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 ****Here are some pics of the 8th graders in a full orchestra rehearsal. More info about next week's concert on the 8th grade page.

It is the time of the year that we all need to think about the annual Spaghetti Supper sponsored by the Unit 5 Music Parents. This is the one and only fundraiser that our parent group has during the year yet through this event, they are able to help fund 18 different music programs in 6 different buildings. The Chiddix 5th Grade Cadet Band (    ) and the 6th Grade Charger Band (    ) will be performing that night. Both of these bands may check individual pages for details concerning when, where , etc.  
Last year the Chiddix Band "Families" set a record of 407 ticket sales!!!! For all the families that purchased tickets to help with this event, we say "THANK YOU". I know the students would love to be able to hit that 400+ mark again but class size is smaller this year so the equivalent goal for this year is at 350 tickets sold, grades 5-8.  7th and 8th Grade families are strongly encouraged to come out and eat spaghetti that night. The ticket form can be found on the "documents" page. You may download it, fill it out, and then send the form and money to school with your child. OR you fill in the form and send it to me electronically, then send the ticket money to school with your child the next day. Thanks in advance for all the families who help support the supper on November 13! 
The Chiddix Bands need a minimum of 10 parents to volunteer to work from 6:45 - 8:00. The Chiddix spots are near the bottom of the Sign Up Genuis Webpage. Last year we were the first to fill in our 10 names, let's see if we can't be the first again.  posted 10-25-2017

**** The following students were selected to perform with the ILMEA District III Junior High Honor Band. 
  Anisha Amaravadi - Flute
Marisa Schaafsma - Alto Sax
Caleb Shim - Alto Sax
Lily Vale - Alto Sax
The band will rehearse and perform on Saturday, November 18 at Olivet Nazarene University, Bouronnais, IL.  Thank you to all the students who auditioned. Your hard work did not go unnoticed!     posted 10-25-2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!!
The year has been off and running for several weeks now.  The important information that you will find will be concert dates for the entire year as well as what the students should wear to a performance. 

If you should ever have any questions, comments or concerns, PLEASE contact Mr. Swallow, Mrs. Ogdon, or 
Mr. Bortz. We have an open door policy and love visitors. Look for more info listed during the next few days.                    posted 10-12-2017

****Check your respective grade level page for some announcements concerning our concerts. I will also upload a document that contains all of the concert dates as well as put them in the "announcement" box on the lower right hand side of the page. Try to get into a habit of looking at the page at least once a week. 

The picture / archive page will have pictures and / or announcements that were made that help tell a little history of the band when new students, parents  and teachers work with the program. 

The most important thing to remember about the website is that if you have ANY questions throughout the year PLEASE ask. Thanks for all of your help and support that you give to the Chiddix Bands!   posted 10-12-17

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Today's fun facts are about Mr. Swallow

This begins Mr. Swallow's 33rd year of teaching, 30 in Unit 5 and 23 of those years here at Chiddix. What a great place to call home! Some more trivia facts to think about:
  • This year marks the 50th first day of school that Mr. Swallow has experienced.
  • This year's 6th graders will be the last class Mr. Swallow teachers all four years while they are at Chiddix. 
  • Mr. Swallow began teaching in Unit 5 the year Parkside Elementary and Northpoint opened their doors.
  • After that first year, the following buildings opened:
    • Towanda demolition, remodel, construction
    • Pepper Ridge
    • Prairieland
    • Additions at Northpoint, Chiddix JH and Parkside JH
    • Normal Community West High School
    • Fox Creek
    • Grove
    • Additions at Sugar Creek
    • Normal Community High School
    • Demolition of the north end of NCHS, and additions to the south end and the renaming of this building to Kingsley JH
    • Benjamin, Cedar Ridge, Evans JH   
    • Complete remodel of Chiddix   
Chiddix Junior High School Bands
 300 S. Walnut Street  |  Normal, IL  61761

Upcoming Events


Mon., Nov. 13, 2017        5th & 6th Grade       NCHS**
Thurs., Nov. 16, 2017      7th & 8th Grade       CJHS**
Thurs., Dec. 14, 2017       5th Grade                NCHS**
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017    8th Grade                NCHS** (added 12-1-2017)
Tues., Feb. 27, 2018         NO CONCERT, MOVED TO MARCH 8       (possibly change to Thurs. March 8 to go with 5th/6th)
Thurs., March 8, 2018       5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Jazz      CJHS**
Sat., April 7, 2018      Twin Cities Honor 7/8    BJHS
Sat., April 14, 2018            S & E contest, 7/8  Calvary Chr. Academy
Sat., April 28, 2018    Host/Perform IESA, 7/8  CJHS**
Thurs., May 10, 2018 Host S&E, Select 5/6**    CJHS (6th required)
Mon., May 14, 2018            7th & 8th Grade     CJHS**

**Attendance required at these events for that particular grade level.