WES Orchestra Grading System
Note: changes made to participation grade 2/23/18
Lesson Preparedness 20% (Daily)
(5 points each day) 3 points: instrument, 2 points: folder with book and pencil
Points are taken off for:
Late to class/no pencil – minus 1 point
No folder – minus 2 points
No instrument – minus 3 points
Unexcused absence – minus 5 points
Participation 20% (Weekly)
A – Student brings a positive attitude that helps the class, showing best effort and following directions consistently
B – Student brings a good attitude, showing good effort in class and following directions most of the time
C – Student brings a neutral attitude; showing okay effort, but may need some prompts to participate
D – Student’s attitude conveys lack of interest, showing little effort, needing many prompts to participate
Students will have announced and unannounced playing tests throughout the quarter. These assessments will be graded pass/fail based on the concepts tested. Each skill will be evaluated on a 4-point rubric for students to receive feedback. Students receiving a 2 or less in any one area tested will need to retake the test until they pass. The longer it takes the student to pass the test, the lower their Practice Habits grade will be. (See Practice Habits) It is up to the student to arrange a time for the re-test (Recess is an ideal time). Students earning mostly 3 points in tested areas will receive a "B" for their quarter assessment grade and students earning mostly a 4 points will earn an "A."
Students can now view their performance assessment grade and comments on Canvas by selecting "Assignments" from the left hand sidebar. They can view their video from the in-class assessment in the "comments" section.
Practice Habits (20%)
For every assessment, there will be a corresponding Practice Habits grade. If the student passes their assessment on the assigned date, they will receive a Practice Habit grade of “A.” If the student does not pass their assessment they will be allowed to re-test until they pass. When they pass, for every week after the assessment date they will lose a letter grade.
A – Passed on assessment date
B – Passed 1 week after assessment date
C – Passed 2 Weeks after assessment date
D - Passed 3 Weeks after assessment date
E – Quarter ends without a passing grade
Concert Performances (20%)
All students in Waterloo’s Orchestra program will perform two concerts a year. The concert dates will be scheduled by the first lesson, and families are expected to make note of the concert dates. Concert Attendance is mandatory and is part of the student’s grade, as it allows students to demonstrate all performing skills and knowledge acquired in the preceding lessons.