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Transition to Cut Time

Dear Parents & Students,
We are finally ready to transition to Cut Time for email, texts, and inventory assignments.  For those of you who were in Charms with one of our three middle school feeder programs, you will receive an invitation later today to create a user name and password for your new Cut Time account.  Each student and each parent will have a separate account.  Please take a few moments to update your information based on the attached .pdf before Band Registration Day on Saturday.  This will save you quite a bit of time at Registration Day.
If you do not receive an invitation, no problem… we will create an account for you at Registration Day.  
I have had several parents request to become a part of our Cut Time group.  I have denied these requests, as it will create duplicate accounts within Cut Time.  All you need to do is accept the invitation once they have been sent out.
Please look closely at the .pdf attached to this email, as it contains fairly detailed instructions about what information is crucial and what information is optional.
If you are not continuing with band this year, you obviously do not need to take any action when you receive an invitation.  We will be working on updating our roster in another week, once we are certain of who is continuing and who has decided to drop.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION!
HAVE A GREAT RANGER DAY!

This entry was posted on August 1, 2019, in News.

Camp Starts Tomorrow

Dear Parents & Students,
Just some quick reminders about band camp starting tomorrow:

  • Students should bring a sack lunch each day.  We will take a lunch break from 11-12.
  • We will begin at 7am each day on the band practice pad (located next to the baseball field)
  • After August 1st, students are required to have a physical on file.  If they do not have a physical on file, they are still responsible for attending all rehearsals but will have to sit out when we are working on marching.  I have attached the physical form we are required to use if you still need to take care of this.
  • Required equipment EACH day for band:
    • Athletic Shoes
    • Cool, lightweight clothing (no long pants)
    • Sunscreen
    • Camelbak (these will be distributed to new members at the beginning of our 1st rehearsal)
    • Pencil (inside rehearsals only… at first)
  • Recommended equipment for outside rehearsals:
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
  • Students will be required to bring a flip folder with all their music to every rehearsal (indoors and out) beginning Friday, August 2nd.  Students are responsible for attaching a string to their folder so that it can hang from their shoulder, as well as attaching a pencil to that string.  Flip folders may be purchased before or after rehearsals from a member of our Student Leadership Team setup in the main hallway outside the band hall.  Folders are $5, and extra pages are $0.50 each.  10 extra pages is a good place to start, bringing the total to $10.

We can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow!  It’s going to be a fantastic season!

Matt Boening

Director of Bands

Smithson Valley HS

This entry was posted on July 30, 2019, in News.

Band Camp starts next week

Dear Parents & Students,
Just a quick reminder that our first day of camp is next Wednesday starting at 7am.  Make sure you wear lightweight athletic-type clothing (no long pants), sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen.  It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to get out of the house this weekend and do some physical activity out of doors in order to begin conditioning your body.
As communicated at the end of last school year, new UIL rules state that no student may participate in physical activity related to marching band without a physical on file beginning August 1st.  If you have not yet taken care of this yet, I have attached the physical/medical history form to this email.  You may use your personal physician, or TPC Family Medicine is the office who works with Smithson Valley HS.  Students must still attend all portions of camp if they have not yet obtained a physical, but will fall behind very quickly if they are sitting out during the physical activity.
Looking forward to seeing everyone next Wednesday, it’s going to be a fantastic season!!

Matt Boening

Director of Bands

This entry was posted on July 25, 2019, in News.

Director News 7-3-2019

Dear Parents and Students,
FIRST, if you are not planning on participating in band in 9th grade, please forgive the handful of emails you will receive throughout the summer.  We get ALL 8th grade band students promoted up into our Charms account and experience has taught us that it is best to wait until the first week of camp (and we see who actually shows up) before we start removing students from the program.  Please disregard and delete, and know that we will be removing from our mailing list soon!
SECOND, we are in the process of moving to Cut Time and away from Charms, but the process is not yet complete.  This means that emails are not getting to everyone.  Parents, if you know that a friend of neighbor is not receiving emails from us, please forward this on to them 🙂
FINALLY, we mailed out our summer packet that includes calendars, forms, etc. during the first week of summer.  Those packets were sent to everyone who was enrolled in band for next year as of the last day of school, and to the address on file with Comal ISD.  If for any reason that packet did not reach you, I have attached a PDF version to this email.  Next year’s complete calendar is also on the front page of our website (www.svhsband.com).  Click the Google Calendar button at the bottom of the scrolling daily calendar for a monthly view and options for syncing it with your smart device.
I hope everyone is enjoying a restful summer, and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Matt Boening

Director of Bands

Smithson Valley HS

This entry was posted on July 3, 2019, in News.