Hi! My name is Rebecca Kuntz (Becky) and I am your child’s kindergarten teacher. I live in Loyalsock with my my daughter, Emily. Emily is a Freshman at D’Youville College this year. I also have 2 dogs, Bear and Lyla. I am a graduate of Loyalsock myself! I love movies, reading, suduko puzzles, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, drinking coffee, and doing zumba. My favorite color is purple!
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Penn State. Go Nittany Lions!!! At Lycoming College, I became elementary certified. I earned my Master’s Degree at Lock Haven University in teaching and instruction.
Teaching has been a part of my life for over 20 years. I have taught children from preschool age to fifth grade. This is my tenth year in kindergarten, and I love it!
I am really looking forward to the new year in kindergarten. The other kindergarten teachers and I will be working as a team to facilitate group activities and create a wonderful learning environment for our Loyalsock Kindergarteners. It’s going to be an exciting year and I am looking forward to meeting all of you. If you need to get in touch with me, please call the school at 326-3554 ext. 1144; or e-mail me at email@example.com.
- 7:50 Students begin to arrive. Children usually begin their day with a bell ringer to practice skills they are learning.
- 8:15 Announcements and Pledge of Allegiance flag
- 8:30 Our academic day begins.
*Literacy Block literacy
*Center Time centers
- 10:55-11:45 Recess recess and Lunch
*Math Lesson math
*Specials and Science/Social Studies
- 2:45 Dismissal
Here at Schick, we follow a six-day cycle. Your child will have a special class each day. Here’s a look at our schedule this year:
- Day 1: Music with Mrs. Coughenour
- Turtle Time with Mrs.Morehart (Every other week.)
- Day 2: Library with Mrs. Cozza
- Day 3: Gym with Mrs. Fox
- Day 4: Music with Mrs. Coughenour
- Day 5: Art with Mrs. Comini
- Day 6: Gym with Mrs. Fox
We will not have specials on days when we have early dismissal. Also, if we miss a day due to weather, we make it up on the first day back.
StoryTown is the literacy series we use here at Schick. Here are the areas we focus on:
- letters and letter sounds
- syllables and words
- segmenting word
- building and blending words
- high frequency words
- read alouds (both fiction and nonfiction)
- robust vocabulary words
- story elements (character, setting, problem, solution, etc.)
- various forms of writing (labels, lists, sentences, stories, etc.)
High Frequency Words
About every three weeks, you will receive a set of high frequency word cards. These are also known as sight words. Students should practice these words at home. The link above will give our list of 54 high frequency words. They should be able to read all 54 words by the end of the year. The words are posted in our classroom so that children may also spell the words correctly in their writing. Click on the following link for your child to play a matching sight word game on Starfall! http://www.starfall.com/n/matching/sight-words/load.htm
We use the Everyday Math program to teach mathematics. We focus on the basics and providing a foundation for learning math in the future. You will be given a list of the standards we want each student to meet every 9 weeks. Here are some of the topics we cover:
- Counting (by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s)
- Reading and writing numerals
- Addition and subtraction
- Sorting and classifying
- Shapes(2D: circle, square, triangle, and rectangle; and 3D shapes)
Science and Social Studies globe
We base our science and social studies lessons on the Pennsylvania State Standards for Kindergarten. We aim to provide shared, hands-on experiences for our students.
As we begin to write more independently in Kindergarten, we would like to share how we do “kid writing.” This way you can practice with your child at home and do the same things we do at school.
We use writing workshop in our classrooms. It is a type of writing that allows the child to sound out each word and then write the sounds they hear in that word. We are learning to write stories and books.
We are basically aiming for every child to write words on their own with NO help from adults. They need to learn how to sound words out and put letters to the sounds they hear.
They may NOT have correct spelling for words—this is OK!!! We want them to just do their best at sounding out words independently.
Visual Arts & Art History Instructor
National Art Honor Society & Art Club Advisor
Please see http://moodle.ltsd.k12.pa.us/ for course information/assignments
Block 1: Textiles & Jewelry I
Block 1: Textiles & Jewelry II
Block 1: Textiles & Jewelry III
Block 3: Drawing & Painting II
Block 3: A.P. Studio Art 2-D
Block 4: A.P. Studio Art 2-D
Block 4: A.P. Studio Art 3-D
Period 7: Foundations of V.Arts
Period 8: Foundations of V.Arts
Period 8: Portfolio Development
The Pennsylvania State University
B.S. Art Ed w/studio focus, ceramics emphasis
M.Ed. Gifted and Talented Education
The Pennsylvania State University
Non-degree graduate student studying Art History
Active Member of N.C.E.C.A.
National Council of Education in the Ceramic Arts
- Various Ceramic Techniques
- Digital Photography Manipulation
- Textile Design
Second Grade Teacher
- Day 1: Library
- Day 2: Gym
- Day 3: Music
- Day 4: Art
- Day 5: Gym
- Day 6: Music
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Sites to Explore
|There is nothing better than a good book. Well maybe a good book read by a famous actor! This wonderful site is filled with great children’s stories read by actors young and old. Plus there are activities to go along. Check it out!|
|The Little Animals Activity Center from BBC is perfect for kids to explore. These animated animals take you through activities ranging from reading, music and math. There is even a section that allows you to print off craft projects, mazes and more.|
|Game Goo is a great website focusing on reading, letters, sounds and more. It is filled with eye catching games and goofy characters. This one is loaded with great sounds and music, so your kiddo is sure to be entertained!|
|Explore all subjects in this super interactive website. Watch videos, play games, and learn concepts all related to standards taught throughout schools. Although this site requires an online subscription, it does offer FREE learning for everyone! This is one of my favorites.|
|Two words- Dr. Seuss. It doesn’t get much better than that! Have fun with the cat that makes us all smile!|
Second Grade Teacher
Hi! My name is Rebekah Kendall!
I am a 2nd grade teacher at Donald E. Schick Elementary School in Loyalsock Township School District in Williamsport, PA.
I received my B.A. in Communication and my Teaching Certificate from Lycoming College in 2003 and my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction — Children’s Literature from Penn State University in 2009.
I live in Loyalsock with my husband, daughter, Madison (12), son, Nolan (9), my 4 step-children, and our dog Luna. I enjoy running, doing yoga, scrapbooking, reading, swimming, knitting, and spending time with my friends and family.
Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or call (570)326-3554 ext. 1145.
Day 1 – Gym (wear sneakers)
Day 2 – Music
Day 3 – Art
Day 4 – Gym (wear sneakers)
Day 5 – Music
Day 6 – Library (return books)
Third Grade Teacher
Hello! My name is Vanessa Kinley. I was born and raised in Loyalsock. I went to Four Mile Elementary (which is now Schick Elementary). I graduated from Shippensburg University with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood Education. I am currently pursuing a masters at Wilkes University. This my 3rd year teaching 3rd grade at Schick! I love it!
- Day 1: Music
- Day 2: Art
- Day 3: Gym
- Day 4: Music
- Day 5: Library
- Day 6: Gym
Remind 101 is a great tool! I will use this a lot throughout the year to communicate with you! Remind101 allows me to send a quick reminder that will come through to you as a text message. I will use this for things like homework changes or reminders, field trips, etc.
Enter this number: 81010
Text this message: @misskinley
*When asked to enter your name, please put your name and then your child’s first name in parentheses.
First Grade Teacher
Six Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension
Help your child retain what he reads — a crucial skill, especially as he gets older and needs to glean important information from textbooks.
- Have him read aloud. This forces him to go slower, which gives him more time to process what he reads. Plus, he’s not only seeing the words, he’s hearing them, too. You can also take turns reading aloud.
- Provide the right kinds of books. Make sure your child gets lots of practice reading books that aren’t too hard. She should recognize at least 90 percent of the words without any help. Stopping any more often than that to figure out a word makes it tough for her to focus on the overall meaning of the story.
- Reread to build fluency. To gain meaning from text, your child needs to read quickly and smoothly – a skill known as fluency. By the end of 2nd grade, for example, your child should be able to read 90 words a minute. Rereading familiar, simple books gives your child practice at decoding words quickly, so she’ll become more fluent.
- Talk to the teacher. If your child is struggling mightily with comprehension, he may need more help with his reading — for example, building his vocabulary or practicing phonics skills.
- Supplement class reading. If your child’s class is studying a particular theme, look for easy-to-read books or magazines on the topic. Some prior knowledge will help her make her way through tougher classroom texts.
- Talk about what he’s reading. This “verbal processing” helps him remember and think through the themes of the book. Ask questions before, during, and after a reading session. For example:
Before: “What are you interested in about this book? What doesn’t interest you?”
During: “What’s going on in the book? Is it turning out the way you thought it would? What do you think will happen next?”
After: “Can you summarize the book? What did you like about it? What other books does it remind you of?”
DAY 1 – GYM
DAY 2 – MUSIC
DAY 3 – ART
DAY 4 – GYM
DAY 5 – MUSIC
DAY 6 – LIBRARY
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