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 finished my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching through Fresno Pacific University. 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.

Class Expectations

During the first week of school students and I will work together to create a classroom respect agreement. I will update the expectations once this is completed. (by 8/25/16)
Here is an example from last year:

1. Treat others the way you want to be treated. 
2. Always be honest.
3. Cooperate with others.
4. Make good choices when using technology.
5. Complete all your work on time.

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 app. 
1. Warning-verbal reminder and counseling with the teacher.

2. Student will clip name down to "think about it". (-1 point)
3. Student will clip name down to "teacher's choice" at this time they will   sign a binder and document their behavior.  (-2 points)
4. Student will clip name down to "parent contact". Parents will be   contacted over the phone, if needed a parent meeting will be made. (-3   points)

*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.

Homework
Each student has been provided with an orange homework folder, inside you will find ELA and Math review type assignments. In the black folder, you will find their reading mastery homework. Parents will listen to their child read two passages and sign. Each passage is given in accordance to their reading level. 

Your child will be assigned homework Monday through Thursday. All homework reinforces the concepts and skills we have learned in class, prepares students for upcoming lessons and tests, and it develops good study habits and time management skills. If a student is absent, they will have one day to catch up for each day that is missed.

Specials
During the week students will take part in extra-curricular activities.  
P.E.: Tuesdays 9:30-10:00am and Thursdays 12:00-12:30pm
Art: Every other Wednesday 12:35-1:22
Library: Fridays 1:00-1:30pm
Fun Room: Fridays 12:30-1:00pm

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, 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