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My students in Grades 1-3 have made much progress in ELA and Math, despite many days of sickness.  In ELA, they have worked on letters and sounds, rhyming; sight words, reading levels A-C books and answering comprehension questions.  In Math, they have worked on identifying #’s 1-20; addition facts with sums up to 10, 3 addend addition, and 2 digit addition/subtraction without regrouping. 

My students in Grades 4 & 5 have finished Level 1 of Fundations Reading Program and started Level 2.  They have learned 7 Words of the Day and 6 Trick Words.  Nice job! I go into the regular classroom to give assistance with Math lessons.  They have been learning addition and subtraction of unlike/like fractions, mixed numbers, improper fractions, regrouping, and simplifying.  It was very confusing, at first, but now it is getting easier for them!

In Grades 6-8, my ELA students continue to work in the Rev It Up program for Vocabulary and Spelling while reading “Brian’s Winter” and “Schooled”.  I continue to assist them in their classroom with Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, and Writing.  In Math, they are learning new skills, ending with culminating projects.  The students enjoy the interesting projects.

We all can’t wait for vacation! Hope everyone enjoys the 9 days off!  See you on March 2nd, all rested.

 Miss Miller

Special Educator

 Think about every problem, every challenge we face. The solution to each starts with education. – George H.W. Bush

It’s been one month since Christmas and one month before February vacation!  The weather has been unpredictable, as well as our health & wellness.  Many students and staff, including me, have been bitten by “The Bug”. This has definitely hindered the amount of work & progress my students have shown during the second quarter.  Hopefully these germs will be cleaned out of our school so we can have a more productive Quarter 3!

Here are 10 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy During Flu Season

1. Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms.

2. Wash your hands frequently and keep their hands out of their mouths.

3. Eat a healthy diet rich in vitamins C and E.

4. Get a good night's sleep.

5. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water.

6. Reduce stress.

7. Exercise regularly.

8. Listen to your body. Take it easy.

9. Use tissues for coughs and sneezes and dispose of them immediately and appropriately.

10. If you are sick, stay home from work or school.

Stay healthy,

Miss Miller

Special Educator

During the month of December, my “elves” have been very busy with their learning!  In Math, my second graders have finished skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and now they are adding 1 digit numbers up to 12.  In Language Arts, they are reading fiction and nonfiction books on Level A and increasing their word knowledge & comprehension. My fourth & fifth graders are almost finished Level 1 of the Fundations program and will be starting Level 2 after the holidays.  I have been helping them in the classroom for Math.  In the upper grades, grades 6/7 and 8 have finished their chapter books done in small groups and will start a new one after vacation as a whole class. In Math, I have been helping them on their various skill lessons, as well as various projects. 

We all are looking forward to Christmas and time off with family and friends!  Enjoy your holidays!  See you in 2020!

Miss Miller

Special Educator                                  

“Christmas is not so much about opening presents, as opening our hearts!”

The month of November is for giving thanks! I am thankful for our great school, our great hard-working students, our great families, and great friends (teachers)! There are so many things in this world that we should also be thankful for, such as the food we eat, the home we live in, the clothes we wear, our good health, and the jobs we have. 

The following is a list of thankful activities you can do with your family.  Enjoy!

Thankful Activities for the Whole Family

·         Saying Grace with Thanks. If your family always says grace before beginning Thanksgiving dinner, you can easily create a thankful tradition by asking each person around the dinner table, in turn, to express their thanks for something that has occurred over the past year.

·         Pass the Gratitude Basket. Give everyone a sheet of paper and a pencil. Then ask each person to write down one thing that makes them feel grateful and put it into a basket. Pass the basket around the table and have everyone read another person's paper, followed by the group guessing who wrote it.

·         Thanksgiving Show and Tell. Ask everyone to bring along something that reflects what they are thankful for that year. Then each person, in turn, can share it with the group and tell their story. It might be an item, a photo, a song, or any other item that illustrates their point.

·         Read a Story About Thanksgiving. Read a Thanksgiving book as a group. You can choose whether to read about the history of the original Thanksgiving, fictional stories about the day, or a book about ways for families to give thanks. This could be done as everyone waits for the meal to finish cooking. Or it could be a fun activity in between courses to give everyone a chance to digest. You can take turns reading the story and allow even the younger children a chance to show off their developing reading skills.

·         Have a Thanksgiving Sing-Along. Download and sing one or all of these kid-friendly songs about Thanksgiving that include old favorites as well as songs sung by contemporary artists for children.

·         Play a Thanksgiving Memory Game. Go around the table and ask each person to name something that makes them feel thankful, but with a catch. Each individual must repeat the thanks of all the people who preceded them before adding their thanks to the list.

·         Thanks All Around. Assuming your Thanksgiving table is filled with close friends and family, and not guests who are meeting one another for the first time, go around the table and invite each person to say why they're thankful for the person sitting next to them. It can be the person on their right, left, or even both sides.

·         Make a Thanksgiving Scrapbook. Create a holiday scrapbook that will be more cherished as the years pass. Take a blank scrapbook and each year put in photos of the family and friends gathered that year; photos of all of the food served; add notes about special things that happened that day; recipes for the dishes and notes about who created each dish. Ask each person to write in the book what they are thankful for that year.

·         Thanks for the Memories. Take out the Thanksgiving scrapbook and leave it within easy reach for everyone to enjoy reading and discussing favorite memories from past years.


Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your break with family!

Meg Miller
Special Educator

During the month of October, the “Littles” worked on many skill areas in ELA:  identifying/reading word families, rhyming, identifying Pre-primer & Primer sight words; increasing Words of the Day, Trick Words, and reading words with long vowel sounds (cvce).  In Math, my Grades 2/3 students have been skip counting by 10’s, 5’s, and 2’s. I have also helped my Grades 4/5 students in their classrooms on whatever skill is needed. All of my Grades 2-5 students have shown much effort and progress.  Keep it up!

My older students in Grades 6-8 ELA have also been working hard:  reading chapter books (Baseball Fever, The Sign of the Beaver), doing projects or writing activities on each book, and increasing vocabulary.  I also help Grades 6-8 Math in the classrooms with new skills such as plotting & graphing, identifying integers & rational numbers, and adding/subtracting decimals.  They also have been doing various projects relating to the skill areas such as “Drawing their Dream Home” with details and “Dream Vacation” for a week. What fun!

I am very proud of my students’ progress, effort, and continued growth in the second quarter.

Happy Halloween to all of the ghosts and goblins!  Be safe while trick and treating!

Meg Miller

Special Educator

“When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween.”

Happy fall!  Enjoy the changing of the leaves!  What beautiful colors!

My students are back in the routine of working hard.  My second graders are learning to skip count by 5’sand 10’s; eventually by 2’s and reading decodable books with rhyming words.  My fourth and fifth graders are reviewing last year’s trick words, words of the day, and skill lessons before moving onto new material. They stay in the regular classroom for Math and I provide specialized instruction to them whenever needed.

For the upper grade students, I provide specialized instruction in the classrooms for Language Arts and Math whenever needed. They are working in a new vocabulary program, “Rev It Up”, which is also being used for Spelling. Positive start!

I’m looking forward to a great year.

Meg Miller

Special Educator


“One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.”  Malala Yousafzai