I have provided a copy of the band manual sent home the first week of school. Please feel free to print it or refer back to it if you have a question.
HARRISON CO. MIDDLE SCHOOL 6TH GRADE
I wanted to create a guide to help outline what my class policies are and give you heads up on what to look forward to this year. I have included information about grading, rehearsals, concerts, dress, and discipline.
I’m sure there will still be questions so please contact me and I will get back to you ASAP. My contact information is on the next sheet.
PLEASE SIGN THE LAST SHEET AND HAVE YOUR CHILD RETURN IT TO OUR PRACTICE SHEET BOX BY FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL. KEEP THIS MANUAL OF INFORMATION FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
THIS WILL BE YOUR CHILD’S FIRST GRADE. RESPONSIBILITY IS VERY IMPORTANT IN BAND. YOUR CHILD WILL RECEIVE A 100% IF RETURNED AND SIGNED BY FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL. A 0% WILL BE GIVEN IF YOUR CHILD DOES NOT RETURN THE SIGNED PARENT SHEET.
Contact Information for Mrs. Julie Lucky
588-5887 Home phone
234-7123 School Phone
Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org (This is the easiest way to contact me)
The HCMS Blog
The Harrison Co. School District has set up a Blog so that you can be informed of what is going on in my class. I will post once a week. I usually put important information about when we are doing a performance, what to wear and when to be there. I will also include any handout with information about the fundraiser and any other information that I have sent home.
How do I get to your blog?
Go the Harrison County School Website: www.harrison.kyschools.us
Click on Classroom Blogs at the top of the page,
Scroll down and find HCMS (Click), Scroll down and find Lucky (Click)
Find the latest blog for 6th grade band. This will be your information.
Please feel free to contact me at any time through e-mail, or by phone if you have any questions.
Any student who wishes to learn an instrument may be in band. They are responsible for giving good effort, behaving in our school, on the bus and in class, and must attend all concerts during the year.
Any student who has completed at least one year of instrumental music instruction & has passed the given tests & has acted as a responsible band member & given good effort to learn their instrument will be admitted into the Harrison Co. Middle School 7th Grade Band.
Individuals who do not meet the criteria will be admitted at the band directors discretion based on their person situation and possible improvement.
We will be ordering band T-shirts this year. Students do not have to order one but it would be great to wear them on spirit day and the school day before each concert. I will send home information when we get it together.
Band is a CORE ACADEMIC subject. Band grades will be based on the following scale:
Fifty percent of your child’s grade will be based on classroom participation, rehearsals during the school day, playing, following directions, attentiveness, discussion, & outside activities such as a concert, state assessment or rehearsal.
Students must arrive to class on time with instrument and all necessary supplies such as highlighters, pencils, valve oil, reeds and music. The music must be adequately prepared at home.
Occasional written assignments and/or playing tests will be included in this grade.
Students create a consistent practice schedule for themselves at home. This part of their grade will be based on their turning in a practice journal with adequate practice time, completely filled out, with parent signature on time to the appropriate box in the band room.
Students must bring their instrument & music on a daily basis. Students will need to sign the clipboard if they forget their instrument and 20 points will be taken off of their weekly grade. Students must replace their lost books and should let Mrs. Lucky know if they have lost their sheet music. They will be given directions on how to replace that music.
• 6th Graders will be expected to practice 15 minutes or more each time to count their practice time. The more you practice the better you will be.
• Students must fill out the entire journal and turn them in each Friday.
• Students may turn them in Monday or Tuesday without a grading penalty
• Students will be given a 65% is turned in after Tuesday.
• Students must have their parent or guardian’s signature on the sheet.
• Students may fill out their practice sheet information on notebook paper if they have lost their journals. (Please do not use post its or small fragments of paper that could get lost)
• Students who are absent will have two days after their absence to turn in their journal. They must indicate on the journal that they have been absent so points will not be deducted.
• Students who have been ill, have been without an instrument due to repair or have had a serious event in their life that prevents them from practice will need to still turn in a practice journal and indicate what has happened to keep them from practicing. Parents must sign to verify the information.
STUDENTS CAUGHT FORGING THEIR PARENT’S NAME WILL BE WRITTEN UP AND PUNISHED ACCORDING TO SCHOOL RULES. THEY WILL ALSO RECEIVE A ZERO FOR THAT JOURNAL. CONTINUED DISHONESTY MAY CAUSE THE STUDENT TO BE TAKEN OUT OF BAND. IF I CAN’T TRUST YOU IN SCHOOL THEN I CAN’T TRUST YOU TO BE WITH ME ON A TRIP OUT OF SCHOOL.
Appropriate conduct will be expected from all band members at all times. This includes throughout the school, on band trips, at concerts, on the school bus, in restaurants, at concert halls and any performance sight.
Level 1 – Any behavior that causes a minor disruption (talking, distracting others, passing notes, chewing gum, doing homework for another class, playing another student’s instrument, etc.) will be dealt with a warning.
Level 2 – Students who continue to disrupt class will be sent to the office. Parents will be contacted to discuss how to help the student change their behavior. A discipline report will go into the computer and a notice will be sent home.
Level 3 – Students who continue to disrupt the education of others in class or create a dangerous situation for others may be taken out of band. I will follow all school rules and try to help each child be successful in class but parent and students help and cooperation is the deciding factor on whether students can remain in the program.
In School Suspension (ISS)
Students who are placed in ISS by me or other teachers will not be allowed to sit first chair in their section or hold an office for the school year. They must forfeit the position if they are put into ISS at any point during the year.
1. Everyone must set up and take down the classroom as needed. Put your own stand and seat away. Help others if needed.
2. Have all of your supplies (instrument, music with folder or book, pencil & highlighter) & make sure you are seated four minutes after the tardy bell has rung.
3. No unnecessary loud noises or loud talking while setting up or putting things away in the band room.
4. Keep all four legs of the chair on the floor while seated.
5. Turn in band practice journals each Friday in the tray for your class period. (Never put it on my desk) No later than Tuesday filled completely out and signed by parent or guardian.
6. Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak. Listen when someone else is speaking or playing. Be quiet, respectful and learn.
7. Respect others and their property. Keep hands & feet and objects to yourself. Keep rude and unacceptable thoughts to yourself. Encourage others at all times.
8. NO DISRESPECT WILL BE TOLERATED IN THE CLASSROOM!!!!
9. Stay in your seat and raise your hand if you need something. Raise your pencil if you need it sharpened. Speak to your treasurer to get a reed before you are seated.
10. Go back and be seated in your assigned spot until the bell rings after you are dismissed to put things away in the band room. Talk to your neighbor but do not get loud during this time.
11. Do not leave the classroom until I dismiss you. Not when the bell rings.
12. Be quiet when the intercom is on and when Mrs. Lucky is speaking with adults who enter the room.
I NEED YOU TO HELP MAKE THE BAND RUN SMOOTHLY. DO YOUR PART AND BE GREAT AT ALL YOU DO!!!!!!!!
You will be required to perform in the Winter Concert in December, State Band Assessment in March and a Spring Concert in May. All band members must attend these concerts. Dates have been provided for you on the second to last page of this document for all obligations. Please put these on your calendar and be ready for them.
What if I can’t attend the performance?………………..
I realized that occasionally there may be a circumstance that prevents you from attending the concert. The following circumstances will be Excused Absences:
1. Student illness – Students who have been absent from school the day before, of or after the concert will be excused. A makeup assignment will be given. Parent or doctors note is required.
2. Death in the family – Students will be offered a makeup assignment when they come back. A note from the family must be brought to the band director.
3. Students with unavoidable commitments must let the band director know two weeks ahead. Makeup work must be turned in prior to the performance.
What is the Makeup assignment?……..
Students will do a report on a music or band related topic. The report will be in their own words and must use good report form. The report must be two pages typed or three pages hand written. The report is due one week after the concert if they have been ill or had a death in the family. The report must be turned in prior to the concert if they are absent due to #3.
Rewards: Students who participate in all band concerts, and earn a distinguished rating at band assessment will be eligible for an end of the year pizza and pop party. Students who are unexcused from concerts will not be eligible. The band will not get their party if they do not get a distinguished rating at assessment.
Label your instrument case……..
It is important to respect those around you. You may be sharing an instrument cubby hole with another band member. Keep the space clean and make sure you grab your instrument for home before you leave the room. Sign your full name beside the correct number on the storage sheet that is attached to the door.
Put your first and last name using tape on the outside end of your instrument case and place it in the storage closet so that it can be seen.
Never leave your instrument in your classroom, gym, bus, foyer or hallways. We hope they will not be stolen. Most instruments will be returned to the band director and the student can claim it from her.
School Owned Instruments……
Students using school owned instruments need to take care of the instrument. They are responsible for repair and maintenance. This includes paying for repairs while the instrument is in their care.
Percussionist must take care of all percussion instruments. All instruments must be put away at the end of each class period and rehearsal. Each piece of music will have several percussion parts. Students must rotate on instruments to that everyone gets experience on each instrument. You must have your music and a pencil every single day.
Supplies and Repairs……..
It is your responsibility to put your instrument in the corner in front of the room when it needs repair. Let Mrs. Lucky look at your horn and see if she can make the repair herself and she will determine whether it needs to go or not. They pick the instruments up every Tuesday. You must have it in what we call the instrument hospital that morning. You can finger through rehearsals or borrow another instrument if available from Mrs. Lucky until it is repaired.
Beginning band students will need to purchase a book that includes an informational play along DVD. The checks will need to be made out to HCMS or send cash. Percussion/drum books are $10.00. All other books are $8.00. We will begin handing out books August 15, 2013
We do our fundraiser so that you don’t have to pay for supplies such as reeds, cork grease, valve oil, slide grease, sheet music, buses, etc. Make sure you respect the supplies and do your best to conserve them when needed.
Several special activities enrich the middle school band experience. These activities are State Assessment, Honors Band, and the opportunity to participate with the Harrison County High School Marching, Pep and Concert Bands.
Our Winter Concert in December is our first big performance. Students will gain confidence and show how far they have come in a short time. It will be on a Sunday at 2:00PM in December. I will give more details as we get into the year.
State Assessment offers the student the opportunity to explore a variety of music to be played and adjudicated by top clinicians in the area of middle school music. Students will attend during the school day. All students are expected to give great effort at home and in rehearsal time during school to progress and prepare for this event. It will be part of our new Program of Reviews required by the state.
Mrs. Lucky will be staying after school to help any student who wants to excel on their instrument or who needs extra help. I generally stay with beginners on Tuesdays. I will let you know when I will start staying after. Students will need to be picked up in front of the building by 4:30. This is not mandatory but will definitely help your child progress on their instrument.
Our high school band director will speak to us about opportunities for us to participate with his band as it happens. Students will be given information and parents are encouraged to ask questions.
Attention All 6th, 7th & 8th Graders
You will be allowed to put your instrument in the band room (Room 411) upon entering the building. Take your instrument to your closet and leave the room. You will immediately go to the gym or cafeteria to be dismissed to start the school day.
Do not stay in the band room until the bell rings for first hour.
Do not leave your instrument in the hall at any time.
Please let me know a few weeks ahead of the event if you need help getting clothes for a performance.
Please always feel free to contact me. Please put our important dates on your calendar and plan for them. We can’t do it without your full support. I look forward to this year’s band!!!!
Julie E. Lucky
HCMS Band Director
PLEASE PUT THESE DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR
• Our Music Fundraiser will begin Wednesday, August 21, 2013. It will end Tuesday August 28, 2013. Delivery will hopefully be the first week of October. This is the only fundraiser we do. It will run the band program this year and provide opportunities for all students. It is very important!!!!
• Christmas Concert: Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 2:00PM in the High School Auditorium. Warm-up 1:15 PM on stage. What do I wear? Ladies: Dress pants, dress or skirt that goes below the knees, dress shirt that stays tucked in when arms are raised in a playing position. The shirt should cover appropriate areas. Men: dress pants, dress shirt, tie, belt, dress shoes and dark socks. No tennis shoes, t-shirts, sweat shirts, jeans, shorts, sweat pants, white socks. Please plan to have these for the winter concert.
• The Kentucky Music Educators Band Assessment: March 17 or 18, 2014. Dress will be white short sleeved polo shirt, Khaki pants, dark belt, dark shoes. No tennis shoes.
• Spring Concert: Sunday, May 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the High School Auditorium. Warm-Up is at 1:15PM on stage. Wear band assessment clothes
PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN TO YOUR BAND DIRECTOR FOR
YOUR FIRST GRADE!!!!!!
I, ___________________________ &____________________________
(Parent Name) (Student Name)
have read the Harrison Co. Middle School Band Manual.
Date Signed _____________________________________________
PLEASE SIGN AND PLACE IN THE BAND TRAY FOR YOUR CLASS PERIOD BY FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL.