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Parent Letters: 03.09 to 03.16

posted Mar 9, 2012, 7:29 AM by Kevin Chow   [ updated Mar 9, 2012, 7:29 AM ]
Parent Letters
will be going out starting Friday, 03.09.2012. Parents will be notified to expect them. Extra Credit will be awarded (25 Project Points, worth one Edmodo "A") for PLs returned with parent signature and a comment (can be anything, English or in Spanish). 

If you'd like to get a preview of the parent letter, click here: Parent Letter 2012

An excerpt from that letter is here below.

Dear Parents:

It’s the fifth week of the second semester, and with only fifteen weeks remaining your child will especially need your help to finish the ninth grade as a successful learner. Here are a few ways you can help:
  1. Make sure that your child is doing 20 minutes of independent reading three times a week. This can be a library book, magazine, or even website. This is a very important part of becoming a fluent reader.
  2. Check your child’s homework every day. Students will almost always have 15-30 minutes of homework from me each day. You can check the class website at for assignments and notes.
  3. Watch for signs of drug abuse – this is a major problem for all teenagers in high school these days. For more information, or help with a drug problem, please contact me or Ms. Makhani (the counselor).
  4. While the school and I try to provide access as much as we can, a home computer is becoming more and more a necessary tool for students. A good computer can be had for less than $200 these days and will last all the way through high school. If you’d like help choosing or even repairing a computer for your child, please contact me or programs such as Computer Recycling Center or Accelerated Schools.
  5. Make sure that your child gets enough exercise and sleep. Exercise helps self-esteem and brain function. Sleep helps physical growth and attention in class.

Here’s how your child is doing right now. Name : _____________________________ Date: __________________

Areas of SuccessAreas that Need Improvement
  • Acts respectfully to teacher and classmates.
  • Offers questions/comments that help us learn.
  • Puts good effort into assignments & projects.
  • Asks for help from experts when needed.
  • Uses technology to help self & others learn.
  • Offers to share expertise with others in class.
  • Tries hard to be on present and on time.
  • Brings pen, paper, and book to class.

  • Practice more respectful behavior in class.
  • Ask questions to keep up in class discussions.
  • At least try to complete assignments.
  • Come at nutrition/lunch for help.
  • Use technology to learn, not just play.
  • Share and trade what you know with others.
  • Come to class, on time, as much as possible.
  • Bring textbook (or other version) to class M-Th.
Addition comments from teacher:

Signature & any comments from parent (Spanish or English)