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
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
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!
Our choirs have been preparing to carol in downtown Middlebury, Saturday, December 12th from 6-7:00 p.m. The kids have been having fun learning some of the old “tried and true” carols so that they can bring a smile to our Middlebury family that evening. This is not a mandatory event, but we are hoping that most of our kids can be involved so that we can fill the streets with singing! As you know we haven’t been able to sing together, or have our Christmas Concerts this year. This will be so much fun for you and our kids.
Here are some details to help you plan ahead. Students who have last names A-M should be dropped off in the little park next to the fire station. Students N-Z should be dropped off in the park next to the library. Each student must have a mask. We will spread out down both sides of 13 and begin our singing there. After we run through our 10 carols we will proceed south towards the Post office and split up as we enter a neighborhood on both sides of the street. We will sing around the block and then return to 13. Once finished the kids will get a special treat in the park. This should last only one hour. You may drop them off and come back later or ….. wait for it…….PARK YOUR CAR AND JOIN in AS WE CAROL!!!! Now isn’t that a GREAT IDEA?! We will have carol books so that you can sing along as we bring some joy to Middlebury.
We have not done this before but we are going to push things along so that we end at 7 p.m. if at all possible! You should make arrangements with your child where you want to pick them up. Some of you may wish to park along the road, or at the library, or behind the stores on 13. Others may want to pick your child up in one of the church parking areas downtown. We will leave that up to you. But obviously it is important for you to pick up your child on time so they aren’t left out in the cold. Brrrr!
Your student should use the link below to let us know if he or she is planning to come caroling with us. Parents don’t need to register J Again, this is not mandatory but we are hoping a lot of our kids can join in the fun!
Parents we have two big things coming up and we wanted to let you know in advance so that you and your family can plan on attending! First we have our Annual SwingFry Fundraiser for the NMS and NHS Choirs on Saturday November 14th. Unfortunately we will not be allowed to perform but we have been given the “go ahead” to have a drive in food pick up at NHS. The Chicken and Fish Dinner orders will be taken and delivered to your cars in the back parking lot (follow the signs) by our students from 3 – 7:00 p.m. that afternoon. Please advertise for us by inviting friends, relatives, and neighbors. The money we earn will help our programs so much.
On Saturday, December 12 our choir students in grades 6-12 will be caroling for downtown Middlebury from 6 – 7 p.m. Students should be dropped off at Memorial Park. They can make arrangements to be picked up where ever you would like to pick them up. This is not mandatory, but we hope for a big turn out. It will be the first time we have every swarmed the downtown area with our talented kids. I hope your child can be a part of this special time.
More info on both events will be coming your way, but this should help you plan for your family. Sincerely, Mrs. Armington and Mr. Norwood
We are unable to perform for this year’s SwingFry Fall Fundraiser, but we have been given permission to have a drive through for the Fish and Chicken dinners! More info will be coming your way in the next few weeks, but we wanted to give you a head’s up on what will be happening in November. We would like students to be involved in serving, cleaning up, and preparing the meals. Below you will find a student sign up where our 7th and 8th grade students can sign up for volunteer positions. Parents it would help us if you would oversee their sign up so that it coincides with your family plans that Saturday (November 14th). Students may sign up for more than one 30 minute time slot, but we would like all students to serve in some capacity that day. 8th graders will be able to earn civic points for their service.
We just wanted to put the newest info out there for all of our Choir Beasts and Band Geeks! Choir and band will look a lot different for awhile but we still will be allowed to make music! We want to insure the safety of our kids so quite a few measures will be implemented as we start this school year! The main change will be space! Singers will have at least 6 seats in the auditorium between them. It will feel odd at first but in the long run space allows students to really hear themselves better, builds breath support, and strengthens ones voice. So we are excited to see how these challenges will build our choirs to even more GREATNESS!! Choir will be meeting every other day. This will give kids an opportunity to be in both band and choir or try a different elective. We will also be featuring some of the Final Blast music we missed last year. All in all this could get exciting! So hold on to your hats and get ready for a bumpy but fun year! We can’t wait to see you!! Mamma A and Mr. N