UIL Schedule

We will send more details later but please save the date for UIL and check your calendar for any issues with scheduling–

Non-Varsity/Philharmonic: Thursday, February 25 around 4th through 5pm.
Varsity/Symphony: Friday, February 26 around 6th period until 7:00pm
Location is Rockwall Heath.
Just a reminder that Pre-UIL is Next Week, February 18. Check last week’s email if you need a refresher for those details.

Orchestra Pre-UIL details–save the date, volunteers needed

Chamber and Phil Parents and Students,
In just two weeks, on Thursday, February 18, we will have our Pre-UIL Performance for the Varsity (Chamber/Full) and Non-Varsity (Philharmonic) Orchestras here at PEARCE HS. To help you plan, I have attached the schedule. Parents, if you would like to help we will need uniform support and help with judge hospitality. Please let me know if you can volunteer!

Here’s the gist:
NV (Philharmonic) Notes:
· You will need to change into FORMAL attire as soon as school lets out so bring it to school with you!
· After School (4:20) until 6:00pm: tune, warm-up, perform and sightread
· 5:15pm: Time your parents should come watch you play and sightread.

Varsity (Full Orch) Notes:
· 4:20pm Percussion/Harp: You will need to set up your instruments on stage as soon as school lets out.
· Before 5:30pm All: You will need to change into FORMAL attire before you arrive for warm-up.
· 5:30-7:10pm: Tuning, warm-up, performance & sightread
· 6:15: Time your parents should come watch you play and sightread.

As always, let me know if you have questions!

Melissa Livings

Spring Trip chaperones needed


Due to some conflicts with chaperone schedules, we are short some chaperones for the spring trip–we need five (5). Please check your calendars for April 14-17 and let me know if you can attend. We need moms and dads and this trip will NOT happen without you! It’s basically a really inexpensive vacation filled with beach time, a trip to the USS Lexington, Aquarium, and time with some great high school kids.
Please let me know. Thanks!

Melissa Livings

White Elephant Gift Exchange Tradition for Orchestra & Winter party

Exam Day White Elephant Gift Exchange

Orchestra will have our annual tradition on the exam day of each orchestra (Concert/Wed; Phil/Thurs; Chamber/Fri)–a “white elephant gift exchange.” If you are unfamiliar with this tradition, it is easy to learn.

  • Bring an inexpensive, wrapped/bagged gift ($5-15 range) on your exam day.
  • This can be re-gifted from previous year, food items, homemade or store-bought.
  • The only rule is that it has to be school appropriate and something someone would actually want.
  • Students will pick gifts randomly and have the option to steal/trade.

We’ll explain the rules in detail that day but be sure to bring something so you can participate; if you are able please bring more than one gift in case someone can’t or forgets.

In addition, we will have a party that day. Please bring snacks and treats for everyone to share. We may also order pizza if you exam is in the afternoon.

Seniors & Freshman- drinks & napkins

Juniors & Sophomores- salty & sweet

You may also want to bake or cook something more substantial. Your choice! This is an awesome event, and it’s a very nice break from taking exams.

Orchestra Winter Party- 

Our yearly winter party will be held at the Braht’s house (2402 Skyview Drive, 75080) on Saturday, December 19th from 7-10pm. There will be a gingerbread house making contest, a super smash bros tournament, an ugly sweater contest, and much more. Everyone please bring snacks, with the same assignments as the  white elephant party.

Hope to see everyone at both events! Love getting in the holiday spirit!

Pearce Student named to TMEA All-State Orchestra

Orchestra Family,

Please join in congratulating sophomore, Darren Carter, who has just been named a 2016 TMEA All-State Symphony violinist. For those of you unfamiliar with the All-State music process, Darren auditioned about two weeks ago and placed #30 out of 304 Texas Violins. This is an awesome accomplishment. Way to go!!!! Darren will be featured at the December 7 concert as part of our Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite.

Speaking of the concert…Darren and ALL of our wonderful students look forward to seeing you for our December 7th Sweets and Strings Concert. JH Performances are from 6-7pm and HS Performance times are 7:00/7:30/8:00pm in the Pearce Auditorium with a Silent Auction and Sweets available in between groups. This is a new format this year and we hope you will enjoy. Dessert reservation forms and other info are forthcoming.

Orchestra Picture Day and Step Up Drive Details!

Our Step Up Drive and Orchestra Picture Day is almost here! Please read the attached email for details on this REQUIRED event. For your convenience, I have attached the picture order form.

Date: Tuesday, November 17

Photo Schedule: 5-7:30pm in the Orchestra Room

  • Philharmonic Group/Individuals: 5:00-5:30pm
  • Concert Group/Individuals: 5:30-6:00pm
  • Chamber Group/Individuals: 6:00-6:30pm
  • Individuals/Family Shots: 6:30-7:30pm

Other Events that Evening (Cafeteria): 

  • Step-Up Drive: 5:30-7:30pm—Come shop for a “Step-up”/Higher quality instrument. Dallas Strings is a trusted vendor and will be available to answer questions. Flyer will be sent in a future email.
  • Spirit Banner Making: 5-7:30pm—Students, come assist your officers with our Beach-themed banners for the orchestra room. May the best section win!
  • Officer Shirt Decorations—Officers, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to personalize your Officer shirt!

As a reminder, the group portion of our pictures is MANDATORY and GRADED, as this will be our only opportunity to take pictures for the yearbook and our room frame. Individual photos will also be offered; this is an optional service but a very nice option if you would like a formal picture of your child in with his/her instrument(s). Please review the attached form and return it to the photographer on the day of pictures or to your child’s director if you would like to take advantage of this service.

The other events are optional but strongly encouraged and SUPER FUN! Come decorate banners, t-shirts and play on an “advanced” instrument. Thank you in advance for keeping this time open in your calendar.

Photo Form Pearce Orchestra

Pearce HS Step-Up Drive details, November 17

We are offering a “Step-up” Drive in our cafeteria from 5-7:30pm. You may remember your child’s first string drive in 6th grade? This is similar but with instruments that are possibly more appropriate for the type of playing your child will do in high school and possibly college. This event is being hosted by Dallas Strings and will be a great opportunity for you and your child to consider a potential purchase of a high quality instrument; not only can a higher quality instrument make it more enjoyable for your child to practice but it can also make it easier for them to be successful. I still remember getting my first semi-professional instrument as a sophomore in high school and it revolutionized my ability to perform and desire to practice. With holiday gift-giving season coming up, the timing couldn’t be better!

Of course this is totally optional and not necessarily for everyone, but we’ve had so many requests from parents to do this type of event, that we felt it was finally time to host one. At the very least it should be fun for your child to come play on some instruments and compare. Please see the attached flyer for more details on what will be offered including rental and sales credit. And as always, let us know if you have any questions!

Pearce High School Step Up Sale Flyer

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