Phone: (315) 895-7461 x3104
Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees: Rochester Insititute of Technology: B.S. Applied Sci. & Tech SUNY Postsdam: M.S.T Elementary Education Utica College: M.S. Special Education Certifications: Childhood Education (1-6) Students w/ Disabilities (1-6) Students w/ Disabilities (7-12)
Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) & Students:
-I am available by email 7 days a week and make an effort to respond quickly. I will generally respond to new messages between 7am-9pm.
-Any messages left on my school phone will be forwarded to me and I will respond promptly.
-Students can contact me directly via. Google Chat, this may be the quickest way to get in touch with me.
-I need to work around all the other Gen. Ed. content teachers in 3 grade levels. The bulk of new assignments will all be posted on Monday though my ELA Google classroom page. I will continue to mail things home for following weeks.
-I will be live via. Google Hangout on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10-11am and 4-5pm (times may be subject to change due to other meetings I have to be part of)
-These sessions are primarily for support, Q&A’s and just general check-ins.
-Please check in via “Do Something Awesome” or some other method at least once a week and just say “hi” so I can take attendance.
-Please contact me with any concerns with Gen. Ed course concerns.
-I check Google Classroom frequently; however it does not always notify me of new posts from students, that is why I recommend contacting me with Google Chat for the most immediate response. I will not be doing live lessons, as we move forward some activities will have some video instruction; however I am waiting until I know everyone has regular computer access before starting that.
First and foremost I hope this letter finds you and your family well and just merely a bit stir-crazy over the school closure. Additionally, if there is anything you need or if you know of others in need, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
I have put together a packet of materials for your student to work on during this closure. While students won’t be penalized for incomplete work during this time period, particularly since normal academic supports are not in place, I am making an attempt to continue forward movement the best I can during this period. While I have posted items online in Google Classroom, in these packets I have included hard copies of the most important items as I know not everyone has easy access to a computer.
For those who do have computer access, in addition to the regular Google Classrooms, I have just added a new one “Do Something Awesome!”, using Flipgrid (an app most of my 7th & 8th graders have used before, everyone else I am confident will figure it out quickly) I would like everyone able, to document some activity they do, or even just their thoughts of the day during this time. My students know that my interests range widely and I’m often sharing different project with them, I’d like to see this as an opportunity for students to engage in some interesting project or activity they have (safe and adhering to the code of conduct, I will also be moderating all posts before they go public). I myself will make an effort to post a new activity each week day as well.
If you have any questions email is the best way to get in touch with me and I will be checking it frequently, firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be in and out of the school so you are welcome to try and reach me there or leave a message at (315)895-7461 x3104. As I plan on being in and out of the school I am happy to meet in person with anyone during this time and will be happy to work around your schedules. I will also be posting this letter on my teacher page on the Frankfort-Schuyler website.
Again, please don’t hesitate to reach out for any reason.
I’m excited to start my fourth full year as the middle school 12:1:1 special education teacher at Frankfort-Schuyler. A little about myself; I grew up in and currently live in Poland, NY. I attended college at Rochester Institute of Technology and then completed masters’ degrees at SUNY Potsdam and Utica College. Previously I worked for Herkimer BOCES in their special programs department for 5 ½ years before starting here at Frankfort-Schuyler in February of 2016. Outside of school I volunteer a great deal of my time with the Scouting program, serving as a District Commissioner for all of Herkimer County and the Eastern half of Oneida County.
My goal is to help provide strategies and targeted support to my students, enabling them to achieve academic success. Additionally I will seek to be their advocate, making sure your children receive all the appropriate services they need to have successful academic careers.
I have a simple set of expectations for my students. I look for them to do the following:
-Do Your Best (No one is expected to be perfect, however it’s important that everyone gives an honest effort and work to their full potential.)
-Be Prepared (Not just by having a pencil and paper, but in attitude, they should come ready to learn.)
-Respect; yourself and others (We don’t all have to be best friends, but it’s expected that everyone act respectfully towards one another. It’s also expected that students treat themselves with respect in their language and actions.)
If students consistently meet these expectations they will have a successful year. Failure to meet these expectations is generally followed by a conference with me. Depending on the severity of the violation or after repeated violations I will seek to communicate with you any issues of concerns. Additionally, depending upon the severity of the violation an administrative referral may be needed as per the Frankfort-Schuyler code of conduct and student handbook.
Grades are done using a point system. Large assignments will utilize a rubric that will be provided prior to the due date. Because of the nature of this classroom, students may have different expectations from one another depending upon grade and ability level. Assignments that are inexcusably late will suffer point deductions. Building strong work habits is vital for success in the middle school grades. I will make available a list of assignments due from all courses in my classroom for students to reference. Students will be expected to use a planner to record and track all assignments. This planner will be checked periodically and be counted as an ELA grade.
If you have any questions for me please feel free to contact me via email at email@example.com or by calling the school at (315) 895-7461 x3104. If you would ever like to come in for a meeting I’d be happy to work around your schedule.