2All About Me My background: My experience: My hobbies: I’m the oldest of five girls.My Dad was in the Navy so we moved around a lot.I graduated from Florida State University.I’ve been married for 26 years; 1 son who is attending TCC.My experience:Kindergarten Aide for 2 years in Jacksonville while attending Junior College.Teaching for 27 years; 1st Grade for 2 years in Baker County, Kindergarten for 2 years at Killearn Lakes, the remaining years here at Springwood in grades K, 1, 2, and 3.State of Florida Certification for birth through 6th grade.National Board Certification in Early ChildhoodMy hobbies:PhotographyReadingCraftsMovies
3My GoalsTo provide hands-on, meaningful, and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for your child.To help your child build a solid foundation of skills to support his/her future academic career.To work with you to help your child reach his/her fullest potential.
4Curriculum Reading Writing Vocabulary Spelling Math Science Social studiesAll content areas will be covered through whole class direct instruction, small group instruction, individual assistance, hands-on centers, cooperative group activities, songs, games, and/or creative projects.
5Reading Imagine It! Reading Program Spelling Words Vocabulary Words Whole class direct instructionPhonemic awareness, phonics, fluency (Decodable books) and comprehensionChildren are placed in reading skill groups for basic skill practice; on-grade level practice to strengthen and improve reading ability and fluency; enrichment reading activities; and literature studies.Spelling WordsNew words weekly; 5 Popcorn Words + 5 word family words or 5 words focused on a letter sound/spelling. Weekly Tests on spelling the word & word recognition.Vocabulary WordsNew words weekly from Imagine It.Weekly Tests on word meaning only.
6Writing Writing Instruction Writing Expectations Whole class direct instructionGroup writingIndependent writingIndividual writing conferencesWriting ExpectationsComplete and follow a writing planWrite using complete, stretched sentencesUse correct capitalization, punctuation, spacing, and letter formationSight words and frequently used words are spelled correctlyUse proper subject/ verb agreementBegin with a topic sentence and 2 items/eventsWrite 3 details about each item/eventEnd writing piece with a conclusion.
7Math GOMath Scientific Research Based Designed specifically for Florida StandardsHeavy emphasis on:Problem SolvingExplaining thought processesManipulative MathHands-on opportunities to make math real
8Classroom Community Our class rules are: Be respectful Be responsible Our classroom is a community. In our community, we have rules to help us get along with each other.ConsequencesMove from gold apple to green appleMove from green apple to yellow appleMove from yellow apple to red apple (phone call/note to parents)Time Out in another classroomReferralOur class rules are:Be respectfulBe responsibleBe ready to learnEveryone starts each day with a Golden Apple.Severe Clause: incidents in which your child shows extreme behavior immediately go to steps 3, 4, or even 5 depending upon the severity of the incident. The additional discipline needed for these incidents may include in or out of classroom “community" projects such as cleaning desks, walls, etc.
9HomeworkReturn Daily Communication Folder and Homework Folder every day!Read to/with your child every night!Reading Calendars are due on the last school day of the month.Homework will go home on Monday and is to be returned completed the day after it is assigned.Follow the directions in the newsletter, not on the assignment. In order to earn an “E”, pictures must be colored, writing must be neat, directions must be followed, and responses/answers must be accurate.Check the website regularly. (A link can be found on Springwood’s web page).
10Grading Policy/E: Work demonstrates best effort, high quality, and a high level of understanding of the skills/concepts/processes outlined by the grade-level benchmarks. Student Extends and Applies concepts & skills in many ways./S: Work is completed satisfactorily and student is progressing satisfactorily on the skills/concepts/processes outlined by the grade-level benchmarks. Little or no help was needed.-/N: Work is incomplete, little effort was put forth, and mastery is not shown. Student “needs more time and experiences” in order to achieve an understanding of the skills/ concepts/ processes outlined by the grade-level benchmarks.TH: Student completed with the teacher’s or volunteer’s help/mastery not shownCT: Completed Together as a class, usually under the document camera.
11Report Card GradesA:Student has learned and can use at least 90% of the skills/concepts/processes of the Grade Level Benchmarks taught during the 9-weeks. His/her daily work consistently meets high quality standards. No help was needed to complete independent assignmentsB:Student has learned and can use at least 80% of the skills/concepts/processes of the Grade Level Benchmarks taught during the 9-weeks. His/her daily work consistently meets high quality standards. Minimal help was needed to complete independent assignments.C:Student has learned and can use at least 70% of the skills/concepts/processes of the Grade Level Benchmarks taught during the 9-weeks. His/her daily work consistently meets acceptable standards. Some help was needed to complete independent assignments.D:Student has learned and can use at least 60% of the skills/concepts/processes of the Grade Level Benchmarks taught during the 9-weeks. His/her daily work is inconsistent in meeting acceptable standards. Significant help was needed to complete independent assignmentsF:Student has learned and can use less than 60% of the skills/concepts/processes of the Grade Level Benchmarks taught during the 9-weeks. His/her daily work is inconsistent in meeting acceptable standards. Significant help was needed tocomplete independent assignments.
12Work/Study Habits & Behavior Grades Report card grades for behavior and work/study skills:E – Very consistent demonstration of rules and procedures.S – Demonstrates characteristics of rules and procedures.N- Inconsistent demonstration of rules and procedures.
13Promotion Expectations Minimum First Grade Expectations:Students are expected to master the 1st grade Benchmarks in Reading, Writing, and Math. Mastery is defined as 70% proficiency on each Benchmark. Benchmarks identify the essential knowledge and skills a student should learn in each subject area at each grade level.Students are expected to score a 3 or higher on the district’s Snapshot Writing Assessment.
14Attendance & Dismissal School starts at 8:30 A.M.If your child is not in the classroom by the time the second bell rings, please check in at the front office before coming to class.Dismissal is at 2:50. If you need to pick up your child early, you must check him/her out in the front office.If your child’s means of dismissal changes, I must have a written note from you or a message from the office. Without parental notification, your child will follow his/her usual dismissal routine.If your child is absent, I must have written notification or the absence is unexcused.
15Classroom Wish List small items for the Treasure Chest velcro dots to be used to make learning gamesVolunteers to work with individuals or small groupsVolunteer to help with clerical tasksVolunteer able to xerox at home/workwhite printer/copy paperClorox wipes; baby wipesdry erase markersplastic forks & spoonsnapkinslarge and small white paper plates
16give to our classroom! We appreciate you!! We Volunteers!A few requests:Please let me know if you will not be able to come in on a scheduled day.Sign in at the office and get your name tag. Remember to record your time in the volunteer log.Confidentiality: Remember that when you volunteer, you will come in contact with your child’s classmates. We ask that you keep things you observe about other children’s academic progress or behavior confidential. Feel free to discuss any concerns you have with me, but not with others.When you are in the classroom volunteering, please make sure your phone is on vibrate and if you need to take a call please go outside.Thank you for the time and energy yougive to our classroom! We appreciate you!!