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Title: Welcome to Mrs. Mecher

Welcome to Mrs. Mechers Room
  • Curriculum Night
  • 630-745 P.M.
  • August 25 Grade 1 Classroom Presentation at 730
  • August 26 Grade 2 Classroom Presentation at 650

All About Me
  • I reside in Frankfort Square with my husband
    (Jeff) and two children (Liam and Delaney). Liam
    is starting Kindergarten this year, and Delaney
    is beginning hers school career in preschool.
    Its a big year for the Mechers!
  • I have one older brother (Steve) who serves in
    the United States Air Force. He currently lives
    in Okinawa(Japan) with his wife (Megan) and
    daughter (Addison). He will retire after 20
    years of service in August 2015, and will move
    back to the states. We are very proud of him ?.
  • When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time
    with family and friends, swimming, exercising,
    shopping, reading, and traveling.

School Smarts
  • Attended District 140 schools in Tinley Park for
    grades K-8
  • Graduated from Andrew High School
  • Bachelors Degree in Special Education and
    Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois
  • Masters in Teaching and Leadership from St.
    Xavier University
  • 14th year as a teacher in the district
  • Taught at Indian Trail and at Rogus as a 3rd
    grade teacher, Resource teacher (K-4),
    Specialized Instruction (S.I.) K-4, Targeted
    Instructional Program (TIP) 1-3
  • Participated in Dancing with the Teachers in 2013

Classroom Expectations
  • Eyes Watching
  • Ears Listening
  • Voice Quiet
  • Body Still
  • Raise your hand.
  • Follow directions.
  • Try your best.

Visual Classroom
  • Hands-on and visual learning environment
  • Daily Picture Schedule
  • Daily charts for services and specials
  • Choice Board (break time activity on Fridays)
  • Picture cards for behavioral reminders

Amazing Behavior
  • Students can earn a penny for staying on green.
  • 5 pennies 1 nickel and a sticker
  • 5 nickels Prize Box
  • Three warnings (Thats one color change to
  • Three more warnings color change to red (5
    minute Time-Out)

P.B.I.S. Expectations
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Safe
  • Students can earn tickets from any staff member.
    Tickets are earned for good behavior in school.
    Students can save their tickets to buy prizes
    from The Eagles Nest or to earn school
    activities (such as lunch with teacher, read to
    a class, or art project).

Homework Expectations
  • Homework will be sent home most every day
  • Sometimes homework will be sent home the first
    day of the week and will be due the last day of
    the week. Due date will be written on
  • Students and parents should read at home daily.
  • If homework is not sent home, students can choose
    from the following. This list also includes
    extra practice ideas
  • See Cool Links on my web page for learning
    activities on the computer.
  • Fundations Practice (Spelling Dictation)
  • Math facts (addition and subtraction)
  • Reading books and/or flash cards

Weapons Policy
  • Illinois Law requires that the school officials
    expel a student who is determined to have a
    weapon at school, or any school sponsored
    activity or event, which bears a reasonable
    relationship to school. Weapons including not
    only guns, buy also look alike, and any object
    used to cause or threaten injury. The expulsion
    from school must be for a period of time of not
    less than one year except that the Superintendent
    of the School Board may modify the expulsion
    period on a case-by case basis. Students, who
    threaten to use a weapon, even in intended as a
    joke, will also be dealt seriously in order to
    maintain the safely of students and district 161
    employees. All teachers are expected to explain
    this policy to all students on the first day of

Grade Level Projects Activities
  • Some projects and special activities may include
  • Grandparents Day (September)- 1st 2nd
  • Polar Express (December)- 1st
  • Gingerbread Houses (December)- 1st
  • Field Trip (TBD)- 1st 2nd
  • Cinco de Mayo (May)- 1st
  • Chinese New Year (January)- 1st
  • Wax Museum- 2nd
  • Field Days (End-of-the-year)
  • Assemblies

Report Cards
  • First Graders will receive a letter grade for
    each subject
  • Reading
  • Language Arts (includes Spelling)
  • Math
  • Science (3rd and 4th quarters only)
  • Social Studies (3rd and 4th quarters only)
  • All Specials (Music, Art, Technology, P.E.)
  • Second Graders will receive a letter grade for
    each subject
  • Reading
  • Language Arts
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • All Specials (Music, Art, Technology, P.E.)

I.E.P. Notes
  • Parents will receive IEP goal updates at the end
    of each quarter (sent home with report card).
  • You will receive an IEP Notification of
    Conference (invite) prior to each meeting.
  • Each student will have an Annual Review each
    calendar year.
  • Please see me with specific questions.
  • If your child is due for their 3-year
    re-evaluation, I will be in contact with you to
    set up a date for the Domain Conference.

Service Providers
  • Speech/ Language
  • Ms. Bowen (1st Graders)
  • Ms. Clock (2nd Graders)
  • Social Work
  • Ms. Carroll
  • OT
  • Mrs. Crum
  • ELL
  • Mrs. Dompeling

Paraprofessionals with Mrs. Mecher
  • Mrs. Ann Spadoni (with Mrs. Mechers class all
  • Ms. Naples and Ms. Nemceck will rotate
  • attending Specials with our 2nd
  • graders.

General Information
  • Parent Handbook
  • www.summithill.org
  • Virtual Backpack

  • E-mail
  • kmecher_at_summithill.org
  • School Phone
  • (815) 464-2034
  • T.I.P. Topics
  • Mrs. Mechers Weekly Newsletter
  • Found on my website weekly
  • I will also send home a paper copy every Friday.
  • District Website
  • www.summithill.org
  • Dr. Julian Rogus
  • Teacher Pages
  • Mrs. Mecher

Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Monday, November 24
  • Tuesday, November 25
  • Please use the sign-up sheets to sign-up for a
    time to meet with me.
  • Please use a Post-it to write down your day and
  • I will send home a reminder closer to P/T

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