Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for visiting this website and being actively involved in your son or daughter's education. In my 20 years as a high school teacher one thing that I observe year in and year out is that kids who have an involved parent/parents tend to do quite well in my class. Know from the start that update the online gradebook DAILY so the grade you see at any time will be up to date. . .  the online gradebook is only a useful tool to parents if teachers take the time to update it on a pretty regular basis and then parents regularly check it and physically check to see that work is being completed.

I will be firm but fair with your son or daughter in the application of class rules and when work is due. IAW our class rules, I do not offer extra credit at the end of the semester so that a student who did the absolute minimum during the semester can barely pass. I do not simply pass students who did the absolute minimum. For those very few students who have excessive absences, miss work, and refuse to do any serious studying for our tests, it is likely that they will struggle.  

I am here to help at all times -- please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I will not blow off your emails because I may deem your questions bothersome or petty -- I will respond to your questions the same day as I check my district email many times a day because that is how I would want to be treated as a parent inquiring about their son or daughter. If we all work together there is no doubt in my mind that your child will be successful in our class and will be ready for even greater academic challenges in the future.

Thank you,

Dale Sawyers
Teacher, VMHS