Jaguar Band Newsletter

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September 9th - September 15th


Message From Mr. Lucita

First Annual Jaguar Jog

Competition Meal Plan Deadline Extended to 9/21

Help Wanted: Game Day Meal Pick Up and Serve

2 Week Practice Schedule

You can still Purchase a Football Program Ad to Celebrate Your Student!

Sign-making party and Information for Competition Day Send-offs!

"Band Siblings" start this week!

Helpful Reminders For Game Days

How To Sign Up With VIPS District Volunteer Program and Log Hours

Upcoming Events

Sync Your Calendar

How To Sign Up For Remind 101

Follow Us

From Mr. Lucita

First marching performance arrived last week in a flurry of activities and during a short week! Getting to perform for the first time for our home crowd was absolutely awesome! Tons of fans, excitement, and support! It felt like Friday Night Lights!

This week we are looking forward to diving deeper into the show as we get closer to our very first marching contest! BOA Austin is 3 weeks away and will be here before we know it!

The regular activities at the band hall are starting to settle into place, such as private lessons. We have many students enrolled in private lessons however there is always room for more. Nothing beats that one-on-one time with a professional getting to focus on the exact areas of need. If you would like to sign your student up for private lessons please contact the band hall and we will send you everything you need.

Our parent volunteers have been doing an incredible job finishing up the final touches of the uniforms, working on props, publishing the awesome program that was sold at the football game, helping move all of the percussion equipment on and off the field, feeding our students, plus countless other items. Thank you, parents, for working so hard to help our students succeed!

Looking forward to another awesome week with our Jaguar Band as “Our Journey” continues!

First annual Jaguar Jog 5K/10K!

We are only 2 weeks away from our inaugural Jaguar Jog on Saturday, September 21st!!!

Please remember to sign up to run, walk or volunteer as soon as possible!!

We still have lots of volunteer spots open, please consider helping out if you can.

We would LOVE to see all our band kids and parents either in the race OR helping out as a volunteer!!!

Click here to sign up for volunteer positions:

Click here to sign up for the Race:

Please feel free to contact Joan Forsythe if there are any volunteer questions (cell 512-431-8350 or

Competition Meal Plan Deadline Extended to 9/21

Competition Meal deadline has been extended because we are trying to get as many kids on this meal plan as possible.

This plan offers 2 meals each competition day (lunch and dinner) and is highly recommended by Mr. Lucita. Please know that it is quite common for schedules to change on competition days; making it very difficult to get food to your student at the right times on those days. Please visit before September 21st to purchase your meal plan(s).

Game Day Meals

THANK YOU to the volunteers who helped with game day meals last week! We still have a few slots available if you are able to help out for future games.

Want to help out our Johnson Jaguar Band and Color Guard for Game Day meals? Yay! If you can pick up meals from local restaurants (Will be called and paid for) or help to serve, please sign up below. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings and friends are welcome too! If you don't have a background check filed with Hays as a volunteer, please click below to get it started. The times are subject to change as I figure out when the kids need to be fed.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give!

Volunteer Background Check:

Sign Up Genius to Volunteer:

2 Week Practice Schedule At A Glance

Monday, 9/9: 4:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Tuesday, 9/10: 4:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Thursday, 9/12: 4:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Friday, 9/13: 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Monday, 9/16: 4:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Tuesday, 9/17: 4:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Wednesday, 9/18: 4:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Thursday, 9/19: 7:00 am - 8:00 am

You can still purchase a football program ad to celebrate your student!

Our inaugural football program was fantastic and SOLD OUT! THANK YOU so much to the wonderful volunteers who created it!

If you didn't buy an ad and wish you had, you still can! Future purchases will be featured in the remaining home football games (beginning with 9/19 home game). The football programs are also great advertising space. PLEASE share this information with your JHS friends and any business owners you may know! Deadline for 9/19 home game is Saturday, 9/14.

To order, go to or fill out the form below and either mail it to P.O. Box 333, Buda, TX 78610 or give it to Tracye Mendez, JHS fine arts secretary.

Questions? Email

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Sign-Making Party and Competition Information for Send Offs!

Meet us on Tuesday, 9/10 at 5:00 pm in the band hall if you would like to join us in making posters for competition send-offs!

The posters can be anything you’d like... your child’s name, nickname, an instrument, Jags or a big head. The kids don’t care what’s on them as long as we’re there to cheer them on when they leave!

You don't have to make a poster to cheer them on when they drive by! Just join in on the cheering as we send-off the Jaguar band on our competition days! The kids love seeing a crowd cheering them on as they head to competitions! The send-off party will take place in front of Dahlstrom. The times will vary depending on when they leave. Please stay in tune as we will communicate specific times closer to the dates.

So please join us in the band hall on 9/10 for the Jaguar Band sign-making party! We will have some supplies there but feel free to bring your poster boards, glue, tape, markers, stickers and anything you’d like to use. Walmart even has a poster board with a gold border!

If you didn't order a BIG HEAD with your photos but would like to make one, you can pick one up from Walmart in Kyle. Items needed to create your own "big head":

  • 20 x 30 poster/picture from Walmart in Kyle (if ordered in store it can be ready in an hour) it’s $20.42 with tax. That’s the big one, get any size you’d like.
  • Foam board
  • Yard stick
  • Hot glue gun... we’ll have a couple
  • E6000 glue —this is specific
  • X-acto knife... we’ll have a couple there

Hope to see you on Tuesday!

"Band Siblings" gift exchange starts this week!

Band Siblings were announced last week! Friendly reminder that this is a Band run program that partners up incoming freshman with an upperclassman in the band program. The older student offers encouragement, support, and advice on how to best navigate membership in the Jaguar Band. Traditionally, on game days or other special occasions, the “siblings” exchange some type of small gift. These are not elaborate gifts! An ice-cold drink, candy, etc are all nice gestures! Gift exchanges will start THIS WEEK, Friday, Sept. 13th!

Helpful Reminders For Game Days

  • Always pack/store uniform parts back in ONE bag so that it is ready for the next game or competition
  • Short black socks are required
  • Black belt is required
  • Students should pack (and be encouraged to use) deodorant. Game days are long and hot!
  • Label caps, shoes (initials on the label on the inside of shoes), shirts, shorts, belts (anything they are changing in to and out of). If we find these items we have no way of knowing who to return them to. With so many kids changing and carrying their clothes around, stuff inevitably gets dropped or left behind. Paint pens (these come in all colors including silver or gold which can be seen on black) or Sharpie laundry markers work best for this. Any other pen or marker will rub off.

How to sign up with VIPS district volunteer program and log hours

V.I.P.S. (Volunteers in Public Schools) is required by HaysCISD for all volunteers that will be around students. Volunteers must be approved as a VIP volunteer BEFORE volunteering.


  • From choose Community> Become a Hays
  • CISD volunteer.
  • Follow the prompts given to complete the application.
  • Our VIPS coordinator is Ms. Conder. When you visit the band hall, please see her immediately to get a name badge. Bring your driver’s license in for her to see.


  • Go to
  • Choose the “community” tab
  • Click on “become a Hays CISD volunteer”
  • Click on “VIPs Rewards”
  • Click on “Log your VIPs Hours (volunteers)” and log in
  • Click on the drop down menu on the left –“volunteer”

Upcoming Events

9/13: 7:30 pm: Away Game vs Yorktown

9/14: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Chipotle Spirit Night Fundraiser

9/17: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Band Parents Meeting: Band Parenting 101

9/19: 7:00 pm: Home Game vs Seguin

9/21: Jaguar Jog

9/26: 5:30 pm: Home Game vs Dripping Springs

9/28: BOA Austin @ Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex (Cedar Park); Time TBA by competition host

10/4: 7:00 pm: Away Game vs Grainger

10/5: Vista Ridge Marching Festival @ Gupton Stadium (Cedar Park); Time TBA

10/10: 6:30 pm: Home Game vs Hays

10/12: Texas Marching Classic (Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex); Time TBA

* Please see the calendar on Charms or Band Booster website for details. Details below.

Sync Your Calendar to Charms!

Syncing your online (mobile device or computer) calendar to Charms means any changes made to practices, games, events, etc., will automatically be updated in your calendar. While you might see some things that do not apply to your student, having too much information may be better than not having enough!

Visit the Johnson Band Website for information on how to sync the Charms calendar to your phone. "How to sync" links are located above calendar. Just click on link appropriate for your type of phone!

How To Sign Up For Remind 101

Remind 101 is a communication option used by lots of teachers and clubs. Once signed up, you can either get the app and look at your messages in the app or you can receive the messages as a text message (or both).

To sign up for Remind 101 for band notifications:

  1. Send a text message to 81010 (enter this number where you would enter the phone number)
  2. The message will be @jagband19 (type this where you would type your text message)
  3. Hit "send"
  4. If you did this successfully, you will receive a text informing you that you signed up for the band remind messages.

Signing up for Remind for other clubs or classes will be similar. You will always send a text to 81010 but what you type into the text box will be different. For example, for an English class, it might be @smithsenglishclass.

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Remind 101 Full Band Code - Text @jagband19 to 81010

Remind 101 Parents Code - Text @jbparents to 81010