Second Grade Heathrow Elementary School 2014-2015 nd 2 Meet the Grade Teachers • Mrs. Marisa Ballard • Miss Sophia Trapani • Mrs. Michelle Haefner/ Ms. Julie Bahr • • • • Mrs. Sonya Witham Mrs. Trisha Roney Ms. Kimberly Vose Mrs. Vicki Coats Let our ARMOR Shine! Always help others Respect all Make safe choices Outstanding character Responsible thinking Arrival Procedure • Second Grade Students will gather in the Music Room 1st thing in the morning. • They will enter their classrooms at 7:50am. • Tardy Bell rings at 7:55am. Transportation Home We will send your child home the way they always go home, unless… – You have written a note telling us otherwise. or – You have called the front office and they have notified us to send your child home another way. Planners We utilize the Planners VERY much in 2nd Grade. • We are teaching the students organizational skills by using the planners daily. • It is an exceptional form of communication between the teacher and the parents. • Please be sure to read over and sign your child’s Planner to check for notes DAILY. Testing and Letter Grades All of the 2nd Grade teachers try to keep our testing consistent throughout the school year. The students will become very familiar with the format of the tests. A B C D F 90-100 80-89 70-79 Average 60-69 Paper must be signed and returned! 59-0 Paper must be signed and returned! Language Arts grade will be weighted. 10% Spelling 90% LA Skills and Writing Graded Work Graded papers will be sent home on a regular basis. If there are any papers 69% and lower, they MUST be signed, corrected, and returned to school. Please sign the parent signature form in the back of the BLUE Thursday folder and return to school on Friday. This indicates to us that you have seen and gone over your child’s work. English Language Arts • • • • • • 120 Minutes Total Whole Group Lesson Independent Work Literacy Centers Small Reading Groups with teacher Reading Street and a variety of Trade Books Reading Assessments - Discovery Education - DE - PSI - Fresh Reads - Comprehension Tests RIDE to Reading (remediation, intervention, differentiation, enrichment) • 30 minute intervention/ enrichment groups • Students are assessed in 2-4 weekly increments. • Based on the progress monitoring, students are grouped depending on skills and ability. • Teachers teach small group specific skills. • Students rotate between the 2nd grade teachers. • Teachers take turns teaching the different skills. Spelling • Words go home on Monday. • Test will be on Friday. • There will be one Spelling homework assignment each week. • Please practice with your child throughout the week. Writing • Daily Writing at school and at home • Writing is incorporated into all of the subject areas. • Students will be expected to write complete sentences and paragraphs. • Writing Skills: Ideas, Organization, Voice, Sentence Fluency, Word Choice, and Conventions Math • GO MATH! • Please make sure you review basic Addition & Subtraction facts up to 20 with your child daily. • Login and password information to come… Science • Science Fusion • The Science and Math will be linked through Think Central. • Login and password information to come… Social Studies • • • • • Foundations of government Economics History Famous Americans Maps CAMP (Computer, Art, Music, PE) Teachers 2014-2015 Coach Snodgrass, Coach Adams, Mrs. Matos Mrs. Rothman-Tait– ETF, Mrs. Smith—Music, Ms. Schmidt – Computer and Literacy, Ms. Juaristi—Art Mileage Club • This year your child will go to Mileage Club every Wednesday. Lunch • Lunch menu will NOT be passed out at school. Please go to www.scps.k12.fl.us to access menu. You are welcome to come to school to eat lunch with your child at the picnic tables. • Due to the limited number of seats in the lunch room, the picnic area has been designated for your convenience. • Please check the weather before you come! • You may only eat with your child. • This begins after September 2nd. *This is a GREAT reward for your child! Birthdays! • You are welcome to send in a treat for your child’s birthday. • PLEASE send individual treats (cupcakes, cookies or brownies)(No Cakes/Cookie Cakes) • LIKE ITEMS (ALL chocolate or ALL vanilla) • NO goody bags or drinks • Discuss the date you would like to send in the treats ahead of time with your child’s teacher. (Many students have food allergies) Parties and Classroom Drop-off Celebrations • • • • “Official” Parties Room Mom will help teacher to organize these events Dividends will be needed Winter Party End of the Year Party Classroom Celebrations • No dividends are needed • No Goody Bags • Fall Drop Off • Valentine’s Drop Off • Birthdays Field Trips • Play • Sea World • Chaperones must have filled out the DIVIDEND application online, and have been approved at least 3 weeks prior to the trip. • Don’t wait, do it today! Monitor Student-Owned Data with Evidence of Parent Involvement • Students own their data and parents understand the data What to look for: • School Leaders ensure that students track their own data, teachers track and celebrate data, and parents understand the assessments and data • Teachers will develop common tracking and monitoring systems and meet with students and parents to discuss data • Students will track and understand their own data and communicate with their parents through student led conferences and other methods. Close the Achievement Gap • There are high expectations for all students to achieve through rigorous, engaging and culturally relevant instruction • What to look for: – School Leaders will analyze disaggregated data, provide needed professional learning and assign students and teachers for optimal success – Teachers will plan for differentiated instruction to address student needs and demonstrate a growth mindset – Students will be held to high expectations and work with teachers and staff who believe in their ability to succeed and celebrate their success Ramp Up Professional Learning Communities • Effective Professional Learning Communities are a critical component of the success of the school • What to look for: – School Leaders will ensure that teachers have the time and support necessary to work as invested and effective professional learning communities – Teachers will analyze data from common assessments, plan instruction, engage in professional learning, and address the four guiding questions of PLCs – Students will receive targeted instruction in all subject areas and during intervention/enrichment Unpack the Florida Standards • Students, Parents, Teachers and School Leaders understand the Florida Standards What to look for: – School Leaders will ensure that teachers have access to the standards, the time and support to dig deeply into the standards to fully understand the instructional shifts, expectations and new assessments, and ensure that parents and students also understand the standards – Teachers will develop rigorous lessons based on the Florida Standards and implement them with the most effective instructional practices from the SCPS Instructional Model – Students will engage in close reading, writing in all subject areas (40 minutes a day), deep conceptual understanding of core mathematics, and higher order thinking GRIT • Please join your child’s teacher in the classroom for questions and more information.