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Time to Start the 2016 – 2017 School year

This is going to be a great year.  I will be starting my 7th year here at DSA and I am very excited.  I will also be teaching a Pre-Calculus class this year.  It has been a little while since I have taught this level of a class, but I am very excited to be teaching it this year.  I am still teaching 4 of the 5 Geometry classes, which I am very excited about.  I still love geometry because of the visual aspect of the class.  I am also excited to be teaching alongside with another teacher here at DSA and coming up with some new ideas and ways to teach the material.  I know my class sizes are large, but the students here at DSA love to learn and I have noticed always do the best that they can.

A little about me.  I am originally from Wisconsin and have been living in Colorado for the past 10 years.  Before teaching in WI I was in the Peace Corps for 2.5 years also teaching math, this was one of the best experiences I had and really made me want to get into teaching when I returned home and have enjoyed it ever since.  I have a few pictures posted in my room from my time in the Peace Corps in Ghana Coastal West Africa.  Feel free to ask questions about my time there and I am glad to share my experience throughout the year.  My first two years in Colorado I taught at Grandview High School in Cherry Creek and then taught for two years at Welby New technology High School in the Mapleton School district.  I have enjoyed all the schools I have taught at, but definitely like the staff and administration the most here at DSA.

I have always enjoyed math and like to share stories of my struggles in math with students to show that even if you struggle with something you can still reach your goals. I have a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from UW Eau Claire, I have my teaching degree from UW Milwaukee and I have my Masters in Computer Science Education from Cardinal Stritch University.

Apart from school I am a full time parent.  With the help of my wife we are raising three boys all 2 years apart.  Isaac is now in fourth grade and I can’t believe the amount of homework he has been getting.  Riley just is starting second grade this year and is very excited to learn and do homework like his big brother, sometimes he says he would rather stay at school then come home.  Wesley will beIMG_1943 starting kindergarten this year at the same school as his brothers.  I think he is excited to be at there school, but doesn’t do will with change.  I can see the struggles my boys have with homework and try to remember some of this when teaching and giving homework to my students.

As I mentioned I have been teaching now for around 15 years.  I try to make myself as available as possible to students and parents.  I am usually at school by 6:45 am and leave around 3:30 pm.  Because of meetings I am not available on Mondays and most Wednesdays   Students are also welcome to come in and see me during one of my planning periods, 6th and 7th, unfortunately I do not give up my lunch period very often, I set this time aside for test and quiz make-ups.

I try to make myself as available as possible, if you have questions emailing me is usually the quickest way to get a response.  I will return phone calls within 24hrs as well.

If you have questions and can not find me send me an email at mark_agamaite@dpsk12.org or call me at 720-424-.1830

The best place to get information about your grade, upcoming assignments, tests and quizzes go to infinite campus.  I do my best to have this planed out for about a week or more and update as soon as possible.  I do enter grades within a day of collecting assignments.  I also post the tentative outline on my website with assignments and what we will be covering.  I do not update this as often as infinite campus.

Here is my schedule for the year and what rooms I will be in.

Period Class
1 Geometry
2 Geometry
3 Pre Calculus
4 Geometry
5 Geometry
6 Planning
7 Planning
8 Algebra 1

Make sure you read through the General Expectations and Information about my class room and school in general.  I will have some of the major points highlighted on my website for quick reference.  After you have read through the expectations click on the link below to indicate you read and understand my expectations.

Expectations the basic ideas are the same for all my classes.

Summary of expectations – a more detailed syllabus for each class is listed on that class page.

Honors vs NonHonors form – this is only needed for Geometry and PreCaclulus forms, will be handed out the first week of class but if you miss place it here is another copy

Attendance – make sure you contact the office when absent, also check my website or infinite campus to determine what you missed that day and what the assignments are, if you can’t find the information you can email me and I will let you know what we did.  If you are going to be gone for a long time make sure you contact Mr. Loera to complete the correct paperwork and let admin know.

I put a lot of this in the students hands, if your child is missing class they are responsible for making up the work they missed, getting the notes from another students and handing in any homework, I always emphasize getting work turned in before a student leaves, it eliminates some of the pressure of making up the work when they get back.

If you miss a class or just need a little more help to understand a topic and can’t seem to connect with me try going to Kahn Academy or youtube and look for examples of what wh are currently discussing, these have help students in the past.  I do post my notes online.  I try to make powerpoints of my notes to help stay consistent and give students something to look at if they missed class.

DPS Grading Scale-System – this shows you grades are given based on honors, AP and a regular classroom

DSA HS Honors Policy – the policy that will be used for honors classes, I also have broken this down in my expectations form

Honors vs NonHonors form – this is only needed for Geometry and PreCaclulus forms, will be handed out the first week of class but if you miss place it here is another copy

Hon vs Non – Geometry

Hon vs Non Pre

Links to some helpful sites:

http://www.khanacademy.org/ or on youtube search for profrobob

online text and help http://math.kendallhunt.com/default.aspx Geometry is 4th edition