Thursday, Feb. 9 is our give back night at Papa John’s. What a great night to order pizza for the family.
Here is some information :
Papa John’s Pizza (923 SW Lemans Lane – Raintree Location only) will be
donating 20% of all sales between 5 pm and 10 pm on Thursday, February
9th to the LSW Music Department. All coupons will honored. No flyer
necessary for us to get credit for the sale. Make sure to mention LSW Music!!!!
I hope that everyone had a great holiday and start to the new year. It’s been a quiet time for a couple months but things are about to pick up. In the next few months we’ll be needing volunteers for many different contests that we’ll be hosting at LSW. News and notes below:
District Contests: We need lots of volunteers to help each day be successful. In the past we’ve had around 6500 total students perform at our high school for the entire contest. That doesn’t include the roughly 200+ volunteer positions in addition to family and friends that go through the school as well. Each volunteer shift will receive a portion of the concessions sales we receive during the district contest.
– March 10 & 11 – This is when solos and small ensembles will be for both choir and instrumental. We hold these at LSWHS and will need many parent volunteers to help run this.
– March 31 & April 1 – These are when we’ll host part of the large ensembles for band and all of choir.
– April 5 & 6 – These are for the rest of the band large ensembles and also all of orchestra.
– Volunteer positions will likely be posted on charms within a couple of weeks, they are first come first serve.
Taste of Lee’s Summit: This is an opportunity we have to help Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation with support of the school district. We need 10 volunteers that are willing to help for the evening on March 4th.
Music Parent Officers: We’re in need of parents willing to step up and donate some of their time to help the music parent boosters fill officer positions. A couple of the positions open for sure next year are: Treasurer and Merchandising. There are some officers in their senior year next year that it would be good to have someone to shadow them preparing to take over: Secretary and Band Uniforms.
– With that said if you’re interested in any of our positions please let me know.
– Without the support of parents stepping up to help run the boosters we won’t be able to offer our music program the support they need.
– January 25-28 – MMEA
– January 31 – LSWMP Meeting (more updates to come after this meeting)
January 19, 2017
Dear LSWHS Orchestra Students and Parents:
It is with heartfelt emotion I announce to you today that I will be retiring after this school year. Teaching and affecting young lives in a positive manner has been my passion since my first day on the job in 1986. These past 31 years have literally flown by. I’ve always heard this expression said by older people and now I’m living it. I generally feel like I’m 24 until I look in the mirror :).
One thing I always tell the students is that the only constant in life is change. I must admit to you, I am very sad about this change. I feel just as much passion and zeal for what I do now as I have at any other point in my life. I want you to know that until the very last minute when I walk out of the school doors in May, I will be doing my best here at LSWHS. I also consider these orchestra students mine until my school keys are returned. [for some that may feel like a curse 🙂 ]. Until then, you will find me serving as I always have — to the best of my abilities.
If I am to consider the future and take advantage of all opportunities that present themselves, now is the time I must make this change. This year, 3 of my 4 children will be college graduates and my 4th will have finished his sophomore year in college. I have a new granddaughter I love dearly and I will get to see her more. I will also be taking advantage of conducting and writing opportunities that the good Lord has blessed me to have, as well as working on my internet publishing company.
One thing that I would ask you to consider is to give who ever follows me a chance. Just as each new freshman would hope to be accepted after the last class of graduating seniors, I hope you will give the next professional to follow me a chance. Our school district is a great place to teach and we will be doing everything possible to secure an awesome teacher for you.
I cherish the time I have left with these wonderful students. I love these kids dearly and hope they achieve great success. As always, I will continue to challenge, cajole, beg, inspire, trick, threaten, poke, prod, demand, ask, and hope for them to develop themselves fully so that they may reach their potential.
PS: I have historically shown this Jelly Bean Video to the students. It talks about using time wisely. I find this especially meaningful this morning. I hope you will watch it.