Friday, August 31, 2018

Beginning of Year Letter

September 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians of 7C Math Students,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. It will be a year of transition for the students in all areas, including Math. There is a lot more algebra requiring abstract thinking that may not be strong in preteens. I will be working to help them move from concrete thinking by reviewing as we extend concepts throughout the year. At the Back to School Night on Wednesday, Sept. 26th, and in the bi-weekly newsletters, there will be information about the content for the year.

There are a couple of ways your student can get some extra help as needed. I offer help after school from 2-2:45 PM (3:00, if taking the late bus). I am usually here Mondays and Tuesdays but will post the specific days weekly so students can be sure. I allow students that receive a 75 or below on a quiz or test to redo it at home (the incorrect problems only) after coming after school for extra help. This needs to be completed within 2 weeks of receiving the graded quiz/test. This new grade is averaged with the old. You can keep track of the grades on Aspen.

There will be nightly homework that should take about 15-20 minutes on average. Below is a checklist the students received to help guide them. Students can let me know if the homework is taking them much longer. Projects will be posted on the class blog ( They will be broken down into parts with specific due dates so I can be sure any questions/problems are addressed.

Extra credit options will be available each quarter. Extra credit is due one week before grades close – no exceptions. The extra credit, counted as a quiz, will be graded on adherence to the requirements and quality of the work. This will be posted on the blog.

I look forward to a great year with your child. If you need to reach me, my email address is My phone is (781) 270-2969. I look forward to seeing you Sept. 26th.


Ellen Miley

Beginning of Year Homework Check for Math
*Heading includes date and assignment
* Work is included showing how answer was derived
* In-class corrections noted
*Assignment is complete

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