Thank You

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you.


‘There is nothing in this world that is worth achieving more than the love from family, friends, and students. I achieved this on my birthday. I could not be any more thankful” I am humbled, blessed and I cherish you. I Love You! 

I’m sure that with all these wishes, it will become a great year.

Mrs. Garcia

Do you really want to succeed in life?

If you really want to succeed, the secret is simple: study. If you compare what a worker who just finished High School (which is the basic level they ask for any job) earns, against what someone who has finished a professional career, a master’s degree or a doctorate, the difference really is enormous.

A person who just finished High School has an income that is just at the poverty line. Instead, a professional has the money to live comfortably and fully enjoy their family. Good homes, good cars, good medical care, holidays and all the comforts of modern life. It is estimated that with only four additional years of study the difference in income over 30 years of work is more than one million dollars.

Let’s do some quick accounting; a minimum wage person earns $ 7.25 an hour ($ 58 a day) when he gets a job. If you are sick with the flu and your mom takes you to the general practitioner for a 15-minute consultation, the fee is $ 50, so they can earn $ 200 in one hour (on a good day $ 1,600 or more). In two weeks a professional can earn what a minimum wage employee earns in a year. In addition, the physical effort is very different; it is not the same to be working where every day you are moving heavy things and doing strenuous work, compared to the physical effort of a professional, which in most professions is minimal because it is intellectual work.

Have confidence in yourself, you must believe in yourself; do not ever get defeated. Dare to dream. If you have a dream, pursue it. Set goals and have the courage, determination, and dedication to achieve them. In life, you will always find obstacles and pitfalls, but you must have the will to rise and persevere. Only the one who gives up is defeated.

If you want to be part of a success story – study. Many students do not finish high school because they did not arrive well prepared in their subjects from the previous years. In Middle School, you learn the bases that will allow you to succeed later in your studies. All construction requires a good foundation, and here we are laying the foundations of what you will build tomorrow.

At Middle School, you must create solid foundations in reading, writing, and mathematics. I do not worry about how low your math skills are; I offer you that if you attend class regularly, if you pay attention, if you do the assigned activities and you frankly consult your doubts in order to clarify them, you will learn what is necessary to get ahead in your studies. I have 30 years as a teacher, and many of my alumni are successful; Even former students, some who had never passed a Texas state test, have achieved Commended Performance and then have achieved a professional career.

Success depends on the will rather than the talent. The foundations of your future and that of your family are built today. Dare to succeed.

Dare to dream and when you do, dream big

The theory of self-fulfilled prophecy says that when we have a firm belief about ourselves, it ends up being fulfilled.

This was said by Henry Ford many years ago, in a phrase that is famous, that in a nutshell explains the reason behind the triumph or failure of many people:

“Whether you think you can, or if you think you can not, in both cases you’re right” …

This holds a very great truth, psychologists have proven it with multiple experiments and call it the theory of self-fulfilled prophecy.

If a student believes that they are bad at their studies, they do not put their commitment into school, they frequently fail, lower their self-esteem, conform to low grades, do not participate in class, do not ask questions because they think they will not understand. They are assigned the label of mediocre, playful, or chatterbox and soon will be seen as such by their classmates and their teachers. The child tends to behave according to the expectation they have of him. (The Rosenthal and Jacobson experiment in 1966 is well known) and is known as the Pygmalion effect or self-fulfilling prophecy.

All of us who have been teachers for a long time have seen how important a student’s self-motivation is for their success in school and life. Behind winning students, there are usually parents, grandparents and family members who believed in them and encouraged them to persevere when they had a problem. How often teachers make the big mistake of highlighting faults and ignoring the qualities and effort of our students.

Similarly, many times parents are responsible for the low self-esteem of their children. If they say to him every day; you are a loser, you are useless at everything, you are not like your older brother who is intelligent and responsible or some other derogatory phrase, and they only see the defects and do not publicly acknowledge his qualities, they are condemning this son to failure in life.

The emotional support that parents and teachers give their children is very important.

If you want to succeed in life commit yourself to do so, take advantage of this great opportunity you have at this time to study and show the world how much you are worth, the great potential you have to face any challenge and overcome it.

If you do not stop yourself, no one else can do it. Dare to succeed.

Meet your Teacher

When meeting a new teacher, students are ONLY interested in knowing the answers to questions like:

Who is my teacher?


I teach because I want to make a difference.  I am a teacher who is committed to helping students to succeed in school while nurturing their unconditional self-acceptance, and emotional wellbeing. I believe in teaching with compassion, dedication, and enthusiasm. My mission is to create a caring, and empathetic group of students, that develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime, and I hope that within each one of them, I can ignite a fire that will inspire them to believe, grow, and seek knowledge to figure out what moves them to make a difference in the world.

 

What are the rules in the classroom?

 

Be on time every day

Any student who was absent must attend tutorials the following day in order to receive instruction, so as not to fall behind in his/her missing assignments.

Be on Task

Listen and follow directions. Be prompt, attentive, and participate in class. Try to do your best at all times!

Be responsible

Any student who does not complete the homework will be required to stay for the day the homework was due to complete missing homework to provide content reinforcement needed.

Be safe

Any running or other safety violation will result in after school detention. Time to be determined by the teacher.

Be Courteous

Follow the Golden Rule; treat others as you wish to be treated.

Do not use inflammatory or offensive language, sarcasm, or raised voices.

Be responsible for your own learning.

Come to class prepared in every way to learn and participate. Work quietly.

Always do your best.

Have pride on all you do, and Never give up!

Turn off and put away any personal electronic device.

The learning process requires a distraction-free learning environment.

 

Be Positive, Productive, Polite, Prepared, and ResPectful  (the 5 Ps).

 

Why is this class important to me?

Math is incredibly important in our lives. Math is used in everyday life. mathematics gives us the critical ability to learn and think logically. Math skills are important for all kinds of jobs, from retail cashier to stockbroker. For many jobs, using math is a daily part of the work.

Students will become adults who will use math in their jobs. All kinds of careers use math; for example electronics, civil and structural engineering,  accountants, doctors, bankers, meteorologists, game designers, robotics designers, and even mothers use math.

What are we learning in this class?

The major math strands for seventh-grade curriculum are number sense and operations, arithmetic with negative numbers, algebra basics, proportions, geometry and spatial sense, measurement, and data analysis and probability.

Number sense topics include exponents and scientific notation; prime numbers; factoring; combining like terms; substituting values for variables; simplification of algebraic expressions; and calculating rate, distance, time, and mass.

Students will learn to evaluate expressions, generate equivalent expressions, and efficiently solve equations and inequalities. Also, they will apply the properties of operations to work efficiently with expressions and equations.

Students will investigate proportional relationships and use this understanding to solve real-world problems involving discounts, interest, taxes, and scale drawings.

Geometric topics include the classification of angles and triangles; finding the unknown measurement of a triangle’s side, and determining the slope of a line. Students will study two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures and will learn how to find perimeter, area, angle measures, and volume and surface area of solids.

Students will also learn to use a variety of graphs to represent data and to interpret those graphs, and they will learn to compute odds. Students will be introduced to mean, median, and mode.

Welcome To My Math Class

What you will be learning this year in Mathematics:

Standards
Snapshot
Reference
Sheet
Year at Glance

 

We use technology every day in this class.

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Why should you be learning all of this material? :
1. This material is important because you will be applying it to real life.
2. We will be using examples of real things that you may or may not have already done in your life.
How will you be learning this material? :
1. Through fun lessons that keep you involved.
2. You will have notes to take, but you will also be doing projects, to help you and your fellow students.
3. Daily homework assignments will also be given in order for you to practice those days material and so that you may reflect on what you learned.
4. Some of the projects will be done in groups, as well as some of the in class activities. I want you to be able to figure some things out for yourselves using prior knowledge and knowledge that you have gained in this class.
Optional supplies that you will need for the year:
1.  Two pencils and one red ink pen.
2.  Two-Grid Notebooks for notes and homework.
3.  Two  2 Pocket with Prongs Paper Portfolio for your homework, and other class papers.
4.  Your Mathematics books.
5.  Two dry-erase markers
Grading policy
Grading policy is subject to requirements quoted in the LISD handbooks.

Grading is not about a number; but instead, is an assessment of what the student learned about the curriculum being taught.

Formative Assessments:      50%

The average of all Formative Assessments will be counted as 50% of your six -weeks grade.

  • Formal Assessments: (CBAs, STAAR)
  • Informal Assessments: (Weekly Exams, Pre-Tests, Ongoing Assessments, Cumulative Tests).     

 Tests will fall every Friday.

Summative Assessments: 50%

  • Daily Work: (Participation, Quizzes, Classwork, Warm-Ups, Exit Slips, Drills, Problem of the Day, and other small assignments)
  • Homework

The average of all daily work [Summative Assessments] (Drills/DCR, homework, and assignments) will be counted as 50% of your six- weeks grade.

Make Up/ Late Work will have a 50% of the value of the assignment (unless a legitimate illness).    

Missing Assignments are automatically assessed at a score of 0

Quizzes may be administered at any time and may or may not be announced.
All tests and quizzes must be corrected and placed in your binder by the following Monday. Corrected Math binders will be checked at this time as well.
Homework assignments are posted on Ms. Garcia’s blog and will be turned in at the beginning of the next class.
Your six – weeks Math binder has a weight of a test grade each time that it is checked. It will be checked at the end of every six weeks.
A maximum of 100 pts. may be gained on each daily assignment with regard to percent correct and complete.
A maximum of 100 pts. may be gained on each test assignment.
Any assignment not received at collection but still on that same day will be reduced by 10 points.
Any assignment received the following day will be reduced by 50 points.
All work will be completed satisfactorily at my discretion.
My grading policy is subject to change according to the policy of the School District.
Grading Scale:
A 90-00 Excellent
B 80-89 Very good
C 70-79 Satisfactory
D 60-69 Inconsistent
E 0-59 Unsatisfactory
Attendance Policy:
Regular school attendance is essential for the student to make the most of his/her education-to benefit from teacher-led activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous days, and to grow as an individual.
Attendance is important. You’re in class every day to learn, keep up with class assignments, pass your classes, and prepare for state mandated tests.
A student is required to attend all class meetings. If a class is missed the student is held responsible for the full requirements of the class.
Students lose credit automatically after the 8th absence (excused or unexcused. There is no distinction between an excused and an unexcused absence. Both will be counted equally.
 Please be aware of two very important rules:
* A student absent from school for any reason, upon returning school, must bring a note signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence. An absence slip will be required to return to class.
* The student has to make up work missed due to any absence within two school days.

 

* The student should be prepared to turn-in the homework and other assignment(s) upon returning to school

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Bathroom Policy:

If you have to go to the bathroom, you must raise your hand and ask to do so. You must sign the Sign In/Sign Out notebook and get a pass before you leave the room (one boy and one girl at a time). You will not be allowed to leave the room during the first 10 minutes or last 10 minutes of a period. You will not be allowed to leave during the 1st and 6th periods.

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I firmly believe that most people can be successful in school and that the amount of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice is what separates those who are successful from those who are not.

      If you are absent, you want to get the assignments and notes as fast as you can. If you can, call your classmates and ask them for the assignments. If you can’t call anyone, you should ask your  classmates for the work in the morning on the day that you get back.
This site is NOT meant to be a replacement for lessons taught or activities done in class. 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

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Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to my Math Blog where you will find some of the different activities we do in class daily.
This year many students of Memorial Middle School are taking their Math lessons with me. This is an exciting experience for all of us and we hope to learn and have fun at the same time.
It is my ultimate goal to help students understand and like the Math subject.
I hope this site helps you understand what we do in class every day. Please do not hesitate to ask me questions or to suggest changes to my blog.
See you around,
Ms. Garcia 
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Do you need help with a topic that is not on this site?
Would you like this site to provide a link that has been helpful to you?
Is there a link that does not work properly?
Do you have other questions/concerns?
If so, please e-mail me at mggarcia042@laredoisd.org
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Why study

A truly moving exhortation

Often I tell my students to be diligent in their studies and to take advantage of this great opportunity they have to study because it is one of the best ways to succeed in life. I tell you that the future is built day by day with the decisions we make and the actions we take. Triumph is not chance; it is causality. It is the result of a lot of work accumulated over time, aimed at achieving our goals. I tell you that your current education is the foundation on which you will build your future opportunities for education, employment, and economic prosperity

Possibly I do it as I remember the words of my father who always insisted on the need to study to be able to get ahead. Dad always insisted that the best legacy a father can leave to his children is education. My experience in life has shown me the wisdom of his words.

Of all my classmates in elementary school, only a few finished our professional education, possibly less than 10%. When I meet with friends and colleagues of those years, I see the enormous economic difference and even health of those who studied for a career and those who did not.

Long ago in a meeting with parents and their children, I commented that many students did not do their homework, did not attend extra class tutoring and failed midterm exams not because of lack of ability, but because of the lack of discipline and perseverance required by their studies. They spent more time chatting or social networking or going out on dates, than studying. I commented that many of the students think that the main reason for attending school is to socialize and play on sports teams. In some cases, they only cared about passing their subjects so that they could play.

A mom stopped and asked to speak. He told his daughter and classmates the following:

“Not so long ago I was sitting like you, without any concern. By not putting interest in my studies I left the school without completing anything. I want to tell you that it is the biggest mistake I have ever made in life and that I regret every day. Referring to her daughter, she said: When I left school I got pregnant, and since you were born, I had to work, and I have not stopped doing it ever since. She exposed her arms and showed us all many small burns. I’m working on burgers and tacos, she said, I’m standing in front of the grill every day for more than 8 hours, without having a minute to sit down, I often burn my arms because a lot of small incidents happen in a commercial kitchen. My legs are varicose due to many hours standing at work. My salary has hardly increased in years, and I have very few satisfactions. But I repeat to myself: it’s worth it because my children have food and home and the opportunity to study.

Do not make my mistakes she told her daughter, study, study for a career and succeed; it is very difficult to earn a living if you do not have preparation.”

We were all silent, our eyes tearful at the honest and touching testimony of a mother, who for the first time commented on the daily sacrifice she made to get her children ahead.

I share this experience because many times we do not know the great sacrifice that parents make so that you can study and have an opportunity to overcome.