CMS Band

Playing Test Grades

Good evening,

We still have many students who have not attempted to record their playing tests again to  improve their grade. There are some who still have not turned in an initial recording. I was forgiving this time and did not count those as zeros in the grade book but will not be able to argue for your student when report cards come out and they still have a 70. The goal is to make sure that the students are practicing and aiming high. Please check the grade of your student in band and make sure that it is a 100. Any questions may be directed to me at (preferably not a comment on this post since everyone can read your comments).

Students may make up playing assignments, get extra help, or get some practicing in each and every day after school until 3PM in the band room. Please make sure that the students are picked up promptly at 3PM.

6th grade will have a playing test on their Concert F scale this Friday. Please encourage practicing on their part. They will be required to finger and name their scale as well as play it in the pattern written on their scale sheet.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Ms. Menendez

Playing Test Assignment Grades

Good evening,

It is 10 PM and I have just completed entering the test grades from our assignment that was due on January the 13th. The students used their new accounts to log into and practice then record their assignment.

For students who either forgot to submit their assignment or recorded it but need some extra work have been given a 70 in the gradebook. That is simply a place holder until your student either re-submits their assignment (after some practicing) OR sends in their original recording correctly. *Many of the students DID record their assignment but neglected to go to their “saved recordings” folder and actually submit the assignment* If your child believes that they have submitted the recording correctly then please double check that the “submit” button is green.

All students who submitted a recording have comments written by me that they can read when they log into their account. I expect all students to read these comments. Signing into the account will help to notify if your student’s recording submitted successfully and if so, whether they received a hundred or whether they need to submit the assignment again with improvements. There will be a RED FLAG if your students submitted their test but needs to record it again.  I will hand out progress reports tomorrow and notify which students need to re-take their assignments, and which students that I have nothing turned in for.

All grades may be made up in my class for full credit. I test my students for an opportunity to hear them individually and assist them, not to penalize them or scare them. Although a little fear in making them practice for a test does not hurt 😉

Allowing me to hear your students individually is VITAL for the success of the band. Imagine teaching a math class but never having a piece of homework or test to take home and grade. How would the teacher know if your child understands the content? Tests like this allow me to do just.

Please contact me with questions regarding this test and allow me to get your student to get their grade up to the 100 that we are all aiming for!


Ms. Menendez



Assignment Due at Midnight

Please remember that the Essential Elements assignment is due tonight at Midnight. Please refer to their handout or the previous post on this website with a video included to help you out if your student has not yet recorded their assignment.

Some of our band students got to meet Silento yesterday as he visited the middle school. I have attached a picture below. He walked over to some of our sixth graders and asked them if he could take a picture with them. They were excited! Have a great long weekend and look out for the Carrollton Trojan Band in the parade on Monday.



-M. Menendez

Essential Elements Assignment

Good evening,

I hope that you are all rested and ready to begin this semester with enthusiasm! I feel so thankful to be back working with your amazing students and feel rejuvenated from our break.

A quick note: The yearbook is looking for pictures of our students at their Holiday Concert. If you have any photos from that night whether it is of us on stage or of your kids please email them to me so that I can forward them to be put in our yearbook!

I have attached a video below that will explain how the students will turn in their assignment that is due on this Friday, the 13th. The students have created accounts on the Essential Elements Interactive website and have received guidance and training on how to use this software. Thankfully, it is at no cost to any of us and it can be reached anywhere that has internet, on any device that has internet. There is even an app for the iPad that has just been released.

Please log on to

The username for the students is their first and last name with no spaces or capital letters. The password was set by the students.

Please watch the video with your student and assist them in having the assignment turned in by the 13th of January. I would prefer for it to be turned in early if possible!

-Ms. Menendez


Good morning,

I cannot say enough great things about the performance last night! The students were very well prepared, professional, and performed with pride! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your evening to allow for your students to perform and for attending the concert to support them. We have an incredible community here and I feel so blessed to do what I do, especially after nights like last night.

I will be at a conference beginning tomorrow morning so IF the band jackets do not come in today they should be in by the end of the week. I will have the substitute hand out their band jackets if they come in after today.

PLEASE make sure that your students bring home their horn after today. They will not play in class and we need to make sure that they touch their horn during the break so that we can come back in January and continue to grow!

Tubas, baritones and  horns will need to speak with me if they wish to bring their horn home to practice.

Have a FANTASTIC holiday break!

-M. Menendez



Dear CMS Band Parents,                                                       

Here are some reminders about our upcoming concert on Monday, December the 12th.

  • The concert begins at 7pm. Your students must arrive in uniform with their instrument at 6:30 to the stage in the Mabry Arts Center. We will be seating your students and getting last minute details worked out. Please do not show up late. Students who are not in full uniform will not be allowed to perform.
  • Full uniform includes: black pants/long skirt (no jeans), black socks, dress shoes (closed toed shoes for females), and your black performance polo. After Monday all students will have their band polos. 
  • I HIGHLY recommend that you take your student shopping NOW to make sure that they have their appropriate performance attire. Many students wait until the days before and “have no dress pants that fit me”. We want for the students to learn to be proactive and responsible about things. Please contact me with any if you need assistance in purchasing any part of the uniform.  Your student will wear this outfit for 5th-8th grade band so it is a great investment.
  • It is a formal concert that will last about one hour. Not only do we expect for you and your students to stay for the entire concert but we encourage it so that both you and your student can support the other grade levels and have something to aspire to.  It is one of our two after school concerts and we ask that you enjoy the whole thing! Attending the concert is a grade for your student!! Do not forget that.

The 5th graders will be performing the following lines out of their book for the concert. They may want to begin touching up on these lines: 1-10, 14 Rolling Along, 17 Hot Cross Buns, 24 Listen to Our Sections, 25 Lightly Row, 30 London Bridge, 31 A Mozart Melody, 38 Jingle Bells. 

6th Grade is already aware of what they are performing at the concert. They have the sheet music in their binders. Brush up so that we can hit the ground running tomorrow!

If you have not received any info about fundraisers, concerts, and rehearsals then you have not entered your email and clicked the “follow” button on our website. Subscribing to our website is a sure way to NEVER miss out on any information.


Ms. Menendez


Good evening,

Due to our Savannah trips this year for 5th and 6th grade, we will not have our Spring concert at the end of the year. Since we are combining our concerts with CMS Singers we decided that we would choose the date that they usually perform which is the week before Spring Break.

Our new Spring Concert date is March 30th at 7pm. We will still play at the Mabry Arts Center (the theater here in campus at the high school) and the report time will still be 6:30.

I have a lot of planned things for the Spring Concert that will make it a blast for all of us and cannot wait for your kids to show off at their Holiday Concert on December the 12th. Please make sure that your kids get black dress pants (no jeans), some black socks, a black belt and some black shoes (no tennis shoes). We want for our students to look and sound professional. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions that you have!


M. Menendez

Jacket Order due tomorrow (11/11/16)

See below for a quick reminder about our jacket order. Tomorrow is the last day that I will accept the orders. From Monday on you will need to bring your order to Ozier Apparel yourself. Your jacket will most likely come in at a later time than the ones that are placed with me Friday evening.

Each coat comes with our exclusive Trojan band logo embroidered on the left side.  For $5 extra you can have your child’s name, and instrument added.  We will sell these coats until November 11th, and then turn in the orders to Ozier Apparel.  

Important items to remember:


We have several sizes in the band room if you would like to try them on your child before writing your size.  These also make great gifts for your child if you would like to order them secretly and turn them in directly to me without them knowing, just turn the order form and money in to the front office and they will put it in my mailbox.  I will link the order form in the “Forms” section of the website if you would like to print one.

-Ms. Menendez

Cookie Dough Delivery Date Change

Good afternoon,

I regret to inform you that the cookie dough company will not have the cookie dough in tomorrow. They will be in on Friday October the 21st at 10AM. 

Once again, the cookie dough will not be turned in tomorrow but this Friday instead. Thank you to the volunteers for sending emails stating that you were available to help tomorrow. If you are able to help on Friday instead beginning around 9:45AM please email me.

I cannot thank you all enough for your patience with this.

-Ms. Menendez

COOKIE DOUGH October the 18th

Good morning,

I was contacted by our fundraiser representative and our cookie dough is set to come in on October the 18th, not the 11th. This is partially because of our early release the week before and also because of the cookie dough manufacture themselves. Please spread the word and let your customers know.

I was told by the representative that you guys knocked the fundraiser out of the park. You would not believe the amount of money that you all raised for our band program. I am one proud band director!

Don’t forget about our two concerts that are set in stone:

December the 12th

May the 15th

Both at the Mabry Art Center with a report time of 6PM


M. Menendez