I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Trinetta Harden and I am honored to be your child's seventh grade English Language Arts teacher. This is my 10th year of teaching at Burke County Middle School and I am so excited to be here!!!! I am looking forward to working with you and your child in reaching his or her full potential. We will have many wonderful experiences and opportunities to learn and grow in the days ahead.
I believe that communication is the key to a great parent-teacher relationship. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can send me a note in your child's planner, email email@example.com or call at 706-554-3532. I will also do my part by contacting you on what we have been doing in class as well as things that are up coming. For individual concerns, I will contact you by phone, send a note home in your child's planner, or email you (if an email address is provided). Please feel free to participate in your child's second year as middle school student as much as you are able. Helping hands are always needed. Whether it is with homework, helping with PTA, or any other participation will enrich our classroom experiences. I am looking forward to a wonderful and exciting year with you and your child!
Trinetta L. Harden
Some important information to start off the year :
***Every day your child will take home his/her planner. Please try to check and sign this each day. It may contain important announcements, homework assignments, or completed work. It is very important that your child brings this back to school each day. This will help to create a routine and continue the communication between home and school. Also, use this as a way to communicate with me. For instance, if your child is doing something different from their normal schedule (going home with a friend, being picked up from by another family member, etc) please send me a note to let me know the change of plans. I will check this planner each morning.
***Homework will require some parental involvement at this level. Your cooperation is essential in developing a positive homework habit. First and foremost, you can encourage your child by showing interest and demonstrating helpful attitudes toward homework. Some additional suggestions for homework:
• Provide a noise-free, well-lit place to work
• Establish a regular "homework time" in the home and have a special place free from excessive noise.
• Help your child organize adequate time to complete activities neatly and carefully.
• Encourage your child to ask for help when he/she doesn't understand something or is frustrated. Teachers, like parents, can help only if they know there is a need.
• Decide if it becomes too frustrating of a task to stop and take a break. Any work done under duress or frustration is not a positive or healthy learning experience.
***Electronics (cell phones, MP3s, Ipods, etc.) should not be brought to school.
***Attendance is important in each and EVERY grade!! What we do in class involves active participation, it is very important that your child attends each day. However, I do realize that sickness, family emergencies, and doctor's appointments do occur. Whenever possible, your child's schoolwork will be saved for him/her to complete upon their return to school. But it is each child's responsibility to inquire with me as to what schoolwork they may have missed while absent from school. That is it for now! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as the school year progresses.
"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." Helen Keller