Parent Information Meeting: We will have a parent meeting in the fall. Who needs to attend this meeting? Both the student and one parent are required to attend this meeting. The date is TBD and will be announced in class and published on the website. During this meeting, we will register student information, sign up to receive WHS Choir texts, collect choir fees, t-shirt sizes, review the choir handbook, etc.
When is the choir fee due? The fee is due at the parent meeting, though a limited payment plan may be coordinated.
What does my child wear for the choir concerts? Girls: The ladies wear a floor-length, black dress. The school-owned dress is checked out to the student and is kept and returned at the end of the school year. Students are required to wear closed-toed black dress shoes. No jewelry is to be worn with the dress.
Boys: The men wear a black tuxedo. The school-owned tuxedo is checked out to the student and is returned at the end of the school year. Tenor-Bass Boys are required to purchase the tux shirt, black bow tie and cummerbund. No jewelry is to be worn with the tuxedo.
Students will occasionally wear a specially designed choir t-shirt. The cost is covered in the choir fee.
What does my child need to do to maintain eligibility? The UIL requirement for eligibility is for a student to be passing (a 70 average) in all of their classes. The 70 is not an average of all their grades combined but in each class. If your child is failing in even one class, he or she is considered ineligible. The Fall, Winter and Spring Concerts are not affected by eligibility. All UIL and competitive events, field trips and performances, where admission is charged, are affected by eligibility.
How will I know if my child is ineligible? Your child receives a report card every grading period. If they are failing a course on their report card, then they are ineligible and will not be able to participate in the extracurricular events affected by course grades.
Your child also receives a progress report at the three week mark in every grading period. If they are failing a course on their progress report they are still eligible to participate. This is a great time for your child to contact their teacher to see what they need to do to improve their grade before the end of the six week grading period.
Does my child still need to go to choir if they are ineligible? Yes. Choir is a class and they are still required to attend.
How do I monitor my child’s grades? Frisco ISD provides a great web-based tool to monitor your child’s grades. It is called HAC or Home Access Center. HAC can be found on the Frisco ISD home page. If you do not have a username or password, please contact the Wakeland front office. Be sure to check your child’s grades frequently during the grading period. If you have concerns about your child’s grades are incorrect, please discuss this matter with his or her teacher before report cards are due.
What if my child needs help with a class? All teachers provide tutorial opportunities before or after school. Please make sure your child knows when they can receive extra help to maintain good grades.
Is my child required to attend all performances? Yes. It is part of their grade.
What if they are unable to attend a performance? Please e-mail Mr. Bright. Upon return, an e-mail must be sent to Mr. Bright for his consideration of an excused absence. Please see the choir handbook for examples of excused and unexcused absences.
Does my child need to take private lessons? It is strongly suggested and encouraged. Choir students are required to compete at the UIL Solo contest and many will audition for the All-Region Choir. Because the All-Region music is quite complex, it is difficult to accomplish the needed level of preparation without voice lessons.
The lessons help prepare the singer for these events and the students work on sight-reading and fundamental voice skills. The voice teachers come to the school to teach.