Mr. Heimbigner
Team Explore Math


Hello and Welcome,
     My name is Dale Heimbigner and I teach CPM Course 1 and Advanced Course 1-2 Math at Summit Trail Middle School. I've taught Middle School-aged students for many years and the rest in Elementary and High School.  I coached HS and MS sports for over 20 years, was MS Athletic Director for 11 years and served on the Representative Assembly for the WIAA.    I am currently Math department head at STMS and a member of our Leadership Team.  

As you all know, this is our first year at Summit Trail Middle School  with 6th, 7th and 8th grade students all in 1 building.  It's going to be an exciting change full of all sorts of opportunities.  We will be on a blue/gold schedule which means I will see each class only 3 times a week; 2 long periods (100 min.) then again on Fridays.  It will be a huge adjustment for all of us and we will go through some bumps in the road.  I'm hoping we can all give each other some grace to get through this first year with some amazing memories of the very first year for all of us at SUMMIT TRAIL MIDDLE SCHOOL.  

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My wife, Barb, and I have 3 children and a (soon to be) daughter in law.
 
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One of our boys lives in Western Washington and our other kids live in Spokane.
 
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We are also Nana and Papa to Ryan and Claire.
 
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Lizzie is our only child still at home.  We try not to spoil her!



     ►My class rules and expectations of the kids have been outlined in the Parent letter. It will be available in the "Documents" tab of this site at the beginning of the school year.  I will send a hard copy of the letter home the first week of school to those families unable to access the internet.  
     ►My philosophy of teaching is the same as my life.  Successful experiences can happen when you  work hard, become and stay organized and take responsibility for yourself and your work. 
If my students take responsibility to listen, be an active participant in class, maintain good behavior and take responsibility to go over the work and concepts given; they will have a greater chance of being successful.    



      ►On most days, I will post what we do in the Calendar section of this site.  click on the "Calendar" tab.    There will be a Learning Target(s) every day along with homework assigned.  All homework answers are posted in the "Documents" section of this site.  I expect students to try each problem then grade their work using the answer keys.  It is important to come back to the next math class with any questions on the homework and the score you earned.  The Homework is an integral part of the student's learning and understanding.  This work can always be redone.   There will be Formative Assessments on all of the concepts within a week; these can all be redone until the end of the Semester.  If Homework or Formative assessments are redone, the most current grade will be recorded on Skyward.  Summative Assessments are the final indicator of understanding and are given at the end of each chapter/section.   

      ►If your child has missing work, you will see a "MS" on Skyward for that work.  It is considered a zero until the work is graded.  This will be for any Homework, Formative or Summative Assessments they were absent for or did not do or complete.  If no attempt is made on the work, it will remain a zero on Skyward.  Students will be asked to attend after school homework centers or lunch to get the missing work completed.  You can check your child's grade on Skyward. (click the "Grades" tab above or go to the "Links" tab.)  Grades will be updated in Skyward within a week of the work being corrected.  Each student has their own username and password to Skyward.  Parents have a separate username and password.  It is important to use the separate skyward account assigned to you as a student or parent.  I will send messages home to either or both throughout the year.

There is online access to the math book.   Because of this, text books will not be checked out to all students.  If a student does not have access to the online book at home, a book may be checked out upon parent request. There is a definite advantage to using the online book with it's vast amount of online resources only available on the CPM site.  We will be using both the text and computer in the classroom, so your kids should have plenty of practice using either.      

       I know this is a tremendous change for students moving from Elementary to Middle School and earning letter grades can be a bit scary.  If there is any advice I can give as a parent and teacher it would be to encourage your children to participate in class daily, ask questions whenever necessary, take advantage of all opportunities to get extra help and redo work until you have complete understanding.  They may struggle, but persistence and hard work will always pervail. These are golden opportunities to learn valuable lessons from their successes and failures; and they will have both.  It is very important to stay positive, not get discouraged and just keep working hard.  It will prepare them so much better for school and life.  We should be there to encourage and support their learning, but it is ultimately the student that needs to own their learning.  We all need to help them to advocate for themselves. 

 

      Welcome to Summit Trail Middle School.  I look forward to meeting all of you and having another fantastic year for you and your kids.   

                                                                                                                            Mr. Heimbigner  (Mr. H.)