Cougar Band Update

Virtual Learning Week #8

Welcome to WEEK #8 of Virtual Learning!

Coyle Middle School teachers and staff are streamlining our schedules to accommodate the needs of our students and families. This week will hopefully allow our CMS Band students to catch up on any assignments in band or other classes.


We will continue to use a variety of ways to reach our Coyle families. These include:
-Remind 101 ( code: coylemsb

-Charms ( school code: coylemsband student area password: your student ID (add the letter s in front if you have logged in before)

-Skyward (

-Google Classroom (we are using the SPRING semester classes for all students; Percussion will use their specific Percussion classes that have been active)

Assignments & Grades

Please remember that the last 2 grading cycles are combined. Zeros in Skyward will remain zeros until students submit assignments in Google Classroom. PARENT TIP: The Google Classroom parent progress report notices may not be as detailed and timely as you would like. Parents, you can download the Google Classroom app on your personal device and log in as any of your children. This will allow you to get alerts throughout the day/week regarding your child's assignments.

This Week's Coyle Band Schedule

All PERCUSSION students will continue the same schedule as past weeks. Woodwind & Brass students will not have classes in order to allow extra time to complete missing assignments in band and other classes.

*Woodwinds include: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone

*Brass includes: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba


PERCUSSION Schedule for Week 8:

TUESDAY & THURSDAY (same schedule for both days)

  • 12:00PM 7th Grade Percussion
  • 12:30PM 8th Grade Percussion

WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY (same schedule for both days)

  • 11:30AM: 6th Grade PERCUSSION

THURSDAY 8th grade Percussion Drumline Clinics (incoming RHS PERCUSSION ONLY)

  • 1:00PM Snares
  • 1:00PM Tenors
  • 1:30PM Basses
  • 1:30PM Front Ensemble

In addition to the above schedule, your band directors will have OFFICE HOURS for students to "meet" for any questions. Beginning woodwinds & brass may also play scale pass-offs during scheduled office hours.

Mrs. McHenry: 10:00-11:00AM daily

Mr. Lira: 11:00AM-12:00PM daily

Mr. McHenry: 7:30-9AM & 2-2:30PM daily


Thursday, May 14th, 6:30pm

Google Meet

We will be meeting with all CMS Band parents via GOOGLE MEET. Please look for the link that will be sent out via Remind 101. The meeting should not take longer than 30-45 minutes. We appreciate every band family being represented in this meeting!

CMS Auditions/Placements

Whether you are in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, EVERY band student will perform their placement in May. EVERY CHILD HAS A PLACE IN BAND next year, but we need to make sure everyone is in the correct placement for the fall schedule. All audition/placement music is located in Google Classroom under "scanned music".

Current 6th & 7th grade students should have already submitted videos last Friday via Google Classroom. Please ask your child if he/she has done this.

Current 8th grade students should have completed this process based on their HIGH SCHOOL assignment. Students will follow the below schedule as indicated by RHS directors. All other students should be checking their High School Band websites for details regarding auditions/placements.

Have a question about this process? Email Mr. Lira or Mrs. McHenry or join us during our office hours any day. We are happy to help!

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Let's Celebrate our CMS Band MOMS!

We are blessed to have THE BEST moms in the world! Kids, be sure to thank your mom every day, but especially on TODAY! Do some extra chores this week, write her a note of thanks, pick some flowers (weeds??) and celebrate all she does for you and your family.
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We recommend that our students practice 30 minutes daily to maintain and progress through this time of virtual learning.

Practice Records are now DIGITAL. Students will receive credit for practicing by submitting this form:

Students are urged to submit EVERY time they practice; however, students may submit the week's combined practice time by FRIDAY each week.

Band Fees

We will still be collecting band fees. Statements will be emailed out weekly. At this time, Paypal is the only way to pay. We know that COVID-19 has had a huge impact on some families' financial situation. We completely understand. If a family is in a financial crisis because of the virus, we will hold off on collecting fees. It is important that we take care of the financials, but it is more important for families to take care of themselves. Most of the fees involved items and services that have already been provided. We trust each and every parent and child to pay what they can when they can. The CMS band program is a family and we will conduct ourselves in this manner.

Our new band website is LIVE NOW!

We have been working to update our website for all CMS Band families and inform new families of what to expect for the upcoming school year. Visit to check it out!

Are you receiving REMIND texts from us?!?

Go to (or download the app) to join our CMS Band Remind: @coylemsb

Private lessons are one of the keys to a successful band program!

Our lesson staff is made up of professional musicians who specialize in your child's instrument. This is quite an interesting time for everyone, including lesson teachers and students! Many of our teachers are continuing to teach our students using different technology platforms such as FaceTime, Skype, Google Meet, Zoom, etc. Right now is a FANTASTIC time to add lessons to your weekly schedule! Contact your child's lesson teacher to get setup for virtual private lessons! Find their contact info here:

CLICK HERE to update your contact information!

This is where you can view the updated band calendar, update your contact info, make payments, and much more! school code: coylemsband student area password: GISD ID number (when prompted, add the letter "s" in front of your child's ID number)