My name is Virginia Trobaugh. , I am happy to welcome you and your child to the 2020-2021 school year! I have taught for the past 24 years in Richmond County. and this is my third year at Monte Santo Elementary. I am truly honored to serve as your child’s Second 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, your children needs 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 your child’s success, and I want you to know that I will do my very best to carry out my 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. all within the socially acceptiable distance to maintain a healthy environment.

     Our Major Course Goal

    The curriculum areas that we will focus on this year include the following:                                        

      Language Arts:


    • develop their reading skills
    • develop fluency and comprehension
    • develop vocabulary (word study)
    • read and listen to more complex literature from a variety of genres
    • become independent with the use of the writing process and write in a variety of genres
    • learn specific elements for each type of writing
    • develop more complex written and spoken language


    • Instructional time should focus on four critical areas:

       extending understanding of base ten notation

      • building fluency with addition and subtraction introduction to multiplication and division
      • using standard units of measure
      • describing and analyzing shapes



    • apply ideas to things in the world
    • push, pull, and manipulate things to see what will happen                    
    • observe changes to plants and animals as they grow and change                           
    • observe the changing patterns of the moon and stars
    • become aware of changes that take place
    • form ideas as to whether the changes are natural or manipulated by humans


    • growth and development
    • body systems
    • compare and contrast healthy and unhealthy practices
    • apply the knowledge of health-risk reduction to the promotion of health
    • understand the relationship between personal and community health

    Social Studies

    In second grade, the various social studies strands become more woven around the historical strand.


    • The history strand focuses on important historical figures in Georgia and the Creek and Cherokee cultures in Georgia.                                
    • The geography strand emphasizes the geography of Georgia and relates that to the historical study.
    • We also emphasize the positive character traits of the individuals and groups in the historical strand and the basic concept of government.



    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 Second 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 Second 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.

     new this year ....Progress reports will be viewed as a part of the grading system and not printed as they were in the past.

     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 a minimum of 20 minutes of reading practice.

    Email: trobavi@richmond.k12.ga.us
    cell phone number 706-830-2713

  •  I am happy to be teaching at Monte Sano.




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