Students may rent school instruments (if available) for $20.00 per semester and $20.00 for the summer. Those people renting school instruments will be responsible for paying for any repairs on school instruments that result from improper maintenance and/or carelessness (for example:dents, stuck slides, broken braces, etc.).Normal wear and tear repairs will be covered by the school.
All band students are required to attend all concert performances.Since every individual is important to the success of the band as a whole, it is critical that each band member be in attendance to contribute his unique and important part.Attendance is mandatory unless a parental excuse is provided one week in advance of said concert date.In addition, music department personnel must deem the reason for absence acceptable, or the absence will remain unexcused.An unexcused absence from a concert will result in a grade reduction of two letter grades.In the event of illness, please contact the teacher as soon as possible via phone or email:715-677-3674 (school), email@example.com.
All Pep Band performances are REQUIRED unless excused by the band director in advance.In addition, the reason for absence must be deemed "acceptable" or the absence will remain "unexcused".All unexcused Pep Band performances will result in lowering of the overall grade.Any students involved in the varsity sport that the band is playing for are excused from playing with the pep band for that event.Likewise, if they are competing in an "away" athletic event, they are also excused from the given pep band performance.
IMPORTANT NOTE:Each year the High School Band plays for the High School Graduation Ceremony.This is a REQUIRED PERFORMANCE for all High School Band members.This year's graduation ceremony is Sunday, June 1 at 2:00 PM.Students will need to be here from 1:45 to 2:15 PM on this date.Please be sure that any work schedules or family plans allow for students to be here for this important public performance.Thanks!
In the following grading system, as many areas as possible are graded to provide a clear and representative indication of the student's progress.The final band grade (each period) will be an average of the following grades:
1.Home Practice:The recommended practice time is 1/2-hour per day.
2.Lessons:Each private or small-group lesson will be graded Athrough F by the instructor.Any missed, unexcused lessons will receive an F.
3.Attendance:Attendance is required at ALL lessons, band rehearsals, concerts and contest performances.Any unexcused absence will result in a lowering of the grade accordingly.
4.Occasional worksheets, journaling, papers, quizzes, projects and tests.
5.Band Rehearsal Attitude and Behavior Grade.
BAND BEHAVIOR GRADE
In order for band rehearsal time to be as productive as possible, it is necessary for students to refrain from talking and playing instruments when the director is on the podium.To ensure that this occurs, the following procedures will be used:
***A check mark (ü) will be placed after a student's name each time that he or she is talking, playing out of turn or displaying inappropriate/disruptive behavior.
***When 5 check marks are accumulated, the behavior grade goes down one notch.(Example:A to A-, B+ to B, etc.)Each additional 5 check marks will again lower the grade another notch.
By using this system, students who already behave maturely and responsibly will not be penalized.The students who do have difficulty with self-control can be targeted for improvement.This approach will help to ensure that we can accomplish a lot in class and still have fun at the same time.
The band classroom behavior policy has been revised to more successfully deal with students who have difficulty maintaining proper behavior and displaying appropriate responses in the "large group" band setting.
Band is a wonderful educational experience and will help foster a life-long love and appreciation of music.Students electing to take band need to display the proper commitment and serious effort needed to function in band.In addition, the student's behavior must be safe, appropriate, respectful and attentive.
Students who are unable or unwilling to control inappropriate behavior prevent effective teaching and interfere significantly with the learning of other students.In a large class, such as Middle School Band, we cannot allow students who frequently disturb class and present repeated behavior problems to interfere with effective teaching and the learning of other students.
Students who are serious about participating in band need to be able to exhibit proper behaviors and attitudes.To ensure that we maintain a positive and productive learning environment for all students, the following policy will be in effect:
ØA check mark (ü) will be placed after a student's name each time that he or she displays a behavior or attitude inappropriate for the classroom setting.Students will receive a verbal warning also.
ØIf a student accumulates 3 check marks within one class period, this is deemed excessive disturbance that is repeatedly interfering with learning.
ØThe student will be sent out of class at the time that the 3rd check mark is received.They will report directly to the place assigned by the band teacher -- either a study hall or, if appropriate, a special education classroom.A phone call will be made to the appropriate teacher to alert them to the expected time of the student's arrival.
ØOnce removed from class, the student will remain out of class for the balance of that class period and for the next two full band rehearsals.They will report instead to the assigned area.
ØDuring the time that a student is removed from class, he or she will receive an F for each day that they are out, but will be expected to continue to attend their scheduled weekly lesson.
ØOnce the suspension time has been completed, the student will return to the classroom setting and will hopefully function more successfully.
ØThe second time a student receives 3 check marks in a class period, he or she will again be removed for the balance of that class period and suspended from the next three full band rehearsals (with the same consequences as listed above).
ØThe third time a student receives 3 check marks in a class period, he or she will again be removed for the balance of that class period and be suspended from the next four full band rehearsals (with the same consequences as listed above).
Ø****Each time a student is removed from class due to earning 3 check marks in a day, the parent will be notified with a phone call from the band director.Hopefully by addressing the problem at school and at home, we can work together to help the student succeed in band.
ØShould the inappropriate behavior and/or attitude persist and a student receive 3 check marks for a fourth time, it will become necessary for the student and his or her family to consider "dropping" band as a class, since the student's repeated inability to function successfully in the large group setting is preventing him or her from learning willingly and is interfering with effective teaching and the learning of other students.
If a successful resolution is not reached at this time, the band director will proceed by implementing the Rosholt School District Code of Student Conduct Policy to officially remove the student from class.The details of this policy are detailed in the school handbook.
Behaviors that would warrant receiving a check mark include, but are not limited to, the following:
§Talking or playing (without permission) when the band director is on the podium.
§Not following directions the first time they are given.
§Not listening and/or paying attention.
§Talking back to or arguing with the teacher.
§Disrespectful behavior or attitude toward the teacher or fellow students.
§Inappropriate verbal conduct intended or likely to upset, distract or annoy others, such as name calling, teasing, baiting, swearing, yelling or making verbal threats.
§Inappropriate physical contact intended or likely to hurt, distract or annoy others, such as hitting, pushing, shoving, tripping, poking, pinching, grabbing or making physical threats.
§Behavior that may constitute sexual or other harassment.
§Throwing of any object.
§Playing an instrument in the ear of someone else or in such a manner as to annoy others.
§Playing on or hitting percussion equipment before class starts and the director is on the podium.
§Inappropriate conduct likely to disrupt the educational environment, particularly when others are talking.
§Any behaviors that result from the inability to maintain proper and appropriate self-control.
In implementing this policy, students who behave appropriately and responsibly will not be penalized.It stands to reason that any student may receive the occasional check mark, but this policy seeks to correct the behavior of students who frequently and repeatedly inappropriately disrupt the class for various reasons.
This policy does allow students to have second and third "chances" before the Code of Conduct Policy is implemented.
This approach will help to ensure that we can accomplish a lot in full band rehearsals and still maintain a fun learning atmosphere for all involved.
Your help in reviewing this behavior policy and stressing the importance of appropriate behavior to your student is greatly appreciated.Thanks for your help!
Revised 8-31-01, Kathryn Kawleski, Director of Bands, Rosholt Public Schools
1. Absolutely NO gum, candy, food or beverages (except for water) are allowed upstairs (this includes stairwells, hallways and all band areas). This will be VERY STRICTLY ENFORCED. Any of these items that are found will be immediately disposed of.
2. Jackets, hats, etc. are NOT ALLOWED in the upstairs area.
3. Students are not to use the elevator unless they have permission from Miss Kawleski (for moving equipment or personal injury reasons).
4. Students are to use the restrooms in the Commons Area. The upstairs restroom is for emergency use only.
5. Practice rooms are kept locked. You can check one out for use through Miss Kawleski. Rooms are checked for condition after each use.
6. Do not deface, damage or destroy music stands, chairs, equipment, walls, acoustical panels, etc. You will be held responsible.
7. Instruments and music folders are to be kept in assigned areas only.
8. No one is allowed in the band office areas without permission.
9. No one is to play on the piano or operate stereo equipment without permission.
10. Students are not to play on anyone else's instrument. It is not sanitary and you would be responsible if the instrument were damaged.
11. Absolutely NO blasting or playing in someone's ear. You can injure another person's hearing.
12. The room needs to be left in the same neat condition that you find it when you enter (chairs and music stands neat, nothing on the floor, etc.).