The last 7-8 years, our first week of school always looked the same -
Day 1 - One director places stand tags (name tags folded in half and draped over the music stand) out during each passing period for each student so they knew where to sit when they came in. The other director lines the kids up in the hallway for room entry. Then -
2) Procedures (room entry/exit, placement of backpacks, band lockers, cell phone/technology policy)
3) Paperwork (handbook form, private lesson enrollment form, etc)
4) Review of required supplies for each class
Day 2-5 - Follow same procedure as Day 1 with stand tags and entry procedure.
7th/8th Grade Bands - A bit of Concert F and pep music in preparation for upcoming performances. We tried to get the kids playing as much as possible on "music" so they went home excited.
6th Grade Classes - Combine classes so that one teacher can teach music theory while the other teacher checks supplies and meets with individual students that are missing supplies and calls parents to make sure they know what supplies their child is missing and also get a better idea of their financial situation if that was a hinderance.
Week 2 - On Monday, stand tags are still out for the students, but by Tuesday, the 7th/8th graders are responsible for putting their own stand tags out. The 6th graders will continue to have stand tags placed for them for another week or so. We like to mix their seating up daily to keep them on their toes and also start learning who can and cannot sit next to each other. 🤣
7th/8th Grade Bands - Start increasing exposure to additional warm-up elements - Remington, etc.
6th Grade Classes - Finish any remaining theory and then start splitting into instrument-specific classes to start unpacking supplies, labeling and naming supplies, and maybe start some instrument handling/assembly.
Hope that helps!