STUDENT CONDUCT & EXPECTATIONS
Students in instrumental music serve as representatives of both the Reagan Educational Center and Clovis Unified at many public extra-curricular functions. Membership in this organization is a privilege and membership may be denied to a student if they believe that they would not positively represent the organization. Individual behavior during an instrumental music function is a reflection of the group.
You can find parent/guardian expectations here.
You can find parent/guardian expectations here.
CLOVIS UNIFIED CODE OF ETHICS
Members will observe all policies set forth by CUSD Code of Ethics. Click here to view the complete document, but note, you do not need to print and sign this form. We will collect your acknowledgement virtually at the beginning of each season or school year as appropriate. In summary, Instrumental Music Students should be aware that:
- The CUSD Code of Ethics applies 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year
- The use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, weapons, etc. will not be tolerated.
- Students will always display a high level of sportsmanship and respect for fellow members of our program, parent volunteers, and directors and staff.
- Being a community role model comes with being in our program.
- Be prepared
- Come prepared to every rehearsal with your own music, instrument, and other specified class materials.
- Be prepared to make mistakes and learn from them.
- Be respectful
- Show respect for all instruments, equipment, music facilities, and other people’s property.
- Show respect to directors, staff, fellow students, and guests.
- No playing any instrument other than instruments you own or that are assigned to you. This includes colorguard and percussion equipment.
- Only students who are a member of the instrumental music program are permitted in music classrooms.
- Always warm up properly with good tone and technique.
- Please raise your hand if you have a question and wait to be called upon. Generally, talking is not permitted during rehearsal.
- Be positive
- Be productive
- Before during, and after school the band and orchestra rooms will be available for music production only. Lunch time is the only time the band and orchestra rooms are available primarily for socializing.
- Cell phones should not be out during class unless otherwise specified by a director. Cell phones MUST be turned off during performances. Cell phones are to be left in your locker/backpack/instrument case during all performances and rehearsals unless otherwise specified.
- Be your best
- Students are expected to give their best effort at all times.
GENERAL CLASSROOM RULES
In addition, students will observe the following, as they pertain to the instrumental music setting:
- All students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.
- Any behavior, which is not representative of good citizenship, as perceived by the instrumental music staff, may result in the student's dismissal from the activity at hand as well as the program. This also applies to the actions of student leaders in both public and private events.
- No food or beverages (except water in a spill proof container) are allowed in the band or orchestra rooms!
- Profanity will not be tolerated at ANY TIME.
- Display of temper, flagrant violation of rules, etc., will not be tolerated.
- No PDA! (Public displays of affection)
- Bullying will not be tolerated: Physical, Verbal, Indirect (Rumors, exclusion), Written (Social Media, Text), etc. and will be dealt with through the REC Student Services Office.
- Students will keep hands, feet, and other objects to themselves.
- No running, horseplay, hanging, throwing or kicking of items.
- Student must get approval to write on the whiteboard, play the stereo, videos or the piano.
- Clean up after yourself. Stack your chair and stand, throw away trash, keep your locker and shared spaces clean and tidy.
- No student will be allowed in any Music Room without a director or staff member present.
- Our rehearsal times are when we start and when we end.
- Arrive early and plan to stay a little late (15 minutes on either side of a rehearsal minimum…more for percussion!)
- Students will be in their assigned rehearsal area ready to work at the set rehearsal time with all equipment, including music, pencil, instrument, and all supplies to rehearsals daily (see detailed supply list for each instrument).
- No Cell Phones (they have to be in your case or locker unless specified by your director in that moment)!
- Students should request permission to speak by raising their hand and waiting to be acknowledged.
- All rehearsals are expected to be extremely quiet so that time will be utilized wisely and as efficiently as possible.
- Be prepared with instrument (in working order), music in a black 1” binder inside of plastic sheets, pencil, lanyard, dotcards, and water as necessary for your specific ensemble.
- Treat school owned instruments like it’s your own instrument.
- Places for your instrument: Locker, in your hands, or lined up by section!
- For Marching Band, Colorguard, Winter Percussion and Winter Guard Specifically
- Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move around in and tennis/running shoes with an arch (no sandals or “skateboarding” shoes).
- Your clothing has a good chance of getting dirty so we recommend not wearing your best clothes.
- Jeans or denim shorts, or heavy shirts or pants are not acceptable as they greatly inhibit movement.
- These rules apply to the front ensemble as well.
- Water is a necessity. Everyone MUST bring their own RED Coleman 1/2 Gallon water jug filled with water to EVERY rehearsal. Write your name on it with a Sharpie!
- Water is not provided at rehearsal.
- Please make sure you fill your cooler before every rehearsal.
- Short breaks will be given periodically while we rehearse.
- Everyone must drink water!
- Check the weather forecast before rehearsal. Often times it is warm (or hot!), but sometimes it can be cold, or all of the above. We rehearse rain or shine!
- Wear sunblock! (30+ SPF). Even if you think you are invincible to the sun.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses. You will be able to rehearse MUCH better with out the sun in your eyes or pounding down on your head.
- Guard & Percussion: Your participation is a FULL year commitment (Fall AND Winter Season. Preparation for the winter season begins during the fall season.
INSTRUMENTS & EQUIPTMENT
- Students are solely responsible for the care and maintenance of their assigned equipment. All instruments, whether owned, rented or on loan from the school will be properly maintained according to the best practices for that instrument.
- After use, all instruments/equipment will be returned to their designated locker or assigned storage area.
- Students will not use or play on equipment they do not own without permission from a director.
- Students will respect the property of others and will not touch, handle, borrow, or use anyone else's instrument, uniform, or personal belongings. Even with that student's permission, do not touch something that does not belong to you/that was not checked out to you.
- Students should keep their equipment in their designated locker and keep their locker and the nearby area clean and neat in appearance.
- Students who demonstrate great difficulty with this may lose the privilege of having a locker in the band or orchestra room.
- Marching Band: Instruments & cases should always be lined up by section when at rehearsal.
- Cases should never be left out on the band or orchestra room floor.
- Your locker MUST be locked when you are not in the room.
- Backpacks must be kept in your locker or under your chair during rehearsals.
- Instrument cases must be kept in your locker during rehearsal or small cases may be placed under your chair.
- Lockers will be assigned as needed.
- You may only use a lock checked out to you from the instrumental music department. All other locks will be removed.
- Lockers are to be kept clean and free of clutter.
- Lockers must be cleaned by its user with provided materials twice a year. Cleaning times will be designed by your director.
- Absolutely NO food in your lockers.
- Do not hang on the locker doors.
- No one should ever be in a locker.
- Do not write on or decorate your locker in any permanent fashion. Do not put anything on the outside of the locker.
- You will be charged for any damage to your lock or locker. This includes a lost lock.
INTERNET & SOCIAL MEDIA ETIQUETTE
- As a member of the Reagan Educational Center Instrumental Music program, you represent the group at all times, including on social media platforms. It is expected that you hold yourself and the group to the highest of standards. Any instances of slander, hate speech, cyber bullying, or other inappropriate comments directed toward individual members or sections of the program, the program as a whole, its directors and staff or other programs will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action.
- Copyright laws prohibit the posting of videos of our ensembles online at any time. Please do not post videos on any social media (YouTube, Facebook, etc.) of any performing ensembles. This is to protect our copyright compliance, and the privacy of our students.
- Please remember that you represent our program when posting on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. NEVER say anything negative about another music program on the internet, a forum, social media, etc!
- DO NOT send Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. friend requests/messages to any director or staff member. If you need to contact a director or staff member, please use the school email addresses provided on the website.
- We encourage all students and parents to participate in our group social media pages.
- Please remember, social media is not a place where you can say and do whatever you want without consequences. Think twice before posting. If you would not want your parents, family, teachers, or future boss to see your post, do not post it! The internet is permanent - even if you delete something, it still exists somewhere and eventually, everyone will be aware of your negative/unkind post. We encourage all students to protect themselves by maintaining a positive self-image that you can be proud of years from now.
- You are a student first! (However, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure it doesn’t impact your participation)
- Students should maintain a 2.5 GPA & Passing ALL Classes
- Failure to maintain your grades at this level may result in your removal from the performing ensemble or from performing status, at the discretion of the director.
- Manage your time…it gets busy!