Staples’ music performance ensembles have long-established tradition of musical excellence. Each individual member of a music performing ensemble has a unique and critical role in and contribution to make to the success of a music ensemble. At various times during the school year, the members of instrumental and vocal groups demonstrate their musical growth and achievement through concert performances that are generally held in the evening in order to accommodate parent schedules. These occasions provide a unique and necessary opportunity for the demonstration of student learning and curriculum mastery, and provide opportunities for community sharing and enjoyment which are unique to the performing arts. It is essential that, barring illness or family emergency, members of performing groups participate in all scheduled performances. Absence from a required performance may result in a lowered report card grade. This policy is in place to emphasize the importance of performance attendance in maintaining the musical integrity of the performing organizations.