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Welcome to another exciting school year! I cannot wait to dive right in and begin workshopping our current skills into a mastery level. I look forward to meeting you where you are and helping you grow to wherever you want to go, and remember: each day is a new day!
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7/8 Math Teacher
Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning
What you will need each day:
Positive Attitude, Pencil, Math Binder, Homework Notebook, Math Book, Planner
Respect: Your peers, Yourself, Your education
The homework will be given on the monthly calendar as well as on my website which can be found through the PPSEL website. (ppsel.org)The homework will be listed under current documents. Be sure to look under the correct class period.
If You Were Sick
It is your responsibility to determine what you’ve missed, and whether or not you need to make up an assignment. If you missed notes, I would recommend that you copy notes from a peer whom you know takes good notes. A student who is absent prior to a test will be expected to take the test on the same day as the rest of the class. Students should try to submit make up homework as soon as it is complete.
Homework: Students will have homework at least three times a week, and will nearly never have homework over the weekend. We will rotate grading styles between spot sampling (grading a teacher selection of problems from the entire set), grading the entire assignment, or allowing students to select which problems they would like to have graded. Homework will account for approximately 35% of the overall class grade.
Tests: Tests are made up of 20 questions, and will address any material which we have covered this year. After receiving a graded test, students will correct their mistakes on an assignment known as “test corrections.” By completing test corrections, the student can earn half of the points they missed back. Test corrections will often save a student’s grade, and bump it up one or sometimes TWO letter grades!
I have created a Khan Academy account for each student. This account is accessible anywhere by logging into khanacademy.org using the username ppsel.firstnamelastname and the password is mathmath. Students will be using Khan Academy in class for supplemental practice on topics we learn that day. It will be used as a remediation tool, a support tool, and an extension tool. Students will have opportunities to challenge themselves individually and learn at their own pace when needed.
I absolutely love to help students outside of class. When I was a student, I was constantly getting help outside of class, especially in math! I’m available before school (7:30 - 7:50), and after school as well (3:33 - 4:00) on Tuesdays & Thursdays. In the morning it’s typically first come first serve, and please ask about staying after school. You MUST be picked up at 4, as I have to leave to pick up my son.
My name is Ethan Troy. I grew up in Indiana where I spent my summers working as a Camp Counselor for the YMCA. After college and my first teaching job, I decided I wanted to move out west after the majority of my immediate family found homes in Colorado and Arizona. I love the outdoors, and try to get outside biking or hiking as much as possible. I am married to the wonderful Amanda Cassady (you may know her as Ms. Cassady or Mrs. Troy), and we have a wonderful 2 year old named Alexander. My hobbies include but are not limited to: biking, hiking, reading, rock climbing, tennis, ultimate frisbee, disc golf, golf, basketball, camping, volleyball, baseball, video games and one of my all-time favorites... music!