Fall Fundraiser 2016!!!

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Students kicked off the band’s Fall Fundraiser this past Monday in class!  Students will be selling items from the Savory Sensations and Tumbler brochures. The Savory Sensations brochure feature food items like cookie dough and other baked goods, while the Tumbler brochure offers tumblers of 2 sizes featuring popular college logos as well as the Millennium MS logo.

The sale runs from August 15 to August 31!

Money raised through this sale can be applied to students’ Band Assessment for the school year ($100) or towards the rental of a school instrument ($100).

We keep approximately 40% of the money turned in as profit.  So, you can use this as a way for students to target how much to sell in order to cover the Band Assessment and/or school Instrument Rental fees.

  • $125 of product sales = $50 profit
  • $250 of product sales = $100 profit
  • $500 of product sales = $200 profit

Students can also qualify for prizes by selling 8 items.  For every 8 items sold, students earn a chance to pull a wallet from the Cash Bag.  These wallets include cash prizes and a chance to win an Apple iPad Mini!

Families that wish to not participate in the sale of these products may send in cash or money order to be applied towards their student’s account. Please send in money in an envelope marked with:

  • Student’s First & Last Name
  • What the money is for (Band Assessment, Instrument Rental)
  • the Amount enclosed

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Ask your student to see this year’s brochures and begin planning out how you can best support the band this year!

  • Special note: The school’s money collection policy prohibits the collection of money via checks.  All money must be either cash or money order (money orders made out to Millennium Middle School.)

Welcome!!!

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Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  We hope that you have had a restful summer and are ready to “get the show on the road”!

To get the year off to a quick and efficient start, complete the following tasks to ensure you don’t miss any important information!!!

  • Fill out the Millennium MS Band Student Info Form (click on the link).
  • Sign up for Remind notifications for your class. Create a text to 81010 and type into the message the appropriate code for your class:
    • Band 1 code- @mmsbb
    • Band 2 code- @mmssb
    • Band 3 code- @mmswind
    • Band 4 code- @mmsjazzb
  • Ensure that there area parent email addresses in Skyward.
  • Set up notifications in eCampus to receive student grade info. (available on Tuesday, August 9, 2016)
  • Band 1 students: Sign up for a time for instrument fittings:
    • at this link
    • Instrument fittings will occur on the following dates:
      • Thursday, August 11, 2016; 5PM-7:30PM
      • Friday, August 12, 2016; 4:30PM-7:30PM
      • Saturday, August 13, 2016; Noon-3:30PM
      • Monday, August 15, 2016; 4:30PM-5:30PM

If you need any help with these tasks, let Mr. Langston know at the following email: josh_langston@scps.k12.fl.us

  • Students completing these tasks will receive a treat in class this week!!!

 

Choices Night Performance, Monday, Nov. 2, 4-8PM

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On Monday, November 2, members of the Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble will perform for CHOICES Night.  This is the event where interested 5th graders from around the county come to view Millennium’s Magnet Program offerings.  The itinerary for the event is listed below:

  • Students bring formal uniforms (tuxes & dresses) to school.  Hang in band room in the morning.
  • Report to the band room during dismissal.
  • 4:30PM- Feed students (pizza & a drink)
  • 4:45-5PM- Students get dressed not uniforms
  • 5-5:30PM- prepare stage for performance
  • 5:30-6PM- last minute preparations in the band room
  • 6:15-6:30PM- Jazz Band performs as guests arrive and enter
  • 6:30PM- presentation begins; Wind Ensemble performs on stage early in the presentation
  • 7-8PM- Wind Ensemble presents a “Work in Progress” in the band room
  • 8PM- student dismissal & pick-up

Middle School Night Performance is this Friday, September 18!!!

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This Friday, students from the Millennium Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will be performing as part of the Middle School Night performance at Seminole HS.  This performance is done at the invitation of the Seminole HS band and allows our students a taste of what it is like to participate in band in high school.  This is one of the most popular events of the year, and students are really getting pumped up for this performance!  Please see the info below regarding this performance (which is a duplicate of the handout that was sent home last week!).

Also, please consider joining us a chaperone, as we need one parent chaperone for every ten students participating. You can sign up to be a chaperone (you must be a registered DIVIDEND) for this event here: http://vols.pt/os66DA

Trip Itinerary

4:00PM Meet in band room

4:15 Roll Call

5:00 Walk to Seminole HS

5:15 Rehearse w/ Seminole

5:50-6:15  Dinner

6:30 Move into stands

7:00 Kick-off

8:00-8:15 HALFTIME PERFORMANCE!!!

9:30-45 End of Game; return to band room

10:00PM Student pick-up @ Millennium MS

General Information

  • Students must wear their band uniform to school OR change into their band uniform during their P.E. or dance class. (There will be no time after school or during band class to change into your uniform.)
    • The band uniform consists of: Band shirt, black long pants, black socks, black shoes
    • We will be using the same band shirt as last year.  If you need one, let Mr. Langston know. The other items must be provided by the student.
  • Students will walk as a group from Millennium to Seminole HS before and after the game.  Students must be picked up from the car ramp @ Millennium MS. (Students will leave their book bags in the Millennium band room.)
  • Students will be provided dinner by the SHS band parents.  Dinner consists of hot dog, chips, & a drink.  A vegetarian option of a PBJ is available; let Mr. Langston know if you want this option.  Students with other allergies or dietary needs may need to bring their own dinner.
  • Students will be provided the opportunity to purchase a Chik-fil-a sandwich and a drink during the 3rd quarter break.  This is the only reason that students might need spending money.
  • While at the game, students must remain with the band AT ALL TIMES.  They will not be permitted to sit in the stands with family members or friends.
  • This activity is designed to allow students to experience one aspect of participating in a high school band program.  They are expected to stay for the entire football game so that they experience the many activities within this type of performance.
    • Students that have indicated that they need to leave after the halftime performance will be dismissed as soon as Mr. Langston can separate the Millennium students from the Seminole & Sanford students.
    • If a student is being signed out after halftime, it is expected that they will be leaving the game.  Students SHOULD NOT be signed out so that they may watch the remainder of the game from elsewhere in the stadium.
  • Many of the times listed on the itinerary below are TENTATIVE.  Due to the nature of a football game, I cannot guarantee the rehearsal, performance, and pick-up times to be exact.  Times given are my best approximation for when these will occur.
  • Please make sure that students are picked up in a timely manner.  If any students have not been picked up by 11:00 PM, the Sanford Police Department will be called to take them home.
  • Students must adhere to all Band Handbook, Millennium Middle School, and Seminole County Codes of Student Conduct.  Misbehavior at this event may result in the appropriate consequences being issued.  This may include detentions, parent conferences, referrals, and/or sanctions from band and other school events.
  • Parents are encouraged to attend!  There is an admission fee of $6 (???) to watch the game.  Parent chaperones will not need to pay for admission.
  • Parent Chaperones MUST be registered DIVIDENDS with SCPS.  DIVIDEND registration can be done via the SCPS website, www.scps.k12.fl.us (click on DIVIDEND VOLUNTEER APPLICATION).

Instrument Introductions

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As the students are introduced to the various instruments over the course of this week, here is the link to the Youtube playlist that I have been using in class to highlight the different instruments.  Enjoy!

 

 

(You can forward through the list of videos by clicking the -> (right arrow) button in the player)

Fall Fundraiser!!!

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Students kicked off our Fall Fundraiser today in class!  Students will be selling items from the Savory Sensations and Tumbler brochures. The Savory Sensations brochure feature food items like cookie dough and other baked goods, while the Tumbler brochure offers tumblers of 2 sizes featuring popular college logos as well as the Millennium MS logo.

Money raised through this sale can be applied to students’ Band Assessment for the school year ($100) or towards the rental of a school instrument ($100).

So, the target number for selling items is 15.  By selling 15 items, enough profit is earned to cover their $100 Band Assessment.

Students can also qualify for prizes by selling 8 items.  For every 8 items sold, students earn a stuffed animal with random prize coupons inside.  These prizes include cash, stuffed animals, and a drone copter!

Ask your student to see this year’s brochures and begin planning out how you can best support the band this year!

 

  • Special note: The school’s money collection policy prohibits the collection of money via checks.  All money must be either cash or money order (money orders made out to Millennium Middle School.)

Welcome to the Millennium Middle School Band!!!

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Welcome Back, Millennium Band Family!

It has been great getting to see your children’s bright, shining faces this past week!  I am looking forward with great anticipation to when we begin playing later this week!

In the spirit of getting ready for that glorious event, here is some information that you need to know to have everyone ready for next week!

  • We will begin playing on Tuesday, August 25.  Students will need their instruments and their Foundations for Superior Performance book.
  • Students who will be renting from the school will be given an instrument to play on Tuesday.
  • On Tuesday, August 25, from 6:30-8:30PM, there will be a meeting beginning in Millennium Hall where students will be able to:
    • Turn in Rental Contracts and be issued a school instrument
    • Be fitted for their concert uniforms and new band shirts (if needed)
    • Be issued a lock & locker
    • Make payments on the Band Assessment for the year
  • On Monday, August 24, students will kick off the Fall Fundraiser, a sale of chocolate items and tumblers.  It will last from August 24 until September 9.  The money earned from this fundraiser can be applied towards the Band Assessment ($100) & School Instrument Rental ($100).
  • Student assignments will be posted in eCampus/Canvas.  Students will need to access eCampus via the SCPS Portal (on a computer) or via the free Canvas app (on a mobile device).  Student logins are in the following format:
    • Login: Student ID#
    • Password: Birthdate (yyyymmdd)
  • Students were given binders and plastic page protectors to keep their band materials organized and safe.  These were provided courtesy of the successful fundraising from last year!
  • Please sign up for the Remind notification service.  The code for signing up for the Wind Ensemble notifications is:
    • Begin a text to 81010.  In the body of the text, type the following code, depending upon your class:
      • Wind Ensemble: @mmswind.
      • Symphonic Band: @mmssb
      • Jazz Band: @mmsjazzb
      • Beginning Band: @mmmbb
    • Click Send and you should receive a confirmation message.

Thank you so much for all you do in the support of your child’s education!  It’s going to be a great year!

Josh Langston