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     Mrs. O'Toole
     8th Grade English Language Arts
     Room 2082
    Dear Parents and Guardians,
    Welcome Back to School! I look forward to meeting your child and you at our annual "Back to School" night on Thursday, September 27th. As we start the first marking period, I would like to bring to your attention that if you have an e-mail address in our parent portal because make sure all information is current because I will be adding your name to my Google Classroom. This will allow you to receive a report on assignments being taught in my class and will allow you to track any missing assignments that your child did not complete.
    I will also use this address in Remind 101 which is a real-time application that allows us to quickly communicate. This app will help elevate any "missed" calls or emails that are made about your child's behavior or missing assignments. Please check your "spam" folder if you are not getting the e-mails and please contact me with any problems you may have accessing the report.
    I would also like to remind you that any test under 70% can be retaken within a reasonable amount of time. It will be your child's responsibility to make sure they do so.  They can do so at homework club Tuesday-Friday 3:00-4:30. Please have your child take advantage of this opportunity.
    I consider 8th grade as the "Freshman-in-Training" where students are being prepared for high school, and are held responsible for their own success. Due to New Jersey's new high school graduation requirements for the class of 2021 and beyond your child must achieve "Met" or "Exceed" on the PARCC in grade 10. Refer to http://www.nj.gov/education/assessment/parents/GradReq.pdf for more information. Therefore, it's imperative that your child is focused on all daily lessons, and completes all assignments on time to the best of their ability in order to help meet this goal. 
    Any questions or concerns, please contact me at notoole@longbranch.k12.nj.us
    Mrs. O'Toole
    "Working together...Parents, Guardians, and Teachers = Student Success!"