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Welcome to Miss Grant’s

2nd Grade Classroom

Clark Elementary School

Parents’ Open House

July 30, 2012


Meet Miss Grant

I just graduated from Indiana University with a degree in both Special and Elementary Education. BUT, I am no stranger to Clark! I student taught with both Julie Wolfe (resource) and Jamie Clawson (first grade) last year.

Along with graduating, I just recently ran my first mini marathon with my dad and we are currently training for the full marathon in November! YIKES!

In December, I adopted a puppy and he takes up a wonderful but large amount of my free time. His name is Riley and he is a mix of German Sheppard and Blue Tick Healer.

I am looking forward to getting to know everyone throughout the year and I cannot wait for the year to get underway! If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me.

Welcome to second grade!


Curriculum: The Daily Five and Words Their Way

The Daily 5 is a series of literacy tasks (reading to self, reading with someone, listening to reading, writing, and word work) which students complete daily while the teacher meets with small groups or confers with individuals.

  • Words Their Way is an individualized word study program.
  • -Your child will have a collection of spelling words weekly that have been introduced in class. Each night of the week your child is expected to do a different activity to ensure that these words and the spelling principle they represent are mastered. These activities will be modeled and practiced in school, so your child can teach you how to do them.


Writing Block (6 + 1 Writing Traits) and Power Writing

  • During writing we will be doing mini lessons daily. Students will be using a journal to create stories. I will encourage each child to take a piece of writing from their journal to the publishing place once a month. Writing will also be incorporated into our Daily 5 time (during Daily 5 the students will be doing more of a journaling format). We will use additional time to focus on 6+1 Writing traits.


We use the EnVision Math Program. EnVision is a new math program adopted by CPCSC last school year. There are a variety of online resources, hands on manipulatives, and many other wonderful resources. I will have a link soon on my website to the EnVision site so you will be able to explore! We will also be working on establishing Daily 5 flexible math groups later in the year.


Social Studies


Below is a list of Social Studies standards that will be covered throughout the school year. Social studies is often incorporated into reading instruction.



Maps and charts





Health and Science


Below are a list of Health and Science standards that will be covered throughout the school year.


Getting Along

Physical Activity

Drug free

Explore our environment

Life Cycles


We also will be utilizing our new outdoor learning lab!!


Common Core Portfolio

As we prepare for Common Core Learning, we need to gather materials for our standards-based portfolios. These portfolios are notebooks that each student will use to collect work samples, to record the Common Core Standards, to list key vocabulary and create new learning goals.

Your child will share his/her portfolio with you during conferences. Each child will need materials to create the portfolios. Materials that can be donated include;

  • 3-ring binder with clear plastic cover
  • 3 packs subject dividers (5 in a pack)
  • 1clear plastic sheet protectors.



We will have a computer lab rotation in our related arts time this year!

The kids will be learning how to improve typing skills, search for information on a website with internet safety, how to use Microsoft word, including how to insert pictures, and how to create power point presentations.


Related Arts Schedule

Monday: Library

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: P.E.

Thursday: Art

Friday: Computer Lab


Grading Scale

93-100=A 67-69=D+

90-92=A- 63-66=D

87-89=B+ 60-62=D-

83-86=B 59 or Below=F






Homework and Test Retakes

  • A Homework Packet will be given to your student on Monday.It must be turned in Friday morning.But, students are welcome to turn it in early!
  • 2-3 test retakes will be allowed through teacher discretion each semester. 
    • If there are special circumstances, notify your teacher to discuss any issues. 
  • If your child happens to be taking a retake, he/she will have some time to be taught the skills again with the teacher or an assistant.
    • Your child will then be given some practice pages for practice at home, as well, before being allowed to have a retake. 
    • The retake test will not be the same format as the original.

Classroom Discipline

Our classroom discipline plan is designed to motivate each student to do their personal best daily by following the Clark School Rules and our Classroom rules.

Each student will have a numbered clip on our chart. They will all start out on the green “Ready To Learn”. They can either move up or down according to their behavior. They will earn prizes or consequences. They will be filling out the color of their behavior at the end of each day in their “Sea Log”.

Purple: Super Student

Pink: Way to Go

Blue: Excellent Effort

Green: Ready to Learn

Yellow: Make Better Choices

Orange: Teacher Choice

Red: Parent Contact


Sea Log

Your child will have a “Sea Log” Binder. This is a one inch binder that will serve as your child’s homework/communication folder.

Students will write their assignments in the agenda and bring home every night. Please look over the agenda and help them with work if needed.

READ, READ, READ… try and read to your child or have your child read to you on a daily basis! Practice makes permanent!


Wednesday Express

This folder is a red folder that will come home every Wednesday’s with papers from the week. Important papers for our classroom and our school will be sent home in this folder. Please return the empty folders to school on Thursday. Please check the homework section in the Sea Log daily in case there are any important papers that need to be sent home before or after Wednesday!



I plan to send out a classroom newsletter every week on Monday. I will be giving you important information in the newsletters so please read them carefully. If you have an e-mail account I will send you a copy electronically, if not or if you would prefer, I can send a newsletter home with your child in their Sea Log.



We will do a birthday recess one day every month to celebrate these special days.

We have several students in this school with food allergies so please do not bring in any food items or drinks.



If your child is ill, please call the attendance line or the office.

Attendance Line: 535-2025

Office Line: 535-8503


Lunch and Recess

  • Second Grade will eat lunch from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. with recess following from 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Each child will go out to recess unless a note is sent to school. In the winter, we will go out unless the wind or temperature is below 10 degrees. Please dress your child accordingly.


Lunch Prices for 2012-2013 School Year

    • Student Lunch: $2.20
    • Student Breakfast: $1.30
    • Adult Lunch: $2.85

Early Release

Begins Wednesday, August 8 and will be every Wednesday after!

Dismissal is at 3:10

The First Day of School is NOT an Early Release Day


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