Middle School Math Announcement

Dear Parents of Grade 6, 7, 8 students,

As we begin our transition into Online Learning, I have decided to take over the role of Math instruction. Once school resumes in-house, the Middle School math program will be split between Mrs. Barbara Sauli and myself, depending on the day and schedule, for the rest of the school year.

We know firsthand the importance of consistency and stability in an academic program, especially in Mathematics. The year started strong, but due to unforeseen personal decisions, instability arose. Mrs. Sauli graciously took on the position from mid-October through December. A wide search took place for a strong candidate, and unfortunately not many candidates emerged. Instead of re-opening the search at this time, we feel that this is the best decision to create stability and consistency going forward.

For those wondering about my math background, I left my job as a business analyst in Corporate America to accept a position to teach Secondary Math Education through the NYC Teaching Fellowship in 2003. I eventually changed this path to Elementary Education and taught 5th grade Math for 12 years. However, I have experience teaching junior high math, tutoring 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade math students in the Bronx. Math was my favorite subject throughout my schooling, which stemmed from my great love of following sports and their statistics.

Your students will get assignments and instructional videos that I create each day. If they ever have any questions, they should send me an email. I strongly welcome and encourage them to take videos of the problems at which they struggle and I will respond promptly with instruction and support. There are applications that allow students to join in a webinar-like setting which we can consider and explore eventually, but for now, I think the videos I create for each lesson will help. Just so you are aware, I am going to be using assignments where they have to show work and explain their process, so I can understand where they are coming from, in order to best help them. I will keep you posted if I have any issues with a lack of effort, cooperation, or if students are failing to turn in assignments. However, I anticipate nothing but great achievement from a group of students that is very bright and capable.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I am looking forward to working with your students each day.

Sincerely,

Mr. Morris

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