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Hi, My name is Mrs. Biniaszewski and I am so excited to be one of your teachers this year! It’s going to be a great year full of learning and fun! I want to learn all about you, but first I’m going to tell you a few things about me.
I grew up in Elma, NY (about 30 minutes from school) and have 1 brother and 5 sisters. I’m number 5 out of 7! I graduated from Daemen College in 2006 and began teaching at Attica. This is my 14th year here and I love it more every year!
I live in Alden with my family and many animals – 2 dogs, 2 cats, 32 chickens, 7 ducks, 4 goats, 1 horse and 1 pony. I am married and have five children who keep my husband and I very busy. Hannah is 17 and is in high school. Daniel is 15 and going into 10th grade. Sophia is 10 and starting 5thgrade at the Middle School. Hazel is 2 years old and Mabel is 5 months old! I think having kids has helped me become an even better teacher.
Outside of school, I enjoy watching my children play lots of sports (mainly soccer), spending time with family, cooking, creating things, and visiting my favorite store Target for long strolls down every aisle with a drink from Starbucks. J I love all things rainbow and organization.
This year we will work really hard and I believe hard work has its rewards. The harder you work, the better the rewards will be. The best reward is how much you’re going to learn, but there will be some other fun things in store too! I love to have special theme weeks like camping and shark week to celebrate our accomplishments. The harder you work, the more creative I get!
Now that you know a bit about me, I look forward to learning some more about you!
1. Be responsible
- Listen and follow directions the first time
- When an adult speaks, everyone stops and listens right away
- Work quietly and do not disturb others
- Do your best work, or do it again
- Put things away where they belong
- Stay on task
- Do the right thing, even when it’s hard
2. Be safe
- Keep hands and feet to yourself
- Walk, don’t run
- Use materials and flexible seating correctly
- Sign out when you leave the room
- Follow all rules and directions, all the time
3. Be caring
- Help others
- Use kind words
- Include others
- Take turns
- Work as a team
- Encourage others
- Make new friends
4. Be respectful
- Use good manners
- Always be honest
- Show respect to yourself, others, our classroom, and school
Grading in Second Grade
I wanted to share how grading works at our grade level.
The following terms play an important part in understanding the assessment and grading system:
Formative Assessment – Assessment occurring DURING the learning that is used by teachers to adapt their instruction. (This is daily in class work – graded work can not be completed at home)
Summative Assessment – Assessment occurring AFTER the learning that documents how much learning has occurred at a point in time.
The district has developed a scale to explain grades given:
E – Excellent (Exceeds grade level expectations)
V – Very Good (Above grade level expectations)
G – Good (Meeting grade level expectation)
NI- Needs Improvement (Progressing toward grade level expectation)
U – Unsatisfactory (Below grade level expectation)
What Parents Will See:
Most of your child’s work will be marked with an E, V, G, NI or U.
A child who receives a score of “G” has demonstrated the understanding or skill necessary to “Meet the Standard.” The goal is for all children to demonstrate proficiency which is described as the level “M” learning target.
A child who receives a score of “NI” is working to grasp the concept and the student is “Progressing toward the Standard.”
A child who is working with the building blocks that will eventually lead to success would receive a “U” or “Below the Standard” on that particular assessment.
*In order to receive a score of “VG” on an assessment, a child must meet the level “G” learning target and also demonstrate application of more complex concepts related to level “G.” A child who “Exceeds the Standard”, produces work that shows in-depth understanding of the grade level concepts. In order to a receive a score of “E” a child must meet the standards of “VG” and add additional understandings or demonstration of additional skills.
What will we learn this year?
Our 2nd Grade Literacy units are based upon the close read model and is a whole-group reading curriculum. Each week students will listen to a different read aloud based on a unit theme. Students will discuss the text and learn reading skills and vocabulary. Our first unit is strong characters. Students will also participate in small, guided reading groups. Groups will change throughout the year based on student needs and strengths. During groups the students not with the teachers will complete various reading and writing tasks independently. Students will also have a weekly reading fluency passage to practice reading smoothly with accuracy and expression. Students will also use this text to work on vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Science & Social Studies
Social Studies encourages young learners to think “outside the box” and prove their thinking through hands-on and engaging learning experiences. Second grade Social Studies is based upon five units: Government and Democracy, Historical Thinking, Geography, Cultures and Economics. We will alternate Social Studies units with Science units this year. Science Curriculum is based upon five units: Properties of Matter, Plant Life, Ecosystems, Earth’s Systems, and Space/Weather. With each lesson the students will partake in a quick lesson opener and skill lesson.
Second Grade mathematics is about (1) extending understanding of base-ten notation; (2) building fluency with addition and subtraction; (3) using standard units of measure; and (4) describing and analyzing shapes. We will be using the Engageny modules along with Zearn.org and math fact fluency assessments. Our first math module is sums and differences to 100.
During writing students will participate in a mini-lesson, work time, and share. Our first writing unit is personal narrative. Students will be learning all of the skills necessary to write small moment stories with dialogue, a strong lead, interesting word choice, paragraphs and so much more!
Listening consists of a series of read‐alouds organized by topics, many of which are informational in nature. The goal is for students to acquire language skills through listening, specifically building a rich vocabulary, and broad knowledge in history and science by being exposed to carefully selected, sequenced, and coherent read‐alouds. We will begin with Fairy Tales and Tall Tales.
Students will partake in short lessons and activities to explicitly learn proper grammar rules. Topics include: Nouns (proper, plural, irregular, and possessive), Verbs, Adjectives (including Comparative/Superlative Adjectives), Adverbs, sentences (Statements, Exclamations, Questions, Commands, complete and compound), Commas in Series, and more.
Level 2 of Fundations builds on the basic skills that were learned in Kindergarten and Level 1 and progresses further into the study of word structure. By the end of the year students will know and apply grade-level phonics and word-analysis skills in decoding words. They will segment syllables into sounds (phonemes)–up to six sounds. They will also identify word structures such as vowels, consonants, blends, digraphs, and digraph blends Fundations will be taught in groups to best reach each child’s skill level.
Our vocabulary curriculum will expose students to a wide variety of Tier 2 vocabulary words in order to help them build skills for oral language, writing, reading, and real-world experiences. Tier 1 vocabulary is used in daily oral language. Tier 3 vocabulary is specific to content areas and not commonly used. Tier 2 words are robust, academic vocabulary words that students are likely to encounter across all topics and content-areas. We will work on 5 words each week through mini-lessons, activities and games.