Dr. Nichols’ Blog


Week of September 18, 2017

_____________________________________________


FALL BREAK is next week, Sept. 25-29


7th and 8th Grade Disney Trip

Information was distributed the first week of school.  The trip is scheduled for February 15-18, 2018 with a music workshop at Disney.  The $100 trip deposit was due on Friday, August 18th to reserve your spot on the trip.  The next (3rd) trip payment of $125 is due on October 3. Check the Disney Trip page for more information.  We currently have 92 students signed up for our trip!


Music Technology Class

Our first week of class students set up their Office 365 accounts and their Edmodo accounts.  Parents, if you aren’t familiar with Office 365, please ask your child for more information or visit the CCSD Website.  This is a fantastic resource that is provided to your child by the Cobb County School District.

This week, students will turn in their Video Game Powerpoint and begin a study of musical instruments.


8th Grade Advanced Band

The 8th Grade Advanced Band continues our focus on music study and fundamentals.  We’ve had playing tests on the F, Bb, Eb and ab concert scales.  This week’s scale test is concert Db.


7th Grade On-Level Band

The 7th Grade On-Level Band is continuing their work in Essential Elements Book 1!  Different sections are working with Mrs. Estes in a small group seeting for more focused study.  Students need all their supplies and instruments as we work to strengthen thier musical skills.  This week students have selected the line they want to play for their 4th test.  All Tests are on Fridays.


6th Grade Beginning Band

Students have signed up for band and we start this week!  Dr. Nichols and Mrs. Estes are excited and can’t wait to get started on this musical journey.  Students are bringing their instruments and supplies to class and we are getting underway with making sounds on our instruments.

Week of September 4, 2017

_____________________________________________

PROGRESS REPORTS go home on Wednesday, Sept. 6


FALL BREAK:  Sept. 25-29


7th and 8th Grade Disney Trip

Information was distributed the first week of school.  The trip is scheduled for February 15-18, 2018 with a music workshop at Disney.  The $100 trip deposit was due on Friday, August 18th to reserve your spot on the trip.  The next trip payment of $125 is due on September 5.  We currently have 92 students signed up for our trip!

Fundraiser

The fundraiser items are scheduled for delivery on Thursday, September 7th at the end of the school day.  Students with large orders will need to have their parents pick them up after school.


Music Technology Class

Our first week of class students set up their Office 365 accounts and their Edmodo accounts.  Parents, if you aren’t familiar with Office 365, please ask your child for more information or visit the CCSD Website.  This is a fantastic resource that is provided to your child by the Cobb County School District.

This week, students will use MixCraft software and Powerpoint to create a concept for a new video game.


8th Grade Advanced Band

The 8th Grade Advanced Band continues our focus on music study and fundamentals.  We’ve had playing tests on the Bb and Eb concert scales.  This week’s scale test is concert F.


7th Grade On-Level Band

The 7th Grade On-Level Band is continuing their work in Essential Elements Book 1!  Different sections are working with Mrs. Estes in a small group seeting for more focused study.  Students need all their supplies and instruments as we work to strengthen thier musical skills.  This week students have selected the line they want to play for their 2nd test.  All Tests are on Fridays.


6th Grade Beginning Band

Students have signed up for band and we start this week!  Dr. Nichols and Mrs. Estes are excited and can’t wait to get started on this musical journey.  Students are bringing their instruments and supplies to class and we are getting underway with making sounds on our instruments.

Week of August 28, 2017

_____________________________________________

Early Release Day

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 is an Early Release Day for students.  School will be dismissed at 1:30 pm for our students.

7th and 8th Grade Disney Trip

Information was distributed the first week of school.  The trip is scheduled for February 15-18, 2018 with a music workshop at Disney.  The $100 trip deposit was due on Friday, August 18th to reserve your spot on the trip.  The next trip payment of $125 is due on September 5.  We currently have 92 students signed up for our trip!

Fundraiser

Fundraiser order forms and money are due on Friday, August 25.  Please make sure its all turned in on time!  The fundraiser items are scheduled for delivery on Thursday, September 7th at the end of the school day.


Music Technology Class

Our first week of class students set up their Office 365 accounts and their Edmodo accounts.  Parents, if you aren’t familiar with Office 365, please ask your child for more information or visit the CCSD Website.  This is a fantastic resource that is provided to your child by the Cobb County School District.

This week, students will begin to use MixCraft software to study musical form and create a song, using loops, in ABA form.


8th Grade Advanced Band

The 8th Grade Advanced Band did a great job during their performance at Open House.  Now, we focus our attention on music study and fundamentals.  Students can expect weekly playing tests on major scales over the next 7-8 weeks.


7th Grade On-Level Band

The 7th Grade On-Level Band is continuing their work in Essential Elements Book 1!  Different sections are working with Mrs. Estes in a small group seeting for more focused study.  Students need all their supplies and instruments as we work to strengthen thier musical skills.


6th Grade Beginning Band

Students have signed up for band and we start this week!  Dr. Nichols and Mrs. Estes are excited and can’t wait to get started on this musical journey.  Students are bringing their instruments and supplies to class and we are getting underway with making sounds on our instruments.

Week of August 21

_____________________________________________

7th and 8th Grade Disney Trip

information was distributed the first week of school.  The trip is scheduled for February 15-18, 2018 with a music workshop at Disney.  The $100 trip deposit was due on Friday, August 18th to reserve your spot on the trip.

Fundraiser

Fundraiser order forms and money are due on Friday, August 25.  Please make sure its all turned in on time!

Music Technology Class

Our first week of class students set up their Office 365 accounts and their Edmodo accounts.  Parents, if you aren’t familiar with Office 365, please ask your child for more information or visit the CCSD Website.  This is a fantastic resource that is provided to your child by the Cobb County School District.

Last week, students completed a Powerpoint highlighting their 5 favorite songs from the life that would be titled the “Soundtrack of My Life”.

This week, students will begin to use MixCraft software to study musical form and create a song, using loops, in ABA form.


8th Grade Advanced Band

The 8th Grade Advanced Band did a great job during their performance at Open House.  Now, we focus our attention on music study and fundamentals.  Students can expect weekly playing tests on major scales over the next 7-8 weeks.


7th Grade On-Level Band

The 7th Grade On-Level Band is getting underway this week, as well!  Students need all their supplies and instruments as we work to strengthen thier musical skills.


6th Grade Beginning Band

Students have signed up for band and we start this week!  Dr. Nichols and Mrs. Estes are excited and can’t wait to get started on this musical journey.  Students are bringing their instruments and supplies to class and we are getting underway with making sounds on our instruments.

Week of August 6, 2017


_____________________________________________

Open House - Open House will start at 7 pm in the theater with a short presentation before parents will move to classes to meet the teachers.  Families will also be able to recieve ParentVUE information, Spring 2017 Milestones scores for our 7th and 8th graders, and complete on-line Meal Applications.  We hope to see everyone there!

Solar Eclipse - Please refer to the letter attached regarding our plans for Smitha students for the solar eclipse.  Please know that we take student safety very seriously here at Smitha and are taking a multi-step approach to educate students about the elciipse and the safety precautions that need to be observed viewing it.  All students who returned the signed permission form will be given approved glasses for viewing the eclipse and will be supervised by their teacher outside during this time.

Please contact the school if you have any questions or concerns regarding the solar eclipse, or any other matters.


We’ve survived the first week of school!

Band Polo Shirt orders are due on Friday, August 18th.


7th and 8th Grade Disney Trip

information was distributed the first week of school.  The trip is scheduled for February 15-18, 2018 with a music workshop at Disney.  The $100 trip deposit is due on Friday, August 18th to reserve your spot on the trip.


Music Technology Class

Our first week of class students set up their Office 365 accounts and their Edmodo accounts.  Parents, if you aren’t familiar with Office 365, please ask your child for more information or visit the CCSD Website.  This is a fantastic resource that is provided to your child by the Cobb County School District.

We also started our unit on Digital Citizenship using the Digital Compass module from commonsense.org.  There is no homework for this class.  Students will complete all their work in the computer lab at school.


8th Grade Advanced Band

The 8th Grade Advanced Band is getting underway this week with 8 days to prepare for our first concert!  Thursday, August 17 at the PTSA Open House.  Students will stay after school.  Bring your full BAND uniform to school that day. Come to the bandroom after school for final practice and pizza.  Students will be dismissed following the performance to attend Open House with their parents.


We will also begin our Band Fundraiser on Wed., August 9th to raise funds for this school year.  Atlanta Cheesecakes, Butter Braids and Cookie Dough!


7th Grade On-Level Band

The 7th Grade On-Level Band is getting underway this week, as well!  Students need all their supplies and instruments as we work to strengthen thier musical skills.

We will also begin our Band Fundraiser on Wed., August 9th to raise funds for this school year.  Atlanta Cheesecakes, Butter Braids and Cookie Dough!


6th Grade Beginning Band

Students have signed up for band and we start this week!  Dr. Nichols and Mrs. Estes are excited and can’t wait to get started on this musical journey.  The MOST important event is taking place this Saturday, August 12 from 9 am unitl 1 pm…BAND INSTRUMENT TEST DRIVE!  This is your chance to try EVERY band instrument to find the one you like and the one that likes you back.  DO NOT miss this!

We will also begin our Band Fundraiser on Wed., August 9th to raise funds for this school year.  Atlanta Cheesecakes, Butter Braids and Cookie Dough!

Welcome Back!

_____________________________________________

We are very excited to be back for another great year at Smitha MS and are expecting a year of wonderful music making with our students!  The 7th and 8th grade bands will begin playing this week.  Our first order of business is instrument and locker check out. Parents, please make sure your child has the necessary supplies and equipment to be ready to play their instrument this week.  See our Supply List for information.


If we can answer any questions, please feel free to contact us.



Summer Update

_____________________________________________

I hope everyone is having a great summer! I’ll be updating blog information as July 31 first draws closer.   

In the meantime, band parents and students can go to CHARMS to read some great news about a meeting you want to attend following the Class Meeting on Wednesday, July 26! 


Questions or Concerns?  Email Webmaster
© 2017 Cobb County School District. All Rights Reserved.

2025 Powder Springs Road  |  Marietta, Ga. 30064  |  (678) 594-8267
Directions to CCSD Central Office  |  Legal Information Disclaimer