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    "Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think"
    Albert Einstein 
    (1879-1955)
     
    Dear Students and Parents,


    Please allow me to take a moment to welcome you to my class. My name is Guadalupe Trabold and I will be your child’s Math teacher.  This will be my 17 year teaching at East Lee Middle School, and the excitement and anticipation I feel with beginning a new school year never seem to lessen. 

    During this first week of school, my students will have the opportunity to cover some Procedures, Rules and Expectations for my class. I will be sending a copy of what we discussed for you to keep at home, so that through working as a team, we can ensure that your child finds success in my classroom. 

    It is important that you realize that your child is in an advanced class. The curriculum is stringent; fast paced, and will require focus in class and practice out of class. Your child will be expected to be on task at all times and complete all assignments on time. 

     
    Classroom Rules and Expectations:
     
    1. Be prepared and be on time!
    2. Raise your hand and wait to be called on.
    3. Stay seated unless you have permission otherwise.
    4. Keep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself. 
    5. Please refrain from eating or drinking in the classroom.
     
    Rewards:
    1. Verbal Praise
    2. Phone Call / email to parents
    3. Positive Referral
     
    Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior (we will use 4x4 form)
    1. Box 1 Warning!
    2. Box 2 Silent Lunch
    3. Box 3 Parent phone call or email to parents 
    4. Box 4 Office Referral to Administration 
     
     Classroom Procedures:
     
    1. Beginning of the class: Entering Classroom:  You will enter the classroom and take your seat immediately. If you need to sharpen your pencil do so at this time. Your agenda for the day will be on the board, which will include materials need for the day, homework assignment, upcoming events (such as test, quizzes or school activities), and the topic being covered for the day. Be sure to write down all homework.  All previously assigned homework should be taken out and placed on your desk. Please start by working on your math warm-up activity. A copy will be on your desk. This will be collected daily/weekly and graded.
     
    2.  Be Prepared for class every day– I am expecting all students to bring to class a mechanical or wooden pencils and a pencil sharpener each day , a red ink pen, and loose-leaf paper. Other material that will be using are index cards and Expo Markers.
     
    3. Assignments:  Hand in all assignments when they are due. If assignments are frequently turned in late or missing, I will contact the parents to advise them of my concerns. In the event of an absence, the student will need to personally contact me at a convenient time upon return to school to receive make-up work. 

    .My grading policy requires that all work be completed by the due date in order to receive full credit. For assignments that are handed in late, students will receive 80% of the assignment's final grade. I will not accept any late work after 5 daysWorking lunch and after school study hall is also available to ensure that students complete their work in a timely manner. 

    5.Neatness of Assignments: Your work is a portrait of you; make it the best it can be! Only use PENCIL and turn in work that is completed in pencil. Any other will be returned to you to redo. Please make sure you have your first and last name, date, core on all your assignments. If there is no name then I can’t give you a grade for it.
     
    6. Lunchroom, hallways, and bathrooms: This is our school and we should be proud, so keep it clean and neat. Please do your part and pick up after yourself. 
     
    7. End of class: Please clean up after yourself and make sure your area is neat and tidy for the next person. Please remain seated and wait to be dismissed. At the very end of the day, dismissal is announced over the intercom, so you need to be paying attention so you do not miss your transportation home. 
     
    8. Finished early?: The standing assignment for anyone who finished early is to read! also, this is a great time to make sure your notebook is up-to-date and organized. 
     
    9. Fire drills or other : You are to line up in the classroom, quickly and quietly. Listen for teacher instructions to exit the building in an orderly fashion,  and when we return to the classroom, we will resume working. 
                   
    I welcome and encourage open communication amongst  parents, student and teacher. Please don’t hesitate to call me at 919-776-8441 ext 1710 if you have any  questions or concerns relating to your child or my class. You can also email me at gtrabold.elms@lee.k12.nc.us if this is more convenient.

    I am looking forward to working with your child and you throughout the upcoming school year.

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Trabold
    7th Grade Math