Dekalb County Schools Homework Policy Syllabus

DeKalb Schools was closed for 4 days. What is the plan to make that time up?

State Law
OCGA § 20-2-168 says the school year shall be no less than 180 days of instruction. It goes on to say that local school districts may, without the authorization from the state, elect not to complete up to 4 days if a school was closed for an emergency or natural disaster.

State BOE Rules
SBOE rule 160-5-1-.02 says that a school year will be a minimum of 180 school days or its equivalent.

SWSS Waivers
Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS) systems receive flexibility in the form of waivers of certain state laws, rules and guidelines. Waived laws include maximum class size, salary schedule requirements and how much money is spent in the classroom.

In theory, it was supposed to be an exchange for accountability for student performance. For the first couple years, consequences for not meeting the SWSS contract meant a loss of governance, so nobody chose to be an SWSS.

More recently, SWSS consequences were modified such that if a SWSS school district didn’t meet student performance goals, all a school district had to do was put together a “School Improvement Plan”. Once that change was made, school districts across the state got on board.

Dekalb Schools now has permanent waivers and effectively no accountability.

OCGA § 20-2-168 & SBOE rule 160-5-1-.02
SWSS systems also have waivers for OCGA § 20-2-168 & SBOE rule 160-5-1-.02. Therefore, an SWSS is not required to have a minimum of 180 days of instruction. Garry W. McGiboney, Georgia DOE Deputy Superintendent of Policy and External Affairs, reminds us, “the decision to make-up school days missed for any reason is at the discretion of the superintendent and local boards of education.”

DeKalb Schools 2017-2018 Calendar
Aug 7, 2017 – First Day of School
Oct 5 – 9, 2017 – Fall Break
Dec 21, 2017 – Jan 2, 2018 – Winter Break
Feb 16 – 19, 2018 – Feb Break

Options – Make Up Days
The way I see it, we legally have the following options:

  • Use the 1 designated inclement weather day in February
  • Tack on days at the end of the school year
  • Capture days from the breaks like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring, etc…
  • Go to school on teacher workdays
  • Go to school on a few Saturdays
  • Make the school day longer
  • Do nothing, keep same schedule and the school year would be 176 days.

Dr. Green and the Administration
My perception is that Dr. Green and his administration take academic achievement seriously. I don’t anticipate Dr. Green letting those 4 days go. I asked Dr. Green what his thoughts were about make up days.

Dr. Stephen Green
Superintendent, DeKalb County School District

Nothing has been officially decided yet, but here are some options the administration is considering:

Option 1: Use the (1) built-in day
• February 16 (Inclement Weather Day)

Option 2: Use the (3) students out days as “captured” days
• October 5, October 6 (Fall Break)[Columbus Day Weekend]
• March 9 (Teacher Workday/Professional Development)

***Options 1 and 2 provide a total of (4) days to utilize.

Option 3: Extend the instructional day with additional minutes

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COURSE DESCRIPTION AND SYLLABUS
BEGINNING STRINGS/ORCHESTRA
2017 - 2018
KITTREDGE MAGNET SCHOOL
MS. STACEY THOMPSON, INSTRUCTOR


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Orchestra is a Literature/Performance course in which students are expected to continuously develop performance styles and techniques.  Students will also be encouraged to participate in extra-curricular music activities (e.g. Solo & Ensemble, Festival, All-State auditions and summer music camps).  Students will be expected and required to practice at home.  MONTHLY PRACTICE RECORDS ARE DUE THE LAST SCHOOL DAYOF EACH MONTH.


Georgia Music Performance Standards

GRADE: 4 - 5 MUSIC – BEGINNING ORCHESTRA 
A. Skills and Techniques/Performance
 
MESBO.1 – Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music 
a. Demonstrate the ability to match pitch and adjust intonation. 
b. Demonstrate an understanding of phrasing through singing simple melodies. 
c. Discuss the relationship between singing and quality tone production on a string instrument. 
MESBO.2 – Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music 
a. Demonstrate correct left hand position and finger placement, right hand position (bow hold), posture, instrument position, and bow placement. 
b. Produce a characteristic sound using legato, staccato, slurs, detached slur, accent, and pizzicato. 
c. Utilize correct finger patterns in performing scales and repertoire in the keys of D, G, and C. 
d. Demonstrate awareness of individual and group roles within the ensemble relating to balance, blend, dynamics, phrasing, and tempo. 
MESBO.3 – Reading and notating music 
a. Identify notes in the staff and on ledger lines of respective clef. 
b. Read and notate notes within the following key signatures: D, G, and C. 
c. Read and notate rhythms containing whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, dotted half notes and their corresponding rests in the time signatures of 4/4, 3/4, and 2/4. 
d. Recognize basic symbols for dynamics, tempo, articulation, and expression as used in corresponding literature.
 
B. Creation 
MESBO.4 – Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments 
a. Play by ear simple melodies and provide rhythmic and melodic variations based on those melodies. 
b. Improvise simple harmonic accompaniments in the key of D. 
MESBO.5 – Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines 
a. Create original rhythm patterns in 4/4 time. 
b. Compose simple melodies for respective instrument in the keys of D and G.
 
C. Critical Analysis/Investigate 
MESBO.6 – Listening to, analyzing, and describing music 
a. Discuss the basic principles of meter, rhythm, tonality, and instrumentation in selected aural examples. 
b. Identify melodic and harmonic material in given aural examples. 
MESBO.7 – Evaluating music and music performances 
a. Distinguish between correct and incorrect melodic and harmonic intonation and demonstrate ability to adjust accordingly. 
b. Evaluate the accuracy of rhythm and tempos for individual and ensemble playing. 
c. Judge the quality of performance in tone, intonation, balance, dynamics, and rhythm. 
D. Cultural and Historical Context 
MESBO.8 – Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts 
a. Explain how music contributes to a well rounded education. 
b. Establish awareness that all subjects are related to music.
MESBO.9 – Understanding music in relation to history and culture 
a. Identify and compare performance styles of music learned in class. 
b. Discuss characteristics of music from various societies and cultures. 

GRADE: 6 - 8 MUSIC – BEGINNING ORCHESTRA 

A. Skills and Techniques/Performance 
MMSBO.1 – Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music 
a. Demonstrate the ability to match pitch and adjust intonation. 
b. Demonstrate an understanding of phrasing through singing simple melodies. 
c. Discuss the relationship between singing and quality tone production on a string instrument.
MMSBO.2 – Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music 
a. Demonstrate correct left hand position and finger placement, right hand position (bow hold), posture, instrument position and bow placement. 
b. Produce a characteristic sound using legato, staccato, slurs, detached slur, accent, and pizzicato. 
c. Utilize correct finger patterns in performing scales and repertoire in the keys of D, G, and C. 
d. Demonstrate awareness of individual and group roles within the ensemble relating to balance, blend, dynamics, phrasing, and tempo. 
MMSBO.3 – Reading and notating music 
a. Identify notes in the staff and on ledger lines of respective clef. 
b. Read and notate notes within the following key signatures: D, G, and C. 
c. Read and notate rhythms containing whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, dotted half notes and their corresponding rests in the time signatures of 4/4, 3/4, and 2/4. 
d. Recognize basic symbols for dynamics, tempo, articulation, and expression as used in corresponding literature. 

B. Creation 
MMSBO.4 – Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments 
a. Play by ear simple melodies and provide rhythmic and melodic variations based on those melodies. 
b. Improvise simple harmonic accompaniments in the key of D.
MMSBO.5 – Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines 
a. Create original rhythm patterns in 4/4 time. 
b. Compose simple melodies for respective instrument in the keys of D and G.
 
C. Critical Analysis/Investigate 
MMSBO.6 – Listening to, analyzing, and describing music 
a. Discuss the basic principles of meter, rhythm, tonality, and instrumentation in selected aural examples. 
b. Identify melodic and harmonic material in given aural examples. 
MMSBO.7 – Evaluating music and music performances 
a. Distinguish between correct and incorrect melodic and harmonic intonation and demonstrate ability to adjust accordingly. 
b. Evaluate the accuracy of rhythm and tempos for individual and ensemble playing. 
c. Judge the quality of performance in tone, intonation, balance, dynamics, and rhythm. 

D. Cultural and Historical Context 
MMSBO.8 – Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts 
a. Explain how music contributes to a well rounded education. 
b. Establish awareness that all subjects are related to music. 
MMSBO.9 – Understanding music in relation to history and culture 
a. Identify and compare performance styles of music learned in class. 
b. Discuss characteristics of music from various societies and cultures. 
Georgia Department of Education Kathy Cox, State Superintendent of Schools Georgia Performance Standards  Fine Arts – Music Education June 18, 2009  Page 78 of 114 
GRADE: 6 - 8 MUSIC – INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA 

A. Skills and Techniques/Performance 
MMSIO.1 – Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music 
a. Demonstrate the ability to match pitch and adjust intonation in melodic and harmonic settings. 
b. Demonstrate an understanding of phrasing through singing simple melodies. 
c. Discuss the relationship between singing and quality tone production on a string instrument. 
MMSIO.2 – Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music 
a. Demonstrate correct left hand position and finger placement, right hand position (bow hold) and bow placement, posture, instrument position and bow placement, while increasing the level of technical difficulty. 
b. Demonstrate vibrato readiness skills. 
c. Produce a characteristic sound using legato, staccato, slurs, detached slur, accent, spiccato, hooked bowing, and pizzicato. 
d. Utilize correct finger patterns in performing scales and repertoire in the major keys of D, G, C, A, F, and Bb and the minor keys of e, a, d, and b. 
e. Demonstrate awareness of individual and group roles within the ensemble relating to tone, tuning, balance, blend, dynamics, phrasing, and tempo. 
MMSIO.3 – Reading and notating music 
a. Identify notes in the staff and on ledger lines of respective clef. 
b. Read and notate notes within the following key signatures: D, G, C, A, F, and Bb and the minor keys of e, a, d, and b. 
c. Read and notate rhythms containing whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, dotted half notes, dotted quarter notes, dotted eighth notes, sixteenth notes and their corresponding rests in the time signatures of 4/4, ¾, 2/4, 6/8, and alle breve. 
d. Recognize and execute symbols for dynamics, tempo, articulation, and expression as used in corresponding literature.
 
B. Creation
MMSIO.4 – Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments 
a. Play by ear simple melodies and provide rhythmic and melodic variations based on those melodies. 
b. Improvise simple melodies and harmonic accompaniments in the keys of D and G.
MMSIO.5 – Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines 
a. Create original rhythm patterns in 4/4 time. 
b. Compose simple melodies for respective instrument in the keys of D and G.

C. Critical Analysis/Investigate
MMSIO.6 – Listening to, analyzing, and describing music 
a. Discuss the basic principles of meter, rhythm, tonality, and instrumentation in selected aural examples. 
b. Identify melodic and harmonic material and phrase endings in given aural examples.
MMSIO.7 – Evaluating music and music performances 
a. Distinguish between correct and incorrect melodic and harmonic intonation and demonstrates ability to adjust accordingly. 
b. Evaluate the accuracy of rhythm and tempos for individual and ensemble playing. 
c. Assess the quality of performance in tone, intonation, balance, dynamics, articulation, precision, and rhythm.
 
D. Cultural and Historical Context 
MMSIO.8 – Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts 
a. Explain how music contributes to a well rounded education. 
b. Establish awareness that all subjects are related to music. 
MMSIO.9 – Understanding music in relation to history and culture 
a. Identify and compare performance styles of music learned in class. 
b. Discuss characteristics of music from various societies and cultures. 
c. Compare, in several cultures of the world, functions music serves, roles of musicians, and conditions under which music is typically performed. 

GRADE: 6 – 8 MUSIC – ADVANCED ORCHESTRA 

A. Skills and Techniques/Performance 
MMSAO.1 – Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music 
a. Demonstrate the ability to match pitch and adjust intonation in melodic and harmonic settings. 
b. Demonstrate an understanding of phrasing through singing melodies. 
c. Discuss the relationship between singing and quality tone production on a string instrument. 
MMSAO.2 – Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music 
a. Demonstrate correct left hand position and finger placement, right hand position (bow hold), bow placement, posture and instrument position while increasing the level of technical difficulty. 
b. Demonstrate basic vibrato. 
c. Exhibit the ability to accurately tune respective instrument. 
d. Demonstrate the ability to shift to advanced positions (Violin/Viola- III position, Cello- III and IV position, Bass- 1/2- IV position). 
e. Produce a characteristic sound using legato, staccato, slurs, detached slur, accent, spiccato, hooked bowing, and pizzicato. 
f. Utilize correct finger patterns in performing scales and repertoire in the major keys of D, G, C, A, F, Bb, and Eb, and the minor keys of e, a, d, b, and c. 
g. Demonstrate awareness of individual and group roles within the ensemble relating to tone, tuning, balance, blend, dynamics, phrasing, and tempo.
MMSAO.3 – Reading and notating music 
a. Identify notes in the staff and on ledger lines of respective clef. 
b. Read and notate notes within the following key signatures: D, G, C, A, F, Bb, and Eb and the minor keys of e, a, d, b and c. 
c. Read and notate rhythms containing whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, dotted half notes, dotted quarter notes, dotted eighth notes, sixteenth notes and their corresponding rests in the time signatures of 4/4, ¾, 2/4, 6/8, alle breve, and mixed meter. 
d. Recognize and execute symbols for dynamics, tempo, articulation and expression as used in corresponding literature. 
Georgia Department of Education Kathy Cox, State Superintendent of Schools Georgia Performance Standards  Fine Arts – Music Education June 18, 2009  Page 81 of 114 

B. Creation 
MMSAO.4 – Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments 
a. Play by ear simple melodies and provide rhythmic and melodic variations based on those melodies. 
b. Improvise simple melodies and harmonic accompaniments in the keys of D, G and C. 
MMSAO.5 – Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines 
a. Create original rhythm patterns in 4/4 time. 
b. Compose simple melodies for respective instrument in the keys of D, G and C. 
c. Arrange the melody of a popular song for respective instrument. 

C. Critical Analysis/Investigate 
MMSAO.6 – Listening to, analyzing, and describing music 
a. Discuss the basic principles of meter, rhythm, tonality, and instrumentation in selected aural examples. 
b. Identify melodic and harmonic material and phrase endings in given aural examples. 
c. Identify simple musical forms.
MMSAO.7 – Evaluating music and music performances 
a. Distinguish between correct and incorrect melodic and harmonic intonation and demonstrates ability to adjust accordingly. 
b. Evaluate the accuracy of rhythm and tempos for individual and ensemble playing. 
c. Assess the quality of performance in tone, intonation, balance, dynamics, articulation, precision, style, and rhythm. 
d. Critique music performed by ensemble and make suggestions for improvement. 

D. Cultural and Historical Context 
MMSAO.8 – Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts 
a. Explain how music contributes to a well rounded education. 
b. Establish awareness that all subjects are related to music. 
MMSAO.9 – Understanding music in relation to history and culture 
a. Identify and compare performance styles of music learned in class. 
b. Discuss characteristics of music from various societies and cultures. 
c. Compare, in several cultures of the world, functions music serves, roles of musicians, and conditions under which music is typically performed. 
 

                                                                     Concert Attire

REQUIRED ATTIRE:                                                    FORMAL ATTIRE       (For Performances)   
Girls:            Black Skirt (knee length), White                           
                      Blouse and Black Shoes (No Tennis Shoes)

Boys & Girls (playing Cello/Bass):          Black Dress Pants, White Shirt and 
                                                                    Black Dress Shoes (No Tennis Shoes)            

Text and Materials:Pencil (EVERYDAY)
          Rosin
          Shoulder Rest/Wristband/Straws (Violin/Viola)
                         Rock Stop (Celli, Basses)
Folding Wire Stand 
         STUDENTS MUST COME PREPARED TO PLAY EVERDAY.


GRADING SCALE:     
E/A100 – 90                40%Extra Rehearsals (6TH GRADE), Daily Participation          

S/B         89 – 80          30%Playing Tests/Quizzes               

N/C 79 – 71                 25%Performances/Practice Calendar

N/D 70                         5%Homework/Reading  (Rhythmic Counting, Weekly)      

U/F 69 and Below
Extra Credit for Summer Practice Calendars/Break Practice Calendars. 
     

***Homework/Practice Calendar Policy: Homework assignments are due on the 1st day of your Orchestra scheduled for class.  All assignments are expected on the due date.  Students will not receive full credit for late Practice Calendars/Homework.  

Homework Opportunity for:
100% the day it is due
 90%2nd day 
 80%3rd day
 70%4th day
0%after 4th day

Practice Calendars Opportunity for:
100%the day it is due
 85%2nd day
 70%  3rd day
 55%4th day
   0%   after 4th day

                                Orchestra members are expected to practice everyday (home).  ***    Scroll down for more details....  Class Objectives
           
 STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND ALL PERFORMANCES





Beginning Instrumental Music (Recorder)
Course Description and Syllabus
Fall Semester 2017
Kittredge Magnet School
Ms. Stacey Thompson 

Course Description: 4th Grade Instrumental Music provides a basic foundation of Music Theory, Technical Skills, and Ensemble participation. Students will learn to read notation while learning to play Recorders (in conjunction with General Music Class). The students will learn the history of String and Band Instruments through research and participation. Students will be expected and required to practice at home. MONTHLY PRACTICE RECORDS ARE DUE LAST SCHOOL DAY OF EACH MONTH. A PARENT SIGNATURE IS REQUIRED TO RECEIVE CREDIT.
NO LATE PRACTICE CALENDARS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


Text and Materials:
 (EVERYDAY)        Pencil
 Recorder
 Recorder Book (Recorder Time Book I)
 Notebook
 Name Card

Grading Scale
 
E100 – 90Daily Participation/Materials40%

S  89 – 80Practice Calendars25%

N  79 – 70Test30%

U  69 and BelowHomework 5%

****Recorder Students are expected to PRACTICE 15 minutes EVERYDAY****




 KMS Orchestra  Rules                                                 PMR:  Positive Musical Results
1. No Talking/Set-up
2. Empty  cases under  chair
3. Shadow  Bow during  Sectionals
4. Do Not Talk during Instruction
5. Exit Quietly


Positives
1. “Roar" Cards
2. Praise: Written/Oral
3. Music Certificates given on “Celebration Friday”



Consequences
1. Re-Teach Rule
2. Pink Slip sent home in Agenda
3. Call Parent(s) during school day
4. KMS Behavior Slip
5. Quality Time with Administrator

Severe Clause
Fighting, Vandalism, Overt Defiance,
Stopping Class from functioning result in: Immediate Office Referral



                                                                                                                            





ORCHESTRA/STRING CLASS OBJECTIVES 2017– 2018


Grade Level 4th Students will be able to….
Spring Semester (Only)
  • Count Rhythmic Patterns
  • Clap Rhythmic Patterns
  • Recite Note Values
  • Define Basic Music Terminology
  • Understand Basic Music Theory
  • Demonstrate Correct Holding Position w/h Instrument
  • Demonstrate Correct Sitting Position
  • Demonstrate Correct Playing Position
  • Read Music for Primary Instrument
  • Required Practice time will change w/h progress
Text: Essential Elements  Book 1
          Required Practice Time 7 days per week 20 minutes each day.

Grade Level 5thStudents will be able to…

  • Demonstrate Correct Holding Position w/h Instrument
  • Demonstrate Correct Sitting Position
  • Demonstrate Correct Playing Position
  • Recognize Various Clefs for each Instruments
  • Manipulate Bow while Playing Instrument
  • Demonstrate Correct Bow Placement
  • Hold Bow Correctly

Text: Essential Elements  Book 1
          Scales for Strings Book 1 by Samuel Applebaum
               Required Practice time 7 days per week 30 minutes each day.

Grade Level 6thStudents will be able to….                                  
(Prerequisite: 1 year on 
 Instrument)
  • Play 5 major Scales & Arpeggios
  • Play 2 octave Scale
  • Sight-read Level 1 & 11/2 Music
  • Tune Primary Instrument
  • Performance Level 2 Music

Required Practice time 7 days per week 40 minutes each day.


NOTE:    Materials needed for class: 
  •  Essential Elements  Book 2
  • Scales for String Orchestra Book 2  by Applebaum
  •                                                                  Tuner/Metronome:  Quartz
  •                                                                   Extra Set of Strings                                                            

***** All Major Performances must be attended to participate in “Music Showcase 2018” Six Flags trip. (6th Grade Orchestra)***** 




 General Ensemble Objectives:
Rehearse as a Group
Apply learned techniques in Repertoire
Detect and Adjust Intonation when needed
 Follow Conductor
                                                  Execute Phrasing, Dynamics, Tone Quality, & Style
                                                  Knowledge of Repertoire (History, Composer)






2017- 2018 KMS Orchestra Events
(Dates May Be Added Throughout the Year)


September 6                                                                   All-State Money Due to Ms. Thompson  

                       19, 20, 21                                                  6th Grade Chair Auditions After-school event (students only sign-up for one day)

October         14                                                               All-State Auditions Round 1 Kittredge Magnet School (6th Grade only)

November    10                                                               4th Recorders: Veterans' Day Performance (KMS Cafe')
                        14                                                               GMEA LGPE Application due (6th Grade Orchestra, Ms. Thompson will send off)
                       TBA                                                             6th Quintet Performance (St Patrick's Church)
                       TBA                                                             5th Double Quintet Performance (St. Patrick's Church)

December     TBA                                                               High Museum of Arts Performance (5th DQ & 6th Quintet)
                        TBA                                                               6th Grade Orchestra  Stonecrest Mall  (Macy's)
                       TBA                                                               5th Grade Orchestra Assisted Living
                       TBA                                                               Winter Concerts (Location TBA)   (Performance begins @ 5:30pm)
                                                                                

                                              Full Rehearsal Dates During the school day (5th/6th Grade only)
                   
                
          

January       6                                                                  All-State Auditions, Round 2  Westminister   (6th Grade Participants)

February      1                                                                  Solo & Ensemble Money due to Ms. Thompson (4th, 5th & 6th Grade)


March           1 - 3                                                            GMEA All-State Orchestras (Athens, GA)   Students from Round 2   
                       7-8                                                               GMEA Middle School Orchestra LGPE   Date/Time TBA    (Lakeside HS)
                      16                                                                DYSO Concert (5th to attend)  Time TBA (Ga State, Clarkston Campus)
                       16 - 17                                                         DeKalb County Schools Middle School 7/8 Honor Orchestra  Location TBA (invitation only)
                        24                                                               DeKalb County Schools Elementary Honor Orchestra   Location TBA (invitation only)


April
                               21                                                        GMEA Spring Solo/Ensemble Competition   (Eastside High School)  Schedule TBA
            
May
                          TBA                                                           5th Grade Orchestra Spring Concert
                           TBA                                                          6th Grade Orchestra Spring Concert  
   
                                                       20th Music Showcase 2017  Six Flags   6th Grade Orchestra only TBA

                                                                            **** Dates/Outside Playing activities maybe added ****





Celebrations (Test)   
Playing Expectations
(Friday or last day of the school week)




vCorrect Playing Position (holding)
Left & Right hand, Posture


vCorrect Notes
                       Are you reading them correctly?


vIntonation (Is it in tune)
                       ½ and whole steps (finger patterns)


vTempo (Accuracy)
Is the tempo correct for the style of the piece?


vRhythmic Counting (Patterns)
Are you counting the rhythms correctly while playing?










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