The ninth graders looked a lot like the proverbial "deer in headlights" for most of the day. Lots of thought-provoking questions like "Where's the cafeteria?" "How do I find my bus?" "What's an AO?" "Does Pope really have a swimming pool on the roof?" and so many more.
In the band classes, we met several new students who moved or transferred in from other schools. We went over our syllabus, grading policies, and varsity letter point system. We reviewed the band website and explained a lot of the links,
In 4th period, we had enought time left to play through our first piece for our Fall Concert.
We will issue school instruments and lockers tomorrow, and all students should plan to play as we get started in the preparation process for the concert on Sept. 23rd.
A couple of important reminders:
We need registration packets from EVERY FAMILY who has a student in any portion of the band. Concert only participants can find/print the packet from this website. We must have the permission/medical forms on file for all students.
"REMIND101" is our text messaging service for important band communications. It is NOT used for social media purposes and you will not get numerous messages. Go to the link on this site and follow the instructions to sign up.
The most important thing we did in class today was to remind the students (especially 9th graders) that they need to plan ahead and keep up with their academics. Procrastination has led to more low grades than you can imagine and more frustration than is necessary. Keep a detailed calendar with start and end dates for major assignments. Target your time to finish a day or two early instead of at the last minute. It is MUCH more difficult to dig out of an academic "hole" than it is to keep pace and create a smooth journey.
Our classes look to be very well balanced and we have some great new students (some great returning students as well!). We hope to see all of our parents actively involved in PBPA and in attendance at our performances. You will be amazed at what the students can do