Class Schedule

Monday Art
Tuesday Physical Education
Wednesday Library
Thursday Music 2:10-2:40
Friday Music

Teacher Biography

This will be my 33rd year in education. Young people continue to amaze me with their refreshing perspectives.
One of my goals is to instill students with critical thinking skills - much needed skills for success in life. I encourage every student to take on leadership roles in Room 128.

In my other life I have been married to my best friend for 35 years. We have 4 children, a daughter-in-law, 2 son-in-laws, 3 grandsons, and cats.. I love to be creative, play with my grandsons, and run in 5ks.

Classroom Notes

All assignments will be written in the agenda on the days that they are due.

Spelling: Spelling City is an online program that we will be using this year. Students will receive a list of 20 words on Fridays. During the week typically there will be spelling activities that reinforce the spelling words. Time is given during the day to work on these activities. Work on spelling not completed during the school day will come home as homework. The spelling test is given on Thursdays. Students that achieve 100% will be our Super Spellers for the week.

Reading: This year we will be using CAFE: Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary. In each category we will look at specific strategies designed to strengthen reading skills. The strategies are posted in the classroom as we learn about them. Students are expected to read “Good fit/ Just right” books for the majority of their reading. They may read “Holiday” and “Challenge” books on a limited basis.  ALL students are to read at least 20 minutes each night at home.  Parents are to initial the minutes read at home. This is considered reading homework. Other reading grades will come from Reading Log entries, reading participation, and Scholastic Storyworks.

Writing: Students will write on a daily basis.  Grading will be based on the Common Core Language Arts Standards

Social Studies:  This year students will receive a weekly newspaper, Michigan Studies Weekly (MSW).  They are responsible to have the current MSW in class with them every day.  We will read, highlight important facts, complete the activities, and use the MSWs as resources.

     Grading will be based on assignments in the MSWs, supplemental materials, and vocabulary.  Generally the crossword in each MSW will be expected to be completed by the end of the week for a grade.  Occasionally special projects will be assigned.

      Each MSW has a section called “Words to Know”.  Students will be given the words for the week and are responsible for knowing/using the words and their definitions.  We will use a variety of resources to show mastery.

       Students are expected to know the location of the 7 continents, major oceans, United States of America, Canada, and Mexico.  Each student has color coded worksheets that they are expected to keep in their Social Studies folder and refer to as needed throughout the school year.

Should your child miss a day of Social Studies it is his/her responsibility to see me at second recess so that I can give them their missing assignments.

 Science: See Ms. Niehaus’ web page
Math: See Mr. Kenyon’s web page

On Mondays students will write down all assignments for the week in their agenda. At the end of each day students are responsible to circle/add work they did not complete during the day that will come home as homework.

Should your child miss a day of school it is his/her responsibility to see me at second recess so that I can give them their missing assignments.

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