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    Mrs. Jessica Shafer
    Subject / Grade: General K-8 Music; Instrumental Music, Band 4-8; Middle School Choir 7-8

    Recently, someone anonymously nominated me for the top 150 caring teachers from Pacer Test. Here's what the email said:

           "Hi, Dana Reilly from pacertest.com here. Every year we hold a "Top 150 Caring Teachers" Award that we give out to teachers who have been nominated as genuine, hard working educators. I just wanted to reach out to you to let you that you have been nominated and selected as one of our Top 150 Caring teachers of 2018. I want to congratulate you and wish you the best 2018-2019 school year. Thank you for your dedication and pride in education!"


    Band is open to students with one year of instrumental instruction. If a fourth grade instrumental student shows significant progress on their instrument, they will be invited to join the band at the discretion of the director usually for the Spring Semester. It rehearses Tuesdays from 2:45 to 3:30 PM on the stage. Two concerts will be held during the year, typically on Thursdays at 10 AM.
    Middle School Choir
    Middle School Choir is open to students in grades seven through eight. No previous singing experience is needed, (although it's helpful). Choir rehearsals are Mondays from 2:45-3:30 PM on the stage. Two concerts will be held during the year, typically on Thursdays at 10 AM.
    Please note- I have recently registered my classroom on Adoptaclassroom.org! Please spread the word about donating to our general, instrumental and band music programs at the school.
     Hello and welcome to the McAdoo Kelayres Elementary Middle School Music Page!
       So, your student and you have decided to participate in the instrumental program.... That's great! Music helps students in numerous ways, not just with their academic studies. It has been shown to increase their self esteem and self confidence, instill a sense of responsibility, foster healthy peer and adult interactions, and give them a sense of pride and accomplishment. Lastly, it's just plain fun!
       Students in grades four through eight are eligible to take instrumental lessons. Additionally, if the student has had lessons previously, then they are also eligible to participate in the band program. The band is open to students in grades four through eight. Lessons occur during the day on a rotating schedule throughout the year. Your student will need to have their instrument for both their lesson day and for band.
        The band will have two concerts during the year- one in the Winter and one in the Spring. All the students in the instrumental program will also be eligible to participate in a Christmas Caroling event. Other events for the instrumental students might occur during the year as well- check back on this page for updates!
       If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please contact me. The quickest and easiest way to get a hold of me is through email: shaferj02@hasdk12.org.
          Mrs. Shafer