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.

 

A Tragic Ending

Friday November 16 marked the date that the Churchill Chargers took on the Brandeis Broncos in the first round of playoffs. The Chargers(5-5) came in as heavy underdogs against Brandeis(8-2), but the Chargers shushed all the doubters that night.

On the games opening drive Churchill marched down the field, and Derek Perez finished it off with a touchdown putting the Chargers ahead.

The game would go back and forth and going into halftime the Chargers lead 24-21. This was looking to be an amazing second half of football. The second half gave us more of the same action, with touchdowns coming every which way. Then the game started to slip away

Brandeis went ahead and then surprised everyone with an onside kick….. Which they recovered. Now brandeis lead the Chargers, and had the ball with not much time left. Brandeis went down and scored putting them up by eleven points, and the chargers could sadly not fight back,

The final ended 49-38, with the Broncos coming out on top. The chargers a heroic season fighting there way into playoffs, and giving a good team a huge fight.

District / Region Band

On November 15th the Churchill Band students competed against three other high schools in our district. After working hard for months on their music, now was the time to shine. The students waited patiently for two to six hours in a classroom for their chance to audition while listening to their competitors play their music. Although everyone didn’t make it, we are all still proud of those who did advance! Those who made it to region band will get another chance to perform on November 29th. Wish them luck!