Mrs. Vaglia’s First Grade Class Welcome to First Grade! Vision Statement To become the nation’s leader in developing successful students. Mission Statement To provide an education that enables each student to excel as a successful and responsible citizen. Our Class Mission and Vision Statement Mission Statement To provide a school home where students learn, take chances, make mistakes and explore possibilities knowing they’ll be heard, accepted and encouraged. Vision Statement To become an active learner with a “can do” attitude and face each new challenge confidently and with an open mind. All About Me This is my 15th year teaching, my 9th year at Northwest. I am National Board Certified. This is my 4th year as a district trainer. I am certified in both Elementary and Special Education and ELL Endorsed. I am currently working on my masters at USF. For more information refer to my website*. My Family I’ve been married 28 years. My husband, Jim, is a retired Army Officer after 25 years of service. I have 3 children; Kaitlyn, 25, is married a military man, and is stationed in Hawaii! Megan, 23, just graduated USF, and James Brice, 21, works at Publix and does lawn care. We have a 13 year old cockapoo, named Sable! My Philosophy I believe children learn best through hands on, cooperative learning. I teach to multiple learning styles* and create foster a risk-free environment that encourages a child’s best efforts while allowing for mistakes and on-going growth. Classroom Management I use the following programs in class to teach independence, build responsibility, and keep your children safe so they can learn. Daily Schedule Reading/Writing Workshop Math Lunch Teacher PE */ Social Studies Science Special Science Response To Intervention (RTI) Clean-up/Dismissal Special’s Schedule Our specials are from 10:10 – 10:35 on Monday. Our specials are from 11:25 – 11:50 Tuesday - Friday. • Lunch is ~ 11:05 – 11:35. Common Core Standards* The standards are the curriculum that guide our instruction. Florida has modified the Common Core Standards to best fit our needs in Florida and are now called LAFS for Language Arts Florida Standards and MAFS for Math Florida Standards. There have been a few changes.* It is rigorous and builds on skills foundational skills. FAIR - Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading A new version will be administered this year. Assessment is given 3 times during the year. FAIR focuses on assessment for learning. It provides individual student information. FAIR is assessed individually. It identifies specific strengths/weaknesses. Results will be shared at conference time. Communication “Parent involvement is essential to children’s education. The greatest gains are made when educators work with parents as partners” – The Responsive Classroom Approach (Wood 1999, 293). For this reason I utilize: A bi-monthly newsletter Weekly communication in your child’s journal Personal notes – as needed Website * - updated weekly Email ~ this is the BEST way to contact me. Mrs. Vaglia’s Website Utilize my website throughout the year for up-to-date information on assignments, events, and resources. http://northwest.mysdhc.org/teacher/31 51vaglia/ Homework Reading is a priority EVERY night for 15 minutes to 30 minutes depending on how strong a reader your child is.* Various projects will be assigned this year focusing on target lessons related to reading or math. You’re child’s daily reading will be considered homework participation and is marked on the report card. Supplies I’ve already provided some supplies for your child this year so we’ll be ready to start on the first day! There are a few items still needed. See the attached class supply list for other items needed. Also check out our “giving” tree for classroom needs. Parent Involvement I have an open door policy and welcome and encourage you to spend time in our classroom volunteering and helping with special programs upon completion and approval of our SERVE form. Handouts Many important forms need to be filled out tonight. Please fill out the papers with a color dot and return them before you leave. New School Procedures There have been some changes to the way we will be doing things around Northwest this year. Please be sure you read over the changes such as… Special Programs This year your child will participate in the following special programs: Pumpkin Exploration (Oct.) Great American Teach-In (Nov.) Thanksgiving Feast (Nov.) Play (Jan.) Mother’s Day Tea (May) Memorial Day Celebration (May) On-going maintenance in our vegetable garden and outside classroom. Thank you for coming…..it’s going to be a GREAT year!