7th Grade Parents

Dear Seventh Grade Parents/Guardians,

I am thrilled to introduce myself as your child’s mathematics teacher.  In the weeks and months to come, I hope we will have the opportunity to meet in person via our Open House and conferences to discuss your child’s mathematical progress.

By way of background, I recently changed careers, having worked in the investment world for 17 years.  Prior to that, I graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Finance, and earned an MBA from Columbia University.  In 2010 I finished my latest schooling, earning an MA in Teaching from Simmons College, with a focus on middle school mathematics.  I spent the fall of 2009 student-teaching math to seventh and eighth grade students here in Brookline at the Lincoln School.  This year will be my tenth as the seventh and eight grade mathematics teacher at Runkle.  I try my best to combine my experience using mathematics to analyze investment and business situations with academic math to create an interesting and fulfilling experience for all my students.

Seventh grade is an important year for mathematics students, as they move from the concrete, computational math prevalent in earlier grades, to the abstract, higher order math they will see in high school.  Highlights of the course include work with linear relationships, signed numbers, solving multi-step equations, three dimensional geometry, ratios and proportions. 

Regarding my expectations for seventh grade students, we will focus on habits that are paramount to a student’s success in high school.  The first such habit would be coming to class on time and prepared, with all materials in hand for the day’s study.  We will stress maintaining an organized, up-to-date notebook and overall organizational skills.  Completing homework in a careful, diligent manner will be another key to success.  Not completing homework, or completing it hurriedly, will leave your child at a tremendous disadvantage in the classroom.  He or she will be unprepared for the next day’s lesson and not ready to move forward with the other students.  In addition, as we will often be working collaboratively in pairs or groups, an unprepared student will subtract from the learning of others.  Therefore, it would be supportive to ask your child to show you his or her homework assignment on an occasional basis. 

If at any time during the coming months you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress, I invite you to contact me at  eric_lass@psbma.org  so that we may make an appointment to speak.  My regular office hours will be Tuesdays from 7:25 - 7:55am, but I will make myself available other times as well.

I very much look forward to working with you to ensure that this school year is a rewarding and productive one for all of us.

Best Regards,

Eric Lass