Several Strategies Help Us Learn!

We all learn in different ways. Take a look at how some of Ms. Adrienne’s second grade Coyotes learn.
As the Engage NY second grade curriculum unfolds, students are introduced to many strategies in which to approach basic addition and subtraction.
Examples include: Arrow Way, Number Bonds, T-Charts, Grouping 10’s and 1’s, and the Vertical Way.
Ms. Adrienne recently gave each of her students “scratch paper” to use in whatever way they chose to best help them as they worked through a double-digit addition worksheet.
“It was fascinating to see the variation of strategies the Coyotes used to accomplish this simple math and how successful each student was at completing their work!” said Ms. Adrienne.
She plays to use the students’ “scratch paper” as information to assess gaps in their understanding of each method, for future planning, and to find ways to make math accessible and fun for every student.

Beautifying and “Leaderizing” Our Campus

A huge thank you to the dozens of parents, students, teachers, staff and ROTC military who turned out to volunteer during our school’s second annual Campus Beautification Day!

Great teamwork, superior leadership and amazing communication was had by all who helped at Saturday’s event.

Many volunteers worked under the middle school ramada – painting, decorating and writing positive words and phrases on vibrantly-colored signs and trash cans. Teachers, staff and parents teamed – as well as younger and older students – to make beautiful pieces of artwork on the new additions to our school. All verbage added on campus through painting and signs this weekend comes from the 7 Habits – which our school has implemented campus-wide. It is based on Steven Covey’s “The Leader in Me” program and his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Other volunteers painted curbs, doors and columns – updating the sections in bright colors.

A group of volunteers from ROTC, along with school volunteers, worked hard to do some heavy lifting and used great teamwork to put together a new playset in one of the lower playgrounds.

Thank you to ALL who came out to volunteer for our Campus Beautification Day! We sure did have a great and fun time beautifying our campus with all involved!
















Second Grade Stars: We’ve Got Talent!

Second grade students are showing off their creative sides!
Second grade teachers decided to let their students hold a talent show; they’re calling it Second Grade’s Got Talent!
A variety of acts tried out last week for the upcoming performance. The acts included bike-riding tricks, gymnastics, comedy acts, magic, vocalists, dance and instrumental performances. Teachers say the students came prepared with equipment, scripts and energy!
Students trying out for the show, teachers and students watching had a fun time.
All students who tried out have a role in the talent show. The show will be held on Wednesday, November 30 at 10:30a.m. on the Green Hill.

Little Learners in the Coyote Class!

A lot has been going on campus-wide – so much learning and growing! One of our second grade teachers, Ms. Adrienne, took some time to tell us about some exciting lessons taking place in her classroom with her students, the Coyotes.

“Pre-Write” Practice

This quarter, Ms. Adrienne’s students have moved away from Narrative Writing and are now working on Informational Writing. Students are practicing becoming “Text-Talkers” – which means citing their sources and explaining where they got their facts.

Students were asked to write an eight-sentence or more paragraph about the Fall Festival. Not every student attended the Fall Festival, so seven students became “experts” on the topic and were interviewed to find the facts.

First, students created a list of events from the Fall Festival, asking experts and using A Fall Festival flier to help them. Then, students created lists of what they could hear and see at the Fall Festival. Finally, the students were challenged to write down “who”, “what”, “where”, “when” and even “why” in regards to the Fall Festival.


The class discussed the questions: “Do other schools have Fall Festivals? Have we ever been to other Fall Festivals?” – and then read an article about Fall Festivals in general.

Using observations, interviews, facts found on the flier, and facts read in the article, students began their rough drafts. The entire process was recorded in their journals as their Pre-Write. Students are challenged to write eight sentences and include five adjectives in their writing.

Ms. Adrienne asks students to follow the guidelines



Informational Paragraph Structure:
1. Opening
2. Fact
3. Supporting Detail
4. Fact
5. Supporting Detail
6. Fact
7. Supporting Detail
8. Closing


Student Listening Groups

The Coyotes have been working in Listening Groups. In the groups, students read books from the Magic Tree House series.

The students work at their own pace, graduating from one book in the series to the next as they complete each book.

The students follow Daily 5 protocol, carrying out “I read, you read” – which means reading one page then passing the book to the next person, and coaching one another when they are stuck.

Ms. Adrienne says, “The Coyotes have been doing a wonderful job synergizing in these groups! Dr. Anders even visited our class during Listening Groups and joined in the fun! She was very impressed.”