TWIGEB (08/21/17-08/26/17) + Information Covered This Past Saturday

Hello GEB,

Thank you to all who came out to the Fall Premiere! Below you will find all of the details for this week along with all of the information presented this past Saturday.

Schedule Pick-up – Monday, August 21

Students who participated in schedule pick up (the week of August 9th) and received a copy of their schedule, will report to the following areas starting at 8:00 AM on Monday, August 21st:

9th and 10th graders – Eagles’ Nest
11th and 12th graders – Small Gym

Students will receive an updated copy of their schedules; the copy is on canary yellow paper.  Students will not be allowed into their classroom if they do not have this official copy.  Students with the wrong color, will be sent to the auditorium foyer immediately.

Students who did not participate in schedule pick up (are not officially enrolled) and will be instructed to report to the auditorium foyer. They will be asked to provide proof of residency, be cleared from the holds lists, cleared from the clinic, and then, they will receive a printed copy of their official schedule.

Students are not to go to the front office or attendance/counseling offices for printed schedules.

Family Picnic Details – Wednesday, August 23
The GEB will be performing at the 5th Annual RHS Family Picnic this Wednesday, August 23rd. This will be a low key event that should have you on your way home around 8:30 PM. Below, you will find the details for the event:
4:45 PM: Inspection/Warm-up in the Band Hall?5:15 PM: Set-up in the stands (leave instruments)?5:45 PM: Eat (FREE!)?6:45 PM: Perform in the stands / enjoy the festivities?8:30 PM: Approximate Dismissal
Attire: 2017 “Arabian Nights” show shirt and school appropriate shorts.
Required Materials: instrument, flip folder and lyre

After our performance, you’ll be released to put away your instruments. All students should be ready for pickup by 8:45 PM.
RWJH All-Region Help Session – Thursday, August 24
On Thursday, August 24th, Wind Symphony students will help the 7th/8th grade Richardson West JH students on their All-Region music. This is both a required and optional event as we will need at least 1 (preferably 2 or more) student(s) from each section to help. Section leaders – please plan on attending. ALL students will be provided food! The event will be from 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM and an agenda will be given to each one of you tomorrow in class. Transportation is on your own. Please see below for the link to THEIR music.
http://www.westbroncoband.com/all-region-band-audition-music.html
*WS – this information was sent to you on 07/21
Band Rehearsals

Band rehearsals start this week! Please see below:

Monday: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Thursday: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Friday: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Exemptions

NO Rehearsals:
Labor Day (09/04), Columbus Day (10/09), Fridays after a Thursday game (09/01, 09/29) and Thursday after UIL (10/26).

EXTRA Rehearsals:
Day of competition – Little Elm (10/07), Desoto (10/14) and UIL (10/25) and Friday (10/06) 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (there is no school on this day but there is a football game)

*after competitive marching season ends, we will only rehearse on Fridays (10/27, 11/03 and 11/10). Should we advance to playoffs, we will continue this schedule.

Tutoring Information (Marching Season)

Tutoring is to be done around the marching band schedule as this is the ONLY time where all of the students are together to rehearse. With this being said, the band staff encourages students to attend tutoring (especially if a student has a grade lower than an 80). Below you will find the available opportunities for students to attend tutoring during the marching season:

Monday – Before School, Lunch and After School (4:15 PM – 5:15 PM)
Tuesday – Lunch and After School
Wednesday – Lunch and After School
Thursday – Lunch and After School (except for game days)
Friday – Lunch and After School (except for game days)

On Mondays after school, ALL students in the program will have study hall in the band hall from 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM to study and work on homework/projects. If a student needs to attend tutoring, a tutoring pass must be attained from the teacher prior to this time.

Grade Information

Under the No Pass/No Play STATE LAW, a student will not be able to participate in a UIL organization event if they do not pass (70 or higher) a non-excused class. This means NO football games, volleyball games, basketball games, competitions, pep rallies, parades, etc. Due to the UIL calendar, students MUST be passing all non-excused classes by the end of the first 6 weeks of school (September 29th).

PARENTS/STUDENTS – PLEASE CHECK FOCUS EVERY DAY. GRADES MUST BE HIGHER THAN A 70.

While there is a UIL excused list of classes, the expectation by Mr. Marquez is that all classes are passed.

STUDENTS – IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY ZEROS IN THE GRADEBOOK AND CHECK THAT TEACHERS INPUT GRADES PERIODICALLY.

Grading Scale

Participation – 30%
Performance – 30%
Fundamentals – 20%
Skills – 20%

Tardies/Absences Policy
Rehearsals – if a student has 2 unexcused tardies or 1 unexcused absence leading up to game, the student will not perform during the halftime show (but still will be required to attend the football game). This policy will restart after each game.

In accordance with RISD policy, all excused absences will be honored with no penalty. These include:

• Medical emergency or illness
• Death in the family
• Religious holiday
• Family emergency
• Medical or dental appointment

Students are to turn in medical/dental notes to Mr. Reyna. If a student has a medical/dental appointment in the morning, please try to schedule it on Monday mornings, if at all possible.

*excessive tardies and unexcused absences from rehearsals will result in removal from their competitive marching spot and performing at pep rallies.

Performances – if a student has an unexcused absence from a performance (game, competition, etc.), the student can lose the privilege of attending the spring trip, be demoted a band, and/or be removed from the program entirely at the discretion the band director. A grade will be given for each performance (30% of their grade)

Inspection Lines

Prior to every performance, we will have a designated call time for students to meet in inspection lines. The purpose of inspection lines is to make sure students are READY with everything that they need.

If a student fails inspection, the student will report to Mr. Marquez after a football game and will be assigned duties for the band during that time. A student will fail inspection if he/she:

shows up late
wears the wrong attire
is missing uniform items
is missing instrument (and parts of instrument)
has a non-clean, fully functioning working instrument
is missing a lyre/flip folder
is lacking a filled water bottle (water only)
wears make-up/nail polish
wears jewelry (religious affiliation allowed)
has an unnatural hair color
has the incorrect “show hair”
is not clean-shaven (boys)
talks
hangs uniform incorrectly (after games/competitions)

*these rules are in place to allow for students to look uniformed, help us with the maintenance of the uniforms and disseminate information efficiently.

To avoid ever being at risk, just pass your classes, be on time, and have all of your materials!

March-a-thon

Did you know it takes over $100,000 to run the Richardson High School Golden Eagle Band program?

All of the Golden Eagle Band members will be participating in our annual 5K March-a-thon on September 16th. In order to help maintain the lowest band fees in the entire region (23 high schools), we ask that every student obtain a minimum of $200 in pledges. We are also soliciting donations from our RHS neighbors and local businesses. We will march and play on a route through neighborhoods and our hope is that all our neighbors will come out/support the band as we march through the streets. The band will also be accepting donations during the morning of the event.

Donation details: The band accepts cash and checks made payable to the Richardson Area Band Club (RABC). Please place Corporate Sponsorship forms and money in the band safe.

They don’t live on the March-a-thon route, but still want to donate? The donation can be mailed to the Richardson Area Band Club (RABC) at: P. O. Box 832919, Richardson TX 75083-2919.

Thanks to those of you have signed up to solicit companies to sponsor! If you have not, click on the Company List link below.

Richardson Area Band Club 2017 March -A -Thon Company List

March-A-Thon

Once you secure a Corporate Sponsor, please email Rome Guillermo at
rome.guillermo.jr@gmail.com and let him know the level of sponsorship.

Reminders:

– Corporate Sponsorship money and vector file (for t-shirt and/or banner): DUE MONDAY, AUGUST 28th
– Donations from Family and Friends: DUE WEDNESDAY, September 13.

Private Lessons

If you have not started private lessons, please get in contact with our wonderful lesson teachers ASAP. Lessons are $18 for a 30 minute, 1 on 1 lesson that can occur before school, during your band class or after school. Lessons should not be scheduled during marching rehearsals. Please click link below for contact information to the lesson staff:

Private Lessons

Upcoming Events

08/31 – RHS vs Naaman Forest Football Game (Away)
09/01 – March-a-thon Door Hangers (Leadership)

I am looking forward to a GREAT year!

Thank you,

Mr. Marquez

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