There are two second-grade classes at St. Louise with an average of 15-18 students in each class. Each student finds the attention they need and deserve at this pivotal point in their learning careers. The second-grade team sets up a classroom which is organized, structured and conducive to learning. At the end of this year, second-grade students are ready for challenges awaiting them in the third grade. They are able to do this by building a community within their classroom, with their grade level peers, and with the greater St. Louise community.
In the fall and spring, students take MAP Growth assessments, which are used to drive instruction throughout the year.
The second-grade teachers have the support of the reading specialist, as well as an instructional assistant, during reading.
Text: Sadlier, We Believe: Catholic Identity Parish Edition
Focus: Jesus’ omnipresence, the gift of the Eucharist, participating in Reconciliation, practicing daily prayer, living in love and respect, celebrating the Mass.
Text: Houghton Mifflin, Journeys, and trade books
Focus: Phonics/decoding skills and decoding longer words, developing fluency skills. Comprehension strategies such as: predicting/inferring, questioning, monitoring/clarifying, summarizing and evaluating. Comprehension skills such as: comparing and contrasting, story structure, distinguishing between realism/fantasy and solving problems.
Text: Pearson, enVision Math 2.0 – Common Core
Focus: Addition and subtraction, regrouping, patterning, graphing, strategies, classifying, logical thinking, problem solving, geometry.
Text: Mystery Science, Animal Adventures, Plant Adventures, Work of Water, Material Magic
Focus: Animal Biodiversity, Plant Adaptations, Erosion & Earth’s Surface, Properties & Phases of Matter.
Text: Picture Perfect STEM K-2
Focus: “Science Mysteries”, “Our Blue Planet”, “Crayons”, “Pillbots”, “Flight of the Pollinators”
Subject: Language Arts
Text: Houghton Mifflin, Journeys
Focus: Grammar, punctuation and capitalization, writing process, reference skills.
Subject: Social Studies
Text: McGraw Hill, Social Studies; Storypath, The Parade
Focus: Geography (Map skills, landforms, Washington State), Native Americans, Christmas Around the World, Democracy and Government, Culture, Personal Heritage.
Text: Houghton Mifflin, Journeys
Focus: Spelling as used in everyday writing.
Text: Universal Publishing, Writing Our Catholic Faith & Zaner-Blosser, Handwriting 2-M
Focus: Formation of letters, spacing, stroke, size and proportion, daily practice in manuscript.
Physical Education, Computers, Music, Library, and Talking About Touching: A Personal Safety Curriculum
The second grade assists the Humane Society. Along with learning how to be good pet owners, the students collect money, pet food, towels, blankets, collars, leashes, and pet toys for the Pet Food Bank at the Humane Society. The students also receive a visit from the Max Mobile; a bus that houses animals that are up for adoption. The Max Mobile provides an informative tour and collects the much-needed donations.
In addition to their grade level service project, the second-grade classes work together with the entire school on two school-wide annual service projects:
The November Thanksgiving Basket collection teaches the importance of stewardship and giving to others. With the leadership of the 6th graders, the entire student body creates about two dozen complete, traditional Thanksgiving meal baskets. Together with the Parish and St. Vincent de Paul, the baskets are delivered to needy families in the community.
Throughout February and March, each homeroom teacher promotes "Operation Rice Bowl," teaching the importance of fasting and almsgiving during the Lenten season; students donate to Catholic Relief Services, helping the less fortunate in our community and worldwide. This 40-day season of giving begins on Ash Wednesday with a schoolwide “Soup Lunch,” when all the students and staff give up their usual lunch that first day of Lent for a simple cup of soup, and the money they would have spent on an ample meal is donated to Operation Rice Bowl.
Classroom Enrichment, Special Programs and Events:
The students participate in First Reconciliation in the Fall. Then in the Spring they prepare for their First Communion, including taking First Communion classes on the weekends with the parish. The second graders receive their First Communion with their class and parish community around Mother’s Day each year.
Each year the second graders take a field trip to the Meydenbauer Theater and one to the Mercer Slough in the Fall. After receiving their First Communion they go on a tour of the St. James Cathedral in Seattle.
Each second grader has a fifth-grade buddy whom he/she sits with at each school Mass. Throughout the school year the buddies meet regularly and do special projects. At Halloween the buddies make haunted houses together, and at Christmas time they make gingerbread houses.