Good Morning All,
Please read this newsletter to the end. Special announcement at the end of this newsletter.
NEWSLETTER FOR 18 – 24 OCT 2020
PLAN “B” AND BAND: As you know, the school board elected to bring students back to school starting October 19th. All secondary grade level students will be in Plan “B,” which means students will come to school twice a week and will be home three days a week doing synchronous or asynchronous learning. Some of you will chose to stay completely remote. The start of getting folks back in the building is going to be a process.
I need you to understand that things are not going to be what you are accustomed to when it comes to being “in school.” There will be very strict protocols that you will have to follow. For my wind instrumentalist – until we get the specially ordered PPE that is required for you to play, we will not be able to play until that gets here. It should not be much longer, but for the first few days, winds classes will not be playing. For my percussion class, you will begin playing, but you will need to bring your own sticks and mallets. Percussionists also need to bring their drum pads (either the one I assigned to you if you borrowed one or bring your own). If I need to help you with that, let me know now. Things may not be very interesting at first. I promise it will get better, but it is going to be a process.
Please review this info that was sent out by the school:
- You must wear a mask at all times on school property and in the building.
- Temperature checks will take place BEFORE you exit your car or bus.
- You may not enter the building until 7:00 am.
- You must go straight to your 1st period class.
- If you are eating breakfast, you must pick it up in the commons BEFORE going to 1st period.
- There will not be a “second chance” breakfast offered.
- Lunch begins at 10:45 am and will be delivered to your 3rd period class
- As a reminder, school breakfast and lunch are free to ALL students throughout the school year.
- You may bring your own lunch, if you’d like.
- Microwaves will NOT be available for students.
- You may not congregate in the commons or hallways.
BAND FUNDRAISER: THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. PLEASE READ!!! We have not had great traction with this. Maybe that is because everyone is so inundated with information right now, that there is being pushed to the side. Completely understandable. With that being said, we have decided to postpone the start of this fundraiser until after we begin our Plan B phase. Please look for a big push to occur very soon on this. This fundraiser is so very important. IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A BAND EXPERIENCE THAT YOU ARE ACCUSTOMED TO HAVING (OR BETTER), FUNDRAISING MUST COMMENCE AND IT MUST BE DONE AT A HIGH LEVEL!!!
ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER: All assignments for students are posted in Canvas. At this point, I don’t believe I have any students who are having a hard time logging in to Canvas, but if you are, please let me know ASAP. We began to get in to some playing tasks and some music theory tasks. All directions for the tasks are can be found when you click into the assignment, and hopefully they are easy to follow. If you are having issues with any task, let me know ASAP so that I may help you. I can’t help you if you don’t communicate that you need the help.
Last week and this week, students have had/will have the opportunity to get caught up on assignments that was assigned this past quarter. All students must get all assignments turned in by 11:59 p.m. on 22 Oct 2020 for credit.
Students need to get in a habit of making sure items are turned in on time. Unlike the spring, all assigned tasks count. You will be held accountable for completion/non-completion of a task. If you have an issue completing a task, please contact me ASAP. Communication is key…….
MARCHING BAND/COLORGUARD INFORMATION: We are currently looking at all the requirements/protocols that we need to follow. At this present time, things continue to change, so I do not feel great about sending out information until we have the most concrete info we can. Once this occurs, a plan that is organized and “fool proof” will be created and we will share a calendar of rehearsals with you. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING STUDENTS BACK AND GETTING BACK TO WHAT WE LOVE TO DO! I AM HOPING THAT BY THE 1st WEEK OF NEVEMBER, WE CAN GET REHEARSALS/PRACTICES CRANKED UP AGAIN.
SPECIAL NOTE FROM MR. LEE: Things have been extremely crazy and it seems like that every time we take one step forward, we end up taking 10 back. The one thing that has kept things intact is your work and belief in the program. I know this situation has not been easy.
I hate to add one more element of “change” to the mix. I have been called on active duty orders with the NC Army National Guard. These orders are extended orders. With this being said, effective immediately, we are working on finding a replacement to take over the Mount Pleasant High School Band Program.
I will be doing work, especially early on, to ensure the program is in a good place. I will be doing a lot of the planning for classes. I will also be around early on to get things rolling with after school rehearsals, All District tryouts, band fundraisers/booster functions, etc. I do not want my exit to be cause for students to miss out on things. There has already been too much of that with COVID. I want to make sure the kids have the best possible experience they can.
For the first couple of weeks, there will be a short term sub that takes things on. I will be doing a lot of things on Canvas for you to do during this time. Our hope will be to have someone in place to cover the remaining part of the year in place in a couple weeks. Whomever comes in will be working with me to ensure you have a great experience.
I know this may be a hard pill to swallow, especially with everything that has been going on, but I want to ensure you that things will be set up for you and this program to succeed this year and into the future. Only the best possible candidates will be considered for this gig.
This is definitely not the way I wanted to tell you this, but our current school situation did not allow me any other opportunity. Unfortunately, everything transpired so quickly on the military side, that there was really no other option.
Please know I am extremely grateful for the time with this program. You all have made me very proud. I know you will continue to do great things and I know that for whomever comes into this program, you will welcome them with open arms.
As always, if you have any issues, questions, etc., feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Keith J. Lee
Director of Bands
Mount Pleasant High School
Office Phone: 704.260.6690 ext. 76707
Cell Phone: 704.224.4695
Address: 700 Walker Road, Mount Pleasant, NC 28124-9596