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Welcome to My Classroom at Kannapolis Intermediate School! This is my 16th year teaching in Kannapolis City Schools and my second year teaching at 5th grade at KIS. I formerly taught at Jackson Park Elementary School (also part of Kannapolis City Schools) and have experience with both third and fourth grades also. I believe together we can make sure that 5th grade is not only a smooth transition for your child, but one in which they will fall in love with learning. Feel free to contact me by email at email@example.com, by school phone at (704) 932-4161, or through the class dojo messenger.
College(s) Attended/Degrees Earned:
Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
I truly believe in a partnership between parents, teachers, and students. Your child’s education is like a puzzle and everyone has to put their pieces in to achieve the complete picture. Each child is a unique learner, but together we will help them to achieve.
Things parents/guardians can do to help: Anytime that you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me and we will work together for the best of your child. Email is the fastest and best way to get in touch with me. The voicemail in my room is not always reliable. Again, feel free to contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by school phone at (704) 932-4161.
SIGN UP FOR A CLASS DOJO ACCOUNT -- and check it regularly!! A Classdojo account is free and can be accessed from a computer, tablet, or smart phone. This is the number one way that I communicate with parents, including behavior (good and bad), announcements, etc.
School Agendas: Every day, students will write down any homework or notes that you may need to know. My initials will be in the agenda indicating that everything is written down. I may also write notes to you if I need to communicate with you directly. As we start to take more responsibility for our learning in 5th grade, I am asking that you sign the agenda weekly, instead of nightly. Please take time to look over the assignments for the week and any behavior concerns and sign the agenda over the weekend. Weekly papers are sent home every Tuesday in their orange folder to be signed and returned.
Nightly Reading: This year your child will not have nightly reading to complete at home. Reading is a passion of mine and we incorporate reading into most of our day. I have found over the years that students who are hesitant about reading see nightly reading as a chore. This year I hope to spark a LOVE of reading in your child. Don’t panic when a reading log doesn’t come home – We are reading up a storm!! ** To help encourage reluctant readers you could read with your child or encourage them to listen to an audio book or read a book along with an audio recording. There are many titles available at the Cabarrus County Library - including higher level chapter books.**
Math Practice - www.dreambox.com - this site allows your child to practice math skills on their level. They will receive a log in and password and school code shortly. This is also available as an app to use on tablet devices.
Math and Reading practice - www.scootpad.com - this site allows for math and reading practice. Students are set up on a learning path, have access to ebooks, and can also be given assignments to practice skills taught in class.
Classroom behavior and communication - www.classdojo.com - this is the program that I use for classroom behavior. It also allows me to communicate with parents as a class or one on one with a messaging feature.