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CHORUS DISNEY TRIP - A TOTAL BLAST!!!

The Mabry 8th grade chorus just returned from a weekend trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. They got to participate in the "Disney Sings" Workshop in the Disney Recording Studio. It was such a great experience.
We got to learn how a recording is made in a studio, dubbed our voices over the cartoon, learned the latest version of the Mickey Mouse Club theme song and even got to see Mickey Mouse at the workshop!!!! Mabry has been given the DVD of our performance and it will be played at the May 10th choral concert prior to the 8th grade performance.

A huge THANK YOU to the many parents that volunteered to chaperone this trip. You all were wonderful and greatly appreciated! We could not have taken a trip of this magnitude without your help. I know a trip went well when chaperones get off of the bus smiling at the end. Kids, thank you for being so well behaved in the parks and at the hotel. You received many compliments from the staff a the hotel and in the parks. Give your moms and dads a hug and thank them for letting you have this wonderful experience. I will really miss this talented group of 8th grade singers next year.

7th graders, you can join 8th grade chorus for next year and be a part of the fun.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: May 01, 2007

DISNEY TRIP MEDICATION

Any medications that you bring Thursday must be given to Mrs. Smith or Mr. Doemel in a zip lock bag with your name on the bag and medicine in the original containers with dosage clearly marked. This includes Tylenol, Advil, Allergy/Cold meds, Antiacids, Motion Sickness etc. Only your chaperone or Mrs. Smith, Mr. Doemel will dispense these to you as needed.

We will make sure your child takes his/her meds at the correct time during the day or evening.

**Remember to bring your inhalers and epi pins in these bags to be carried by Mr. Doemel or Mrs. Smith.

posted on: April 23, 2007

"Into the Woods" Musical Dress Rehearsal and Performance Dates

The 8th grade Musical, "Into the Woods" will be performed at Mabry MS on May 17th, a Thursday evening, at 7 p.m.
Tickets will be on sale prior to the show and also at the door that evening.
Cost: $3 per students; $5 per adult

The story line includes characters like, Cinderella, the Wicked Stepmother and two stepsisters, Rapunzel & the Witch, Little Red Riding Hood, Granny and the Wolf, The Baker and his Wife, Jack, his mom and the beanstalk, Milky White the cow, two princes, a two narrators. It is a comedy musical that weaves all of the characters into one story. You won't want to miss it.

Actors and Stage Crew:
Dress rehearsal: After school - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16th. A pizza dinner break will be from 6 - 6:30 p.m.
Performance night: May 17th all cast must report no later than 6:30 p.m. Stage crew be here by 6 p.m.
Cast: Please check the remaining rehearsal dates as posted on the blog and on my door to the chorus room. You must be at all of the remaining rehearsals. No excuses.

posted on: April 20, 2007

Spring Choral Concert

Our final Spring Choral Concert for the 6th, 7th and 8th grade choruses will be on Thursday evening, May 10th starting at 7 p.m. Students need to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. Please wear your Concert Attire that evening.

At this concert we will also be presenting awards and certificates to our choral students. We will also feature some extra talented 8th grade students that will perform some trios, duets and solos.

Note: The 8th grade musical tickets will be on sale that evening if you wish to purchase them early. Tickets for "Into the Woods" cost $3 for students and $5 for adults. It is a comedy musical based on traditional story characters like, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood & the Wolf, The Baker and his Wife, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and the Witch. All characters are woven into an extremely comical plot. You won't want to miss it. Tickets will also be sold that night at the door.
"Into The Woods" performance date is: Thursday, May 17th at 7 p.m.

posted on: April 20, 2007

Disney Update/Chorus students

Make sure that all chorus students pack sneakers for Friday's workshop as we will be choreographing certain sections. Don't wear flip flops or slip on shoes on Friday.

posted on: April 19, 2007

Disney Update/Chorus students

All students will leave their luggage in the theater on Thursday morning when you get to school. Make sure that all chorus students pack sneakers for Friday's workshop as we will be choreographing certain sections. Don't wear flip flops or slip on shoes in the park on Friday.

You will need to leave your classroom at 11:10 a.m. to head for the lunchroom to eat your lunch(bag or purchased). Get in the front of the line. You must be done by 11:30 a.m. and have gone to the restroom. Report to the theater to get your luggage at 11:35 a.m. and then head out to the busses. Put a luggage tag on your luggage from New Horizons and write your name on it. We will board the busses here at Mabry and completely fill one bus before anyone goes on the second bus. The busses will seat 56 and 57 people. Only bring on the bus essential items for the ride down. Everything else goes below the bus. The busses will be very crowded and filled to capacity. Do not be late getting out to the busses as we have to then pick up Simpson's students.

posted on: April 18, 2007

DISNEY TRIP APRIL 26-29

We are on the final countdown for the trip. There are only a few students that have not gotten all of their perm. forms into Mr. Doemel. Please do so quickly.

Also: At the second parent meeting we neglected to tell you to make sure that your child brings $2 cash for the bus driver's tip.

Reminder: No gym shorts will allowed for the girls in the park. They may only wear school appropriate shorts. Tops must be school appropriate or your child will wear a t-shirt that day.
No energy drinks will be allowed this trip.
Wear shoes that will be comfortable to wear in the park.

posted on: April 16, 2007

"Into the Woods" Remaining Practice Schedule

It is imperative that you make the rest of the rehearsal schedule that you committed to doing at the start of auditions!
April 12th Thursday, Scenes 1 & 2 plus all helpers/stage crew etc.
April 17th, Tuesday, Scenes 3 & 4 plus all helpers/stage crew etc.
April 19th, Thursday, Scenes 5 plus all helpers/stage crew etc.
April 24th, Tuesday (Also Oscar Night) Bring a change of clothes if you are staying for Oscar Night.
Scenes: 1 & 2 (Plus all helpers/stage crew etc.)
May 3rd, Thursday Scenes: 3-4 (Plus all helpers/stage crew etc.)
May 8th, Tuesday, Scenes 1-5 4:30 - 6:00 pm. May run over a little
Entire cast and stage crew

May 16th, Wednesday, Scenes 1-5 Dress Rehearsal 4:30 - 8:30
The entire cast and stage crew.

Pizza dinner break (I need parent helpers that evening.)Please let me know if you can help set up for the dinner break and/or help in the theater that night.

posted on: April 09, 2007

DISNEY PARENT MEETINGS

Those that came to the Disney parent meeting last evening received a packet of information and the itinerary for the trip. It was a productive meeting.

If you could not attend the 3/27 meeting we will have one more meeting for parents/students going on the trip the Tuesday after spring break.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, 4/10/07. WE WILL MEET IN THE ORCHESTRA OR BAND ROOM. Follow the signs.

NOTE: ALL PERMISSION AND MEDICAL FORMS/COPY OF INS. CARD NEEDS TO BE IN NO LATER THAN 4/13 IF YOUR CHILD IS TO GO ON THE TRIP.
Irene Smith

posted on: March 28, 2007

DISNEY PARENT MEETING TONIGHT 3/27 AT 7 PM.

You are invited to a Disney parent meeting tonight that will be held in the band room at 7 p.m. You will receive a packet of information at the meeting.
Irene

posted on: March 27, 2007

Large Group Performance Evaluation

Congratulations to our 8th grade mixed chorus for receiving straight "Excellents" from the judges. You did a fabulous job and I want to express my appreciation to the orchestra students that performed with us on one of our pieces. You also received a Superior rating in sight-reading. Way to go 8th grade. I am proud of your hard work in preparation for this event. You made me very proud of our school.

I also want to thank our chaperones that went with us to Performance Evaluation. We could not have gone without you so thank you for giving up your time to be with us.

Whew!!! Now on to learning our fun " Spring Pop" concert songs.
Reminder: "Into the Woods" play practice isThursday afternoon March 22nd. Do not miss this rehearsal. Lines are to be memorized.

posted on: March 21, 2007

CONGRATULATIONS TO 6TH & 7TH GRADE CHORUS STUDENTS

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL FOR A JOB WELL DONE!!!!!
The Mabry Singers 6th/7th grade Beginner Chorus scored straight Superior ratings from all 4 judges.
The 7th grade Mixed Chorus scored two Superior ratings and two Excellent ratings from the four judges.
Remember this is not a competition just an evaluation of where you are each year to help you improve the next year in chorus.
Plaques will be ordered for both groups. You have made me and Mabry MS very proud.

Go 8th grade chorus tomorrow morning!!!! Wear your festival attire and bring your lunch if you said you were taking yours. Chaperones please meet me in the chorus room in the morning at 9 a.m. We will depart at 9:15 a.m. sharp. Check in with your homeroom teachers first.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: March 21, 2007

Pre Festival Concert Tonight

All three of our Mabry MS choruses will perform in a Pre-Festival concert at Piedmont Baptist Church tonight, Monday eve. March 19th at 7 p.m. Students are asked to be at the church by 6:30 p.m. so that we can get in our choral lineups and seated to the left side as you face the choir loft. All Mabry Singers will go up and sit in the Choir Loft in concert order.

Wear long blue jeans and a solid colored shirt or T-shirt.

TOMORROW, MARCH 20TH !!! (6th & 7th grade chorus students)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21ST !!! (8th grade chorus students)

  1. Girls: Solid black slacks or skirt and black blouse with black shoes.

2. 7th grade girls black dresses and black shoes.
3. Boys: Black dress slacks, white long sleeved dress shirt, long solid tie (6th gr) (7th & 8th gr. vests and bowties) and black shoes.
On your festival day report to your home room teacher by 9 a.m. and then come to the chorus room. We depart promptly at 9:15 a.m.

***Bring your lunch & a drink if you did not want Chick-fil-a packaged lunch.

posted on: March 20, 2007

PRE-FESTIVAL CONCERT CHANGE IN LOCATION

THE PRE-FESTIVAL CONCERT LOCATION HAS BEEN MOVED TO:
Piedmont Baptist Church
570 Piedmont Road NE
Marietta, GA
Office phone: 770-422-2566

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Parents are responsible for student transportation. This is a free
concert open to the public. Groups performing: LHS; Mabry MS and Simpson MS.
Students will need to follow the signs as to where we will all meet
prior to the concert start time. Please be at the church by 6:30 p.m.
The concert should only last approximately 1 hour at the most.
Remember: 6th & 7th grade goes to Performance Evaluation on the next morning, Tuesday March 20th.
Wear your concert attire to school. If you are not signed up to eat Chick-fil-a box lunch then you will need to
bring your lunch and a drink with you to Burnt Hickory Baptist Church.
8th grade chorus goes to Burnt Hickory on Wednesday, March 21st. Wear your concert attire to school and
bring your lunch/drink on the bus if you are not eating the box lunch of Chick-fil-a.

posted on: March 07, 2007

DISNEY STUDENTS!

CHRIS AND I ARE STILL MISSING LOTS OF PERMISSION AND MEDICAL FORMS ALONG WITH A COPY OF YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE CARD.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE MEDICAL INSURANCE WE WILL NEED A CREDIT CARD COPY TO SHOW THE HOSPITAL SHOULD AN EMERGENCY ARISE.
YOU MAY GET YOUR MEDICAL FORMS NOTARIZED BY MARY ROSENGREN IN THE FRONT OFFICE. PLEASE GET THESE ITEMS IN ASAP AS I NEED TIME TO CHECK THEM FOR ACCURACY AND MISSING PARTS PRIOR TO LEAVING.

**NOTE: EVEN IF YOU ARE CHAPERONING YOU NEED TO FILL OUT ALL FORMS AND GIVE US THE INS. CARD COPY IN CASE YOU CANNOT CHAPERONE AT THE LAST MINUTE BUT YOUR CHILD STILL GOES ON THE TRIP.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN THIS MATTER.

Those missing items from chorus are:
Chris B (all); Cassie B Overnight form; Kristen C. Overnight form; Rachel D.(all); Katie J Ins. copy; Alan J. (all); Katlyn K Ins. copy; Sara L Ins. copy;
Adriane M. (all); Lindsay S Ins. card copy; Casey Steckbeck Ins. card copy
The rest of the chorus is ready to go.

posted on: March 07, 2007

Large Group Performance Information All Choruses

Our schedule for the Large Group Performance Evaluation in March is as follows:
6th Grade Mabry Singers: Monday eve., March 19th 7 p.m. Pre-festival concert at LHS Dress in longs blue jeans and a solid colored T-shirt.
Tuesday Daytime March 20th: Large Group Perf. Evaluation Field Trip to Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. Depart school at 9:20 a.m. Come to school dressed in Concert Performance Attire and bring lunch money for the Varsity. We will sing at 10:15 a.m. After the Evaluation is over we will eat at the Varsity at Town Center Mall and be back at school by 1:40 at the latest.

7th grade Mixed Chorus:
Monday, March 19th Concert at LHS 7 p.m. Bluejeans and solid colored T-Shirt.
Tuesday, March 20th Large Group Performance Eval. at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. Wear to school your concert attire as we will depart at 9:20 a.m. Bring lunch money. You will perform at 11:15. After the performance we will depart for lunch at the Varsity at Town Center Mall. We, too, will be back to school by 1:40 p.m. at the latest.

8th grade Mixed Chorus:
Monday, March 19th Concert at LHS 7 p.m. Bluejeans and a solid colored T-Shirt.
Wednesday, March 21st Large Group Performance Eval. at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. Wear to school your concert attire as we will depart at 9:20 a.m. You perform at 10:15. After performing we will depart for lunch at the Varsity at Town Center Mall and arrive back to school no later than 1:40 p.m.

Transportation to and from LHS is on your own. Parents are invited to hear all three school's groups.
Transportation to festival is by school busses. Your child will need to return his/her field trip permission form in order to attend this event.
HELP!!!!I will need many chaperones for these groups. If you can volunteer your time please send me a note or call me at ext. 458.

posted on: February 07, 2007

CANDLE SALE PRIZE DAY!!!

Our candle sale prize day is Tuesday, January 22nd.
Mabry Singers will collect their prizes during their 8:15 a.m. rehearsal tomorrow morning.
7th & 8th grade choruses will get their prizes during their connection times.
Please make sure that you are here tomorrow to collect your prizes.
Who will win the $100 prize???????
Mrs. Smith

posted on: January 22, 2007

Disney Information Update

All final amounts are due for the Disney Trip ASAP.
Each student was given their own sheet with their final balance which includes any fund raiser money, discounts, triple, double or single rooms. (The original price was for everyone in a quad room rate..)
Any extra snacks or souvenirs you want you will have to pay for outside the original trip cost.

THE HOTEL IN DISNEY WHERE WE WILL BE STAYING IS:
SPRINGHILL SUITES
8840 UNIVERSAL BLVD.
ORLANDO, FL 32819

PHONE #:(TOLLFREE)1-866-811-6530
DATES OF STAY: APRIL 26 - 29, 2007
Depart from school at noon on 4/26
Depart for home on 4/29 after breakfast.
Approx. arrival time 5:30 - 6 p.m.ish

*NOTE: We will be having a parent meeting prior to the trip to cover the things to pack, cell phones, luggage, concert attire, do's and don'ts and general rules to follow this trip. I will post the date as soon as it is confirmed.

Irene Smith

posted on: January 19, 2007

Welcome all new general music students!

Each of you has received a syllabus and the class expectations.
Please make sure that you have a notebook/folder with 10-12 sheets of paper, your syllabus signed and a pen/pencil each day in class. Some of you are still lacking these items. Please have them in class no later than Thursday, Jan. 11.
Drama is starting off with stage terms
6th & 7th grade General music classes are beginning with a unit on the Human Voice.
New Chorus students need to have their concert attire for the next concert:
Girls: Solid 3/4 sleeved top (no tummies showing)
Long (ankle length) solid black dress slacks or same length skirt.
Solid black shoes and hose (open toe is okay)
Boys: Solid long black dress slacks
Black shoes and socks
White long sleeved dress shirt (buttoned with collar)
I will provide vests and bow ties.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: January 10, 2007

"Into the Woods" 8th grade Musical Parts

The cast members positions will be posted on the chorus room door Wednesday, January 10th.
Thank you to all of you that auditioned for parts. You all were wonderful and I only wish that there were enough parts for each of you to have one. It has been really hard to decide.
Those that have a main part and/or backstage crew will get a list of the characters in each scene and the dates that we will be rehearsing. You must be able to attend all rehearsals with the exception of being sick or a death in the family. If you are involved in a lot of after school activities that you can't get out of you may want to decline your role. We have plenty of students that would want to take your place.
There is a permission form that needs to be signed by you and one of your parents. It must be returned signed prior to receiving a script.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: January 10, 2007

CHORUS CONCERT CONGRATULATIONS!

I would like to thank all chorus members for an outstanding job on December 14th. You put us all in the holiday spirit and we even found out that your parents can sing! Have a wonderful winter break and I'll see you in 2007.
Again, I would also like to thank the hard working moms that helped with our candle distribution on December 5th.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: December 15, 2006

HOLIDAY CONCERT DATE

Our next holiday choral concert will be Thursday evening, December 14th at 7 p.m. in the theater. (Students need to arrive between 6:30 -6:45 p.m. for roll call.)This will be a much shorter concert than the fall concert being that we only have a few weeks to prepare. Students may wear holiday Santa hats, antlers or other cute headbands for this concert. Invite your neighbors and friends to this concert to get everyone in the holiday spirit. We will feature a wide variety of holiday songs for the many different traditions celebrated this season. See you all there.

posted on: November 20, 2006

FALL CHORAL CONCERT

Our first Fall Concert is this Thursday, November 16th at 7 p.m. in the theater. Students need to come to the chorus room between 6:30 - 6:45 p.m. for check in and warmups. Wear your concert attire to this concert. It is a free concert and open to the public.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: November 13, 2006

Honor Chorus Permission Forms

Those students going to Honor Chorus on Nov. 9th (evening reh.) and Nov. 10th (All day) need to turn in their permission slip to Mrs. Smith by Nov. 8th. You will not be able to attend this event if I do not have your permission form.

posted on: November 02, 2006

Disney Payment #2 Due November 5th

The Disney Trip payment #2 for the chorus and orchestra students is due on Nov. 5th, 2006. Both chaperones and students owe $110.00 for this next payment. Please be prompt in turning in your payments as the bookkeeper can only include payments from those that get them in on time. You may jeopardize your chance of going on the trip if they are late.

posted on: October 30, 2006

FALL CHORUS CONCERT

Our first fall Chorus Concert is fast approaching. For those that are new to chorus this nine weeks here are some updates for you. The concert is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th at 7 p.m. in the Mabry Theater. All 3 choruses will perform.I feel so blessed to have such wonderful children in my program. They are truly the best.

Concert Attire
Girls: 7th grade girls have their dresses. They should be hemmed by the concert and pressed if they are wrinkled.
6th & 8th grade girls wear solid black. Black dress slacks are allowed or an ankle length skirt. Solid black top preferably 3/4 length sleeved. No sleeveless tops or tummies showing. Black shoes.
Boys: All grades wear solid black dress slacks, a long sleeved buttoned dress shirt, black socks and black shoes. 7th & 8th grade boys will wear vests and bowties. 6th grade boys need to wear a long solid color tie. Your choice of any color.

If you can help monitor a room prior to the start of the concert or have any questions please call me ext. 458 or drop me a note/email.
(Irene.Smith@cobbk12.org)

I also want to express my thanks to the hard work the new chorus students are applying to our practice sessions as they are having to learn the music quickly. You all are doing a great job. Pick up your CD from me for practice at home.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: October 19, 2006

DISNEY TRIP - IMPORTANT

I still have 3 chorus students and 2 chaperones that have not made their first Disney payment. Please send in your checks ASAP. Chaperones owe $200 and students owe $110 for the first payment.

Mr. Doemel has 24 students and some chaperones that have not paid as yet. We need to be ready to send a check to the Travel Agency for our first payment. Your help in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Mrs. Smith/Mr. Doemel

posted on: October 11, 2006

Disney Trip Information and Installment Payments

Our Disney Trip is a "go" for the spring.
Those students that filled out your surveys and returned them with a "yes, I'm going" need to have their payments in by the following dates.
Our payments are due to the Travel Agency on October 15th; November 15th; February 1st and March 1st for the final amounts.

Therefore, it will be important that you turn in your installment payments by the following dates in order for us to cut a check to the Travel Agency in time.

Turn in money dates:
Please submit 1st payment by Oct. 5th: $110 for students $200 for chaperones
Please submit second payment by Nov. 5th: $110 for students and chaperones
Please submit 3rd payment by Jan. 20th: Students TBA based on cheesecake and candle profits;
$168.00 chaperones (Chaperones will room 2 to a room instead of 4, thus the cost difference.)
We are basing the cost of $435 per student on 4 to a room. If there are a few rooms of 3 or 2 the cost per student will go up slightly to cover that. When we know the total number of boys and girls from Simpson MS chorus that will be added to our group we will let you know. They will sing with the chorus and help to fill up the busses.

Please make all check trip payments out to "Mabry MS" and mark it "Chorus Disney Trip" if you are just a choral student and "Orchestra Disney Trip" if you are just an orchestra student. Those that do both chorus and orchestra mark "Orchestra Disney Trip".This will greatly help the bookkeeper.

Your child was given the payment schedule amounts and a the total trip itinery and cost breakdown today. Check their bookbags. The due dates are to the Travel Agency so the above turn in will help us meet these deadlines.

If you have any questions please contact Chris Doemel or myself via email. Chris.Doeme@cobbk12.org or Irene.Smith@cobbk12.org

posted on: September 25, 2006

Disney Trip Information

Attention to those that completed the survey on the Disney Trip. Please hold off on making your first payment of $100 until further notice. We are in the process of getting the trip approved by the county and cannot collect any money until this is completed. Thanks for your patience. We do have enough students to be able to take the trip this year. Please check my blog for updates.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: September 11, 2006

Choruses

We are off to a great start. All chorus classes took a basic theory quiz today of the things that we have covered in sightreading these past two weeks. I have some really good sightreaders this year.

We have been learning about good choral posture, using our diaphragm for good breath support, singing with tall vowels, Latin pronunciation, blending when singing as an ensemble, and clear diction. This is an on-going process to improve the quality of each individual voice and the group as a whole.

Our song literature includes some Latin pieces, pop oldies, and lyrical texts. Each type of literature requires a different style of singing which we are learning in class.

Each student will be keeping track of his/her behavior with a rubric sheet for each week. This will go home to be signed at the 4 1/2 week point and again at the end of the 9 week period. Conduct cuts will be noted on these sheets as a part of a student's behavior grade. The 8th grade Disney Trip surveys have been handed out and each student is to return them by the middle of next week so that we can determine if we have enough students going to make the trip cost efficient. Remember that their fund raiser individual profits for this year can go toward the trip payments.

posted on: August 25, 2006

7th & 8th grade Choruses

We are off to a great start with both of our chorus classes. We are in the process of learning how to sightread and choosing the songs we want to work on for our first fall concert. I am happy to see so many new faces in chorus. You all are wonderfull additions to the class.
I am also very proud to announce our officers for this year's choruses. They are:
7th Grade
Co-President is Yara E.
Secretary is Morgan C.
Treasurer is Rachel O.
Librarian is Rebecca B.
Historian is Lauren T.
8th Grade
President is Katlyn K.
Secretary is Adrianne M.
Treasurer is Darion H.S.
Librarians are Westly H.R. and Samantha M.
They are already hard at work and doing a fantastic job!

posted on: August 22, 2006

Welcome back 7th & 8th Grade Choruses

Welcome back! I hope that you all had a wonderful summer. If you signed up for chorus but it is not on your schedule please see me as there may be a mistake in the scheduling. For those of you that are band/chorus or orchestra/chorus students you will be taking band or orchestra and health the first 9 weeks. After that you will be in chorus for the remainder of the year. Should you desire to participate in Honor Chorus or All State you must see me when school starts to get the information letter and meet the registration deadline. Once you miss the deadline cutoff it will be too late to participate. I have a letter in the chorus room explaining everything. Mr. Doemel and I are also planning on taking a chorus/orchestra trip to Orlando if we get enough students to participate. We will be sending home a survey at the beginning of the year to check on interest. The trip will be late April and your fund raiser money can go toward the trip payments. If you are a parent and would like to chaperone the tentative trip there will be a place on the survey for you to check. I'm looking forward to a terrific year with some pretty amazing and talented students. 8th grade chorus will also be deciding on whether or not they want to put on a musical in the spring. Anyone interested in a leading role needs to see me this fall, especially if you are in health class the first nine weeks so that I know that you are interested. See you all on August 14th.

posted on: August 07, 2006

Summer News!

Thank you, students, for another terrific year. Your hard work has really shown in your performances this year. Relax and have a wonderful, safe summer!! See you all in the fall.

For those of you that may have forgotten to sign up for 7th or 8th grade all year chorus 2006-2007, it's not too late. All you need to do is have your parent write a note of your intentions to join and give it to Mrs. Dixon in the front office. Please note for her the grade you will be going into next year. She will schedule you for chorus in the fall. It's a great group and we have a lot of fun while learning to sing beautiful.

Mrs. Smith

posted on: May 31, 2006

"Cinderella", A huge success!

I would like to personally thank the students in my 8th grade chorus that participated in the production of "Cinderella" this past week. You all did a fantastic job!!! I can definitely see some of you going to Broadway someday. You should be very proud of all of your hard work, both in and out of class.Have a wonderful and safe summer. I will truly miss you all as you move on to LHS.

posted on: May 22, 2006

Cinderella Final Rehearsals

Our final rehearsals for "Cinderella" are next week. All chorus students must be at the dress rehearsal on Wednesday, May 17th from 4:30 - 8:30. We will have a pizza celebration party at 6 p.m. for our dinner break. Dinner will be provided at no cost to the students. My treat for all of your hard work. Those that need to change costumes will need to bring them to this rehearsal so that we can time the changes. Thank you, in advance, to the parents that have volunteered to help out Wednesday evening. (Especially Mrs. Robin)

The performance is Thursday, May 18th at 7 p.m. in the theater. These days are field days so please mark your calendars now to remind yourselves.

posted on: May 10, 2006

LHS Chorus Sign-up

If you are interested in joining/or have signed up for one of the LHS choruses you will need to audition for Mr. Williams or Miss Rivet in the next week or two. They will come over one afternoon from Lassiter either during our chorus class or after school one day. I will post the exact date on my blog as soon as I know what it is. If you do not personally audition you will be placed in the lowest mixed chorus for the fall.
The audition consists of:
Filling out a form.
Singing a scale from low to high notes.
Singing "My Country Tis of Thee" in various keys
Sight-reading 8th grade level 6-8 measures.

If you have already signed up for chorus this audition will place you in one of the many groups at LHS. It will then be put on your schedule for the fall of the next school year.
Good luck with your auditions!!! Most of my choral students get placed in a higher group due to your experience with singing.

posted on: May 05, 2006

7th & 8th Grade Festival March 30th

7th & 8th gr. Chorus students will go to Festival on Thursday, March 30th. Come to school in your choral attire. Bring your $11 for Fuddruckers or a bag lunch.
Boys need to get vest and a bow tie from the chorus room.
We will meet in the cafeteria at 10:45 a.m. to take roll and board the busses. After eating at Fuddruckers we will head for Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. Those 8th graders that are also playing for Band Festival that afternoon will depart at 3:30 for Kennesaw Mountain in the two designated cars. The other students that are leaving at 4:45p.m. will meet with their parents in the front entrance for pick up. (I must have a note in order for you to pick up your child early.) A chaperone will need to check your name off before leaving with your parent.
8th grade performance times:Warmup at 2p.m.; Perform at 2:15 p.m.; Clinic at 2:30 p.m. and sightread at 2:45 p.m.
7th grade performance times:Warmup at 3:30 p.m.; Perform at 3:45 p.m.; Clinci at 4 p.m. and sightread at 4:15 p.m.
Best of luck to each of the choral groups!

posted on: March 28, 2006

Chorus Performance Evaluation Festival

6th Grade Chorus will perform at Festival on Tuesday, March 28th.
Come to school for rehearsal at 8;15 a.m. that morning. Please wear your concert attire to school that day as you will have no time to change. Bring your $6 for CiCi's Pizza or a bag lunch. You will report to the chorus room at 12:15 p.m. as we board the busses at 12:30 p.m. Chaperones please arrive 15 minutes early.

7th & 8th Grade Choruses will perform on Thursday, March 30th. Wear your concert attire to school that day also. Bring your $11 for lunch at Fuddruckers Rest. or a bag lunch. You will need to report to the theater at 10:45 a.m. as we board the busses at 11:00. Chaperones please arrive 15 minutes early.

Chaperones: Your help is greatly appreciated. We cannot take these trips without you.
THANK YOU, MRS. H. FOR ACCOMPANING OUR CHORUSES THIS WEEK. YOU'RE THE BEST!!!!

posted on: March 24, 2006

CHORUS CONCERT TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH

Our combined choral pre-festival concert with LHS will be Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the LHS theater. This is a graded performance for 7th & 8th grade chorus students. If you do not atttend I will need a handwritten note from mom or dad stating the reason you did not show for this performance. Students need to report to the old chorus room at 6:30, if possible. Definitely no later than 6:45 as we need to line up and go into the theater at that time.Directions to the old chorus room: Enter the main parking lot by the front entrance. (Not the football field side) Enter the doors to the right of the front office main doors. It is where the vending machines are. Turn right and continue down that hall to the third set of doors. I will have one of our students outside the door to guide you. Parents can follow the signs to the theater. I will need all vests and bowties returned to me at the end of the concert.
CONCERT ATTIRE:
GIRLS: Please wear all black (3/4 - long sleeved blouse/long black skirt or long black slacks) A solid black long dress will also be allowed. Black shoes.
BOYS: All boys are to wear black dress slacks, a long sleeved white dress shirt and black socks and shoes. 7th & 8th grade boys will wear the choral vests/bow ties. 6th grade Mabry Singer boys will simply wear a long solid colored tie not the cummerbunds for this show.
I could use a mom or two to help monitor the choir room while we take roll and line up. Have your husband or a friend save you a seat in the theater.

posted on: March 13, 2006

Parents, I need help!!!!!

I am in desperate need of parent chaperones for all three choruses for their festival dates. If you can help out that day, please drop me a note. I have one definite parent for the 7th grade chorus. We cannot go on the trips if we do not get enough chaperones. Thank you for your help.

posted on: March 06, 2006

Pre Festival Combined Concert with Lassiter HS Choruses

COMBINED CONCERT WITH LHS:
On Tuesday, March 14th, our Mabry MS, Simpson MS and Lassiter HS choruses will all perform their Performance Evaluation Festival pieces for a combined concert in the Lassiter HS theater. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and last for approximately 1 1/2 hours. We will wear our concert attire and all 3 choruses will sing their two selections for festival. You will need to meet me at LHS no earlier than 6:30 p.m.and no later than 6:45 p.m. This is a great way for you to also hear the LHS choruses that you may want to join when you get to high school. All of you need to attend as the ensemble will greatly lack in quality if you are not there to sing your voice part.
Mark your calendars for this event. This is a free concert so invite your relatives. I could use a few chaperones to help out, if you can.Please contact me by phone at 770-928-5546 ext. 458 if you can assist.

posted on: February 23, 2006

Performance Evaluation Chorus Festival Dates

Our dates for our Performance Festival is in March. Each student has or will be given the following written information that they were told to give to their parents. I am in need of many chaperones for each group.

Performance Evaluation Festival Update
Attention Choral Students and Parents,
Our performance evaluation Festival dates have been given to me. It is very important that you all attend this event being that each of you affects the sound of the entire ensemble. Please mark these dates on your calendar.
I will need 3-4 chaperones for each group. Please call me ext. 458 or email me if you can assist in this field trip.

6th Gr. Mabry Singers: Concert Attire!
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Depart the school at 12:30 p.m. and eat lunch on the way to Burnt Hickory Baptist Church (Bring lunch money for Ci Ci’s Pizza on Hwy 92)
Performance Times: Warmup: 5:15 pm. Sing: 5:30 p.m. Clinician 5:45 p.m.
Sightread: 6 p.m.
We will leave for Mabry immediately after we sightread and get our scores.
Return at approximately 6:45- 7 p.m. I need 2-3 chaperones.

8th Grade Mixed Chorus: Concert Attire!
Date Thursday, March 30, 2006
Depart the school at 11 a.m. for lunch on the way to festival at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. (Bring $11.00 for Fuddruckers Rest. at Town Center)
Performance Times: Warmup: 2: 00 Sing: 2:15 Clinician: 2:30 Sightread: 2:45 p.m.
We will leave for Mabry as soon as the busses arrive from the end of the day pickup. (Note) If you are in the 8th gr. band festival I will need two –three volunteer drivers to drive our 9 students to Kennesaw Mountain H.S. immediately following our sightreading portion. Please let me know if you can drive them. (770-928-5546 ext. 458) The rest of the students will arrive back to the school at around 6:15 p.m. You will need to find transportation home from Mabry at approximately 6:15 p.m.
We need 3-4 chaperones to stay the entire time.

7th Grade Mixed Chorus: Concert Attire!
Date Thursday, March 30, 2006
Depart the school at 11 a.m. for lunch on the way to festival at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. (Bring $11.00 for Fuddruckers Rest. at Town Center)
Performance Times: Warmup: 3:30 Sing: 3:45 Clinician: 4:00 Sightread: 4:15
We will depart for Mabry immediately after the busses arrive from taking home our Mabry students. We will listen to other groups perform while we wait. If you have another activity Immediately after school that your child needs to attend you may come to the festival site and pick up your child after we are done with sightreading. I will need this in writing on your field trip permission form as to the person picking up your child. All of the rest of the students will need to find transportation home from Mabry as we will not be back to the school until 6:15 p.m.

posted on: February 23, 2006

Possible Pre-Festival Concert with LHS Choruses

I just wanted to let you know that Mr. Williams from LHS, Simpson M.S. and Mabry M.S. are trying to coordinate a combined Pre-Festival Concert tentatively set for March 14th, a Tuesday. We will perform our Festival Concert song selections and come dressed in our concert attire. This will be for all three grade level choruses. When I get the date, time and place totally confirmed I will update my blog. Please keep this date open until further notice. He has tentatively set the concert for 3/14/06 at Sandy Plains Baptist Church beginning at 7 p.m. The concert should run approximately one hour in length. By Tuesday of next week I will able to confirm the place and time for sure.

posted on: February 16, 2006

Chorus/Orchestra Trip

The Chorus/Orchestra trip that we had planned to take this spring will most likely be cancelled due to not enough participants being able to fill the bus. We needed 53 students and chaperones and only got approximately 29. The cost would be too great to take so few. I'm sorry for the disappointment of not being able to go this year. Who knows, maybe next year!!!

posted on: February 06, 2006

All State Final Auditions are this Saturday

This Saturday, Jan. 21st are the final All State Chorus Auditions. You do not need to bring anything to this audition. Everything will be provided for you, including the music and the CD. The auditions begin at 11:00 a.m. and will go until 2p.m. Those doing both band and chorus auditions that day go first to chorus auditions at 11:00. Have them fit you into the schedule and then head for Macon for the band auditions. (You will probably have to tell them about your circumstances.) Good luck to all of you on your auditions. Wear nice school clothes and come 1/2 hour early to register.Let me know if you need extra help this week. (Wednesday afternoon or Friday afternoon)

posted on: January 18, 2006

Cinderella Change in Rehearsal for next week

Next week's Cinderella will be on Tuesday, January 24th. Mark your calendars. This is a change from the original copy you took home. We will rehearse scenes 5 & 6. Bring your scripts.

posted on: January 18, 2006

Cinderella Scene Rehearsal Dates Change Update

Check below for the two changed rehearsal dates due to My attending the GMEA Conference in Savannah and the moving of the Talent Show date.Main characters must be a the following rehearsals. Only come to the rehearsals for your scenes. You do not stay for the scenes that your character is not involved.
Print these dates and keep them for future reference:I will post any changes to this schedule, should they occur.
Jan. 12th Thurs. Scenes 1 & 2
Jan. 17th Tues. Scenes 3 & 4
Jan. 24th Tues. Scenes 5 & 6
Feb. 1st Wed. Scenes 7 & 8
Feb. 9th Thurs. Scenes 9 & 10
Feb. 14th Tues. Scenes 1 & 2 (Have lines memorized from this point forward.)
Feb. 23rd. Thurs. Scenes 3 & 4
Feb. 28th Tues. Scenes 5 & 6
Mar. 7th Tues. Scenes 7 & 8
Mar. 16th Thurs. Scenes 9 & 10
Mar. 21st Tues. Scenes 1, 2, 3, 4
Mar. 31st Friday Scenes 5, 6, 7
April 13th Thurs. Scenes 8, 9, 10
April 20th Thurs. Scenes 1 - 5 inclusive
April 25th Tues. Scenes 6 - 10 inclusive
May 2nd Tues. Scenes 1 - 5
May 9th Tues. Scenes 6 - 10
May 17th Wednesday: Major dress rehearsal (all students) 4:30 p.m. - 8p.m. in the theater. Pizza/drinks and cooke break.
(I will need lots of parental help for this evening.)
May 18th Thursday: Final Performance in the theater at 7 p.m.

posted on: January 12, 2006

All State Location

The All State Auditions on Saturday, October 15th will be at Woodland High School on 800 Old Alabama Road in Cartersville, Ga. 30121. Plan on giving yourself at least 45 minutes to get there and you will need to arrive 30 minutes prior to your audition time to allow for registration check in. I will get you the exit number off of I75 when I receive my packet. There will be students at the site to direct you to the registration area (usually in the cafeteria) and onto your audition hall. Parents wait in the cafeteria registration area for your child while he/she is auditioning.
Students please wear some nice school clothes, nothing fancy, to make a good impression on your judge. Bring your CD with the accompaniment on it to your audition. Do not bring in your musical score. You will bring your two white registration forms to the judges and thank them for listening to you when you are finished auditioning. They will not be able to tell you anything after your audition. I will pick up your scores at the end of the day and will be happy to call you with your score. I will not know the cut off scores until the entire state of Georgia has auditioned. You can keep checking the GMEA.org website to see when cut off scores are posted.
The audition times should be here any day now and I will get them to you. See me on Friday, October 7th for some additional sightreading examples to practice this coming week. I'm holding an extra help session at 8:20 a.m. if you are interested.

posted on: October 06, 2005

8th Grade Choral Officers for 2005-2006

These are the new choral officers for 8th grade chorus 2005-2006.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
PRESIDENT: Andrew Williamson
SECRETARY: Melanie Moore
TREASURER: Marli Goro
LIBRARIANS: Bess Darby and Matthew Hreha
HISTORIAN: Ashley Connette

posted on: August 18, 2005

All State Chorus News Update!!!!

There has been an increase in the first audition amount. My All State letter originally said to send in $13.00. The new fee is $15.00.
If you already sent in the $13 just send in $2.00 more. I am sorry for any inconvenience but we just found out from the Saturday meeting.

posted on: August 12, 2005

Choral Information Sheet 8th grade

Here is the information that I need from each of you.

8TH Grade Information Sheet:
2005-2006
Student Name:_________________________________________________
Student Address: ______________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________
Student Home Phone Number: _________________________________
Dad’s Name: ____________________________ WK#: ________________
Mom’s Name: ____________________________Wk#: ________________
Student’s Past Musical Experiences:
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
Parent volunteers: (Our program cannot work without you.)
___ I can help with calling students or parents.
___ I can help with field trip chaperoning (with notice)
___ I can help with concert monitoring (all/some/one)
___ I can play the following instruments:
____________________________________________________________
___ I am artistic and can help with backdrops for a musical
___ I can type/design programs for concerts.
___ I can sew for a musical production
___ I can sell tickets for a musical production or talent show
___ I can pass out programs at concerts
___ I can work a sound system for the concerts(actual experience)
___ I can help build sets for a musical
___ Misc. ______________________________________________________
Please read and sign:
My child, __________________ and I have read the syllabus and behavior rules regarding performances, rehearsals and trip/special event opportunities for the 2005-2006 school year.
_______________________________ ______________________________
Student signature Parent Signature

posted on: August 09, 2005

8th Grade Chorus Syllabus

Here is the 8th grade Syllabus for this year.

8th Grade Chorus Syllabus
Irene Smith 770-928-5546 ext. 458
Sings with correct tone production and intonation:
• Proper breath support; posture; purity of vowels; clarity of consonants
• Listen to rehearsal tapes of performance and compare to final performance or festival judging
Develops music reading skills:
• Recognizes tonality of pieces studied
• Learns necessary music vocabulary
• Match pitch, sing melodic patterns with good intonation, major/minor and chromatic scales
• Develop good sight-reading skills including rhythmic, melodic & chord dictation
• Sing major, minor and chromatic scales acappella
• Sing in 2-3 part harmony acappella
Learn the historical and cultural context of the music literature studied and/or performed:
• Study of Musical Periods
• Listen to and analyze music from different time periods
• Interpret the meaning of the text
• Form: AB; ABA; ABACA …
• Contrast the music of the period to the art forms of the period
Demonstrate proper musical interpretation:
• Perform appropriate level music for Festival
• Sing songs from memory for public performance
• Respond correctly to conductor’s cues
Develop good ensemble awareness:
• Demonstrate the ability to perform individually, in small groups or a large ensemble
• Demonstrates respect, responsibility, commitment, and good citizenship in all musical settings.
Grading Profile:
30% singing, music reading tests, theory tests, written notes
50% written/oral participation, effort in class, self responsibility
and a positive attitude
10% Concert attendance or written report done while group is rehearsing on
stage
10% Notebook, pencil and paper in class each day for class theory notes
Concert Etiquette
Students will be extremely self-disciplined before, during and after all concerts. They will treat the director and all parent chaperones with respect. No whistling or hollering during a choral concert or festival performance.
Classroom Expectations
• Be on time with notebook, paper and pencil
• Be in proper seat at the start of class with necessary materials
• Respect school property and others
• No unnecessary talking
• Attendance at all performances and rehearsals is necessary for the success of our chorus.

Behavior Grades:
Conduct cuts will be given for any disruption in class or infraction of the above expectations. Your behavior grade will be determined by these cuts. Progress reports will go home at the four and a half week point, along with phone calls, if behavior changes drastically. Progress reports must be signed and returned. You will have a chance to bring up your conduct grade with improved behavior for the remaining four and a half weeks. For your child to participate in away trips, festivals, or take a major role in a musical he/she must not get more than 3 conduct cuts for the year.
Conduct Cuts: 0-1 cuts per 9 wks= “S” 2-3= “N” Cannot go to outside events
4 or more = “U” and placed on a behavior contract
8th Grade Concert Attire:
Boys: Black dress pants; white dress shirt; black socks and shoes
(Vests and bow ties will be provided)
Girls: Long (ankle length) black skirt; ¾ sleeve black blouse; black hose and
black shoes. You need to purchase these items prior to the first concert.

*Your child will receive a calendar of events for the year. Dates are subject to change with plenty of notice. Please notify instructors of dance, piano, or sport coaches of concert dates. Each of you is very important to the success of our concerts. I can give you a letter, if needed, to give to your outside instructor.


I have read the above syllabus and behavior expectations and am aware of the consequences of behavior infractions.

____________________________________________ ____________________________________
Student Signature Parent Signature

posted on: August 09, 2005

Welcome back 8th Grade Chorus

I hope that your summer was a blast! Be sure to take your syllabus with your choral calendar home for your parents to see. You will need to return your information sheet to me this week. Our concert attire is the same as last year. Just make sure it still fits in case you grew a lot this summer. Our first mission is to select a musical for the spring and elect choral officers. See you at school.

posted on: August 09, 2005

8th grade Chorus Performance Festival

Reminder: Our 8th grade Chorus will be attending the Performance Evaluation Festival on Thursday, March 10th.

You will need to be ready to depart the school at 11:05, dressed in your concert attire. If you have not paid for CiCi's Pizza by Thursday, March 3, you will have to bring a sack lunch or pay cash (including tax) at the counter. Any chaperones that wish to eat there may bring a lunch or purchase one there.

You may not attend this performance unless I have gotten your signed field trip permission form.

Students are to report to the chorus room at 10:55 to get ready to board the bussses. Be dressed and ready to go as we cannot be late.(Kingsmen Coach) Do not take anything with you except for a jacket if it is cold. You will be dropped back off to the school at the end of the day. (4 p.m.ish)

Thank you, parents, for volunteering to chaperone this event. Your help is greatly appreciated!!!

posted on: March 02, 2005

MABRY "STAR SEARCH" TALENT SHOW

MABRY STAR SEARCH TALENT SHOW

Talent show auditions are on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 in the Mabry theater. It will last from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (You will need to find transportation home.) Those chosen to be in the show will be posted on Mrs. Smith's door that week.

You must return a signed permission form to Mrs. Smith in order to audition. Pick up this form in the chorus room. No one else will be allowed to stay that day.

The Talent Show will be on Thursday, April 21st in the Theater. The dress rehearsal will be from 4:30 - 5:45 that day. Performers will then go home, eat and come back to perform by 6:45 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at school or at the door for $3.00 each. Invite your relatives to come and see this special event.

posted on: March 02, 2005

8th grade Chorus Registration for LHS Chorus

8th Grade Chorus Registration for LHS

Any 8th graders that wish to enroll in LHS Chorus next year need to register for

Mixed Ensemble #54.0221096

Mr. Williams and Miss Rivet will come to our school later in the spring to audition those that would like to be placed in a higher chorus. The audition will be held after school and I will give you advanced notice of the day.

It is possible to take chorus all four years and still get all of your required classes into your schedule. If you are not sure of how to do this come and see me in the chorus room for a sample schedule of all 4 years.

LHS Chorus also offers Men's Ensemble, Show Choir, Girls' Trio, Men's Quartet and All State Chorus.

Chorus will not limit you from participating in sports or other activities. They even take some great tours to incredible destinations, like

They also present Broadway musicals with the LHS Drama Department and a major classical works with the Lassiter Orchestra.

If you have any questions please call Brian Williams or Jaime Rivet at (678) 494-7878.

posted on: February 18, 2005

The Music Man

Our Music Man Rehearsals are going great. We have some budding actors and actresses in this group.

Special thanks to Miss Amanda Mitchell for helping out as my Assistant Director. You are a great asset to this production and your help and time dedication is greatly appreciated by the cast.

Reminder: If you are a main character you are expected to be at all play rehearsals.

We start over with scenes 1 & 2 next Tuesday. Characters need to bring their scripts but have all of their lines memorized. We will rehearse on stage this next week.

Get memorizing.

posted on: February 15, 2005

Performance Evaluation Festival

8th Grade Chorus Festival Performance is scheduled for Thursday, March 10, 2005

Depart Mabry MS at 11:05 a.m.

Go to CiCi's Pizza for lunch 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Depart there for Burnt Hickory Baptist Church.

Warm-up 2:00

Perform at 2:15

Clinician: 2:30

Sightread: 2:45

Board busses back to Mabry MS for normal bus dismissal at 4:15 p.m.

Festival permission forms will be given out on February 16th.

They need to be returned ASAP with you money.

Send in money for the field trip in a white envelope marked 8th grade chorus festival. $6.75 if you want to eat at CiCi's Pizza. If you want to just bring a bag lunch to eat at CiCi's the cost of the field trip is just $1.75. Chaperones can pay ahead or at CiCi's.

Wear your concert attire to school as we leave at 11:05 a.m.

Girls: Long solid black skirt and solid sleeved black blouse, black hose and black shoes.

Boys: Long black slacks, white long sleeved collared shirt, black socks and black shoes. I'll provide the cummerbunds and bow-ties.

There will be no time to change. We will be riding Kingsmen Coach lines.

**HELP!!!I also need 3-4 chaperone for this event. If you can help please write me a note and send it with your child.

Thank you so much for all of you support!

posted on: February 15, 2005

Choral Outfits

Our choral performance attire for Festival (Performance Evaluation) is as follows:

Girls: Long solid black skirt; 3/4 to full length solid black blouse/top, black hose or tights, and black shoes

Boys: Long black dress slacks; long sleeved white button/collared dress shirt; black socks and black shoes.

I will provide the long ties for the 6th grade boys and cummerbunds/bowties for the 7th & 8th grade boys.

You must have these items by the time we go to festival March 8th or 10th.

posted on: February 03, 2005

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