HCBAND: Grades and Disney

Dear Band Family,

Taylor Tours has communicated that they haven’t received any new information concerning refunds this week. I’m thinking with Disney not opening until July, it may be a few more weeks, but I’ll keep you up to date on anything I hear.

Concerning grades, all grades for our program have been posted. I have heard mixed things on when the deadline for course completion is for the district. It may be best to communicate with your counselor on a firm deadline and if I can help with any grade changes, I would be happy to do so.

We were instructed to post grades by today and compare every student’s progress 2 grade (from before NTI) with the final average after NTI and take the higher of the 2 grades so this is what Mr. Bayerle and I did.

Please understand that Mr. Bayerle and I tried to give every student every opportunity to bring their grade up. If students have a low grade that was the higher of the two grades from the LAST progress period not including the last 2 1/2 months in many cases. There were a good number of students who increased their averages through hard work during NTI and most finished with a strong commitment or communicated hardships, however, we can always continue working on communication among the students. I did post comments in wind ensemble, concert band, and jazz ensemble about the levels of participation throughout NTI in case anyone wasn’t aware. We have worked diligently to communicate and feel that we did the best we could to reach every student and family. I realize there were issues beyond our control in some cases, but I felt it necessary to share that information with you.

Thanks to you all for your support during a trying time. I’m grateful to work with such a caring band family! I hope each family will join us for our virtual band banquet on Monday, June 8th at 7:00 PM! We will be in communication in the coming weeks!

Bill Kite
Director of Bands
Henry Clay High School