Back to school letter math 7

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  • 1. Dear Students and Families, Welcome to Math 7, Transition Math! Im excited about the opportunity to get to know you, and Im looking forward to a happy and productive school year.Curriculum areas we will focus on this year include number systems (decimals, fractions, negatives, whole numbers), algebraic (use of variables, patterns, equations, graphing), geometry (area, volume), and problem solving. Within the first couple days of school, we will start delving into the first chapter on Decimal Notation. This is going to be a peculiar school year with faculty & staff changes, a later than usual start, and PSSA testing in early March! We will be busy from the start!I have started a class website titled Mathitude 203 at www.mathitude.webs.com. This will be a place will students can get class information, handouts, and notes, see pictures/videos of class projects or presentations, follow a class/district calendar, see what the schedule of learning math is for the year, use various links to web resources, including b-ssd, edline, and coolmath. In addition to some other items that may come to this site, one that I encourage students to utilize most, as needed, is the blogging part of the site located under News. Here, I anticipate reading and answering questions about class or homework; just remind your child to never post their full names online, instead abbreviate with initials & class period: jsk1. I hope for this to be the portal to our year of math in room 203!Students are asked to bring the following supplies to school before September 9: 1-subject notebook (or 3-ring binder with filler paper), Pencils, Assignment Notebook, and Scientific Calculator (TI-34 II, TI-34 Multi-View, or TI-15).My homework policy is work assigned to be done outside of the classroom. As a math teacher, I feel that students need to practice newly taught material, as well as keep their math skills from previous topics practice makes perfect, or at least better! As a result, I assign homework on most days. Students should expect homework every day and be pleasantly surprised when they have none.My grading policy is aligned with the district grading policy. Students will receive a grade at the end of the marking period for participation in the class based on his/her effort, attention, & interest. Student homework will be graded on a pass/fail basis and a grade will be given at the end of the marking period based on the number of assignments completed as a pass versus the total assignments. After ample practice, an assignment may be collected. These assignments will be graded for correction and given a grade up to 100%. Of course, students should expect 2-3 quizzes per chapter/unit as well as Chapter Tests at the conclusion of each chapter/unit. In addition, there is a possibility for a homework quiz or lesson quiz each day, so students should always be prepared! I provide sufficient opportunities for students to improve their grades, including monthly challenge problems for bonus and spontaneous bonus problems throughout each week or on tests/quizzes. It is

2. the students responsibility to take advantage of these opportunities when available. Finally, there may be a few projects throughout the year to expand on the content being discussed in class.Attendance in each class period is required to reach the students fullest potential in learning & understanding the mathematical concepts being learned this year. The student is responsible for any in-class work or homework missed when absent from class. The days notes will be posted online and handouts provided in a class folder (or online, when available). All missed work is expected to be turned in promptly after returning to class. If a quiz or test is missed, the student must contact me to complete it immediately upon returning to class, so as not to fall further behind. The students grade will be based on the accumulation of points the student has earned over the 9-week period; the total points will vary. Check Edline weekly for grade updates.Special classroom events planned for the year may include, but are not limited to Pi Day, Buzz Tournament, Probability Day, Field Trip, PSSA Math, Free Rice Basic Math Tournament.I hold high expectations for each student. I will give every opportunity possible to help each student succeed in my mathematics classroom. I will respect each student, and I expect each student to do the same for his/her fellow classmates and me. This includes, but is not limited to, words, tone and manner of address, promptness, willingness to listen to one another, raising ones hand and waiting to be called on, and to maintain the conditions necessary that all may concentrate on the work at hand. My goal is to help your child succeed in math and prepare you to be successful next year in high school!Throughout the year, I would like to have open lines of communication between students, parents, and me. Please do not hesitate to contact me should the need arise. If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to visit our classroom, schedule a conference, or volunteer to help out, you can contact me by email at kremer@b-ssd.org or by phone at (724) 459-8880. The best times to reach me are 7:15 am 2:50 pm.Thank you, in advance, for all of your support during this new school year!Once again, welcome to Math 7. Lets work together to make this the best year ever!Sincerely, Mrs. Julianne KremerEducation is not preparation for life; education is life itself. ~John Dewey