Music Classroom Expectations


1. Treat Others with Respect
2. Respect Instruments and Supplies
3. Come prepared for Class
4. Listen and Follow Instructions
5. Participate fully in Class Activities

A child’s cooperation, participation, and preparedness are essential to a thriving classroom community. As a Catholic school community, we need to be the salt and light of the world as Christ has called us to be. We must show others the love of Christ by our example. Therefore, citizenship is vital to our school and community at large. It is also very important for a child to come prepared to class in order to make our learning community productive. Due to the cooperative learning atmosphere in St. Clement’s music classroom, high emphasis is placed on both the citizenship grade and the participation grade.

Citizenship Grade


The Citizenship grade is based on the student's ability to use respect towards others and to the classroom. Students who are following the rules will receive an excellent Citizenship grade. If a student fails to comply with the school rules, he/she will receive a less than excellent Citizenship grade. At the beginning of the year, a student will be warned if there is a failure to comply with the classroom expectations. Once the student is fully aware of the classroom and school expectations, but still chooses to act in discordance with those rules, a card will be issued. Respect Cards are issued if the student is intentionally disrespectful toward others, class time, or property. The purpose of the cards is to allow the student to reflect on his/her own choices, and to consider better choices for the future.
The student will be expected to fill out the card and turn it in to Mrs. Gardner. A copy will be sent home in grades K-5. In grades 6-8, the calendar will be signed when a card is given.



Citizenship Grading Scale

Students will begin each quarter with an VG (K-2nd) or an A+ (K-8th). The following is a countdown chart that the students are familiar with (this is given to the students for ease of understanding, rather than giving the students a percent, so a grade of 3 is not 30%, but it is a 70%). Each student begins with a 10, but each time a card is issued, it drops down one number. Please review the chart to see how the grades are determined. The grades will be entered as a percent (please see parenthesis for details). The Citizenship grade will be worth 50 points. If a student were to receive one card during the quarter, then his/her grade would be entered as 46.5 out of 50, which would be a 93%.

K-2nd
10=VG (100%)
9=VG (93%)
8=VG (89%)
7=S (85%)
6=S (82%)
5=S (78%)
4=NI (74%)
3=NI (70%)
2=U (60%)
1=U (50%)

3rd-8th
10=A+ (100%)
9=A (93%)
8=B+ (89%)
7=B (85%)
6=C+ (82%)
5=C (78%)
4=D+ (74%)
3=D (70%)
2=F (60%)
1=F (50%)



K-1st Grade Respect Card Example:


Alive in Christ Christ Alive in Us




Name: Class: Date:

I received this card because:
Teacher Signature: _





3rd-8th Grade Respect Card Example:


Alive in Christ Christ Alive in Us



Name;_ Class:_ Date:_

How I contributed to the problem: _


A better choice of action would be:


I understand that receiving this card affects my grade in music class.

Student Signature: _





Please see the handbook for the school rules. Music classroom expectations are posted in the classroom and on the music website. Please refer to the grade specific consequences given by the student’s homeroom teacher to understand further consequences. Alternate consequences in music will be given as needed. Examples of alternative consequences: class activity privileges removed, field trip privileges removed, right to participate in music programs, etc. A detention and possibly suspension will automatically be given to a student who violates another person or school property.

Participation Grade

Students will receive a daily grade for class participation. Students who are choosing to be involved in music class activities will receive an excellent grade. The grade will fall from excellent if the student chooses not to engage in classroom activities. Please see the grading scale below for details. The participation grade will be worth 75 points. Each class where a student fails to participate will be recorded. For every mark given, the grade will be lowered a percentage (please see the rubric and grading scale below).

Participation Rubric

Excellent (10 or 9): Consistently involved in music classroom activities
Good (8 or 7): Mostly involved in music activities, but may fail to engage in every task
Average (6 or 5): Sometimes is involved in music activities, but may not always be on task
Below Average (4 or 3): Very rarely is engaged in music activities
Unsatisfactory (2 or 1): Fails to engage in any type of music classroom activites

Participation Grading Scale

K-2nd
10=VG (100%)
9=VG (93%)
8=VG (89%)
7=S (85%)
6=S (82%)
5=S (78%)
4=NI (74%)
3=NI (70%)
2=U (60%)
1=U (50%)

3rd-8th
10=A+ (100%)
9=A (93%)
8=B+ (89%)
7=B (85%)
6=C+ (82%)
5=C (78%)
4=D+ (74%)
3=D (70%)
2=F (60%)
1=F (50%)