Time to Start the 2017 – 2018 School year
This is going to be a great year. I will be starting my 8th year here at DSA and I am very excited. We will be introducing a new curriculum in the high school call CPM. I will be teaching 1 Eight Grade math class and 5 of the Geometry Level classes now called integrated 2. 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 11 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 5th grade and I can’t believe the amount of homework he has been getting. Riley just will be in 3rd 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 be starting 1st grade this year at the same school as his brothers. 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 16 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 after school. Students are also welcome to come in and see me during one of my planning periods, 7th and 8th, 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 email@example.com 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.
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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.
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. If you are absent from class I do send emails home to check, especially if you are not excused from missing class.
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 we are currently discussing, these have helped students in the past. I do post my notes online, these are very basic and students may still need to come in to see me about them. 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 how 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 Integrated 2 and forms will be handed out the first week of class but if you miss place it here is another copy
http://www.khanacademy.org/ or on youtube search for profrobob