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2012-2013 Back to School Night Presentation
Transcript of 2012-2013 Back to School Night Presentation
Also, please complete the “How Well Do You Think You Know Your Child?” worksheet. When you are finished, flip it over and check your answers with your child’s answers. You can take it home with you tonight. Please don’t cheat!
While you wait…
Ms. Neda Varner
Georgia on My Mind:
Discovering our State
Born in Iran
Raised in Wyckoff, NJ and Marietta, GA
Married for 17 years with two children (Lua, 8 years old) (Ameen, 6 years old)
Working with students 1st grade – 8th grade since 1997
Chair, Green Team
Bachelor of Science (Early Childhood Education )
Masters of Education (Early Childhood Education)
Specialist in Administration and Supervision
Certificates in Teacher Support Supervision, Instructional Supervision, National Board Certification, and Leadership and Supervision
A Little About Ms. Varner
Celebrating success & being successful
Creative learning experiences
Freedom to choose – the opportunity to make choices
The feeling of accomplishment after a difficult task – even if you’re not the winner or the best
Kind and caring educators who knew the child’s gifts, talents, and interests
Teachers who showed that they cared by providing guidance and challenge
When educators make you feel important and cared for even though you are 1 of 24
Responding to student interests
Publishing and celebrating student work
Active learning experiences – group/independent
Leadership roles (performances, projects, groups, school news, academic achievement, or clubs)
Teachers who were consistent, fair, and reliable
Hands-on / visual mathematics
Great literature that is personally relevant or that is linked to the curriculum
Positive and beneficial friendships
Teachers who demonstrated patience.
Drama and performing arts
Encouraging and understanding educators
Memorable School Experiences
“I have come to a frightening conclusion. I am the decisive element in the classroom. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
As a teacher, I possess tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or deescalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”
~ Haim Ginott
I have come to a
1. Keep them on their toes - engage them.
2. Provide structure so that you are reliable and predictable.
3. Spend most of your time at their level.
Look them in the eyes and EXPECT them to look in yours.
4. Praise them and but BE REAL. We all have things to work on.
5. Be sure that they truly learn. Faciliate the learning process. Give them opportunities to be successful and measure what they know.
6. Keep them safe and care about them.
7. Expect the unexpected. Anything can
8. Always, laugh out loud.
My Teacher Creed
Planning & Responding
to Student Interests
1. Ask them what
they already know.
2. Find out what they
want to know. What
are their curiosities?
3. Adjust your plans to
match their interests -
but keep to the Georgia & Common Core Standards.
4. Engaged learners =
Placement decisions were based on the following four criteria:
Testing data (Checkpoints Tests)
Questions & Comments
Contact the CST
Our Daily Schedule & Placement
Georgia on My Mind:
Discovering our State
Inch to inch map scale
Concept of government and the need for rules and laws.
Roles of elected officials: President (nation), Governor (state), Mayor (city)
State/National capitol buildings, including location
Topographical features of Georgia (Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, Valley, and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau)
Major rivers: Ocmulgee, Oconee, Altamaha, Savannah, St. Mary’s Chattahoochee, and Flint
Locations significant to historical figures
Historical figures: James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove (founding of Georgia); Sequoyah (development of a Cherokee alphabet); Jackie Robinson (sports); Martin Luther King, Jr. (civil rights); Jimmy Carter (leadership and human rights).
Compare/contrast everyday life of these historical figures (food, clothing, homes, transportation, communication, recreation, rights, and freedoms).
Georgia Creek & Cherokee cultures
In second grade, the various social studies strands become more woven around the historical strand. The history strand focuses on important historical figures in Georgia and the Creek and Cherokee cultures in Georgia. The geography strand emphasizes the geography of Georgia and relates that to the historical study. In addition to the positive character traits of the individuals and groups in the historical strand, the basic concept of government is also introduced. Basic economics concepts continue to be introduced and are related to the historical strand.
Social Studies Standards
Changes of the earth’s surface
Motions/patterns of celestial bodies
Changing attributes of materials
States of matter (solid/liquid/gas)
Energy to keep things going (motion), pushes and pulls
Concepts/Skills to Maintain:
Habits of mind
Asks questions and seeks answers by observation
Uses numbers to quantify
Assembles and takes apart
Describes changes in materials
Questions and attempts answers
Can repeat an activity and get similar results
Uses tools to gather data
Gives accurate descriptions
Instruction is hands-on, student-centered, and inquiry-
based. The approach is the emphasis of instruction.
Positive Discipline & Logical Consequences
An atmosphere of caring based on kindness,
firmness, dignity, and mutual respect.
Encouragement through supportive feedback.
Looking for solutions -- not blame.
Consistency & routines.
Regularly scheduled class meetings
Mistakes are wonderful opportunities to learn
For the ways we want our classroom to be
Our Classroom Promises
These statements were created by students for students.
Sent home in Homework folder (DAILY)
Returned DAILY (signed)
Teachers who mark the sheet will initial the check mark.
Bi-weekly conference with child about report
Students earn tickets based on the number of “check-free” days.
10 days or 2 weeks “check-free” = 6 tickets
9 days or 2 weeks “check-free” = 2 tickets
8 or less days or 2 weeks “check-free” = 0 tickets
At the end of the term, students can cash in tickets to earn unique opportunities of their choosing: i.e. “rolly chair” for the day, sit next to Ms. Varner for the day, sit at another 2nd grade teacher’s lunch table with a friend, extra recess, bring a stuffed pet, Hex bugs, etc.
The responsibility and the incentive (cashing in tickets or saving tickets for opportunities earned) are standards-based as well (SS: Unit 6: Personal Finance).
Weekly Progress Reports:
Students are assigned homework for Math on Monday through Thursday. Other homework assignments/projects will be spread out throughout the week.
All teachers utilize I Can Spell menu for homework.
Homework should not exceed 20 – 30 minutes/night. If a child is having trouble completing homework within these time guidelines, please contact the teacher promptly.
Reading for pleasure is expected from all students outside of the designated homework time.
If you have a question about HW, send me, or the appropriate teacher, an email/note.
Students will record homework assignments in their agendas. Please check them daily. Assignments are expected to return the next day, unless otherwise noted.
Please watch for at-home projects and due dates. Teachers will notify you about these projects via email, handout, and/or agendas.
All assignments will be posted on Edmodo.
Grades and marks should reflect only achievement—not effort, participation, attendance, lateness of work, extra credit not related to learning goal, or academic dishonesty.
Zeros: Late work and missing work will be recorded as incomplete or not enough information rather than a zero. If the work is incomplete frequently, the teacher will give an appropriate amount of time to complete the assignment and then grade what had been completed. An opportunity will be provided to replace an incomplete with a score without penalty prior to the end of the grading period.
Recovery: Grade recovery will be offered for failing grades on tests to achieve the mastery level of 70.
All graded papers are sent home when Friday Folders go home.
All grades are entered into Home Access Center. The HAC username and password have been provided for you.
If you follow along with the posted grades in Home Access Center and graded papers that go home, you will always know your child's current grade! No surprises!
Sent home on Fridays
Initialed and returned with graded papers on the following school day
Includes: Graded papers- Signature sheet - School Flyers
Go home daily
Agendas go home daily
Initial Bragging Behavior sheet daily
Volunteers are expected to be timely. Volunteers must watch the video provided via the sent link.
There are many opportunities to volunteer!
Room Rep: Mary Bates
Points to highlight from the CCES Parent Handbook
Birthday celebrations policy
Homework & grading policy
Cell phones policy
Absences & Tardies
Communication & Chain of Command
Snack & Water bottles: Keep It Healthy (nut/tree nut request)
Lunch & M.E.A.L.
Make-up work 1 day absent = 1 day to complete
assignments missed unless otherwise informed
A well-rested child is a happy and successful child!
Yes, I do check homework each day, but I also understand that “things happen.”
So, send me an email, and the homework can be turned in the next day.
Lunch/money is in the backpack – sealed and marked envelope
Provide a place and a time to do homework
Help your child arrive on time
Send a note/email when your child is absent
Send a note if your child is going home a different way
Very Important Information
Snack time: approximately 9:25 am
Specials time: 10:10 – 10:55
Lunch time: 11:20 am - 11:50 am
P.E.: Tuesdays and Thursdays Please wear sneakers.
Back to School Tips
Technology & Edmodo: What is it?
Calendar for HW and other due dates
Technology Support Library
Account / Login / Codes
Parent permission form
Please leave your love note for your child, take your packet
of materials, and take home your quiz about your child.
Don't forget to leave the Edmodo permission form and/or
the Volunteer form.
Thank you for popping in!
(Regular Volunteer needed)
& Tech Lab have a rotating schedule.