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Band Booster President's Note Chaperones Info
Director's Note Student Pick Up Policy Medical Information

A Note from the  Director:

I can’t believe another year is over and we are starting new again.   As always, we will be loaded with talented students again this year.   The band will also be taking on the challenge of performing in area band festivals.   Best wishes to our graduating seniors and a warm welcome to our new members.  I hope to see everyone get involved. See you soon.  It's going to be a great year.

Mr. Mark Falvo, Band Director


A Note from the Band Booster President:

Greetings to all returning Band Families and a special welcome to all new Band Families:

The 2017-18 school year brings a fresh new start for the Big Mac Band.  As our children prepare for the upcoming school year, the Booster organization has already begun its efforts to raise funds in support of our Band Program.  On the heels of last year’s success, the Boosters will continue with what works and strive to elevate our goals.

Our 2nd trailer has been ordered and will be ready for service by the start of Band Camp. With the delivery of the 2nd trailer, our efforts to secure sponsorships and grants will also be a high priority.  The second annual car sale is in place and should break all records for fundraising, as we raffle off a new 2018 VW Atlas.  The winning number will be selected on December 18th on the night of our Holiday Concert.  We are also working on a “Night at the Races” in February.  All these efforts are designed to support the Band Program and to assist in travel costs for the upcoming band trip in April.

With the upcoming renovations of the auditorium and the band room, Mr. Falvo has his hands full dealing with construction and the ever growing Big Mac Band.  Be assured that the Boosters will be on hand to help out wherever needed.  That said, I ask that you please step up your commitment to help the Band Program.  The first step in helping is to join the Big Mac Boosters organization.  Second step is to volunteer.  Please join us at our monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month. 

Visit the Membership section of our website for instructions on how to join the Boosters.  Please step up and help support the Big Mac Band this year.  In case you were not aware, the Big Mac Band Boosters support not only the Marching Band, but other groups such as the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Pan & Percussion Ensemble, Clarinet Choir and Flute Choir.

I am a proud parent and find myself very lucky that I can donate my time to our children and this music program.  I invite you all to slow down your life and realize what a true gem that we have here at CMHS.  Savor these moments, as our children grow up way too fast.

Respectfully Yours,

Eric Mark, Big Mac Band Booster President


Chaperone Information

Greetings Parents/Guardians of the Big Mac Band!

    My name is Miss Miller and I am one of the assistant band directors for the high school band. I am the band staff member that is in charge of all things chaperone related. If you are interested in chaperoning the band (and working on the equipment crew) in any capacity, there are a few guidelines you must follow.  You must:

  • Be a member of the Big Mac Band Booster organization,

  • Have the appropriate clearances on file with the high school office

    • PA Child Abuse Clearance

    • PA Criminal History Check

    • FBI Criminal History Report - OR - Volunteer Affidavit

    • PA Child Welfare Act 31 Training Certificate

  • Have submitted the Chaperone Intent form

    All four of these clearances must be less than 60 months old and on file with secretary Sheila Gallagher in the Canon-McMillan High School Main Office. These are due by Thursday, August 24th, 2017. If you submitted copies last year, please double-check the dates on your clearances to make sure they are still valid. Please do not turn these clearances in to any band staff member or booster officer. We cannot accept them.   Please submit to the Main High School Office.  As clearances are not transferred from school to school within the district, you will need to get copies and provide to the High School Office before August 24th.  

Clearance Links:

Use the links below to apply for clearances so you can chaperone.  Or for more information, visit the CMSD website outline of volunteer chaperone clearance requirements

     1. Act 151 Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance
     2. Act 34 Pennsylvania Criminal History Check
      3. Act 114 FBI Criminal History Report (which includes fingerprinting): If you've lived outside the Commonwealth of PA in the last 10 years

    3. NOTARIZED Volunteer Affidavit: If you've been a continuous resident of PA for the past 10 years.

    4. ACT 31 PA Child Welfare Training Certificate with Registration

        In accordance with Canon-McMillan School District Board Policy 910.1, all "direct contact" volunteers "shall attend orientation and training sessions, as appropriate to the nature of their volunteer service." To meet this requirement, the District directs all new volunteers to complete the 3 hour, online Act 31 training offered by the University of Pittsburgh and the PA Child Welfare Resource Center. Registration is required to access this video. Once completed, the training portal will grant a certificate of completion which must be printed and presented to Sheila Gallagher in the High School Main Office.

Chaperone Availability
    This online form is due by Thursday, August 24th, 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted.
     2017 Big Mac Band Chaperone Sign-Up Form


Big Mac Band Booster Membership
    All chaperones must be dues paying members of the Big Mac Band Booster organization.
     2017-2018 Big Mac Band Booster Membership Form

What our chaperones are asked to do?
     Big Mac Band Chaperone Guidelines

    Miss Miller will e-mail the parents selected to chaperone the band by the Wednesday before the event (Friday night game or Saturday band festival) to confirm your availability. Chaperone report time is the same as the students: 5:45 pm for home games and possibly a little earlier for away games, depending on the distance of travel required. If you have Canon-McMillan Band attire, please wear it to assist the students and staff in recognizing you as a chaperone.

   If you have any questions about chaperoning our band, please send them my way. Thank you in advance to the chaperones for your time and efforts in keeping our band students safe while we are traveling outside of our school for a performance.

Ms. Deanna Miller, Assistant Band Director


Student Pick Up Policy

For events located within the Canon McMillan school district, student may choose to ride the bus back to school or be picked up by a parent or guardian.

For events located outside of the Canon McMillan school district, students are expected to ride the bus back to the school.  If a parent or guardian has a need to pick a student up after an event, a handwritten note stating your intentions to pick up your child must be submitted to Mr. Falvo 24 hours in advance of the event. Notes must include your child's bus number.  At the end of the event, Both student and parent must check in with Miss Miller in person at the bus. No text messages or phone messages will be accepted.


Medical Information

The health and safety of our band students is a priority for the directors and the band boosters.  There is a medical professional that attends each of the band activities such as football games, band festivals, and trips.  We carry with us over-the-counter medications, personal hygiene products, and emergency medical supplies.   Students are only permitted to carry medications approved by the district such as an inhaler and epipen.  They are not permitted to have Tylenol, Motrin, or any other over-the-counter medication -  even cough drops are not allowed. 

In the event that the student becomes ill or injured during a band activity the parent/guardian will be notified.  We will obtain permission to administer any available over the counter medication.  If you have a child that with special health concerns or would like to talk to the nurse/doctor please call or speak to them at a booster meeting.  Please make sure that you fill out the Student Medical Information Form, so that we have the most up-to-date information and will be able to treat your child in the event of a medical situation.

This page was last updated Friday April 06, 2018