I join all the other Academy teachers in the promise that we will make
every effort to provide the exceptional academic program that is part of
schoolís mission. We understand why you send your boys to the Academy, and we feel compelled to live up to your expectations.
Geometry is a high school
math course that the majority of students do not encounter until they are
in the 10th grade. College bound students
usually take Geometry in the 9th grade. Very few students complete the course in 8th grade.
Your guys have chosen to mathematically challenge themselves at the highest
level this year. Every one of them has what it takes to be
successful in completing Geometry for a high school credit, so I hope they continue to work hard to accomplish that goal.
My first obligation is to provide the best Algebra I Pre-AP course that
I possibly can, and I assure you I do everything I can to fulfill that
My main motivation to make this course the best that I can is that I know that Algebra is the language of all other mathematics, and because successful completion results in a high school math credit. At the same time, I am obliged to teach a high-school-level version of Geometry the successful completion of which offers the possibility of an additional high school credit in math. I assume that the students who work to complete both of these courses at the Academy are doing so to allow time in high school for one additional math course. I expect that these students will complete both Calculus AP, and
Calculus 3 or AP Statistics before they graduate from high school.
I want to clarify how the grading works for this class:
1. Grades earned in Geometry do not impact the studentís overall GPA
2. In order to remain eligible to participate in Academy sponsored extra-curricular activities students must maintain a passing grade in Geometry
Although I have never been absent from school for any reason I am not so
naive that I believe that I will never be absent. It is because I
have to be absent some day that I want to alert you to the possibility that you will one day receive a phone call from me or a parent around 6:30am
informing you that Geometry class is cancelled for that day.
I recommend that you spend a little time perusing my web site:
I maintain it in hopes that it will be used to further your
understanding about who I am and what I do.
In addition, I post the homework for every class there by the
Sunday afternoon before the week in which it will be assigned.
Due dates for extended assignments are also posted there.
Finally, San Antonio Academy is my life. I may do other things as
a diversion, but my heart and my mind (and often, even my body) are right
here, working to be the best I can be at helping your sons be the best
that they can be.
So, please don't hesitate to contact me by Email, or, better, Cell, or, best,
Text, @210.861.3895. I am available anytime, day or night, including weekends.