Dear Language Arts Extension 7th grade parents:
As the school year begins, there are a few ideas we need to focus on in the seventh grade year. The seventh grade year is a transitional year: the students are taking on more challenging classes, experiencing a new schedule with many new teachers, and in many cases, becoming more involved with non-academic activities. The students are learning to “juggle” all of their work and activities. This adjustment requires minimal effort for some students, while this might be a slow process for others. Social variables added to the mix make this year seem even more challenging. Of utmost importance is that we all work together to create more confident and independent students.
With this in mind, I am including my email in this short note: email@example.com. If you have any concerns, please address them promptly to me via email. If you want to make me aware of any existing issues, please do so now so that I may gain a head start in helping your child feel more positive and successful.
Most all of their work will be done in class; we will first grasp new concepts together, and then the students will try them on their own in class. There are, however, lengthy projects that include these new skills. Those projects will require some work out of class. Be aware that I give the students substantial time in class to complete them, but additional time may be required to do so. Also, not all students will take advantage of the in-class time, so those students may have to complete more work at home.
As I address the students for the first time this year, I will make them aware that I will be in contact with their parents throughout the year. This contact will include the following issues: homework, behavior, progress, and anything I feel is important for you to know.
Our parent-teacher relationship sends a message to our students: we will be working together in their best interests. For our children this may seem uncomfortable, but if we can keep them on a positive and productive track in their academic environment, they will feel more confident in handling other areas in their lives.
Please include your signature below to indicate that you have read this and that you would like to be contacted if there are any issues with your child. Also, note that there are situations where I am required to contact you.
Thank you for your time and your support.
Ms. Lynnette E. Sauers
August 28th, 2013
Attention Language Arts Extension 7th and 8th grade students:
Each of your teachers has a specific idea of what is most important in the classroom. The reason for this letter is clarify my expectations.
First, I value and expect quality. This means that you take your time, focus on what is requested of you, and take pride in your work. There are many assignments that are not lengthy; they are ALL to be completed with conscientiousness and pride. Short assignments do not equal thoughtless, random completion.
I also value a strong, consistent work ethic. This demonstrates academic maturity. Consistency is important in every area in life. Now is the time to begin to practice it and continue it. Complete your work whenever requested and without excuse. That means the following: come to class promptly and complete what is requested of you.
Quality work and a strong work ethic are supported by focus. When you attend class, I expect you to focus on my class only. I will allow NO OTHER ACADEMIC AREAS to be worked on in my class. I will take the work, and you will not get it back. If you have completed an in-class assignment and all of your work in my class has been completed, then you need to gain permission to work on something else. At the same time, discussion in our classroom is to be limited to the subject at hand. This focus allows us to move ahead fluently and logically.
Last, communication is THE most important tool in our classroom. If you do not understand an area, communicate this to me. Do not wait until an assessment to convey that you do not understand it. A breakdown in communication leads to frustration, anger, and an “I give up” attitude. There is no reason why we should not have clear and consistent communication.
Thank you, in advance, for your efforts this year, and do not hesitate to approach me BEFORE class with any concerns you may have.
Ms. Lynnette Sauers