Orchestra Christmas Concert

 On Monday night, December 3, the Churchill Orchestra had their Christmas concert. This concert was special to many students, parents, and even the directors. The main orchestra director, Mr. Thibodeaux, even had his grandmother arrive to enjoy the holiday tunes. Because of how special this concert is to many, the orchestra has been preparing for it for months. Right after the Fall Concert, they jumped right into the Christmas season, and began to rehearse.

 On the other hand, the orchestras did need lots of time to practice. They had over six songs to perfect in only around two months. To anyone that doesn’t play an instrument, that may seem like no big deal, but when you have several different orchestras, all at different skill levels, it can be extremely difficult.

 Of course, all of that hard work does pay off in the end; everyone in the orchestra gets to have fun together and bond. After the concert is over, the students don’t have to look at that music for at least another year. Overall, these concerts, especially the holiday ones, bring everyone together. Whether it’s the violas or the cellos dancing during one of their songs, it’s clear that our Churchill Orchestra knows how to have fun, and plays almost perfectly at the same time.

You might be wondering what’s next for the orchestra. After this concert, competition season approaches, where each orchestra has to learn the songs that they will all end up playing together in front of a few judges. This season certainly promises a lot of stress for these students, but it’s nothing that they can’t handle. After all, they’re in orchestra. They can accomplish anything they set their mind to.

 

Finals Exemptions

Christmas is just around the corner, which means that finals are too. Luckily, you can exempt up to three classes. Now, this doesn’t include AP classes (for the first semester) and some classes you won’t be able to exempt. If you have an 80-85 as an average, you can’t have any absences to exempt. If you have a 85-90, you can have one absence and still exempt, a 90-95 you can have two absences and still exempt, and 95-100, you can have three absences and still exempt. Make sure to check your absences and see where you fall on this list.

When you fill out your exemption form, it will be on a Google form. Check your school email to see if you were sent any information about it, and if not, you can always talk to the administration personnel at our school. It’s also important to note that the deadline is coming up quickly. If you submit your exemption form a minute late, they won’t accept it, so make sure to get it turned in as soon as possible. Finals are stressful for many, if not all, high school students. Take a little bit of weight off of your shoulders and exempt as many finals as you can.

 

Driver’s Education Classes At Churchill

In high school, you go through major life events, both positive and negative. One major life event that is often seen in a positive light is finally learning how to drive. You now have a whole new type of freedom, the ability to get up and go, which is something many teenagers crave.

Driving courses are held at several of the NEISD high schools, Churchill included. There are two ways to register for them; manually, or online.  Online registration is quite simple, as all you have to do is fill out the contract, registration, and payment. Manual registration is very similar, with the only difference being that you can register in person, fax, or email (There is more information about that on the website, link listed below).

Of course, these classes aren’t free. NEISD is offering an amazing opportunity for students, one that will benefit them immensely. As a result, this program costs around $350.00. This number seems very high, but this includes in car and in class training.

You get 32 hours of classroom instruction. On top of that, you get 7 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, and a minimum 7 hours of in car observation. If that doesn’t seem like it’s right for you, they also provide blended online/in car training, in car only programs, and classroom instruction only programs. As you can see, these courses are very flexible, as every student needs a different program so that they can be successful.

You must be 15 or older to participate in these programs, so don’t let this chance pass you by.  You can guarantee your newfound freedom, license in hand, all at your own high school.

 

https://www.neisd.net/Page/911

 

Orchestra Movie Night

  A movie night was held in the orchestra room on Tuesday, filled with lots of fun and laughter. This movie night wasn’t mandatory, but it was a fun thing for the different orchestras to do together.

 

     “You might meet some people, but you tend to stay in your own circle,” Ninth grader Kylee O’Dwyer said.

 

    These after school activities are a great way to meet others, but it’s completely okay to stick to the people that you know.The movie that the orchestra chose to watch was Hotel Transylvania; A very silly, fun movie that is perfect for this time of the year.

 

    “Me and my friend Jocelyn are going to go to Valero to get snacks,” Kylee O’Dwyer said.

 

    Though popcorn was provided for the students, many of them wanted to go and get their own treats. After all, a movie night wouldn’t be a movie night without piles of unhealthy, but delicious, food. The orchestra has had many get-togethers as of recent, which only proves that the orchestra can have fun too. Lots of what they do is work, but they always have time to let loose and hang out together.

 

    “More! Free food!” Kylee O’Dwyer said when asked if the orchestra should have more or less hangouts.

    These activities certainly are fun for those involved, and it helps solidify that family feeling that orchestra already has. Though orchestra is a tight knit family, they aren’t opposed to other students coming over to hang out as well.

 

    “You have to be invited by someone in orchestra to go,” Lauren Lusk said.

    

    So, if you hang out with any orchestra members, you too might be able to go to future movie nights and hangouts! They are always tons of fun, and you’ll undoubtedly make new friends as a result.