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Title: 2014-2015 School Year

  • 2014-2015 School Year
  • San Elijo Elementary
  • Mr. Gidner
  • 2nd Grade

  • Introductions
  • Daily Schedules
  • Classroom Rules
  • Class Dojo
  • Grading
  • Common Core Academics
  • Homework
  • Edmodo
  • Accelerated Reader
  • School Information
  • Parent Conferences
  • Supplies and Donations
  • Parent Volunteers
  • Other Items
  • Questions/Answers

Mr. Gidner
  • Grew up in San Marcos
  • Currently live here in San Elijo Hills
  • Wife is a teacher at Carrillo Elementary
  • Addison is 8 ½ years oldstarting 3rd Grade
  • Nolan is almost 4 years old
  • Attended San Diego State University
  • Began teaching in 1999
  • Taught
  • Kindergarten 1999-2003
  • 1st Grade 2003-2006
  • 4th Grade 2006-2007
  • Kindergarten 2007-2008
  • 2nd Grade 2008-present

Daily Schedule
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
850-920 Phonics   Phonics   Phonics   Phonics Flag Spelling Tests L/A Quiz
925-1030 Reading Workshop Leveled Groups and Centers   Reading Workshop Leveled Groups and Centers   Reading Workshop Leveled Groups and Centers Reading Workshop Leveled Groups and Centers   Language Arts Projects/Review  
1030-1100 Writers Workshop   Writers Workshop   Computer Lab   Writers Workshop Phonics  
1100-1145 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1145-1215 Writers Workshop   Writers Workshop   Writers Workshop (PE e/o 1150-1230) Writers Workshop   Writers Workshop  
1215-115 Math   Math   Math   Math   Math  
115-135 Recess Recess Recess Recess Recess
135-220 Math Social Studies Math Social Studies   Library 200-230
220-310 PE Science Lab or Music     PE   Art Attacks
Classroom Rules
  • We have three basic rules in our classroom
  • 1. Be respectful
  • 2. Be a decision maker
  • 3. Make good choices
  • Classroom Management Plan
  • a. Individual Students will have the
    opportunity to earn rewards such as homework
    passes, student of the month, special awards,
  • b. Class Class will begin with 5 points per
    day with the opportunity to earn more or lose
    points points can be redeemed for rewards
  • Students breaking the rules will sign into the
    discipline book and face consequences
  • 1st Loss of recess and lunch
  • 2nd Buddy Classroom
  • 3rd Office

Class Dojo
My class dojo is an online behavior management
system that allows students to earn (or lose)
points in real time. Students will earn Gotcha
Wall signatures for all points earned. At the
end of the week, you will get a print out sent to
you via email of your childs points each day in
Class Dojo
  • Students will be graded on a sliding grading
  • 4 Meets grade level standards with a high degree
    of competency
  • 3 Consistently meets grade level standards
  • 2 Approaching grade level standards
  • 1 Below or far below grade level standards
  • The school year will be divided into the
    following three trimesters
  • 1st August 25 November 7
  • 2nd November 10 March 6
  • 3rd March 9 June 17

Common Core Academics
  • Our class will be implementing the common core
    writing and math standards, just like every other
    class in the district. In addition, we will also
    be implementing the language arts component.
  • We will continue to have some direct instruction
    in all areas, but we will add the collaborative
    and depth of knowledge piece to our learning.
  • It is going to be a transition year for students
    as well as the teacher!

  • Homework this year will be quite different! As
    we change our teaching philosophy, the pencil and
    paper ways of doing things will also change.
    There will no longer be a packet of work that
    goes home on Monday and comes back on Friday.
  • Homework will include math journals going home
    with a specific sticker problem. Also I will
    upload lessons into ten marks to complete as
    optional work. Dreambox can also be used as an
    additional supplement.
  • Reading logs will be done via GoogledocsI will
    have an online form available and all you have to
    do is enter the minutes read per night. On
    Friday morning, the students will be writing
    about their at home reading for the week.

Reading Log
Edmodo is a secure, social learning platform for
teachers, students, schools and districts. It
provides a safe and easy way for our class to
connect and collaborate, share content and access
homework.. The goal is to help students harness
the power of social media customized to their
specific classroom. Homework and messages will
be posted throughout the week, so please log in
Accelerated Reader
  • Our school has an accelerated reader program
    where the students will read books and take
    quizzes on the books via the computer. Quizzes
    can no longer be taken at home. One of the
    centers the students will have most weeks will
    focus on accelerated reader and taking quizzes at
  • We have our own incentive program in our
    classroom as well entitled Ready, Set, Hike
    The students will move their football across the
    field until they score a touchdown (earn their
    medal). My goal is for every student to earn a
  • I will send home a Welcome to AR letter when the
    program kicks of later next month!

Other Information
  • Dismissal. I will be walking the students to
    the gate....if you are not at the gate, I will be
    sending them to the drop off area so that they
    will be supervised.
  • Every Wednesday is college day! Wear college
  • Go AZTECS!!!!!
  • Please text _at_gobolts to (424) 277-6970 to receive
    text message alerts from me!

Parent Conferences
  • Conference Day is November 17th
  • Conferences will continue 11/18 through 11/21
    after school until 345pm
  • Communication throughout the year can be done via
  • damon.gidner_at_smusd.org
  • Phone 290-2600 ext. 3302

  • The students will need the following supplies
  • Backpack
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pencil case
  • If you would like to donate items to the class,
    there is a donation link on our class website.
    Please sign up for whatever you would like to
  • I also appreciate gift cards to purchase extra
    school supplies to any of the following
  • Teachers pay Teachers
  • Target
  • Staples
  • itunes (for our ipad)

Each student gets 10 per year in supplies
Parent Volunteers
  • Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged!!!! The
    weekly volunteer list is on the website. You are
    welcome to share days or take a dayit is up to
    you. In addition, I am looking for
  • Room Mom(s) or dad(s)
  • Basket Coordinator for Spring
  • Class photographer
  • Garden Docent

Other Items
  • If you have empty ink cartridges, I will take
    those! I can recycle them at Staples and earn
    paper for our classroom!
  • Throughout the year I will also send home
    scholastic book orders. Book orders will be done
    online through scholastics website. Our code for
    our class is

  • Questions???????

  • Thank you for coming!
  • Dont forget to leave questionnaire and
    information card on my desk
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