Akers Elementary

Mrs. Deathriage - First Grade

About the teacher:

I have been teaching at Akers since August 2004. I also taught ten years at Huron Elementary. I earned my BA degree and credential at Fresno State. I have been married for 31 years. I have three daughters. I enjoy camping and going to the beach.


I believe that a classroom must be structured in order for learning to take place. Students need to practice self- control and self-discipline. A clip chart system is used to monitor student’s behavior. Students will have consequences for not following the rules. Students with positive behavior will be rewarded.


The curriculum in my class is driven by the Common Core State Standards. Our year is divided into integrated units that are based on these standards.

The morning is mainly devoted to Language Arts. McGraw Hill California Wonders is the district-adopted program. This year we are implementing ExCEL reading. Our scheduled time for this is 9:15- 10:15. It is very important that your child is here everyday and on time. Please schedule appointments around this time so that your child does not fall behind.

In Math, McGraw Hill My Math is the district-adopted program that is used. It is supplement with other programs such as Engage New York, Touch Math and other resources. 

Technology:  We are very fortunate to have a one to one ratio with ipads.   Each student will have the opportunity to use an ipad.  Students will be taught various apps which will help them have success in the 21st Century Learning. Students will maintain an ongoing digital portfolio.  


Students are given homework on a weekly basis. Homework is designed so that the students read nightly and practice any language or math skills that were taught in class. Parents are expected to review their child’s homework packet and make any necessary corrections. Homework is given on Monday and is due on Friday. Students are expected to read 10 minutes nightly.

If you ever have any questions or concerns please contact me as soon as possible.  You can email me at [email protected] or call me at (559)998-5707 ext. 2316. 


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