I have been teaching second grade for 10 years...second graders are THE BEST!! I am a product of this school district having gone to PDS, Sierra Vista Middle, and Buena High School. After high school I went to NAU and graduated in 1999 with my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. While there I met my husband and we married in 2000. We now have 3 children; Connor- entering 3rd Grade, Kyleigh-2nd Grade and in my class this year :), and our youngest, Caden who will be 2 in November. I recieved my Master's degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy in 2008 and my National Board Certification in November of 2009. I am so excited to work with your child!
Don't panic! This post honestly has nothing to do with the physical health of your child. It does however, have to do with the many assessments that your child has completed over the last few days. Much like a doctor needs to assess the health of each one of his patients, I too must assess your child's academic abilities before I can decide on the right course of "treatment". My goal is to get an overall picture of your student's capabilities and needs. Wherever your student lands on the knowledge spectrum, I can assure you that I will be able to meet these needs and challenge each student appropriately.
Our STAR reading testing was completed today. If you would like to know how your student STAR tested, please send me an email. I will be able to give you an approximate grade equivalent. If your student did not read over the summer this may be slightly lower than last year. I am also conducting running records on each student. I value running records more than the STAR test because I can get a picture of exactly which strategies your student is using and what the area of need is. I will be happy to let you know what you can be working on with your student at home. Running records are a bit time consuming but I am aiming to be done by Friday. Of course the best course of action for any student is to have home and school support that is consistent and focused. I know that by working together, we will find the perfect prescription for you child's success! (Okay, I know...I took the whole medical analogy too far....but it's late and I'm tired!) :)
I love Scholastic. I honestly think I'm addicted to buying books for my classroom. It is so much fun to introduce a new book to a class full of eager readers. They love reading new books and I can't blame them... there is nothing quite like the feel and smell of a new book in your hands.
Which brings me to the point of this blog. I don't consider myself to be a Scholastic pusher, but I can't help myself the first month of every year. Scholastic is offering 10 TIMES the bonus points plus 4000 extra on top of that! That is HUGE in terms of just how many free books we can get into the hands of the kiddos!!! I am begging and pleading all of you (my parents....not sure who all is reading my blog!) PLEASE help us get to $200 total so that we can get the full amount of bonus points this month.