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Facts About Our School & Your Child’s Curriculum
Courtesy of: Katy Dailey Letici a Sau cedo Mary Ann Si des Tammy Thom pson Jody Wynn
Welcome to Second Grade at Zilker Elementary School. Zilker is a very special and exemplary school. Our goal is to provide each student the best education possible in a warm, supportive and safe environment. We want all parents, as well as students, to feel that “Zilker is a Great Place for Kids.” We already have a reputation for being a community school with a family atmosphere, and we invite parents to become actively involved in their child’s learning. We know that your participation, combined with our excellent faculty, will make this school year a rewarding experience for you and your child.
Zilker’s Mission Statement
The mission of Zilker Elementary School is to develop every student into a life-long learner as a result of a challenging curriculum, individualized instruction, high expectations, and a nurturing environment with parental and community involvement.
School Mascot: School Colors: School Slogan: School Motto: Panther Maroon & Gold “Zilker is a Great Place for Kids!”
Diversity is Strength
Meet the Second Grade Team
Katy Dailey worked for Job Corps before becoming a teacher. She completed her student teaching at Zilker in 2001 and has been here ever since! She’s been married for 10 years and has a 7year old daughter & a 20-month old son. Ms. Dailey’s favorite activities are reading and being on the computer. Letic ia Sauc edo graduated from UT at Austin with a B.S. in Applied Learning and Development and a specialization in Bilingual Special Education. She has taught for 14 years -- 10 of them at Zilker. She has taught students from grades K-4th, and this year she’s very excited about teaching 2nd grade again! Leticia has a 17-year-old son named Alex who is the pride and joy of her life! She has a rambunctious dog named Toby and a cat named Abbie (who is named after the brain, "Abbie Normal" from the movie Young Frankenstein). Mar y Ann Sid es has wanted to teach since she was in Kindergarten. She has taught for seventeen years. Mrs. Sides is a graduate of Texas State University. She has been married for 31 years and has one son, Grant, who attends the Khabele School. Mrs. Sides loves to read, go to Alamo Drafthouse, and socialize. Tammy Th ompson graduated from UT with a BS in Applied Learning and Development with a reading specialization. She taught in Killeen ISD for four years in a multiage K-2 classroom, moved to Austin and taught at J. Houston for 5 years in K & 5th. Mrs. Thompson earned her National Board Certification in Early Childhood and is also certified in Special Education, ESL, Gifted & Talented and Early Childhood. After teaching First Grade at Zilker for 2 years, she is now thrilled to be a part of the Second Grade team. She is the mother of two boys -Jake and Cooper and has a great hubby named Matt. Jody Wynn grew up in Austin and has been teaching for thirteen years. She has three children. She has been married for seventeen years. Mrs. Wynn loves teaching, reading, and spending time with her family.
Science & Social Studies Units
1st Nine Weeks Families, All About Me Rules & Laws Citizenship & Communities Hispanic Heritage Science Safety Observing Our World Force, Motion Matter & Energy 2nd Nine Weeks Halloween/Government Family Heritage/History Community & Cultural Celebrations Force, Motion & Energy continued Weather 3rd Nine Weeks Martin Luther King, Jr. /Heroes of the Past Black History Women’s History Earth 4th Nine Weeks States/Continents/Maps Life Science (Plants, Butterflies)
The skills listed below are practiced throughout the year once they are introduced. Fluency Comprehension Reading different genres Making Reader-Text Connections Writing About Reading Discussing Text Reading Critically
Assessments: DRA (Devel opme ntal Re ading Assessment):
In this assessment, students read from a
Identify important information in text Read AISD non negotiable word list Fluency of 90 wpm Summarization
book selected for their reading level. The teacher follows along and records misread words from certain pages. Then, students retell the story in their own words. Based on how many words the student has misread and skill at retelling the story, the teacher determines whether the book is appropriate for the child. If so, the child is given a number to represent the reading level. The score from this assessment reflects the grade level at which the student is reading. If a student’s level is 24, they are reading at Second Grade (2), fourth month (4). Students should be at a 28 by the end of Second Grade. They are evaluated at the beginning, middle and end of the year. Students were expected to leave first grade on a DRA 16/18.
TPRI (Texas Primary Re ading Inve ntory): The TPRI was developed by the University of Texas and is an
assessment tool that provides a comprehensive picture of a student’s reading/language arts development. The TPRI covers ALL five of the domains of reading required to qualify for the President’s Reading First Program (under the No Child Left Behind Act). Students are scored as Developed or Still Developing Phonemic Awareness-Attentiveness to the sounds of spoken language Phonics-Figuring out unfamiliar words using knowledge of the alphabetic principle Fluency-Grade-appropriate oral reading with appropriate speed, accuracy, and expression. (90 words per minute) Vocabulary Development-Knowledge of word meanings to help spoken and written language communication. Text Comprehension-Use of a variety of comprehension strategies to understand the meaning of what is read
√ Writers write for different audiences and purposes √ Writers collect ideas from personal experiences √ Authors share thoughts and ideas √ Authors listen respectfully as others share their writing √ Writing is a process that includes pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing & publishing √ Writers stay focused and on topic √ Writers add details to help readers experience their stories √ Writers use written conventions to help readers experience their story √ Writers use complete, clear sentences √ Writers learn from others √ Voice and word choice make writing come alive √ Writers personalities come out through their writing √ Writers choose words and language with care √ Writers try new ways of saying things √ Writers review their own writing
Place Value (represent, compare and order numbers up to 999) Adding & Subtracting thorough problem solving (use and
apply facts to 18, solve problems with two digit numbers-including regrouping)
Identify and use patterns (in the 100’s chart, in numbers to 999, in
place value, in addition/subtraction, lists of paired numbers)
Basic Multiplication and Division (concrete models) Fractions (parts of a whole and a set, concrete models up to 12ths) Measurement (nonstandard comparisons of length, weight/mass and
capacity, standard units of time and temperature)
Geometry (compare and contrast attributes of 2-D and 3-D figures, use the
Organizing & Collecting Data for Interpretation (draw
conclusions from various graphs, likely/unlikely events)
Second Grade Classroom Expectations
The learner will exhibit the following behaviors in school: • Respect self, others, and property • Listen and follow directions on first request • Participate in lessons • “Be Responsible, Respectful and Kind” Consequences: • First Offense: • Second Offense: • Third Offense: • Fourth Offense: Verbal Warning Cool Down Time Note Home Referral to the Office
Physical aggression will not be tolerated in any form and will result in imm edi ate referral to the office. Possible Management Techniques: • Super Star Chart • Sticker Chart • Positive reinforcement • Using verbal and non-verbal reminders • Distracting to a positive model • Anticipating trouble • Using logical consequences • Individual behavior plans Rewards: • Marble Jar: The students are rewarded with a party when the marble jar is filled. Marbles are awarded for whole class good behavior. • Group Points: Groups are rewarded points for classroom participation, group activities, cleaning up, and transitions. The reward for the group or groups with the most points is eating lunch in the classroom with the teacher on Fridays. • Super Star Recess: The students will play games and have free choice centers in the classroom. Each child with a referral to the office that week will have to sit out of Super Star Recess.
*The discipline plan and practices for each teacher may differ slightly. Please check with your child’s teacher for her individual discipline plan.
Second Grade Homework Policy
• Second graders take home assignment sheets and homework folders on Mondays. Homework is assigned for Monday through Thursday (no homework on Fridays). • A family project is also assigned and graded each month. Family projects are an integrated and important part of our curriculum. • Reading is assigned nightly for at least 15-20 minutes. Daily reading either silently or with adults in the evening is encouraged. Reading is to be recorded on a reading log. • Homework from any subject area may be assigned periodically to provide reinforcement and/or practice basic skills. • Consistently turning in homework late or not turning it in at all will affect your child’s “Work/Study” grade on his or her report card. The teachers and parents are responsible for scheduling a conference to discuss a consistent problem with homework responsibility.
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