Show respect for classroom, school property, and property belonging to others by not touching anything that does not belong to you.
Speak to the teacher and your classmates in a respectful manner. When responding to the teacher always use good manners by saying “Yes, ma’m” or “No, ma’m”.
Rule #2 Bring all required materials to class every day.
Each student is responsible and will be graded for having the required materials everyday.
All students are required to bring their OWN music and pencil everyday, not just rely on their stand partner to bring it!!
Violin and viola students are also responsible for having their personal instrument in class every day. If a student is unable to bring his/her instrument because it is out for repairs, a parent note is required. In this case, a school instrument will be provided for use in class without a deduction of participation points. Without a parental note, you will lose participation points for that day.
Bring your agenda to class EVERY DAY.
Rule #3 Handle music and instruments with care…they are expensive. If you are using a school instrument, you are responsible for any damage to the instrument or case and will be required to pay for repair or replacement costs.
Rule #4 Remain on task and behave appropriately.
There will be no unnecessary talking or playing during rehearsals/class instruction. When the conductor dictates a cut-off, stop playing immediately and listen for comments or instructions.
Orchestra Concert Requirements
Fall, CODA, Jamboree and Spring concerts are required performances.
Please put these dates on your calendar and do everything possible to keep them reserved for our concerts. These are our primary evaluation tool and are invaluable to team building.
If the student cannot participate in a concert, you must notify the teacher at least one week in advance and you must submit a taped recording of the entire concert program prior to the concert date or make arrangements with Mrs. Secrist to perform the entire concert program for the class.
Failure to follow this procedure will result in a zero for the performance grade given for that concert.
Procedure #1 Entering the Classroom
Enter Quietly And Get Required Materials .
Upon entering the classroom, students are to immediately get their instrument and/or other required materials and proceed to their assigned seat without excessive noise.
If you need to borrow classroom equipment you must request permission from Mrs. Secrist to borrow school equipment and leave “collateral” at the front of the classroom.
Procedure #2 Tuning
7th And 8th Grade Students Tune Your Instrument . Students should then proceed to tune their instrument using the tuners provided by the teacher or their own tuner. Teacher and section leaders will be provide assistance as needed.
6th Grade Students Place Instrument Beside Seat . Until given different instructions, 6 th grade students should place the instrument beside their seat and wait for the teacher to help with tuning.
Procedure #3 Beginning of Class
READ THE AGENDA AS SOON AS
YOU ENTER THE ROOM.
Please do not ask Mrs. Secrist any unnecessary questions
at the beginning of class.
Once we have settled into class for the day, I will let you know that I am ready to help with tuning as needed.
Some days there will be written work relating to our orchestra class work. The assignment will be posted and self-explanatory. While the written work is being done I will assist students as needed.
If no bell work has been assigned for the day, you should immediately proceed to get your instrument and music out, tune and warm-up.
There should be no talking that is not related to our class. All talking should be done with your “quiet” voice.
There should be no yelling, running, or inappropriate language at any time!
Procedure #4 Bathroom Breaks
We will follow the school procedures for bathroom breaks which include:
Only one person at a time
Breaks are not allowed during the first or last five minutes of class; waiting until all announcements are completed
You MUST have your instrument tuned and music ready before asking for a bathroom pass
Sign the Bathroom Log at the beginning of class: maximum 8 allowed per class; go in the order that you sign up; take the BR pass with you and return it to the Log location when you return
Procedure #5 Behavior Chart
Orchestra class will use the Behavior Management Plan (BMP) to monitor classroom behavior and participation.
Failure to follow the classroom rules or procedures will result in the appropriate number of deductions from the students Conduct Grade or Class Participation Grade.
Procedure #6 Tardy Procedure
Once the tardy bell has run, any student entering the classroom will be considered tardy unless you have a pass from another teacher or staff.
If you have a pass from another teacher, give it to Mrs. Secrist. Without a written note your tardiness is considered unexcused and points will be deducted from your behavior chart.
Quietly and without ANY unnecessary noise, proceed to get your required materials, go to your assigned seat and join in the class activities.
Procedure #7 Quiet, Please!
Remain quiet when the teacher is talking or working with other students.
Stop playing as soon as the teacher stops conducting.
Procedure #8 Dismissal
Pack up in quiet and orderly manner . Students are to pack up their instrument and put away all personal items as well as any classroom equipment used during class.
Students must remove trash on the classroom floor.
On Fridays, the last class of the day will be responsible for putting away all chairs and stands.
Everyone will be quiet during afternoon announcements.
Final dismissal is given by the teacher when ALL these have been completed by EVERYONE.
Enter Quietly And Get Required Materials
Tune Your Instrument (7 th and 8 th ) OR Wait for teacher assistance with tuning (6 th ).
Begin Written Work On Your Own if indicated on agenda.