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Kelsey Cahill
2nd Grade
Conference Time:  9:10-10:05

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Our class is in need of Kleenex.  If you are able to donate a box that would be wonderful!


4/24-4/27 Book Fair
4/28 Progress Reports sent home


5/8 & 5/9 Lunch at 11:45 (switching with 3rd)
5/8-5/12- Closed Campus for STAAR
5/15 Field Day K-2
5/16 Field Day 3-4
5/25- 4th Grade Program
5/22-5/26- Science Camp
5/29- Memorial Day Holiday
5/30 @nd Grade Picnic @12:15

6/1 - Last Day!!!

Workroom Helpers - Thursday

April 20 - N. Wiggins
April 27 - D. Baker
May 4 - D. Baker
May 18 - D. Baker

Guest Readers - Friday 11:45-12:15
April 21 - J. Haskell
April 28 - C. Lynch
May 5 - D. Baker
May 12 - M. Smith
May 19 - C. Lynch
May 26 - K. Haight

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Reading - Drama
Language - Review Adverbs
Writing - Poetry
Math - Place Value to 1200 (review)
Science -  Hibernation & Migration
Social Studies - Economics
Junior Achievement

Word Study: Dipthongs 'oi'/'oy'
spoiled, voices, enjoyed, choice, joining, decoy, avoid, destroy, being, person

Challenge Words: disappoint, noise, turquoise, corduroy, employer

I need your help please...
*Check and empty PAWS folders NIGHTLY and sign conduct sheets on Fridays (or the weekend).
*Many students are turning in INCOMPLETE HOMEWORK.  They must fill everything out AND get parent signatures after it has been checked for accuracy. This tells me that they have reviewed and corrected their work if needed.  
*Please help me with this matter as responsibility is a huge skill taught in 2nd grade in order to prepare them for 3rd.

Thank you for your help!

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Class Links & Daily Schedule

7:50 First Bell Rings, Announcements
8:05 – 9:10  Math

9:10 – 10:05   Specials (PE / Music, Library, Art)

10:05 (Working Snack)
10:05 – 10:30  Math
10:30 – 12:15   Language Arts
12:15 – 12:45  Lunch
12:45 – 1:05 Recess

1:05 – 2:00 Language Arts
2:00 – 2:30 Science
2:30 – 3:00 Social Studies
3:10 Dismissal

Schedule includes transitions

homework-animation.gif*In class your child will write their word study words and then do a skill with them at home.

*Please make sure that your child is recording the book title correctly each night.

Homework Pass - When a student has a NO Homework pass, staple the pass to the homework packet and turn in on Friday.  Students may want to save the pass if they know they will have a busy week!!

The purpose of homework is to provide extra practice on previously taught skills and to develop student responsibilities and time management strategies. Each student is responsible for turning in his/her homework on FRIDAY morning. It will be given a grade for completion. For every day it is late, ten points will be deducted from the grade. 
A 0 will be given after the third day it is late.      

Class Happenings
Thank you so much for ALL
of the wonderful donations for our classroom!  
You all are AMAZING!

HELP!! Some Needed Items for our Classroom...
Eraser caps, individual pencil sharpeners, kleenex

We are in need of some "Dip In the Bucket" items for our Happy Stick Store...

stickers, pencils, Dollar Store type toys/items, erasers, bookmarks, etc.  

If you are able to send something in, it would be much appreciated!!


I have introduced a new computer program for your child to use for math practice called XtraMath.  It is an online math program that is like a math vitamin.  For best results students should do XtraMath once per day as regularly as possible.  It only takes each student a few minutes, so if possible, make it a regular part of their homework.  This is not required, but I highly encourage this.  This program allows me see their progress-days that they did it, number correct, time it took.  I look forward to using this program to see your child's progress online daily.

XtraMath goes too fast for my child. Can you slow it down?

XtraMath is designed to measure what basic math facts students can recall, not what they can calculate. Three seconds is a carefully selected compromise that is long enough that a relatively slow typist can enter a recalled answer, and short enough so that most finger-counted responses are not erroneously considered fluent. If you increase the interval then you are no longer measuring fluency.

What is the mastery score shown on the reports?
Progress Graph
The mastery score should be interpreted as "percent complete" for an operation. It is a weighted percentage of facts that the student is answering correctly in under 3 seconds.

Can I change the operation that my student is working on?
We recommend students master the operations in their natural order. Students cannot, for example, quickly calculate the answer to a multiplication question without having addition facts mastered.

What do the colored dots mean on the reports?
Progress Graph
Click on the ? button in the upper-right corner of the report to pop up a key that explains the colors.

Class Report Key
U3 Less than 10% wrong.
U2 Over 10% wrong or too few answers.
U1 Over 25% wrong or very few answers.
U0 Session incomplete.

Students that regularly get red dots should be encouraged not to guess at answers. If they cannot confidently remember the answer they should do their best to calculate.

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I'm happy to inform you that your student now has access to hundreds of eBooks using the school's subscription to www.raz-kids.com. Children can read and listen to books on Raz-Kids and even record themselves reading. Afterwards they can take a quiz to check for comprehension.  This program allows me to place them on their independent reading level.

To access your child's assignment, log in at www.raz-kids.com/login/kcahill27 using the information below:



Classroom & School Policies

Birthday treats must be store bought and something easily passed out like cookies, cupcakes, or brownies. Treats are passed out during lunch.  We have 20 students in our class.  The kids may only pass out treats to our class, not to friends in another class.

School Policy states that birthday invitations cannot be passed out at school.  Please use the directory for student information.  Teachers are not allowed to send home personal information.

Transportation Changes
Students may only have one mode of transportation home. If you need to change your child's transportation, please send a note in the morning of the change. If you need to make a change during the school day, please make the change with the front office before 2:00pm

MINIMUM Fluency Expectations in Second Grade:
Beginning of the year:  60 words per minute
Middle of the year: 70 words per minute
End of the year: 85 words per minute

DRA Expections in Second Grade:
Beginning of the Year: DRA 18 fiction
Second Nine Weeks: DRA 20 fiction
Third Nine Weeks: DRA 24 fiction
End of the Year: DRA 28, Nonfiction

Some skills that we will work on all year will be phrasing, rate, and intonation in our reading.  
*Phrasing is the way that words are chunked together, marked by pauses.  
*Rate is the speed at which we read.
 *Intonation is the emphasis given to particular words or phrases.

Being able to read and understand both fiction and nonfiction is very important in second grade. We spend approximately 50% of the year on fiction and 50% of the year on nonfiction.

For fiction books, your child should be able to start at the beginning and tell the whole story with as much detail as they can remember. They will need to be able to tell the elements included in story mapping. Encourage your child to read smoothly with expression. Comprehension of what they have read is very important. Ask questions about details, and have your child retell the story after you've read the book.

For nonfiction books, we are emphasizing key points and details. To retell a nonfiction book is quite a feat. If they can remember many of the key points often found in the table of contents, titles, subtitles, etc. , then the details for each are a little easier to remember.

Remember that:

We have transitioned our spelling curriculum into a word study format which is a district wide and is research based.   A student can be an A+ speller on lists, but often cannot spell those words in their writing.  The purpose of word study is two-fold. First, through active exploration, word study teaches learners to examine words to discover the regularities, patterns, and conventions. Second, word study helps learners facilitate reading fluency and vocabulary development.


The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, Texas 77304; (936) 709-7752.