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  • Pucketts Mill Elementary

First Grade is a year of changes
  • Cognitive
  • Physical
  • Social
  • Emotional

Whos Who?
  • Key school staff
  • Principal Ruth Westbrooks
  • Asst. Principals Lesley Pendleton and
    Stephanie Stewart
  • Media Specialist Lisa Mays
  • Counselor Ginna Smith

Meet Mrs. Warren
  • I graduated from University of Georgia with a
    double major in Child development and Early
    Childhood Education
  • Masters degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Specialist Degree in Educational Administration
    and Supervision
  • Ive taught 18 years in PreK-second grade
  • I am married with two daughters, Abigail and
    Emma, and one son, Jacob

Teaching Philosophy
  • Each child has the ability to learn and reach
    their highest potential!
  • Each child is unique, with individual learning
    styles and abilities.
  • Active, hands-on activities will foster student
  • Your childs education is a collaborative effort
    between teacher, student, and parent and is
    important to the success of a child.

  • 745-815 Arrival/Morning Work
  • 815-900 Writing Workshop
  • 900-1050 Guided Reading/Reader's
    Workshop/Language Arts
  • 1050-1135 Specials
  • 1146-1216 Lunch
  • 1220-100 Social Studies, Science, Health
  • 100-130 Math Workshop
  • 130-200 Recess
  • 200-230 Math Workshop
  • 230-240 Snack
  • 245-315 Bus Call/Dismissal
  • We love lunchtime visitors! If you wish to
    join your child for lunch, please sign in at the
    front office and meet us at the cafeteria. (When
    lunch is over, I ask that parents say their
    goodbyes in the cafeteria.)
  • We will go every Thursday to check out library
    books unless the media center is in use for other
    school wide events.

  • The following is our Specials schedule.
  • Specials are from 1050-1135. We will attend
    the same special for 6 days in a row. Please keep
    this in mind for any possible early checkouts you
    may need during the school year. I will include
    this schedule in all of my newsletters.
  • Please remember sneakers on PE days.
  • PE
  • RRT (Research, Relationships, and Technology)
  • Music
  • PE
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • ART

Classroom Management
  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Table Group Tallies (treasure box)
  • Thank you for good behavior cards (stuffed animal
    with journal)
  • Class Compliments (class chosen reward)
  • Students will move their stars if they dont
    follow the class rules.
  • Blue Excellent
  • Green Satisfactory
  • Yellow Needs improvement
  • Red Unsatisfactory

First Grade Curriculum
  • Literacy
  • - Grammar/Writing
  • - Spelling (begins in Jan)
  • - Reading
  • - Comprehension
  • - Phonics
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies/Science /Health
  • Special Areas
  • - Music -STEM
  • - Art -Physical Education
  • - RRT

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Literacy at Pucketts Mill
  • Guided Reading students meet with the teacher in
    small homogeneous groups to practice reading
  • Writers Workshop students begin to use the
    writing process to plan and produce their
    writing, expand their sentences, and share their
    writing with peers.
  • Mentor Sentences- allows students to participate
    in activities using sentences correctly while
    using specific conventions and grammar skills .
    Mentor texts are used to model appropriate
    conventions and writing.
  • Reading Workshop begins with a mini lesson and
    allows students to partner read and read alone.
    Teacher conferences with students to discuss
    their books and various reading strategies that
    will enhance their reading ability.

  • Students will use the DNealian style of
  • Emphasis will be placed on spacing and letter
  • Please encourage your child to practice this
    style of writing when working at home.

Mathematics in First Grade
  • First Grade Math Concepts
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Time
  • Money
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Fractions
  • Place Value
  • Currently students should be able to recognize
    the number, number word, and count items in a
  • Students will be engaged in hands-on activities
    and math games daily.
  • Assessments given at end of each unit, mid term
    and end of term.

Math Workshop
Social Studies
Our Earth and Our Country Map Skills American
Folktales Personal Finance Life and Times of
Historical Figures George Washington Carver,
Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Tubman, Thomas
Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, William Clark,
Sacagawaea, and Meriwether Lewis
Earths Land and Water
Seasons Shadows
Keeping Fit and Healthy
Magnets Sound

Living Things
  • E Exceeds Expectations
  • 90-100
  • Goes above and beyond!!
  • S Satisfactory
  • 74-89
  • N Needs Improvement
  • 70 -73
  • U Unsatisfactory
  • Below 70

Reading Levels Determined By
  • Accuracy in reading text
  • Fluency Level (not too fast or too slow)
  • Comprehension
  • Inferences
  • Why do you think
  • Have you ever
  • Connection between characters

Reading Grades
  • Based on periodic Benchmark tests and running
    records. 50 of students grade is based upon
    their reading level.50 of your students grade
    is based upon reading assessments and class work.

Reading Grades Based on periodic Benchmark tests
and running records. 50 of Students grade is
based upon their reading level.
  • First Nine Weeks
  • E Level F
  • S Levels D-E
  • N Below Level A-C
  • U Non Readers
  • Second Nine Weeks
  • ELevel G
  • SLevel E-F
  • NLevel A-D
  • UNon Readers
  • Third Nine Weeks
  • ELevel J
  • SLevel G-I
  • NLevel E-F
  • ULevel A-D
  • Fourth Nine Weeks
  • ELevel K
  • SLevel I-J
  • NLevel G-H
  • ULevel A-F

Writing Grade
  • Based on formal writing samples and other AKS
    writing skills
  • Each graded piece of writing will be given grades
    for ideas, organization, style, and conventions
  • Rubrics will reflect each of these writing

Math Grade
  • Based on daily grades and Unit tests
  • Formal and Informal assessments

Science, Health, Social Studies Grade
  • Six grades each per nine weeks
  • Classwork, assessments, and projects

AKS / Forms of Assessment for 1st Grade
  • The AKS is the curriculum for GCPS. The Common
    Core standards are imbedded into the AKS.
  • Cogat (Cognitive Abilities Test)
  • Student Performance Growth (SPGs) are given at
    the beginning of the year and end of the year in
    Math and Language Arts to assess student learning
    for the year.
  • Gwinnett County Interim Assessments are given
    after the first and third nine weeks in Math and
    Language Arts.
  • Gwinnett County Midterm Assessments are given in
    December for Language Arts and Math. The
    assessments cover material taught the first half
    of the year.
  • Classroom Tests- math, language art, and spelling
    tests will be given to assess skills taught in a
    unit (spelling grades will be taken after winter
  • Rubrics- rubrics will be used to assess students
    writing and Math Exemplars

  • Reading is extremely important! Part of your
    childs daily homework is to read each night. A
    book on your childs level will be sent home
    Monday Thursday. Dont forget to record books in
    your childs reading log.
  • Sight Words We will assign sight words each
    week. Students are expected to read them without
    sounding them out. If your child can read them,
    you may want to consider practicing how to spell
    them. This will only enhance your childs writing
  • Other homework will be assigned periodically
    throughout the year. Please see the newsletter
    for more details.

100 Book Club
  • Students who read 100 books by the 100th day of
    school will participate in a big celebration!

Home/School Learning Projects
  • 100 Book Club
  • Animal Habitat
  • Pumpkin Project
  • 100th Day
  • Famous American
  • Valentine Box

  • I suggest prepaying for your childs lunch at You may also find this
    link on the Pucketts Mill web page. Parents may
    send in lunch money as needed daily, weekly, or
    monthly. Checks should be written to Pucketts
    Mill Elementary School. Please put all cash or
    checks in a sealed envelope with the childs
    name, teacher, and amount written on the outside.
  • We will have snack every afternoon. Send in a
    healthy snack everyday. Please do not send in
    candy, juice boxes, or other colored drinks.
    WATER ONLY! Sharing snacks is discouraged, as
    surprising as that seems!
  • ICE CREAM 1.00
  • Ice cream will only be sold on Wednesday and

  • Please complete transportation form on PMES
    website for any transportation changes. (bus,
    car, daycare)
  • Email may not be used for transportation changes.
  • Please understand that without a note, I MUST
    send your child home the way he/she normally goes

Safety Precautions
  • Parents should always sign-in and get a visitors
    badge at the FRONT OFFICE.
  • ONLY the people listed on the locator card are
    allowed to check out a child.
  • Students must be in the classroom at 815am or be
    counted tardy.

Field Tripsfor First Grade
  • We will have 2 field trips per year.
  • Maximum for both field trips combined is 30.
  • One field trip is off school grounds. YEAH!
  • The other field trip is an in-house field trip
    where an outside program comes to our school.
  • All payments for both field trips will be made
    through your my payments plus account. This is
    the same account you use for lunch accounts,
    school contributions, and PTA. You will need your
    childs student number to create an account.
  • Field trips will be available for payment in MPP
    by September 2nd with a deadline of September
    12t.h (Aurora Theater and High Touch High Tech).
  • Dont forget to set up your account!

  • Thank you to PTA for directly making an impact in
    our first grade classrooms. We appreciate your
    continued support.
  • Scholastic Non-Fiction Magazine
  • National Geographic Young Explorer
  • Raz Kids
  • Reading Folders
  • Please consider joining PTA this evening.

Dont forget to order
  • Field Day t-shirt (optional)
  • Yearbook (optional)
  • Headphones (if needed)

Shoot for the stars in First
Grade!!!! Thank You for coming. Your attendance
signifies the importance of parental involvement
in your childs education.
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