Has your child ever thought they wanted to play the guitar? If so, now may be the opportunity they have been looking for.
Hay Springs Public Schools, in collaboration with Sandy Ferrel, and Chadron State College will be offering group guitar lessons free of charge this school year. Elementary (grades 3-5) classes will be offered after school on Thursdays and Middle School/High School classes will be offered before school on Wednesdays.
A parent/student organizational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10th after school in the Elementary School Library. This will determine student interest and answer questions you may have.
Guitar Rental: Haggerty’s in Rapid City will rent guitars with cases for $50 for a three-month trial period. If the student decides to purchase the instrument, the rental will apply to the cost of the guitar, which is approximately $200.
For additional information contact Sandy Ferrel or call the school at (308) 638-4434.
We are NOT doing practice records this year! Yes, you heard right, NO PRACTICE RECORDS! Instead I am implementing a program called “Band Ninja.” This is an opportunity for students to earn different levels of “belts” (really they are ribbons) that they will tie around their instrument as badges of honor. Any 6th-8th grade student has a copy of the requirements to earn belts. If they earn all belts they will have the opportunity to become a “band ninja.” We already have white belt players and several who are now attempting their yellow belt!
We have a new opportunity offered this year called the “After School Band Club (ASBC). ” Mrs. Mikaila Reimer or myslef will be in the music room from 4:15-5:00 Monday-Wednesday for ANY student who is struggling or who wishes to earn a belt for the “band ninja” program. Of course those overachievers who are pages ahead of the rest of us are also be welcome if they come across something they don’t understand. We have a few weeks under our belt and have found it to be a huge success! It’s so encouraging to see the band room filled with 6-10 students every night either looking for help or trying to earn a belt!
The high school band is planning a trip in May of 2014 to Kansas City. This trip will be at the cost of each student. We will continue to fundraise, right now we are signed up to do several concession stands this fall-only students who help in the concession stand will receive a portion of the proceeds. Students can make payments into their accounts held here at the school. Deposits can be turned into Mrs. Varvel. The trip is projected to cost less than $500 a student; I highly recommend that students try to save or fundraise $200 a quarter. Students who began fund raising last year and/or made payments over the summer have been given a copy of what they currently have in their account. Stay tuned for more details!
Watch future newsletters for Christmas concert dates!
The public is welcome to come and see what the students have been up to in the classrooms. Projects will be on display in Lister-Sage May 14th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Stick around after the fair to see students in grades K-5 perform their Spring concert pieces beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
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Due to concerns with weather and scheduling conflicts.
The performance schedule for districts will remain the same.
We may be settling down into the 4th quarter, but your 4th-8th grade students should still be hard at work practicing their 60 minutes a week!
In preparation for our trip to Kansas City NEXT spring we will be doing some different fundraisers. We’ve just completed our Deli International Sales (thanks to all who supported that) and we are going to try our hand at a new fundraiser! It’s called “FLOWER POWER Fundraising.” Please stay tuned for more information, or see any 8th-12th grade music student for more information.
Make sure to “like” the new Music notes facebook page. There are regular posts and updates.
An exciting change for next year… Next year high school swing choir will be a part of the school day! We will meet during the regular choir time! You do NOT have to be in swing choir to be a part of choir, but you WILL have to be in the choir class to be a part of swing choir! This means no more 7am practices-YAY!!
Mrs. Jungck and I will once again be doing a swing choir fun camp! This year we are opening it up to 4th-8th grade. It is tentatively set for the 3rd week in June, the 17th-20th. We are limiting the amount of campers we will take, so make sure to sign up early!!
April 2nd High School Choir & Swing Choir to perform for Security Gold Club at Security First Bank 7:30p
April 11th Elders Wisdom Program – K-5th grade students perform
April 16th Pre-Contest Concert & Recital – HS Choir, Swing Choir, ML & HS Band
April 17th District Music Contest – Alliance, NE
May 14th K-5 Music Program
The Pop’s Concert is scheduled for Thursday, February 21st at 7pm. The theme for this years concert is “kids music,” it will consist of many Disney songs as well as a few selections from some musical theater! The Swing Choir and High School Choir & ML/HS Band will perform. There will also be a special performance by this summers “elementary swing choir fun camp” group. Please plan to attend!
There will be an informational meeting for 8th-11th grade music parents whose students are interested in going on a music trip in the Spring of 2014 on Tuesday, February 5th at 7pm in the music room. We will discuss the trip itself, the cost and fundraising options. Please plan to attend!
Any household with a 4th grade student should be hearing the toot of a new instrument! Please remember that music students 4th-8th grade are expected to practice at least 60 minutes a week. Parents are suppose to sign the practice record on Sunday of each week so their students can turn them in for a grade.
Beginning Band Schedule: Each week we will have individual sectionals with the different families of instruments. On Mondays I will meet with the woodwinds (flutes, clarinets & Alto Sax’s); on Tuesdays I will work with the Brass instruments (Trumpets, Trombones & Baritones) on Wednesdays I will be with the percussionist and then on Thursday we will have a full band rehearsal! Please help your beginning band students remember their supplies (instrument & book) for band rehearsal on their assigned days.
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Congratulations to Jen Scherbarth and Cydney Jancik for being selected to the Oregon Trail Honor Band. They will be in Gering on Monday, January 14th for rehearsals. There will be a concert at 5 p.m. at the Gering High School auditorium. Eli Badje and Brittany Ferguson were selected as alternates.
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