Chapa Cougar Choir

Week of November 18th 2019 Reminders/Updates

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Hello Chapa Choir Families! We have exciting things going on for several groups, please be sure to check out the details via this newsletter, social media and any paper flyers/slips that go home!

Overlook of upcoming Fall/Winter Dates:

  • (All) Fall Popcorn Fundraiser due Tuesday Nov. 19th
  • (7th/8th)Optional Houston Trip Info Meeting ~Tuesday Nov. 19th - 6pm CMS Cafeteria
  • 8th Grade Friendsgiving @ LHS ~ TBD/Nov. 21st
  • Fall/Thanksgiving Break ~ Nov. 25-29
  • (All-Optional) Kyle Christmas Tree Lighting Caroling ~ Dec. 4th (After School)
  • (All)Winter Choir Concert ~ Dec. 10th
  • 8th Grade w/ LHS Caroling Tour ~ Dec. 14th
  • (7th/8th) Region Choir Sign-Up Deadline ~ Dec. 18th

All Popcorn Money is Due Tuesday Nov.19th!

Chapa Choir - Song for the Unsung Hero

Friendsgiving w/LHS! Thursday Nov. 21st

We are looking to start a new tradition this year of meeting with our feeder high school in the fall for a potluck in order of Thanksgiving. Please go to the following link- We also want to invite all families as well for this event :)

Choir Houston Trip Meeting Tues. 11/19

Houston Trip!!! Information was already sent home about our upcoming Houston Trip (extra packets will be ready at meeting). We will have an informational parent meeting next week,Tuesday 11/19 6:00 PM Cafeteria, for any parents that have questions about the details of the trip, but this initial meeting is not required to attend the trip in May. (Mandatory meeting will be in April).

Payment Information

o Link:

o Set up a new account by entering an email and password

o Confirm your email by clicking the link that will be sent to your email address that you entered

o Enter Code: Chapa MS 2020 (enter as shown)

o Follow directions after entering the code to begin making payments and submitting your required documents for travel.

FIRST PAYMENT is $75, due on November 22nd! This will reserve your spot on the trip

Winter Choir Concert (Mandatory)

Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 7:30pm

979 Kohlers Crossing

Kyle, TX

Our annual winter concert featuring a collection of sounds of the winter season around the world will be a Tuesday night at 7:30pm. This is 4 MAJOR GRADES for ALL students in choir as explained in the choir handbook. All students need to arrive for their final dress rehearsal by 6:45PM. This will be a FORMAL dress concert. Students are to wear black/white color scheme, dress/skirt/pants, nice dress shoes (no open toed). This is a free festive concert open to the public!

PLEASE let Mrs.Garcia know ASAP if getting these items would be a hardship on your family as we may have some options to help families in need.

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Kyle Tree Lighting Caroling (Optional/Extra Credit)

Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 7:15pm


HaysCISD choir singers come together for a night of providing the musical entertainment for our cities' annual Christmas kick off! Come see Chapa Choir sing Christmas Carols @ 7:45 pm on the gazebo stage. Singers need to be there by 7:15 pm latest to line up and get ready to perform! All the family is invited (Food, Santa & Shopping!) ! Students are to wear choir gear and Christmas accessories!
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In order to encourage more participation, Tutoring days will be changing in December.

Please note that I am available for specific days of the week to tutor/instruct with the following schedule beginning 12/2/19

  • Region Choir Practice Mondays
  • Music Memory Tuesdays
  • *Tutoring Wednesday (Please have student indicate they are staying on the clipboard in choir room prior to showing up so we can plan on snacks)

*Additional Tutoring times can be arranged in the morning before school from 7:15- 7:45 AM by appointment

Here is the link to sign up for the Late Bus! (at least 24 Hours in advanced - yes you can sign up for multiple dates in advanced for ANY event after school at CMS)

Choir Grading/Practice/Studying

Our students have been completing a STUDENT TRACKER for their grades in choir. They had one from the first nine weeks and they now have a new one for this nine weeks.

Every Monday students have been given the opportunity to write everything down that they have done, I have printed out grades for them to see if needed and they review a list of reminders for grades and events coming up as a class.


This nine weeks students will be evaluated weekly through skills demonstrations (including self evaluations) and ONE official homework that was due 11/18/19 through google classroom.

Should a student receive a 0/missing grade from the ONLY official homework this nine weeks, they are expected to attend required tutoring after school this week 11/19/2019. They may use the information before for the late bus 24 hours in advanced.


This nine weeks students will have their major test grades stem mainly from our major performance on Dec 10th (4-four test grades). Plus they will have a post concert evaluation that they will have to complete during class following the concert that is worth a major grade and does required using the complete sentences (sentence stems provided).

They also had a test grade from their required in school performance on veterans day.

They will have a symbols quiz this Thursday during class which will build on their symbol recognition skills that they have been working on since the first semester.


Students in choir who have low test grades mostly result from lack of practice/study/effort/demonstration of skills. Students work DAILY on all skills needs to be successful for major grades in choir.

For the low daily/homework grades, It has been experienced that some students often say that don't understand something but they rarely sign-up/show up for the extra instruction time that has been provided weekly. Please encourage your student to sign-up for extra instruction if needed. I am more than willing to assist/re-teach and do what it take to get any student on track in time for submission of the assignment. Please not that students can loose points due to late submissions per district grading policy.


Outside of choir they have the opportunity to practice at home with materials provided on google classroom or they can sign-up for time to stay after school to use school resources/practice areas. Students can always take home their binder to study for anything and study resources are provided on classroom as well for symbol quizzes.