Dear Parents and/or Guardian, For the school year 2016-2017, we will be covering all the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in my classroom. For the first six weeks, we will review some prior year materials and begin working on the TEKS for your child's subject area: Such as, Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. It is very important that your child bring a pencil and paper to class and listen intently in class every day. All math assignments will be taught and homework will be assigned daily. Quizzes will be given on a regular basis to make sure your child understands the math lesson which was taught. Encourage your child to be present daily, take notes, and be prepared for any and all quizzes/test which may occur. One of the best ways a student can succeed in any math class is to do their homework every day without fail. I will teach your child with the best of my ability, so encourage your child to come to class, be prepared to work, and learn all the knowledge presented to them at all times. Each Six Weeks Grades will be given as follows: 50% - Daily work, which includes, all quizzes, study island assignments, notes taken in class, and homework assignments. 30% - Chapter test, Semester Exam, EOC test, TAKS test, and notebook. 20% - Study Island, which is a computer-based program that tests a student’s ability in the concept areas which are tested in each subject area.
If at any time, your child's quiz grade is not what they desire, they may at any time during the given six weeks, redo the quiz for a higher grade. No matter what the grade, they can redo the quiz or homework assignment for a higher grade. Please encourage your child to keep up with their assignments and make up any quizzes that fall below their expectations for the class, because this will help your child be successful in their math class. You can always check on your child's grade by reviewing their assignment sheet which should be always kept in the front of their optional notebook. However, the notebook will keep your child organized and up to date in class. Also, if your child is testing at the state level, they are required to do study island assignments in specified topics in their subject area weekly! The students will be required to do 20 to 30 questions per week in each of the selected topics. Again, if their scores are not acceptable to you or them, they may redo them to raise their grade within a 2 week window during that particular six weeks. Study Island is online and can be done at home or in any computer lab at school, or on their cell phones. Thank you for allowing me to have your child in math class. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 936-248-5000 ext. 501. I will return your call as soon as possible or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Help by preparing your child to become a great mathematician by having a positive attitude in class every day, a willingness to learn, and never-ending desire to try.
Sincerely, Todd Bodden