Mr. Jason Pasquariello
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Westwood High School
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome! The purpose of this letter is to start a dialogue with you to introduce myself and answer some basic questions about how to be successful history class. My name is Jason Pasquariello. I grew up in Washington State and graduated from Washington State University with a BA in History. After a year as a teacher assistant I went back for my Masters in Education from City University, graduating in 2009. During that time I was the JV basketball coach at my alma mater, Olympia High School; and then the varsity assistant coach at Tumwater High School. Shortly after completion of my Masters I moved to Arizona and began working at New Beginnings Academy, the alternative middle school in the WESD. I spent four years gaining valuable experience in both classroom management and how to help and understand my students. My wife and I moved out to the East Valley in 2012. We have two boys Tate (4) and Bryton (2). In 2013 I was fortunate enough to be hired at Carson Junior High and spent two years teaching 7th grade Social Studies. At the same time I began to help out with the Westwood basketball team first as an assistant and then as the JV coach. This is my third year at Westwood and I am very excited for the school year!
This year, your child will gain an in-depth understanding of historical concepts. He/she will also develop critical thinking skills crucial in preparing them for college and future careers. We will work on these skills together through historical research, primary source analysis, and inquiry-based learning. I believe that every student can learn and be successful in my class and I am confident that my students will exceed my high expectations for them. Each student is unique in his/her abilities and learning style, and I will work hard to tailor my teaching to the diverse strengths of my classes.
In my class syllabus, you will find my expectations of students as well as detailed classroom procedures. These are in place to provide your child with a comfortable and positive learning environment where he/she will be able to reach their academic potential. I maintain high expectations of my students, both academically and in terms of their behavior. As your child’s parent/guardian, I know that you likely have high expectations of me as well. I will constantly strive to exceed them. It is my goal that your child is successful in my class, in the school community and their life beyond Westwood.
As a parent/guardian, you are your child’s most influential teacher. You know your child and his/her abilities best and I always value that parental insight. I encourage you to be involved in your child’s academic progress. You can help your child be successful by helping them create a study routine, instilling in him/her the importance of education, encouraging independence, helping him/her stay motivated, and just showing you care about his/her success at school.
I believe that open communication is important to your child’s success in my class and I welcome any opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. If you ever need to get a hold email is best. I will be able to respond to you by the end of the day, I check email frequently. If you would like to call my number is 480-472-4551 leave a message and I will call as soon as I am able. If you would like to sit down and have a conference here at the school, I ask that you schedule that ahead of time. I invite you to visit with me during Westwood’s Open House on Tuesday, August 23rd from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at Westwood High School, 945 West Rio Salado Parkway. I hope to see you there!
History Teacher, Westwood High School