Attendance One of Cascade’s best qualities is that in-class work is most often hands-on, interactive, and creative. It is difficult, if not impossible, to recreate these learning experiences for students who are absent or late. If your family goes on vacation during the school year, in-class work and homework will be saved to be completed upon your return. I will not be able to send their homework or make up work in advance. Also, please keep in mind that a large part of learning is in-class and hands-on, and cannot easily be sent home as make-up work: making artifacts, singing songs, conducting research, and having discussions.
Daily Schedule 8:00-8:15 Journals, Announcements, Attendance 8:15-8:20 Spelling Test 8:20-8:30 Calendar 8:30-9:45 Saxon 3 Math and Math rotations 9:45-10:15 Institute for Excellence in Writing (Tues/Thurs) OR Music (Mon/Wed) 10:15-10:45 P.E. 10:45-11:15 Riggs/Spelling 11:15-12:00 Recess and Lunch 12:00-1:10 Core Knowledge OR Art and Buddies (on Tues.) 1:10-1:30 Snack and Recess 1:30-2:00 World Languages 2:00-3:15 Guided Reading and Daily 5 3:15-3:30 Clean up, Pack Up, Planners
Areas of Study Second grade studies some exciting things!
Riggscontinues with careful study of the language through the mastery of 72 phonograms, the marking system, and the 47 spelling rules. We will also study grammar, usage, and mechanics through careful creation of notebook pages in our Riggs notebooks. We will be using the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) curriculum for writing, both narrative and expository. We will use a combination of read-alouds, guided reading literature circles, and paired reading to develop reading comprehension skills and strategies, pulling from the literature selections of Core Knowledge and from other sources.
In Math, we continue the Saxon program, working on Saxon 3 this year. Saxon uses a spiraling, explicit, and comprehensive set of objectives. We continue to lay the foundation upon which your child will build her math career. Expect daily homework, including fact practice. I recommend purchasing or making flash cards (or downloading an app) with basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts, so your child can begin to develop automaticity, which will make math and life so much easier! The Core Knowledge sequence for second grade will be used for literature, science, and social studies/history/geography. We will start with our geography and history units, moving from local history out to world history. The last two months will be our science units. Here is our general unit of study outline. If you have any knowledge, experiences, or resources to share in any of these areas, please let me know!
September: Geography and the Americas October:Westward Expansion November:Civil War and Immigration/Citizenship December:Immigration/Citizenship January: Ancient Greece February: Ancient Asia March:Modern Japan April:Cycles in Nature May:Magnets and Simple Machines
Field Trip Fridays
October 6th--Wells Fargo Museum and Oregon Historical Society October 12th--Philips Foster Farm November--A service project January 19th--Kingpin Bowling and St. Luke’s Labyrinth February 23rd--Lan Su Chinese Garden and House of Louie Restaurant March 16th--Japanese Gardens and Aikido Dojo April 20th--Metro Scouter’s Mountain and Tualatin River Keepers May 18th--Rainbow Trout Farm
Cascade Heights Public Charter Guidelines for Grading CHPCS teachers are provided with the following guidelines for grading student work.
4--Exceeding Grade Level Standards “I did all that was asked of me and more, that is why I earned a level 4”
3--Meeting Grade Level Standards “I did all that was asked of me, that is why I earned a level 3”
2--Progress toward grade level standards “I did some of what I was asked to do, that is why I earned a level 2”
1--Limited Progress toward grade level standards “I didn’t do what had to be done, and that is why I earned a level 1”
0--Concerned, No Understanding
Since our school is a mastery based program, at the beginning of the school year it is expected that students be at a level 1 or 2. As they move through the material and begin to master it, scoring should move to a 3 or 4 by the end of the year.
Behavior If a student is preventing herself or another student from learning or being safe (either physically or emotionally), then she is probably breaking a rule of my classroom or the school:
Listen when your teacher is talking.
Follow directions quickly!
Respect others, respect yourself, respect your school!
Raise your hand to speak or stand.
Be safe, be kind, be honest!
Cascade Heights uses card charts in all classrooms. They are intuitive and straightforward. Posted in the classroom is a card chart with each child’s name. Each child begins the day on green (a fresh start every morning!). Below is a breakdown of the consequence system for minor infractions:
Green--Start out the day on green (a fresh start every morning!).Green is good! You are doing what you should be doing to help yourself and your classmates be successful in second grade.
Yellow--A gentle reminder to make good choices or to change conduct that is not appropriate to the situation.
Orange--You persisted in making poor choices after the first warning/reminder.
Blue--Time out: student takes a few minutes to reflect on her behavior, cool down, and talk with the teacher. You continued making poor choices, or you committed a more serious infraction.
Red--Natural consequence, restitutions/apologies, parents contacted, Mrs. Macy notified, etc. You persisted in poor choices, or endangered yourself or others.
Hot Pink--Administration contacted to remove child from classroom. Parent contacted. Consequences vary based on situation and quantity of hot pinks.You need to be removed from others so that they can learn and be safe.
I will be able to communicate daily with you regarding your child’s choices with homework planners. Each day students will write the color of their card, and then I will initial/stamp it. This will also double as confirmation that I have seen your child’s homework planner, and to indicate that I have (to the best of my ability) seen homework written down. Please look for any patterns or triggers for days with poor conduct (a change in schedule, late bedtime, etc.) that may better guide my teaching and your parenting. To track positive behavior, I use Dombrow Dollars. When students are on-task, trying hard, setting a good example, being thoughtful, going above and beyond, etc., they will earn Dombrow Dollars. There are different wonderful rewards as they load up their wallets!
Homework Second grade is a transitional time where students continue to develop the habits that will make them successful in third grade through graduate school. You can expect homework every night. Homework should only average between 20 and 40 minutes most nights, sometimes a bit longer if a project has been assigned. If it is taking significantly longer or shorter than 20-40 minutes on a regular basis, please let me know! Please do not let your student tell you that they have no homework. They are expected to read for at least 15 minutes every night, and will have Riggs spelling homework, and a math sheet almost every evening. Please look for their GREEN homework folder to come home with their work inside. Allow your child to do their work on their own, but I am asking that you check every assignment each night after they complete it. We want to catch their mistakes early so they don’t learn bad habits, they learn the standards for quality work, they get the help they need if they get stuck, and have reading support if they need it. If you helped them with a problem or an assignment, just circle what part you helped them with and initial it.
The following projects will be assignments that will come home for the family to work on together. I will give you plenty of advance notice to complete them.
Students record their homework in their homework planner. This, in addition to their homework folder and Riggs notebook, is essential to their success at home. Checking and signing your student’s homework and planner daily is expected. Please also check your child’s planner for the color indicating their behavior for the day.
Communication There are several modes of communication employed for news, content, progress, concerns, praise, etc.
Class website (dombrow2ndgradechpcs.weebly.com): news about upcoming events, field trips, areas of study, reminders, resources, etc.If you do not have regular access to the internet and you need hard copies sent home, please let me know. The site will be updated at least once a week
Homework planner: your child will write reminders, homework, and their card color. Please check daily and initial.
Phone call/Emails (although I cannot always immediately respond while I am teaching, I do try to respond within 24 hours) I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 503. 653. 3996.
Progress Portfolios: These hard copy folders will be sent home once a month.
Room Parents and Volunteering I am looking for one or two room parents to work with this year. These parents will help organize special programs and events, and help to coordinate the other volunteers as we have need. I do need/welcome weekly help in the classroom.
Read with students
Check off homework
Chaperone a field trip
Help with class projects
Volunteering is a win, win, win for everyone! First, you win as you get a front row seat to your child’s world, seeing the personalities of those in the classroom, how your child interacts with others, and what our daily routine looks like. Your child wins because they see the value that you place on education, your support of their teacher, and they LOVE having you here. Lastly, I win because I am freed up to utilize my training in instruction. All of my students receive a better educational experience as a result. I would like to thank each of you in advance for your contribution to our classroom, and encourage each of you to go through the application/background checks now so that you can volunteer if you wish. Volunteering opportunities will begin in October, once our daily class routines have been established.
Lunches and Water Bottles One of the wonderful things about CHPCS is our healthy food policy. We kindly ask that you pack healthy lunches for your child (and leave sugary drinks and treats, as well as junk food at home) so that their brains will be optimally fueled for learning. Also, all lunches are “pack in/pack out”. This means that whatever is left of your child’s lunch once they have eaten, will be returned home, not thrown away. We do this to reduce waste and to allow you to see what your child has eaten each day.
For drinks, we allow water only. Please do not send your child to school with fruit drinks, coffee, pop, sports drinks, etc. Proper hydration sans caffeine, sugar, and food colorings is necessary for their brains and bodies. We keep water bottles on our desks all day long for this purpose. (Please make sure that these water bottles are not glass!)
Birthdays We want to value and celebrate each student on their birthday in a way that will not disrupt our learning day. We will sing happy birthday, share encouraging words, and give a birthday prize.
If you are having a birthday party for your child outside of school and would like to pass out invitations, you may do so as long as every child in the class is invited, so as not to hurt feelings.
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