Dear Parent(s) or Guardian,
It is a pleasure and honor to introduce myself to you. My name is Coach Carlos Marshall, and I am excited about teaching your child this year. I received a Masters of Teaching degree from Augusta State University in 2007, and I have been teaching science for 12 years. I am currently working towards my Doctorate in Education Innovations, and your childs’ continued success is my priority.
I will be instructing your children and my students in Science and Honors Science. I hope to improve your child’s study skills along the way so that they will be successful long after leaving Burke County Middle School to pursue higher education and all future endeavors. To achieve this goal, we have to set high expectations for our students. I expect my students to follow the classroom, team, and school rules that have been previously established. Due to my military background, I am a stickler for discipline without which there can be no learning. “Motivation will get you started, but discipline will allow you to finish.” To this end, I have set some common sense rules of respect and discipline that I will cover with my students during the first few weeks.
I will follow along the guidelines that have been set forward by the school when addressing any rules violations. I believe that most situations can be solved with teacher/student counseling, but for repeated violations I will follow all guidelines that have been put in place by BCMS administration.
Also, it is imperative that each student attends school regularly and come prepared to learn. All in will be responsible for any missed work. A student will have 5 days to make up any assignments. I believe that every child is capable of learning and fulfilling his or her own potential. FAILURE is not an option. It is my goal to provide every student with an environment that is conducive to learning at a higher order thinking level.
I use homework sparingly, since students are assigned regular projects periodically, but I do utilize class work and home readings to further a deeper understanding of the material. Every student is expected to review the day’s material learned in class that evening. This will allow them the opportunity to present probing questions in class on any material that they are unable to explain to YOU. Yes, I need your help to ensure that your child understands the material. If they can’t explain it to you, they will probably be unable to demonstrate to me an understanding of the material. I would like to extend an open invitation for questions and classroom visits. We will endeavor to reach our goal as a team because without your help, my task is next to impossible.
Here are my grading scales along with the school grading policy:
Summative Assessments – 35%
Formative Assessments – 45%
Homework - 10%
Nine weeks exam - 10%
A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
C = 75 - 79
D = 70 - 74
F = 69 - below
Please feel free to contact me via email or phone if you have any questions or concerns. I will communicate via email, telephone, and notes that will be sent home by our students. Also, please review over the rules, consequences, and classroom procedures with your child and sign and return the bottom portion of this letter. It is my hope to talk with you and meet you this school year. I am looking forward to working with you and your child.
Coach C. J. Marshall
Physical Science & 8th Grade Science
Burke County Middle School
Phone: (706) 554-3532