should take the money to Mrs. Lacy in the main office. For students who plan to perform a solo, I also need to know who their accompanist will be (or if they will not have an accompanist) ASAP.

 

 


Have a wonderful break!

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I hope all students and families have a fantastic break! I look forward to getting back to some wonderful music making in the New Year.


Week of December 17th

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LMS Orchestras

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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LMS Orchestras

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.

 


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