Remember: When school begins, everyone has homework, everyone has projects due, and everyone needs to plan their time carefully. We can't excuse absences because a student did not keep up with their studies.
Because of the nature of performing in a large group, every member is vital. If you choose not to do your English homework because you procrastinated on your Math and spent all of your time doing that, it will not affect the grades of the other students in your English class. If you miss band practice because you procrastinated on something else, it DOES affect the ability of the other students to do their routines. You could be a guide point for several other students. They can not blend and balance their musical parts to someone who is not there. PLEASE plan accordingly and consider how your participation affects the entire group.
Ninth grade parents: It is not unusual for the first progress reports to contain grades somewhat lower than you might expect...especially for those students who loaded up on honors classes. High school is more rigorous than middle school and we have seen "straight A" students from 8th grade bring home an initial progress report full of C's and D's. DON'T PANIC. They will figure out the pacing, demands, and expectations of the high school teachers and get back on track. Check up on your student frequently to make sure that they are turning in assignments (especially homework). Pulling your student out of band practice when grades are low does not typically improve the other grades, and it puts them behind in band as well. The best advice is to plan ahead, keep a schedule of due dates, and ask for help when you do not understand.