Mrs. Holmes - First Grade

Everything is awesome when you are in FIRST GRADE!-Inspired by The Lego Movie

Hello my name is Mrs. Holmes and I teach first grade at Akers.  I am a graduate of Fresno State University and attained my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching through Fresno Pacific University. I am proudly celebrating my 10th year of teaching this year, I look forward to continuing my career in education. Previously, I taught fourth and fifth grades at Central Elementary School, I taught third grade at Akers for two years and I also taught kindergarten and first grade in Tulare County. I have a passion for teaching and learning. I chose to be a teacher because there were teachers who made a difference in my life; I hope to do the same for the students who walk through my classroom. I look forward to making this year a successful year, thank you parents for your dedication and support.

Daily Schedule

Mondays 8:00am-1:00pm
Tuesday-Friday 8:00am-2:10pm
Extra-curricular activities
  

P.E.: Tuesdays 10:15-10:55am and Thursdays 8:30-9:00am
Art: Every other Wednesday 12:30-1:20pm
Library: Fridays 12:00-12:30pm
Fitness Room: Tuesdays 1:00-1:30pm
Reading buddies: 1:30-2:00pm


Class Expectations

Our 2017-2018 Respect Agreement
This is an agreement created by the class.

1. Be a good listener. 
2. Keep your hands to yourself. 
3. Be kind and helpful.
4. Take care of school materials.
5. Try your best. 

In class each student will have their own behavior chart: students start everyday at "ready to learn". They can then clip up to "good day", "great job" or "outstanding". Each time a students clips up they receive positive praise and points. The following steps are taken for students who choose to break our respect agreement. Behavior will be documented daily using the Class Dojo application.
1. Warning-verbal reminder and counseling with the teacher.

2. Student will clip down to "think about it". (-1 point)
3. Student will clip down to "teacher's choice". (-2 points)
4. Student will clip down to "parent contact". Parents will be contacted over the phone, if needed a parent meeting will be made. (-3 points)

Creating a successful environment for your child is a team effort. You know your child best, if a meeting is needed it is only to create a plan that will best support a positive learning environment for your child and their classmates. 

*At anytime if a student has severely broken our class respect agreement and/or school-wide rules, the student will be issued a ticket and/or suspended depending on the level of behavior.

Rewards

  • Eagle Bucks for turning in homework on time and good behavior. Once a month students will have the opportunity to spend their eagle bucks at a student store.
  • Student of the Month and Character Counts Awards-A student is chosen for each category according to their behavior, integrity and quality of work completed.
  • Five Eagle Award recipients are chosen for overall growth.
  • Fun Fridays-students who complete their classwork and homework may participate in a "Fun Friday" activities. These activities will include cooperative learning games, educational iPad activities, etc.
  • Smiles and Praise-I like to smile and thank students for their great work and positive behaviors in and out of class. I encourage students to take ownership of their learning experiences, which will assist in building responsibility and confidence.
  • Trimester award for good behavior: students who make good choices will have the opportunity to participate in trimester awards such as movie day and swim day. 

Homework
Each student has been provided with an orange homework folder, inside you will find a reading log, a spelling list and math review type assignments. The reading log is for you to document free choice reading with your child daily. This could be a book you read to them before bed or a book they read to you. The reading log will have a variety of comprehension questions.  These can be asked out loud and/or your child could complete the entries.  Completing the entries is optional. For spelling, it is your choice how to practice these words each week. My suggestion would be to give your child a pretest and practice the words they misspelled. A spelling test will be given each Friday.

Math homework will normally come in three pages: the first two pages are completed in class with the teacher, the third page is the homework page. 

In the black folder, you will find their reading mastery homework. Parents will listen to their child read two passages and sign each night. Each passage is given in accordance to their reading level and checked by their reading teacher daily. (This should take 3-10 minutes).

Your child will be assigned homework Monday through Thursday. All homework reinforces the concepts and skills we have learned in class. It also prepares students for upcoming assessments and it develops good study habits. In addition, it allows you as the parent to assess your child's abilities and monitor growth and weaknesses weekly. 

I am aware that special events or circumstances occur. I am flexible in excusing your child from homework assignments or altering their assignments so that they feel successful. I ask that you communicate with me so that we are all on the same page. 

Personal Goal

It is my personal goal to ensure all students are taught the standards according to their grade-level, as well as teach students how to be productive leaders in their community, reflective of their actions and lifelong learners. This year will be fun and productive!
If you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year, please do not hesitate to contact me. Send me an email, write a note or contact me at school (559) 998-5707 ext. 2337.

Basic Curriculum Information/CSCC (California State Common Core)

As our school transitions into the new phases of Common Core Standards feel free to review the links below for more detailed information. Some of the activities I am promoting in class to prepare students for the new standards include items such as: iPad presentations, online portfolios (Showbie), interactive video conferencing, number talks and cooperative group learning environments. Video conferencing offers our classroom virtual field trips and experiences with outside experts from other cities and states.

English Language Arts

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy


Mathematics

http://www.corestandards.org/Math