Second grade offers a fully integrated curriculum covering all the required Virginia SOLs -- and then some! The second grade teachers plan and implement the curriculum together -- often bringing all three classes together as a little family of learners. We work together, garden together, create together, travel together, and make learning fun together!
For the first time in 2014, PHSSA second graders were offered free swim classes as part of a larger program that has been in place in RPS for several years now. This program occurs in August before the rest of the schools are even back in session. While in the late summer months, we also harvest our Native American "Three Sisters" garden planted by the previous year's second grade class. Everyone gets a taste of squash and beans -- then we finish off with an Old-Fashioned Corn Boil. We follow that up by planting a winter crops of kale, cabbage, and broccoli.
Make sure you have traveling shoes for second grade! We make frequent trips to our outdoor classrooms, both on the "campus" of the school and at Forest Hill Park. We look forward to Fridays and our Environmental Education program and to art, music, and PE. Speaking of arts, second grade loves to paint, draw, dance, and sing our way through all subjects! We also love to investigate and get our hands dirty. We are scientists, artists, writers, mathematicians, meteorologists, and performers! And that is just a glimpse! Who knows what new things will be on the horizon?
Second grade will be integrating more technology into our curriculum as well in the coming year. PHSSA recently added an additional Computer Lab in our Media Center. We also utilize PCs and iPads in the classroom as part of our learning station rotations.
We heartily welcome all to our second grade family -- be ready for anything!
For more information on what's happening in Second Grade at PHSSA please visit our grade level website here.
August 2015 | The Three Sisters harvest
Forest Hill Park Trips -- Fridays
2017-2018 Fall Field Trips:
More info to come!
SECOND GRADE TEACHERS
Stephanie Grines (email@example.com) -- Mrs. Grines attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a B.I.S in Liberal Studies for Elementary Education and a Master’s of Teaching. Mrs. Grines joined the PHSSA family as a long-term substitute in 2017 and has been a permanent member of our team. She is looking forward to empowering her students and learning from them. In addition to teaching, her passions include photography and traveling.
Becky Hamlet (firstname.lastname@example.org) -- Mrs. Hamlet has a Master in Teaching from VCU with a focus on PreK-6. Before coming to PHSSA she interned and worked at the Math Science Innovation Center in Richmond. She completed a STEM program with Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) and NASA. She also completed the VASTS (Virginia Aerospace Science Technology Scholars with NASA and VSGC. As you can tell, she has a passion for education and she cannot wait to share it with her students. She has a spoiled dog at home. She loves to read and to go to the movies.
Elizabeth Marunde (email@example.com) -- Mrs. Marunde holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in World Literature, and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education for Diverse Young Learners from George Mason University. Mrs. Marunde is eager to instill a sense of value in each of her students and to perpetuate her career as a life-long co-learner and explorer.
Theresa Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org) -- Mrs. Morris received her B.A. from Randolph-Macon College with a major in Sociology. She completed University of Richmond’s Teacher Licensure Program. In her spare time she enjoys extreme couponing, reading a good book and traveling with her family.