1 September 2004

Dear Parent or Guardian;

            My name is Mr. Koch, and I will be helping your child learn mathematics and to prepare for the NYS Math A exam this year.  As we begin the new school year, I would like to take this opportunity to ask for your support and participation in helping your student achieve success!


You can help your student be a success in math this year by doing the following:

  • Make sure your child has a quiet place for homework, free of distractions like television, and schedule a regular time each day for your child to study.
  • Encourage your learner to do his or her best on all assignments, and to seek extra help as soon as questions arise.  Students can get homework help from Dial-A-Teacher from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. each night by calling 262-5000.  I will be available for extra help on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in my classroom.
  • Attendance is critical.  The Rochester City School District requires students to attend 95% of the year’s classes in order to pass.  In addition, math depends on an accumulation of knowledge and skills, so the farther a student falls behind, the greater the challenge in catching up.  Besides, I expect to have great students, and want to see them everyday!
  • Make sure your young learners get a good night’s sleep each night.  A well-rested student is far more capable of learning than one who is dozing in class.
  • I highly encourage my students to get a TI-83 Plus calculator.  Having one and knowing how to use it will give your child a big advantage when taking the Math A exam in June.


I look forward to meeting you, and working with you and your child toward a successful school year in Math.  Please read the Class Expectations sheet, sign and return it.  Feel free to contact me at (585) xxx-xxxx, or email me at math@scottkoch.com  .


                                                                  Respectfully yours,

                                                                        Mr. Koch