We are off to a good start!
It's felt like a slow start to get face masks, bell covers, instruments, and Noteflight in place, but we are off to the races now!
Students have been great with our new procedures in class, but many need some reminders for completing virtual work at home. More on this below.
Face Masks & Bell Covers
Each student has been provided a mask for band. Students with instruments requiring a bell cover (all except percussion and flute) have been provided a bell cover.
There are a few students missing some supplies. It is important for students to have everything they need to participate in class.
6th Grade Supply List and How to Order
We are still getting a feel for the pacing of this school year. This is important because the timing of concerts has to work with how and when we learn our performance music.
The other consideration is where we hold concerts. Right now, concerts will have to be held outdoors. This is fine, but it does limit when we hold our performance. We don't want to sit in the cold. :-)
Stay tuned! Once we have a final plan, I will let you know.
Virtual Day Assignments
Virtual day assignments are required. This week, I will have students check their grades for missing work. They can make up missing work, but need to make a plan for completing the assignments when they are assigned.
For example, students will see items listed in Canvas for each virtual day. Many of these require items to be submitted for a grade. Here is a picture of last week's module for 8th graders:
Grading in band is very simple. We have Practice assignments and Assessments.
Currently, students have only been graded in the Practice Assignments category. This means their grade is 100% unless they are missing work.
Parents: When to check Canvas and when to check SIS (Parent Portal)?
Check Canvas to see details for all assignments. This is where students get feedback on their work. You can also use Canvas to see the grade for individual assignments.
Check SIS (Parent Portal) to see the official grade for band. (Note: SIS will be updated regularly, however, grades from Canvas do not immediately sync into SIS).