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Welcome Note

Welcome to the Math Rotation Class.  My name is David Buerger and I have the joy of working with your student in this class to improve their math skills and foundations.  Math Rotation is essentially an intervention course designed to work with those students who have been identified as needing assistance to bring their math skills to grade level.  We will be working on many different math basics, facts, fundamentals, and foundational topics in an effort to improve core skills and better establish your student for success in future math courses.

 

During the first week of class, each student will be provided with a syllabus for the course.  The actual paper copy of the syllabus is brief, however, we will take a considerable amount of time to discuss expectations of the course, the supplies in the classroom, the proper steps to take in the event of various emergency situations, and most importantly, the concepts of the Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS) system.  Each student understands that his/her conduct and their work to be "safe, responsible, and respectful" in the classroom is vital to the success of the class.  Students are consistently instructed and reminded that their effort, work ethic, and participation combined with good attitudes and attention to the instruction are critical to their own personal success.

 

Students will work on areas of deficit in addition to the topics of their current grade level.  These include (based on specific grade level standards):  decimals, integers, fractions, equations, measurement, proportions, percents, data, and geometry.  Every effort is made to incorporate the various math topics to a "real-world" application in hopes of creating a path of better comprehension.  Students will also learn different ways to manage the math topic in an effort to show there might be multiple ways to solve the problem, better enhancing their understanding.

 

The Math Rotation Class, as well as the school and the district, rely heavily on the STAR Math assessment program to evaluate levels of comprehension.  This class will utilize STAR testing on a regular basis as our primary form of assessment.  STAR reports will be sent home periodically to show their success and achievement and to provide a framework for growth in math.  Each time our students are tested, it helps if they are rested and ready for test time and to give their best effort for success at all times.

 

Finally, support from home is imperative to the success of the students in this course.  Any methods to have our students think "math" in the real-world on a daily basis is imperative for their growth.  You can help by incorporating math into their daily living activities..... grocery store, gas station, sports activities, and many others.  Any time we an provide an extra math scenario into their day will go a long way towards their progress.

 

If you have any questions or need any further information, the best way to contact is me is via email at david.buerger@boone.kyschools.us, and I will be happy to reply or to phone if necessary.  You may also call me at school at 859-384-5333 x-75140.  My planning time is 11:30A to 12:30P.

 

Thank you for your cooperation and I look forward to working with your student.

 

David Buerger

Math Rotation

Gray Middle School