Second Grade Team

Mrs. Nicholson, 2A

I believe that every child can learn and that each child should be given the opportunity to learn at their level so they feel like successful members of our classroom community.”

Mrs. Adrienne Nicholson

Ms. Wuest, 2B

I believe leading by example and providing an enriching and engaging learning environment for students builds kind, successful, and productive individuals."

Ms. Michaela Wuest

Mr. Caughlan, 2C

My teaching philosophy is to educate the students in truth to prepare them to know, love, and serve God in their lives, while emulating the educational example of St. John Bosco.”

Mr. Ed Caughlan

SECOND GRADE

Second grade is an incredibly special Sacramental year for our students and their families! Our second graders prepare to make their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. These milestones in their faith development are celebrated by our community through a First Communion brunch. Students in second grade are also able to develop their gifts through Specials classes such as PE, STEM, Art, Library, Music and Spanish.

Continuation of the guided reading curriculum allows second grade students to acquire new skills through a small group reading structure. Some of these foundational reading skills include applying word-solving strategies and understanding more elaborate plots through reading comprehension. The Words Their Way word study program allows students to progress in their mastery of word knowledge. The Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) program, introduced in second grade, incorporates poetry, phonics, grammar, and printing practice into daily writing lessons to create a writing portfolio.

In Math, students began to solve more complex addition and subtractions and begin to relate those concepts to multiplication and division. The Guided Math program allows students to work collaboratively to visualize math concepts through the use of hands-on manipulatives.

The second grade Religion curriculum centers on a sacramental preparation. Second grade students also participate in a cross-curricular project where they research and dress up as a saint to present about in the All Saints Day Parade.

Students are able to use scientific tools in the Elementary Science Lab to enhance instruction. They gain confidence in utilizing the scientific method through the process of making predictions, conducting experiments, and drawing conclusions. The Lablearner curriculum introduces second grade students to topics such as weight and volume, earth science, sound investigation and the water cycle.

The Social Studies curriculum emphasizes exploration of North American cultures, United States presidents, and key map skills. Interactive projects allow students to gain critical 21st century skills, such as collaboration, communication, and problem-solving.