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    08-23-2021

    Dear Band Parents,

             My name is Doug Grice and I am the new Director of Bands here at Atascocita High School. I would like to invite you to a mandatory parent meeting Monday, August 30, 2021 at 6:15 pm in the Performing Arts Center. At this meeting I will formally introduce myself and the band staff. In addition, we will be discussing:

    1.     Student safety
    2.     Weekly communication
    3.     Grades
    4.     Private lessons
    5.     How we need help

    Only one parent or guardian from each family is needed; however all are welcome. I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your child.  Thank you in advance for your participation and I look forward to meeting you.

     

    Doug Grice
    Director of Bands
    Atascocita High School
    dgrice@humbleisd.net

     

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    07-30-21

    Good afternoon, Band Students and Parents!

    I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer!

    I wanted to touch base with all of you to give you a few reminders about Summer Band and some additional information:

    Physicals:
    You must have the completed physical form turned in before you are allowed to participate. 

    Parents: Your student will NOT be able to participate and will miss a LOT of information.  you have not done so, please get this done immediately!

    Here is the link to the Humble ISD Physical Form:
    https://www.humbleisd.net/cms/lib/TX01001414/Centricity/Domain/3037/2021-2022%20HumbleISD%20Physical%20Forms.pdf

    Once the form is filled out and signed, please return it to:  cynthia.troncoso@humbleisd.net

    **IMPORTANT – Rank One Forms:
    In addition to having your completed physical form, ALL students/parents must complete the Humble ISD Rank One forms. This will only take a few minutes of your time.

    Instructions for Rank One from Mr. Destry Balch, Humble ISD Director of Fine Arts:

    • From the link, you will click on the “Click Here” button
    • Select to “Create an account” or “Continue as a guest”
    • Fill out the HISD/UIL Signature Page and Student Emergency Information.

    “Once those are filled out and the student has turned in a cleared and completed Physical form then they should be cleared on Rank One. This must be done before students are allowed to participate.”

    Here is the link to the Humble ISD Rank One forms:
    https://humbleisd.rankonesport.com/New/NewInstructionsPage.aspx

    Band Camp:
    The schedule for next week is as follows:
    Monday (8/2)              8:00 AM – 5:00 PM           (Crazy Sock Day!)
    Tuesday (8/3)             8:00 AM – 5:00 PM           (College Shirt Day!)
    Wednesday (8/4)        8:00 AM – 5:00 PM           (Hawaiian Day!)
    Thursday (8/5)            8:00 AM – 5:00 PM           (Super Hero Day!)
    Friday (8/6)                 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM         (Crazy Hat Day!)

    **Remember: you must have your completed physical form and have completed your Rank One forms to participate. Get this done!!

    Summer Band Attire:
    This includes shorts, T-shirt, socks and sneakers such as cross trainers, running shoes, tennis shoes. Please do not wear sandals, flip-flops, boat shoes or boots. There must be enough cushion, support and they must be tied to ensure they do not come off during turns and maneuvers.

    Also, parents, please ensure you are at the Band Hall (or have made arrangements) so that your student is picked up at the end of each rehearsal in a timely manner. Thanks so much for your help in this area!

    Initial Marching Spots
    "The Atascocita Military Marching Band is a unit of the school that represents the school at football games, parades, pep rallies, and community functions. Additionally, the marching band competes in UIL competitions and other competitive events. Each student is an integral part of the marching band and every student is equally important.

    Marching spots are chosen on the basis of attendance, instrumentation, attitude, marching ability, playing proficiency and the student’s academic grade history. Additionally, choices must be based on instrumentation of the entire band and whether the student has played off their music within the allotted time frame. Regardless of the original “block” that is chosen, alternates will gain spots when someone loses their spot. Once an opening occurs, an alternate will be placed in that spot based on the above qualifications. Each student “earns” his/her marching spot every day through their actions or inactions. 

    This policy is not to punish those who cannot be at marching rehearsal, but reward those who are at marching rehearsal..." AMB Handbook (p.16)

    Parents: Please make sure that your students are at rehearsals and on time. Thank you!

    Meals/Nutrition:
    We provide snacks, water/Gatorade and lunch for students throughout the Band Camp. If you have special dietary needs, please feel free to bring your own food options for lunch and snacks.

    Hydration:
    The safest and most effective way to stay hydrated is to follow a simple 3-step process:

    1. PRE-HYDRATE: Drink plenty of clear, non-carbonated, non-sugary drinks (water!) at least 24 hours before your activity
    2. HYDRATE: Drink frequently throughout your activity (you will be given plenty of quick water breaks during marching practices)
    3. RE-HYDRATE: Drink plenty of fluid (water) after the event

    Make sure you are planning your hydration a few days before we begin any activities outside by fully pre-hydrating!

    Forms:
    Many of you have already filled out, signed and returned your forms…THANK YOU!! Many of you have not!  Please get those forms filled out, signed and turned in. You CAN turn them in on your first day of Summer Band, so if that’s your plan, that’s great! You CAN also SCAN and email them to us…please NO pictures!

    Here is the link for all the forms and instructions:  https://www.humbleisd.net/Page/99139

    Hydrate!!! Hydrate!!! Hydrate!!!

    I think that’s all I have for right now!

    We’ll see everyone on Monday, August 2 at 8:00 AM!!!

    Sincerely,



    Anthony J. Hicks
    Associate Band Director
    Atascocita High School

     

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    07-22-21

    Good afternoon, Sophomore Band Students and Parents!

    I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer! I will do my best to help facilitate things while the District searches for a new Director of Bands.

    We are only a couple of days away from beginning our Summer Band rehearsals!! I wanted to touch base with all of you to give you a few reminders and some additional information:

    Sophomore Band Camp:
    Sophomore Band Camp is next week on Monday (7/26), Tuesday (7/27) and Friday (7/30)!! I have included the Summer Band Schedule in this email for your reference. Although the schedule says “7:30” to begin, we will be able to start moving sophomores through check-in at about 7am. Feel free to be a little early!

    Rehearsals will start and end promptly at the times on the schedules. Please ensure that you are on time, with all equipment (instruments) and dressed appropriately for outside marching work.

    This includes shorts, T-shirt, socks and sneakers such as cross trainers, running shoes, tennis shoes. Please do not wear sandals, flip-flops, boat shoes or boots. There must be enough cushion, support and they must be tied to ensure they do not come off during turns and maneuvers.

    Also, parents, please ensure you are at the Band Hall (or have made arrangements) so that your student is picked up at the end of each rehearsal in a timely manner. Thanks so much for your help in this area!

    Meals/Nutrition:
    We provide snacks, water/Gatorade and lunch for students throughout Band Camp. If you have special dietary needs, please feel free to bring your own food options for lunch and snacks.

    Hydration:
    The safest and most effective way to stay hydrated is to follow a simple 3-step process:

    1. PRE-HYDRATE: Drink plenty of clear, non-carbonated, non-sugary drinks (water!) at least 24 hours before your activity
    2. HYDRATE: Drink frequently throughout your activity (you will be given plenty of quick water breaks during marching practices)
    3. RE-HYDRATE: Drink plenty of fluid (water) after the event

    Make sure you are planning your hydration a few days before we begin any activities outside by fully pre-hydrating!

    Forms:
    Many of you have already filled out, signed and returned your forms…THANK YOU!! Many of you have not!  Please get those forms filled out, signed and turned in. You CAN turn them in on your first day of Summer Band, so if that’s your plan, that’s great! You CAN also SCAN and email them to us…please NO pictures!

    Here is the link for all the forms and instructions:  https://www.humbleisd.net/Page/99139

    Physicals:
    If you have turned these in (and most have!) THANK YOU!! If you have not, please get this done immediately! You must have the completed physical form turned in before you are allowed to participate. 

    Parents: Your student will NOT be able to participate and will miss a LOT of information.  Please do this as soon as possible!

    Here is the link to the Humble ISD Physical Form:
    https://www.humbleisd.net/cms/lib/TX01001414/Centricity/Domain/3037/2021-2022%20HumbleISD%20Physical%20Forms.pdf

    Once the form is filled out and signed, please return it to:  cynthia.troncoso@humbleisd.net

    Hydrate!!! Hydrate!!! Hydrate!!!

    I think that’s all I have for right now!

    Sophomores: We’ll see you Monday (7/26) morning at 7:30 AM in the Band Hall!!

    Sincerely,



    Anthony J. Hicks
    Associate Band Director
    Atascocita High School

     

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    07-07-21

    Good Morning Band Parents and Students!

    I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer!

    As we get closer to beginning our Summer Band Rehearsals, I have just a few reminders;

    1. Many of you have already filled out, signed and returned your forms…THANK YOU!! Many of you have not!  Please get those forms filled out, signed and turned in.  You CAN turn them in on your first day of Summer Band, so if that’s your plan, that’s great!  You CAN also SCAN and email them to us…please NO pictures!  Thanks!  Here is the link for all the forms and instructions:  https://www.humbleisd.net/Page/99139

     

    1. During Summer Band Rehearsals, we ask for parent volunteers during different events each day. You do NOT have to sign up for all days and you do NOT have to sign up for the same time each day.

     

    We would love to have you sign up for at least one of the time slots that will be sent out by the boosters later this week….Keep a look out!

     

    We have the following volunteer opportunities:

     

    • Marching Practice Observation/Help: Bring your lawn chair and a big hat!  These volunteers will help us ensure that if a student scrapes their knee, gets overheated or needs some assistance, that you can help us with that.  The times are morning (7:30am-10am) and afternoon (3pm-5pm).  You’ll get to watch the entire marching practice, but it is hot so make sure you bring water and a chair and your own shade!

     

    • Lunch Meal Help: Our Boosters provide all the lunches and snacks throughout the entire Summer Band Rehearsal!  We need a few people each day to volunteer to help set up the meals, serve (if necessary) and close down.  The meals will be catered/purchased from restaurants and served in the cafeteria each day.

     

    • Uniform Sizing/Alterations Help: If you are good with determining sizes, checking fit, and/or altering uniforms (no cutting occurs…only hems and tacking!!!) then we’ve got the place for you!  Please help us with fitting the entire band in about one week’s time!  We’ll train you so you know what you are doing and how the uniform parts are supposed to fit and you will be assisted by students who also know the uniform!  If you have a sewing machine and/or a needle and thread and can help, we need you!!

     

    1. Physicals: If you have turned these in (and most have!)  THANK YOU!!!!  If you have not, please get this done immediately!  If your student needs any additional tests after you take the physical, they will NOT be able to participate and will miss a LOT of information.  Please do this as soon as possible:  Here is the link to the form:  https://www.humbleisd.net/cms/lib/TX01001414/Centricity/Domain/3037/2021-2022%20HumbleISD%20Physical%20Forms.pdf

     

    Once the form is filled out and signed, please return it to:  cynthia.troncoso@humbleisd.net

     

    1. INSTRUMENT CHECK OUT: Remember our next instrument check out is this coming Monday, 12 July.  Please email Mr. Hicks at hicks@humbleisd.net to let him know when you are coming and what instrument you need.

     

    As we get closer to marching practice, please make sure you are getting outside, stretching your legs, getting some sun (when it’s not raining) and beginning to get acclimated to the heat.  This is very important freshmen and sophomores.  Parents, please kick your children out of the house for a little while each day and have them work in the yard, go for a walk or a jog, walk the dog, paint the house, gather pine needles…whatever…just get them outside and getting use to the heat and humidity!

    I think that’s all I have for right now!

    Enjoy the rest of the summer!

    Sincerely,

     

    06-21-21

    Hello Band Parents and Students!

    I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far!

    The Boosters and I have prepared the forms and items to be ordered for everyone and we are ready for you to begin printing, signing and ordering everything!

    Below you will find THREE areas of information required for the upcoming School Year!

    NOTE:  If the links do not work, access them on the Band Website at: https://www.humbleisd.net/Page/99139

    The FIRST section includes forms that must be printed, filled out, signed and turned in by Wednesday, July 28th.  If you SCAN the forms into a pdf (DO NOT TAKE A PICTURE), you MAY email these forms but I CANNOT accept a typed signature.  If a signature is required, it must be an actual “pen/handwritten” signature.  Please print off, fill out, sign and SCAN or hand return the following forms:

    • Student Information Sheet
    • Permission and Medical Release Form
    • Handbook Receipt Page
    • UIL 8-Hour Rule Form

    PRINT-FORM-1

    DRY CLEANING-INSTRUMENT USAGE PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS (Does NOT need to be printed).

    The SECOND section includes information that you and your student must read.  This includes:

    • The Band Handbook (You do not need to print this!)
    • Charms Database Instructions. (Log into Charms to update the student/parent information!)

    *** YOU MUST HAVE LOGGED INTO CHARMS BEFORE YOU CAN COMPLETE THE ORDERING AND PAYMENT IN SECTION THREE BELOW. ***

    PRINT-FORM-2

    2021-2022 Band Handbook (You do not need to print this!)

    The THIRD section includes forms/information that must be filled out for the Boosters.  This includes your required equipment, supplies, clothing and Fair Share Fee.  These payments will be made to the Band Boosters so they can assist in ordering and paying for clothing and other expenses throughout the year.

    NOTE:  As with all ordering and paying online, please be patient as we ensure this system functions for everyone.  We may run into a snag, but we will fix it quickly!!  Thanks for your patience!!

    *** YOU MUST HAVE LOGGED INTO CHARMS BEFORE YOU CAN COMPLETE THE ORDERING AND PAYMENT BELOW. ***

    THE ONLINE BOOSTER INSTRUCTIONS ARE HERE (and will answer EXACTLY what you should do):

    The link to the Boosters page is:  https://forms.gle/tmzSh9Q76mZNz4FD7

    If you have any questions regarding the online Booster payments, please contact Jen Parke, Band Booster President, at ahsbandboosterspresident@gmail.com.

    SOPHOMORE Parents: Your equipment packages EXCLUDE the red Collared Band shirt that you already purchased.

    FRESHMEN Parents: In general, after your Freshmen year, our items are reusable and additional costs are minimal as long as the student does not lose, damage or outgrow their shirts, shorts and shoes.  This means that your fees for all remaining years in band are very limited after this first year’s purchase!!

    PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN CARE OF ALL THREE SECTIONS!  THANK YOU!

    FINAL NOTE:  Make sure you have taken care of your Physical!  No physical means no participation! Thanks!

    Sincerely,

     

     

    06-08-21

    Good Afternoon Band Students and Parents!

    I hope that everyone is enjoying the start of their summer!

    This message is ONLY for students who play Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Bari Saxophone, French Horn, Baritone and Tuba.

    We wanted to let you know that there are a limited number of instruments available for early summer check out right now.  These are for Bass Clarinets, Tenor Saxes, Bari Saxes, French Horns, and Baritones.  We will have the rest of the instruments ready for check out in July and again at Summer Band.

    This first set of instruments will be checked out on a first come, first-served basis THIS Thursday, 10 June.  If you ask for an instrument and we don’t have them available, we (Mr. Hicks) will email you to let you know, so please check your email after you register with the SignUp Genius link below.

    Please use the link to tell us your name, instrument and which time frame you will be coming:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050845AFAA29A1FD0-instrument1

    You must also go to the following RevTrac link to pay the Instrument Usage Fee for your instrument.  You can pay $40 for the year or $25 each semester.  Here is the link:  https://humbleisd.revtrak.net/High-Schools/Atascocita-High-School/Atascocita-High-School-6/ahs-band/#/v/ahs-band-instrument-usage-fee

    The next round of instrument check-outs will take place in July when we receive our summer repair back from the shop.

    If you have any instrument questions, email Mr. Hicks at Anthony.hicks@humbleisd.net.

    Thanks so much!

    Enjoy your summer and we’ll see you in July!

    Sincerely,