Parent Letter for Academic Coach Class

Darlington High School  
525 Spring Street
Darlington, SC  29532

Deaf Education Department
Mrs. Kim Hopwood, Deaf Education Teacher
Room 110
Phone: (843) 398-5145

Dear Parents:
          I am looking forward to having your student in my Academic Coach classes this year.  I expect it to be a great 2018-2019 school year.  I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of some things about my class.

           This class is designed to be a tutorial class to provide support help for your student in his/her mainstream classes and also prepare your student for upcoming tests such as EOC, ACT or SAT.  I will be providing instruction in all areas that support these mainstream classes.  However, this will not be done in a manner to provide a grade for a specific curriculum.  In order to have a grade for this class I have devised the following plan:

          Each student is required to keep an assignment agenda/notebook for his/her mainstream classes in which he/she writes homework assignments, test dates, and major projects with due dates.  Also each student must maintain a notebook and participate daily on preparation tasks for mainstream classes for a grade.  These will be compiled into points.  If a student does everything he/she needs to do, then his/her grade will be an A.  If a student does not follow rules or misbehaves, his/her points will be reduced.  At the end of the 9 weeks, I will compile all of the points together and this is the student’s grade.

 It would be helpful if you would ask to see your student’s assignment agenda/notebook each day.  That way you can check up on homework and keep up with areas of study as the semester progresses.  I may ask you to sign the agenda so I know that you have seen the agenda.


My classroom rules are the Darlington County Code of Ethics.  I have this posted in my classroom and have it below for your information.  
                                                  Code of Ethics

1.    Be responsible for my own behavior.

2.    Honor myself.

3.    Respect others.

4.    Be honest in everything I say or do.

5.    Treat others the way I want to be treated.

6.    Resolve conflicts and solve problems without violence or drugs.

7.    Take pride in my total environment.

 Disciplinary Policy:

1st offense = Warning

2nd offense = Student Conference

3rd offense = Parent Contact

4th offense = Lunch detention

5th offense = Referral to the principal/administrator

*Please note that any serious behavior problems or class disruptions may result in an immediate referral to an administrator.*


Please be aware of the Dress Code policy for this school year. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your student, please feel free to contact me at (843) 398-5145 (phone in my classroom at school).  The answering machine will pick up if I am unable to answer the phone, please leave a message.  I will return your call as soon as I get a chance.  If it is an emergency, please call Ms. Weaver, (843-398-2730) secretary, and she will give me the message.

Please click on Academic Coach Syllabus tab to obtain a syllabus for this class.

Kim Hopwood, Teacher of students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing