Parent Volunteer Update

We have received a lot of parent volunteers this year! Thank you! We do, however have quite a few open spots that need to be filled this year. I’ve gone through the lists and made a note of them here. If you could fill any of these spots it would be so greatly appreciated. Just go to the sign up genius tab on this page and register your name and email. Thanks in advance for lending a hand to make these shows extra special (and safe) for your kids. Sincerely, Mrs. Armington

Volunteer Needs as of 8/23/21

Grade 6

SwingFry Dress Rehearsal Chaperone (2) needed

SwingFry Locker Decorations (1) needed

Christmas Concert Chaperones 2nd show  (2) needed

ISSMA Locker Decorations (1) needed

Final Blast Locker Decorations (1) needed

Final Blast Show 1 Ushers (2) needed

Final Blast Show 2 Ushers (2) needed

Final Blast Dinner Crew (6) needed

Tear Down Crew (3) needed

Final Blast Photographer (1) needed

Grade 7

Swingfry Dress Rehearsal Chaperon (2) needed

Swingfry Photographer (1) needed

Christmas Dress Rehearsal Chaperones (2) needed

Christmas Concert Show 1 Ushers (2) needed

Christmas Concert Show 2 Ushers (1) needed

Christmas Tear Down Crew (2) needed

Christmas Concert 1 Chaperone (2) needed

Christmas Concert 2 Chaperone (2) needed

Christmas Photographer (1) needed

Issma Contest Chaperone (need 2)

Final Blast Locker Decorations (need 1)

Final Blast Usher Show 2 (need 3)

Final Blast Tear Down Crew (need 2)

Grade 8

Swing Fry Dress Rehearsal Chaperone (2)

Swing Fry Concert Chaperone (1) needed

SwingFry Locker Decorations (1) needed

Christmas Dress Reh. Phone Mom (1) needed

Christmas Dress Reh. Chaperones (2) needed

Christmas Water Donations (1) needed

Christmas Usher Show 1  (need 2)

Christmas Usher Show 2 ( need 2)

Concert 1 Chaperone (3) needed

Concert 2 Chaperone (3) needed

ISSMA Concert Phone Mom (1) needed

ISSMA Locker Decorations (1) needed

ISSMA Chaperones (2) needed

Final Blast Dress Reh. Phone Mom (1)

Dress Reh Water (1)

Concert Water (2)

Final Blast Dress Reh. Chaperones  (3) needed

Final Blast Concert Phone Mom  (1) needed

Final Blast Locker Decorations (1)

Welcome Choir Students and Parents!

We are excited to get the 2021-2022 school year rolling! This will be the site that you go to when we get close to concerts and special rehearsals. We post parent letters here. If you sign up to follow our page (Right side of screen) every letter we post will go directly to your email. Many parents find that helpful because Middle School students aren’t the best at communicating between school and home 🙂

You will also find tabs that include signup genius (for volunteer slots), calendar events, and rehearsal tabs for singing and choreography, and the Locker Decoration tab. We would appreciate it if you could make our website a “favorite” on your computer so that it will be easy to find. We also post a lot of pictures here and on our Facebook site. To go directly to our Facebook page just click the FACEBOOK icon on the right hand bottom of your screen.

If you need to reach us at anytime, Mr. Norwood’s email is norwoodc@mcsin-k12.org, and Mrs. Armington’s email is armingtonj@mcsin-k12.org.

We are grateful that you let us “borrow” your kids for awhile, and look forward to teaching them how to sing!

Sincerely, Mrs. Armington/Mr. Norwood

Knight Light Pics from performance for 5th graders!

Today the Knight Lights performed a fantastic show for the 5th graders from Heritage Intermediate School. Their performance was to encourage 5th graders to sign up for choir next year. The show went off without a hitch! The little ones were dead silent and in awe of the performance. Mr. Norwood, cool dude as he is, talked with the 5th graders and explained what choir is like here at NMS. Parent Letters were handed out and will be picked up next week. We hope to see many of their little faces in choir next year. Thanks Knight Lights for giving an outstanding show and being a terrific example of a true Choir Beast!

Today the Knight Lights performed a fantastic show for the 5th graders from Heritage Intermediate School. Their performance was to encourage 5th graders to sign up for choir next year. The show went off without a hitch! The little ones were dead silent and in awe of the performance. Mr. Norwood, cool dude as he is, talked with the 5th graders and explained what choir is like here at NMS. Parent Letters were handed out and will be picked up next week. We hope to see many of their little faces in choir next year. Thanks Knight Lights for giving an outstanding show and being a terrific example of a true Choir Beast!

Bristol Food Pantry

I am collecting things for the Bristol Food Pantry. If you have anything you would like to contribute, here is a list of things they are in need of:

Granola bars Cereal Cans of Tuna Crackers Tomato Soup /Chicken noodle Grape Jelly Toilet paper

One thing they do not get much of that they have a few people that need is gluten free / low sodium items!!!

I’ll be collecting these items in the choir room in the next 3 weeks.

Thanks! Mrs. Armington!

ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest

Is my solo and ensemble contest will be happening in a different way this year, surprise surprise! Students will be asked to record their solos and send them in to virtual judges. Each students performance will be given a 1st 2nd or 3rd place medal along with judges personal notes.  This is an excellent opportunity for all students to hear from an unbiased judge on how they’re doing with their singing voice. Mr. Norwood and I will be working with each student along with Mrs. Norwood our resident voice teacher to prepare these kids for contest. All recordings will be due by February 18. We will be recording them ourselves on Feb. 15 and 16th to ensure their entry is complete.  
students have been given the entry form on Google Zclassroom.  These entry forms are due by Friday,  Jan 22.  
Mrs. A will make rehearsal recordings for students who do not have a voice teacher.  Practices will take place in class and occasionally after school if a child wants to.  Please remind your kids for us!  Thank you!0

Important note to all choir parents regarding student grades.

I am writing to you parents this afternoon because I am becoming very discouraged with my students and the lack of effort they are giving in and out of class. I put in the grades for the last two weeks this afternoon and my heart sunk as I put in zero after zero, for no work being turned in. I also have a large number of students who are skipping class completely. Mr. Norwood and I are doing everything in our power to keep class interesting during this trying time. It’s very hard to teach singing when you can’t even listen to your kids sing! But we are trying to come up with innovative ways to give them a chance to perform (Caroling this Saturday) and also recording themselves each week. Just so you are aware, some students who do come to class come dressed in their pajamas and are trying to lay down in bed?!?! while singing. Call me old school, but I refuse to lower my standards because a large group of kids have decided to lower theirs! Some grades may just have to suffer in order for our kids to learn from their mistakes. We as teachers do not intend on accepting work that is past due by 2 weeks!! We won’t allow kids to lay down during class and we won’t stop assigning quality work to them just because of this pandemic. We do treat each student on a case by case basis because every home and child is different. We extend grace whenever it is called for. All we are asking for is some support on your end. Could you please check your child’s work, look over their shoulder (if you’re home) and make sure they are giving their best? Look at their power school grades and see what is missing? See if they are attending classes as they should? We would appreciate any help you could give us at home as we continue working for your children here. I’m sorry if this seems like a plea for help, but that really is what I’m asking for. Many kids are doing a wonderful job, but at least 1/3 or more are really not giving their best. We expect more, and trust that you can “work some magic” at home to get things turned around on your end. Thanks for listening and any help you can give us. Sincerely, Mrs. Armington

Caroling info for Saturday

Dear choir students and parents, Dec. 10, 2020

We are excited to go caroling this Saturday in downtown Middlebury at 6 p.m.  We have been keeping an eye on the weather forecast for Saturday.  It appears that it will rain most of the day but clear up and the sun will be coming out around 4. Yay!  But if you’ve lived in Middlebury very long you know that weather forecasts can change without warning.  So, our plan is this:  if it’s raining at 5 p.m. we will cancel caroling.  Do not come if it is raining!  But if it is clear, please join us.

Once again students (and the parents that wish to sing with us) with last names A – M will meet on the Fire Station side of the street in the park.  Be careful not to huddle in groups.  We must maintain social distancing throughout this event as well as wear masks the whole time.  As people arrive we will spread you 6 feet apart and send you walking down the street towards the bank.  You will be asked to stop and wait until everyone is in place and then we will lead the singing with a bull horn 🙂   Students N-Z will meet on the library side of the street in that park.  We will get you spread out and walking as soon as you arrive.   Carol handbooks will be given to each one of you.  You may keep the carol book after caroling is over or return them to their box.

Once we sing through all 10 carols we will begin traveling around the block.  High school students or the directors will approach doors in the neighborhood and see if we can carol a song or two to the folks who live there.  

When we return to the park, each student will receive a treat and we will say our goodbyes!

Please remember that everyone participating must wear a mask and maintain social distancing as we carol.  

This will be exciting for all of us but we want to make sure we are keeping each of you safe and healthy!

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Armington, Mr. Norwood, and Mrs. Manglos