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Week of November 6th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 11/6 (100 minutes.) This is the first practice slip of second quarter.

There are a few extra credit opportunities coming up for students:

“The Brothers Grimm” play at PHS Friday, 11/3 and Saturday 11/4 at 7:00 pm in the PHS Theatre, also 11/4 at 2:00 pm. Student tickets are $5, Adult tickets are $10.

The Auditorium Chamber music series at University of Idaho presents “Quartetto Gelato” Tuesday, 11/7 at 7:30 pm in the UI Administration Auditorium. Those who purchase one general admission ticket will receive a youth ticket (age 6-12) free.

The Greater Palouse Youth Orchestra and Cantabile String Ensembles are having a concert Saturday, 11/11 at 7:30 pm in the UI Administration Auditorium. This concert is free!

6th through 8th graders will have a concert Thursday, 11/30 at 7:30 pm. Please be sure your child has concert clothing for this event: black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, white shirt with a collar or a white blouse. All black dresses are also acceptable.

The 7th and 8th graders will also perform for the Kiwanis Pancake breakfast on Saturday, 12/2 from 11:20-11:50 (or whenever we are done.) We will perform with the PHS Orchestras. More information will come out about this, but please be sure this event is on your calendar.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 11/6 (150 minutes.)

Gray Orchestra students will have a test over the first line of #29 in “String Calisthenics.”

There are a few extra credit opportunities coming up for students:

“The Brothers Grimm” play at PHS Friday, 11/3 and Saturday 11/4 at 7:00 pm in the PHS Theatre, also 11/4 at 2:00 pm. Student tickets are $5, Adult tickets are $10.

The Auditorium Chamber music series at University of Idaho presents “Quartetto Gelato” Tuesday, 11/7 at 7:30 pm in the UI Administration Auditorium.

The Greater Palouse Youth Orchestra and Cantabile String Ensembles are having a concert Saturday, 11/11 at 7:30 pm in the UI Administration Auditorium. This concert is free!

Our upcoming concert schedule is as follows:

Both PHS Orchestras will perform for the Kiwanis Pancake breakfast on Saturday, 12/2 from 11:20-11:50 (or whenever we are done.) We will perform with the 7th and 8th grade Orchestras. More information will come out about this, but please be sure this event is on your calendar.

PHS Holiday concert with the PHS Bands: December 6 at 7:00 pm in the PHS Theatre.

Concert with the Elementary Orchestras: December 13 at 7:30 pm in the LMS Gym.

We will sell Christmas Trees for the Boosters on December 14 from 4:00-6:00 pm. I will have a sign up sheet in class as we get closer to that event.

 

 

 


Week of October 30th

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Practice slips are due Monday, 10/30. This is the last practice slip of the first quarter. First quarter ends Friday, 11/3. Late practice slips are due by Friday, 11/3 to be counted on the first quarter grade.

All Extra Credit is due by Wednesday, 11/1.

Extra Credit Opportunity:

The Washington-Idaho Symphony has a concert this weekend: Saturday, 10/28 at 7:30 pm in the Ensminger Pavilion on the WSU campus and Sunday, 10/29 at 3:00 pm at Lewiston High School. The Symphony will be performing “The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi with Dr. Ferenc Cszeko on violin.

The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders have a concert coming up on Thursday, 11/30. The concert will be at 7:30 pm and will either be at LMS in the Commons (if the lights are repaired by then) or at PHS in the Theatre. I will let everyone know the location as soon as I am able.

A reminder about concert clothing requirements: black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, white blouse or shirt with a collar such as a dress shirt or polo shirt.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 10/30.

The Blue Orchestra will be participating in the WSU Orchestra festival on Friday, 11/17. We will leave PHS at 7:15 am (yuck!) and go up to Kimbrough Music Building on the WSU campus. Our performance time on stage in Kimbrough recital hall is 8:00 am, and our clinic will be at 8:25 am. After our clinic, we will listen to some of the other Orchestras, and then return to PHS at 11:00 am. We would love to have an audience for our performance: parents who are able, please come and listen to us at 8:00! It’s always kind of a bummer to perform for a mostly empty recital hall. I will send home itineraries and permission slips next week for this event.

 


Week of October 23rd

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Congratulations to the 7th and 8th graders on a fantastic concert this past Wednesday! I was so proud of the students. Great performances by all!

Practice slips are due Monday, 10/23 (100 minutes.) This is the second to last practice slip of the quarter. First quarter ends Friday, 11/3. Any late practice slips for the week of 10/30 must be turned in by Friday the 3rd.

All extra credit must be turned in by Wednesday, 11/1. This may be extra credit concert programs or concert reviews.

6th graders will have a test over the first four measures of “Rockin’ Ol’ St. Nick” on Wednesday, 10/25.

The class schedule for conference week (10/23-10/27) is as follows:

Monday: All 7 class periods
Tuesday: 1, 3, 5, 7
Wednesday: 2, 4, 6
Thursday: 1, 3, 5, 7
Friday: 2, 4, 6

There is an extra credit opportunity Monday, 10/23: PHS Band concert at 7:00 pm in the PHS Theatre.

PHS Orchestras

Congratulations to all students on a fantastic concert this past Wednesday! Excellent performances by all!

Practice slips are due Monday, 10/23 (150 minutes.)

There is an extra credit opportunity Monday, 10/23: PHS Band concert at 7:00 pm in the PHS Theatre.

The Gray Orchestra students will have a test over #25 in “String Calisthenics” on Thursday, 10/26.

 


Week of October 16th

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Practice slips are due Monday, 10/16 (100 minutes.) There are three weeks left in the first quarter; first quarter ends Friday, November 3rd.

6th graders will have a test this Wednesday, 10/18 over Unit 5. Students may choose to play either lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

7th and 8th graders will have their first concert this Wednesday, 10/18. The concert will be performed at Pullman High School in the Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Students should be at PHS no later than 7:00 pm in their concert black and white clothing: White blouse or white shirt with a collar, black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes. All black dresses are also acceptable. The students will meet in the Choir room at PHS and will perform first on the concert. The other ensembles on this concert will be the PHS Gray and Blue Orchestras. Students and families are encouraged to stay for the remainder of the concert and listen to the PHS Orchestras.

Since the 7th and 8th graders will not have class on Wednesday due to the half day, students need to be sure to take their instruments home on Tuesday.

This Wednesday, 10/18 is a half day and we will have even class periods. 6th graders will have Orchestra that day but 7th and 8th graders will not.

Looking ahead at Conference Week (10/23-10/27) the schedule of classes will be as follows:

Monday: All classes Tuesday: Odd class periods (7th and 8th graders will have Orchestra on Odd days) Wednesday: Even class periods (6th graders will have Orchestra on Even days) Thursday: Odd Friday: Even

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 10/16 (150 minutes.) This is the first practice slip of the new grading period.

We have our first concert this coming Wednesday, 10/18. The concert will be performed at Pullman High School in the Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Students should be at PHS no later than 7:00 pm in their concert black clothing: Black blouse or black shirt with a collar, black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes. All black dresses are also acceptable. The students will meet in the Orchestra oom at PHS and will perform second (Gray Orchestra) and third (Blue Orchestra) on the concert. The other ensembles on this concert will be the LMS 7th and 8th grade Orchestras.

Thursday, 10/19: both classes should bring a breakfast item to share.

Friday, 10/20: Zero period will be an oboe sectional. First period will happen as normal.

 


Week of October 9th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 10/9 (100 minutes.)

There is no school Friday, 10/13 due to a LID day for teachers.

The 7th and 8th graders have a concert Wednesday, 10/18 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre. Students should be at PHS no later than 7:00 pm, wearing their concert clothing (white shirt or blouse, black pants or skirt, black hosiery, and black shoes.) This concert will also feature the Blue and Gray Orchestras of Pullman High School. It’s going to be a great evening!

Thursday, 10/12 there is a Band concert at 7:30 pm in the LMS Gym. This is an extra credit opportunity for students.

8th grade students need to have their “Giving Bach” t-shirt/sweatshirt orders in by Wednesday, 10/11. Checks may be made payable to LMS.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 10/9 (150 minutes.) The first 6-week grading period ends Thursday, 10/12.

A large number of zero period students are taking the PSAT Wednesday, 10/11. Therefore, we will not have zero period that day. Students are welcome to come in and practice if they wish during zero period class time.

1st period students will have a test Thursday, 10/12 over #26 in their “String Calisthenics” packet.

We have a concert Wednesday, 10/18 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre. Students should be at PHS no later than 7:00 pm, wearing their concert black clothing (black shirt or blouse, black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes.) This concert will also feature the 7th and 8th grade Orchestras of Lincoln Middle School. It’s going to be a great evening!

 


Week of October 2nd

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Practice slips are due Monday, 10/2 (100 minutes.) Interim reports go out this week for those students with a “D” or an “F” in any class.

7th graders will have a test over Unit 13 on Tuesday, 10/3. Students may choose to play either lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4 of this Unit.

6th graders will have a test over Unit 3 on Thursday, 10/5. Students may choose to play either lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

8th graders received t-shirt order forms for our “Giving Bach” project. Orders and payment are due by 10/11.

We will record auditions for Junior All State this week on Monday and Tuesday after school. The students have signed up for the following time slots:

Monday

3:00 Max C.

3:15 Heaven G.

Tuesday

3:00 Hannah K.

Our first concert is coming up Wednesday, 10/18 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre. This concert will feature the 7th and 8th grade students as well as both PHS Orchestras. As a reminder, students need to wear concert clothing for this performance: white blouse or shirt, black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes. All black dresses are also acceptable.

The concert on 10/18 is an extra credit opportunity for 6th graders. Students who attend the concert should get a program, get it autographed by a performer after the performance, and then turn it in. This is worth 25 extra credit points. Or, students may choose to write a concert review. I will show the students the concert review forms in class this week. Concert reviews are worth up to 100 points.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 10/2 (150 minutes.)

1st period students will have a test over #24 in “String Calisthenics” on Thursday, 10/5.

The end of the first grading period is next Thursday, 10/12.

We will record auditions for All-State during class this week. Those students who are auditioning will record in the practice room while class is going on. The schedule is as follows:

Monday:
0 period
Rebekah H.

Tuesday:
0 period
Nanette E.
1st period
Meghna D.

Wednesday:
0 period
Megan B.

Thursday:
0 period
Sunny H.

Friday:
0 period
Chris P.

Monday (10/9)
0 period
Vibha K.

 

 

 

 


Week of September 25th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 9/25 (100 minutes.)

Mid-term Interim reports for those students earning a “D” or an “F” in any class will go out after October 4th. For Orchestra students, this means that they have 2 practice slip “turn-ins” before Interim reports: 9/25 and 10/2.

Concert clothing expectations: Students need to wear black and white clothing for our concerts: a white shirt (e.g. polo shirt or dress shirt, not a t-shirt) or blouse and black pants or a skirt. An all black dress is also acceptable. For skirts/dresses, knee length or lower is preferable. Also, all students need to wear black hosiery (socks/nylons/knee highs) and black shoes, preferably not tennis shoes. The 7th and 8th graders have their first concert on October 18th, and the 6th graders have their first concert on November 30th.

If you are unable to purchase concert clothing, please let me know ASAP so that I can look through some of the donated clothing we have. It is very challenging when a child comes to me the day of the concert and asks for concert clothing; I’d prefer to take care of this prior to then. Also, if you have any used clothing that your child has outgrown, please feel free to send it in to the school to add to our donations. Thank you!

I will be posting a sign up sheet with times for recording this week for 8th graders who wish to audition for Junior All State. We will have 15 minute time slots.

The 6th graders did a great job on their first performance assessment last week over Unit 2. Not only did all of the students put forth a good effort, but the class was supportive of one another: truly “PROUD” Spartans! Way to go 6th graders!

This year, the LMS 8th grade Orchestra will be implementing a service-oriented program we are calling “Giving Bach.” The purpose of this program is two-fold:

  1. Provide live music performances for audiences who do not otherwise get an opportunity to hear an orchestra.
  2. Help our students realize how their musical talents can be used to enrich the lives of others.

Examples of audiences we might perform for are: primary grade classrooms, nursing homes, or schools such as the Northwest Children’s Home in Lewiston. If you as parents have other ideas of performance venues for this project, please let me know!

We will be ordering t-shirts that feature the “Giving Bach” logo as well as a logo that identifies us as the LMS “Spartan Orchestra.” The order forms will be going home (hopefully) this week. The company that we go through offers a t-shirt only for $11 or a “Spirit Pack” which includes the t-shirt and also a hoodie for $37. The students do not have to have the hoodie, as we will wear the t-shirts for our performances, but some might opt to purchase the “Spirit Pack.” Students may also request their name on the back, which costs an additional $6.50 per item (e.g. it would cost $13 for the name on both the t-shirt and the sweatshirt.) Please let me know if the purchase of the t-shirt presents a financial hardship and I will assist with the purchase. Every student needs a t-shirt in order to participate in “Giving Bach.” I am excited to move forward with this service project!

PHS Orchestras 

Practice slips are due Monday, 9/25 (150 minutes.)

The Gray Orchestra students have a test this Tuesday, 9/26 over #19-22 in their “String Calisthenics” packets. These are all bowing exercises.

WSU School of Music is again offering their “Music Major for a Day” program in which high school students may visit the school of music and see what being a music major is all about! Students need to register for this activity by October 13th, and it will take place October 16th. For more information, check their website: www.music.wsu.edu/mmfad.

Please “like” our PHS Orchestra Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PHSOrchestra/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel I put a lot of information on this page, as well as some (hopefully) informative/entertaining articles and memes.

Concert clothing expectations: Students need to wear all black clothing for our concerts. This includes a black dress shirt or blouse, black pants, black hosiery, and black shoes. All black dresses are also acceptable. Our first concert is October 18th. Anyone who has outgrown concert clothing to donate, I will gladly accept it!

I will post a sign up sheet for students who wish to record an audition for All State. We will do our recording during zero period. Students will have a class period in the practice room in which to record their audition.

 

 


Week of September 18th

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LMS Orchestras 

Practice slips are due Monday, 9/18 (100 minutes.) This is the second practice slip of the year for the 7th and 8th graders and the first practice slip of the year for 6th graders. As a reminder, there must be a parent/guardian signature on the practice slip. I do accept late practice slips, up to one week late for half credit up to 50 points.

7th graders: Ms. Crowe is using this class as her “focus” class for her EdTPA project for Student Teaching. A permission to video form went home last week: we have about 5 forms yet to be turned in. Please turn these in on Monday if you haven’t already!

We have a half day this Wednesday, 9/20 and will have odd class periods. 7th and 8th graders will have Orchestra, but 6th graders will not have Orchestra this Wednesday.

6th graders will have a playing test this Thursday, 9/21 over Unit 2. (If we don’t get through every student on Thursday, some students may test Friday, but please be ready to test on Thursday.) Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4 of the Unit. These are the areas that I will be looking at for grading:

Counting out loud

Rhythm & bowing

Intonation & fingerings

Posture & position

Each category is worth 2.5 points for a total of 10 points.  

Concert clothing expectations: Students need to wear black and white clothing for our concerts: a white shirt or blouse and black pants or a skirt. An all black dress is also acceptable. For skirts/dresses, knee length or lower is preferable. Also, all students need to wear black hosiery (socks/nylons/knee highs) and black shoes, preferably not tennis shoes. The 7th and 8th graders have their first concert on October 18th, and the 6th graders have their first concert on November 30th.

If you are unable to purchase concert clothing, please let me know ASAP so that I can look through some of the donated clothing we have. It is very challenging when a child comes to me the day of the concert and asks for concert clothing; I’d prefer to take care of this prior to then. Also, if you have any used clothing that your child has outgrown, please feel free to send it in to the school to add to our donations. Thank you!

8th graders have the opportunity to audition for Jr. All State. Here is the link to the audition materials: http://www.wmea.org/Content/C83/2018/2018%20WMEA%20Junior%20All-State%20Orchestra%20Audition%20Materials.pdf

The deadline for auditions is October 5th. I will be checking with 8th graders who are interested in this opportunity this week and setting up times to record after school. The event takes place February 17th in Yakima. The school helps pay for a part of the registration fee for those students who are accepted. The fee is usually around $110 and in the past the school has been able to pay for about half of the fee. Families are responsible for transportation, housing, and meals for the event. Please let me know if you have questions about Jr. All State.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 9/18 (150 minutes.)

Open House is Monday, 9/18. The zero period session for Blue Orchestra is from 6:50-7:00, first period for Gray Orchestra is from 7:05-7:15. I look forward to seeing parents and students Monday evening!

WSU School of Music is again offering their “Music Major for a Day” program in which high school students may visit the school of music and see what being a music major is all about! Students need to register for this activity by October 13th, and it will take place October 16th. For more information, check their website: www.music.wsu.edu/mmfad.

We will have sectionals this week:
Monday: All
Tuesday: Violins
Wednesday: Violas, Cellos, & Basses
Thursday: All
Friday: All

Please “like” our PHS Orchestra Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PHSOrchestra/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel I put a lot of information on this page, as well as some (hopefully) informative/entertaining articles and memes.

Students may have the opportunity to audition for All State this year. The link to the audition materials is here: http://www.wmea.org/Content/C18/2018/2018%20WMEA%20All-State%20Strings%20Audition%20Material.pdf as well as an update to these materials: http://www.wmea.org/Content/C18/2018/String%20Errata%20sheet%20posted%20September%204.pdf

All State will take place February 16-18 in Yakima, WA. The school will pay the registration fees for those students who are accepted. Please be sure you are available for the event before participating in the audition! Also, any student who is accepted is expected to participate in the event: if you become unable to go, you will be responsible to reimburse the school for your fee.  

We will start recording auditions within the next couple of weeks. The deadline for auditions is October 10th.

Concert clothing expectations: Students need to wear all black clothing for our concerts. This includes a black dress shirt or blouse, black pants, black hosiery, and black shoes. All black dresses are also acceptable. Our first concert is October 18th. Anyone who has outgrown concert clothing to donate, I will gladly accept it!

 

 


Week of September 11th

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LMS Orchestras

Hello everyone! It’s been a good start to the year. Unfortunately, my family has had some health issues and I have been gone quite a number of days (4 out of 7 school days) so far. I’m hoping that everything will be back to normal moving forward. Thank you for your patience with me as there has been a delay in responding to emails, etc. I want to give a shout out to my student teacher, Maureen Crowe, for stepping in for me at a moment’s notice and keeping things going! Thanks Maureen!

The 7th and 8th graders will have their first practice slip due this Monday, 9/11. Students should turn in 100 minutes for full credit. Anything over 100 minutes is extra credit!

6th graders will have their first practice slip due next Monday, 9/18. I recommend practicing 20 minutes a day, five days a week to get to the required 100 minutes per week. Students must have a parent/guardian sign their practice slip in order for me to accept it.

Practice slips will be accepted up to one week late, for half credit up to 50 points.

Concert clothing expectations: Students need to wear black and white clothing for our concerts: a white shirt or blouse and black pants or a skirt. An all black dress is also acceptable. For skirts/dresses, knee length or lower is preferable. Also, all students need to wear black hosiery (socks/nylons/knee highs) and black shoes, preferably not tennis shoes. The 7th and 8th graders have their first concert on October 18th, and the 6th graders have their first concert on November 30th.

If you are unable to purchase concert clothing, please let me know ASAP so that I can look through some of the donated clothing we have. It is very challenging when a child comes to me the day of the concert and asks for concert clothing; I’d prefer to take care of this prior to then. Also, if you have any used clothing that your child has outgrown, please feel free to send it in to the school to add to our donations. Thank you!

8th graders have the opportunity to audition for Jr. All State. Here is the link to the audition materials: http://www.wmea.org/Content/C83/2018/2018%20WMEA%20Junior%20All-State%20Orchestra%20Audition%20Materials.pdf

The deadline for auditions is October 5th. I will be checking with 8th graders who are interested in this opportunity this week and setting up times to record after school. The event takes place February 17th in Yakima. The school helps pay for a part of the registration fee for those students who are accepted. The fee is usually around $110 and in the past the school has been able to pay for about half of the fee. Families are responsible for transportation, housing, and meals for the event. Please let me know if you have questions about Jr. All State.

PHS Orchestras

Hello everyone! It’s been a good start to the year. Unfortunately, my family has had some health issues and I have been gone quite a number of days (4 out of 7 school days) so far. I’m hoping that everything will be back to normal moving forward. Thank you for your patience with me as there has been a delay in responding to emails, etc. I want to give a shout out to my student teacher, Maureen Crowe, for stepping in for me at a moment’s notice and keeping things going! Thanks Maureen!

Our first practice slip is due this Monday, 9/11. Students need to turn in 150 minutes for full credit. I recommend practicing 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Extra practice time beyond 150 minutes is extra credit. A parent signature is required. Practice slips will be accepted up to one week late for half credit up to 75 minutes.

Please “like” our PHS Orchestra Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PHSOrchestra/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel I put a lot of information on this page, as well as some (hopefully) informative/entertaining articles and memes.

Students may have the opportunity to audition for All State this year. The link to the audition materials is here: http://www.wmea.org/Content/C18/2018/2018%20WMEA%20All-State%20Strings%20Audition%20Material.pdf as well as an update to these materials: http://www.wmea.org/Content/C18/2018/String%20Errata%20sheet%20posted%20September%204.pdf

All State will take place February 16-18 in Yakima, WA. The school will pay the registration fees for those students who are accepted. Please be sure you are available for the event before participating in the audition! Also, any student who is accepted is expected to participate in the event: if you become unable to go, you will be responsible to reimburse the school for your fee.

 We will start recording auditions within the next couple of weeks. The deadline for auditions is October 10th.

Concert clothing expectations: Students need to wear all black clothing for our concerts. This includes a black dress shirt or blouse, black pants, black hosiery, and black shoes. All black dresses are also acceptable. Our first concert is October 18th. Anyone who has outgrown concert clothing to donate, I will gladly accept it!

 


Week of June 12th

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LMS Orchestras

This will be my last message for the year. Thanks for such a great year with your students. I hope everyone has an enjoyable summer!

Late practice slips may be turned in by Monday, 6/12, as well as any extra credit concert programs or concert reviews.

Monday through Wednesday students need to bring a writing utensil to class and something to write on for our MAPC activity.

All student instruments should have been taken home last Friday. We will do an instrument locker check this week.

PHS Orchestras

This will be my last message for the year. Thanks for such a great year with your students. I hope everyone has an enjoyable summer!

Late practice slips may be turned in by Monday, 6/12, as well as any extra credit concert programs or concert reviews.

Great job at graduation! Thank you for your service to the school through this event.

We are done with zero period for the year. Students are welcome to come in and practice at that time, or get some extra sleep. J

1st period students will have their final on Wednesday, 6/14. Students may choose to play #16, #17, or #18 from our exercise packet. We will review these on Monday and Tuesday of this last week of school.

 

 

 


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