7. Eligibility, Collection of Money, Fundraising, Transportation, Parent Volunteers, Smart Music


You must maintain a 70 or better average in all classes, plus conduct grades of S (satisfactory) or better.  Texas law mandates the “No Pass, No Play” rule.  This means a grade below 70 every 6 weeks makes you ineligible for performances, contests and includes all sports.  Students must be eligible for: All-Region, all contests, and all performances outside of school.  If everyone follows these suggestions, we can minimize problems. 

1.      Do everything you can in order to learn what each teacher is presenting.  Take notes, follow along with the book, and ask questions. 

2.      DO ALL OF YOUR HOMEWORK AND HAND IT IN ON TIME.  Many students become ineligible just because they do not turn in homework or assignments.  

3.      Prepare for all tests and projects well in advance. 

4.      If you do not understand something, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Don’t wait until the last minute, if you don’t understand something, go in and see the teacher right away. 

5.      Parents please stay involved in your child’s education, check with teachers to make sure all work is being turned in.  Call the school to make an appointment to visit with your child’s teacher(s).



Above all, turn in your work.  If you turn in your work, follow directions, and go to every class with a good attitude, most teachers are willing to give you a break if you need it.  Do yourself a favor and meet your teachers halfway. We highly recommend that all parents sign up through the school for parent portal.  It gives access to the student’s grades. 


There are fundraisers held each school year.  Proceeds from fundraising will be used for the purchase of band equipment, bus fees, contest entry fees and music as well as other expenses which occur during the school year.  Please make a strong effort to do your part and turn in all FORMS AND MONEY ON TIME!!! 



When turning in money each student is to turn it in an envelope with their name, band class, what they are turning in the money for, date and amount.  CHECK OR MONEY ORDER ONLY.  MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO HORNDEO BAND BOOSTERS.  We will accept money at any time and it is best to bring it by the Band Room before going to your first class.  Do not turn in or leave money in the front office.  Never leave money on director’s desk or on the director’s stand. Always personally hand it to one of directors.  Please turn in exact amount, change cannot be made.  Do not allow another student to turn in money for you. 



School transportation is provided for all competitions and concert trips to the elementary schools.  Parents are asked to complete the permission form that will be send home with your child in order to avoid filling out slips for each individual trip.  This form is also available under DOCUMENTS AND FORMS.


Parent volunteers are a very important part of the success of the Hornedo MS Band program.  Extra adult help will be needed in the form of helping supervise students at concerts, contests and help directors with various tasks. If you would like to volunteer please fill out the bottom portion of page 12 and indicate in which way you would like to help with the HMS Band Booster Organization.  ALL PARENT VOLUNTEERS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE DISTRICT EVERY YEAR.  APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE THROUGH THE EPISD WEBSITE UNDER VIPS.