Dr. Nichols’ Blog


Week of December 10

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I hope everyone survived, and enjoyed, the “Snow”prise last Friday!


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 FINAL trip payment was due on December 2. The final amount varies for each student depending on fundraisers and past payments.  Contact Dr. Nichols for clarification.  Check the Disney Trip page for more information.  We currently have 80 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.  Students are now completing their final projecdt for the semester.  They are creating a soundtrack and all sounds for a video project.


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, Ab and Db concert scales. 

We are preparing a concert of holiday/seasonal music to perform at our local elementary schools and our Smitha students in the coming weeks.  Also, we will begin reading music to decide on our concert program for the LGPE in March.

Students should have all playing tests up-to-date in CHARMS.

We will be performing for students at Dowell, Hollydale and Birney on Monday, Dec. 11.  Here is the permission slip.


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 setting for more focused study.  Students need all their supplies and instruments as we work to strengthen thier musical skills.  Students have playing Tests every Friday.  Tests are announced on Monday.


6th Grade Beginning Brass and Percussion

The Brass section is becoming more accurate with their pitches and notes.  The percussion section is moving along as well!  

Our PREMIER Concert is scheduled for Monday, December 18 at 7:00 pm.  Students need to arrive at 6:30 pm, in full BAND uniform, to prepare for the concert.

Week of Dec. 4

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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 FINAL trip payment was due on December 2. The final amount varies for each student depending on fundraisers and past payments.  Contact Dr. Nichols for clarification.  Check the Disney Trip page for more information.  We currently have 80 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.  Students are now completing their final projecdt for the semester.  They are creating a soundtrack and all sounds for a video project.



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, Ab and Db concert scales. 

We are preparing a concert of holiday/seasonal music to perform at our local elementary schools and our Smitha students in the coming weeks.  Also, we will begin reading music to decide on our concert program for the LGPE in March.

Students should have all playing tests up-to-date in CHARMS.

We will be performing for students at Dowell, Hollydale and Birney on Monday, Dec. 11.


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.  Students have playing Tests every Friday.  Tests are announced on Monday.


6th Grade Beginning Brass and Percussion

The Brass section is becoming more accurate with their pitches and notes.  The percussion section is moving along as well!  

Our PREMIER Concert is scheduled for Monday, December 18 at 7:00 pm.  Students need to arrive at 6:30 pm, in full BAND uniform, to prepare for the concert.

Week of November 27, 2017

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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 FINAL trip payment is due on December 2. The final amount varies for each student depending on fundraisers and past payments.  Contact Dr. Nichols for clarification.  Check the Disney Trip page for more information.  We currently have 80 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.



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, Ab and Db concert scales. 

We are preparing a concert of holiday/seasonal music to perform at our local elementary schools and our Smitha students in the coming weeks.  Also, we will begin reading music to decide on our concert program for the LGPE in March.

Students should have all playing tests up-to-date in CHARMS.


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.  Students have playing Tests every Friday.  Tests are announced on Monday.



6th Grade Beginning Brass and Percussion

The Brass section is becoming more accurate with their pitches and notes.  The percussion section is moving along as well!  

Our PREMIER Concert is scheduled for Monday, December 18 at 7:00 pm.  Students need to arrive at 6:30 pm, in full BAND uniform, to prepare for the concert.

Week of November 6, 2017

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 next (4th) trip payment of $125 was due on November 2. Check the Disney Trip page for more information.  We currently have 80 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.

Last week, students worked on creating a Powerpoint presentation on a composer of their choice.  Please check your child’s Edmodo account for more information on our class assignments.


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, Ab and Db concert scales. 

Students should record their Db concert scale in CHARMS for a test grade by Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Our Fall Concert is scheduled for Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 pm.  Students need to arrive at 6:30 pm, in full BAND uniform, to prepare for the concert.


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.  Students have playing Tests every Friday.  Tests are announced on Monday.

Our Fall Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 pm.  Students need to arrive at 6:30 pm, in full BAND uniform, to prepare for the concert.


6th Grade Beginning Brass and Percussion

The Brass section is becoming more accurate with their pitches and notes.  The percussion section is moving along as well!  

Our PREMIER Concert is scheduled for Monday, December 18 at 7:00 pm.  Students need to arrive at 6:30 pm, in full BAND uniform, to prepare for the concert.

Week of October 30

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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 (4th) trip payment of $125 is due on November 2. Check the Disney Trip page for more information.  We currently have 80 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.

Last week, students worked on creating their Celebration Song using loops from the MixCraft software.  Please check your child’s Edmodo account for more information on our class assignments.


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, Ab and Db concert scales. 

GMEA Solo and Ensemble Evaluation is Saturday, November 4th at Hightower Trail MS.  Students will receive specific information in class this week.  ***This is a required performance for all students in this class.***

Our Fall Concert is scheduled for Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 pm.  Students need to arrive at 6:30 pm, in full BAND uniform, to prepare for the concert.


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.  Students have playing Tests every Friday.  Tests are announced on Monday.

Our Fall Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 pm.  Students need to arrive at 6:30 pm, in full BAND uniform, to prepare for the concert.


6th Grade Beginning Brass and Percussion

The Brass section is becoming more accurate with their pitches and notes.  The percussion section is moving along as well!  

Our PREMIER Concert is scheduled for Monday, December 18 at 7:00 pm.  Students need to arrive at 6:30 pm, in full BAND uniform, to prepare for the concert.

Week of October 23

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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 (4th) trip payment of $125 is due on November 2. Check the Disney Trip page for more information.  We currently have 80 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.

Last week, students worked on creating their Celebration Song using loops from the MixCraft software.  Please check your child’s Edmodo account for more information on our class assignments.


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, Ab and Db concert scales. 

GMEA Solo and Ensemble Evaluation is Saturday, November 4th at Hightower Trail MS.  Students will receive specific information in class this week.  ***This is a required performance for all students in this class.***

Our Fall Concert is scheduled for Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 pm.  Students need to arrive at 6:30 pm, in full BAND uniform, to prepare for the concert.


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.  Students have playing Tests every Friday.  Tests are announced on Monday.

Our Fall Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 pm.  Students need to arrive at 6:30 pm, in full BAND uniform, to prepare for the concert.


6th Grade Beginning Brass and Percussion

The Brass section is becoming more accurate with their pitches and notes.  The percussion section is moving along as well!  

Our PREMIER Concert is scheduled for Monday, December 18 at 7:00 pm.  Students need to arrive at 6:30 pm, in full BAND uniform, to prepare for the concert.

Week of September 18, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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