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Rowlett High

School
Rhythmettes

Officer
Candidate
Packet

2017-2018
Dear Officer Candidate,
I am excited that you have made a decision to try out for
Rhythmette Officer. This position is not only an honor but also a
great achievement. As an officer, you will not only lead your
team but will be required to set a good example in all areas and
at all times. You will learn teamwork, leadership, and
responsibility when holding an officer position. Please
remember the dedication and extra time that it will require to
be a Rhythmette officer. It is a lot of hard work but very
rewarding and fun!
Attached are the officer candidate requirements, officer
application, and scheduled dates. Read through all the
materials with your parents and then make a decision. Sign the
application and return by May 8, 2017. I know that the tryout
process will be tough but it is a great learning experience. If you
have any questions feel free to ask by emailing me at
clharr02@garlandisd.net.
Please remember that if you make an Officer position, you
are expected to go to Officer Camp from June 11 - 12 and have
an additional expense for officer camp. The Captain is expected
to compete a solo at competition, for an additional fee, but all
officers may compete a solo for an additional fee, usually $90-
$95 per event.
I wish you the best of luck and hope to have you as a
2017-2018 Rhythmette officer!
Sincerely,

Candice Harrison
Rhythmette Director
Rowlett High School
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

LINE CAMP: This is mandatory if you do not attend line camp you will
not perform during the football season. This is where the girls learn all the
material for their performances. The summer practices are also
mandatory. Please make sure you schedule around these dates.

ABSENCES: The only excused absences are: personal illness, death in


family, illness in family that requires out-of-town travel, funeral, mandatory
court appearance, and religious holidays. It is very important that you
understand if you miss any day the week of a game/performance you will
be out for that performance/game, no matter if it is unexcused or excused.

PRACTICES: Rhythmette practices are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and


Wednesdays after school. Please make arrangements now to make doctor
and dentist appointments on days other than these or after practices. On
weeks that we have a Wednesday night JV game we will have practice
Monday and Tuesday, and Thursday.

JV GAMES: Rhythmettes perform at all in-district (Garland, Rowlett, and


Sachse, etc.) JV games on Wednesday or Thursday nights.

VARSITY GAMES: The Rhythmettes are required to attend all in-district


(Garland, Rowlett, and Sachse, etc.) Varsity games on Friday nights. They
will not attend any Varsity games that are held on Thursday nights.

TRANSPORTATION: You are responsible for taking and picking up your


Rhythmette from all games. We do not ride buses to any of the games. I
will stay a maximum of 30 minutes after the game, any girls left past this
time loses the right to perform at the next game.

ARRIVAL TIMES: The Rhythmettes will arrive to each game 30 minutes


to an hour before the game start time. Please make arrangements if you
work and cant be there that early for your daughter to have a ride. They
must be on time. As the constitution states an absence is recorded if you
are 20 minutes late. You are counted tardy (1 demerit) up until 20 minutes
and then it is counted as an absence and 10 demerits will be given at that
time.

***Please always refer to the GISD JV Drill Team Constitution if


you have any questions or I am always here to answer any
questions or concerns you may have.
________________________________________________________________
_________________

Tryout Wear

Practice days you may wear any dance wear you


choose. (example: leos, tanks, dance pants, jazz shoes
or foot paws)
NO shorts!!!
Hair must be slicked back no whispies!

Tryout day you will wear the following:


Black long sleeve leotard
Black dance pants
Black jazz shoes (no sneakers)
Black socks or black tights
Hair will be worn in a low ponytail parted over the left
eye. We will demonstrate during practice.
Heavy make-up!!!!!
*You can get required wear at Team Go Figure in
Garland, Dazzling Dancewear in Firewheel, or Sandys
Too in Plano.
General Tryout Information
Tryouts are closed: parents, friends, or
anyone not trying out are not allowed in the
school during tryout time.
After tryouts are over there will be a short
break of an hour or so where the candidate will
be able to talk to family.

Each girl will be given an envelope with a


letter from the director in which they are told
whether they made it or not. They may open
these envelopes anywhere they choose outside of
the school. If a congratulations letter is received
then the candidate is to return to the gym with
their parents for our special ceremony to say
farewell to the old officers and to induct in the
new officers by disclosing their rank. After the
ceremony, the new and outgoing officers will stay
for meeting with the Director and then have a
sleep-over at the outgoing Captains house. New
Officer parents are welcome to come to the sleep-
over for a bit.

PARENTS:
Please use this opportunity to discuss with
your daughter the chances of her making and not
making officer. How will she handle that
disappointment? How will she handle the
happiness of making it when her friend standing
beside her does not? Have a plan beforehand if
you feel it is better to take your daughter to your
car to read her letter.
Officer Tryout Clinic & Camp
Dates
4/12 Officer Hopeful Meeting following team mtg. at 6:00 p.m.

5/8 Officer Candidate Clinic Begins 4:15-6:30 RHS Gym


Officer applications, notebook, medical forms, grades, and teacher
recommendations are due
Receive Tryout order and number
Learn Jazz

5/9 Clinic from 4:15-6:30 RHS gym


Review jazz routine
Learn Strut
Director Interviews

5/10 Clinic from 4:15-6:30 RHS gym


Review jazz and strut
Teaching Element (4 eight counts of your solo)

5/11 Mock Tryouts 4:15-6:30 RHS Gym


Review from 4:15-5:00
Mock Tryouts open to the public from 5-6:30

5/12 Tryout Day


4:30-???? Followed by a meeting with the Director.

5/13 New Officer Fittings for practice wear at 10:00 RHS Dance Room

5/16 Learn Home Routine for Officer Camp 4:05-6:30 RHS Dance Room

5/17 - 5/18 Rhythmette Clinic 4:30-6:30 RHS Gym

5/20 Practice officer routine for camp9-11 in RHS Dance Room

5/23 & 5/25 Officer Camp practice 4:30-6 in the Dance Room

5/31-6/2 Officer Camp practice 4:30-6 in the Dance Room


6/11-6/12 North Mesquite High School

6/12 Parents pick from North Mesquite at 7:00pm

Officer Audition Information


Solo Routine Information
You may wear any costume that reflects the concept
of your piece and is suitable for audition.
Hair may be worn any way you choose.
There is a two and a half minute time limit on solos.

Notebook Criteria Due: May 8,


2017
Please place notebook questions along with any
pictures, resume, etc. that you want me to remember
you by in a white notebook.
This is a time to express your ideas along with letting
me know your dance/drill team background.
DO NOT PAY FOR OR GET YOUR NOTEBOOK MADE BY
SOMEONE ELSE.

Grades Due: May 8, 2017


Please have a copy of your report card from the
previous six weeks. You must be passing all classes to
stay after school for the clinic.

Teacher Recommendations Due: May 8,


2017
You are required to get three teacher
recommendations. The form is attached. You can use
that or they can get one by emailing me.
JUNIOR VARSITY DRILLTEAM OFFICER TRYOUT SHEET
(REVISED 2017)

Candidate Number: __________ Judge Number: ___ ____

Criteria Comments Points

Image / Presence
(10)

Jazz Routine
(20)

Left Split
(5)

Right Split
(5)

Officer Strut
(15)

Solo Routine
(15)

Interview
(20)
Notebook/Questions
(20)
Teacher Recommendations
(10)
Teaching Element
(20)
Director Interview
(10)

TOTAL JUDGE
SCORE (150)

X_______________________________________ Date:_______________
Judges Signature
RHYTHMETTE DRILL TEAM OFFICER CANDIDATE
NOTEBOOK

***** The notebook will be graded according to neatness, organization, service record,
quality of answers, sincerity of answers, creativity, etc. Take your time and be clear without
being wordy. Remember quality rather than quantity will make for a better notebook. The
purpose is to allow you to analyze and truly think about some of the important elements of
being an officer.

***** Provide a title page with your name and grade level. Secondly, provide a table of
contents and have each section begin on a new page. Finally, be brief but thorough. Place
information in a white notebook, you may have a page to slide into front cover, but do not get
professionally done or cover the notebook with any material.
It is due on Monday, May 8th!

NOTEBOOK:

A. CREATIVITY
1. Select and develop two football routines, a pep rally routine, and a contest
routine for the drill team line. Must include the following:
a. Song: present the music CD with your notebook. (This is for me to keep)
b. Props if needed
c. Any ideas for movement
d. Costume ideas
e. Include at least one formation for each routine.
2. Team Traditions:
a. Create traditions, activities for our new team, or any fantastic ideas.
b. Also include things about the team that you would like to be different. This
section is determined by you. You have full freedom to express yourself and
your ideas.
3. Create a theme for banquet.
a. Any ideas you have to fit the theme
b. Place, time, gifts, presentations, etc.

B. SITUATIONS
Describe how you would handle it and what you would do if:
1. Stand behavior at a football game is undisciplined.
2. The Drill Team is on the sidelines about to perform and some of your close
friends continue talking and joking around.
3. The team is about to perform at a Spring Show and two girls are not on stage.
4. The officers start to argue in front of the team and the director is in her office.
5. You were not respected by the other officers and the line.
6. The director makes an unpopular decision that even you disagree with.
7. A line member has a very negative attitude.
8. You see a team member drinking at a party or some team members invite you
to attend a party where you know there is going to be alcohol served.
9. You receive a higher rank than your best friend, and there is a great deal of
tension between the two of you.
10. Several girls continue talking and being disruptive while the officers are
teaching.

C. QUESTIONS
1. How would you describe yourself?
2. Define Servant Leader, giving at least five adjectives to describe a good
leader.
3. Describe at least eight responsibilities of an officer.
4. Who is your role model and why?
5. What does professionalism mean to you?
6. Define initiative and give examples of how an officer can demonstrate
initiative.
7. Where do you see yourself in five years?
8. If you do not make officer, will you remain loyal to the team and maintain a
good attitude throughout the year?
9. How would you encourage members to act like ladies and make good
decisions?
10. What officer rank do you envision yourself holding and WHY?
a. Captain
b. 1st Lieutenant
c. Lieutenant
11. What are your 5 top priorities?
12. Develop an A-Z personal word description of yourself.

D. ABOUT YOU
1. This is a section for you to tell me all about you.
2. Be creative but dont go overboard.
Officer Candidate Audition Scale
10 points Image/presence

20 points Interview

15 points Officer Strut

15 points Solo routine

20 points Jazz routine

5 points Right leg splits

5 points Left leg splits

20 points Notebook/Questions (Judged by Mrs. Fraser)

10 points Teacher Recommendations (Done before)

20 points Teaching Element (Judged by Ms. Harrison)

10 points Directors Interview (Ms. Harrison & Ms.


Young)

Total 90 Points per Judge

***THE NUMBER OF OFFICERS SELECTED WILL BE


BASED ON SCORES AND DIRECTORS
DISCRETION***
UNIFORM AND PRACTICE WEAR EXPENSES
Costs of buying everything new

Booster Club (Cash, Check, Credit Card, or Money Order)


Officer Camp $200
Camp Fee $200
Activity/Membership Fee $130
Total to JV Bootbackers $530
****$265 is due on May 22nd , balance must be paid by
July 3rd*****

Team Leader (Credit Card, or Money Order)


Pink Tank (plus $5 for rank) $27
Dancer Tank (plus $5 for rank) $14.50
Black Shorts $15
Jazz Pants $35
Game Day Shirt (plus $5 for rank) $19
Black Sports Bra $17
Warm-ups(plus $5 for rank) $110
Bow $12
Bag $35.50
Poms $18
White Socks $5
Total to Team Leader
$307.00
****This total does not include sales tax****
****$200.00 is due on May 13th , balance must be paid by
July 3rd****

Team Go Figure-Uniforms (Check, Credit Card, or Money


Order)
Tights x 2 $26
Overlay $79
Skirt $56
Sleeves $29
Leotard $45
Belt $12
Total to Team Go Figure $247
*****All must be paid on May 22nd****

PART 1: ROWLETT HIGH SCHOOL DRILL TEAM


APPLICATION

APPROVED: _________________________
Lindsey Young, Assistant Principal

Dear Parents:

These are the rule and regulations for membership in the Junior Varsity
Drill Team at Rowlett High School. If you are interested in you student
becoming a member of this organization, please read the information on
the following pages carefully and return this reference along with the
following documents (I-V). If you need additional information you may
contact me at clharr02@garlandisd.net.

We are looking forward to having your student in the Rowlett High School
Drill Team.

NAME: ___________________________________________________________

ADDRESS: ________________________________________________________

PHONE NUMBER: ___________________ STUDENT ID#: ________________

SCHOOL NOW ATTENDING: ________________________________________

PRESENT GRADE LEVEL: ___________________________________________

I understand that I will be required to attend mandatory summer practice


and camp as scheduled and will be expected to stay after school for
scheduled practices. I am fully aware and agree to accept the
responsibility of being a member of the Rowlett High School Junior Varsity
Drill Team.

_________________________________
Members Signature

As a parent, I am aware of the extra costs and time necessary for my child
to be a member of the drill team. I give my permission for my child to
participate on the drill team.

_________________________________
Parent/Guardians Signature
PART II: HEALTH FORM

TO THE PARENT:
As a member of the Rhythmettes, your daughter will participate in the
following activities throughout football, basketball, and competition
season:
1. Approximately two to four hours of strenuous physical activity per day.
2. Participation in half time performances at all Junior Varsity football
games and Friday night games, as well as participation in the Labor Day
parade. This involves physical and emotional stress.
3. Extra time spent at home and school in meetings and other activities
related to Drill Team.
4. Your daughter will be dancing, jumping off of and manipulating wood
props in some performances.
Because of the strenuousness of the activities, Rhythmettes must be in
good health and practice good health habits.

Please check and sign below:


1. Any health weakness such as, a bad back, weak knees, or weak ankles
that would prohibit her from her giving her best possible performance?
YES __________ NO __________
2. Does she take any medication that would cause her harm if she exerted
herself too much?
YES __________ NO __________
3. I believe that my daughter is in good health and practices good health
habits.

YES __________ NO __________

4. My daughter may participate in drill team.


YES __________ NO __________
5. My daughter may do jump splits.
YES __________ NO __________

6. I realize that my daughter should care for her injuries and is responsible
for maintaining a status report.
YES __________ NO __________
__________________________ ________________________
Parents Signature Candidate Signature
PART III: PERMISSION FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT
(MUST BE NOTARIZED)

In the event of an emergency as a result of athletic participation that


requires medical attention, I grant permission to the school and/or its
employees, the _____________________________ coaching staff, to take
whatever action in deems necessary. If I cannot be reached, the
______________________________ coaching staff is authorized to give consent
for unexpected medical care and hospitalization to my son/daughter,
______________________________________.
Check one: YES _______________ NO ___________________
I expect every effort will be made to contact me in order to receive my
specific authorization before any medical treatment or hospitalization is
taken.
Signed ________________________________ Date ___________
Phone # ______________

Address
______________________________________________________________________
State of Texas
County of Dallas

Subscribed and sworn to before me, a Notary Public in


and for Dallas, County, State of Texas.
On this the _______________ day of _________________
20_________.

Home # _________________ Business # __________________ Cell #


__________________
Do you have medical insurance? Yes _______________ No
______________
Insurance Company Name ______________________________ Policy #
_______________
Person to be notified other than parent or guardian in an emergency:
Emergency ________________________________ Phone #
___________________________
Family Doctor _____________________________ Phone #
___________________________
Name: _______________________________

MEDICAL INFORMATION

YES NO
Kidney Injury _____ _____
Heart Condition or Disease _____ _____
Diabetes _____ _____
Asthma _____ _____
Date of last Tetanus Shot
_______________________
Allergic to any medication (PLEASE STATE):

Additional medical information that may be helpful (PLEASE STATE):


___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
______
PART IV: PARENTAL CONSENT FORM

(Rhythmette
Name)___________________________________________and I have
discussed the responsibilities of being a member of the
Rhythmettes, such as cost, time involved, and physical
requirements. I understand her obligations and responsibilities
of being a Rhythmette and I will help her in her assignment for
the entire year. I have received and read the GISD regulations
and my child and I will abide by them.

___________________________________ _______________
Signature of Parent/Guardian Date

___________________________________ _______________
Signature of Parent/Guardian Date

In case of emergency, contact:

Name ___________________________________________

Address ___________________________________________

City, Zip ___________________________________________

Home Phone __________________________

Work Phone__________________________

Cell Phone __________________________


Officer Candidate Teacher Recommendations
Rowlett High School Rhythmettes
JV Drill Team Officer Tryouts

Teacher:

From: Candice Harrison, Director


Please email me for the form at clharr02@garlandisd.net
Thank you!
*Must be received by May 8, 2017.

Student Name:

Student ID#

Grade in your class:

1.) Does this student stand out as a leader in your classroom? How?

2.) How is their behavior in your classroom?

3.) Would this officer candidate be a good role model for the team?

4.) Please list any other information you think will be useful.

On a scale of 1-10 please rate this student ability to be a good leader:


________
1 is the lowest score and 10 is the highest score.

*The information given will be kept confidential.


Officer Candidate Teacher Recommendations
Rowlett High School Rhythmettes
JV Drill Team Officer Tryouts

Teacher:

From: Candice Harrison, Director


Please email me for the form at clharr02@garlandisd.net
Thank you!
*Must be received by May 8, 2017.

Student Name:

Student ID#

Grade in your class:

3.) Does this student stand out as a leader in your classroom? How?

4.) How is their behavior in your classroom?

3.) Would this officer candidate be a good role model for the team?

4.) Please list any other information you think will be useful.

On a scale of 1-10 please rate this student ability to be a good leader:


________
1 is the lowest score and 10 is the highest score.

*The information given will be kept confidential.

Officer Candidate Teacher Recommendations


Rowlett High School Rhythmettes
JV Drill Team Officer Tryouts

Teacher:

From: Candice Harrison, Director


Please email me for the form at clharr02@garlandisd.net
Thank you!
*Must be received by May 8, 2017.

Student Name:

Student ID#

Grade in your class:

5.) Does this student stand out as a leader in your classroom? How?

6.) How is their behavior in your classroom?

3.) Would this officer candidate be a good role model for the team?

4.) Please list any other information you think will be useful.

On a scale of 1-10 please rate this student ability to be a good leader:


________
1 is the lowest score and 10 is the highest score.

*The information given will be kept confidential.

PART V: RHYTHMETTES APPLICATION


Attach Photo Here:
Full Name:
___________________________________________________________________
(Last) (First) (Middle)
Complete Address ____________________________________
____________________________________
____________________________________
Phone # ___________________ Age _________________ Birthday
_______________
Classification (circle one) FRESHMAN SOPHOMORE JUNIOR
Are you employed? ______________ Where?
___________________
# of hours per week ______________

Would your employment interfere with Rhythmettes practice or


performance?
___________________________________________________________________________
Have you ever been in Drill Team or a similar activity?
_____________________________
Have you ever taken dancing lessons?
___________________________________________
Where and for how long?
______________________________________________________
To what other clubs or organizations do you belong?
______________________________

Why are you interested in becoming a Rhythmette?


_________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
I have read all the rules and regulations and received a
constitution of the Rhythmettes and will participate in all required
activities. I understand to remain eligible; Rhythmettes must
pass all courses each six weeks.

_____________________________________ _______________
Candidates Signature Date

PART VI: OFFICER REMOVAL


If you are removed from your officer position due to disciplinary actions,
you will lose all officer privileges including but not limited to:

*Wearing anything that bears your rank


*Wearing your Officer uniform
*Performing with the Officer Squad
*Leadership privileges
*Giving commands as an Officer
*No end of the year speech at the banquet
*No officer awards at the banquet
*You will no longer dress in the Officer designated area
*You will walk with the team, not the Officers
*You will sit with the team, not the Officers
*You will be prohibited to help with the incoming Officer Candidates and
Officer Tryouts.
*You will not attend any function welcoming the new Officers for the
upcoming year. Officer demotion takes place once the officer receives their
15th demerits no matter what the demerit is for.

_______________________________________ ______________
Officer Candidate Signature Date

_______________________________________ ______________
Officer Candidate Parent Signature Date

ROWLETT JV DRILL TEAM


CONSTITUTION VERIFICATION
This document confirms that you the parent
or guardian, and the student, have read and
understand the Garland Independent School
District JV drill team constitution that can be
viewed at http://www.garlandisd.net/drillteam/documents/JVDT
%20Const.pdf. By signing this document, you
acknowledge the consequences for failure to
abide by these rules, which may include grounds
for dismissal from the JV drill team.

I, _____________________________, parent/guardian of student and


member of the Rhythmettes, ______________________________,
have read and discussed the Garland Independent School
District JV drill team constitution. I further understand
anyone on the JV drill team who violates any of the rules
of the GISD JV drill team constitution will serve the
consequences set forth by the document.

________________________ ____________
PARENT/GUARDIAN DATE

__________________________ ____________
JV DRILL TEAM MEMBER DATE

***Please make sure you have read the document at the


attached link or if you need a copy let me know. It is very
important that you understand all consequences for violations
of this document.

Information for Directory

Rhythmettes Name:____________________________
Grade: ___________ School ID#: ________________________
Address: ________________________

________________________

Rhythmette Cell:

Rhythmette E-Mail:

Rhythmette Birthday:

Parents Names: ________________ ____________________


Dad Mom
Home Phone: ______________________

Moms Work: ______________


E-Mail: _________________________

Moms Cell: ________________________

Dads Work: ________________________


E-Mail: _________________________

Dads Cell: ________________________

Interested in a board position on booster club?


______________

Rhythmette Officer Candidate


Turn in Check List
These items must be completed and returned in
order to be a RHS Rhythmette. This is in addition
to attending the uniform fitting and the summer
practice and all other Rhythmette activities. All
forms for Officer hopefuls are due by May 8th:

__________Constitution Verification

__________Application Packet

__________ Part I: Rowlett High School Drill Team Application

__________ Part II: Health Form

__________ Part III: Permission For Medical Treatment


(notarized)

__________ Part IV: Parental Consent Form

__________ Part V: Rhythmettes Application (with photo)

Part VI: Officer Removal

Directory Sheet

Medical History (physical if necessary)

At least 3 Teacher recommendations

Copy of grade sheet from last six weeks

Notebook

***This sheet is for your assistance in completing


information and does not have to be returned***