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Week of October 8th

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Practice slips are due Monday, 10/8 (100 minutes.)

Congratulations to all of our 8th graders who auditioned for Junior All State this past week! Great job! We will have notifications about acceptance in early December.

The week of 10/15, there is a ½ day for teacher collaboration on 10/17. We will have even class periods, so 6th graders will have Orchestra but 7th and 8th graders will not.

Extra Credit concerts:
10/11 LMS Bands, 7:30 pm, LMS Gym
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.

8th graders should return their order forms for our “Giving Bach” t-shirts no later than 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, 10/8 (150 minutes.)

Congratulations to all students who auditioned for All-Northwest! Great job! We will have notifications about acceptance in early December.

The end of the grading period is Thursday, 10/11.

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.


Week of October 1st

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Practice slips are due Monday, 10/1 (100 minutes.) Interim reports for those students who have a D or an F in any class go out Wednesday, 10/3.

There is an extra credit LMS Band concert on Thursday, 10/11 at 7:30 pm in the LMS Gym.

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. 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.

8th graders should return their order forms for our “Giving Bach” t-shirts no later than 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, 10/1 (150 minutes.)

The end of the grading period is Thursday, 10/11.

Gray Orchestra students will have a playing assessment over String Calisthenics #29, lines 2 and 3 on Thursday, 10/4.

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.

 


Week of September 24th

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Practice slips are due Monday, 9/24 (100 minutes.)

Interim reports will be sent out after October 3rd. An interim report is a progress report that is sent out halfway through each quarter for those students who are earning a “D” or an “F” in any of their classes. This is a notification so that students can make a plan to improve their grade(s) prior to the end of the quarter. Orchestra students will turn in practice slips on 9/24 and 10/1 prior to my calculating interim reports.

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. 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.

A quick explanation of assignments that are listed as “EC” in the grade book: the “EC” means that assignment is designated as extra credit. For example, there is currently an “EC Concert attendance” assignment in the gradebook. Students who attend an extra credit concert and turn in a program can receive 25 extra credit points, and those who write a concert review can receive up to 100 extra credit points. For students who don’t do the extra credit, this assignment comes up as “missing.” Don’t worry: not doing extra credit does not negatively impact the grade.

Speaking of extra credit, there is a Washington-Idaho Symphony concert this Saturday at 7:30 pm at Pullman High School in the Auditorium. I’d encourage you to attend!

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 9/24 (150 minutes.)

The first six-week grading period ends on Thursday, 10/11.

Blue Orchestra students will have a test over sections of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” on Thursday and Friday next week, 9/26 and 9/27. The sections are:

Violin I: 56-63

Violin 2: 135-140

Viola: 37-45

Cello: Pick up to 30-36

Bass: 84-88

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.

Extra credit concert opportunity: there is a Washington-Idaho Symphony concert this Saturday at 7:30 pm at Pullman High School in the Auditorium. I’d encourage you to attend!

Those students who are auditioning for All-Northwest, remember to bring ear buds on your recording day!

 

 


Week of September 17th

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Practice slips are due Monday, 9/17 (100 minutes.) This is the first practice slip for 6th graders.

7th graders will have a test over the g minor scale on Tuesday, 9/18. Students may choose to play half notes, quarter notes, or eighth notes.

6th graders will have a test over Unit 2 on Thursday, 9/20. Students may choose to play either lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4. The grading criteria is as follows:

2.5 points Counting out loud (the rhythm)
2.5 points Rhythm and bowing
2.5 points Intonation and fingering
2.5 points Posture and position
10 total points

We will have a half day this Wednesday, 9/19. LMS will have Odd class periods, so 6th graders will not have Orchestra on Wednesday.

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. 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.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 9/17 (150 minutes.)

Gray Orchestra students have a test over #24 in String Calisthenics on Tuesday, 9/18.

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.


Week of September 10th

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It’s been a great start to the school year in our LMS Orchestra classes! I have enjoyed getting to know the 6th graders. This is the first time in 23 years that I have not already taught the kids in the 6th grade Orchestra class. A new experience for me!

Be sure to check out our website: www.lmsmusic.org. There is a lot of information there, plus our concert schedule and a printable practice slip.

Some important items to take note:

7th and 8th graders have their first practice slip due Monday, 9/10. 100 minutes for full credit. Late practice slips are accepted up to one week for half credit up to 50 points.  Students who practice over 100 minutes get extra credit for that assignment, e.g. 140 minutes is 140/100.

6th graders will turn in their first practice slip the following Monday, 9/17. They also need to turn in 100 minutes for full credit. Late practice slips are accepted up to one week for half credit up to 50 points. Students who practice over 100 minutes get extra credit for that assignment, e.g. 140 minutes is 140/100.

8th graders have a test over the g minor scale Thursday, 9/13. Students may choose to play half notes, quarter notes, or eighth notes.

7th graders have a test over the g minor scale Tuesday, 9/18. Students may choose to play half notes, quarter notes, or eighth notes.

PHS Orchestras

Welcome back to school! It’s been a great start to the year. Both Orchestras are already sounding great; I’m excited to see the things these kids will do this year.

Thanks to those who were able to attend Open House. It was great to see so many parents there. If you have any questions or concerns about anything related to Orchestra, please call or email.

Students have their first practice slip of the year due Monday, 9/10. Full credit is 150 minutes. Late practice slips are accepted up to one week for half credit, up to 75 points.

Students who are planning to audition for All-Northwest Honor Orchestra have their music and should be practicing. We will record the week of 9/24. The event is President’s Day weekend and is over in Portland. For those students who are accepted, I highly encourage parents to attend. It is truly an amazing concert; you won’t want to miss hearing your child perform with this Honor Ensemble.

Be sure to “like” the PHS Orchestra page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PHSOrchestra.

Check out the Orchestra website: www.lmsmusic.org. Concert calendar can be found there plus many other important pieces of information.


Week of June 11th

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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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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.

 

 


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