Welcome to Mr. Gadek's Class
**Before reading too far...a quick update on where things are at. While we are away from school, it is important that we continue to work on being strong students to the best of our abilities. It will be tricky for all of us as we navigate this new territory, but we can definitely continue to learn and to practice, while also taking care of ourselves and our families. My goals are: to create opportunities for growth, to provide access to materials that reinforce skills we already have, to provide access to new concepts without the stress of assessment (more like play than work, to put it simply), and to do so in such a way that students can still take care of other needs. Here are a few resources that will help:
- This website. Notice the Algebra 1 and AP Calculus BC Work pages. Work will be posted there each week.
- Canvas. Materials and information will be provided through the class Canvas page, as well as the ability to submit responses and questions so that feedback can be provided quickly and easily.
- The district Enrichment Activities page (https://www.everettsd.org/Page/31233). This page can be used independently, but specific activities will be referenced from time-to-time, as they fit with the work from that week.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if, at any point, you have any questions or concerns. For quick reference, my email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.Welcome to Mr. Gadek's class!Just a quick bit about me, in case you are curious. I graduated from Cascade High School (don't worry, I am a very proud Timberwolf now) in 2001. I headed off all the way to Seattle to get my BA in Mathematics from the University of Washington, which I obtained in 2005. From there, I headed to Western Washington University to earn my Master's in Teaching, which I wrapped up in 2007. I was then hired to teach at Jackson in the summer of 2007, and I have been here ever since.As I continued to grow as a teacher over the years, I have expanded my roles in the school. I have a strong passion for student leadership, which has greatly influenced my work both in and out of JHS. I am the ASB advisor and Activities Coordinator, after having worked with the classes of 2016 and 2020. I am also currently the co-advisor of our Link Crew. Each summer, I continue my work in student leadership by serving as a counselor at a summer leadership camp that our ASB students attend. I am also an active member of our Jackson Leadership Council. I am thrilled to have my feet in so many pockets of the school, as I love to see the kids doing great things both in and out of the classroom.My philosophy in teaching is based on having each student leave better than when they walked in. This is true on a daily basis, and also for the year as a whole. It isn't realistic to win every day with every student, but I do my best. I believe in teaching the student as a whole person, and that mathematics is merely the context that brings us all together and gives us a common goal to work toward. My philosophy in life, in case you are curious, is to be good to people, and to let them decide what they will do next. I can't control the actions of others, but I can try to influence them through positivity, kindness, and support. And while humor runs rampant in my classroom, so do compassion, understanding, and sincerity.My advice is quite simple: Smile, stay positive, and work hard.Oh, and here are a couple of quotes of myself:"Life isn't about how you spend your money; it's about how you spend your time.""Kindness is not optional; Kindness is necessary.""Be happy. Be you. Be happy to be you.""The easy road will take you somewhere. The more difficult roads can take you anywhere.""It isn't about doing the most things. It is about doing the things that matter most.""It isn't good enough to hold doors open. You have to open doors, too."