Opening Letter to Mr. Croy’s Students and Parents, 2016-2017 School Year


Dear Students and Parents .

Welcome to 7th Grade ELA with Mr. Croy!

I am very excited to begin my 26th year teaching at Oak Harbor Middle School with an amazing team of seventh grade teachers. Seventh grade is going to be your best year ever! I know it.

I am also very excited to be YOUR teacher. We are going to read some great books, write creatively and powerfully, and learn to be great communicators and learners. I have many exciting projects and ideas to share with you for the year. Each will involve your creativity and some cool technology. We have MacBooks for every student in my class and a few iPads too, and many other gadgets, gizmos, and resources. I am always looking for ways to bring technology into our lessons to make the lessons fun and give our writing and communication a genuine audience and an authentic purpose.

I’m looking forward to learning all about you, but first let me tell you about myself. My wife and I have four daughters. I coached football at Oak Harbor for 19 years, wrestling for 10, and track for 10. I have retired from coaching but I still love sports.  I am the advisor of our 7th grade chess club, and co-advisor for our computer and robotics club. I love to write, speak, and art. I graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1991, and earned my Master’s Degree from Bowling Green State University in 1996. My dog, Jedi, is one my closest friends. I love movies, reading, kayaking, music, and, well… just about everything. I’m always trying to learn and do more.

I completely understand what it is like being in a busy family. With that in mind, I want to encourage each of you to agree to a no-stress, no-drama school year. Communicate with me, mark due dates on your calendar, and be prepared. If something comes up, just contact me. I will understand, but we want to build good habits.

I am looking forward to learning about you.  We will start the year with a couple of activities to do just that.

I use the Remind system to send out daily reminders. I am hoping for 100% participation from parents and students with this system. Let me know if you need help signing up. I have sent the paperwork home with your child.

We will have days where I welcome YOUR technology in the classroom. (If you don’t have any, don’t worry; you can use the tech in our class.) You do NOT need an iPad for my classroom, but if you have one, it is welcome with your parents’ permission on special, pre-announced days. I am working on a very special project for Apple involving the iPad. This is NOT a requirement, but I am trying to get as many students involved in this project as possible. Apple is sending their marketing department to my classroom this year to film. This will be exciting and beneficial to our school. Let me know if you have an iPad and are interested. Again, you do NOT need to go get an iPad.

I will post frequent classroom updates on our class website:

Homework for parents: Please complete the 3-2-1 sheet that I have sent home. Include anything you would like me to know about your child. Does your child have any special needs, accommodations, or resources? Do you and your child have any goals for the year? If you need to share something with me privately, email me at Also, please join the Remind service. I have sent papers with directions home. We are aiming for 100% participation.

Homework for students: Please write me a short letter introducing yourself to me. Tell me about yourself. What do you like to do? What have you always wanted to learn? Do you have any favorite books or authors? What are your dreams and goals for life? Are you involved in sports or clubs?

Every student should read for 15 minutes a day. Every day.  Fifteen minutes or more. Every day.

Technology is a big part of my classroom and our year. Please complete and sign the technology letter and return it so you can use all of the tech in our class.  Also, please sign and return the approval to have your picture used from classroom activities and projects. I want to document and share your discoveries, writing, and learning.

I love reading, writing, and all forms of communication. I am going to work hard to help my students become excellent communicators! I challenge them to push themselves to read, write, and create as much as they can this year.

This is going to be a great year!

I am excited to learn about you and be your teacher.


Mr. Croy