September 3rd, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Welcome Back! I hope you have a wonderful summer!

It is an honor to teach your children this year. I will be teaching four math courses Algebra 8 (1st hour), Intermediate Algebra (2nd, and 3rd hours), Telescoped Algebra 8/Intermediate Algebra (4th hour), and Geometry (5th hour). Syllabus are posted on my website. This week we will practice our class routines and expectations.

I am looking for volunteers for my first hour from 10:00 to 11:00.  No prior math skills need it.

Algebra 8 class only, I will co-teach with Mrs. Radde and we will use the Guided math model. Guided Math is a structure for teaching whereby a teacher supports each child's development of mathematical proficiency at increasing levels of difficulty, within the context of a small group.


Here is a glance of our classes’ routine:


Students will get a notebook to do their homework in. Notebooks are color-coded depending on a student’s class hour.

 Monday to Thursday Students will be asked to watch a short video at home and record questions and their answers in their notebook. Then they will practice a couple of questions that will be similar to the ones in the video. Then they will answer a review question and an optional challenge question.

Students will share their thinking on how they solve the review and the challenge questions next day in class.

Monday is the only day to accept any missing homework from the previous week.  No late homework will be accepted after Monday.

Last year, some students accumulated the homework until the end of the quarter and got overwhelmed by the work.

2.  Classwork: 

Students will do practice questions in class

3. Organization Grade:

In order to help students be independent learners, they will have a weekly effort grade based on weekly work completion and binder organization. For Algebra 8 class we have a daily effort grade.

4. Quizzes: 

Students will have a concept check after each learning target. They can retake it any time before the unit test.

5. Spiral and cumulative review:

Every Friday Students will assign an accumulative homework to help them grasp the content and connect all the learning targets. 


Students may re-take learning target quizzes (concept check) in order to demonstrate increased mastering of the topic. Before re-taking an assessment, students will be asked to demonstrate additional practice on the learning target, and the assessment may occur in a different format than the original assessment. All re-do’s, retakes, and revisions are due before the end of the unit.  

7. Every unit will have a unit test and a project. The test will be from the concept check questions. I am expected my students to retake the concept check if need it before the unit test.

To get my students ready for the high school rigorous, there is No retake for the unit test. 

8. You will receive a weekly newsletter about our class news every Sunday night. I believe on the importance of parents’ involvement as a main key for student success. Please email me any feedback/concern your student rise at home. I changed/adopted many of my instruction from my students and parents’ feedback. I take it all serious.

Parental Involvement is Key to the Success of Students. Academic achievement increases when parents are involved in their children's education. Parental involvement also leads to better classroom behavior.

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9. I will communicate with you in the next two weeks about my available time that students can come in for extra support or re-teach.


10. Math Count: I am encouraging my students to challenge themselves by joining Math count. It is a great PTA program that increases math reasoning. I will give extra credit to all of my students who join the program. the program instructor, Mr. Colin Gardner-Springer: Math count website,


If you have any questions you can contact me by e-mail.

Thank you very much,

Abir Ismail