Joseph Lara Gateway to Technology
Horace Mann Middle School
(619) 582-8990 extension 4101
Welcome to room A-1! My name is Mr. Lara. I would like share some information
about myself with you. This is my 18th year as a teacher. I am very excited to work with
your child and I look forward to work alongside with you to ensure your children’s
success in school this academic year. In order to achieve this, it is important that we
come prepared to class every day and ready to learn.
I would like to share with you my expectations for this academic year:
Materials: Please bring a notebook, 2 pencils, lined paper, erasers, highlighter, colored
Students are expected to actively participate in their learning. This means that
students are to complete all class assignments, work diligently, and try their best
at all times.
Students are expected to follow all classroom rules and procedures.
Students are expected to complete all classwork.
Please provide a quiet place for your child to complete homework.
Pleases return items that require your signature by the due date.
Please ensure that your child completes his/her homework.
Please contact teacher if you have concerns or questions.
Provide challenging and engaging lessons that follow the California State
Enforce classroom rules.
Communicate with parents and students regarding student progress.
Listen to students and help them reach their goals.
Grades are based on class work (including all notes, and class activities), class
participation, tests, and projects.
below 60% F
Come to class on time daily.
Be in your seats when the bell rings
Attend every class (Attendance improves performance. Check with me
immediately upon your return from any absense)
Consequences for tardies: For every three tardies a student receives from any class, they
will serve a 30 minute detention after school.
If students fails to attend after school detention, the number and length of days for
detention will be doubled.
Persistent tardies will not be tolerated and could result in parent conferences and
Most work is completed in class.
Assignments shall be completed in class or afterschool.
Feel free to contact me through e-mail, or school phone. Information is provided
on parent letter.
Code of Conduct
1. Be prepared to work when the bell rings (bring materials to class, sharpen pencils
before class starts).
2. Follow instructions the first time they are given.
3. Raise your hand to speak or get out of your seat.
4. No food, drinks or GUM, electronic devices, or use of cosmetics in class.
5. All math work must be done in pencil – no pens.
6. Respect yourself, the teacher, each other & our classroom.
Consequences For Unacceptable Behavior
1. verbal warning to student
2. student will receive time out and parent contact
3. detention and parent contact
4. parent contact and referral
Notifications of opportunities for additional support outside of class
I will provide extra support to students. I encourage all students to arrange a
convenient meeting time outside of class for extra help.
All students will be provided a 3 ring binder that needs to be at school daily. This is a
school policy that I will enforce.
1. Verbal warning to student
2. 10 minute detention
3. 20 minute detention and parent contact
The Gateway To Technology® (GTT) is a cutting-edge program that
addresses the interest and energy of middle school students, while
incorporating national standards in mathematics, science, and
technology. GTT is “activity oriented” to show students how technology
is used in engineering to solve everyday problems in units of study. There
are currently four instructional units that excite and motivate students to
use their imaginations and teach them to be creative and innovative,
while gaining the skills they need to develop, produce, and use products
The GTT curriculum provides project-based learning, a hands-on
approach, that is exciting and fun for the full-range of students and that
relates technology to students’ daily lives. It also promotes
communication and collaboration by emphasizing a teaming approach in
the instructional units. This approach utilizes the strengths of each team
member to accomplish the goals of the project, while offering students
learning challenges at all ability levels.
GTT currently consists of 6 independent units. The units are designed to
challenge and engage the exploratory minds of middle school students.
Year 1 Students will complete the following 3 modules:
Design and Modeling This unit uses solid modeling (a very sophisticated
mathematical technique for representing solid objects) to introduce students to
the design process. Utilizing this design approach, students understand how
solid modeling has influenced their lives. Students also learn sketching
techniques, and use descriptive geometry as a component of design,
measurement, and computer modeling. Using design briefs or abstracts,
students create models and documentation to solve problems.
The Science of Technology
This unit traces how science has affected technology throughout history.
Students learn about the mechanics of motion, the conversion of energy, and
the use of science to improve communication.
Automation and Robotics
Students trace the history and development of automation and robotics. They
learn about structures, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer
control systems. Students acquire knowledge and skills in engineering
problem solving and explore requirements for careers in engineering.
Advanced Gateway to Technology Year 2 will complete the following 4
Module 4. Flight and Space
Students explore the technology of aeronautics, propulsion, and rocketry through hands-
on projects involoving math and science.
Module 5. The Science of Technology
Students apply scientific principles and concepts of simple machines and energy to solve
Module 6. The Magic of Electrons
Engaged in relevant hands-on projects, students unravel the mysteries of digital circuitry.
Module 3. Energy and the Environment Advanced Course for Second Year Students
Students investigate the importance of energy in our lives and the impact energy use has
on the environment. They design and model alternative energy sources and participate in
an energy expo to demonstrate energy concepts and innovative ideas. Students evaluate
ways to reduce energy consumption through energy efficiency and waste management
Students need to keep an organized Engineering notebook or a section of their 3-
ring binder dedicated only to their engineering related work. Overall the projects
will be worth 10 points each day that is needed to complete them. With extra
points given for any student project that may be displayed as exemplary work.
Projects will count for 50% of your academic grade.
Incomplete homework can be made up after school. Outside exploration is always
encouraged. Because of the nature of this course, daily attendance and
participation are mandatory in order to develop an understanding of the material
being covered. It is very important that students keep up with their work on a daily
basis. Students receive 10 points each day they are in class and participating in a
positive way. Tardiness, absence from class and misbehavior will result in point
deductions. Holidays are automatically graded at full value, Absences for any
reason are graded as zero points earned. If you are not in class, you are unable to
participate. Attendance and participation will count for 50% of your academic
At the end of each grading period all points will be added up with your academic
grade based on a percentage of the total points possible.
> 98% A+ 88 – 90% B+ 78 – 80% C+ 68 – 70%
93 – 98% A 83 – 88% B 73 – 78% C 63 – 68%
90 – 93% A- 80 – 83% B- 70 – 73% C- 60 – 63%
Points may be given for helpful and courteous students, and those that are able to
answer questions when called upon. Off task behavior, and discipline issues will
result in point deductions and may also include other consequences. Each time a
point is removed a student will be verbally notified so that they may correct their
mistake, and the infraction will be recorded.
- Should students feel the need to discuss discipline issues, or
consequences, class time is not the proper time for it. Please
feel free to discuss the matter during lunch, before or after
Citizenship: This is very much a group centered learning environment Therefore
we must have a few rules for working in groups:
1. Each member of a team is responsible for his or her own behavior.
2. Each member of the team must be willing to help any other team member
who asks for help. When you have a question ask your partners or teammates
Each day, positive participation will be recorded for academic grading. However,
being on task, and being helpful towards other students will improve your overall
Citizenship Grades: San Diego City Schools District Guidelines
- Shows positive leadership
- Does work beyond the amount requires
- Shows pride in accomplishment
- Makes definite contribution to class
- Is not tardy to class
- Makes the class better
- Is always courteous
- Does more than is required, but not always without urging
- Is a contributing follower
- Makes occasional contributions to class discussions
- Is not tardy to class
- Completes work on time
- Is cooperative
- Is not tardy to class
- Is trustworthy
- Displays signs of self discipline
- Accepts responsibility when it is assigned
- Works well with others
- Is courteous
- Attends school regularly
- May deviate from the above standards, but with help and suggestions
student corrects the errors and shows improvement
Needs Improvement (N)
- Sometimes hinders the progress of the class
- Is irregular in attendance
- Is careless about safety rules
- Is discourteous and undependable at times
- Frequently needs supervision
- Is indifferent to rights and property of others
- Often hinders progress of class
- Needs constant supervision
- Does not respond to correction
- Misuses or destroys the property of others
- Is often rude, belligerent or uncooperative
- Is not trustworthy
- Intentionally violates safety rules
- Does not meet obligations for attendance, school work, or unacceptable
At any time should you need to get in touch with me, the best way to do that is by
emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include your (child’s) name
and period when sending messages.
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