Welcome to the Cane Creek Middle School Choral Music Program! We will be constantly striving for excellence in this program, and I am glad to have you join me in the pursuit of that goal. Your participation in this organization will not only enable you to become a knowledgeable singer and musician for a lifetime, but will also help you become a more responsible, disciplined, focused, and well-rounded individual. The chorus at CCMS will provide you with wonderful, memorable experiences. In addition, your involvement in this program will develop skills that will help you progress in all aspects of your life.
Membership in this program requires much responsibility. Thank you for taking the time to read carefully through the following handbook outlining the rules, policies, expectations and opportunities for chorus students. If you have any questions, PLEASE contact me at the number below. If you have access to email, you may utilize it to get in touch with me in the timeliest manner.
Mrs. Kathryn Strickler Director of Choral ActivitiesCane Creek Middle Schoolkathryn.email@example.com
GENERAL CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS
1. Be on time to class – that means in your place before the tardy bell rings. My tardy policy is as follows:
1st Tardy - warning 2nd - lunch detention/email or phone call home 3rd - minor referral
Repeat offenders... Per CCMS Policy, 3 minor referrals equal a major referral.
2. Always be prepared with your folder, pencil and paper.
3. Be respectful – of yourself, your peers, and the teacher
4. No food or sodas are allowed in the chorus room (water is encouraged, however) – THIS INCLUDES GUM AND CANDY.
5. NO CELL PHONES or other electronic devices are allowed in the chorus room unless a specific activity has been planned by Mrs. Strickler.
6. Materials from other classes are to be kept outside the rehearsal area – only CHORUS materials will be allowed at your seat.
OTHER CLASSROOM PROCEDURES- Entering Class: Students should get their folder and items from the cabinet, if applicable. Students should read the board for further direction. Those in the last class of the day should put their backpack and other items against the wall away from their place in the group.
- Punctuality: Class begins promptly after the bell. Students should be in place by this time. Late students will fill out a tardy form before finding their place in the group. If you have a note from the office or a teacher, fill out a form and attach the note so that you will be excused. Students will lost 10 points from their weekly Artistic Work Habits test grade for each tardy.
- Restroom: Singers must use the restroom between classes and/or during lunch. 5 restroom passes will be provided for the semester.
- Fundraisers: Various fundraisers and fees will be collected throughout the semester. Singers must place $ in an envelope with the correct information written on the outside and place in the lockbox in Mrs. Strickler's room. Money MUST be placed in a labeled ziplock bag or envelope before being turned in.
- Leaving class: The director will dismiss singers, not the bell. The area should be clear of trash with all personal items taken out of the room.
REHEARSAL EXPECTATIONS AND PROCEDURES- Silence is an absolute necessity during rehearsals. The better we hear, and the more we hear, the better we sing. The director will dismiss students from rehearsal if they are disrupting the rehearsal environment.- Mark all musical directives in your score with a PENCIL. Professionals mark their scores. Amateurs say they will remember and later forget.- Speak well of the group and the group will speak well of you. This includes comments both verbalized and written. Failure to remain positive may result in removal from the program. - Keep an open mind about all musical selections. Each piece was selected for a reason and it part of a larger plan to help you grow as a singer and as a musician. Commit to fully learning a piece of music before passing judgement. Remember ENTERTAINMENT is meant to by easily accessible and instantly gratifying. ART is designed to have greater substance and to become more meaningful through study and exposure.- Singers are expected to treat the conductor/teacher and each other with the utmost respect. Singing is a very personal and often vulnerable activity. Be supportive of your fellow singers. You are working with them, not against them. - Singers are expected to remain actively engaged in rehearsal at all times. There is always room for improvement in individual performance. Hard work is expected; it is not optional. If the teacher is not working with your part, it is still your responsibility to be following along in your score and marking their directives as well.
FACILITY- Property left in the chorus room will be turned in to Lost and Found.- Students must ask permission to play pianos or use other equipment in the room.- Absolutely no food, gum or sodas in the chorus room. A bottle of water is encouraged.
CONSEQUENCES: REWARDS: 1. Verbal warning 1. Praise, Praise, Praise!2. In Class Isolation/ 2. Stretch break during class Lunch Detention 3. Tickets for prizes3. Parent Contact 4. PBIS bracelets4. Referral 5. SUCCESS!!!
*Per CCMS policy, 3 minor referrals equal a major referral
MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR CHORUS
These items may be kept in the chorus room in a cubby if desired.
Folder with brads and pockets or ½ inch three ring binder with pockets Notebook paper Pencil – PLEASE DO NOT USE A PEN IN CHORUS Concert Attire – see information on the following page
DRY ERASE MARKERS, TISSUES, HAND SANITIZER, BAND-AIDS, SCARVES (think light and thin... not winter scarves), SOCKS (washed if worn!), PANTYHOSE and TIES are all supplies for the chorus room that are not required, but very much needed. We will use the last four items for activities to build musicianship! Students will be given 50 points extra credit for donating any of these.
Music will be kept in the chorus room at all times unless a student has asked for special permission to check out a piece to take home to study. Students will be financially responsible for replacing music that they lose or mistreat.
In addition to learning the music in class, rehearsals, and individual practice, each chorus student must prepare his/her appropriate and special clothing for being a member of the choir. Uniformity of dress creates a professional look for concerts. Please see the information below. Examples of appropriate items are also available on Mrs. Strickler's website.
ALL GENTLEMAN: White, long sleeve, button-up shirt. Honors and Advanced Chorus members should wear a black tie (provided by CCMS) and Semester chorus members should wear a dark tie. Black dress pants, black socks and black DRESS shoes. NO TENNIS SHOES. Shirts must be tucked in; please wear a belt!
6th and 7th Grade LADIES, ALL SEMESTER LADIES: Black blouse with sleeves – no sleeveless shirts or tank tops; black dress pants/slacks - not yoga pants or leggings. Black, closed-toe dress shoes with black hose or tights. Target, Walmart and Payless are all examples of stores where you can find this attire for reasonable prices; even Goodwill! No boots, Toms, sandals or flip-flops. Ladies, please make sure your shirt is appropriate for the stage. No low-cut, revealing neckline!
8th Grade Honors LADIES: Formal gown rented from the CCMS Choral Program. The $10 rental fee will pay for dry cleaning the dress which should be turned in, along with the rental fee, no later than Friday, May 31, 2019. Plain black stockings/hose/tights are required, along with flat, black DRESS SHOES. Target, Walmart and Payless are all examples of stores where you can find such shoes at a reasonable price. No boots, no Toms, no tennis shoes, no sandals or flip-flops. Please do not wear jewelry for concerts. *** Help may be needed with small sewing repairs on a few of these dresses. Please indicate on the following form if you would be willing to help.
PLEASE purchase necessary items in advance. BEGIN LOOKING NOW so you’ll be ULTRA prepared come concert time. If I am informed the day of the concert that a student does not have appropriate concert attire, I cannot help them. Students will not be allowed to participate in a concert without their appropriate uniform; therefore, the student suffers a grade deduction. PLEASE contact me if you have questions or concerns about these items.
GENERAL CONCERT APPEARANCE- Hair must be pulled back away from the face. Hair color and style must be natural looking and not a distraction to the audience (as determined by the director).- Jewelry must not be worn during performances. The only exception is a single stud in the earlobe and/or nose. Wrists should be bare. - Students are expected to wear concert attire in the appropriate manner as directed by the teacher. - All choir members are expected to remain dressed in full concert attire until you, the performer, no longer represent the CCMS Choral Department.
ASSESSMENT AND GRADING
Grades may be checked on PowerSchool at any time. - Parents have access to the online PowerSchool program to view student grades and progress. PowerSchool is updated periodically through the reporting term but may not always reflect the most updated information. Students and parents may request an updated current grade at any time during the reporting period.
Per Buncombe County Schools policy, grades are calculated on a 10 point weighted scale: 60% Tests, Projects and Artistic Work Habits; 20% Quizzes; 20% Assignments/Homework
Tests, Quizzes and Artistic Work Habits:- Students will be given one Artistic Work Habits grade each week. The rubric for this grade should be accessed by the Assessment and Grading section of Mrs. Strickler's webpage on the CCMS site. - All performances will be counted as test grades, as will periodic class tests.- Quizzes may be given announced or unannounced throughout the term.- Quizzes will be based on information previously taught in the classroom or outlined in previous assignments. Students will not be given quizzes on material not covered in class or in a previous assignment.- All missing quizzes and tests must be made up by the last day of the reporting term. Quizzes and tests not submitted by this day will be entered as an F.- It is the student's responsibility to schedule to stay after school for quizzes or tests. Students will not be reminded.
Assignments/Homework- Occasionally students will be assigned homework that must be submitted by the date indicated for full credit.- Late homework assignments will result in a lowered grade.- Some assignments will be posted on the Chorus webpage. They will not be passed out in class. Students without internet access at home will need to plan to utilize resources here at CCMS either before or after school to access the posted assignment. IMPORTANT: Students not maintaining an adequate score in any of the categories above or in the Artistic Work Habits rubric will be removed from the choral program. In addition to public performance, in-class studies revolve heavily around music literacy skills and making connections to other subjects such as math, language arts, foreign language, history, social studies, and more. National Standards regarding music education content outline the following concepts:
- Singing, alone and with others a varied repertoire of music. - Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments. - Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines. - Reading and notating music. - Listening to, analyzing, and describing music. - Evaluating music and music performances. - Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts. - Understanding music in relation to history and culture.- The North Carolina Standard Course of Study requires the performance of literature that is both sacred and secular. Balance of music selected and performed from among historical and contemporary composers, genres, and periods is achieved through the course of a year’s instruction – not necessarily within any individual concert.
PARTICIPATION IN PERFORMANCES IS MANDATORY. If any student is unable to perform with the group, the teacher must be notified prior to the concert, by phone and in writing. Exceptions include extreme illness (doctor’s note required) or family emergency. Excused performances are at the director’s discretion. Missed concerts will result in a two letter reduction of the student’s grade. Extra rehearsals will count as a test grade; you will be notified AT LEAST two weeks in advance for such rehearsals. A calendar has been provided with this handbook. MANDATORY EVENTS ARE LISTED WITH AN ASTERISK ON THE CHORUS CALENDAR. Tardiness to an extra rehearsal or concert outside of school hours will result in a grade deduction.
*Athletes should let Mrs. Strickler know their practice and game schedule at the beginning of their season. Mrs. Strickler will work with the players and coaches for a solution if there is a conflict.
For all scheduled activities outside the school day..."To be 5 minutes early is to be on time. To be on time is to be late. To be late is unacceptable."
The main source of general information for students and parents is the chorus website. This handbook provides a comprehensive resource for all students and parents. It is posted on our website. Parent letters and emails will be sent home periodically as a written notice of choral news and events.
I encourage you to enroll in our Remind group to receive additional chorus reminders via text.Please visit https://www.remind.com/join/3f4g8d and follow the instructions givenORtext the message @3f4g8d to the number 81010
FIELD TRIPS & TRAVEL
- All CCMS rules apply to every chorus member at all chorus functions.- Follow all instructions of the director, chaperones or other adults who are part of the trip.- Performance is an outgrowth of the program. Some performances may be scheduled at other locations during the school day. The choir's work ethic, sense of responsibility and maturity will impact trip opportunities.- Field trips will not count as a school absence. - Students receiving inadequate grades in chorus or on a report card in another subject area will not be eligible to travel with the choir. If the director or another teacher feels it is in the best interest of a student to remain in the classroom on a field trip day, it will be so.- Chaperones accompanying the choir on field trips should be treated with respect as authority figures.- Be where you are supposed to be BEFORE you are supposed to be there.- Keep up with your personal belongings- All students will be responsible for keeping the bus clean and orderly.- Use of inappropriate language is unacceptable.- Complaining will not be tolerated- When a students misses another CCMS class for a chorus activity, they are expected to ask their teachers WHAT THEY WILL MISS BEFORE the chorus activity. They are expected to then turn in their work before it is due.
For overnight trips involving hotel stays, the CCMS chorus has an additional set of policies to ensure student safety. These will be sent home prior to each overnight trip along with a travel contract.
Choral Department Cane Creek Middle School 2018-19 Calendar of Events
August 2018Mon. August 27 First day of school
September 2018Sat. September 22 Chorus Car Wash-a-thon: Ace Hardware - 1888 Hendersonville Rd. (9am-3pm)Fri. September 28 NC Middle School Honors Chorus Auditions – Corinth Reformed Church ** this will occur during the school day** Hickory, NC October 2018Mon. October 22 Roberson District Choral Concert (8th Grade Honors Chorus) TC Roberson HS TheaterTues. October 23 Fall Concert and Spaghetti Dinner 6:00 pm - CCMS Cafetorium* November 2018 Fri.- Sun. November 9-11 North Carolina Middle School Honors Chorus - selected students Winston-Salem, NCSun. November 11 North Carolina Middle School Honors Chorus Concert Stevens Center; Winston-Salem, NC - selected studentsMon. November 12 8th Grade Honors Chorus Performance NC Music Educators Association In-Service Conference Stevens Center; Winston-Salem, NC 3:30pm
December 2018 Tues. December 11 Winter Concert - Skyland United Methodist Church 7:00pmThurs. December 13 Reynolds HS Holiday Concert (8th Grade Honors Chorus) First Baptist Church of Asheville 7:00pm* January 2019TBA CCMS Fine Arts Night Performance/Fundraiser*
February 2019Fri. & Sat. TBA Wingate University Choral Celebration - by audition onlyMon. & Tues. February 25-26 All County Chorus – by audition only TBA Tupelo Honey Fundraiser March 2019
April 2019TBA 8th Grade Honors & 7th Grade Advanced Spring Competition/TripWed. April 3 Music Performance Assessment - Swain High School* **This will take place during the school day. It is the choral equivalent of an EOG test** Fri. & Sat. April 25-26 NC Middle School All State Chorus – by audition only
May 2019TBA Spring Musical - Peter PanTBA - based on EOG testing Spring Concert 7:00pm - Skyland United Methodist Church
* indicates a required event
In the case that an event must be added or moved, notification will be sent home NO FEWER THAN two weeks in advance.
Opportunities will be available as part of involvement in the Cane Creek Middle School Choral Program. Fundraising maintains and builds the program by allowing our students chorus related trips as well as: honor chorus registrations, all state registrations, concert music, rewards and prizes, bus expenses, fuel and drivers for trips, classroom needs, new equipment and teaching materials, and guest clinicians. Music alone can cost THOUSANDS of dollars a year.
SUPPORT AND VOLUNTEERING
Parents, please consider donating your time and/or talents. The chorus calendar includes events, concerts, field trips and more that need parent volunteers. Volunteer information is included in the Student/Parent Information section of this form, and additional materials will be sent out as needed.
A Final Word…
I am glad you have chosen to become a part of the Cane Creek Middle School Choral Program and look forward to a great year. Music is for many an outlet of expression, but music education serves much more than that. Creating music requires the use of both brain hemispheres simultaneously, therefore helping build new neuronetworks in the brain. The process of learning to read and perform music is like learning a new language. It takes dedication and perseverance to succeed in mastering the smaller parts that make up the sum. Expect to work hard, love music and be proud of your accomplishments!