Welcome letter

Dear Student, Parent, and/or Parent Guardian:

Welcome to Seventh Grade Math! I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and enjoying the fresh start of the new school year. I am excited about the opportunity to get to know you and I am looking forward to a happy and productive school year. My name is Ms. Bereck and this will be my third year at Paseo Pointe, and I have high expectations for Seventh Grade Math. It is because of my Seventh Grade Math teacher, who had strict standards, that I excel in math, value precision, and teach math. Please refer to the syllabus tab which outlines content that will be covered each quarter and below you’ll find an outline of the procedures and expectations in my classroom:

Class Expectations: Everyone in my classroom will be respectful and polite to one another, follow school rules (Responsible Integrity Safe Engaged), prompt to class and/or with assignments, organized, and put their best effort forward. It is my goal to create a class where all students are able to reach his or her full potential academically, in the math classroom, and as a life-long learner. In middle school, behavior is monitored using a “RISE” card system which corresponds to school expectations. Three infractions in a single day results in a lunch detention, to be served the day in which the fractions were received. Failure to serve a lunch detention will result in an office referral. Students may also receive positive marks to recognize good behavior, which in turn will amount to a reward.

Absences: Students will have one day to make up work for every absence recorded. Work will be available for students upon their return to school; accommodations can be made for students on a case-by-case basis. Students are responsible for taking initiative in completing missing assignments.

Other Learning Opportunities (tutoring): If the student is struggling on a topic or has a D average or below in class, I strongly recommend finishing any incomplete practice work outside of class hours. This looks different for different students; options may include but are not limited to, private or small group tutoring by myself or another teacher, intervention pull-out, or taking additional resources home.

Technology: My classroom is a technology friendly environment. Technology, however, is a privilege, not a right. Students are to use technology in an appropriate manner, staying on task and only using Chromebooks for the activity’s outlined purpose. Cell phones will not be tolerated.

Grading Policy: “Academic grades reflect the mastery of the standard taught, and the effort grade reflects the applied effort toward the academic grade.” -Academic Handbook

Grading Scale
Academic Grade:
A= Proficient in all standards
B= Partially proficient or proficient in all standards
C= Partially proficient in all standards
D= Minimally proficient or partially proficient
F= Minimally proficient in all standards

 Effort Grade:
E= Excellent
S= Satisfactory
N= Needs Improvement


All students always have the opportunity to earn full credit based on the effort or accuracy [dependent on the nature of the assignment] that they contribute. Each day there will be an opportunity to earn points. There will be chapter tests at the end of each large sub-content area of the Seventh Grade curriculum and any additional projects will include a rubric. Parents/guardians are encouraged to maintain a watchful eye on their students’ grade in my class. Grades will be posted on ParentVue/StudentVue at the end of every week.

Syllabus is subject to change and all non-specified policies will fall under school/district guidelines.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by email or phone. I also welcome appointments to meet in person. You can contact me at (602) 304-2040 Ext. 3868 or jbereck@laveeneld.org.

Let’s work together to make this the best year ever!