• 6th Grade Math, 7th Grade Math, Pre-Algebra

    To Parents:

         It was a pleasure to have met  those parents who attended the Orientation on Monday.  I will arrange to meet with the rest of you early on this year.  I feel it is essential for you to meet me face to face and vice versa.  I look forward to working with your child this year and making good gains.  This will not be possible without your support at home, though.  If I ever send an assignment home that you don’t understand and your child doesn’t understand (which should be rarely to never), please feel free to send me a note indicating this frustration on both your child’s and your part.  I will do my best at explaining and modeling it to your child again.  This note will assure me that they at least tried the assignment.  They should turn in whatever they did whether it is right or wrong.  I found a saying the goes like this, “ Only limitations you have are the ones you put on yourself.  This is such a great statement.  I told your child that CAN’T is a 4 letter word and is not allowed to be said in my room.  They should always try.  There is another statement that rings true also that I want to say to you, “ The only time you are a failure is when you stop trying”.  These two statement say it all.  I hope you agree.

         Well the first day went well, with little to no chaos.  The students all came into class eager to work.  I hope this eagerness continues.  If it does, I believe we will be able to accomplish anything we set our minds to.   Now let me tell you a little about myself.  I know most of you if you were at DMS, DES, or Romeo last year, because I was the staffing specialist that held the IEP meetings.  I have been out of teaching for quite some time because of this other line of work.  I have worked as a teacher for 25 years prior to starting the other job.  I am excited and nervous, just like I was when I first began teaching.  I feel if we have good cooperation between us, then your student will benefit from this.  I have requested a good phone number from each one of them, because I love making phone calls, Good and Bad.  If I don’t have a good number, not only will you not hear about the issues, but you will also not hear about the great things your child does.  I love making the good calls.  I feel that you need to be kept abreast of what your child is doing in school.  Middle school is difficult for the children, because they are in between being considered a child and an adult.  I hope I make this transition easier for both you and them.   I am teaching them math, which we all know has changed considerably from when we were in school, but I will do my best at explaining the math to them so that they are able to do their work at home.  I don’t give a lot of homework, because we all have very busy schedules.  Set a time for them to do the homework and their play.  Play is equally as important for your child.  Outside play is even more crucial, because many children don’t ever get outside and play hard, all they do is play on video games or the computer.  If you ever need to have a conference with me, please don’t hesitate in calling the school and setting up a conference with me.  You can contact me via e-mail at the following address:  catherine.neff@marion.k12.fl.us.  I will respond as soon as I can.  I learn by doing which is how many people learn best, including your child.  I will be incorporating many hands on activities to help them understand the different math skills that I will be teaching them this year.  They seemed excited when I told them this, so hopefully the excitement will stick with them all year long so we can make the gains that are expected of us.  Thanks for taking the time to read this and let you know a little about me.  Let me know when and if you ever have any concerns.  I look forward to working with your child this year.  I hope you enjoyed your homework. 

  • The 8th grade county wide test will be given on Monday.  


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