Oakland Junior High School Bands 2008-2009 Band Policies 2008-2009 Classroom Policies When the TWO-minute timer rings, class Begins. Conversations stop and students are seated with all materials (Instrument, Music, Pencil, Agenda, Assignments). The Director reserves the right to change this preparation time or eliminate it. Daily grade is effected if student is not prepared or seated when the TWO-minute timer rings. Students will play instruments only when instructed to do so. No warming up before class or after class. During Rehearsal (either class time rehearsals, or before school rehearsals) positive participation effects students’ Daily Grade. Students are responsible for their personal instrument or the one assigned to them through school. Students are responsible for any damage to their personal instruments or the instrument assigned to them through school. Therefore, students are ONLY to use their personal instrument or the one assigned to them through school. No student is allowed in the Uniform Closet, Storage Closet, Music Offices, Music Library, Filing Cabinets, Shelves, Storage Units, Stereo Cabinet, or T.V. Cart; unless instructed to do so by the director. Only Percussion students are allowed in the Percussion Closet. o It is the student’s responsibility to secure all personal belongings while attending rehearsals & performances. o The Band Department and/or Oakland Junior High School is NOT responsible for lost or stolen items. Only cased Instruments will be permitted in the Instrument Storage Room or Percussion Closet (No Music, Flip Folders, Lyres, Shoes, etc. will be stored in the Instrument Storage Closet). Only Band music folders are permitted in students’ assigned folder slot (No flip Folders, Lyres, Class-work/Books from other classes, etc. allowed in Band Folder Cabinet). Restroom Usage will only be permitted in emergency situations and only when student’s agenda is present. Use the restroom before school and during passing periods. Food or drink will not be allowed in band room. Chewing Gum in class will result in loss of daily points. Chairs are not to be taken outside the Band Room Music Office computers are not available for student use. Music Office telephones are not available for student use. The Band Room will close at 3:15 each day unless you are participating in a supervised musical activity. Negative Behavior Policy: (When negative behavior continues, student progresses down numerically) 1 – Teacher will issue a warning, “This is your warning.” 2 – Student will lose all his/her daily points, “You have lost your daily points.” 3 – Student will report to the Safe Seat. 4 – Student will report to the Buddy Room (Think Sheet required). 5 – Student will report to Recovery 6 – Office Referral Depending on the severity of the behavior or the incident, Teachers reserve the right to skip steps. Early Morning Marching Band Policies 7:00am Rehearsal Begins. Students are ready to rehearse on the lower parking lot (or gym, weather permitting) with instrument, flip folder, lyre, tennis shoes. Failure to be prepared can result in loss of points. Students are required to wear TENNIS SHOES and SOCKS at marching rehearsal. Failure to be prepared effects Marching Band Daily Grade. An extra 5 Points will be assigned to each Early Morning Full Band Rehearsal. This is compared to the Daily Grade Points found during class-time. Being on-time, prepared, and participating in a positive manner awards these points. Failure to follow policies can result in loss of points. On A days 9th Grade Band is allowed to remain in the band room until the start of school. On B days Jazz Band is allowed to remain in the band room until the start of school. All other band students are to report to the gym after Marching Band rehearsal concludes. On Full Band Rehearsal Mornings (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), students ARE NOT permitted to leave rehearsal for academic assistance with teachers. Tuesday and Thursday mornings are to be utilized for academic assistance. Students should make appointments with their teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays ONLY. If a student must leave rehearsal on a Full Band Rehearsal Morning, the student must receive permission from the director the previous school day. Students who assume 3 un-excused absences to 7am rehearsals prior to a performance/parade will not be allowed to perform in the upcoming performance/parade. An un-excused absence will be given for that performance, see the Performance Attendance Policy below. The next rehearsal after a performance, every students’ attendance record resets to zero un-excused absences. Performance Policies If a student has neglected to turn in required forms in accordance to Band Policies, Uniforms, Shoes/Gloves, etc. or has failed to have a uniform assigned to him or her; then the student WILL NOT be allowed to perform and will lose all points assigned to that performance. 100 points will be assigned to each performance (Parades, Concerts, Festivals). Student preparation will directly affect Performance Grade. Students will be dressed appropriately and have all necessary equipment/supplies (instrument in proper working order, music, flip folder, lyre, etc.). Positive student behavior affects Performance Grade. Negative behavior can result in not allowing the student to continue in the performance and will be graded as an un-excused absence. Performance Attendance Policy The Oakland Junior High Band program has a performance-based curriculum. Performances are the culmination of the education that precedes a performance. Students are expected to attend all performances. Performances take priority over practices, extracurricular activities, and other outside of school events. In the event of medical or family emergencies students will be “excused” from a performance. All other absences will be considered “unexcused” unless previously approved by the band director. Students missing a performance for any reason will be given an alternate assignment. This assignment will have the potential for 100% credit for “excused” absences, and 50% credit for “unexcused” absences. This assignment could include, but is not limited to: a tape recording of the student playing the missed performance AND a written essay on a topic specified by the director. The supplementary assignment will be graded for accuracy and completeness. Excused and un- excused absence grades will be considered a ZERO until the appropriate make-up assignment is turned in. It is essential that to maintain the high performance standards established at Oakland Junior High and ensure quality performances that all students attend all performances. The Attendance Factor in Grading Attendance will be a factor in determining the student’s final grade. Unlike a non- performance class (where an absence affects only the individual) a missed rehearsal is detrimental to the entire ensemble. Once a rehearsal or performance is missed, it is missed forever. Good attendance is imperative if a music organization is to be successful. Proper preparation for performances is needed for that performance to be successful. Rehearsals can only be successful when every member is present. The attendance consideration is not intended to punish students who are ill or have serious emergencies (excused absences). Scheduled rehearsals outside of school hours are also considered an extension of the class and may be used in the attendance factor of determining the student’s final grade. Oakland Junior High School Band Policies 2008-2009 Acknowledgment of Oakland Junior High School Band Policies We have read and understand the policies and class Syllabus of the Oakland Junior High School Band Department. Date___________________ Parent Signature__________________________________ Student Signature_________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ We have placed the rehearsal/performance dates for which_____________________________ is responsible on our family calendar. (Student Name) Date___________________ Parent Initials_____________ Student Initials____________ We have been presented with all required forms so that__________________________ will be allowed to participate in scheduled performances. (Student Name) Date___________________ Parent Initials_____________ Student Initials____________ This form must be signed and returned no later than Friday, August 29, 2008.
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