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Welcome Back, Dickerson Chorus Family!

It’s going to be an amazing year, and I am so excited to kick things off this week! CTLS Learn is now going to now be the one-stop-shop for most information as well as live class sessions and independent learning time sessions, so make sure you familiarize yourself with this new platform, and ask if you have questions.

The chorus website will still be used for chorus announcements, documents, and future information about events, uniforms, and Show Choir.

Remember that these teaching and learning circumstances are new for us all. Patience and flexibility will help everyone have a fantastic singing year no matter what!

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“See” you in class soon, students!

Eighth Grade Chorus: Please Read!

Eighth Grade Chorus,

Wow. It’s the last Friday of the school year, and your last Friday as eighth graders. It was soo wonderful seeing all of you on our final Zoom a little while ago.

Take a moment and check out the virtual chorus yearbook here if you haven’t already. You guys have written about some great memories, and I’ve been posting lots of photos and videos from this year, so it’s definitely worth a look!


You can now officially join the Dickerson Chorus Alumni Remind–it’s just for former DMS Chorus students! I send a few messages during the school year about special Dickerson Chorus events or performances. I love seeing alum!

Text: @dmsalumni to the number: 81010


I am still accepting 6th grade chorus letters!!! The letters you’ve dropped off & emailed are awesome, and we need lots more! The hope is for every single 6th grader chorister to have his/her own unique letter to keep.

Make a cool letter/note on your computer, add graphics and colors and cool fonts, and then just email it to me! I’ll print it out in color for next year 🙂 You can email it to me anytime–I just need them before school starts.


Finally, I’ve got GREAT news regarding Eighth Grade Trip refunds. Checks are currently being signed and will be mailed out next week! Thank you so very much for your patience during this crazy time with this. Our travel agent, CCSD, Mr. Hill, and myself worked hard to secure as much returned as possible.

A little bit about the refund specifics… Trip bags, shirt, and hoodie were purchased prior to trip cancellation and have been disseminated to students. We received full refunds from most trip vendors, and majority back minus nonrefundable deposits from a few vendors. Each student/chaperone will receive $479.98, about 70% back!


On a final, more sentimental note…

Eighth Grade Chorus,

Thank you for allowing me to share in this journey with you. It truly has been a pleasure. Music is powerful. The memories we have made together will forever connect us, though our time together as this group has come to an end. Congratulations on finishing middle school, and I wish every single one of you the utmost happiness and success and wonderful things to come. I will miss you very much. Now go forth and be amazing young adults! 

-Ms. Guerra

May 8 Update: Tutoring, Pick-Up Next Week, Final Fri-HEYYY Zoom

Happy Friday and Happy Virtual Field Day!

 

 Sight-Reading Tutoring

Monday, May 11 will be the final day for sight-reading tutoring. If you want some final guided practice or if I’ve given you feedback on an example requesting you sign up, click here to sign up for a 15-minute slot.

Pick-Up at DMS Next Week

Hopefully everyone’s seen Mr. Hill’s communication about pick-up May 13-15 at DMS. In a nutshell…

6th and 7th Grade: You don’t need to pick anything up from chorus!

8th Grade: I have stuff for every single chorus 8th grader! Stop by the chorus room to pick up your things, including trip shirts for those students. The chorus room will be open for pick-up May 13 from 11-3PM, and Thursday from 12-3PM. You should have already emailed me if you cannot stop by the room during any of those times.

Show Choir: I have stuff for you and you have stuff for me! You must return the school-owned portions of your uniform in order to get your t-shirt. Stop by the chorus room to return your items and get your shirt (everyone has one!) The chorus room will be open for pick-up May 13 from 11-3PM, and Thursday from 12-3PM. You should have already emailed me if you cannot stop by the room during any of those times.

 

Final Fri-HEYYY Social Zoom of the Year

This will be the closest we can do to a final “hang” before school ends, so let’s get as many people on the Zoom as possible! Hope to see you there! Details and links are below.

LAST Sixth Grade Chorus Fri-HEYYY
May 15, 2020 @ 11:00 AM 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71327858122?pwd=Y2g3eGswRStCZmJFY0xmZGQ4aGRCQT09

Meeting ID: 713 2785 8122
Password: dmssings

 

LAST Seventh Grade Chorus Fri-HEYYY
May 15, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72956023577?pwd=TWxVR0ZwV2htcU1ZSHQ3VHJnVWtUdz09

Meeting ID: 729 5602 3577
Password: dmssings

 

LAST Eighth Grade Chorus Fri-HEYYY
May 15, 2020 @ 1:00 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73751850075?pwd=NDZsMTJ3T3BlNlE1VkJ6UUJWbUErdz09

Meeting ID: 737 5185 0075
Password: dmssings

School Pick-Up Next Week

As you probably already know, next Wednesday through Friday will be Dickerson’s pick-up for students to get any belongings needed from lockers and rooms before the summer. 
What does this mean for chorus students?

6th and 7th Grade: you should not need to pick up anything from the chorus room, unless you are not returning to Dickerson next year or you forgot something important from your folder. If you are in 6th or 7th grade and need something from the chorus room before school ends, you must email me by this Friday, May 8 saying what you need and where it is. 


8th Grade: At the end of every year I write each 8th grader a personal letter, and I would love to get them to as many of you as possible. I also have trip bags & shirts for those students. Finally, some of you may need to get notebooks or other items from your folders. AKA I have something for every single one of you! I will be at school  May 13 and 14 from 12:15-3PM both days.

When you come to the school to get your things, stop by the chorus room. If you cannot come to the school during the above times/days, see if a chorus neighbor friend can grab your stuff and drop it outside your house. If that won’t work, email me by this Friday, May 8 and we will coordinate something.


Show Choir: I need Show Choir attire (gold tops or black vest & gold bowtie) back and I have your Show Choir shirts! I will be at school  May 13 and 14 from 12:15-3PM both days. When you come to the school to get your things, bring your Show Choir uniform to the chorus room to hand in and in exchange you will get your shirt. If you cannot come to the school during the above times/days, email me by this Friday, May 8 and we will coordinate something.

Refunds for those who requested them (Six Flags festival and Show Choir fee) are currently processing and will be mailed out.

Friday Update

Hey, Dickerson Chorus!

It has warmed my heart seeing your faces, chatting about life, and doing show&tell with pets and sloths 😉 on our FRI-HEY Zooms the past few weeks. If you haven’t been able to join us, mark your calendar for our LAST Fri-HEYYY Zooms, which will be on the last Friday of the school year, May 15. We will not do a Zoom next Friday because it’s “Field Day!”

If you have NOT yet submitted your Give Us Hope virtual choir assignment, this is one due date you don’t want to miss! This assignment is due May 3 for all students. Upload your video on time so you’re not left out!

Check out Harrison High School’s Virtual Choir from last month for inspiration. So cool!!! Press play below, or click here for the full CCSD article.

Anddd finally,

CLICK HERE to sign-up for this Monday’s sight-reading tutoring, in 15-minute slots from 10:30-12:30.

Fri-HEY Zooms & Sight-Reading Tutoring

See below for this week’s Fri-HEY Social Zooms!

 

Sixth Grade Chorus

Friday, May 1 @ 11:00AM

Click here for 6th Grade Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 738 6229 2970

Password: dmssings


Seventh Grade Chorus

Friday, May 1 @ 12:00PM

Click here for 7th Grade Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 791 0216 1687

Password: dmssings


Eighth Grade Chorus

Friday, May 1 @ 1:00PM

Click here for 8th Grade Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 712 6376 2390

Password: dmssings


Next Sight-Reading Tutoring: Monday, May 4 

10:30AM-12:30PM

Click here to sign up for a 15-minute tutoring slot.

Update on Grading/Assignments

Hey there, Dickerson Chorus! A quick update on grading…

 

All assignments in the grade book are current as of today. I have not yet entered in last week’s assignments (that will be done this week), but everything else that will be assessed from digital learning so far is in there!

  • What if I have a blank?    You can still do the assignment! Complete it and let me know if you don’t see your grade updated within a few days.
  • What if I have an N/A on a SightReadingFactory assignment?    You can try the assignment again! Email me what example you’d like re-set, and you can do it again.
  • What if I’m struggling with SightReadingFactory or have questions about how to do something?    Sign up for sight-reading tutoring–Mondays in 15-minute slots.
  • What if I think something is incorrect in the grade book?    Email me and we will figure it out!

Sight-Reading Tutoring Sessions

Happy Friday, Dickerson Chorus!

Next week I will begin hosting 15-minute sight-reading tutoring sessions to give further assistance as you develop your sight-reading skills on SightReadingFactory. This tutoring will be personalized to your needs and the areas you want to work on–whether rhythm examples, singing examples, or both.

If you’ve received “N/A” comments, if you’re not happy with your SRF (SightReadingFactory) scores, or if you just want some guided practice to make sure you’re on the right track, this is your opportunity. Whatever level you’re at, everyone can improve! The goal is A’s and high B’s every time you sight-read by the end of the year!

Click here to sign up for a time slot. This week’s tutoring will be MONDAY, APRIL 20, every 15 minutes from 12:00-2:00PM. You must enter an email address when you sign up; that is where I will email the Zoom meeting link.

*If you want tutoring help but cannot meet during any of those times, email me and we will set up another time*

CHORUS BINGO: Round One

Hey there, Dickerson Chorus!

Feeling a bit bored?

Looking for a new activity?

Wanna have some fun competing against your chorus classmates?

This week we’re starting Chorus Bingo! It’s a fun little game for all Dickerson Chorus students. Every week will be a different Bingo card. YOUR task is to complete as MUCH of the board as possible! Double BINGO, triple BINGO, how many squares can you complete? I will post the top “scorers” in each grade as well as the top “scorers” out of everyone weekly with a new post right here on the chorus website. Your “score” is the number of boxes you completed for the week.

Have fun, and good luck!

 

Click here to download ROUND ONE of CHORUS BINGO.

 

The Chorus Bingo Flipgrid code is: chorusbingo