Keeping Up With Comm Arts

August 30 - September 3, 2021

Communications Arts High School students will be confident, capable, communicative leaders.

Hello Comm Arts Families!

Thank you to all for helping to make our first week back a successful one! We welcomed back a little over 600 students and it was so great to see our hallways with students again! If students ever need help with a locker or any other issue, please feel free to reach out to an administrator and we will help!

Assemblies

This week and next, ALL students will attend an assembly where we will go over things like dress code, absences, credits and who all the admin and counselors are.


Please know that the dress code is the NISD approved dress code for all campuses. Please see the attachment below if you are needing a refresher on what is allowed per the district. All students received a copy of this the first week of school. As Comm Arts and Taft students, we do expect all students to comply with the dress code. We will be having conversations with students who are not in dress code.

Transportation

By now, most students have gotten into their routine and know where their bus picks up and drops off. As a reminder, all W (Taft Attendance Zone) Buses will pick up and drop off at the Taft Bus Loop, located behind the tennis courts and all C, N, R, and S (Comm Arts) Busses will pick up and drop off in the Comm Arts Bus Loop, located between the Comm Arts and Taft Band Hall.

After School Pick Up

We know that the long wait times to exit Taft/Comm Arts is frustrating. But on the bright side, we did see some improvement as the week went on. If you are able to, we recommend exiting by the light. It will help to alleviate some of the congestion in front of Comm Arts.


We are very hopeful that when the new parent pick-up/drop-off loop is complete it will help with the traffic after school. Until then, we will try to get the busses and parents out as quickly and as safely as possible.

Attendance

The rules that applied to attendance last year do not apply this year. We know it is frustrating learning one style of attendance and then having to bounce back to another. Please see the Attendance FAQ handout below and that should hopefully help answer any questions.

Taft Parking Stickers

Decals are not in yet. Please continue to fill out the form and as soon as decals are in, you may swing by the Taft VPO during 6th lunch to pay, verify your insurance and receive your decal.

Student IDs

We have begun making and printing Student IDs during lunch. Students need to listen for the all call at lunch and will be released to get their ID. If a student has never been issued an ID it is free. If a student has already been issued one, a replacement is $5.


A Student ID is needed for all Off Campus Lunch stickers.

Band Updates

Weekly Email -- Week 2: August 30-Sept4 -- Leadership Meeting, Part 3 Pass-Off, Pep Rally, Saturday Football Game vs Veterans Memorial HS (Home Side at Farris)

Important Links for the week:

  1. Optional Pre-Game Meal Plan Order: https://form.jotform.com/211435512715044 (cutoff Monday at 11:59 PM for this week’s order)

  2. NISD Required Volunteer Background Check (Up to 2 week turnaround time): https://hrvolunteer.nisd.net/TempMod.nsf?Open

  3. Upcoming Concessions Sign-Ups: https://www.taftraiderband.org/volunteer/volunteer-shifts

Congrats to all on a great first game, and first week of school. As we go into week 2, please pay careful attention to this week’s schedule. Although our rehearsal schedule is the same, our game is on Saturday this week, not Friday. We will have a pre-game rehearsal prior to our eat/pack/load time on Saturday. Raider T’s will be distributed to all students on Monday of this week. We apologize for the delay. Sometimes UPS just doesn’t read the weekly email either and has delays :)

Water Bottle Donations

We are in need of our annual water bottle donations to help in feeding the kids through the marching season. If each family was to donate a single case of water from Costco, Walmart, HEB, or Sam's Club, we would have enough to last the entire year. Water can be dropped off at the band hall when students come to school in the morning or at the end of Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday after-school marching rehearsals.

Chaperone and Roadie Sign-Ups

We are always in need of more parent volunteers to roadie and chaperone as we travel to our games this year. All parent volunteers need to have filled out a background check through the link at the top of this email. To sign up to be a roadie or chaperone, reserve your spot in the following sign-up genius links:

Roadies: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050f4fa5a72fa31-football99

Chaperones: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050f4fa5a72fa31-football98

GameDay Meal Orders

Prior to students leaving for any football game, it is important that they eat so they have energy to perform and have fun through the evening. This is not required, but is very handy when times get busy. Students that do not buy the meal plan must bring a sack dinner so they have the nutrients to last through the night. If you missed your opportunity to order, you can still get into the meal plan by ordering online at https://form.jotform.com/211435512715044. Orders will always be finalized at 11:59 PM each Monday night prior to a football game without exception.

Please see this week’s schedule below:

MONDAY -- Leadership Meeting, PM Rehearsal

Before School -- Go to tutoring/Practice in the Band Hall

8:15 AM -- Leadership Team Meeting in BH1

1st Period -- Wind Ensemble/Drumline

2nd Period-- Symphonic Band/Front Ensemble

3rd Period -- Concert Band Winds

7th Period -- Jazz Ensemble

8th Period -- Color Guard/Music Theory

5:00 PM -- Marching Band PM Rehearsal

8:00 PM -- Dismissal from Band Pad

TUESDAY -- PM Rehearsal

Before School -- Go to tutoring/Practice in the Band Hall

1st Period -- Wind Ensemble/Drumline

2nd Period-- Symphonic Band/Front Ensemble

3rd Period -- Concert Band Winds

7th Period -- Jazz Ensemble

8th Period -- Color Guard/Music Theory

5:00 PM -- Marching Band PM Rehearsal

7:30 PM -- Dismissal from Band Pad

WEDNESDAY - Part 3 Playoff Due (Memorized), No PM Rehearsal
Before School -- Go to tutoring/Practice in the Band Hall

1st Period -- Wind Ensemble/Drumline

2nd Period-- Symphonic Band/Front Ensemble

3rd Period -- Concert Band Winds

7th Period -- Jazz Ensemble

8th Period -- Color Guard/Music Theory

After School -- Go home, do homework

5:00 PM -- Band Hall Closes

THURSDAY -- PM Rehearsal

Before School -- Go to tutoring/Practice in the Band Hall

1st Period -- Wind Ensemble/Drumline

2nd Period-- Symphonic Band/Front Ensemble

3rd Period -- Concert Band Winds

7th Period -- Jazz Ensemble

8th Period -- Color Guard/Music Theory

5:00 PM -- Marching Band PM Rehearsal

7:30 PM -- Dismissal from Band Pad

FRIDAY -- Pep Rally, NO REHEARSAL

7:45 AM -- Pep Rally Call Time - WEAR SHOW SHIRT and JEANS

1st Period -- Wind Ensemble/Drumline

2nd Period-- Symphonic Band/Front Ensemble

3rd Period -- Concert Band Winds

7th Period -- Jazz Ensemble

8th Period -- Color Guard/Music Theory

After School -- Go home, do homework

5:00 PM -- Band Hall Closes

SATURDAY -- Home Game vs Veterans Memorial HS at Farris Stadium

2:45 pm -- Band Hall Opens/Arrive at School

3:30 pm -- Run through Rehearsal on Band Pad (Raider-T, Raider shorts, long black socks, marching shoes). Low instruments take cases to the band pad to load.

4:30 pm - Band Rehearsal ends, EAT/PACK/LOAD

5:20 pm -- Get dressed/show hair/student led inspection

5:30 pm - Depart Taft HS

6:10 pm - Arrive at Farris Stadium (Home Side)

6:20 pm - Band students warm-up/tune in stands

6:55 pm - Band Plays National Anthem

7:00 pm - Football Game starts

10:30ish - Game ends

11:15ish - Arrive, put uniform away, check out with leaders/uniform crew, dismissal

***STUDENTS: Welcome to the school year! It is now your responsibility to keep up with your school work AND your band work. Band students are called to be leaders in and out of our classrooms. Take advantage of our late class start time by seeing teachers for help, turning in work, and focusing on your school work.

***PARENTS: Please keep one eye on the band calendar and your emails throughout the season. It is each family's responsibility to be aware of upcoming dates and avoiding appointment and scheduling conflicts with band events. Wednesdays are always non-band days, so they are ideal for all doctor, dentist, and other appointments. All rehearsals, performances, and events are very difficult to make up. Also, please ensure your child is starting to wake up earlier each day so summer band isn’t such a shock to their system. They need to be eating non-dairy based breakfast daily (even if they aren’t hungry), and drinking exclusively water- no soda, energy drinks…. Anything in a can. This will help them be successful, feel great, and be ready to learn!

Let's have a GREAT week of school, Raiders!



Respectfully,

Greg Mills

Director of Bands

Communications Arts High School

COMM NICATIONS ARTS HIGH SCHOOL...all that is missing is U!