Weekly Update: August 13th – August 17th ~ Welcome Back! FB @ Mainland!

***SEE VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE BELOW REGARDING MEDICAL FORMS & FRIDAY’S TRAVEL EXPERIENCE***

THIS IS A BIG WEEKLY UPDATE! READ ALL THE WAY DOWN! IEGYB! 

This Week

  • Monday
    • First Day of School! IEGYB!
  • Tuesday
    • BDMB 6 PM – 8:30 PM
    • Concessions Team Meeting 6:30 PM (Band Room) 
  • Wednesday
    • Percussion Sectional 2:30 PM – 5 PM
  • Thursday
    • BDMB 3 PM – 5:30 PM
    • New York City Trip Interest Meeting! 6:00 PM (In Auditorium) 
  • Friday
    • FSU Band Day Sign Up/Payment DUE $25.00 (Students & Chaperones)
      • SchoolPay is an option.
      • Cash or Check is an option. (Turn in to safe.)
    • All State Contracts/Sign Up DUESee Mr. L for Contract
    • ALL STATE CONTRACTS CHANGED: Due Wednesday, August 22nd
    • Morning Pep Rally! 7 AMDoors Open @ 6:30 AM
    • Football @ Daytona Beach Mainland HSUniform: Under Uniform (Band T-Shirt, Band Shorts, Band Shoes, Back Pack, Hat)4:15 PM Call Time
      • TIMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED! PLEASE MAKE A NOTE! KICK OFF TIME MOVED FROM 7:30 PM to 7:00 PM. THANK YOU! 
      • 4:00 PM Doors Open
      • 4:20 PM Seated/Dressed.
      • 4:30 PM Depart
      • 5:15 PM Arrive Seminole Towne Center (Dinner Stop @ Food Court)
      • 6:00 PM Depart for Daytona Stadium
      • 6:30 PM Arrive Daytona Stadium
      • 7:00 PM Kick Off!
      • Return Info TBA
        • Return estimates/Info will come via Remind Text at conclusion of game. (Join by texting @apkbdmb to 81010!)

Looking Ahead 

  • Monday, August 20th – Student Leadership Meeting 2:40 PM – 3:15 PM
  • Week 2: Winds (Woodwinds/Brass) Full Group Sectionals will commence on Wednesday’s from 1:20 PM – 2 PM every other week and last through MPA week. A detailed schedule will come out later this week.
  • Saturday, August 25th – BDMB Rehearse-A-Thon 8 AM – 12 PM (Mandatory)
    • EARN FUNDS! Use this REHEARSE-A-THON FORM to solicit your donations today! SchoolPay can be used for those who wish to make a donation on your behalf!
  • Saturday, September 15th – FBA All State Auditions @ Ocoee HS
    • Student/Parent Contracts DUE Friday, August 17th!

***Medical Forms*** 

Visit our FORMS page to download, fill out, and turn in your Medical Form for the 2018-2019 season. You WILL NOT be allowed on the bus to travel with us to Daytona this Friday without this form. Paper copies are available in the band room.

Band Calendar

Please check the following locations for our Band Calendar and updates to our schedule:

Rehearsals and Performances begin this week and are considered mandatory for all performers. 

  • Google Calendar found at apopkabands.com/calendar
  • Printable Wall/Refrigerator Calendar found at apopkabands.com/calendar
  • Wall Calendars in Band Room
  • White Board Calendar in Band Room

New York City Trip INTEREST Meeting! 

Join us on Thursday evening for our initial NYC TRIP INTEREST meeting where we will lay out the Itinerary/dates, approximate costs, payment schedules, and possible fundraising initiatives. This meeting will occur in our Auditorium at 6 PM following BDMB Band Practice! Band members AND Parents should attend to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

All State  

Students auditioning for All State should turn in their contracts by Friday. If you are unaware of this process, please see Mr. L well in advance of Friday. If you have considered auditioning for All State but have not yet looked the music, please consider All County as it is too late to begin working on music for this audition. (All County prep is already underway! OCPS uses shortened versions of the All State excerpts!)

Volunteer Forms

Please visit the FORMS page to download, fill out, and turn in your Volunteer Form for 2018-2019! Our parents are the backbone of our success! Paper copies are available in the Band Room.

Band Uniforms 

Please see Ms. Janice ASAP if you have not yet ordered any necessary shoes, uniform items, etc. as related to the BDMB. Concert Uniforms will be ordered later in the Fall semester.

AHS Campus/First Day Updates 

  • Schedule Change requests will not be open until WEDNESDAY. A Google Form link will be offered via the apopkahs.ocps.net website for you to fill out. The window will close on Sunday at 11:59 PM.
  • Students in the 1600 will have a NEW pathway in 18-19. In an effort to maximize student safety, ALL STUDENTS will be directed into the courtyard nearest the football stadium and will have to enter the 800 building via the Student Services entrance. We will no longer use the EXTERIOR BAND ROOM DOORS during school. Only BEFORE and AFTER school.
  • Band Room will open at 7 AM each morning. Students should be departing at 7:10 AM for class. 1st Period Concert Band Members should begin preparing for the rehearsal by warming up/following daily plan that is posted.
  • ProgressBook is your location for your schedule. No more paper schedules. Follow most up-to-date version on Monday.
  • Tardies will be tracked starting on Wednesday. Teachers will lock doors and you will have to receive a Hero note to enter the door. This will also be in effect for those in North Campus and 1600 Building. Move with a purpose!
  • MASTERY LEARNING is the goal of our campus. For all students, in all facets. We, as a faculty, have been challenged to focus on students developing a mastery level of learning in all that we do. These are exciting times to be a Student and Teacher at AHS and we look forward to seeing each of our members become MASTER LEARNERS!
  • The Apopka Band will utilize Canvas for the coming year! Have your laptops charged and ready to roll in class on Day 1! INSTRUMENTS on Day 2!

From AHS:

One Mill Tax Vote

One Mill Header

Click HERE to read the full article at ocps.net.

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The renewal of a one-mill property tax will be on the ballot to:

  • Retain highly qualified teachers

  • Protect arts and athletics programs in schools

  • Maintain academic programs and student activities

This renewal is of a tax in place since 2010. Without it, OCPS will lack funding to continue fully supporting teachers and students. On Aug. 28, Orange County voters will decide if the one-mill property tax should be renewed for an additional four years.

The Big Picture

Without an extension of the one mill, OCPS will have $1,437 less in per-student funding than what 2007 funding would provide today, adjusted for inflation.

Without an extension of the one mill, OCPS anticipates a 2019 budget reduction of $143 million which will impact many hundreds of teachers, academic programs, arts and athletics. 

THIS REFERENDUM IS THE ONLY QUESTION ON THE ORANGE COUNTY BALLOT FOR AUGUST 28th. IT IS THE LAST ITEM ON THE BALLOT.

Band Camp Updates! Read On….!!!

Sign Ups

Both sign ups will be on the white board beginning on Thursday morning. Please see the descriptions below for each of the sign ups.

  • FSU Band Day
    • Saturday, September 8th
    • $25.00 per person/Payment made by August 17th
    • Limited number of tickets for game
    • Sign ups will end by August 17th
  • Freshmen Jazz Ensemble
    • We are excited to offer a BRAND NEW “Freshmen Jazz” ensemble this year! Sign up this week so this can be added to your schedule for the coming year. See Mr. L if you have any questions!
    • Standard Jazz Instruments are encouraged! All instruments are welcomed! Join in for some incredible fun!

Laptop Distribution

Thursday (Last Names A-L) & Friday (Last Names M-Z) will be the distribution time for new students at AHS to come and pick up their laptops for the coming year. Times are from 12 PM – 7 PM each day. This includes new students in 10th – 12th grades as well as any AHS students that turned in their laptops at the end of last year. On Thursday, students can depart at the conclusion of camp. (4 PM) Friday camp ends at noon and members are encouraged to go immediately to get their devices.

Clean Up Volunteers Needed! 

Saturday morning from 8 AM – 12 PM is our annual Concession Clean Up opportunity! Please join us to help prepare for the coming season! We need both parents and students alike to come and help kick off the new season ahead! STUDENTS: Volunteer hours await you!

Charms Info Update 

  • Please click Charms Student Information Form to add your information for our Charms Office system. ALL MEMBERS need to fill this out so we can update your information!
  • Parents! Please fill our the Committee Interest Questionnaire to help us best serve our students in the coming year! New parents and old parents alike please join us in making this the best year yet!

Friday Performance Update

We look forward to seeing you all on Friday! Come and join us for an incredible Premier Performance of the Blue Darter Marching Band!

  • 6 PM (Students Courtyard Call Time 5:30 PM)
  • Uniform: Under Uniform for Vets (Band T-Shirt & Dark Shorts for new members)
  • Performance Plan
    • No Rain: Courtyard Warm Up, March to Parking Lot, PreGame, Band Olympics Relay, Half Time Performance
    • Rain: Gymnasium for all performance material. Stand still performances only.

Fall 2018 BDMB Kick Off Event!

Fall 2018 Kick Off Event! 

Monday, July 23rd, 2018 @ 6 PM!

This is event is our official Kick Off to the Fall 2018 BDMB! This event is for both parents and students! We will collect forms (below), fees, and have volunteer sign ups for our upcoming season! This event is a simple one-stop-shop to better help get the year off the ground and running!

We will begin with a brief general session to welcome everyone back and then proceed to stations to turn in the various forms and info as needed. Some forms are now via Google Forms and can be completed NOW! The Uniform-Financial form is a “Type & Print” for that you can complete at home, however, we will have paper copies available on Monday evening.

SCHOOLPAY is now ready for you to pay ahead! Visit the Blue Darter Band page via the SchoolPay website and you can pay now!

Forms

  • Medical Form (Copy of Insurance Card also needed)
  • Uniform-Financial Form – Type & Print!
    • SchoolPay: Blue Darter Band Page
    • To update the numbers, try scrolling to page two. Numbers should appear. 
    • You can print to “PDF” to save a copy for yourself. Print a copy to bring with you if you are filling it out before coming to the Kick Off Event. 
  • Charms Student Information Form (via Google Forms)
    • ALL MEMBERS need to fill this out so we can update our Charms Student/Parent information.
  • Committee Interest Questionnaire (For all Parents!)
  • Concessions/Chaperone Sign Up will be available at the meeting!

We look forward to an incredible camp and season ahead!