My name is Virginia Trobaugh. On behalf of myself here at Monte Santo Elementary School, I am happy to welcome you and your child to the 2019-2020 school year! I have taught for the past 23 years in Richmond County and this is my second year at Monte Santo Elementary. I am truly honored to serve as your child’s First Grade Teacher. I am looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure your child can achieve his/her highest potential. I recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. I know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success, and I want you to know that I will do my very best to carry out our responsibilities of educating your child in a safe and nurturing environment. I believe in putting our children's educational needs first and in order to do that we must work together.

    Instructional Philosophy Our classroom will demonstrate an environment full of rigor and relevance.  Individualized instruction will be used to aid the children with different learning styles and learning modalities.  This will be done through the use of videos, Power Points, paired activities, individualized assignments, and various hands on activities.  Our classroom will include the use of technology, and individually guided instructions to provide an environment where children will use self-discovery and a hands-on approach to learning. 

     Our Major Course GoalAt the conclusion of First Grade, the students will have an extensive sight word vocabulary, will be able to apply more complex phonics strategies, write for many purposes, and will have experienced a variety of literary genres.  The students will be capable of applying number sense to the basic math operations.  They will understand the place value system and be able to apply it in real life situations; they will have developed spatial reasoning in relation to geometric shapes, and will have applied the various methods of measurement.  They will be capable of working cooperatively with a partner and/or small group.  They will transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

    Course Assessments Your child will receive grades based on their class work, quizzes, and test grades.  ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Health tests will be given on the standards being reviewed and new skills being studied.  The report card for grades First Grade will include a grading scale (1-4). 

     1- Beginning Learner, 2-Developing Learner, 3-Proficient Learner, 4-Distinguished Learner and /or ND for not demonstrated. If an indicator is not measured during the grading period, the student will NOT receive a mark on the report card.


    For promotion to the next grade, students in First Grade must have at least an overall score of 2 in ELA and Math.  The overall score will be calculated as the average of the 4th term scores on each indicator for ELA and Math. Students must also meet the requirements as it relates to the I-ready Growth modules.


     Our Learning Expectations (rules for class behavior) 1.We will keep hands, feet, and belongings to ourselves. 2. We will raise our hands and receive permission before getting out of our seat or talking 3. We will respect students, staff, teachers and self at all times 4. We will not make unnecessary noise 5.We will try to do our best always and follow all school expectations (Unhappy) Consequences 1.Student will receive a warning before clip is moved.(Student will acknowledge the warning)2. Students clip will be moved down our  chart from happy camper-(a position everyone begins with daily) and five minutes of free time will be deducted from free time for each incidence. After three moves parents/ guardian will be contacted. 3. Conduct will be noted on daily conduct sheet for parent/guardian.  (Happy) Consequences 1. clip can move up chart as positive behaviors occur. 2. Students will receive positive rewards for maintaining excellent behaviors 3. Friday specials

     Severe/ Persistent Misbehaviors

    ****Extreme misbehaviors and or persistent behaviors will result in a discipline referral****

    Homework  Homework is an important part of the learning process. Students will have homework in math  and reading every night Monday- Thursday. They also need to practice their sight word list daily and complete reading log that must include 15 to 20 minutes of reading practice.

    Email: trobavi@richmond.k12.ga.us
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