Tex-Anns Dance/Drill Team Constitution
W.B. Ray High School
Article I: Name
Article II: Team Motto
Article III: Purpose
Article IV: Mission
Article V: Eligibility for Audition
Article VI: Officers
Article VII: Duties of Officers
Article VIII: Election of Officers
Article IX: Requirements for Performance
Article X: Attendance
Article XI: Rehearsals
Article XII: Demerits
Article XIII: Suspension
Article XIV: Loss of Membership
Article XV: Replacing Members
Article XVI: Appeals
Article XVII: Reinstatement
Article XVIII: Grades
Article XIX: Awards
Article XX: Responsibility, Duties, and Obligations
Article XXI: Parent Contract
Article I: NAME
The name of this organization shall be W. B. Ray High School Tex-Anns
Article II TEAM MOTTO
TEX-ANNS…The Legacy Lives in You!!!
Article III : PURPOSE
The purpose of this organization shall be to entertain audiences at football and basketball games, to compete in state and national dance competitions, to promote a healthy lifestyle of physical fitness, to master dance technique, and to display excellence during every performance.
Article IV : MISSION
The mission of this organization shall be to promote good spirit, good sportsmanship, self-confidence, self-discipline, and leadership. The Tex-Anns shall encourage high morals and standards among its members and help them to develop the ability to work as a part of a group in achieving common goals, to represent the school and community in an exemplary manner, and to serve as role models for appropriate behavior and citizenship.
All Tex-Anns shall provide a spirit-promoting service, be loyal, have high morals and standards, be a good example in and out of school, and develop self-discipline and confidence. He/She shall also have poise, carry themselves with pride and good posture, and present an excellent appearance beyond reproach.
Article V: ELIGIBILITY FOR AUDITIONS
RESIDENCY-Any district candidate must be a current student at Ray High School or an incoming freshman from a feeder school to Ray High School. Candidates must provide proof of residency along with his/her completed tryout packet by the date AND time designated by the Director. In-district non-enrolled middle school candidates must provide proof of residency along with his/her completed tryout packet by the date and time designated by the Director.
- Candidates who are current drill team members must not owe ANY money to the Tex-Ann organization and must be cleared with the Director.
- Candidates who are current drill team members must not owe ANY money or items to any other school team organization and must be cleared with the Director.
- All candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Meet the standard of excellence criteria and selected by a panel of impartial judges.
- Meet financial requirements and obligations of the drill team and/or Campus Bookkeeper. (Any member who does not sell his/her quota for the fundraisers will not be eligible to perform until the balance is paid. He/she may also be dismissed from the organization and will not be allowed to audition for a position the following school year.)
- Be able to attend ALL practices (including summer and weekends), rehearsals, required camps, clinics, workshops, performances, competitions, and other designated functions during their tenure as a drill team member.
- Follow team rules, regulations, and guidelines in addition to Student Code of Conduct and CCISD policies.
- Be in sufficient physical condition due to the nature of the vigorous activity required.
All required forms are to be completed and submitted to the Director by the designated date and time. Failure to submit completed forms by the deadline will result in the ineligibility to audition.
The Director will designate the required dress.
A minimum of three impartial judges will judge the line and officers.
Any candidate, if selected, must have earned the proper number of credits in order to be promoted to the next grade level by August 1. The candidate must be on track with appropriate graduating class. For example, a second year student should be classified as a sophomore and a third year student should be classified as a junior.
Article VI : OFFICERS
The officers of this organization shall include:
Dance Officers Military Officers Social Officers
Colonel 1st Lieutenant Social President
Major 2nd Lieutenant Social V.P
Captains* Lieutenants* Socials*
*The number of captains, lieutenants, and socials will be decided at time of auditions based on number of candidates auditioning and number of girls selected for drill team. Captains, Lieutenants, and Socials shall be of equal rank. The Director will use Seniority, Alphabetical Order, ability, and other means of keeping order among the Captains and Lieutenants when deemed necessary.
Article VII: DUTIES OF OFFICERS
To provide student leadership for all drill team activities and to carry out the duties assigned by the Director.
To work with the Director in preparation for all drill team performances.
Will be in charge in the absence of the Director.
Will report to the Director any disruption that cannot be settled by the girls.
Will meet with the Director to organize the week’s activities.
To aid the Colonel and Director as assigned.
Will be the head officer in the absence of the Colonel and the Director.
Will perform any assigned duty as set forth by the Director or any higher-ranking officer with Director approval.
Will assist the Director, Colonel, and Major as assigned.
All officers will be required to pay a fee (amount to be determined by Director) to Tex-Anns BEFORE attending officer camp.
Will be required to actively participate in dance instruction as assigned.
Will assist the Director in maintaining discipline.
Will be held responsible for rules and regulations.
Will be required to audition before the Director for each performance.
Will set a positive image for the members in the organization.
All officers must maintain an officer notebook which will contain all papers issued to them and any notes they take in officer meetings.
All officers must maintain a group consisting of designated line members.
All officers must maintain a Little Sister(s)/Brother(s).
All officers must attend all rehearsals on a regular basis.
Each officer is responsible for properly stretching the line members on his/her assigned days.
All officers check roll at all drill team functions as assigned.
To provide student leadership for all drill team activities and to carry out the duties assigned by their Dance Officer.
Will work with the Director in preparation for all drill team performances.
Will be in charge in the absence of the Dance Officer line.
Will report to the Director any disruption that cannot be settled by the girls.
Will meet with the Director to organize the week’s activities and picks.
To aid the Director and Dance Officers as assigned.
Will be the head officer in the absence of the Dance Officers and the 1st Lieutenant.
Will perform any assigned duty as set forth by the Director or any higher-ranking officer with Director approval.
It will be the duty of the Lieutenants to assist the Director and Dance Officers as assigned.
All Lieutenants will be required to pay a fee (amount to be determined by Director) to Tex-Anns BEFORE attending officer camp.
All Lieutenants Officers will be required to actively participate in dance instruction as assigned.
All Lieutenants officers will assist the Director in maintaining discipline.
All Lieutenants officers will be held responsible for rules and regulations.
All Lieutenants officers will be required to audition before the Director for each performance.
All Lieutenants officers are expected to set a positive image for the members in the organization.
All Lieutenants officers must maintain an officer notebook which will contain all papers issued to them and any notes they take in officer meetings.
All Lieutenants officers must maintain a group consisting of designated line members.
All Lieutenants officers must maintain a Little Sister(s)/Brother(s).
All Lieutenants officers must attend all rehearsals on a regular basis.
Each Lieutenants officer is responsible for properly stretching the line members on his/her assigned days.
All Lieutenants officer must check roll at all drill team functions as assigned.
Call special meetings of the Social officers and preside over them.
Assist the Director in issuing and inventory of uniforms, props, and equipment.
Perform duties of President in his/her absence.
Responsible for creating the sashes for the dancers of the week for each football game.
Assist the Director and President in issuing and inventory of uniforms, props, and equipment.
Act as student business manager and file all records.
Is responsible for making sure the team webpage is up to date with current pictures, events, etc.
May organize and submit a team newsletter to be distributed with the Director’s approval.
Keep written and pictorial account of all events and activities of the drill team.
Organize team/group pictures.
Present this material in the form of a memory book at the end of the year.
Track birthdays and organize Big Sis/ Lil’ Sis, Big Brother/Lil’ Brother program.
Plan special outings and gatherings for the team.
ALL SOCIAL OFFICERS
Be responsible for keeping the Director and the team up to date on upcoming events and what things are needed.
Meet with the Director to discuss and plan social events.
Be responsible for keeping storage room and drill team items organized.
Be responsible for the publicity of the team in school newspaper, city newspaper, and posters needed for activities, etc.
Article VIII: ELECTION OF OFFICERS
REQUIREMENTS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR DANCE, MILITARY, or SOCIAL OFFICER
Candidacy is open to any sophomore or junior who has been a drill team member for at least 1 year.
Must be an active (current) drill team member.
Must make the line at time of auditions.
Must perform an original dance routine no shorter than 1:00 minute and no longer than 1:30 minutes. Any person may choreograph the dance.
Must submit items in accordance to the Officer Audition Packet by the date and time stated in the Audition Packet.
Must be prepared to be interviewed by the judges.
Candidates will be required to audition before a panel of a minimum of three impartial judges.
An unbiased committee shall be appointed to distribute, collect, and count the judges’ scores.
Must compose and present a speech of his/her qualifications to the drill team members.
Officers will be voted on by the current Members.
Article IX: REQUIREMENTS FOR PERFORMANCE
Pass the eliminations for the routine. Auditions may be held for any Dance/Drill team performance at the Director’s discretion.
Be able to perform ALL elements of the routine.
Be present EVERY day for the ENTIRE length of practice. The line will not be rearranged (only exception being serious illness or death in the immediate family).
Any drill team member who is absent from the practice before a performance will not be allowed to perform that routine.
An absence on the day of auditions will eliminate the drill team member from that routine.
Two unexcused absences during any one week will eliminate the drill team member from the line for two weeks.
Each unexcused absence during the summer practice will eliminate the drill team member from one performance during football season.
Any drill team member absent from any class on Friday, or any day of a performance, will not be allowed to perform for that particular performance without prior approval from the Director.
Any drill team member who has a serious health issue during auditions or after being chosen as a drill team member must notify the Director or there will be immediate consequences to be determined by the Director/Administration. Unless a student has a medical clearance, this may cause the drill team member to be ineligible to participate in any practices or performances due to health and safety issues associated with their condition. Any decision regarding eligibility for performance will be made by the director and recommendation from the treating physician. Failure to advise the Director of any serious health issues may result in immediate consequences, including possible dismissal, to be determined by the Director.
Article X: ATTENDANCE
All drill team members are required to attend mandatory summer practices and camps. All NewNew members are required to attend additional NewNew Rehearsals.
All drill team members MUST be enrolled in the drill team class during the Fall and Spring semesters.
In order to maintain our level of excellence, a strict attendance policy is required. An absence during the week of a performance (even excused) may result in the member’s removal from the line for that week. Excessive absences may result in the member’s removal from the organization.
In the event of an absence due to an unforeseen event, the Director must be contacted at the office before or at the start of rehearsal. If you are able to call sooner, you may call the receptionist and leave a message for the Director.
In order for an absence to be considered excused, the Director must be notified in writing TWO WEEKS prior to the absence. The only exceptions are as follows:
A death in the immediate family.
Unforeseen family emergency.
Sickness or injury severe enough to warrant a doctor’s visit. A doctor’s excuse must be presented at the next practice.
Unexcused absences shall be defined as follows:
Work, family reunions, parties, vacations, birthdays.
Mild illness or injury (not severe enough to warrant a doctor’s visit).
Practice, Trips, or performances for an outside interest.
Leaving before dismissal on the third time.
Any absence where TWO WEEKS written notice was not provided.
*Doctor’s appointments not for emergency/unforeseen situations should be scheduled around practice and class times. Director may make necessary exceptions.
Article XI: REHEARSALS
Rehearsals will be scheduled every school day before and/or after school during football season (August- November), and every school day before and/or after school and some Saturdays during competition season (November-March). Attendance at all rehearsals is mandatory. Participation in all rehearsals is mandatory whether a member is performing during that week or not. If a Tex-Ann will not be performing for any reason (suspension, not making the cut, ineligibility, injury, unable to attend performance) she is still required to practice with the team.
In the event of illness or injury, attendance to rehearsals is still expected. The injured or ill drill team member is expected to sit out at the front of the team and pay attention to the rehearsal as changes are often made to performance routines. Requests to sit out must be accompanied by a note from a parent. The drill team member must sit out for the duration of rehearsal. Excessive requests to sit out during rehearsal will result in a Parent/Member/Director conference in order to discuss the member’s physical well-being. Excessive is determined as 2 requests in any 3 week period.
During rehearsals, all personal items including cover-ups and cell phones must be left in the locker room as they create a distracting and hazardous atmosphere. Failure to do so will result in the issuance of reminders as deemed fit by the Director.
Article XII: REMINDERS/ DEMERITS
Being a Tex-Ann is an honor. In order to be as “good” as our tradition and history warrants, hard work and discipline are basic components of the program. A Tex-Ann’s commitment is to both academics and the Tex-Ann Organization. The goal of the drill team is to maintain an excellent level of performance while emphasizing behavior at all times. Remember, you are representing the entire drill team and W.B. Ray High School in and out of uniform—ALWAYS. People are constantly watching you and little ones are looking up to you. Always show respect, courtesy, and maturity.
The Director may issue Reminders or Demerits at any drill team rehearsal or function to any Tex-Ann. Reminders are warnings before a demerit is issued. A record of Demerits will be kept by the Director. Upon receiving a Demerit, the drill team member must sign for it and will be required to run at the end of practice. A form will be sent home for parent signature. See Articles XIII and XIV for additional consequences that may be applied.
In addition to running, the consequences for Demerits will be as follows: 3rd and 4th: Removal from the Alma Mater line for 1 week
5th: Behavioral Contract, Removal from the Alma Mater line for 1 week and removal from 1 performance at the Director’s discretion
6th and 7th: Suspension as defined in Article XIII for 2 weeks and/or 2 events/performances at the Director’s discretion
8th and 9th: Suspension as defined in Article XIII for 3 weeks and/or 3 events/performances at the Director’s discretion
Infractions for which Demerits may be issued include but are not limited to the following:
Being tardy to a practice or leaving before dismissal.
Unexcused absence to practice or any drill team event.
Profanity, not paying attention, and unauthorized talking.
Eating, drinking, chewing gum without permission.
Possession/use of cell phone during class or rehearsal without specific permission from Director.
Leaving any possessions (uniforms, practice wear, bags, jewelry, shirts, etc.) in the dance room floor.
Failure to turn in designated items or money for fundraisers or payments on time. (1 Demerit per day late)
Failure to perform any required duty by due date.
Failure to participate in designated Spirit Days/Sister gift exchanges.
Failure to follow proper Drill Team procedures (“Yes Ma’am”, marking, etc.)
Being tardy to a performance or to the dance room prior to departure.
Failure to call Director prior to tardy or absence from rehearsal. In the event the Director cannot be reached, the drill team member must contact their designated Dance Officer.
Inappropriate displays of affection in or out of uniform
-Kissing, hugging, standing too close, groping, extended hugging, sitting on laps, etc.
Ripped, messy, or incorrect performance attire.
Wearing nail polish with performance attire.
Messy, unsecured hair during events/performances.
Incorrect make-up (lipstick must be worn for the entire game) during events/performances.
Wearing jewelry of any kind (earrings, additional ear rings on different parts other than ear lobes, necklaces, rings, facial or body piercings, tongue rings, etc.) during practice, events, or performances as designated by the Director.
Unnatural hair color and ornamental hair wraps are prohibited at all times.
*Because not all situations can be foreseen, the Director and Administration reserve the right to issue Reminders, Demerits, or take other disciplinary actions for offenses that may not be specified above.
Article XIII: SUSPENSION
SUSPENSION SHALL BE DEFINED AS:
Any drill team member placed on academic suspension as established by TEA and UIL is required to attend and participate in all practices but may not travel with the team, perform, or participate in other drill team functions during suspension period.
Any drill team member placed on suspension due to behavior or attendance is required to attend and participate in all practices and drill team functions but will be removed from all performances, including the Alma Mater line, during the suspension period.
Suspension periods may vary due to cause of suspension and demerits received except as noted below. Every demerit received while on suspension will extend the suspension period by one week.
Eligibility for participation will be determined by the current guidelines established by TEA and the Director.
Any drill team member failing to comply with the current state eligibility requirements and guidelines will be recommended for mandatory tutoring for the entire suspension period. Failure to attend mandatory tutoring will result in continued suspension and a parent conference.
Disrespect or profanity directed to any adult (Director, Teacher, Administrator, Parent Volunteer, one’s own parent).
Unexcused absence to a game, performance, or any other drill team event.
Loaning or giving ANY of YOUR Tex-Ann attire to ANYONE without Director Permission. Includes backpacks and duffle bags.
ISS or Suspension assignment.
Violation of Student Code of Conduct and/or CCISD Student Handbook
Disrespect, bullying, gossiping, or degrading any team member, including one’s self.
Any drill team member who wears his/her uniform or other performance attire in public when not in attendance with the Director or the group shall be subject to suspension.
Any drill team member who fails to participate in assigned activities shall be subject to suspension and/or possible dismissal.
Any drill team member who is caught skipping any class during the school day shall be subject to suspension and/or possible dismissal.
Any drill team member who is disrespectful towards the Director, officers, adult in charge, school official, or teacher shall be subject to suspension and/or possible dismissal.
Any drill team member who has excessive tardies or unexcused absences from class and/or practice shall be subject to suspension and/or possible dismissal.
Any drill team member repeatedly referred to the Director or an administrator for disciplinary reasons shall be subject to suspension and/or possible dismissal.
Any drill team who is involved in fighting or demonstrating unprofessional, inappropriate, illegal, or unacceptable behavior shall be subject to suspension and/or possible dismissal.
Any drill team member who is assigned to In School Suspension shall be subject to suspension and/or possible dismissal.
Citations, arrests, or affiliations (in the presence of) on or off campus in regards to any illegal activity (shoplifting , streaking, mooning, flashing, smoking, using/selling or possession of tobacco products, vaping, illegal drugs, drug or vaping paraphernalia, drinking alcoholic beverages) or behavior which causes embarrassment to the team or high school will result in immediate removal. The consequences are outlined below. Any drill team member must notify the Director immediately upon any detention, arrest, or citation. Failure to notify the Director will result in an additional 2 weeks suspension
Social Networking Websites: Maintaining a higher standard of conduct will also include ensuring that drill team members’ personal websites are appropriate. The internet is a worldwide, publicly accessible form of communication. Any communication such as but not limited to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, snap chat, inappropriate texting, etc… appearing on the internet is public domain, even if it is marked private. Drill team members are responsible for their personal websites and postings as well as postings on other students’ websites. Being tagged or tagging, liking or commenting will also count. Finsta accounts are not permitted. The areas of appropriateness will include, but are not limited to language (abbreviated or alluding to negative, lewd, vulgar, or obscene comments about any individuals), pictures, suggestive poses, clothing, and reference to alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.
Any drill team member who is caught with inappropriate, negative, lewd, vulgar, or obscene, sexual pictures, comments, or statuses on any social networks or in any public place (including school)shall be subject to removal and/or the consequences outlined below.
Depending on the severity, a drill team member may be permanently removed from the team for any reason at any time during their term as a member (from the time the first payment is due to the end of the school year), may forfeit his/her eligibility to tryout during the Spring of the same school year and for the duration of their high school years. This decision will be up to the Director, with the principal’s approval.
The following conduct, regardless of whether the conduct occurs on or off campus will result in the following consequences:
Offenses as defined by CCISD’s Student Code of Conduct include:
Conduct prohibited by the District Student Code of Conduct that must be punishable
by placement in ISS or suspension.
On Campus Offense will result in the following consequences:
Behavioral Contract and
3 Week Suspension
Behavioral Contract and
Suspension: Minimum 6 weeks and no longer than 9 weeks or
Possible removal from program, depending on the severity of the offense.
Permanent removal from program.
Off Campus Offense will result in the following consequences:
Behavioral Contract and
3 Week Suspension from program
Behavioral Contract and
Suspension: Minimum 6 weeks to 9 weeks maximum or Possible removal from program.
Permanent removal from program.
Buying, selling, giving, delivering, using, possessing, or being under the influence of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, a controlled substance (without a proper prescription), or a dangerous drug at any time and and regardless of whether the student is on or off school property or at a school-related activity.
Maintaining, creating or being instrumental on a website, blog or other internet communication that depicts behavior or photographs of an illegal or sexual nature.
Any illegal activity. Any lewd language or activity. Any aggressive behavior. Any threats to themselves or others.
Bullying. Disrespect to the director or any other adult on or off campus.
Leaving hotel room without permission on field trip.
1st offense: Permanent removal from the program.
Article XIV: LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP
Dismissal from the organization may be immediate and without a suspension period if deemed appropriate by the Director and/or Administrator. In addition to the possible reasons for Dismissal outlined in Article XII and XIII, a member may be dismissed for the following conduct:
Any drill team member who fails any 2 eligibility checks will be removed from the team.
Any drill team member who does not meet financial deadlines is subject to removal. There can be no exceptions because of the time sensitivity involving orders and other deadlines.
Any drill team member who does not meet his/her quota for fundraiser.
Any drill team member who is removed or resigns from his/her position during any given performance year shall relinquish ALL rights and privileges and will be moved to PE class.
Money raised for any fundraiser will NOT be refunded to any drill team member who is removed or resigns from his/her position.
Article XV: REPLACING MEMBERS
If any member moves or loses his/her membership for any reason before July 1 of any given school year, the Director shall refer to the tally sheet of the audition scores from the previous year. The Director may or may not move up the candidate with the next highest score to become a member of the line.
If an officer is demoted or resigns from his/her office for any reason, the lower ranking officers may be promoted accordingly in order to fill in the vacant office. The Director may or may not elect to award an office to the next eligible candidate. In addition to the reasons listed in Article XII, an officer shall be demoted and return to line for the following reasons:
Becoming ineligible during any 1 eligibility check.
Being suspended as defined in Article XIII
Failing to uphold the high standards and expectations of drill team as defined in the Purpose and Mission.
Article XVI: APPEALS
All appeals will be addressed through the Director. If a parent/guardian has a concern, they must follow the chain of command, beginning with the Director. They may then choose to set up a conference with the Assistant Principal for TexAnn Activities. If a parent/guardian still has a concern after meeting with both the Director and Assistant Principal, they may then make an Appeal to the Principal.
Because not all situations can be foreseen, the Director reserves the right to make all final decisions as deemed necessary and appropriate to each situation.
Article XVII: REINSTATEMENT
Any drill team member who is removed from the organization during the performing year shall not be reinstated during the same school year without a meeting and permission from the Director.
Any drill team member who is removed from the organization because of conduct may not reapply without Director’s approval.
Any drill team member who is removed from the organization at the member or Director’s request will not be reinstated during the same year and may not reapply without Director’s approval.
Any drill team member who lost his/her membership to ineligibility, resignation, or disciplinary action will not be allowed to audition the following year without director’s approval and community service hours.
Any Officer who is removed from his/her position and is placed back in the line will not be allowed to audition for an officer position for the remainder of his/her membership.
Article XVIII: GRADES
Grades will be determined by classroom and mandatory performance, which is the Director’s evaluation of the student’s productivity. Five points will be deducted from the drill team member’s grade for each Demerit received.
Article XIX: AWARDS
The Director and the Dance Officers choose dancers of the week each week during the football season. Not all members will receive this honor due to the limited number of games. Requirements:
Must be dancing at present week.
Must have displayed respect and good conduct the entire week.
Also taken into consideration are showmanship, willingness to learn, energy, and cooperation.
Must not have received a Demerit during the given week.
Must have been present for the duration of every rehearsal during the given week.
*The Directors reserve the right to amend the Constitution and drill team guidelines and expectations at any time during the year as deemed necessary.
Article XX: RESPONSIBILITIES, DUTIES, AND OBLIGATIONS
Being a member of the Tex-Anns is a great honor, and members are expected to have and maintain a character above reproach. Personal appearance and good habits must be maintained in such a way that there can be no criticism. Drill team members should be leaders in school and set good examples at all times. Drill team members must always be neatly groomed and wearing appropriate clothing. School dress code must be adhered to at all times. Absolutely NO inappropriate clothing, no facial piercings, and no unnatural hair color or distracting hairstyles.
Membership in the Tex-Ann organization has two components: extracurricular activities and drill team class participation. The following regulations apply:
- A member is expected to fulfill all the financial obligations required throughout the entire year of team membership.
- All payments will be submitted to Ms. Porter in the form of MONEY ORDER or on the Ray Webstore. You may pay with a credit/debit card.
- If a Tex-Ann decides to quit the team mid-year, all payments must still be paid. All items are special ordered for each Tex-Ann and there are no refunds. Any Tex-Ann who does not pay in full will be subject to a small claims action law suit from the school district for non-payment.
- If a Tex-Ann becomes injured and is no longer able to fulfill her duties as a Tex-Ann and decides to resign, she must still make all payments. All items are special ordered for each Tex-Ann and there are no refunds. Any Tex-Ann who does not pay in full will be subject to a small claims action law suit from the school district for non-payment.
- There are no refunds from the Tex-Ann activity account.
- If a Tex-Ann is late on a payment, her items will not be ordered until payment is received and then additional handling and single cut charges from the vendors will be applied to the Tex-Ann’s account.
- Any Tex-Ann that is not up to date with payments will not perform or receive items until all payments are caught up.
- A member is required to have a physical examination signed by a physician.
- Members are school representatives and should act accordingly, meet all requirements of the CCISD. Code of Conduct, and the Tex-Ann constitution.
- Members are required to be at all summer camps, all practices, games, pep rallies, competitions, class periods, fund raisers, and additional activities arranged by the Director unless ineligible or excused by the Director.
- Daily attendance at practice is essential for any precision performance by a dance/drill team. An absence by a performer inhibits the progress of routines, thereby penalizing other members of the group.
- Absence from any dance/drill team activity is unexcused except for the circumstances listed below:
- personal illness or accident (must have a note)
- funeral or death in the family
- special school activities with special permission from the Director in advance
Note: An excused absence may render a member ineligible for an upcoming performance but will not result in additional penalties. In the event of a sudden illness/injury, the director will make a performance decision based on the need of the team.
- Dental or doctor appointments should be scheduled during non-conflicting practice times. Any other appointment taking place during class or practice may render a member ineligible for a performance.
- When absent, it is a member’s responsibility to call an officer or another member to find out what has been missed and what is required upon return.
- Any member with an unexcused absence from any practice will be cut from one performance per unexcused absence.
- Any Tex-Ann not attending practice or school must have a parent/guardian call the Director– that day. Failure to call will result in demerits.
- Members are expected to be at school the day of a scheduled activity.
- A member who is cut from any performance is still expected to attend all performances and practices with the team and must wear the appropriate uniform.
- Should the director suspect a health condition or injury that could be injurious or further injurious to a member if the member continues to perform, the director has the right to ask for a doctor’s examination at the member’s expense and obtain a doctor’s release before the member can continue to dance. Dismissal will result when a medical or physical condition prohibits safe performance for more than twelve weeks. If a member becomes injured and decides not to continue as a Tex-Ann, the full balance on theTex-Ann’s ledger must still be paid.
- Dance/drill team is an extracurricular activity and therefore will be governed by the academic eligibility policies contained in the Texas Education Code.
- Grades: Tex-Anns will work off 2 demerits for each grade below 70 daily until the next progress report. Tex-Anns will work off 1 demerit daily for any grade that falls between a 70 and 75, daily until the next progress report.
- Good academic standing is extremely important to the Tex-Ann organization. Remember that your education comes first, then Tex-Anns. It is imperative that each Tex-Ann remains eligible. You will be graded on performances (ex. practice, pep rallys, football routines, etc.) and overall class participation (ex. dressing out, coursework, and tests).
- Any Tex-Ann who has been ineligible for more than two progress reporting and/or report card grading periods during the fall semester, may be removed from the drill team for the spring semester due to academic standing.
- Members with failing grades at the end of the six weeks period will be removed from events (not practices) for the next three weeks. Only classes labeled as advanced or honors in the C. C. I. S. D. Student Handbook for maintaining eligibility will be acknowledged in the case of exempting a failing grade.
- Any member quitting dance/drill team or being dismissed will remain out the entire year.
- Any Tex-Ann dismissed from the extracurricular part of the organization at the member’s or the director’s request may not reapply for the readmission without the director’s approval.
- Any Officer that becomes injured and cannot perform her duties for more than 6 weeks will be released as an Officer and her duties. This include failing more than one 6 week report card.
- Any member who quits or is dismissed may not attend any Tex-Ann function for any reason.
- Each Tex-Ann is expected to promote and praise her team at all times. Each Tex-Ann will be required to recruit at least 2 new girls to the team during try-out season.
- Parents should expect to be fully involved with the drill team. This is a commitment for parents as well as for their Tex-Ann.
- The student must be enrolled in the drill team class for the entire school year in order to be a member of the drill team organization.
- During football games or on field trips, members are permitted to use the restroom accompanied by a designated chaperone and only with permission from the director to ensure the member’s safety.
- Any Tex-Ann attending practice must attend school. Attending practice and missing school will result in an unexcused practice absence.
- Tex-Anns reporting more than 10 minutes late to practice will be counted absent for practice and will not be allowed to perform (unless extenuating circumstances are documented.)
- Any Tex-Ann dismissed from the extracurricular part of the organization because of grades or finances may apply for readmission in the spring or the following school year. The Director will decide if the member may try out again.
- Flagrant insubordination and/or disrespect or foul language displayed toward the director, another teacher, a chaperone, a parent, or another member will result in the member being recommended for immediate dismissal from the organization.
- Any Tex-Ann who receives conduct grades of two “I’s” (needs improvement) or one”U” (unsatisfactory) in one six weeks’ period will be placed on extracurricular probation from one to three weeks at the discretion of the director. Any Officer that fails more than one six week grading period may be demoted to line member.
- A Tex-Ann who is unable to practice or perform because of injuries must have a written excuse from the parent or guardian. Failure to bring a written excuse will result in demerits. Even though the Tex-Ann will not be able to physically practice, they must attend all practices and watch.
- If a Tex-Ann quits the team or is dismissed, she/he will not be allowed at any Tex-Ann function even as a guest of another Tex-Ann or parent.
- Any situation not covered by guidelines will be addressed by the director. The Director has full discretion at any time to change, add, or delete the above regulations.
Article XXI: Parent Code of Conduct
PARENTAL CODE OF CONDUCT
The dance team will have year round events and parents will spend a great deal of time with this activity.
Parents and Directors must have mutual respect towards each other at all times. Although differences of opinions may arise at times, it is imperative that the parents and Directors continue to be the adults in every situation.
Parents must recognize the Director has final say in whether or not their child will continue participation on the Dance Team.
Just as we expect our dancers to uphold good sportsmanship and character so too must the parents representing our team. All parents/guardians or those persons acting on behalf of any dancer are expected to be mindful of their words and actions while representing The Tex-Anns Dance Teams at all performances, competitions, etc.
Parents WILL be called upon to help throughout the year and are expected to make every effort to assist on behalf of their dancer.
All practices are closed. We need to have the dancer’s full attention during practices and can accomplish more without parents, siblings, and friends moving in and out of the practice area.
If you need to speak with the Directors, please wait until the team has been dismissed from practice.
It is required that each dancer and a parent/guardian be present for all parent meetings.
Parents will not be permitted in pre-performance areas or dressing rooms unless designated by the Director as the room/team chaperone for that particular performance.
Parents must be fully aware of all rules and regulations in the The Tex-Anns Dance Team Constitution and the ramifications if these rules are broken.
Parents are expected to be mindful and supportive of the team’s behavior, practice, performance, competition, attendance, payments, fund raisers, grades, pick-up policy, communication policy, and refund policies as outlined in the Tex-Ann Constitution.
Parents must pick up their dancer ON TIME. After 15 minutes, the dancer will be given one demerit per minute late.
All parents AND Tex-Anns must be members of the team Facebook page. All important information about team events is relayed through our private group page.