End of the Year Events and Mrs. Ballard Moving On

Good afternoon, parents, guardians, and students!

As we close the year out, there are a few things I would like to go over that will be happening in the remaining weeks. First up though, is to announce that this will be my last year with Akins. I've decided that being a stay-at-home mother is the right decision for my family right now, but I will miss Akins and choir/piano dearly. See below for my official announcement.

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There are a few events coming up that you need to know about:

Wednesday, 5/2 - Jazz Band/Choir rehearsal 4:30-5:30 (select 6th period members only, casual dress)

Tuesday, 5/8 - Thursday, 5/10 - STAAR testing during the regular school day

Monday, 5/14 - AP Music Theory Exam (AP Music Theory students only, casual dress)

Monday, 5/21 - Senior finals begin

Tuesday, 5/22 - Joint Choir/Piano Spring Concert (ALL CHOIR STUDENTS REQUIRED TO ATTEND, Tuxes/Gowns, 7 PM start time at Akins HS, all parents/guardians invited. Students need to stay after school for rehearsal and set up. They will need to bring a sack dinner, as no food will be provided)

Thursday, 5/24 - 5th/6th Period Finals, Choir/Piano/Theory Picnic. This is not mandatory, but I would love everyone to come. It is a potluck style event, but there is no ticket price. There will be a slideshow, games, decorations, and awards. Start time is 6 PM, students need to be picked up by 8 PM. Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4eaeaa2ba6fd0-spring to tell me what you'll be bringing.

Friday, 5/25 - 1st/2nd Period Finals

Monday, 5/28 - TSSEC. The two students that made State Solo and Ensemble will perform for the judges at the State level on this date. Specific times have been communicated to those students, but I need to know what day of the week works best for you in terms of rehearsals before school. $45 for accompanist fees due to me ASAP.

Tuesday, 5/29 - 7th/8th Period Finals

Wednesday, 5/30 - 3rd/4th Period Finals

Thursday, 5/31 - Graduation (All current and future top choir members are REQUIRED to sing at Graduation. I don't have specifics on times yet from our administration, but when I do, you will be the first to know! Tuxes/Gowns)

Just a few more reminders:

  • ALL DUES ARE NOW VERY OVERDUE. UNPAID FEES WILL RESULT IN STUDENTS BEING PLACED ON THE AKINS OBLIGATION LIST. THIS MEANS NO PROM, NO DIPLOMA, ETC. Please pay your fees as soon as possible. If you aren't sure what you owe, check Charms, or email me and I will give you an account balance.
  • Every student is responsible for their tux/gown. If it has gone missing this year, that student is responsible for replacing the item. Tuxes/Gowns will be counted and checked in 5/23 after our Spring Concert.
  • Every student is responsible for returning their black binder in GOOD condition after the spring concert. If the binder is in bad condition, or is missing, the cost of the binder will be assessed to the student's account.