Ooo! I know where it goes! Got slammed on my appraisal for 'not being cooperative in promoting school spirit.' Had fought a couple of things things during the year - doing something that would have been unsafe for my percussion kids, and not being able to do a spirit parade in February with two hours notice and all of our marching brass was in 'summer' repair - and showed the emails commending me for finding 'win-win' solutions. Was then told that next year we were having a 'spirit committee' so these things get planned better, and if I worked well with that those scores would improve. Me: "So you are telling me that I am getting penalized on this year's appraisal because you are anticipating that I won't be cooperative with some yet to be created committee?" My next stop was the principal's office. Yep, my score got changed.
The new AP at the 7-8 school (on AB block) schedules the band to play for a pep rally at 9 am the first day of school. (This is not revealed until a 4 pm faculty meeting the afternoon before.)
1. All three principals are new to the district, the campus, and teaching at that level.
2. There had been no summer band. (I'd been working with HS since Aug.1)
3. I had not yet seen my class lists or schedule (even though it is the afternoon of the day before school starts).
4. Instruments and music had, of course, not been issued. I hadn't seen the kids since May. In fact, I had classes at another campus on A day mornings.
5. Half of the kids (325 of 650) are new on the campus and have never even been to a pep rally. The 7th grade band kids are coming from a 6th grade campus with a different director.
And trying to calmly explain why his plan is not possible is tantamount to WWIII-I'm being insubordinate, uncooperative, not a team player, screwing up the whole first day schedule, and he doesn't want to hear it.
It took the HS director and the head principal from the other 7-8 school before he's finally talked out of it, but it affected his attitude all year.
(The it turned out he's my appraiser--an unbelievable story for another day.)
They ask you in the 3rd week of school if the 6th grade beginners are playing with the 7th and 8th grade during the pep rally this week.