• Dear Parents/Guardians, 

    Welcome to a new school year! I hope you enjoyed your summer vacation. I would like to take a few moments to introduce myself. My name is Mr. Mitchell and I will be your child’s math teacher this school year.  This is my 23rd year of teaching at Hamilton; the first 14 were teaching 7th grade science. I have always loved math and helping students with their math so when we had an opening I decided I needed a change and I was lucky to become the new 7th grade math teacher.  As an educator, I value my job and the opportunity to teach your child the math requirements he/she will need to be successful by the end of this school year.  Your child’s success in my classroom and HMS is my number one priority.

    I have two goals for them this year. Goal number one is to ensure that they never give up and try to do their best every day. I think of each class as a team and we are all together trying to get better, encouraging and helping each other. What I do not want to see is a student saying, “I don’t get it” before they even try the problems. I want them to say “I will try”.  They still might leave my class not understanding a concept completely but they will know a little bit more than when we started and that is a victory.

    I will help as much as I can, and will be available before school, after school, and lunchtime. Have your student chat with me to schedule some help time. If you ever have questions do not hesitate to give me a call at home at 363-8981 before 10:00 pm. If there are one or two problems they don’t understand on homework please wait until class. My school email is mitchellj@hsd3.org and school phone number is 363-2121 extension 5039. Our phone message system isn’t that reliable so I prefer an email.

    Goal number two is to be organized and come to class prepared with a good attitude. Students should have their planner, math notebook, homework, calculator, math book, pencils, etc. with them every day.

    There will be homework on Mondays and it is due on the next Monday. Homework should take about 40-45 minutes on average. Homework is due at the beginning of class and if turned in late they will receive half credit. They can turn in late work until the next grade check.  If there is a major conflict or specific problem they should talk to me and I usually grant them extra time. I also will have free homework passes that will be given out occasionally. For example, if a student turns in 10 homework assignments in a row on time they will receive one free homework pass. 

    My grading system is set on total points where homework is worth 50 points a week, quizzes are 75 points, and tests are 150 points. I can print out a detailed grade sheet for students that want one to see what they are missing or how their grade averages out. Infinite campus also allows you to track your student’s progress.

    Let’s have a great year together and please contact me if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Mitchell