• September 2011


    Dear Parent/Guardian,


    We, the mathematics teachers of Franklin Middle School, would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves to you, for we are looking forward to a dynamic and exciting year of working with your child.


    As stated from the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, “middle-grade students should see mathematics as an exciting, useful, and creative field of study. Student’s conceptions about math will influence how they approach the study of math in later years, which in turn will influence their life opportunities.  Middle-grade students are drawn towards mathematics if they find both challenge and support in their mathematics classroom.”


    Our mathematics program offered through the McDougal Littell Company offers a variety of resources for your child, including an interactive and informative website:  www.classzone.com.  We encourage you and your child to visit this site regularly for detailed explanations, homework help, additional practice problems, puzzles, and other valuable information.


    Your child will be receiving a mathematics textbook.  We strongly suggest that all students purchase a calculator for use during class and for homework.  The model we use is Texas Instruments TI-30XIIS.  If you plan to invest in a graphing calculator that will take your child through high school math, we suggest Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus.


    In accordance with our math department curriculum, homework will be assigned on a regular basis.  Homework is an integral part of our mathematics program and is factored into your child’s grade.  It is to your child’s benefit that he or she not fall behind with homework.  Therefore we will not be accepting late homework with the exception of student absences from school.


    We look forward to forming a strong partnership with you to further ensure a successful and stimulating school year for your child.




    Mathematics Team