My son is going to be in 9th grade - high school - in the Fall.
He has been in band since 5th grade, and 7th/8th grade band was taught by the high school band teacher.
Once he hit 7th grade, we never knew WHAT was going on. She never sent home information letters regarding performances, dress code for those performances, how early they should be there prior to a performance, she didn't even send home any info. about a band trip they were expected to take 2 hours away - on a Sunday.
Her excuse? They're old enough to relay that information to the parents.
I do agree (though I taught band for 13 years - middle & high school - and my principal was furious if I didn't send home an info letter prior to EVERY concert and at least 2 weeks in advance), however if SHE doesn't give them the information - or the right information - it makes it a challenge.
Throughout this past year she has skipped his weekly lesson at least 40% of the time - verified by both my son and the other members of his lesson group. She sits in her office and never comes out - or she's just not there. Her concerts end up not being what was advertised, they last for HOURS because she makes them restart, and she's just overall really awful.
At the end of the year - like the last couple of days of school - my son came home and told me there was going to be a band camp the 1st week of summer vacation. He didn't know what time, or where they were meeting. Just that it was happening.
Here's where I want to know if I'm being unreasonable:
There was NOTHING in the newsletter about this, nothing in the automated phone system that other teachers use to alert parents to activities, nothing via email, no note sent home (of course). My son texted some other band kids who said they *think* it starts at 8:00am.
So, I drop him off at 7:50. He texts and says he can't get in the building. Kids are mulling around, then some teacher stops by (not the band teacher) and says it starts at 9:30. I go back to pick him up and they see her drive up (this is around 8:15). So, they stay, and he's texting me now at 8:40 saying she hasn't even started yet.
Am I wrong to think this is INSANE?? She has provided NO information regarding this camp, start/end times, etc. She's late - or not?? - who knows since no one is sure when it starts - and has them just hanging out while she does GOD KNOWS WHAT. To me this is absolutely unacceptable and I'd like to write or call her and express my concerns over her lack of organization and planning. What would you do?