Keeping Up With Comm Arts

September 20 - September 24

Hello Comm Arts Families,

We are in the thick of the 1st grading cycle and the end of the 9 weeks will come sooner than we realize. Please take inventory of your grades and attend tutoring and/or seek out help from your teachers.

Free and Reduced Lunch

As a reminder, Northside ISD students will receive meals at No Cost under the current USDA Waiver for the 2021-22 School Year. Although a Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application is Not Required for student meals, NISD families may benefit from the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). P-EBT is a food benefit for families with children who temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price meals at school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Child Nutrition Services will accept Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications for potential P-EBT Benefits for the 2021-22 School Year.

Families are welcome to fill out applications online at www.schoolcafe.com or pick up a paper application at the Free and Reduced Office located at 7520 Mainland Drive, San Antonio, TX 78250.

For more information, visit the Child Nutrition website at nisd.net/schools/menus.

United Yearbook

We are living through historic times and the best way to remember everything that happens this school year is by purchasing a yearbook. Yearbooks are on sale now through the end of the year, but if you want the cheapest price of $70 and FOUR FREE ENGRAVED ICONS ON YOUR COVER you need to order by Friday, October 15. The price increases to $75 on October 16 and then to $80 on January 29th. Orders are done through JostensYearbooks.com

If you ordered last year’s and have not picked it up, we will be delivering those to students next few weeks or you can contact Mr. Kohlmann at Taft to arrange pick up sooner. If you did NOT order last year’s, but would like to purchase one, we still have some available for purchase for $80 or you can purchase a package deal of last year's and this year's yearbook at $120. That's a $30 savings. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McCarthy in room C205 before or after school.


Please note: The Taft and Comm Arts yearbooks combined last year.

Senior Portraits

Seniors, if you missed your opportunity to take your free yearbook picture on campus, please make an appointment to take them at the studios by contacting Prestige Portraits at (210) 691-1284 or go to their website. The deadline to take your picture is November 12 and pictures must be taken by Prestige to be in the yearbook. The yearbook pose is Cap and Gown, and Prestige will provide the cap and gown and NHS collars for members. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McCarthy in room C205 before or after school.

Open House

We strongly encourage families to visit during the designated hour that corresponds to the student's last name. Open House is a time to meet teachers and receive important information regarding the class. If you would like a parent/teacher conference, please schedule one with the teacher for a different date and time.

6:00-7:00--(A-L)

7:15-8:15--(M-Z)

Online Tutoring Support

Online Tutoring is back! Certified teachers will be available to help students in grades K-12.


Please click here to view all the support that is available to students this year.

October 13, 2021

A friendly reminder that on Wednesday October 13 ALL Comm Arts students will either be taking the PSAT or the SAT on campus during the day.


9th-11th graders will be taking the PSAT and 12th graders will be taking the SAT.


Both exams are free for our students--12th graders can send their SAT scores to the college/university of their choice and 11th graders can qualify to be National Merit Scholars.


Click here for SAT Practice and click here for PSAT Practice.

College, Career and Military Readiness--Ms. Montellano

Do you know who Ms. Montellano is? Have you visited the GO Center? Click here to visit the College, Career and Military Readiness Website. There is something that every student, 9th-12th grade, can be doing!

Comm Arts Walk of Fame

Have you seen the Comm Arts Walk of Fame? We have 3 Walk of Fame Hallways. The RED Walk of Fame is for students who have successfully received credit for 1 AP Exam. The SILVER Walk of Fame is for students who have successfully received credit on 2 AP Exams and the GOLD Walk of Fame is for AP Scholars, students who have successfully received credit on 3 or more AP Exams.

Student Council Fundraiser

Who: Comm Arts Families

What: Student Council Fundraiser

Where: Sonic on 1560 (next to the Neighborhood Walmart)

When: September 22, 2021 4pm-8pm

Why: Raise money for Homecoming

Student Spotlight--Tatiana Barajas

Senior, Tatiana Barajas earned 2nd place in the poetry category and will receive a cash prize! She entered the Albricas contest and is also a national winner for a previous entry!


Her award winning poem is below...


La lotería de mamá


Escuché.

Desde pequeña mi mamá me contaba historias de la vida

Toda una creadora, no tuvo que leernos de libros, sino que

Me dejaba seleccionar una carta de la baraja de lotería

Y allí comenzaba el juego.


Crecí.

Con cartas de la lotería al lado de mi cama,

Seleccionando una nueva cada noche, me desarrollé.

Entre mis favoritas era la rosa,

Así fue como mi mamá me explicó la belleza de la vida.


Me recalcó.

“Dolorosamente hermosa,

El mundo es peligroso tal como las espinas

Pero igualmente lindo y precioso, semejante a los pétalos.

Hay que protegerse de lo arriesgado, pero no tanto que luego se pierda lo bello”


Me empapé.

Aprendí más sobre mi cultura

Sobre la tierra de mi mamá, de mis orígenes.

Me contó sus historias para hacerme sentir

Conectada a mis ancestros, mi patrimonio cultural


Me contó.

“La bandera,

Inquebrantable como tu espíritu

Maleable en el aire, tus antepasados emigraron
Ansiando una mejor vida que entregarnos”


Atendí.

Me reafirmaba el valor de tener fe

Había certezas tácitas

Mientras que las seguía recordando

Tenía fe de que todo está balanceado


Entendí.

“La luna siempre seguirá al Sol,

El canto del gallo nos presentará el día

Igual que las estrellas nos regalan la noche.

Es el ritmo del universo y te acompañará por cada incertidumbre que enfrentarás”


Escuché

Crecí

Me recalcó

Me empapé

Me contó

Atendí

Entendí

Y te agradezco, Madre, toda la extraordinaria sabiduría que me has entregado

Mediante tus cotidianas cartas de la lotería.

Band Updates

Weekly Email -- Week 5: September 20-25 -- Leadership Meeting, Pep Rally, Thursday Football Game vs Harlan HS (Visitors Side at Farris), Friday PM Rehearsal, US Band Marching Contest

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

  4. Adult Roadie/Chaperone Meal for US Contest: https://www.jotform.com/assign/212555495024152/212584523790055

  5. Concert Folder Order Form: https://form.jotform.com/212506087511146

After almost two years, we have finally arrived at our first marching contest! We will be participating in the US Bands South San HS Contest located at South San Antonio HS. This is a mid-day contest, so the students will need to be hydrated for the weather. Fans are welcome at this contest, and is open to the public. Our performance time is 1 PM, but the full schedule of the day for the students is listed at the Saturday section of the weekly email. Tickets to this contest can be purchased at the following link: https://www.showpass.com/usbands-southsanantonio/

I would like to thank all members and families for helping to make our rehearsals so successful so far this year. We only have 8 hours of rehearsal time before our first contest, so every student's attendance is critical as we are learning new material daily. The absence from rehearsal does have a large impact on the learning of others, so I appreciate the commitment of all our Raider families as we bring back competitive greatness to our band program. It is a joy to release such committed students!

Optional Concert Folder Orders

Every two years we make a mass group order for new concert folders for our students to use during the concert season of band. Unlike the marching season, during concert season our students use a larger folder than a binder can supply that is engraved with the Taft Band name on it. Although we do have a class set that is available for student use for the entire season, many of our students enjoy purchasing their own folder that also has their name engraved on it. This becomes a keepsake when they leave the program, and also means they don't get a "hand-me-down" folder from years past (although as the youngest of three brothers, there is NOTHING wrong with that :). Folders will be open for order for the next two weeks, and then the order will be placed. They can be purchased here: https://form.jotform.com/212506087511146. Orders are due by midnight this FRIDAY, September 24th.

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:

https://www.taftraiderband.org/volunteer/volunteer-shifts

If you signed up (or are going to sign up) to Roadie or Chaperone at the contest on 9/25/21, and want to buy a meal (Chick-fil-a), please fill out the jotform below before midnight on Monday, September 20th. Meals are $8.
https://www.jotform.com/assign/212555495024152/212584523790055

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 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 - Area Jazz Recording, 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 -- Pep Rally, Thursday Game!

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

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

4:20 PM -- Change into Rehearsal Attire, load trucks, Eat Food, Get Dressed/Inspection

5:45 PM -- Depart Taft HS for Farris Stadium

6:15 PM -- Arrive at Farris Stadium (Visitor’s Side)

7:00 PM -- Kickoff

10:00 PMish -- Game Ends, Pack and Load

10:45 PMish -- Students arrive back at Taft High School - Bring in instruments and return uniforms.

FRIDAY -- Study Halls in Classes, Mandatory 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

SATURDAY -- US Bands South San HS Marching Contest

8:00 AM -- Band Hall Opens, clean horns, come having eaten breakfast!

9:00 AM -- Runthrough Rehearsal Begins on Band Pad (Raider-T, Raider Shorts, Marching Shoes, Long Black Socks)

10:00 AM -- Load Trucks

10:00-10:50 AM -- Get Dressed/Inspection

10:50 AM -- Depart Taft HS

11:30 AM -- Arrive at South San HS (7535 Barlite Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78224)

12:10 PM -- Warm-Up

12:50 PM -- Move to Gate

12:55 PM -- Enter Field

1 PM -- Performance Time

1:15 PM -- Awards

2:00 PM -- Clinic with Judges

2:20 PM -- Pack Instruments, Load Busses, Eat!

2:45 PM -- Depart for Taft High School

3:30 PM -- Arrive at Taft High School, unload, check in uniforms, see ya!



Last Week’s Performance Video Link (not for sharing outside of current Taft Band members)

https://youtu.be/RAgsJe9Dr1A

***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

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