Hale Ensemble Handbook
All band and choir members are expected to attend ALL school performances. If a student must miss a performance due to an emergency or major life event, a signed letter from parent/guardian must be turned in BEFORE the event.
If a performance is missed for a valid reason, the student MUST complete a make-up paper before the end of the marking period or semester. The paper topic and guidelines will be explained after receiving a valid parent excused absence letter.
Students MUST perform in uniform. See the uniform code for additional information about proper attire. Students will be unable to perform if they are wearing inappropriate performance attire.
Students Will be Expected to:
Electronic devices: Cell phones, MP3 players, etc. are not allowed during the class unless special permission is given. This policy is also in effect for any school performance! Students are expected to have their ChromeBooks every day in class and only use them as instructed. This is a school-wide policy.
Formal Event/Concert Attire:
Students will receive concert uniforms but must provide their own of the following:
If a student is unable to supply the following clothing items please contact Mr. Billingsley ASAP so we can help supply your student with needed clothing items.
STUDENTS WITH INAPPROPRIATE CLOTHING MAY BE ASKED TO NOT PERFORM DURING THE EVENT AND WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT!
Music Ensemble Grading System
Daily Participation 20% of MP Grade
Public Performances 40% of MP Grade
Playing Quizzes 40% of MP Grade
End of Semester Performance/Reflection 20% of Final Grade
In Skyward this will appear as the “Participation” Category.
This makes up 20% of the Marking Period (MP) Grade
Every week students will be graded based off their participation for the ENTIRE week. If a student refuses to participate for a single day, they will not receive participation points for that week.
Good Participation Includes:
The first time a student forgets to bring their instrument to school, they will not lose their participation points for the week.
In Skyward this will appear as the “Quizzes” Category.
This makes up 40% of the Marking Period (MP) Grade
Playing quizzes will happen periodically throughout each Marking Period. Each playing quiz will be informal during class. Students can choose to do their playing quiz as a group or individually. If a student gets a low grade from a group playing quiz, they can choose to do an individual playing quiz for a chance to get a better grade.
In Skyard this will appear as the “Test” Category
This makes up 40% of the Marking Period (MP) Grade
Public performances make up the bulk of our performance throughout the year and can include things like football games, pep band games, festivals, and graduation. These are required for all students. Like a sports team, every single player in the group is ESSENTIAL. Missing a single person can detract from the performance and make the group sound worse. In the event of a serious illness, emergency, or serious life event students will be able to make up 1 missed performance per semester excluding band festivals. If a student begins to miss multiple performances they will either receive no credit or partial credit at the discretion of the teacher. Please contact Mr. Billingsley ASAP if you know there is an event you know you/your child is going to be unable to attend.
PERFORMANCES SERVE AS ASSESSMENTS AND ARE MANDATORY. STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE A ZERO IF THEY MISSED A PERFORMANCE
End of Semester Performance/Reflection
In Skyward this will appear as the “Final Exam” Category.
This grade is worth 20% of the final SEMESTER grade. The semester is 40% MP1 grade, 40% MP2 grade, and 20% for the “Final Exam” grade.
At the end of every semester there will be a concert that all students MUST perform in. Students must wear the proper performance attire as stated in the uniform attire. The day after the performances the students will have the class period to write a one-page reflection on their performance.
Before any school instrument can be used or taken home, an instrument check-out form must be filled out by the teacher and signed by both the student and their parent/guardian. This form acknowledges that you are responsible for anything that happens to the instrument while in your care.
Regular Maintenance or Repair for school instruments will be paid for by the school. However, Parents/Guardians may be held responsible for neglect of an item or if the instrument is lost/stolen.
Instrument Neglect or Abuse:
This is any action that could cause harm to instrument such as: improperly storing the instrument, putting foreign items into their instrument (pencils, etc), or dropping the instrument. First time offenders will be given a verbal warning. If the student continues to neglect the instrument they may lose their instrument privilege.
This is any action that is purposely trying to harm an instrument such as: throwing instruments, stepping on instruments, etc. Students who purposely abuse any instrument will be sent to Mr. Bowman and may be dropped from class.
Students are allowed to come in anytime during lunch to practice their music. Students are required to be in a practice room. Several students are allowed to practice at once. Food and drink is still prohibited in the room during this time.
I will be available after school on Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays for one on one practice if students are struggling from 3:05-4:00. If you need extra help with music please let me know ASAP.
List of Required Performances
Marching Band Home Games:
Aug. 27th vs Whittemore (6pm)
Sept. 10th vs Peck (6pm)
Oct. 1st vs Au Gres (6pm) *Homecoming*
Oct. 15th vs Posen (6pm)
Oct. 22nd vs CHA (6pm)
Pep Band Basketball Games:
Jan. 14th vs Hillman 7pm
Jan 15th vs Au Gres 7pm
Feb 11th vs Fairview 7pm
Feb 18th vs Au Gres 7pm
Homecoming Parade - Oct. 1st 3:05pm
Memorial Day Parade - May 30th 9am
Christmas Concert - December 15th at 6pm
Spring Concert - May 18th at 6pm
District Festival Mar. 9-11th
(exact day and time TBD @Standish Sterling HS)
All performances available to view on calendar at www.haleschools.net/muic
To save paper, please visit www.haleschools.net/music and click Band & Choir Handbook on the right side of the page to access our class syllabus
If you would like a paper copy, please let me know by calling (989) 728-3551 ext 186 or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
By signing below, I verify that I understand the rules and expectations place on my student while they are enrolled in a Hale Ensemble. I have also reviewed these with my student and agree to help my student adhere to all expectations. I, myself, will assist my student with ensuring their attendance at performances and provide a safe environment for any school-issued equipment or clothing.
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