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First Grade

Teachers

Mrs. Coffey

Mrs. Dishaw

Mrs. Luton

Mrs. Robertson

Email

pcoffey@salem.k12.va.us

ldishaw@salem.k12.va.us

aluton@salem.k12.va.us

crobertson@salem.k12.va.us

First grade offers an amazing year of growth and knowledge!

Students learn a great deal as they become better readers, writers, and thinkers, gaining knowledge and skills in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. They also participate daily in one of the Encore classes of Physical Education, Music, Art, Guidance, or Library. They learn social skills, organizational skills, and routines that help them meet expectations for school success.

Our academic curriculum is based on, but not limited to the goals outlined by the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL’s). Teachers use a variety of teaching methods to accommodate each student’s learning style and developmental stage as the student attempts to master these goals.

As classroom teachers, we meet weekly to plan and share ideas; however, we are given the professional freedom to instruct from our individual perspectives. You will find that our classrooms are not exact copies of each other, and each offers instruction based on the best practices and research in our profession. On our individual teacher websites you will find links and additional information about each homeroom class.

Whole group, small group, and individualized lessons are employed by teachers as needed throughout the day. Children are assessed formally and informally in each subject area. Standardized tests such as PALS and Guided Reading Assessments are administered and classwork and participation in class discussions also reveal students’ knowledge. As teachers we understand the importance of getting to know each student as an individual learner and plan for his or her continued progress. We encourage regular communication between home and school so that each student has the best opportunity for success.

The first grade curriculum strives to provide:

  • an inviting atmosphere which is conducive to learning.
  • an enriched environment in which learning is our priority.
  • a program where each child progresses to their maximum potential in social, mental, physical, and emotional pursuits.
  • a curriculum which is guided by the Standards of Learning but exceeds these standards when appropriate.
  • a variety of teaching methods to meet each child’s learning style.
  • essential skills and exposure to quality literature and a love of reading.
  • the desire to become life-long learners.