Greetings friends! We hope everyone had a really fantastic weekend!
I am very proud of the hard work by all of the students and parents of the Atascocita High School band. The students had a very successful first football game, in the stands and for the halftime show. I believe we are off to a really great start! And I’d like to send a MASSIVE thank you to the parents who helped us at the concession stands. It was incredibly successful, and it definitely took a village to pull off.
PARENTS: Thank you so much for signing up to help us with our concession stands. We still have a lot of slots left to fill. Go to the band website, www.atascocitaband.com and click on the signup links on the main page to see the open slots available.
The next performance for the Atascocita HS Band is Friday September 2nd at Katy stadium. This will be our first away game, and it is an earlier start time then the last home game with a 6pm start time. Since the drive is long and the start time is earlier, we will be dismissing students from class early to come to the band hall to prepare for departure to be there on time. Students will come straight to the band hall 7th period to prepare for the game departure. More information about this game and the itinerary will go out on a separate post on the BAND app and a Charms email.
REHEARSALS: This week are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 3:15 to 5:45. Monday will be your day to take care of all tutorials with your teachers and any other commitments before we get back to it. Again, make sure that you have a water jug out there.
WEATHER: We are looking at another week of rainy thunderstorm weather Monday through Friday. We will always still have rehearsal - if the weather is clear, we will go outside. If the weather is not clear, we have some new music to hand out and work on inside the band hall.
UNIFORMS: This will be our first game with our full band uniforms. Everything that you wore this last Thursday you will wear again - blue band shirt, black band shorts, and white shoes. This time, we are doing our band coats, band pants, and tall white socks. The socks must go high up to the calf and can not be ankle socks. More information will be going out in the itinerary.
GRADES: We are in week 4 of our grading period, so that means we have 3 more weeks left until grades are submitted for UIL no pass no play eligibility rule. Students and parents, it is absolutely critical that you stay up top of your grades so that you will be eligible to participate with us at games and contests. Notifications will keep going out weekly to band students who are falling behind academically. Should you need help, email a director and we will do what we can to help you.
WIDDY UP: It’s almost over! September 1st is the last day! Last call for kiddos to push those videos out to family and friends. We have raised a total of $7785 so far towards individual Disney accounts and Booster funds. Keep sending!
PEP RALLY FRIDAY: Band students will go straight to the band hall 3rd period instead of their regular class. Once in the band hall with our instruments and music ready to go, we will line up and head to the gym for our pep rally.
That’s it for now. If you have any questions, please call or email us!
Greetings everyone, here is your weekly update for August the 22nd.
I hope everyone had an awesome weekend!
THIS WEEK’S DATES: This week, we have our very first big performance at our home game at Turner stadium. This week's schedule is a little unique that we are having a Monday practice and a Thursday football game. So the rehearsal schedule is Monday Tuesday and Wednesday 3:15 to 5:45, and on Thursday we play Dickinson High School at Turner stadium. It’s going to be a whole lot of fun, and we are ready for Atascocita football!
WEATHER: The weather this week is going to be all over the place, with some scattered thunderstorms all week long. Regardless of if it rains or not, we will always have band practice. If it is raining or lightning outside, we will be inside the band hall working on music. If the weather is clear for us, we will be outside working on drill this week.
APPAREL FOR THIS WEEK: For the required apparel, this week you will need the blue band shirt, black shorts, and white marching shoes. We will not be wearing our marching band uniform this week due to the hot weather.
If you ordered white marching shoes through TMF, they should be in the band hall ready to be dispersed this week. If you ordered on the late August run, those shoes should arrive either Wednesday or Thursday.
If you ordered any items from TMF on the late August run, those items will not come in before the first few football games. However, thanks to the Boosters, we ordered an extra surplus of red colored shirts, blue band shirts, and black band shorts to help those who still need items. As far as apparel goes, we will make sure that all students have what they need.
REQUIRED BAND SUPPLIES: For the required supplies, you should have a flip folder with all of your music in it. Most performers have one, and we thank the Boosters big time for their help with that. Now, all students just need to make sure that they have a LYRE to hold the flip folder on their instrument before Thursday. All music stores have them. If you are a woodwind player, please make sure to have an available box of reads on your own. If you're a brass player, having your own blue juice valve oil or trombone slide cream will help you. In all cases, all band students need a polishing cloth for their woodwind or brass instruments.
ITINERARY: Attached to this message is the itinerary for Thursday's game. Every week, the football itinerary schedule will be posted on the updates tab of the band website. Always double check to make sure that you have the correct itinerary for the football game.
WIDDYUP FUNDRAISER: This is the last week for the WiddyUp! fundraiser! Get those videos shared with as many family and friends as you possibly can!
CONCESSION STANDS: Preparing the concession stands for our football games, I learned, is a big process. It is a lot of work to prepare, but it is the biggest money maker that the boosters have that helps the band program tremendously. We want to send a big thank you to the parents and students who helped out this Saturday with getting the concession stands set up with the items it needs. Also, we are thankful for the parents and volunteers who will help us at the concession stands for these next football games.
WE STILL NEED HELP!: There are still so many more spots we need help with, however. If you could go to the www.atascocitaband.com website and sign up for as many spots as you possibly can. You most certainly can sign up for multiple spots if you are already at the stand and want to extend it longer.
GRADES: Students, we are already in week 3 of the grading period. That means a progress report is coming next week. It is your responsibility to make sure that all school work is submitted properly and that you are making great grades and your academics. If you fail a course during the 6th week, you will become ineligible and unable to participate. That will result in your spot being lost, and we will have to go back and reteach new spots. We are calling for 100% eligibility from all band students! A common misconception for UIL eligibility is that it has to be a report card. If a school is on a nine week grading period, to keep fair with Athletics all across the school that have different grading. UIL has mandated for a statewide 6th week eligibility check. For a school like ours that is on a 9-week grading period, that means you can lose your eligibility twice during the 6th week and the 9th week. Therefore, your second progress report will determine your eligibility for band as well as your report card! It is so critical that you work really hard to make good on your school work so that you can participate at games and contests. 100% eligibility, ALL STUDENTS!
WATER JUGS: My last message is about the water jugs. Band students have not been bringing water outside because they know that it is provided to them outside by our ops crew. The water containers outside are fulfilling up your water jugs only, and the little white cups were used for emergencies. However, we went through a whole entire marching season's worth of water cups in just one week! The little white cups do not provide nearly enough hydration that students need to be safe. Not bringing a container outside already filled with water in it is extremely unsafe, and we can't in good conscience allow our students outside without proper hydration. If you do not have a water container at practice, please go back inside and create a solution before you come outside. We will not allow anyone at practice outside without a container of water.
And that wraps up this week’s updates!
Here is your weekly update for 8/15/2022!
Fundraiser! The WiddyUp! Fundraiser is underway! Make sure to hit that share button of your videos and get those funds raised for your Disney trip and our program. If you still have not submitted your pitch and final video, it’s not too late. You can still join in on the fun - we are expecting everyone to participate, because it’s super ultra easy to do!
Private Lessons: We will be sending out a form during class for students who are interested in private lessons tomorrow during class. They are GUARANTEED to make you a better player, because you will receive private individualized instruction on your instrument tailored to your needs to become an outstanding musician. Each private lesson teacher will have different days, times, and weekly prices. If you are interested in taking private lessons with our staff, sign up tomorrow, and we will put everything together for you once the time comes. Have a discussion tonight as a family and see if it’s something that you would be able to do.
Concession Stands: Eagle Football season is here!! It’s all hands on deck for concession stands! Please understand that concession stand sales are our biggest money maker for the year. Our fair share fees remain low due to that income. If we don’t have enough concession stand workers, then we must forfeit the stand and give it to another Humble ISD High School, who is more than happy to make the extra income. It’s a big deal. For those who are maybe new to the program, working just at least one concession stand day is usually an expectation of our band parents . We will never ask very much of our band family, but to keep our operations going, we are calling on ALL help possible.
This week’s practice schedule is Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday 3:15 to 5:45. BUT NEXT WEEK’S PRACTICE SCHEDULE IS DIFFERENT. Because we have a Thursday football game next week, we will do our three practice days on Mon, Tues, and Wed.
Ohh, by the way… OUR FIRST FOOTBALL GAME IS NEXT WEEK! And it’s a THURSDAY football game, against Dickinson High School on August 25th. It will be a home game at our own Turner stadium. An itinerary of the day will be sent to the students and parents on the BAND app and on the website. Student attire for the first game will be a summer uniform - the navy blue band shirt, black band shorts, and white marching shoes. The shoes should be arriving this week, and the round 3 orders on the webstore should be arriving this week as well.
GRADES! Make sure you are keeping up with your class work. In order for us to be competitive this year for band, we need every student to be eligible to play. We will be helping our students every single day, but we need our parent’s help as well with logging in to the classroom gradebook situation and helping your kiddos with their classwork.
And that’s all for this week! Let’s have an AMAZING week together! CHAMPIONSHIP MINDSET!
GREETINGS, EAGLE FAMILY!
I hope that you all had a really restful weekend! You all deserve it! We had a tremendously successful summer band camp, and I'm so excited for what we will be doing together as a team this year!
FIRST DAY: The first official day of school is August 9th Tuesday! The bell schedule is below:
AFTER-SCHOOL PRACTICE: This week kicks off our regular practice schedule, which will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:15 to 5:45. Parents, we definitely need volunteers to be there with us to help our kids stay safe. Please refer to our Booster president's email sent out just recently. If you did not receive a Booster email, reach out to me at email@example.com and we can take a look.
ONE PRACTICE EXCEPTION... Be sure to look at the calendar, because there is only one exception - the week of August 22. We have a MONDAY practice, because it is our very first football game of the year, and... it's a Thursday. We need the three days. However, we will be giving that Friday off to enjoy the rest of the weekend.
SCHEDULES: If your schedule is incorrect, be patient. We will be working with a whole brand new counseling team this year, and they are all work very hard to make sure that 3950 high school students have the correct places they need to go. We will need to give grace and patience as that time goes on.
GEAR: The gear store is open again, and will close this Friday. Make sure that you get on there and get your required appareal, shoes, and fair share fees paid before it's too late!
THE FIRST FOOTBALL GAME IS.......
AUGUST 25TH!! Thursday Game vs. Dickinson, a home game!
Director of Bands, Atascocita High School