Alpha Dog - Leader of the Pack
I am from St. Augustine, Florida. Growing up, my immediate family was small - Mama, Daddy & my younger brother, Byron. However, we were part of a large extended family. I have lots of aunts, uncles & many cousins. Oyster roasts & fish fries on the beach were part of our regular routine.
I received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Carson-Newman College and later earned a Master's in Early Childhood Degree from Augusta College. I have primarily taught second grade in the Aiken County Public School District. I retired this summer after teaching nearly
I live with my husband, Barry, and our lovable dog,
Mr. Bit-Bit. We reside in North Augusta. We have a daughter and son-in-law, Amelia & Zac, who live in Charleston with my "grand cat", Weezie.
I enjoy playing tennis, playing Bridge, reading, cooking and of course visiting Amelia and Zac. We attend Fairview Presbyterian Church. Our Christian faith is a vital part of our family.
I am truly looking forward to working with my students at Mead Hall. It is exciting to begin another chapter in my career at this wonderful place. I believe every child is a gift from God. Through His grace, I am already grateful for all the many successes that will come during this school year.
"PAWS" for Good Behavior
In order for learning to occur in a timely manner, there must be specific rules in place. I call these our class agreements.
We will all agree to:
1. Active Listening
2. Mutual Respect
3. No Put Downs - be grateful
4. Do your Personal Best
5. Have Fun at Recess
We even have a class cheer that reminds us of these rules.
Put downs, put downs - no way.
Active listening - hurray!
Mutual respect & personal best, help guide me & all the rest.
"Barking Up the Wrong Tree"
A behavior chart reminds students of their behavior. Each morning, a clothespin with his/her name is clipped to a "Ready to Learn" sign. If someone breaks a rule, I will give a "gentle reminder". This will be in the form of a look or quiet, verbal word. If that was ignored, & unproductive behavior continues, then a student will move his/her clothespin to the "Think About It" sign. If that doesn't help in making appropriate choices & misbehavior continues, the clothespin will be moved again. The last sign is "Oh, No! Stop". At this point, there will be a consequence such as :
lost time at recess
phone call home
note to parent that will need to be signed
Daily - Recess 11:00 - 11:30 & Lunch 11:45-12:15
Mon. - Reflex Math 9:00-9:15 Library 10:15-11:00
Tues. - Art 8:15-9:00 Reflex Math 9:00-9:15
Wed. - Music 9:00-9:45
Thurs. - P.E. 9:00-9:45
Friday - Sacred Studies 1:15-2:00
Computer Lab 2:00-2:50
HEADLINES Week #21
*I am very please with the progress we have made in cursive handwriting. Keep up the fantastic work!!
*Please note that second semester there will be weekend homework -
1 additional session of Reflex Math (green circle should be completely filled) & read for at least 15 min.
Chapel Wed. @2:00 - with Eucharist
January 24th - 100th Day of School
Story - The Stranger and the Soup
Vocabulary: seasoning, simmer, well, sighed, indeed, surely, gasp, wilted, wringing, & plaza
Grammar: subject/verb agreement
Comprehension: making inferences
Spelling: pie, night, fly, pile, child, right, shy, lie, mice, try, recognize, skyscraper, style, knight, & mighty
Friday - spelling & reading tests
Ch. 12 - double digit subtraction with & w/out regrouping
Please use Reflex Math at least twice each week. I know everyone will master those addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.
**Science and Social Studies**
weather & South Carolina history
A rule of thumb in language arts - Kindergarten through 2nd grades are primarily focused on learning to read, while grades 3-5 focus on reading to learn. As we move forward into the last half of the school year, there will be great emphasis placed on being ready for 3rd grade.