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 New York City with our "grand cats", Weezie & Abe.
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 continue this 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 11:40-12:10
Mon. - Computers 1:00 - 1:45 Library 1:45 - 2:30
Tues. - P.E. 9:00 - 9:45
Wed. - Music 8:15 - 9:00
Thurs. - Art 9:00-9:45
Friday - Sacred Studies 1:15-2:00
We are off to a wonderful school year. Your children have amazed me with their energy & enthusiasm. I can tell they are eager to learn. Thank you for bringing/sending all the supplies they will need.
*A/R starts today!!
*PTA Open House is Sunday - Meeting in cafeteria at 2:45 & visit classrooms at 3:00
*Combined Chapel - Sept. 4th
*Picture Day - Sept. 11th
*See You at the Pole - Sept. 25th
*Aiken Library Field Trip - Oct. 1st
The Theme for Unit 1 is "Teamwork". Please send in any team photos you might have of your child for this display. I'd like to use them on the bulletin board. Thanks!!
*Story - Mice Who Lived in a Shoe
*Vocab: huddled, safety, gathered, shelter, observed, merchant, timber, fetched, platform & admired
*Spelling: chin, ship, that, march, which, shark, shed, with, chop, harsh, what, chef, when, shoe, & throw
*Comprehension skill: predicting
*Grammar: common & proper nouns
*Chapter 1 - Reading & Writing numbers
This chapter also includes greater than & less than, which numbers come before & after each other, & estimating.
*History of Aiken
Friday - Spelling & Reading