Curriculum

Kindergarten

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Kindergarten

First Grade

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First Grade

2nd Grade

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Second Grade

3rd Grade

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Third Grade

Art

All students have art once a week for 45 minutes. We will explore a variety of mediums in the visual arts and learn about and work in the style of many different artists throughout history, as well as discover current working artists.
In all the grades, the emphasis in the art room is using art to build self confidence. All students will learn to talk about their art and offer their peers feedback. “Art Walks” are done at the end of a class or project to teach the students how to conduct themselves in a museum setting and get used to others viewing their art and also how to view other’s art. Projects are both individual or require students to work in teams, to emphasize relationship building with their peers.
Your students are starting off the year exploring line, shape and texture, and each grade level is creating art focusing on these principles in different ways, each inspired by a different artist. There will be multiple opportunities throughout the year for students to participate in after school Art Club, and we will have a variety of student art shows with opening receptions throughout the year to celebrate these young artists!I am working on getting a classroom blog/website going for these artists so you can see what we are up to in the art room all year.
Amy Nucci - anucci@kitteryschools.com

Phys Ed

Our physical education program hopes to develop students who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of physical activity. One of our curriculum components focuses on motor and movement skills. A second component focuses on physical fitness activities and knowledge. The third component emphasizes personal and social skills – learning to be cooperative, responsible and safe. Please help your child be successful in physical education class by reminding them to wear sneakers and loose comfortable clothing on their P. E. day.
Kelley Torr - ktorr@kitteryschools.com


Library

Students will come to the library once a week and the program offers a variety of activities that will hopefully instill an appreciation for the world around us and an excitement for learning! Some weeks we may be bird watching outside or starting seeds or discussing the plight of monarch butterflies. I integrate literature to support the various themes. We almost always have a story or two for each weekly visit. Mitchell participates in the Maine Chickadee Award program. It showcases ten books that I read to every class. In the spring, every student (along with many other schools across the state) votes for his or her favorite book. The top-scoring book wins!
K and 1 pick out one book and 2 and 3 can choose two. The children take great pleasure in picking out their own books. Try to be patient with their decisions and let them explore. Receptive learners make great readers! If you try to restrict their choice, it takes all the fun out of it. Their classroom is more appropriate for leveled reading and “just right “ books. You will be notified of overdue books once or twice a month by both email and paper notice. Please consider volunteering! I would like at least one volunteer for every class. The library is located at the top of the stairs on the left. Always feel free to email me with questions.
Anne Masury - amasury@kitteryschools.com

Computer

All students have computers once a week in the computer lab. We will work on their typing skills and they will also learn how to use Google Docs and Google Classroom. We are also working on teaching all the students how to code using visual coding called “blockly’. Did you know that coding teaches the kids critical thinking, logic, persistence, and creativity and that learning how to code helps students excel at problem-solving in all subject areas, no matter what their age? In addition to the computer lab lessons, all classroom teachers integrate technology into their daily curriculum. Every day they use the tools that are available to them in their classroom such as the LCD projector, document camera and the Smartboard (an interactive whiteboard). All the students learn quickly how to use these tools as well. On any given time, the teachers can also utilize any of the schools 4 laptop carts and the iPad cart. Horace Mitchell School is working hard at becoming a totally paperless school. All students are assigned a Google Docs account and they are working hard to learn how to utilize this tool to create and share their work such as poems and stories electronically with their teacher instead of printing it out and handing it in
Amy Cook - acook@kitteryschools.comAnna Leijon-Guth - aleijonguth@kitteryschools.com

Title I Literacy

We work with students in small groups to focus on strengthening skills in literacy. Students are chosen to participate in the Title I Literacy program based on assessments, data results and teacher recommendations. Mrs. Hickey and the classroom teachers work closely in monitoring student progress. One instructional tool we use is the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System(LLI), it is an intensive, small-group, supplementary literacy intervention for students who find reading and writing difficult. The goal of LLI is to lift the literacy achievement of students to grade-level expectations in reading. Students will often bring books and passages home to read and practice. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. —Dr. Seuss
Sue Hickey (Literacy Coach) - shickey@kitteryschools.comLaine Ockerbloom (Ed. Tech) - lockerbloom@kitteryschools.com

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a one to one literacy program for first grade students. ( 5 days/week, ½ hour /day, up to 20 weeks if needed to reach the appropriate benchmark). Collaboration with classroom teachers promotes transfer and acceleration in their literacy learning.
Laura Messersmith - lmessersmith@kitteryschools.com



Math Intervention

Based on previous data and teacher observations, students from kindergarten through third grade who may be at-risk are screened at the beginning of the year. Students are chosen for math intervention on the basis of risk in number sense, grade level skill ability and conceptual understanding. Students may be seen in small group lessons for up to five days a week for 30 minutes or seen in class as part of a center. Often, we may see students for a few weeks or as long as the school year. The learning needs of the student will determine the frequency of math intervention. Collaboration with classroom teachers is an important part of this process to make sure students are monitored; and progressing toward grade level standards.
Kelly Moulton - kmoulton@kitteryschools.comBeth Staulcup - bstaulcup@kitteryschools.com

School Counselor

School counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student success. Through leadership, advocacy and collaboration, counselors promote equity and access to rigorous educational experiences for all students. Counselors support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community. They are expected to address the needs of all students through prevention and intervention programs that are a part of a comprehensive school-counseling program. Counselors teach classroom lessons and meet with students in small groups and on an individual basis. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes the academic, career and social/emotional development of all students and assists students in acquiring competencies for life-long learning and success.
Please do not be alarmed if your child comes home and reports to you that they came to visit with one of us--we meet with students frequently, most often concerning very normal childhood issues such as how to resolve a conflict with a friend, how to handle difficult feelings in appropriate ways, or just to give them time to cool off during an emotional day. If a situation arises that is of concern we will contact you so that we can work together to find a solution.
Grade 1, Grade 2Dana Rickerich - drickerich@kitteryschools.comKindergarten, Grade 3 Monica McKeon - mmckeon@kitteryschools.com
Website/blog: drickerich.blogspot.com