DAVIDSON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Chorus Handbook

 

Davidson Chorus Department Policies

  1. CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

Because of the performance nature of the Davidson Middle School Choral Department, certain behavior standards are required. Davidson choral students are expected to show maturity of judgement and self-control in rehearsals, and on trips. Students are expected to treat others with respect, to include fellow students, instructors, and parent chaperones. Those who choose to disregard the rules and policies of the Davidson Choral Department may require disciplinary action. Minor discipline problems will be handled on site as they occur. Major discipline problems will be handled according to the Davidson Middle School school-wide discipline policy. Please be advised that because of the nature of the chorus classroom (performance based), students who are “off task” will lose grade points.

CHORUS CLASS RULES:

  • BE IN YOUR SEAT WHEN THE BELL RINGS (WITH CLASS MATERIALS READY).
  • LISTEN CAREFULLY.
  • FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS.
  • RESPECT OTHERS. BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER IN YOUR ACTIONS AND WORDS.
  • RESPECT YOUR SCHOOL, AND THE PERSONAL PROPERTY OF OTHERS.
  • GIVE YOUR BEST EFFORT DAILY.
  • NO GUM, FOOD OR DRINKS (EXCEPT WATER) WITHOUT PERMISSION.

        CONSEQUENCE OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

  1. WARNING
  2. TEACHER/STUDENT CONFERENCE
  3. PHONE CALL TO PARENTS*
  4. OFFICE REFERRAL

*A behavior infraction that comes under the Severe Clause of the DMS Discipline Plan will result in an immediate office referral.

  1. GRADING

Student’s grades in chorus are based on the following criteria:

  • Daily class performance- These grades will be entered as an overall weekly grade. Students will start each class period with a total of 20 points for participation, for a total of 100 points for a 5-day week.
  • Worksheets, Quizzes, and Tests-  Assignments and Assessments relating to sight reading, music theory, analysis of performance, and demonstration of performance skills.
  • Concert Performance and rehearsal attendance/participation- All after school rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances are mandatory. Each rehearsal or performance will receive a grade of 100 points If a student is absent from a performance, he/she will be given the opportunity to make up 85% of the grade by completing an alternative assignment. Possible alternative assignments include singing the performance music individually at a time scheduled outside of class, a written report on choral music, etc. Students with a doctor’s note will still be required to make up the performance grade, but will be able to receive 100% of the possible grade points.
  1. EXTRA REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES

Because this is a performance based course, there will occasionally be additional rehearsals and performances outside of the school day. The Teacher will try to give a minimum of 2 weeks advance notice of all performances and rehearsals. EVERY VOICE is important, and a performance can be hindered if even one person is missing. The following will serve as guidelines for those rehearsals and performances:

  • Students are expected to attend all extra rehearsals and performances.
  • Students will receive a zero in the grade book if they have an unexcused absence from a concert performance. Concert performances carry a higher grade weight percentage than rehearsals. (100 points weighted X5)
  • Students will receive a zero in the grade book if they have an unexcused absence from an after school rehearsal. After school rehearsals carry a higher grade weight percentage than daily class participation. (100 points weighted X2)
  • Excused absences are: Personal illness with a doctor’s note OR parent contact, death of an immediate family member, unexpected family emergency, or authorized religious holidays. PLEASE NOTE: any other situation that may occur would require PRIOR notice to the director as soon as the conflict becomes obvious, and will be handled on an individual basis.
  • Unexcused absences are any absence not included in the above definition. Please Note: Absences must be explained in order to be excused. The students should present the director with a note of explanation upon return to school. Parents are also welcomed to email or call and leave a message of explanation. If a note, email, or phone call is not received within 3 school days of the missed rehearsal or performance, or the student’s return to school, it is registered in the gradebook as an unexcused absence.
  • Every effort should be made to schedule family events, medical appointments and other non-school functions around the chorus calendar. Conflicts with Davidson activities should be brought to the choral director’s attention as soon as they become obvious and will be handled between the adult supervisors of the events (parents, directors, coaches, teachers). Even though conflicts are to arise from time to time, we will all work together to try and make sure the student is able to participate in all DMS activities.

 

  1. Conflicts

Students should be able to participate in a variety of school sponsored activities. Even with advanced cooperative planning, conflicts in scheduling school related activities are sometimes inevitable. All Chorus rehearsals and concerts are required. In the event of conflicts, the following guidelines will be used to resolve these conflicts:

  • A Concert performance or game should take precedence over a practice or rehearsal.
  • A student should notify the director and other teachers/coaches involved about a conflict as soon as possible.
  • Davidson Middle School activities will take precedence over non-school related activities. Conflicts with non-school activities will be handled on an individual basisADVANCED NOTICE IS REQUIRED.

*Important Note: Please keep in mind that the Winter Concert, Spring Concert and Choral Festival Performance (Concert MPA) are the Chorus Department’s 3 biggest events. We work all semester to present those performances and they are the most heavily weighted grades. Every effort should be made for your child to attend these performances.*

 

  1. UNIFORMS

A uniform is required for all chorus members, and will be worn at each performance. Having the correct uniform will be considered part of the grade for the performance. Uniforms are the financial responsibility of each individual choral student and are not paid for by the school. However, every effort has been made to keep uniform costs to a minimum. If you have concerns regarding the uniform cost, please contact the director.

Uniforms: Items in italics and bold will be ordered through the Chorus Department. All other items are purchased by the individual at their convenience. Some events will call for formal uniform- others will call for the Chorus t-shirts

6th Grade Treble Choir- Chorus T-Shirt ($15.00), Black Pants, Black Socks/Stocks, Black Flats (Hair must be in a ballerina bun- neat and tight at middle of head. Should not be super high or low)

Men’s Choir- Black Dress Shirt ($20.00), Teal Silk Tie ($10.00), Black Pants, Black Socks & Black Dress Shoes (Please prepare for good hygiene and hair out of the face) & Chorus T-Shirt ($15.00)

Treble/Select- Black Satin Washable Chorus Dress ($65.00)Black Stockings, Black FlatsPearl Necklace ($5.00) * & Chorus T-Shirt ($15.00) (Hair must be in a ballerina bun- neat and tight at middle of head. Should not be super high or low)

  1. FESTIVALS

The choruses will enter the Florida Vocal Association District Festivals. Members of designated choruses are required to attend the District Choral Festival in February/March. Participation in the District Solo/Ensemble Festival in February will be on a voluntary basiswith the understanding that once a student has committed to participation, the student will accept the music responsibility to fulfill his/her obligation to rehearsals and the performance. Fees for Solo participation will be the responsibility of the individual students involved, and are non-refundable. However, no accompanist fees will be assessed. The fee for vocal soloist is $25 and is due when the registration is processed with the Florida Vocal Association. Ensemble costs will divided between the students entered in the ensemble (minimum of $10 per student) Transportation to this event is not provided and will take place at the University of West Florida.

  1. TRIPS

All students will be well supervised on trips. Student conduct while riding the school buses is covered in the County Code of Student Conduct. Students who choose to behave in a manner contrary to the rules of the Davidson Choral Department can expect a parent/teacher conference upon return from the transported activity, with appropriate disciplinary action to follow. ALL STUDENTS WILL RIDE THE BUS TO TRANSPORTED EVENTS! The only exceptions will be due to medical necessity. If you wish your child to return from the activity with you, it will be necessary to have a signed release form or note from the parent/guardian stating intent prior to departure.

IT IS THE POLICY OF THE OKALOOSA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT STUDENTS ON A FIELD TRIP BE RELEASED TO THEIR OWN PARENT/GUARDIANS ONLY!! Permission to be picked up at an out of town event by someone other than the parent/guardian must be granted by an administrator of Davidson Middle School (in advance).

  1. PARENT VOLUNTEERS

The Davidson Choral Department needs assistance from parents with a variety of chorus activities. We hope that each choral parent will be willing to volunteer some of their time and energy to assist with the many activities and facets of the department. We need chaperones, fund-raiser volunteers, classroom assistance, and many other types of volunteer help. The Okaloosa County School System has added a special volunteer affidavit that must be completed before anyone can volunteer in the school system, and must be renewed each school year. This application is now found online.

Volunteer Application- parent volunteers only (required for parent to volunteer in any capacity) is available at https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/OTYyOmVuLVVT or go to www.okaloosaschools.com and click on “volunteers”.

  1. CHORAL LITERATURE

Choral Literature is selected on the basis of musical and historical value, rather than the nature of the text. Specific musical concepts are taught using music from different style periods and cultures. Some patriotic and seasonal music is used to increase musical and aesthetic awareness. A large majority of the world’s great art music is of a religious nature. However, it should be noted that all music in the program is taught from the standpoint of musical worth and not ethical, moral or religious significance. No student shall be forced to participate in rehearsal or performance of music that conflicts with their personal beliefs. Every attempt will be made to provide alternative musical experiences for those students. A written request from the parent or legal guardian is required for exemption.

Please send a written statement with parent/guardian signature if your choral student has any limitations regarding choral literature.

  1. END OF THE YEAR REWARD CELEBRATION

Students in the Davidson Choral Department will have an opportunity to participate in a special end-of-the-year celebration at a place and time to be announced. Requirements for this activity are”

  1. Student must participate in ALL at-home concerts from the time they are enrolled in the course. Exception: excused absence due to illness or family emergency.
  2. Students must participate in District Choral Festival in the spring if the chorus they are enrolled in is participating.
  3. Student must be in good standing with the discipline office, have no STP for second semester, and no out of school suspensions for the entire year. Eligibility due to In school suspensions will be determined on an individual basis by the Discipline administrator. This applies to any student transferring in from another school.
  4. Student must be in good standing with the choral department. No class room discipline issues in chorus, no outstanding financial balances, no excessive absences, a passing grade in chorus.
  1. Contact

 

 

       HINTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL CHORAL PROGRAM

  • Try to get along with everyone. You are a team!
  • No gossiping, or unkind words/language about students or teachers
  • Always make sure you are striving to be the best chorus member possible
  • If you have a question, concern or problem, see the director in private rather than classroom confrontation

LINKS

Jay Sanders, Principal
Greg Brock, Asst. Principal
Laurren Seegars, Asst. Principal


Davidson Middle School
6261 Old Bethel Rd.
Crestview, FL 32536


Phone:
683-7500
Fax:      
683-7523


School Hours:
7:00-1:40
Staff Hours:
6:45-2:15

 


Students arriving at school before 
6:45 should report to the cafeteria.


 

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Students arriving at school before 
6:40 should report to the cafeteria.