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A New, Standards-Based Report Card

It is almost time for reportcards to come out. Therefore, it's almost conference time. If you haven't done so yet, to sign up for a conference, please use this conference sign up link. If you are having trouble accessing the link or adding your name to a time slot, please let me know.

I am excited to meet together and share information about your child's work habits, academic progress and other topics.  In an effort to keep our conferences on task and squeeze in as much  as possible in our short time together, I'd like to take a moment to comment on our new reportcard system now, so that we can focus on your child in the conference.
An email went out recently from Mrs. Kane & Ms. Deacon about our new Standards Based ReportCard (SBRC). Hopefully you have had a minute to look it over and let me know if you have questions.
For parents in other school districts, when introducing a new SBRC, the biggest shock to parents when seeing the first reportcard of the year was th…
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Standards Based Report Cards

This December, you will receive a Standards-Based Report Card. It will be a big change if you have only had experience with traditional report cards. I wanted to share more information with you as we get ready to transition.

 Here is a quick explanation from Chelmsford Public Schools, and I have attached links to several second grade SBRC's. Ours will be a little different, but you will find these to have a lot of similarities. The biggest change for parents may be that students are working on year end standards, so most students will not be proficient in most standards until June. Remember, the goal is for students to meet the standards at the end of second grade.

 What is a Standards-Based Report Card? "The purpose of a report card is to clearly, and objectively communicate how a child is doing in school. A standards-based report card (SBRC) tells specifically how a child is performing based on each standard listed and it indicates what areas may need additional attenti…

Fidget Rules

Hi there! Some students have been bringing "fidgets" to school such as thinking putty and squishy foam toys that may help them concentrate. I have found that they have become more like toys and are distracting students Therefore, we instituted some fidget rules which I have shown below.

We also have a box here of sensory and fidget tools that we can use. If fidgets from home remain a distraction, I may email and let you no students will only use our school sensory toolbox. Thanks!

Open House Presentation

If you missed the open house, here are some images and information found in the Power Point I shared!

The In Class Routine for Turning in Homework

Just like you might have wondered how homework gets from the classroom into your child's backpack (see this blog post), you might wonder, "Well how does my child's homework get from their backpack to the teacher?" or perhaps "Why did my child get a missed homework slip when their homework was in their bag?" Here is how it works in room 202.
At the very beginning of the year, I establish the expectation with students that they are now in second grade so they will need to become a little more independent. Instead of handing their whole folder to the teacher or putting their folder in a bin, students bring their folder into the room, open it, look inside, and give me any homework or notes that they see inside. If they are unsure of what is inside, they check with me. Then students either put their folder in their mailbox for the end of the day, or back in their backpack.
On days when homework is always due (Tuesdays and Fridays) students are expected to eithe…

Math Vocabulary

I am sure your second grader knows what "add" means and "equals" but can they define the math meaning of "difference"? How about "faces" and do they remember "unit" and "combinations" from first grade? With the Common Core State Standards communicating about mathematical thinking is very important and to do so we need a good grasp on math vocabulary.

Additionally, besides being able to write and speak math terms like angles and sum, students need to be able to independently read and understand written math directions on their own. In a testing situation, teachers may be able to read what a word says but if a student does not remember it they will not be able to define it (of course in everyday lessons and not on tests, yes we would help). For example, "Write a subtraction equation in which the difference is 6" or "Write a number model in which the sum is 8" would require not only computation but knowing wh…

Open House is Tuesday! Students and Parents Welcome!

Hello everyone! I hope you and the students can join us Tuesday  for Open House from 7:00-7:45. We will be in the classroom for a quick meet and greet, for your child to show your around ,  and possibly a few comments from me from  7:00-7:45. FYI, first grade open house is 6:00-6:45 so there may be some parking overlap and the lot will be crowded. Scroll down for all you want to know about 2nd grade! This is our grade level informational brochure. I thought I would post it here for your convenience.

Everything you always wanted to know about Second Grade STAFF Classroom Teachers Ms. Garlisi       Ms. McGrath Mrs. Holm             Ms. Packer      Ms. Mawn             Ms. Pratt
Special Education Mrs. Hogan Mrs. Carreiro Mrs. Penney Reading Support Mrs. Zwolinski  Mrs. Koob
Math Support Mrs. Rousseau
Specials The second grade learning experience is enhanced by the following weekly classes.
P.E.                       40 minutes Music                    40 minutes Art                         40 minute…