Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,                                                                                                                  

                Welcome to the beginning of an exciting school year! I am looking forward to working with you. This is an important year for your child because he/she will be required to take a state mandated SOL in Civics.  My main goal is to provide students with a learning environment that stimulates their curiosity and encourages optimum intellectual development to get them ready for the exam and for a future as a good citizen. The only way that I can achieve this goal is with the help and cooperation from both parents and students. Having stated as much, I expect full cooperation in reference to acceptable and respectful behavior in my classroom by all students, for the good of all students. Class disruptions will not be tolerated. Therefore, the steps of discipline in my class are: warning, student conference, parent contact, referral. I do not offer detention as an option for misbehavior. 

                I strongly believe that parents/guardians play a vital role in the education of their offspring; therefore, I invite and encourage all communication.  As such, it is important that the interactive student notebook (ISN) travels to and from school daily, as it is a medium of communication between the two. It is also an accounting of what is going on in class and how well your child is grasping the material, and his/her current grade. As always, I am open to any suggestions and concerns that you may have. As a start, please check with the office staff to ensure that your contact information is up to date. This includes email, phone and address. With the possibility of more virtual learning, it is imperative that we have a way to communicate with you and with our students. 

Please feel free to contact me at any time throughout the school year. We will be using the Canvas learning platform for communication and learning. Please become familiar with it. Thank you in advance for your support, and I look forward to a very rewarding year!

                                                                                                Sincerely,

                                                                                                                Dr. Deeds Horner