My name is Ian Mitchell. This will be my sixth year at China Spring and my 15th year teaching. Prior to coming to China Spring, I have taught in Arizona and California. I happily married, and have three boys, two of which attend China Spring Schools.
This year I will be teaching the 7th Grade Band, Middle School 7th Grade Jazz Band, Beginning 6th Grade Euphonium Class, and Beginning 6th Grade Tuba Class. I also assist with the 8th Grade Band, High School Marching Band, High School Concert Band. The other directors include, Mrs. Hyatt (HS), Mr. Moss (HS), Mr. Leal (HS) and Mr. Loudermilk. We work as a team to give you the best music education you can receive.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. My email address is email@example.com. My conference hours are between 10:00-10:43. I am also available after school. Please call the school office at 836-4611 to set up a conference time.
1st Period 8:00-8:56 8th Grade Band
2nd Period 9:00-9:56 7th Jazz Band
3rd Period 10:00-10:39 Conference
4th Period 10:43-11:32 @ High School
6th Period 12:30-1:30 7th Grade Band
7-8th Period 2:05-3:25 @Intermediate
Band Boosters Meetings (Meet at 7pm at HS Band Hall)
Join Us on Our Social Forums(Links)
My Big Campus http://mybigcampus.com/groups/7th-grade-band
To give your child the best possible support, you should:
2.)Encourage your child to play for family and friends.
3.)Offer compliments and encouragement regularly.
4.) Expose your child to a wide variety of music, including concerts and recitals.
5.) Encourage your child to talk with you about his or her lessons.
6.) Make sure your child's instrument is always in good working condition.
7.) Allow your child to play many types of music, not just study pieces.
8.) Listen to your child practice and acknowledge improvement
9.) Help your child build a personal music library.
10.) Try to get your child to make a commitment to his/her musical studies
What not to do:
1.) Don't use practice as punishment.
2.) Don't insist that your child play for others when he or she doesn't want to.
3.) Don't ridicule or make fun of mistakes or less than perfect playing.
4.) Don't apologize to others for your child's weak performance.
5.) Don't start your child on an instrument that's in poor working condition.
6.) Don't expect rapid progress and development in the beginning.
7th Grade Band 12:30-1:30pm
Welcome to the 7th grade band. We have an exciting year planned. The 7th grade band will be performing in numerous events throughout year, such as our Winter Concert, UIL Performance, Honor Band Auditions, and Spring Concert. Needless to say, we have a lot of information and ground to cover this year. In 7th grade band you will continue to grow musically, working to develop a full ensemble sound. I look forward to working with you this upcoming school year.
7th Grade Jazz Band 9:00-10:00pm
This is a new class this year. We hope to play some fun music along with learning how to play in a new style. You have to be in full band to be apart of this ensemble. We will play on both concerts this year and audition for TMEA All-Region Band later this year.
6th Grade Beginning Band(Euphonium and Tuba)2:05-3:25
Euphonium and Tuba Players will need an instrument. A Cleaning kit with valve oil, mouthpiece brush, and polish cloth. The Book is Essential Elements 2000 Book 1.
There will be a instrument rental night on Tuesday, September 3rd at 5pm at Intermediate School. Students will need to have there instruments by Monday September 9th. Baritones and Tubas will be provided, students will need to furnish a mouthpiece.
Performance Dates and Grading
All concert dates are on the back of the band handbook and on the band website, on the side-bar labeled important dates. Grades are determined by a daily grade (50%), performance objectives (25%), and tests/concerts (25%).
*Tardy Policy (New Policy 2013-2014)
A student is tardy to class if he/she is not in assigned place when the tardy bell rings. A student arriving on campus late must first report to the office. Failure to have textbooks paper, pen, notebooks, P.E. clothes or shoes, etc. will be considered a supply tardy. A student late to any class or not in his/her place when the tardy bell rings is tardy and may be assigned to detention hall. Tardies will be tracked by the school office.
2nd Tardy-One Detention
3rd Tardy-Multiple Detention Warning
4th Tardy-Three Detentions/1 Day of Saturday/Parent Contact
5th Tardy-Saturday School Warning plus Detention
6th Tardy - 1 Day of School School
Final Examinations Policy 2013-2014
1. Final exams will be given over the final three days of the spring semester.
2. Final exams count /7 of the final grade for all Middle School courses. All finals that are given in high school credit courses will count 1/4 of the final grade.
3. Students can earn final exam exemptions meeting the following requirements:
A. A Grade average of 80 or better for the year.
B. A student that passes the STAAR test may exempt the final for the STAAR tested class.
C. when a student reaches 10 absences in a class, no exemption will be offered for that class.
D. For exemption purposes a tardy will count as 1/2 of an absence.
E. All exemptions will be lost when a student reaches 15 or more tardies throughout the year.
Helpful Printing Tips
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Permission forms for events, such as TMEA Jazz Audtions, or TMEA Try-out are listed in the announcements on the left hand column, or under the named event which is also in the left hand column. Click and you should be able to find information and detail regarding that event or contest. The permission slip or forms are then attached documents under those titles.