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Welcome to Parent Information Night! Mountain Road Kindergarten Mrs. Meadows 2008-2009
My Philosophy of Teaching Maintain a positive attitude and environment Maintain consistently high expectations Discover the strengths and abilities of each student Promote a sense of curiosity and wonder Provide a variety of instructional methods to reach students with different learning styles Challenge and inspire each student to reach his or her personal best
Kindergarten Curriculum Math Reading Creative Writing Social Studies Science Health All based on county and state standardssee Cherokee website for a list of those standards: www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/standards/ www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/standards/
Math Calendar Math Successmaker Math 2x per week (individualized computer program) Lots of hands-on activities Numbers to 30 (though we stretch to 100), sorting, comparing and ordering, predicting, shapes, time, money, addition and subtraction (touch points), geometry, data, graphs, measurement, fractions, probability, problem solving.
Reading My Goal: excited, proficient readers who enjoy a variety of different genres (types) of books. Small, flexible groupsdifferentiated curriculum Phonetically based instruction Sight/memory words added. Begin with easy, decodable stories; then move to leveled readers. Book bag will come home with a reader. Let child read to you (with support as needed). Return book as soon as possible-- new book sent. Individual display of titles hung in hall. Last year: 1300 books read by 18 students. Parent support crucial to reading process. Flash cards of decodable and sight words should be made and practiced. Volunteer moms to come in and tutor. Graphic organizers done weekly with a story Star Early Literacy test4x year; STAR reading test when ready Media center once a week – return library book on Wednesdays Read at least 15 min each nightpractice vocabulary words Successmaker Reading – individualized computer tutorial – 2x per week
Handwriting Taught and practiced every day in small group (yeah Ms. Bette!) Practice makes perfect Well also work on coloring, cutting, gluing. If work sent home, please be sure it is done correctly.
Creative writing goes along with reading Journals to be used At first, pictures with dictated sentence; then pictures with letters that represent words (to child); then pictures and decodable words; then pictures and 3-4 word sentences; then several sentences Word Wall to encourage correct spelling Stories with beginning, middle, end Creative Writing Process
Social Studies Map Skills Holidays American symbols Citizenship Careers Character Education/ Words of the Week
Science Physical properties of matter Gravity and motion Day and night sky Living and non-living things Animals Plants Rocks and Soil
Health Getting Along with Others Drug Awareness Week Staying Healthy/Nutrition Safety Dental Health
Schedule Information Ms. V.s Class Schedule 7:20 8:00Unpack, check in, begin morning work, attendance, announcements 8:00 8:15Morning Meeting, Calendar 8:158:40 Math 8:40 9:20Specials 9:259:45Finish math/ Snack 9:45---10:45Centers: Reading; handwriting; computers 10:45 11:15Lunch 11:2512:00Language Arts 12:0012:30Recess 12:351:00Science/ Social Studies 1:001:25Creative Writing/DEAR time 1:252:00Rest 2:00 2:05Pack Up 2:10First Load Dismissal 2:15Car Riders 2:30ASP Dismissal, 2 nd load buses
Grading Scale GKIDS on-going assessment of mastery of skills. Based on standards; end-of-year report Report Cards: every 9 weeks Working on mastery of standards and skills: ACaccomplished goal IPSIn progress, satisfactory IPNIn progress, needs improvement NEskill not evident when checked. Weekly check-ups begins after Labor Daywill be sent home on Friday with level of mastery indicated; please review
Class Rules Mrs. Wongs Class Rules 1.I will be respectful to my teacher and classmates. 2.I will raise my hand and wait to be called on to get Mrs. Wongs attention. 3. I will follow directions and work quietly. 4.I will respect others' space by keeping my hands, feet and other objects to myself. 5. I will always try my best! 6. I will follow the Mustang Expectations. I can do it if I try! Mrs. Wongs Class Rules 1.I will be respectful to my teacher and classmates. 2.I will raise my hand and wait to be called on to get Mrs. Wongs attention. 3. I will follow directions and work quietly. 4.I will respect others' space by keeping my hands, feet and other objects to myself. 5. I will always try my best! 6. I will follow the Mustang Expectations. I can do it if I try! 1. I will be respectful to my teacher and classmates. (Patient and Polite) 2. I will listen carefully to the teacher. If Im not listening, Im not learning. 3. I will raise my hand and wait to be called on to get Ms. V.s attention. 4. I will follow directions and work quietly. 5. I will respect others' space by keeping my hands, feet and other objects to myself. 6. I will always try to do my best! I can do it if I try!
Discipline Plan Students know class rules. They receive a warning, then change their color (green, yellow, red, hot pot). Look for colored gingerbread man in brown envelope; phone call from student if a really bad day; parent teacher conferences for habitual issues Loss of privileges5 minutes for yellow; 10 minutes for red; 15 minutes for Hot Pot. Even if a bad day, will get some recess/free time. Always accentuate positive
Discipline Plan (Continued) Reward for following rules: Fun Fridays Special treat for good behavior in gym, art, music and library Sticker sheets and daily treat #10 box; #20 boxneed treats! Cougar Coupons Extra free time Thank you for helping reinforce these at home!
Successmaker Math and Reading Monday - Thursday Two sessions per subject per week Individualized lessons and pacing Striving for at least one years growth by end of the year Good predictor of mastery of skills
ACCELERATED READING (AR) STAR test given when student is proficient with sight words (starts at a 1.0 level). AR--Read books at their level and take comprehension tests when ready D.E.A.R. timecarry over to home
Communication Communication between school and home is very important! Feel free to drop me a note or e-mail with any question. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail returned each afternoon after the students leave No transportation notes by e-mail please Names and date on all notes Conferences: 1 in the Fall-more if needed Newsletter and calendar: each month Web address: http://wt2.cherokee.k12.ga.us/DianneVergouven
Colored Folder/Brown Envelope Return folder and envelope each day Check folder for any work, notes. Look for weekly check-ups on Fri. When reading book bag comes home, please keep book till mastered; please take care of plastic backpacks that books come home in. Put monies in envelope with name and purpose on front (Friday ice cream $)
Teach 21 Classroom Six new Dell computers Sixteen new laptop computers Promethean interactive board Flipcharts – Promethean Planet Educational Videos – United Streaming InFocus Projector Computer scavenger hunts Digital camera Video camera
Teach 21 Classroom Various Computer Programs Microsoft Word PowerPoint Digital Movie Maker Blog Site Type to Learn Interactive Web Page Internet Scavenger Hunt Capstone Project – Collaborative pair animal story-videotape process
Kindergarten Volunteer Opportunities Field Trip Chaperones2 parents; awaiting approval from county Class celebrations – Winter, End of Year parties; Valentines and Spring snack Craft projects Fun Fridays/Cooking Fridays Reading moms, teacher helpers Co-Room Parents – Angie Bedsole, Jennifer Boyd, Shauna Grifffin
Before you leave: Sign up for conference Sign Up for PTA if you havent already Thanks for all you do! Thank you for coming!
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. William Arthur Ward Of a good beginning, cometh a good end. It is my goal to motivate and inspire your children each and every day. I thank you for entrusting your child to my care for this school year. Sincerely, Dianne Vergouven
Thank you very much for coming to Parent Information Night! Im looking forward to a great year!