Welcome to First Grade! This is my second year teaching at Decatur Classical Elementary School. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, and my Master’s in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University. When I’m not teaching I can usually be found at the movies, eating, or binge watching “The Great British Bake Off”.
Our school wide expectations are to Be Present, Endure Challenges, and Take Care of One Another. Those same expectations should carry over into our classroom. I also expect students to come to class every day with an open mind, ready to work hard and do their best! We have a C.H.A.M.P.S board so students have a visual, and a clear definition of how to be successful during a lesson.
I will send out a weekly email to you with the highlights from the week and any notices of upcoming tests or project due dates. This information will also be posted weekly here on my page. I am available for any questions or concerns via email. Please allow 48 hours during the week to reply to your emails.
Reading, math, science, and social studies will all be broken down in the same percentages: 50% classwork and 50% assessments. Writing breaks down into three categories: conventions, writing process, and final writing products. The first two categories are worth 30%, and the final product is worth 40%.
If any classwork comes home with a sticker, grade, or fun stamp it can stay at home. Students that receive a 69% or lower on an assessment or classwork will do a retake the the highest score will be put in Gradebook. 60% will be the lowest grade entered into GradeBook for any classwork or assessment as long as a student completed their work. 50% will be the lowest grade given if NO work was completed.
Assessments need to be signed and returned to school. I will stamp anything that needs requires a signature. See above for grading policies in regards to assessments.
Literacy This week we focused on making predictions, how, when and why we make them. To help us practice we worked with the story”… Read More
Newsletter October 2nd-6th Here are a few updates from our week in First Grade: Literacy: NWEA Testing and our beginning of year REACH tests… Read More
Welcome! Here’s the latest info for 1st grade. We had a great week.
The Jog-a-thon is on Wednesday, October 17 and we hope parents will join us to cheer on their student! There is also still time… Read More
Decatur Cross Country Begins Season By Brady Leonard On Wednesday Sept. 27th, Decatur’s Cross Country team participated in its first meet of the season…. Read More
September 11th- 15th
We are off and running in room 104! Ask your child about…
Writing: #First Grade Rocks, which will go on our cactus themed bulletin board
Literacy: We read the story “Frog and Toad: The Garden” and explored parts of plot
Math: “Catch the Dinosaurs Tens and One” math games, plus we learned about different ways to represent the value of a number
Social Studies: What it means to be a good citizin
Science: How scientists use the five senses
Bonus Topic: What did your child do this week to get on the BINGO board?
Upcoming Events: Monday, September 18th is Back to School Night at Decatur!