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As an intervention specialist at Louisville Middle School, I teach 8th grade resource mathematics. I also co-teach the 8th grade inclusion math classes.
Resource Math is designed to help students with mild to moderate disabilities be successful with grade level math. Class sizes are smaller and extra support is given to meet the individual needs of each student. Students in my resource math class will take the new common core state tests on the computer with their grade level peers in the spring. The grading scale for resource math is not adjusted. However, IEP accommodations are provided. We have the advantage of 90 minutes for math class again this year. I’m excited to see how much we will accomplish!
Students in all of my classes are required to record assignments in their school planners on a daily basis. I will not require planners to be signed by a parent unless a student chronically does not turn in homework. An introductory letter will be sent home with your child during the first week of school. It contains additional class information and requirements.
Practice is essential to learning math. Daily homework assignments will be given and will be checked for completion. Points will be given based on effort demonstrated. Please stress to your child that homework is not optional! I have a strict homework/assignment policy. Any student with a zero in the gradebook at the end of a grading period will receive an “incomplete” in resource math for the quarter. No letter grade for the quarter will be given until all assignments have been completed. Practice is essential to achieving success in math! Since my goal is that all students are successful in my class, any test or quiz that I give in resource math can be retaken for a higher score. However, retakes must be completed in study hall, study skills, or math lab after school…not during math class.
I can be reached by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling the school office at (330) 875-5597. Communication is essential to your child’s success at the middle school. Please don’t hesitate to voice your questions or concerns. We are a team in your child’s education, and I truly welcome your input.
Eighth grade is going to be a great year for your child!