Planning for Final Days of the School Year

The topic of Tips That Click this month is helping directors plan appropriate activities for the final days of the semester. We are all searching for intentional activities that will engage students in meaningful learning and set the stage for the next school year. While it is true that this is a time of year that has many interruptions and diversions, careful planning and orderly procedures can lead to positive and non-chaotic closing days.

Jim Knight is a past president of Rho Chapter and a veteran teacher of over 40 years. Jim taught many years in Florida, where he developed the band at Pace High School into one of the finest in the state. He has also taught in Alabama at

Gordo High School, McGill-Toolen High School and Briarwood Christian School.

He has some very good reminders of important tasks that should be covered at the end of the year. “Make sure that you get an accurate addresses for all the students that you teach that are returning and especially any incoming students from feeder schools. The contact information that you had at the beginning of the year may not be current, and it is vital that you have every student (and parent) review it and acknowledge that it is accurate. This is the primary way that you have to make sure that you are planning adequately for your instructional (music, handouts, etc.) and logistical (uniforms, chairs, stands) needs for the Summer and beyond.” He added:” Make sure that the parents and students have

Mark Foster (Sponsor) and New Member A.B. Baggett

John Bradley (Sponsor) and New Member Jerell Horton

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detailed information about your Summer program or pre-school events to insure good participation and attendance. If you are taking the students away from school, make sure that the parents have all the paperwork necessary to make this happen”.

Jim usually checked his instrument inventory personally. “I felt like I could get best idea of what repairs might be needed, and had the best eye to catch things that a student might miss. If I could get a store repairman to come by, I would have things laid out and we could get this knocked out in a morning. I could leave for the Summer knowing that things would be ready when I got back to start the new season!”

Outgoing President Jim Knight and New President Gene Inglis

Terry Ownby (Sponsor) and New Member David Waters

David Allinder (Sponsor) and New Member Greg Gumina


May/June 2019

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