East Cobb Middle School Orchestras

The Sound of Excellence


HUGE shout out to our three eighth graders who were accepted to participate in this year’s Cobb County School District Honor Orchestra!

Please help me in congratulating:
~ Edwin Cheung
~ Hollye Harris
~ Harry Lane

Thanks for representing ECMS so well at last week’s auditions!
I’m proud of you all

πŸ’› Ms. Encisco

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December Announcements

Good evening!

A copy of the letter that students should bring home to you tomorrow:


I hope this letter finds you well – Performance season is upon us at ECMS! I apologize ahead of time for this lengthy letter, but I’m trying to send out as much information as possible in the fewest forms.

Upcoming Dates:
December 4th, 2018 – Winter Chorus Concert – 8th grade orchestra performing with 8th grade chorus – 7PM in ECMS Theatre, Call time – 6:15PM
December 11th, 2018 – Winter Concert for all grades – 7PM in ECMS Theatre, Call time – 6:15 PM
December 12th, 2018 – Chamber Orchestra Elementary Schools Tour – 7:00AM Call time, depart for tour at 7:30AM and return no later than 1:00PM
December 14th, 2018 – 8th Grade students attending Orlando Trip – total of $325 due
December 15th, 2018 – Chamber Orchestra performs at Wheeler HS’ Shop with a Wildcat – 11AM-2PM, 9:00AM Call time
January 31st, 2019 – 7th & 8th Grade Pre-LGPE Workshop – 4:30PM-7PM at ECMS
February 12th, 2019 – 7th Grade LGPE Performance – 3:00PM at Pope HS, depart from ECMS by 1:30PM, return approximately 4:30PM – chaperones needed!
February 13th, 2019 – 8th Grade LGPE Performance – 11:00AM at Pope HS, depart from ECMS by 10AM, return approximately 1PM – chaperones needed!

8th Grade: 12/4/18 @ 7PM
I’m so excited we are performing a piece with the 8th grade choir this holiday season! Students are able to stay after school with me on 12/4/18. If they do not stay after school, please bring your children no later than 6:15PM. All three grades are performing at the concert and we are at the end, so I’m unfortunately unable to give an estimate of ending time. Parents are invited to stay for the performance! The students should wear all black; cellists can bring their own cellos or may use my cellos for this performance because not all grades are present. I will feed your children if they stay after school with me.

All Grades: 12/11/18 @ 7PM
Time for 6th grade’s first concert of the year, and the second concert for 7th and 8th grade! Please read all this information carefully if this is your first ECMSO concert, and contact me with any questions or concerns.
Important notes:
β€’ Students are allowed to stay after school with me, if needed. They may not invite friends to the stay after school with us, seeing as I’ll already be responsible for hundreds of children. Students may bring food or parents may drop off dinner for students, but I will not be feeding students a meal this evening. If students stay after school, they should bring or wear their black concert attire.
o If you ordered the orchestra button-up, they should be delivered before the concert
β€’ Students not staying after school should report to the orchestra room by 6:15PM
β€’ Areas will be marked for case/backpack drop off. Violins and Violas are asked to unpack their instruments and return the cases to their lockers. No cases are to be taken to the stage.
β€’ Cello and bass students who have instruments at home are asked to bring them in the week of our concert so Ms. Encisco can start tuning them. We will not have enough school instruments for all students, so please do not forget your own instrument.
β€’ Students will report to the theatre immediately after retrieving instruments and music. 6th graders will sit on the stage, 7th and 8th graders will sit in marked areas in the audience.
β€’ We ask students to stay for the entire concert to support each other, to experience music of all grades, and to satisfy some of our required Georgia Performance Standards
β€’ Absolutely no food or drinks are allowed in our brand, new theatre.
β€’ If parents are unable to attend the concert, please have transportation arranged for your child by 8PM – directors and administrators must stay until every child is picked up and we all want to go home after a long day

Chamber orchestra parents: I will send out a separate letter with information for our upcoming performances!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Ms. Encisco

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Good evening!

Fundraiser items will be delivered November 7th. If there was only a few items ordered, we will send them home with your child. Please try your best to come pick up items any time after 2PM on the 7th.

Anyone interested in auditioning for the Cobb County Honor Orchestra must return the permission slip and $20 registration fee to me by next Friday, November 2nd. Attached is the information and audition slip:
2018 District 12 Middle School Honor Orchestra Audition Information (1)-u317il
If needed, the excerpts are here:
Honor Orchestra Excerpts 2018-2019 – Oct 11 2018 – 3-32 PM-20795mm

Our annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser is upon us! It is November 10th, 9AM-12PM, downstairs in the Art Room. Admission is $5. Please invite friends and family to let us serve you breakfast with music and games!
If willing/able, please sign up to donate an item or donate some of your time the day of the breakfast! Signup Genius: https://goo.gl/3AogJ4

8th grade’s Universal intent forms and initial deposits of $125 are past due! Please get these in ASAP.
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Next Friday the 8th grade will be traveling to Wheeler High School for a clinic with the Wheeler HS Chamber orchestra and Dr. Dwayne Wasson. We are in dire need of chaperones! The field trip will last from about 9:15AM-12:15PM. Please contact me if you are willing/able to assist! Blanket permission forms must be submitted so students can experience this opportunity. Any donations of $10 would be sincerely appreciated to help offset the cost of the buses, seeing as we can no longer walk across the street! πŸ™‚
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Any questions or concerns, please contact me!
Ms. Encisco

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October Updates

What a wonderful 7th/8th grade concert! I’m so proud of all my students πŸ™‚ Looking forward to our December concert with all grades!

Extra credit opportunity tomorrow: Attend the Wheeler High School Orchestras Concert in the WHS Performing Arts Center at 7:00PM. Turn in a program with your name written on it, and write 5 sentences describing observations about the concert atmosphere, students, conducting, music, etc.

We are still waiting for information regarding our Fundraiser delivery date. I will send out information the moment I get it.

8th grade parents, you can find the intent form under the 8th grade menu if you did not receive a paper copy. These forms are due by this Friday, along with the initial deposit of $125.
ECMS Music Department Spring Trip Intent Form-25vsn3z

I sent home a Blanket Permission form with students that will allow students to go on any day field trips with me, such as LGPE or 6th grade Jamboree. Please return these forms at your earliest convenience. This form is under “class documents.”
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Students have the opportunity to try out for the Cobb County Honor Orchestra on December 1st, which is an extracurricular orchestra that rehearses March 22nd and 23rd with a concert on the 23rd. All information I have received is as follows:
2018 District 12 Middle School Honor Orchestra Audition Information (1)-u317il
Honor Orchestra Excerpts 2018-2019 – Oct 11 2018 – 3-32 PM-20795mm

Thanks and have a great night!
Ms. Encisco

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September Orchestra Updates

Good evening!

I hope this message finds you well.
A few important updates and reminders:

1) The Fine Arts Fall Fundraiser began last Friday – envelopes with catalogs and order forms were sent home. Orders and money are due no later than Friday, September 21st. Please consider buying or selling an item, or simply donating instead, to support our orchestra program. These funds purchase food supplies, classroom materials, and pay for clinicians working with your students whenever possible. 8th grade parents: a second fundraiser will begin later this school year that can help pay for your child’s Orlando trip. They must sell at least 5 items during the first fundraiser to have the opportunity to pay for an amount of their trip with the second fundraiser. 100% profit of the second fundraiser will go to your child’s account for the trip. Information regarding the trip will be sent out prior to fall break – we’re still ironing out some details.

2) Opportunities for extra help: Student are able and encouraged to come to early morning practice sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, unless noted otherwise. The time is generally 8:00AM-8:45AM, but if you need to drop your child off earlier to get to work on time, please let me know and I will make arrangements to let your child into the building earlier. Tomorrow, September 13th, is the first after school help sessions from Wheeler HS orchestra students. So far, I have only offered this opportunity to 7th and 8th grade students as 6th graders are still learning some basics. These after school help sessions are every Thursday (unless noted otherwise), from 4:15PM-5:30PM. Please arrange rides for picking up your child after these help sessions prior to letting them stay after school. This time is equivalent to receiving private lessons without the cost, so please take advantage! I’ll have a signup sheet in the orchestra room so I can let the Wheeler students know which instruments are needed each week.

3) Practice records: We have finally started practice records, as of this week, and are worth 10% of students’ grades. The expectation is practicing 120 minutes each week, with a parent signature confirming. While I have hundreds of copies in my room, I am attaching it here in case you need to print one in the future. Practice records are due every Tuesday. Individual practice is imperative to this program’s success, so please remind your child to practice! Time spent writing finger numbers, listening to recordings of the songs, or studying note names , etc. also counts toward each week’s practice time. I highly recommend utilizing note identification on musictheory.net ( https://www.musictheory.net/exercises/note ), Staff Wars for iOS users, or any other music theory games/exercises available. 6th grade students really need to be focusing on solidifying their note reading and which fingers are used to play the notes we’ve learned thus far.

4) Upcoming concert: We have the first concert in the ECMS Performance Hall on October 4th! Much more information will follow regarding this concert, but I wanted to give you all a heads up in advance. The concert begins at 7PM and is 7th and 8th grade, only. 6th grade parents: students may receive extra credit if they attend the concert and write a five sentence summary describing the music, experience, or anything they think appropriate to share.

5) Signing up for Remind101 messages from me:

Number to text: 81010
8th grade message to text: @ecmso8th
7th grade message to text: @ecmso7th
6th grade message to text: @ecmso6th
I hope this email helps answer any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to reach out with any other thoughts.

​K Encisco

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Fine Arts Cookout

It’s the day of the cookout!

Some quick details, again:
When: Friday, August 17th, 2018
Time: 4:30PM-6:00PM
Where: ECMS bus lanes/back field
Who: All orchestra and band students
What: Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks, drinks, and desserts to build relationships amongst all instrumental musicians at ECMS
How to help: Please donate an item such as a bag of chips, a box of cookies, or a bottle of soda so kids can enjoy a full meal! Cookout SignUpGenius

To pick up students, you can drive around to the back of the school. This is completely optional, and students do not have to stay for the entire time. It’s just a social event for students to build relationships in the music scene.

Thanks so much!
Ms. Encisco

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Welcome Back!

I hope each of you had a wonderful and relaxing summer! πŸ™‚

I’m very excited for this new school year, especially in our beautiful new school building!

A few updates:
– I’ve sent home the syllabus and order form. Please return those ASAP so I can order materials for individual students!
– We are joining the band for a Performing Arts Cookout this year on August 17th, from 4:30PM to 6:00PM in the back parking lot. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, desserts, and snacks! We need your help to make this a huge success for all of our wonderful band and orchestra students. Please signup for an item on this SignUpGenius to donate to the cookout: Cookout SignUpGenius
More information on the cookout is on that page, as well.
– Sixth grade parents, please feel free to start renting your child’s instrument so they can bring them to school. All students should have been measured for instrument size and received a folder of flyers for stores in the surrounding areas. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

More information soon to follow.
Ms. Encisco

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Recruiting Videos

Happy summer!!
I hope you are all having lots of fun so far, hanging out with friends, and are trying new things πŸ™‚

Can you please take 5 minutes out of your day and record a super short clip to explain why you joined orchestra, why someone should join orchestra/play an instrument, or anything interesting like that to attract rising 6th graders? You can also do this with other (orchestra) friends. Nothing too lengthy.

Ways to send them to me:
Text through remind,
Email at kathryn.encisco@cobbk12.org,
Email at eastcobbmiddleschoolorchestra@gmail.com
Text to (678) 310-6376

You can also try adding a comment on to this blog post, perhaps?

Enjoy the rest of your summer break! πŸ€—

Thank you!
Ms. Encisco


6th Grade String Jamboree

Good morning!

Attached you will find important information regarding the upcoming 6th Grade String Jamboree. This letter is being sent home this week in paper.

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Ms. Encisco

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Orchestra Breakfast

Good afternoon,

I hope this email finds you well!

Hopefully you have received the texts and handouts I have sent home regarding our orchestra breakfast that is finally happening! It is next Saturday, March 31st and lasts from 9AM-12PM in the ECMS Cafeteria. Breakfast is $5, which will be collected at the door. I apologize this is scheduled for the Saturday of spring break, but it is the only Saturday we are able to use the cafeteria.

Please consider donating items, such as
Pancake Mix
Waffle Mix
Sausage Links
Disposable Cups
Disposable Utensils
Disposable Plates
Disposable Table Clothes
Cute/Welcoming Center Pieces
A Welcome Sign
Pancake/Waffle Griddle (You will get this back)

Also, I am attaching a link for a SignUp Genius. Please consider signing up to come help at our breakfast – Students and parents are able to sign up for time slots. Only adults should sign up for cooking slots, however.


Please invite your friends and families to the breakfast!
Kathryn Encisco

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